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12/5 – Student/Family Update

Dear BCS Students/Families, we hope you had a wonderful weekend.  Our College March on Friday was AMAZING!  Please check out photos and videos on our Instagram page.


COVID tests are available in Offices 416 and 516

  • Students (and their families) can come get COVID tests whenever you need in Offices 416 and 516.  Please take what you need for your family.  Open to all BCS families.

Spirit Monday 12/5 – Flannel Day

  • Wear flannel or plaid and take pictures with your crew to send to photos@bcs
  • Lookahead to future spirit days:
    • Mon 12/12 – Winter Wonderland (wear white)
    • Mon 12/19 – Holiday themed pajamas

COVID notification – email if you test positive for COVID

  • Reminder that you must email and your crew leader if you test positive for COVID so that we can advise you about your return date and DOE policies
  • As always, email crew leaders when you are absent

Upcoming Photo Days – please mark your calendars

  • Fri 12/9 – individual photos for Grades 6-11 (payment in advance), individual yearbook photos for all 8th grade students
  • Fri 12/16 – individual photos for Grade 12 students in cap & gown
  • Thurs 2/2 – retakes for all students who want them, crew group photos for all Grades 6-12
  • Please email with any questions
    • The student gallery is now active for PRE-PAY orders.  Please see instructions below: 
      • Click on Order MYPHOTO
      • Enter Keycode (Pre-pay code) :  23BCSUC
      • Parents can click on the active gallery to view and purchase our picture packages and items. Parents either print the receipt of the online order or write the confirmation number on their order form.   

IXL and reading – Enrichment HW nightly

  • Not all classes have nightly HW at BCS.  Instead, work done at home may be towards a long-term project or PBAT (students practice time-management skills), work that was not fully completed during class time (students practice responsibility), or independent enrichment.
  • All students are expected to read for at least 30 minutes a night.  Our library is open daily from 8:15am-8:45am and 3:05pm-3:15pm for students to check out books.
  • All students are expected to complete 30 minutes of IXL Math online a night.  IXL is an independent math study program tailored to a student’s own math level.  Students have their own IXL login and password (ask your math teacher for help).

Upcoming Dates to note in your calendar

  • Mon 12/26 to Mon 1/2 – No School (school resumes Tues 1/3)
  • Mon 1/16/2023 – No School (Dr. MLK Jr. Day)
  • Tues 1/24-1/27/2023 – Regents/PBAT Week – No School for HS Students unless you have a PBAT panel or Regents exam
  • Mon 1/30/2023 – PD Day for Staff – No School for Students

Lower Grades Recess Reminders

  • During recess, please remember to bring your coats downstairs.  There is recess outside everyday unless it is raining.

Tuesday Tiers with Teachers Afterschool (formerly Tues Mastery Support)

  • Every Tues afterschool, all teachers are available from 3:05pm-4pm to help students revise assessments, get extra help, or to check-in
  • ALL students should take advantage of this opportunity to check in about assessments and Jumprope grades


Annual PTA Fundraising

  • We are less than one week into our PTA Annual Appeal and, so far, we’ve raised more than $1,000 toward our $75,000 goal. And thanks to families’ generous contributions, all of our teachers’ Donors Choose projects have been fully funded!
  • The Brooklyn Collaborative PTA budget pays for the buses for our camping trips, staff development for expeditionary learning, project and classroom supplies, intensives, team dinners, 12th and 8th grade gifts, our community-building events, and more. These costs are not covered by the DOE school budget.
  • There are 690 students at BCS. If you are in a position to contribute directly to our $75,000 fundraising goal, that amounts to almost $110 per student. Economic diversity is an important part of our school’s strength. Please consider giving for families that may not be able to right now. 
  • There are many ways to contribute, all of which are appreciated:
    • If you’re able, please make a one-time donation HERE for an amount that is meaningful for your family
    • Set up a smaller recurring monthly donation here (e.g., $5 or $50 per month) and check the box that reads, “Make this a monthly donation” 
    • Purchase needed items from Brooklyn Collaborative’s Amazon Wishlist
    • Select Brooklyn Collaborative on Amazon Smile


Free Virtual Tutoring for High School Students in Math and Science

  • The Society for Undergraduate Neural Science (SUNS) at NYU is starting up our High School Tutoring Program again, in which NYU undergraduates can volunteer to help your high school students with STEM subjects. 
  • Here is the interest form for any students that may want free weekly virtual tutoring sessions:

The Food Education Fund’s Taste of Tomorrow Career Fair 

  • A free career fair open to all high school students.   
    • a career fair for students who are passionate about food
    • a college fair featuring schools with industry partnerships
    • a networking event connecting students to professionals
    • an opportunity to earn 6 work-based-learning hours
  • The event is Saturday, February 4th from 8:30-3:00 at Food and Finance High School.  Students can sign up to attend on their own.