Diane & Malika’s Weekly Letters

Diane Castelucci and Malika Johnson-Willis, the BNS Leadership Team, write weekly letters to our whole community, sent out via Konstela to all families.

Not getting Diane and Malika’s letters?  Please contact amysumner@bns146.org.

Archive of last school year’s letters can also be found below:

  • Cocinamos!

    January 15, 2022

    Dear Families, As we head into a long weekend that commemorates the life of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., it is important to acknowledge the path he and so many others have blazed. His...   Read More

  • Songs of Peace, Songs of Gathering, Songs of Celebration

    December 23, 2021

    Dear Families, We are holding onto a sense of stability in a rapidly changing backdrop. While we do all we can to keep all members of our community safe and taken care of, we...   Read More

  • Bold Colors, Soft Moods and December Feelings

    December 12, 2021

    Dear Families, December is a month filled with lots of energy – anxious energy, anticipatory energy, hopeful energy, restless energy and creative energy. During this time we tend to see an uptick of winter...   Read More

  • With Hope, Magic and Care

    December 4, 2021

    Dear Families, We came back from the holiday with a jolt.  Five classes moved to remote-learning for many or all of their learners this week. We remember how fragile our return to fully in-person...   Read More

  • Take Pause and Show Gratitude

    November 24, 2021

    Dear Families, Today is the 49th day of school. It is only the fourth day that our entire community has been together during this time of year in two years: on Nov 18, 2020,...   Read More

  • Pop Ups and Recovery

    November 19, 2021

    Dear Families, Last school year, in January and February, there was a whirlwind of cautious excitement and collaboration amongst our staff community, as the COVID-19 vaccine was live and ready for adult administration.  We...   Read More

  • “I want to be an everything”

    November 6, 2021

    Dear Families, A chill in the air and crunchy leaves on the ground, it is truly fall. Today is AppleFest, a long-standing BNS/BCS tradition, a celebration of unity and togetherness. We hope to see...   Read More

  • Alumni Night: Talking about the Transition to Middle School

    October 29, 2021

    Dear Families: On Wednesday evening, we were part of something special. Alumni Night is a BNS event for fifth graders and their families to listen to BNS graduates who visit us to share their...   Read More

  • Sometimes, projects take more time than we expect

    October 19, 2021

    Dear Families, One windy Sunday in April 2016, the weather shook loose a panel of stucco affixed to the exterior of 610 Henry St, which came down onto the roof of the school cafeteria....   Read More

  • Experiential Learning in Full Swing

    October 5, 2021

    Dear Families,  Last week, on Monday and Tuesday after dismissal, the next layer of getting to know our children began.  BNS Cross-Talks are another one of our fall traditions, wherein teachers and educational assistants...   Read More

  • Essential Conversations

    September 27, 2021

    Dear Families, At the end of week two, we reflect on what it means to “build community.” This week, families of children in grades 1-5 had their September family/teacher conferences, an important BNS tradition...   Read More

  • Cleaning, Sorting, Organizing, Planning

    June 7, 2021
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    Dear Families: As we begin our celebrations and curriculum shares, we also wanted to take a moment to explain the reason for the two non-attendance days in June – last week on Thursday and...   Read More

  • Through Adversity Comes Strength

    June 1, 2021

    Dear Families: It is June, the first day of the last month of the strangest and most difficult school year in memory.  Or at least we keep calling it difficult.  But we also know...   Read More

  • Imagine a Future

    May 24, 2021

    Dear Families: As our youngsters return to 610 Henry Street and we try to figure out who they are, with only the hint of their eyes and their bodies, we marvel at their growth. ...   Read More

  • ¡Children’s Extravaganza!

    May 18, 2021

    Dear Families: In this year of so many changes and unpredictable moments, one thing that has held us together as a community has been our reflective approach to maintaining some of our special traditions.  ...   Read More

  • Summer is Rising at BNS

    May 16, 2021

    Dear Families: You may have heard that this summer the NYC DOE will be offering summer school throughout the city.  This exciting opportunity involves a combination of academic and camp experiences.  Each site is...   Read More

  • Humming with the Voices of Children

    May 3, 2021

    Dear Families: It is the month of May with only eight weeks of school left for the school year 2020-2021.  Be on the lookout for information about the city’s optional new summer school program...   Read More

  • Beautiful Tapestry

    April 28, 2021

    Dear Families, BNS has always existed as a reimagining of what public school can be. However, as a part of  the larger NYC school system, we acknowledge that we too can and have perpetuated...   Read More

  • Pass It On

    April 21, 2021
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    Dear Families: In this year, Anna’s last as principal, we have had many moments of reflection and many an opportunity for pause.  More than one person has commented on how sad it is that...   Read More

  • Resiliency and Flexibility

    April 14, 2021

    Dear Families: We want to thank former parents, Takiema Bunche Smith and Amy Plattsmier for joining us yesterday at our third to fifth grade parent meeting on assessment and standardized testing.  Malika gave an...   Read More

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