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12/3 – BCS Student/Family Update

Dear BCS Students and Families, welcome to December!


Photo Day

  • Monday December 4 – Photo Day
    • Individual Pictures (Grades 6-11) – Buyers only (order forms were backpacked home last week)
    • Crew Group Photos Grades 6-12 
    • 8th Grade Promotion Photos – All Grade 8 students will be photographed in their own attire for yearbook photo 
  • Friday December 15
    • Grade 12 Senior Picture Day – Cap and Gown for yearbook photo
  • Wednesday February 14
    • Retake /Absentee Day for all grades 6-12
    • Candids/Clubs & Groups for yearbook

Monday 12/4 is BCS Fuzzy Socks Day! 

  • Wear your favorite fuzzy socks!
  • Let’s see which crew shows the most BCS school spirit and have bragging rights! Take photos!

Spirit Mondays – December Lookahead

  • Mon 12/4 – Fuzzy Socks Day – wear your favorite fuzzy socks!
  • Mon 12/11 – Flannel Day – wear flannel clothing to show your school spirit!
  • Mon 12/18 – Ugly Sweater Day – wear your most intentionally tacky and outrageously colorful winter season sweater!
  • Let’s see which crew shows the most BCS school spirit and has bragging rights!
  • Crew leaders and staff will be taking pics – be ready to pose with your gear!

College March – Fri 12/8

  • College March is Fri 12/8 – this is our annual celebration of our seniors who have worked hard for many years to get to this milestone.
  • All students will receive a BCS College March shirt – seniors will receive a BCS College March sweatshirt. 
  • We will have all crew for Periods 1-2.  Regular classes Pds 3-8.  Crew leaders will go over the day’s activities in crew.

Grade 6 and 7 recess outdoors

  • Grade 6 and 7 have recess outdoors daily – please bring down your jackets to lunch!

No ski masks

  • For safety reasons (we do not want students’ faces covered so we cannot identify them), ski masks are not permitted inside the building
  • Students can continue to wear medical/surgical masks (masks are available for all students for free in any office)

Free menstrual pads and tampons

  • Do you need menstrual pads or tampons?  Please come to the office to get what you need!
  • Periods should be shame-free, discrimination-free, and barrier-free.  Menstrual products are free in NYC Public Schools.

Free online therapy for NYC teens

  • School stress, relationships, friend drama—teen life can be a lot. So, your city is stepping up to give you mental health support. Now anyone 13-17 living in New York City has access to Talkspace at no cost. More info here:

Amazon Wish List – we need masks and tissues!

Core Value Shout Outs

  • Share with us a student or teacher you see consistently exemplifying one of our core values using our Core Value Shout Outs form – we’ll post regularly on Instagram

Holiday Displays – Reminder from DOE

  • Please be aware of and sensitive to the significance of seasonal observances and religious holidays as we work to foster mutual understanding and respect for our community’s diverse religious, racial, ethnic, and cultural heritages. Public agencies may not endorse or promote a particular religion or belief system. Please note these DOE guidelines regarding the display of cultural and holiday symbols:
    • The primary purpose of any display should be to promote understanding and respect for the rights of all individuals regarding their beliefs, values, and customs.
    • The display of holiday symbol decorations with secular dimensions is permitted. Displays that depict images of deities, other religious figures, or religious texts are prohibited. Permitted symbols include, but are not limited to, Christmas trees, kinaras, dreidels, menorahs, and the Star and Crescent.
    • Holiday displays must not appear to promote or celebrate any single religion or holiday. Therefore, any permitted symbol or decoration must be displayed simultaneously with other symbols or decorations reflecting different beliefs or customs.
    • All holiday displays should be temporary.
Grades 6-8 Afterschool – YWCA
Our YWCA Afterschool program offers daily clubs and academic help to our middle school students.  Our programming is free for all students.
To sign up for YWCA Afterschool (if you are not already enrolled), please complete the application here:
Students – please stop by Office 405 for more information or to sign up.  
Families – please email YWCA Director Danielle Midgette at with questions.  We will also hold two Parent Orientation / Info Sessions (flyer attached): In-person meeting – Tues 12/5 at 5:30pm in Auditorium (610 Henry Street, Brooklyn)Virtual meeting – Wed 12/6 at 6pm in Microsoft TeamsJoin on your computer, mobile app or room device
Click here to join the meeting
Meeting ID: 249 010 796 611
Passcode: nnSKWw
Starting Mon 11/20, here is the club schedule:

Grades 9-12 Afterschool – Inspiring Minds


BAX’s FREE YouthWorks program for artists ages 8-18

Join us on Sunday, December 10th for our YouthWorks Orientation in Bax’s Theater to learn more and kick off our 2024 YouthWorks year’s season! If you are a young artist, parent/guardian, or coach interested in participating this year, please fill out our YouthWorks 2024 Interest Form online HERE.

  • Youth Works Program Orientation for Young Artists, Families, and Artist Coaches – Sunday, December 10, 2023
    • 1:30-3:30pm Coaches Info Session & Professional Development
    • 3:00-5:00pm Young Artist & Family Session
  • Coaching Sessions – Sundays, January 7, 14, 21, 28 from 2:00-5:30pm
    • 2:00-2:30pm Group Warm Up and Community Building
    • 2:30-3:30pm Rehearsal Block 1
    • 3:30-3:45pm Snack Break››
    • 3:45-4:45pm Rehearsal Block 2
    • 4:45-5:30pm Group Sharing and Feedback Session
  • Performance Tech & Design Workshops – Sunday, February 4 from 2:00-5:30pm
  • Tech Rehearsals – Thursday, February 8 to Saturday, February 10 (exact times TBC)
  • Dress Rehearsal & Performance Day! – Sunday, February 11 (TBC)

Cooper Hewitt Design Workshops – Grades 9-12

  • Design Practice is a monthly series of free, hands-on workshops exploring techniques, strategies, and careers in design. No prior experience is required! 
  • This month, we will be joined by leather artisan Mia Wright-Ross of MWR Collection. Students will design, emboss, and paint their own leather accessories!  See below for more information and let me know if you have any questions.
  • Design Practice: Accessory Design with Mia Wright Ross of MWR Collection
  • Thursday, December 7th (4:30- 6:30 P.M.)
  • Students can learn more and sign up for free here! 

Protecting The East – Sexual Health Education Internship for ages 14-20 

  • Protecting the East is a sexual health program located in East New York that offers a 7-month internship that includes teaching outreach strategies to our interns, assisting them to improve their communication and public speaking abilities, partaking in and leading workshops, team-building exercises, and much more. If you are interested, we would like to visit your school to provide more information about our internship to your students, 14-20-year-olds, within the next month. We can do this in either a classroom setting or a large setting. Our application for the 2024 Paid Youth Internship has gone live. This is a rolling application process, the sooner students apply, the sooner they can be accepted. Once we reach capacity, we will stop interviewing applicants. This is the link to our 2024 Youth Internship Program that you can share with your students: Protecting the East 2024 Youth Internship

Free online therapy for NYC teensSchool stress, relationships, friend drama—teen life can be a lot. So, your city is stepping up to give you mental health support. Now anyone 13-17 living in New York City has access to Talkspace at no cost. More info here: