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1/16 – Student/Family Update

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Dear BCS Students/Families, we hope you had a restful long weekend!  We hope you had opportunity to reflect on the contributions and beliefs of Dr. King especially the principles of racial equality and nonviolent social change!


No School Mon 1/16 – Dr. MLK Jr. Day

  • School resumes Tues 1/17

MS Soccer Team

  • Enroll in the BCS MS Soccer Team (all students Grades 6-8 welcome).  Must be part of our YWCA afterschool program to participate – join afterschool now if not already enrolled!  Get an application in Office 405 from or

BCS is seeking new internship sites

  • We are seeking to expand the internship placement opportunities for our 11th graders. 
  • We need your support!  Check our our program overview.
  • We would greatly appreciate it if you would share our overview at your place of employment and pass it along to organizations/businesses who might be willing to host an intern this year!  Interns volunteer at worksites Mon/Tues/Wed 3pm-5pm (hours may vary) one semester of their junior year.
  • Contact or with any questions.

Safety First Drug Awareness, Prevention, and Harm Reduction Curriculum in Crew

  • In crew, throughout spring semester, we will be going over a series of 9 lessons from The Safety First drug awareness curriculum, supporting with “accurate, honest, compassionate drug education for all young people”
  • The Safety First: Real Drug Education for Teens by the Drug Alliance curriculum is a comprehensive tool for teachers that allows them to have honest conversations about drugs with their students, equipping them with the skills to navigate their risks.

DOE – Respect for All

  • Please review the DOE Respect for All Handouts. The family-facing information explains DOE policies and procedures for preventing and addressing student-to-student sexual harassment, gender-based harassment, bullying, intimidation, and/or discrimination. 
  • Hard copies of Chancellor’s Regulations A-831 (Student-to-Student Sexual Harassment) and A-832 (Student-to-Student Discrimination, Harassment, Intimidation, and/or Bullying) are readily available at school if families do not have a way to access to the electronic versions. 
  • Please also review the BCS Anti-Bullying Policy
    • BCS asks every student, with the support of his/her parent(s), guardian(s) and the adults at school to commit to the following principles: ● I will not bully. ● I will try to help anyone I suspect is being bullied. ● I will work to include students who are left out. ● If someone is being bullied, I will tell an adult at school and an adult at home.

CHAMPS Lower Grade Fitness Club Starts Tuesday January 10th

  • Fitness Club will run on Tuesdays & Thursdays 
  • 3:10pm to 4pm in the gym from Jan 10 – Feb 16
  • Wear athletic clothing.  Have fun, meet new friends, and play sports/games!
  • All students need a permission slip that can be obtained in the PE office in the gym.  If you have any questions, please email
  • All grades 6-8 students welcome!

Spirit Monday January Lookahead – please send to photos@bcs

  • Mon 1/16: Dr. MLK Jr. Day – No school 
  • Mon 1/23: Wear your favorite color
  • Mon 1/30: Professional Development Day for Staff – No school for students

COVID notification – please email Scill if you are positive so she can tell you a return date

  • You can check the number of COVID cases in our school using the DOE Daily COVID Map.  
  • You must still report a positive COVID result to the principal who will notify you of your return date to school after quarantine.

Get free COVID tests in the office

  • All students are recommended to take a COVID test before they return to school each weekend, esp during the winter season
  • You can get free COVID tests from the offices to bring home

Upcoming Dates to note in your calendar (DOE Calendar)

  • Mon 1/16/2023 – No School (Dr. MLK Jr. Day)
  • Tues 1/24 – Fri 1/27 – Regents/PBAT Week – No School for HS Students unless you have a PBAT panel or Regents exam, MS students have regular school
  • Mon 1/30/2023 – PD Day for Staff – No School for Students
  • Tues 1/31/2023 – Crew Trips (9/10/11crew will go on campus visits, 6/7/8crew will go iceskating, 12crew will go on a crew trip – more details from crew leader)
  • Mon 2/20 – Fri 2/24 – No School (Midwinter Recess)

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

Parents – Sign up to VOTE or RUN for a seat on your Community Education Council

  • Elections for all New York City’s Education Councils are coming in January 2023! Parents across the city have an opportunity to help shape policies and priorities for NYC schools by voting for their representatives on a council or by running for a council seat themselves. There are 32 Community Education Councils, one for each NYC community school district, and four citywide councils. Learn about NYC Education Councils! The best way to learn about the councils is to see them in action. Attend their meetings


Futures and Options Program for all HS students

  • We have a few spots remaining for our Career Essentials workshop starting next week on Thursday 1/19. This 10 week program is open to all NYC High School students who are seeking opportunities to boost their career readiness skills. Many of our Career Essentials participants later go on to join our internship program, and all students who have been part of the Futures and Options community become part of our alumni network gaining access to a large number of opportunities including networking events, professional development opportunities, and scholarships.
  • The program will take place in person at Futures and Options’ offices located at 120 Broadway, NY from 4:30 to 6:15 on Thursdays.
  • In order to sign up for the program, please have your students fill out this application, and this document by Tuesday January 17th, 2023.
  • Visit us at The student application can also be found on our website under the “for students” section.

Siblinghood Academy for young women and gender expansive youth Grade 9-12

  • Siblinghood Academy is an amazing after school opportunity for 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 Spring, Siblinghood Academy will have different options for in-person class times. In NYC, Siblinghood Academy will be meeting on Mondays & Wednesdays  OR on Saturdays at our SNLP Office in midtown Manhattan (4 W 43rd St. New York, NY 10036 *Suite 502*). In NWK, Siblinghood Academy will be meeting on Tuesdays & Thursdays OR on Saturdays at our SNLP Office in downtown Newark (31 Mulberry St. Newark, NJ 07102). 
  • We are also offering a VIRTUAL Siblinghood Academy that will be taking place once a week on Saturdays from 12- 2 P.M. on Zoom! More details about class schedules can be found in the program application form.
  • All participants of the Siblinghood Academy program will be eligible to receive a $200 stipend based on their attendance in the program! 
  • If you are interested in submitting an application today, use the buttons below to access our application. Be sure to submit an application before our deadlines! 
  • For any questions or concerns, please feel free to reach out to Shafrarisi Bonner – NYC Program Coordinator ( or Jessica Fei – Director of Programs (!  SIGN UP HERE!

First Annual Data Justice Expo

  • Are you a HS girl or gender expansive youth who is passionate about creating impactful change? Are you an advocate and leader in your school community? We would like to invite you to join our First Annual Data Justice Expo!
  • What is the Data Justice Expo? Join the Girls Inc of NYC’s Data Justice Community as we explore Social Justice topics and their connection to Data.  You will explore topics such as Racial Injustice, the Wealth Gap & Immigration just to name a few. You will also take part in social media challenges throughout the expo to further explore the impact of data in our everyday lives.


Support with tech in the Social Studies classroom

  • With Chromebooks for every student in my classroom, we can update curriculum to help students be more civic-minded. With access to technology, they will be able to conduct research and learn more about ways they can be change-makers!

Annual PTA Fundraising

  • Please donate generously to the PTA Annual Appeal!
  • 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” 
    • Select Brooklyn Collaborative on Amazon Smile