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9/17 – BCS Student/Family Update

Dear BCS Students/Families, here’s our weekly email newsletter.


Save the date: Curriculum Night Virtual – all families are invited!

  • Zoom links for your child’s academic/crew team will be shared shortly – families stay in the same Zoom link for the whole evening
  • Thurs 9/28 Evening
    • 6:45pm-7:30pm Academic Team presentations
    • 7:30pm-8:00pm Special Guest Speakers in each grade
    • 8:00pm-8:20pm Crew Team presentations

Registration for the October Brooklyn PTA Fun Run (you can walk!)

$$Please donate to BCS PTA

  • We prioritize using our school budget to ensure that all students have equitable access to our programming, including trips, supplies, camping, etc.
  • We do this in partnership with our amazing PTA – please donate generously via our PTA Donation link – if families are able, we ask for a $60 donation per family!  Thank you!

YWCA Afterschool (Grades 6-8) Begins on Mon 9/18

  • We are excited to announce that our after-school program will be starting on September 18th, 2023! If you haven’t already signed up, please use the link below to do so. Once you reach this page parents must enter Brooklyn Collaborative Studies in the program search box and follow the instructions to sign up for the program. 
  • Every student that attends after-school must have an application on file.  Afterschool is open and free to all students in Grades 6-8 every day from 3:05pm-6pm.
  • Start Date: September 18th, 2023, Time: 3:05 PM – 6:00 PM, Meeting Point: Room 405

Sign up for our Inspiring Minds Afterschool Program (Grades 9-12)

  • 21st Century Community Learning Centers Online Enrollment Form
  • For funding purposes, it helps us to have as many families registered as possible even if your child does not participate in all afterschool programs – it makes them eligible to do so if they want – we encourage all families to complete the form

Parent Volunteers needed for BNS/BCS Book Fair / General Library Support

  • If you are interested in volunteering for set-up, breakdown, or in helping students find great books during the Book Fair (9/18-9/21), we would love to have you! Karen, one of our librarians, is coordinating volunteers, email her at 
  • The library here at 610 Henry is always looking for adult volunteers. If you are interested in helping the library put books away, catalog books, create displays, etc., let us know! No amount of time is too little. No big commitment is required. And, if volunteering is not in the cards for you, please feel free to stop by for a visit anytime you’re in the building. We are on the 4th floor in Room 401 and would love to meet you!

Save the date: Unity Fest – Sat Sept 30

  • Save the date for the BCS/BNS Unity Fest – an awesome community building fundraiser at 610 Henry St on Saturday Sept 30th from 11am-3pm in our schoolyards! 
  • You’ll get a wristband at entry which will allow you all access: food, activities and a clothing swap are included. *Not included is BNS and BCS merchandise, which will be for sale.
  • Admission to Unity Fest is by donation. Please give as much as you can for our first fundraiser.  
  • – your receipt is your ticket

Complete the online Lunch Form

  • Our school is 15K448 – Brooklyn Sch for Collaborative Studies.   All families should complete the form (even if your student does not eat school lunch.) Why?>
  • Completing the Lunch Form helps BCS access vital funding from the federal government
  • The information is used to determine fee waiver eligibility for trips, college applications, SAT and more.

Morning Protocols

  • Students not permitted in building before 8:15am – students can be in the school yard before then
  • At 8:15am, students can enter the building to the cafeteria to breakfast or for morning clubs
  • Pd 1 class begins at 8:45am

Calling the school in an emergency

  • Please do not call or text your child during the school day (8:45am-3:05pm).  
  • Please text or call them at 3:05pm at dismissal time
  • If you have an urgent need to give a message to your child, please call:
    • Your child’s crew leader
    • 718-923-4700 x4101 (Main Office)
    • 718-923-4700 x1283 (Parent Coordinator Tracey’s Office)

If your child is absent, email crew leader

  • Email your child’s crew leader so they can let the Attendance Office and your teachers know the reason for your absence
  • Please avoid any unnecessary absences during the school year – studies show that “students who miss 2 days of school a month are 5 times more likely to fall behind in reading, writing and math, even if the absences are excused.”

DOE COVID policy for students – quarantine 5 days, return masked days 6-10

  • If students test positive, they must quarantine for 5 days from the date of the positive test (do not come to school) – please tell your crew leader so they can let the Attendance Office and your teachers know the reason for your absence
  • Students can return to school masked from Days 6-10 after testing positive
  • For students, there is no remote learning during the time of absence.  Where possible, teachers will post some work on Google Classroom – otherwise the student is excused or will make up the work when they return to school


Siblinghood Academy (Grades 9-12)

  • Siblinghood Academy is an amazing after school opportunity for identifying young women and gender expansive youth from 9 – 12th grade. Throughout this program, our participants will have a safe and brave space to challenge the world, hold discussions about identity, building healthy relationships, and so much more. They will also be able to participate in additional activities and events within the Sadie Nash community such as Sibling Circles, Workshops, Fun Trips, Webinars, and more. This Fall, our Siblinghood Academy program will now be a year long opportunity that is flexible to meet the needs of our participants. All participants of the Siblinghood Academy program will be eligible to receive a $300 stipend based on their attendance and completion of the program! 
  • Programming will be IN-PERSON and occurs 2x a week on Mondays and Wednesdays from 4 – 6 P.M. at the Sadie Nash Midtown Office located at 4 W 43rd St. New York, NY 10036 *Suite 502*. For interested students who would like to submit an application – our priority deadline is September 28th at 11:59 P.M. and our official deadline is October 12th 11:59 P.M. Despite our application deadlines our applications will still remain open after this deadline if slots have not been filled. However, we strongly recommended the interested students apply within our deadlines to secure a spot early! You can find our application HERE!

World Explorers – Job Opportunity for HS Juniors and Seniors

  • World Explorers is hiring awesome high school juniors and seniors in Brooklyn for work in our after school programs!   Students must have a desire to support children in after school activities, assist with homework, and inspire children to participate in art, workshops, and games. 
  • Pay is $15 per hour. Students will also receive opportunities for training, an excellent position for their student resume, and the opportunity to earn a recommendation letter for college admissions. Positions begin this month!
  • Interested applicants should complete the following form: 

Youth Fellowship – Office of Council Member Shahana Hanif – HS opportunity

  • The Office of Council Member Shahana Hanif represents the neighborhoods of Kensington, Windsor Terrace, Park Slope, Gowanus, Carroll Gardens, and Cobble Hill (City Council District 39). We are excited to share that our Office Youth Fellowship is accepting applications now until September 20th.
  • The District 39 Youth Fellowship is an 8-month program that offers youth ages 14-18 who live in or go to school in City Council District 39 an inside look at local government. The fellowship engages youth in local democracy, cultivates civic-mindedness, and strives to increase youth-led participation in government affairs. 
  • Fellows will work with the Office of Council Member Shahana Hanif to staff events, get out the vote for participatory budgeting, and work on a variety of projects. Each month fellows will complete 4 hours of volunteer service (working in the office, volunteering at events, leading participatory budgeting activities) and will have the opportunity to attend a monthly meeting with a guest speaker from city government or advocacy work! Meetings & service combined will be a 7 hours a month commitment. The fellowship will run from October 2023 through May 2024.
  • The deadline to apply for this fellowship is at 11:59pm on Wednesday, September 20th. Click here for the application and more details. 

12th Annual New York Black College Expo in Brooklyn