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3/10 – BCS Student/Family Update

Dear BCS Team, we hope you had a good weekend.  Friday’s Rep Ya Flag Dance was great – thanks to the whole team and Christina B for planning such a wonderful experience for our UG students.  So glad the rain stayed away enough for both our March Madness dances!

RAMADAN MUBARAK – We wish happy fasting and Ramadan Mubarak to all families celebrating.



  • See our growing list of student opportunities including summer internships and jobs
  • We update this list weekly

Zoom PTA meeting on Tues 3/12 at 6:15pm

Heads up to recycling and composting

  • Please be mindful of recycling policies 
  • All students and staff must throw trash into the black trash cans, paper into the green paper recycling bins, and plastics/metal into the blue recycling bins 
  • We will have new and larger signage for recycling and composting in the cafeteria

Free Wifi Opportunity

  • T-mobile is offering free wifi for families and students if they need wifi to complete their homework and classwork.

Amazon Wish List – we need wipes and tissues!

March is DOE Career Exploration Month

  • We are arranging some alumni speakers to come to crews to tell students about their journeys and answer questions about being openminded to different careers!

March Half Days Fridays – Half Days on Fridays 3/1, 3/8, 3/15, 3/22 – dismissal at 11:15am

  • BCS is a Progressive Redesign Opportunity Schools for Excellence (PROSE) school where our staff engage in innovative practices that are approved by the DOE and allow for adaptations of the school year calendar and UFT contract in service of progressive practices
  • Annually, as a PROSE school, we have half days in Friday to give our staff essential professional development time together
  • This year, the PROSE March half days will be Fridays 3/1, 3/8, 3/15 (3/22 is already a half day citywide for MS/HS when we will have Student-Led Conferences)
  • Schedule for students – dismissal after Pd 3 at 11:15am:
    • Fri 3/1 and Fri 3/15 – Periods 1, 2, 3
    • Fri 3/8 and Fri 3/22 – Periods 4, 7, 8
    • Fri 3/22 is the Student Led Conferences half day

Parent/Guardian 2024 DOE Learning Environment Survey – please fill this out!

  • Please check your child’s backpack for the Parent/Guardian 2024 DOE Learning Environment Survey.  They were distributed in crew last week.
  • Every year, the DOE asks all families, teachers, and staff in grades 3-K through 12, and students in grades 6-12 to take the NYC School Survey. The information collected by the survey is designed to support a dialogue among all members of the school community about how to make the school a better place to learn.
  • There is a pre postage stamped envelope included for mailing, along with instructions to complete the survey online.
  • Families: Please enter a lowercase f followed by your student’s OSIS number– for example, f123456789

BCS Visitor Policy – please make an appointment if you wish to speak with staff

  • Visitors, especially our students’ families, are a vital part of the Brooklyn Collaborative community.  We welcome them as partners in the education of our students.  
  • To support student safety and to avoid loss of instructional time, parents cannot come unannounced to the school.  Unplanned visits are disruptive to our educational program.  All parents and visitors must call the school in advance to schedule an appointment.  You can also email your child’s teachers throughout the year for updates.  
  • Additionally, all parents must follow professional norms during meetings with school staff.  We welcome productive open communication.
  • All visitors must have ID and sign in with School Safety at the main entrance.  School Safety will then call up to make sure that the staff member is able to receive you.

BCS Grading Policy – please check Jumprope

  • The BCS Grading policy for every course is academic course learning targets aligned with NYS standards (80% of final grade) and Habits of a Graduate learning targets (20% of final grade)
  • For each learning target, the Most Recent Summative Assessment carries as the current level of competency.  Please refer to Jumprope.

Codes in Jumprope:

  • E = Exemplary
  • A = Accomplished
  • C = Competent
  • B = Beginning 
  • N = Not Yet Passing
  • M = Missing Assessment (needs to be completed)
  • X = Excused Assessment (does not need to be completed)

First Marking Period Report Cards will be downloaded on Mon 3/11

  • We will email progress reports from Jumprope approximately every two weeks and upload first marking period report card grades to the DOE systems on Mon 3/11
  • Jumprope Login Request form – You will need this to access your child’s grades and messages from teachers if you don’t already have access to Jumprope
  • Please utilize Tuesday Tiers Support after school on Tuesdays to see your teachers for help or if you have an NC (incomplete) assignment. 

