PTA Weekly Newsletter

No. 12    November 11, 2019

A Short But Important Week

After the long weekend, we are ready and eager to hear from our teachers. Parent-teacher conferences begin this week! As our principal Anna Allanbrook noted, it is extremely important that every family take this opportunity to meet with your child’s teacher(s). You’ll learn about your child’s first few months of school and work together to set academic and social goals for the months ahead.

PTA General Meeting

Thursday, November 14 @ 8:20am in the Art Room (Room 103)

All parents are encouraged to attend the PTA’s general meeting. Lend your time and your voice toward shaping PTA policy. We will be holding elections for our new co-treasurer and recording secretary.

Thanksgiving Pie Sale

Our Thanksgiving pie sale is a wonderful opportunity to support the students of BNS by baking—and, of course, eating! You can participate in two ways:

  • Volunteering to bake
  • Purchasing a pie or pumpkin bread

For Pie Bakers:

If you can bake a pie, please sign up here. Your child will bring home the appropriate number of pie tins and boxes on Friday, November 22. You will need to drop off your pie(s) at BNS between 7:45–9:00am on Tuesday, November 26.

For Pie Buyers:

You can pick up your pie/bread at two different times: Tuesday, Nov 26 at pick-up between 2:15–5:30pm, or Wednesday, Nov 27 between 7:45–8:45am.

If you have any questions, please contact Luke at

Movie Night Was a Delight!

We had a HUGE turnout for the first movie night of the year. Over 90 kids stayed late to watch the anime classic Kiki’s Delivery Service. That means we raised over $1,000 for our school!! Plus we made over $600 from the 4th grade bake sale. Thank you everyone who volunteered and contributed. All the money raised goes to the PTA to help pay for our wonderful programming, which is fully funded by parents. If you couldn’t make it, we hope to see you at the next one!

Open Library Starts Tomorrow

Tuesday, November 12 @ 2:30pm in the Library (Room 401)

Open Library is every Tuesday when we invite BNS students to enjoy our library with their grown-up after school from 2:30–3:20pm. Come upstairs to:

  • Browse our collection
  • Borrow a book or two
  • Play some new and/or familiar board games
  • Get a head start on homework
  • READ…. aloud or side by side

Snacks are available for purchase or you may bring your own. We look forward to seeing new and familiar faces in our library!

Half-Day AfterSchool Registration

Thursday, November 14

Dismissal will be at 11:30am for parent-teacher conferences. There will be regular bus service at 11:30am only.

The AfterSchool program will be offering a half-day program that is available to all children at BNS from 11:30am to 2:30pm.

Children registered for regular AfterSchool will be able to stay after 2:30, as usual. Children who are not registered for AfterSchool will need to be picked up at 2:30. Thursday AfterSchool workshops will NOT be running.

The cost for the half-day program will be $40 for the first child and $20 for siblings. To register, please fill out this form.


School pictures will be ready to view on Friday, November 15. Check here for the timeline.

And a reminder: If you had family portraits taken at Applefest, the deadline to order is Friday, November 15. Please check your email for your unique login details.

“Interrupting Bigotry” at BAX

Thursday, November 14 @ 6:30pm at Brooklyn Arts Exchange, 421 5th Avenue, Brooklyn

Drawing on BAX’s long-standing “Interrupting Bigotry” family engagement program in partnership with BNS, participants of all ages are invited to come together under BAX Teaching Artist José García’s direction to experiment with ways of interrupting racism and bigotry. Using the Brazilian theater artist Augusto Boal’s Theatre of the Oppressed, José as the “Joker” will invite audience members to help these students conceive of different ways to interrupt and redirect those experiences, empowering these young people and themselves. This interactive performance is open to all ages.

Click here for tickets! All are pay-what-you-can general admission.

Looking for an easy way to help our school? Remember to click the AmazonSmile link for all of your shopping! Select Friends of the Bklyn New School- Bklyn School for Collab Studies when you shop at to make BNS your charity. A small portion of your purchase price will be donated to our school!

Looking Ahead…

Mindful Mondays: Monday, November 18 @ 8:20am in Room 105B
Come sit in meditation, learn some techniques, discuss the practice, then head off to work.

Friends of BNS Meeting: Tuesday, November 19 @ 8:20am in Room 105B
Join our fundraising team to plan the big year-end appeal.

Open Library: Tuesday, November 19 @ 2:30pm in the Library
Fun time in the library after school.

Garden to Cafe Day: Wednesday, November 20 @ 11:10am in the Cafeteria
New and exciting fresh food will be available for all children to try during lunch period.

3rd Grade Parent Breakfast: Thursday, November 21 @ 8:20am in Room 103
Join administrators and parents to discuss all things 3rd grade.

Grant Writing Committee Meeting: Thursday, November 21 @ 8:20am in Room 105B
Join this small but hardworking group to help raise crucial funding for our school.


School lunch is free for all students. This month’s menu is posted here.

BNS PTA 2019–2020

  • AMY TATE, Co-President, mom to Veda (3rd grade)
  • JOCELYN LEAVITT, Co-Treasurer, mom to Makua (1st grade)
  • ALTHEA WESSELING-GOTTINGAR, Co-Treasurer, mom to Shane (3rd grade) & Avery (kindergarten)
  • JULIANA GLASSMAN, Recording Secretary, mom to Jolie (pre-K)
  • JENNIFER ECK, Correspondence Secretary, mom to Desmond (3rd grade) & Cecelia (kindergarten)
  • ELYSE NEIMAN SEITER, Social Media Manager, mom to Lola (5th grade) & Aidan (2nd grade)
  • MC RUEDA-HILGENDORF, Web Coordinator, mom to Oliver (3rd grade) & Inez (1st grade)
  • RADHIKA CHALASANI, Communications Chair, mom to Anila (1st grade)
  • CAROLYN McGOWN, Food Sales Chair, mom to Ophelia (5th grade) & Lorelei (3rd grade)
  • ANNA CATHERINE RUTLEDGE, Fundraising Chair, mom to Harry (5th grade) & Walsh (3rd grade)
  • HANNAH NUDELL, mom to Eliza (1st grade)
  • JAIME FRANKLIN, mom to Kennedy (2nd grade) & Atticus (kindergarten)
  • LISA CORTES, mom to Nia (1st grade)
  • MATTHEW HALL, dad to Lucia (5th grade)
  • MIKE VISCONTI, dad to Olivia (3rd grade) & Violet (kindergarten)

Contact the 2019 BNS PTA at

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