PTA Weekly Newsletter

No. 11  |  November 21, 2021

Dear BNS Families,

There is a chill in the air, but this amazing fall weather just keeps on coming, as we head into Thanksgiving week.  It’s been a hectic, and at times, stressful first few months back at school, so we hope you all manage to have a restful few days with family and friends. A quick note: There will be no newsletter published next week. Enjoy the time away, connecting with friends, family and community alike. 



Recap: The November 16 BNS PTA Meeting
The BNS PTA met on Tuesday, November 16. The discussion covered a range of topics including the social-emotional and academic screeners that the NYC Department of Education is requiring all schools to complete, and addressed some questions and concerns about these screeners. There was also an update on BNS’s recent COVID vaccination clinic (100 kids vaccinated!). Finally the group discussed fundraising efforts and approved this year’s PTA budget. For more information, please check out the meeting minutes

Pop-Up Vaccination Clinic on Tuesday, Nov. 23 from 7:30am – 4:15pm, Six Volunteers Needed

NYC Health & Hospitals’ free, pop-up Covid Vaccination Clinic for children ages 5-11 is on Tuesday, Nov 23 from 7:30 am-4:15 pm.  There are plenty of doses and children do NOT need to be enrolled at BNS or BCS to get vaccinated at this clinic. A parent/guardian must be present and/or give consent. The vaccine van will be parked on Coles Street & Henry Street. Please do not enter the school. First come, first served. No appointments necessary. We need 6 volunteers to help manage the clinic.  Please let Amy Sumner know if you can help out.

Reminder: Vaccines Support Public Health and BNS

Did you know that the BNS PTA is eligible to receive up to $20,000 in much needed funds if you list “The Brooklyn New School PS 146” as the referring agency for your child’s vaccine appointment (at a city-run site)?  Here’s how it works:

Schedule an appointment at a city-run vaccination site or school pop-up site (check for eligible locations) AND pick “The Brooklyn New School” as the referring organization during the online booking process or during registration for walk-in appointments.  BOTH your child and BNS will be eligible to receive a $100 incentive (monetary or non-monetary) for a total of $200.  Once your child has received their first dose you will receive instructions how to redeem the $100 incentive either in person or online

If your child was already vaccinated at a city-run site (including school sites), make sure to follow the link in your confirmation email to receive YOUR $100 incentive and designate the BNS PTA  as your referral.  Thank you to those who listed “Brooklyn New School, PS 146 PTA” as your referral.

Please click on the link below so we can track the number of referrals (no names are required).  

The Farm Stand at BNS Orders are due Tuesday, November 23; Volunteers Needed!

Pick up is Wednesday, December 1st, 2:00-3:00PM

The BNS Food Committee aims to offer access to seasonal and local produce to all BNS families.

Each order receives 5–8 types of produce per bundle offered on a sliding scale (see below). Fresh eggs and local honey are available for purchase as well (at wholesale prices). Please note – orders must be placed by Tuesday, November 23rd via Konstella, and picked up on Wednesday, December 1st,  between 2:00 and 3:00 PM.  

At December’s Farm Stand, there will be a BNS merchandise table selling tote bags, winter gear and more!  Don’t hesitate to reach out to with any questions or if you’re up for volunteering . 

Place your order here (Konstella users) and indicate how much you are paying for produce

Place your order here (non-Konstella users) 

  • $1–13: below cost
  • $14: at cost
  • $21: typical retail cost in a grocery store or farmers market (this price will offset the below-cost purchases and other costs associated with running this program)
  • $28: typical retail cost at a specialty store like Union Market (this price will offset the below-cost purchases and other costs associated with running this program)

The Farm Stand at BNS is a partnership between the BNS School Food Committee, BNS Green Committee & GrowNYC.  Contact with questions. 

ART NEEDS: Egg Cartons and Plastic Soup Containers

A number of kindergarten classes need  clear plastic egg cartons and quart sized soup and yogurt containers for painting activities .  Please bring the materials to Doug’s kindergarten classroom 203. 

Calling all Writers and Editors! Help Write the BNS Newsletter

We are looking for another person to join our newsletter team to help produce the newsletter every other week. It is a collaborative and engaging way to volunteer and support the BNS community. If you’re interested, email. Nicole C.

 Thanksgiving Pie Fundraiser Still Needs Volunteers!

The Pie Sale needs folks to help out on Tuesday, November 23. Visit the Konstella site for more information about how to help or to sign up,  

For Fall After School Workshops the Last Day is Tuesday, November 23

The last day for fall after school workshops is Tuesday, November 23. Please reach out to your child’s teacher if your dismissal plans are changing. 

