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:

  • 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
    sofrito poster

    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
    sofrito poster

    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

  • Real Conversations

    April 7, 2021

    Dear Families: As we return to school and to our BNS community, we want to express our solidarity with our Asian staff and families, as instances of anti-Asian hate and violence cross our news...   Read More

  • Solidarity

    March 22, 2021
    Text reading 'STOP AAPI HATE', white background with black text in a paint brush font

    Dear Families,  In light of recent events, it is essential to center the messaging this week from a member of the Asian community at BNS. We are fortunate to have a guest writer share...   Read More

  • Zooming Into Math

    March 16, 2021
    Early Number and Counting, two circles with post-it notes in them

    Dear Families: Last Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday, we spent each morning watching a video of Graham Fletcher, an engaging educator who works with math teachers throughout the country.  At BNS, we are...   Read More

  • 119 Performers + Donna and José = Joy

    March 8, 2021
    Screenshot of screen showing video chat of 16 kids faces (4 x 4) all showing their two hands to the camera

    Dear Families: We want to congratulate our teaching artists from the Brooklyn Arts Exchange, Donna and José, on the most unique and powerful  Fourth Grade Musical, performed on the evening of March 3 on...   Read More

  • “The Key to Unlock Fun”

    February 22, 2021
    large field covered in snow, children playing in the snow

    Dear Families:  We enter the second half of the 2020- 2021 school year in a reflective mood, being struck by how much has changed in the past eleven months.  We look towards the anniversary...   Read More

  • “We Recognize Ourselves as Family”

    February 8, 2021
    Young Black girl with a yellow sweatshirt that says "My Vice President is a Black Woman

    Dear Families,  “Human beings are more alike than we are unalike. The minute we begin to understand just the slightest part of that, we recognize ourselves as family. The moment I see a fifteen...   Read More

  • Black Lives Matter at School

    February 1, 2021
    Black Lives Matter at School with image of a dark-skinned woman with braids

    Dear Families: BNS is committed to anti-oppressive, anti-racist, inclusive language and teaching that values all identities and supports student learning and understanding, both inside and outside of the classroom. This year, we are intentionally...   Read More

  • The Story of Our Democracy

    January 25, 2021
    children gathered outside on a playground watching a large screen of Joe Biden swearing in as president

    Dear Families: Wednesday was a special day, a day that brought back memories of January 20th 2008, a day that reminded us about the power of education and the importance of teaching the story...   Read More

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