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1/8 – Student/Family Update

Dear Students/Families, we hope you had a good weekend!  Our New Year’s Feast Community Potluck was amazing on Friday – thanks to all the staff, students, and families who made it happen!  Check out photos from Instagram!


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 1/9: New Year, New Me – wear anything that captures your new self in 2023
  • 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
  • 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


Summer Arts Institute open to students entering grades 8-11 in Fall 2023. 

  • The Summer Arts Institute (SAI) is a free, four-week intensive arts program for public school students entering grades 8–12. Students study dance, theater, vocal music, instrumental music, visual art, or film under DOE arts teachers, arts organizations, and master guest artists. Students build portfolios and develop audition skills. They also help students plan for their next level of study, be it an arts-focused high school, college, or conservatory. Watch a video about SAI ( external link)). 
  • Admission into this summer’s SAI program is based on an online application and audition or portfolio submission.  Applications are due 1/20/2023.

Center Youth’s social justice internship for MS and HS students

  • ROAR is Center Youth’s social justice internship. This cycle is for middle school or high school students. Throughout the internship, participants will meet weekly to discuss issues they are passionate about and be able to dive deeper on how to create change. The participants will eventually decide on one issue to focus on and create a community event with workshops.
  • ROAR will be taking place every Wednesday from 5:00 PM – 7:00 PM. Sessions will be from January 18th, 2023 – March 22, 2023 . The ROAR final event will take place on March 24, 2023.  Young people can directly apply here for ROAR: 

NYC DEP Water Resources Art and Poetry Contest 

  • NYC students in 2nd-12th grade are invited to create original art and compose poetry that reflects an appreciation for our shared water resources. Entries will be accepted online through March 3rd. To learn more, go to Water Resources Art & Poetry Contest.

BRIC Open Call for art work

  • Our Open Call is live!!  You are invited to submit artwork!  Please share and recommend to artist friends, classmates, art teachers, share on social media, etc. This is for NYC students ages 13-19 in all artistic mediums for a gallery exhibition in Brooklyn (for teens curated by teens).
  • Submission link:
  • The World, Reflected In Your Eyes is an immersive exhibition about our realities. What are your revolutionary ideas for the future? What problems are we trying to solve? What do you want out of this reality? The room will be split into two sides: one side is a natural, blooming dreamscape. The other side is industrial, steampunk; this is open to interpretation. Together, the two sides represent imagination for multiple futures. The future is open to interpretation, based on the effects of the social challenges of the present. The Youth Curatorial Fellowship invites young up-and-coming artists to share their views on the present and their visions for the future. How do you want our world and your world to look in the future?
  • See last years exhibition here
  • Link for more information

Keep swimmers safe next summer by becoming a lifeguard!


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


Please join us on Tuesday, January 10th from 6:15 p.m. – 7:30 p.m. for our January General PTA meeting.  We will receive updates from school leadership and reconnect for the first time in 2023 as a community. We are still seeking a co-secretary and will be accepting nominations (including self-nominations). 

See you there!

BCS PTA Executive Board 

BCS PTA GENERAL MEETING ZOOM LINK ID: 828 0544 3270 Passcode: BCS448One tap mobile+13017158592,,82805443270#,,,,*430561# US (Washington DC)+13092053325,,82805443270#,,,,*430561# USMeeting ID: 828 0544 3270 Passcode: 430561
Saludos BCS PTA Familia y familias,
Esperamos que todos hayan tenido un comienzo suave (incluso si un poco empapado) para 2023.
Únase a nosotros el martes 10 de enero 6: 15-7: 30pm para nuestra reunión de PTA general de enero. Recibiremos actualizaciones del liderazgo escolar y nos volveremos a conectar por primera vez en 2023 como comunidad. Todavía estamos buscando un co-secretario y aceptaremos nominaciones (incluidas las autonominaciones).
¡Te veo allí!Junta Ejecutiva de BCS PTA
Enlace de zoom de la reunión general de la PTA BCS de reunión: 828 0544 3270 Código de acceso: BCS448Un móvil de toque+13017158592, 82805443270# ,,,,*430561# US (Washington DC)+13092053325, 82805443270# ,,,,*430561# EE. UU.ID de reunión: 828 0544 3270 Código de acceso: 430561