Great full week at Brooklyn Collaborative! Tuesday 4/17 - we had a small staff celebration to recognize the retirement of Chris J, our Master Programmer! Thurs 4/19 - we hosted our Superintendent Kathy Rehfield-Pelles, her team, the staff of the NYC Outward Bound Schools, and all the network principals and Instructional Guides for a day filled with learning about math and numeracy network-wide. Visitors enjoyed watching Arden and Sam's classes engage in the Carousel protocol where they analyzed each other's work in groups. The day also coincided with our LG ET Mathlympics with students engaged in a day-full of numeracy games/activities including Lightbot, Unlock the Box and more! Thurs 4/19 - Kori’s ASL Theater UG classes took an adventure out to LaGuardia Community College to see a workshop development of a new musical which featured several Deaf artists. They had a wonderful time and were immersed in an incredible tale! Here is a description of the play: Orella is born deaf at the brink of the Italian Renaissance. Her journey takes her through a childhood of poverty, an adolescence in hiding, and a young adulthood at an asylum for the “cursed”. However, her drive to learn and her courage to communicate with Sign Language unites a broken kingdom, and Orella is ultimately crowned the world’s first proud Deaf queen. It is believed that American Sign Language (ASL) is the THIRD most commonly used language in the United States. However, the long, grim and extraordinary path towards modern Deaf culture is hardly common knowledge. Through the eyes of a Deaf heroine, this underrepresented historical topic is given a Gothic folktale spin in this sweeping story of empowerment. LPAC’s Rough Draft Festival will present a work- in- progress presentation of this original piece, focusing on the complex and magical fusion of theater, music and ASL. Fri 4/20 - we had Showtime at BCS, our talent show!! We're so proud of our student performers! Our YWCA afterschool program continues to rock! This week the YWCA @ BCS after school cooking class made French toast!! The students wanted to transform regular Italian bread into a popular kid friendly favorite; by popular demand, French Toast was the finished product. In our Art class, several of our girls created homemade jewelry boxes.