Upcoming Calendar Dates

  • Tues Mar 12 – PTA Meeting (virtual evening)
  • Thurs Mar 14 – Lower Grades Mathlympics (ET)
  • Fri Mar 15 – Half Day (dismissal at 11:15am)
  • Wed Mar 20 – PSAT/SAT School Day for Grades 10 and 11 (Grades 9 and 12 have crew trips, Grades 6-8 have regular schedule)
  • Thurs Mar 21 – Evening Student-Led Conferences (crew leaders will make virtual appointments with families)
  • Fri Mar 22 – Half Day (dismissal at 11:15am) – Student-Led Conferences
  • Thurs Mar 28 – Upper Grades Mathlympics (ET)
  • Fri Mar 29 – No School – In Observance of Good Friday
  • Mon Apr 1 – No School – In Observance of Easter Monday

Apply to DOE Summer Rising for Grades K-8

  • This year, your child has a special opportunity to join Summer Rising 2024 for an adventure in learning, including field trips, art activities, outdoor recreation, and more! Summer Rising welcomes all New York City students currently in grades K–8, including multilingual learners, immigrant students, and students with disabilities.
  • Participating students will engage with peers and caring adults to experience what the City has to offer while continuing to keep up academically. Spark your child’s curiosity, joy, and love of learning this summer with Summer Rising! Below are the dates for this free summer program:
    • Grades K–5:
      • The program begins on July 2, 2024, and goes to August 16, 2024, and will run Monday through Friday, from 8:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.
    • Grades 6–8:
      • The program begins on July 2, 2024, and goes to August 8, 2024, and will run Monday through Thursday, from 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
  •  To apply, log in or create a MySchools account using your email address. Then, enter your child’s 9-digit student ID number and MySchools account creation code. You can find this information by contacting your child’s school. If you have applied using MySchools before, your child will already be added to your account.
  • At NYC Public Schools, we know it’s important to take care of both body and mind. That’s why, in addition to academic and physical enrichment activities, Summer Rising will also be providing free, nutrient-rich breakfast and lunch options for all students. Don’t wait! To ensure a summer of learning for your child, apply for a Summer Rising seat using your MySchools account between March 4 and March 25.
Please join the Brooklyn Collaborative PTA General Meeting on Tuesday, March 12th, from 6:15-7:25 PM, on Zoom. All families are welcome! 
Please use the following link to join us:
You can always reach us, the 2023-2024 BCS PTA Executive Board, by sending an email to You can also share your thoughts, questions, and ideas via this feedback form
Please mark your calendars for the rest of this year’s PTA General Meetings–all on Tuesdays from 6:15-7:25 PM:
March 12 | Establish nomination committee for Spring electionsApril 2 May 14 | Spring election for the 2024-25 Executive BoardJune 11
We look forward to working together with you to support Brooklyn Collaborative and hope to see you at the General Meeting on Tuesday!
We are Crew,
Carlene, Gina, Karen, Kim, Latoya, Liz, Maisha, Reyhan, Sara, Talia, and Venus2023-2024 BCS PTA Executive BoardPlease contribute to the 2023-2024 BCS PTA Annual Appeal

$$ Work Opportunities for Summer with Parks Department
More info here 

Tech Scholars: Web Design
For NYC area high school students in grades 10-12. Completely free, takes place in-person at Pier 57, 25 11th Ave New York, NY 10011. Theme: Women’s HistoryResearch historical figures and events that continue to impact young people today.Pair program and collaborate with other teens learning to code.Learn coding (including HTML and CSS) to design and build your own website.Get mentored by a wide range of professional leaders in technology, and learn about career options!This program runs through Spring Recess, Monday-Friday, April 22-26, 2024, 10:00 am – 3:00 pm. Application deadline is March 31st! Click here to learn more: Tech Scholars

Student Historians
Internship for NYC area high school students in grades 9-12. Stipend included for students who attend a Title I school / are eligible for free or reduced lunch / receive need-based financial aid at school. All other students eligible for community service hours / school credit. Takes place on-site at N-YHS. Theme: Our Composite Nation: Frederick Douglass’ America Use the resources of New-York Historical Society to conduct research and share self-created scholarship through creative digital projects.Meet with professionals to learn about the museum, library, digital humanities, and history fields.Work collaboratively with fellow students to develop historical thinking, communication, and digital media skills.Engage in hands-on work to deepen your understanding of American history and the digital humanities.This internship runs July 9, 2024 – August 15, 2024, meeting every Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday from 10:00am-3:00pm. Application deadline is April 7, 2024! Click here to learn more: Student Historians

First Tech Fund (FTF) for Rising 11th and 12th Graders
FTF is a 501(c)3 non-profit dedicated to empowering low-income high school students to identify, navigate, and attain academic and professional   opportunities by providing a supportive, adaptive ecosystem where students get access to free tech, free broadband, skills training, social capital, mentorship, and more. Applications for First Tech Fund’s 2024-2025 Fellowship Program for rising 11th and 12th-grade high school students are now open! First Tech Fund is holding informational session on February 13th. Free access to technology, including laptops and high-speed internet accessIndividualized mentorship from young professionalsResume, college essay, and networking preparation and feedbackOpportunities to network with professionals across industries like tech, healthcare, and financeApplication: Here is a link to our application, – It is due on May 11th, 2024 at 7pmWebinar: Here is a link to our webinar: 2024 First Tech Fund Application WebinarAttached are our one-pagers in English and Spanish about our year-long high school fellowship programInfo Sessions: FTF Info Sessions for Admin & Teachers – Register Here | FTF Info Session for Parents & Students – Register HereBlurb: Feel free to copy and paste the message below and share it with your communityQuestions: if you’d like to ask any questions, please don’t hesitate to reach out to