PTA Weekly Newsletter

No. 29      April 18, 2021

Dear BNS Families,

We are continuing to emerge. The book swap last weekend was a lovely, small social event that allowed some of us who have been Zooming all year to see each other in person, full bodied. It was weird and awkward and also sweet and fun. There will be more of these small events, and as they come up for you, we recommend attending; a trial run for you as much as for the kids.

This past weekend the 4th grade musical crew held a cast party in the park, and the band had their first in a series of in-person performances. Thank you to all who came out and joined the fun—it was amazing to see you!

This week, we’ll wrap up the readathon and we’ll have the second in our four-part series of anti-racist workshops.

Keep reading for everything you need to know this week.


DEI General Meeting and Anti-Racist Workshop

Thursday, April 22 @ 6:30pm

Please join the Diversity, Equity & Inclusion Committee for a brief general meeting to touch base on ongoing initiatives, including community-building events, website presence, fundraising principles with a DEI lens, workshop updates, and more.

To join the Zoom meeting, go to:
Meeting ID: 897 0054 0432
Passcode: AWXn5N


Thursday, April 22 @ 7:00pm

Building on the first workshop held last month, NYU Metrotech returns with the second out of four workshops focusing on building an anti-racist parent/caregiver community at BNS.

There are still spots available—please sign up here if you haven’t already.

Zoom links will be sent with registration.

This time we will be meeting in racial identity groups for the whole evening.

For Black and Brown (BIPOC) Parents/Caregivers: This session and the next will create a space to identify our experiences as BIPOC parents/caregivers at BNS. We will explore challenges and opportunities for strengthening our relationships with each other. We will begin to unpack our relationships with white parents/caregivers in our school, and identify expectations of allied behavior across BIPOC communities and from the white community.

For White Parents/Caregivers: This week, we will explore white-centering—the ways in which white folks have been socialized to center white culture and norms, and our own experiences, in everything that we do. And next month, we will get to work together on racial (micro) aggressions.

BNS Readathon Ends Tomorrow

Monday, April 19

When the readathon ends, the counting begins! Count up your minutes and start collecting donations from your sponsors.

First, contact your sponsors to let them know how much you read. This sample email or this phone script will help!

Then, make sure your sponsors have donated—and don’t forget to thank them! To donate online, please use this link, or send a check to the PTA at 610 Henry Street.

This readathon is a fundraiser to support all the programs that make learning at BNS fun and exciting: field trips, our farm and hens, our science and sustainability program, author visits, art supplies, music programs, project-based learning, and our BAX residency that keeps us dancing, singing, and moving all year long.

Thank you to all students who participated and to all sponsors who donated!

4th Grade Musical Cast Party

On Saturday, our 4th graders gathered in Prospect Park with Donna and José from BAX to celebrate their hard work on their virtual musical “Last Night I Had the Strangest Dream.” The kids danced and played, they signed each other’s musical T-shirts, and most of all they enjoyed being together in person!

School Leadership Team Meeting

Wednesday, April 21 @ 5:00pm on Zoom

Anyone can join the SLT meeting, and we welcome newcomers. If you have an interest in helping a team of parents, teachers, and administration think about how best to serve our school community and then act accordingly, this is the meeting to attend.

If you have concerns or issues you would like to discuss with the SLT, please reach out to Diane at and she will get your issue on the agenda.

To join the Zoom meeting, go to:
Meeting ID: 812 3239 5009
Passcode: 146146

One-tap mobile: +19292056099,,81232395009#,,,,*146146# US (New York)

🍅 BNS Farm Stand

Wednesday, April 21 @ 2:00–2:30pm

If you preorderd fresh local veggies from the BNS Farm Stand, please pick them up on Wednesday between 2:00pm and 2:30pm on Rapelye Street. There will be extra eggs, honey, and peppers available at the stand at wholesale prices. We will try to prepack as many bundles as possible, but please bring your own bag, just in case.

Questions? Email

Popcorn Sale Coming Soon

Sunday, May 2 to Thursday, May 6

In a few weeks, we will be holding an online popcorn sale through Double Good. It is SO EASY to share info with your friends and family to order delicious gourmet popcorn and support our school.

Before the sale starts, you need to download the Double Good app (Apple or Google) onto your smartphone or tablet to set up your shop and participate in the sale. Setting up your personal shop is simple—just use the event code KRS FTQ to link to the BNS sale. Download the app now and watch for more info coming soon!

