Anna’s Weekly Letters

Anna Allanbrook, BNS principal, writes a weekly letter that typically comes out on Monday or Tuesday of each week and is sent out via email to all families.

Not getting Anna’s letters? Please contact amy.sumner@bns146.org

 

  • A Preview of June Share

    May 26, 2020

    Dear Families: As we sit at home on Memorial Day, we grieve for the almost 100,000 Americans we have lost to COVID-19.  It is a Memorial Day like no other.  Our city beaches are...   Read More

  • Time Slows Down and Speeds Up

    May 18, 2020

    Dear Families:   As time slows down and speeds up during the spring of 2020, the year of the pandemic, we find ourselves in reflection mode.  This has allowed us to periodically step back...   Read More

  • Exhuberant (Virtual) Chaos

    May 11, 2020

    Dear Families: It’s May, the month in which 610 Henry Street is abuzz with energy and production.  Oh, how we miss the sound of children’s voices, talking, singing, yelling, and just plain being.  It’s...   Read More

  • Every Adult has an Impact on Our Children

    May 5, 2020

    Dear Families: In honor of Teacher Appreciation Day, we wanted to feature some of the many ways in which our staff is going above and beyond during these COVID-19 days.  We begin with some...   Read More

  • A Range of Emotions

    April 28, 2020

    Dear Families: On Saturday morning, Diane began the process of gathering materials to distribute to families.  To start, we began with the teddy bears for our youngest children in Pre-K and Kindergarten.  For now,...   Read More

  • Celebrate the work our children and teachers continue to do

    April 22, 2020

    Dear Families: Before reading our weekly letter, take a moment to watch these two videos, from our homes to yours: https://youtu.be/wYZWStji43c  and  https://youtu.be/d2RoFAMzZMw Yesterday would have been our first day back from spring break. ...   Read More

  • Stay In Touch

    April 15, 2020

    Dear Families: By now you have received the email from the Chancellor letting you know that we are in this for the long haul and that we will not be able to gather as...   Read More

  • It feels like an eternity

    April 1, 2020

    Dear Families:   Has it only been a little over two weeks since we last greeted your children’s happy faces in the big yard?  It feels like an eternity and as we look around...   Read More

  • No Words of Consolation, No Idea How to Process

    March 17, 2020

    Dear Families:  I have no words of consolation, no idea how to process where we are in the midst of this social isolation.  And my heart is broken at the thought of not seeing...   Read More

  • From Reggio Emilia to Brooklyn

    March 9, 2020

    Dear Families:   It seems like every day the news about the Coronavirus is changing with Governor Cuomo’s declaration of a state of emergency on Saturday only furthering our sense of uncertainty.  Despite this,...   Read More

  • Listen to your children. They will make you wiser.

    March 2, 2020

    Dear Families:   Your children are the ones who inform us, teaching teachers  and all of you what is important. Two stories from last week illustrate this idea.     AvaRue Tang, a child in...   Read More

  • Chock Full of Business

    February 10, 2020

    Dear Families: The past few weeks at BNS have been chock full of business.   Walking around the building, you are struck by the activity. The third floor hallways are full of children and...   Read More

  • “How are we going to get it across next time?!”

    February 3, 2020

    Dear Families:   On Mondays and Thursdays, third graders spend their recess time in the Big Yard.  Some play on the climbers up top, some play tag throughout the yard, and some focus in...   Read More

  • Talking About Race and Identity

    January 28, 2020

    Dear Families:   A day at Brooklyn New School is a busy one.  A week, even more frenetic, and in a month and a year, a lot happens.  Through it all, teachers work together...   Read More

  • The Village Comes Together (again)

    January 21, 2020

    Dear Families:   On Tuesday, January 14, Claudia and Malika’s third grade classroom was filled with many big feelings.  The class had experienced a loss: one of their guinea pigs, Milky Way, had passed...   Read More

  • We Will Miss You, Pauline

    January 14, 2020

    Dear Families:   Last Monday, we began our day with great sadness, as we’d just learned that beloved BNS Pre-K  educational assistant Pauline Headlam passed away over the weekend. As the news made its...   Read More

  • Big Ideas about our Little Devices

    January 7, 2020

    Dear Families: Welcome to 2020.  As we enter into a new decade, we start the year with the monthly PTA meeting, scheduled for this Thursday after drop off.  This is a reminder that Thursday...   Read More

  • Traveling to Asanteland

    December 16, 2019

    Dear Families: During the summers of 2017 and 2018, several 3rd and 4th grade teachers participated in a weeklong workshop on “Imaginative Inquiry” (which was generously paid for by the PTA). “Imaginative Inquiry” is...   Read More

  • A Skill that Every Human Should Have

    December 9, 2019

    Dear Families:   We were struck by the power of this article in The 74  in which a Bard High School Early College student, Sylvie Goldner, is giving free lessons to teach her classmates...   Read More

  • Positivity

    December 2, 2019

    Dear Families:   On Wednesday, November 27th, we had our annual parent safety meeting.  Every two weeks, the administration from BNS and BCS meets to talk about building wide issues.  Once a year, we...   Read More

 

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