Anna’s Letters

Anna Allanbrook, BNS principal and author of our weekly letters, writes a weekly reflection on musings and happenings at BNS. Don’t miss it!

Extinction Rebellion

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Dear Families: On Thursday, May 2, the entire school participated in No Trash Day.  We turned the classroom trash cans upside down and only used the bins in the hall.  The goal was to...   Read More

“More than a Score” in England and America

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Dear Families:   Spring sent fourth grade teacher, Cora, and me to the Netherlands, where we heard many an educator worry about the impact of national testing on primary school curriculum.  We parted ways...   Read More

Big Ideas Near and Far

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Dear Families: Fourth grade teacher, Cora, and I return from a week long trip to the Netherlands where we shared ideas with Dutch educators.  In addition to experiencing three different schools in different parts...   Read More

“Will it come back to life if we add water?”

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Posted two weeks late – sorry!   Dear Families:   Anna is in the Netherlands with fourth grade teacher Cora, sharing about Brooklyn New School at a conference, so this week’s letter has a...   Read More

The Big Idea of Being the Same or Being Different

Dear Families: It wasn’t on the traditional Wednesday due to the ELA test, but our last Parents As Learning Partners was kind of special as it featured something relatively new to BNS: Affinity Groups....   Read More

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