Information for In-Person Students


Each child attending BNS in-person must submit a health screening EVERY DAY. Watch this quick tutorial then bookmark this link to fill it out online, and be prepared to show it to the nurse at morning drop-off. Or print out the newest version here and send it to school with your child. Please include your child’s name and the date on the paper form.


This Wednesday will be an A day. Click here for the April to June in-person schedule for children in Cohorts A & B. The A & B days also appear on the Konstella calendar.


Dismissal is at 2:10pm every day. We ask families to wait on Rapelye Street until the bus kids have come out and we open the gate, at which time families can enter the Big Yard to pick up children in pre-K through 2nd grade. Children in 3rd to 5th grades gather with their crews along Rapelye Street. Please pick up your child at their crew spot and be sure they say goodbye to their crew leader, then exit the Big Yard. Please note that once the school buses leave, Rapelye Street is reopened to traffic. Dogs are not permitted in the Big Yard.

A group of parents, staff, and teachers came up with the Share an ASK, Share a GIVE list to communicate ongoing needs and availability. The aim is to pair up those who have materials, time, skills, and energy and give them to those who have specific needs, including teachers and admin.

This ask-give list is growing every day—please check back often to see how you can help!

Warm Up with BAX Every Wednesday

Wednesday, April 21 @ 8:45am on Zoom

Gather every Wednesday morning wherever you are with Donna and José to sing and dance your way to a great day. This warm-up is your Wednesday morning super vitamin!

To join the Zoom meeting, go to:
Meeting ID: 869 1740 4980
Passcode: bnsbax

📚 Weekly Library Read-Alouds

Every week our BNS/BCS librarians post new recordings of books to share with your child. These books can be enjoyed by anyone at any time, and they are great conversation starters.

Click here for the Weekly Read-Alouds.

You can keep up with what’s going on at the library through the BNS/BCS Library webpage, which has booklists and online resources as well as our library catalog (use the left-hand sidebar to navigate and then explore tabs).

More Ways to Support BNS

If you or your kiddo is having a birthday soon, consider setting up a Facebook birthday fundraiser to help support your favorite school—BNS!

Do your online shopping on AmazonSmile and select “Friends of the Bklyn New School- Bklyn School for Collab Studies” as your charity. Amazon gives back to BNS for every purchase made, and it really adds up!


Bookmark the DOE school calendar here.

April 28: BAX Wednesday Warm-Up (8:45am)
May 2–May 6: Popcorn Sale
May 5: PTA General Meeting and Panel on Hopes and Dreams (6:30pm)


  • AMY TATE, Co-President, mom to Veda (4th grade)
  • RICH AMBLER, Co-President, dad to Elena (2nd grade)
  • ALTHEA WESSELING-GOTTINGAR, Co-Treasurer, mom to Shane (4th grade) & Avery (1st grade)
  • LAURA TREVINO, Co-Treasurer, mom to Emilia (kindergarten)
  • JAIME FRANKLIN, Co-Recording Secretary and DEI Co-Chair, mom to Kennedy (3rd grade) & Atticus (1st grade)
  • LIZ WELCH D’ARCANGELO, Co-Recording Secretary, mom to Bella (4th grade)
  • JENNIFER ECK, Correspondence Secretary, mom to Desmond (4th grade) & Cecelia (1st grade)
  • ELYSE NEIMAN SEITER, Social Media Manager, mom to Aidan (3rd grade) & Lola (BNS grad)
  • RADHIKA CHALASANI, Communications Chair, mom to Anila (2nd grade)
  • CAROLYN McGOWN, Food Sales Chair, mom to Lorelei (4th grade) & Ophelia (BNS grad)
  • JULIE REINKEN, Website Manager, mom to Leon (3rd grade)
  • MARGIE DOTTER, Crew Parent Coordinator, mom to Cliona (4th grade) and Juniper (kindergarten)
  • HANNAH NUDELL, mom to Eliza (2nd grade)
  • ARIANA MANGUAL FIGUEROA, mom to Lucía (2nd grade) & Marcela (kindergarten)
  • JADE HARRIS, mom to Miller (1st grade)
  • CANDYBELLE ACEVEDO, mom to Emilia (3rd grade) & Isabelle (kindergarten)
  • MAGGIE ROSS, mom to Magnus (4th grade) and Axel (1st grade)

Contact the 2020–2021 BNS PTA at

© 2018. All rights reserved.
WordPress theme: Dameer DJ. Photos: Justin Weiner

%d bloggers like this: