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BSI Newsletter Issue #5

BSI Newsletter

Issue #5 Week of 11/14/16 

Schoolwide News 

PTCs
Parent Teacher Conferences will be held on Wednesday, November 30th from 12:50 until 3 and 4:00 until 7:00 p.m.  Parent Teacher Conference online registration will be sent out on Wednesday 11/23/16.  Click here for more details.K-3 Family Monday 
We invite you to join us on Monday, November 21st, for another Family Monday. Students will be picked up by their classroom teachers in the cafeteria as usual and meet you in their classrooms at around 8:40am. It will be followed by the PTO meeting at around 9:25am.

4-8 Family Share- click here for details.

Pajama Day
Wednesday, November 23rd, is Pajama Day here at BSI. Our spirit days are an opportunity for us to come together as a learning community to have fun and build school spirit. Students and staff will be participating in the fun. Don’t forget to send your child in or with PJs.

Frequently Asked Questions: 

  • What do I need to do if my child is absent? Who do I notify? If your child will be absent you should fill out the dismissal form and check off the absent box. You can also email attendance@bsi686.org instead. There is no need to call the office.
  • What should I do if my child is having a hard time on the bus? If there is an incident or anything else that happens on the bus that your child does not feel comfortable with, please email the child’s teacher, our guidance counselor (vdurandise@bsi686.org) and me (amoshura@bsi686.org).
  • What if I need to pick my child up early from school or change his/her usual dismissal plan? Please fill out an online dismissal form. The cut off time for early pickups and dismissal changes is2pm to ensure that everyone who is involved in the dismissal process receives the correct information and students are all accounted for. There is no need to call the office and handwritten notes as those two methods are fairly unreliable.

School Website 
On Thursday our redesigned website will be launched. Our goal is to make it easier to navigate and more streamlined. There will be more work done after the initial launch so stay tuned. If anyone has any feedback please feel free to reach out to amoshura@bsi686.org

Lost & Found
Lost & Found room will be cleaned on Monday. All items not picked up by Monday evening will be collected and picked up by a donation company. Those of you that are coming to our Family Monday will have the perfect opportunity to check the lost and found room for any lost items.

Chess News from Vlad
Just wanted to share the latest news. Our chess team participated at three tournaments in last two weeks including CIS World Chess NYC Junior Championship at PS 11M. Click here for a detailed update.

Pictures 
Those of you that ordered pictures by the first deadline will receive them by 11/18/16. The first batch came in and is being distributed on 11/16 & 11/17. If you have any question reach out to msigalova@bsi686.org.

B&N Bookfair 
Our annual Barnes & Noble Bookfair is Sunday, November 20th from 9am-7pm at the Park Slope Barnes & Noble, 267 7th Avenue, Brooklyn. 

No School 
There is no school on Thursday and Friday due to Thanksgiving. We wish you a nice and relaxing long weekend.

Middle School News
School Loop & Homework Reminders
Grades 4-8 Please remember that School Loop sends out a homework reminder email every day at 5pm unless you have opted out of that option. Teachers will not send out individual emails to classes with such reminders. All of that information will come from school loop.
Google Classroom and School Loop are merging this week and everything that is posted on Google Classroom will be found on School Loop as well. There is one central place with all homework assignments and classwork related information which is School Loop. If there are any issues, concerns or questions please reach out to amoshura@bsi686.orgDebate Team 
Our Debate Team will go on their first tournament this Saturday (11/19/16). If anyone would like to come out and show their support here is the venue information:
American Debate League Fall Classic
M.S. 172  81-14 257th street, Queens N.Y. (between 257th street and 81st avenue)
The tournament is from 9-5 p.m. (Awards ceremony at 4 p.m.) 

Trimester Breakdown 

Trimester 1 Sept 8th – November 18th
Trimester 2 November 21- February 17th
Trimester 3 February 27- June 28

8th Grade
8th Graders Timeline. What should 8th Graders be doing now?

  • In the next 2 weeks you should be finishing up all tours and open houses
  • You should be completing your interviews, auditions, assessments and online applications (NYCiSchool, Manhattan Hunter Science High School etc…)
  • Bard HS is still in the process of grading assessments and have not completed the interview invitations. If you have any questions or concerns please contact Ms. Valerie. 
  • It’s time to review your lists of schools and programs and begin to place them in your order of preference – choosing what you love 1st, 2nd, 3rd etc…
  • Make sure you have chosen at least 12 programs (remember some high schools have more than 1 program and each one that you are interested in is listed as a separate choice)
  • List your final choices on the application and submit to Ms. Valerie by Nov. 28th. Applications must be signed by both the parent and student.  

 

Outside Opportunities:
2017 GOALS for Girls Summer Intensive at the Intrepid Museum on Saturday, Dec. 10, 2016 for interested female students, parents, school administrators, teachers and community leaders to participate and hear more about the free 6-week application -based summer program.
Upcoming Events:

  • November 21, 2016 8:40am K-3 Family Monday followed by the PTO meeting 
  • November 21, 2016 8:40am Lost & Found clean out 
  • November 22, 2016 8:00am – 8:30 am Parent Engagement Time. Teachers are available for meetings. Don’t hesitate and reach out to and schedule a phone or face to face meeting with ANY of the teachers.
  • November 22, 2016 Grade 2 Trip 
  • November 22, 2016 301 Trip 
  • November 23, 2016 Pajama Day 
  • November 24, 2016 No School: Thanksgiving 
  • November 25, 2016 No School: Thanksgiving 
  • November 29, 2016 8:00am – 8:30 am Parent Engagement Time. Teachers are available for meetings. Don’t hesitate and reach out to and schedule a phone or face to face meeting with ANY of the teachers.
  • November 30, 2016 PTCs / Early dismissal. 
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BSI Newsletter Issue #4

Issue #4 Week of 11/7/16                                                                                 html version click here
Schoolwide News 

Meetings with Teachers
Many of you are taking advantage of Tuesday Parent Engagement mornings and there have been many parent teacher conferences initiated both by parents and teachers. We would like you to know that all teachers are available for these meetings, so feel free to reach out and schedule a meeting.

Grade 3 Math Parent Workshop
Everyone is welcome to come. You do not need to be a parent of a 3rd grader.
Multiplication and Division Strategies
Wednesday, November 16th 8:45-9:45 am Room 418
In 3rd grade, multiplication and division are major focal points of the curriculum. You will be introduced to the Common Core expectations for multiplication and division. We will also look at strategies children use to approach multi-digit multiplication problems and discuss why flexible strategy use is so important!  You will learn to play games that will support your child at home.
Led by Marcy Mattera (mmattera@bsi686.org)

Grade 1 Math Parent Workshop
Everyone is welcome to come. You do not need to be a parent of a 3rd grader.
Developing Addition Strategies
Wednesday, November 17th 8:45-9:45 am Room 418
In first grade, children are developing strategies for addition. At BSI, we encourage students to make sense of numbers and use flexible strategies. Come learn about how children develop mental computation skills by building a network of relationships between addition facts. Try some hands-on activities and take games home to play with your child!
Led by Rachel Michael (rmichael@bsi686.org)

Middle School News
If anyone needs help with school loop please feel free to reach out to pc@bsi686.org or amoushura@bsi686.org.

8th Graders Timeline. What should 8th Graders be doing now?

