PTA Weekly Newsletter

No. 4    September 16, 2019

Everything You Need to Know

Let’s hope this week brings us all some semblance of a regular schedule so we can get back to work! Kids and staff at BNS are building community in their new classrooms, and the PTA is excited for everything coming up. Here’s a look ahead…

PTA Meetings 


Thanks to everyone who came out for the first PTA meeting last week! We feel fabulous momentum—new people stepped forward to volunteer and we’re ready to get to work! If you couldn’t attend, please check out the minutes here.

Sign-up sheets were circulated at the meeting and anyone can join a committee on Konstella. You should hear from someone soon, or you can reach out to us at We can connect you with the proper group.


Curious about the money that the PTA raises and where it all goes and how it’s spent? Come to the next PTA meeting to discuss and vote in this year’s proposed budget (see attachment). Save the date: October 10.


This meeting will be our mid-year elections to bring in the PTA positions required by the chancellor’s regulations. Please help us vote in our new recording secretary Juliana Glassman (mom to Jolie in pre-K) and our new co-treasurers Jasra and Althea Gottinger (parents to Shane in 3rd and Avery in K). Save the date: November 14.


The PTA is still in need of a co-president. Our PTA co-president Amy Tate and her Executive Committee kicked off the start of school with a bang, and now we’re looking for one more highly organized parent to join her as co-president. This person is someone who is diplomatic, loves building community and assuming responsibility, and has some extra time during the week to spare. PTA co-president is an opportunity to make a real difference at the most local level in not only your child’s life but the lives of everyone in the BNS community.

Intrigued? Use the Konstella directory to contact Tailisha Gonzalez, BNS PTA nominating committee, with any questions. 

Friends of BNS Meeting
Tuesday, September 17 @ 8:20am in Room 105B

Friends of BNS is the fundraising arm of the PTA. EVERYone is welcome to come and learn what we do, how we do it, and how you can help. The work done by fundraising is vitally important to the BNS curriculum. Check out the budget (see attachment) and you’ll be able to understand what we’re raising money for. Friends of BNS meets monthly on the third Tuesday of the month. Sign up on Konstella!

School Leadership Team Meeting
Tuesday, September 17 @ 4:00pm in the Library

The SLT, or School Leadership Team, is a group of parents, teachers, and administrators who gather for monthly meetings to discuss topics that are currently engaging the BNS community. The SLT is an opportunity for parents to have their voices be heard by the school community and administration. Come to the meeting to learn more! Meetings are open to all who would like to attend. 

Class Parent Meeting
Wednesday, September 18 @ 8:20am in Room 103

If you’ve agreed to be a class parent, please check in with your child’s teacher and make sure you’re signed up in Konstella. Then come to this meeting to mingle with others doing the same and to get the skinny on what is expected of you in this role. Class parent is an important position that can help bring a group of families together, as well as take some of the burden off the teachers. That said, it isn’t a huge amount of time and mostly involves communication. 

If the class parent for your child’s class hasn’t said hi to you yet, then there might not be one yet. Could it be you? 

5th Grade Parent Breakfast
Thursday, September 19 @ 8:20am in Room 103

Join Anna and Diane and 5th grade families for coffee and bagels. We’ll be discussing all things middle school, including the application process. Bring your questions and concerns. 

Pre-K and K Breakfast Potluck
Saturday, September 20 @ 10:00am in the Big Yard (Rapelye Street)

Meet other kids in pre-K and kindergarten and their families at this weekend mixer. Bring a dish or a drink to share.

Bake Sale Hosted by 3rd Grade
Friday, September 20 @ 2:30pm in the Cafeteria

Last week’s bake sale brought in $868 for the 5th graders, which is a super strong start for this school year. Way to go, 5th grade families! 

This week’s bake sale will be hosted by the 3rd grade to support their curriculum. Bring your homemade or store-bought goodies to Room 105B on Friday morning or straight to the cafeteria in the afternoon. Best-selling items are anything chocolate and/or with colorful sprinkles.

Volunteers are needed to help sell at the table. Please use the Konstella directory to let Carolyn McGown know you can help out. 

Reminder to Fill Out the Economic Survey
Whether or not you qualify for free lunch, please fill out the economic survey. Go to to get started.

Global Climate Strike

Friday, September 20 @ 12:00pm at Coffey Park

Activism and community are founding tenets of our school. BNS teaches the importance of taking a stand and working with other people to make a difference to affect change. This Friday, several upper-grade classes will be joining the student-organized Global Climate Strike in Coffey Park in Red Hook. They’ll be making signs in the classroom and making their voices heard. Families are welcome to join.

Fairway Community Partners

Attention, new families! Get a Fairway Community Partners card and use it every time you shop at Fairway. A portion of your purchase price gets donated back to BNS. And on September 24, Fairway will double its contribution to our school!

Stop by the main office to pick up a card or use the Konstella directory to reach out to Juliana Glassman. We can also supply replacement cards to anyone who has lost theirs. Happy shopping!

On Deck for Next Week

The BNS/BCS Fall Book Fair, September 23 through September 26

Curriculum Night, September 24

Applefest Planning Meeting, September 25 [note new date! there is no meeting on 9/17]

Parents as Learning Partners: Presenting the Band, September 26


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)
  • CHENDA FRUCHTER, Co-Treasurer, mom to Jack (BNS alum) & Benjy (2nd grade)
  • JOCELYN LEAVITT, Co-Treasurer, mom to Makua (1st grade)
  • JENNIFER ECK, Correspondence Secretary, mom to Desmond (3rd grade) & Cecelia (kindergarten)
  • ELYSE NEIMAN SEITER, Social Media Manager, mom of Lola (5th grade) & Aidan (2nd grade)
  • MC RUEDA-HILGENDORF, Web Coordinator, mom of 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 of Harry (5th grade) & Walsh (3rd grade)
  • HANNAH NUDELL, mom of Eliza (1st grade)
  • JAIME FRANKLIN, mom of Kennedy (2nd grade) & Atticus (kindergarten)
  • LISA CORTES, mom of Nia (1st grade)
  • MATTHEW HALL, dad to Lucia (4th grade)
  • MIKE VISCONTI, dad to Olivia (3rd grade) & Violet (kindergarten)


Contact the 2019 BNS PTA at

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