BNS/BCS Parent Action Committee Meeting Wed. 12/1 at 7 p.m.
Interested in learning more about standardized testing and other social justice issues? Consider joining the BNS/BCS Parent Action Committee. The Committee brings parents together to promote progressive public education for all students at 610 Henry Street and increase understanding of the links between education policy and social justice. The PAC will have its first meeting this year on Wednesday, December 1st at 7 p.m. Please mark your calendar and watch out for a reminder and Zoom link after the Thanksgiving break.

 BNS Virtual Open Houses Continue; Share the News

Spread the word to your friends: BNS Virtual Open Houses are underway.  The DOE has not released deadlines for applications yet.
Brooklyn New School Virtual Open House Dates:

 BNS New Families Partnership is Still Open

BNS’s New Families Partnership, which connects new-to-BNS parents to experienced BNS parent  “buddies,” is still accepting families. If you’re new to BNS and want to be matched, or if you’re a returning parent and you’re willing to be a resource to a new community member, go to to fill out the short form and we’ll match you up! (Spanish-speaking returning buddies are available to new families who would prefer to communicate in Spanish.)

 Health & Safety Information


Please fill out NYC DOE Health Screening ahead of time every day. If you need a printout of the paper screener, please ask your child’s teacher.


The DOE now conducts random COVID-19 testing for students in grades 1–12 every week. Only students whose families have provided an updated testing consent form can be tested. You are strongly encouraged to provide this consent for your child. Go to your child’s NYCSA at to give consent for random COVID testing in school. If you gave testing consent last year, you will need to submit again for this school year. You can also fill out a paper consent form—email it to Janine at or return it to school in your child’s backpack.


The DOE will no longer automatically close an entire classroom when there is a positive case in the classroom. Unvaccinated students who are masked and at least three feet distanced from a student who tests positive are not considered close contacts under CDC guidelines and will not have to quarantine. Any individual who is determined to be a close contact will have to quarantine.

☑️ Reminders


Read Diane and Malika’s weekly letter 


Check what’s on the menu in November 


Looking Ahead

Bookmark the 2021–2022 DOE school calendar here. BNS events and important dates are also on the Konstella calendar.

November 23: Farm Stand orders due; last day of Fall Afterschool Workshops

November 25-26: Thanksgiving observed, no school

November 29: First day of winter Workshops

December 1: Farm Stand order pick up

December 2: Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Meeting 

December 7: SLT Meeting



  • Rich Ambler, parent of Elena (2nd grade, Andrew and Greta)
  • Mahshad Hall, parent of Ruby (Kindergarten, Mary Ann)


  • Laura Trevino, parent of Emilia (1st grade, Jessica B)
  • Krystina Athas, parent of Liam (1st grade, Valerie and Carrie) and Alexander (3rd grade, Claudia and Jennifer P)

Co-Recording Secretaries:

  • Cherrelle Hall, parent of Dylan (pre-K, Tammy)
  • Jessica Smith, parent of Henry (Kindergarten, Kori and Jenn)

DEI Co-Chairs:

  • Jade Harris, parent of Miller (2nd grade, Penina and Amy)
  • Leslie King, parent of Frederica (5th grade, Nneka)

Fundraising Chair:

  • Sarah Gable, parent of Captain (Kindergarten, Kori and Jenn)

Correspondence Secretary:

  • Nicole Cohen, parent of George (3rd grade, Claudia and Jennifer P)

Communications Chair:

  • Radhika Chalasani, parent of Anila (3rd grade, Nancy and Alex)

Web Editors:

  • Sherri Powell, parent of Tekla (pre-K, Skye)
  • Corissa Trani, parent of Logan (pre-K, Skye)
  • Patty Lin, parent of Deren (Kindergarten, Doug)

Social Media Manager:

  • Elyse Neiman Seiter, parent of Aidan (4th grade, Kristen) and Lola (BNS grad)

Food Sales Chair:

  • Carolyn McGown, parent of Lorelai (5th grade, Laurie and Navika) and Ophelia (BNS grad)

Class Parent Coordinator:

  • Margie Dotter, parent of Cliona (5th grade, Nancy and Rachael), Juniper (1st grade, Jessica B), and Abby (BNS grad)

Members at Large:

  • Candybelle Acevedo, parent of Emilia (4th grade, Zack and Kaelyn) and Isabelle (1st grade, Abby and Jennifer D)
  • Maggie Ross Newville, parent of Magnus (5th grade, Laurie and Navika) and Axel (2nd grade, Amanda)
  • Hannah Nudell, parent of Eliza (3rd grade, Katherine) and Gideon (pre-K, Skye)
  • Linnea Veder, parent of Leo (pre-K, Jennifer G)

Contact the 2021–2022 BNS PTA at

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