  • In the next 2 weeks you should be finishing up all tours and open houses
  • You should be completing your interviews, auditions, assessments and online applications (NYCiSchool, Manhattan Hunter Science High School etc…)
  • Bard HS is still in the process of grading assessments and have not completed the interview invitations. If you have any questions or concerns please contact Ms. Valerie. 
  • It’s time to review your lists of schools and programs and begin to place them in your order of preference – choosing what you love 1st, 2nd, 3rd etc…
  • Make sure you have chosen at least 12 programs (remember some high schools have more than 1 program and each one that you are interested in is listed as a separate choice)
  • List your final choices on the application and submit to Ms. Valerie by Nov. 28th. Applications must be signed by both the parent and student.  
Upcoming Events:

  • November 11, 2016 School Closed: Veterans Day
  • November 14, 2016 at 9:30 am – 1:30 pm 1st Grade: Environmental Study Center Trip  This is solely a reminder about the trip. Classroom teachers will e-mail to specify how many chaperones can attend and all other details.
  • November 14, 2016 at 9:30 am – 1:30 pm 3-302: Prospect Park Zoo Trip This is solely a reminder about the trip. Classroom teachers will e-mail to specify how many chaperones can attend and all other details.
  • November 15, 2016 8:00am – 8:30 am Parent Engagement Time Teachers are available for meetings. Don’t hesitate and reach and schedule one with ANY of the teachers.
  • November 16, 2016 3:00pm – 4:00pm SLT Meeting #3
  • November 21, 2016 8:40am K-3 Family Monday followed by the PTO meeting 
Outside Opportunities:
2017 GOALS for Girls Summer Intensive at the Intrepid Museum on Saturday, Dec. 10, 2016 for interested female students, parents, school administrators, teachers and community leaders to participate and hear more about the free 6-week application -based summer program.
AnnouncementsMrs. Anna's Announcements

BSI Newsletter Issue #3

Issue #3 Week of 10/31/16                                                                         html version click here 

Schoolwide News 
Good Afternoon Families,

Picture Day
Picture make-up day is Thursday, November 3rd. Sibling pictures will also be taken during that time. If you would like to have any sibling photos taken please make sure to sign up online:  picture retake form, siblings photo form. You MUST sign up if you’d like siblings photographed.

Grade K Math Parent Workshop 
Counting and Beyond
Thursday, November 3rd 8:45-9:45 am Room 418
Children come to school with many ideas about numbers.  In kindergarten, we build on these ideas as we explore counting strategies and develop an understanding of relationships between numbers. At this workshop, we will explore early number concepts that are essential to building a strong foundation for addition and subtraction. Try some hands-on activities and take games home to play with your child!Led by Rachel Michael (rmichael@bsi686.org)

Grade 2 Math Parent Workshop
Addition and Subtraction Strategies: Thinking Flexibly
Wednesday, November 2nd 8:45-9:45 am-Room 418
In 2nd grade, we expect our students to have multiple strategies for addition and subtraction. So what are those strategies? In this workshop, we will explore the various addition and subtraction strategies that children use and their relationship to place value. Come learn about how the number line is a useful tool for addition/subtraction. We will also take a look at the Common Core expectations for addition and subtraction and discuss why flexible strategy use is so important!

Water Bottles
Please make sure NOT to send students in with glass bottles. They present a safety hazard. We have had a number of incidents with glass bottles breaking. We appreciate your attention to this matter.

Middle School News 
Check here for high school open house information.

Student IDs have been distributed and their last year IDs will be collected on Friday.  In order to receive a student ID for 2016-2017 school year, students were asked to bring back their out-to-lunch form so that their lunch arrangements can be marked on the ID card outlining whether they need supervision for lunch or can go out on their own.  (Grades 6, 7, 8)

If anyone needs help with school loop please feel free to reach out to pc@bsi686.org or amoushura@bsi686.org.

Upcoming Events:

  • Grade 2 Math Parent Workshop November 2, 2016 at 8:45 am – 9:45 am Room 418
  • Sibling Pictures & Retakes November 3, 2016
  • Picture make-up day November 3, 2016
  • Kindergarten Math Parent Workshop November 3, 2016 at 8:45 am – 9:45 am Room 418
  • No School for Students: PD for staff November 8, 2016
Outside Opportunities:
2017 GOALS for Girls Summer Intensive at the Intrepid Museum on Saturday, Dec. 102016 for interested female students, parents, school administrators, teachers and community leaders to participate and hear more about the free 6-week application -based summer program.