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1/22 – Student/Family Update

Dear BCS Students/Families, we hope you had a good weekend!  Happy New Year to our students and families who celebrate the Lunar New Year.  We’re proud of everyone’s persistence to get through first semester!


Upcoming Dates to note in your calendar

  • Mon 1/23 – End of first semester (regular class)
  • Tues 1/24 at Noon – Teachers submit final grades (see Jumprope), transcripts will be mailed home at the end of January
  • Tues 1/24 – Fri 1/27 – Regents/PBAT Week
    • No School for HS Students unless you have a GPBAT panel or Regents exam
    • MS students have regular school
  • Mon 1/30 – PD Day for Staff
    • No School for Students
  • Tues 1/31 – Crew Trips
    • Grades 6-8 go ice skating (see permission slip)
    • Grades 9-11 have college campus visits (see permission slip with arrival and return times for each trip)
    • Grade 12 has crew trip
  • Wed 2/1 – First day of second semester classes
  • Mon 2/20 – Fri 2/24 – No School (Midwinter Recess)

Reminder – free breakfast available daily to all students

  • Free hot breakfast available daily 7:45-8:45am in the cafeteria
  • Grab and go cold breakfast available daily 8:30-10:30am by School Safety desk at entry

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
  • Practice starts 1/25

MS Intensives Tues 1/24 – Fri 1/27 – Regular School for MS students

  • Students will have regular schedule, studying interdisciplinary topics in their regular academic classes:
    • Grade 6 – “Coming Together” – what does it mean to come together?  Who tells your/our stories?
    • Grade 7 – “Express Yourself” – Students will create artistic pieces making connections across subjects. 
    • Grade 8 – “Origins and Endpoints” – how do various things change over time?

Help needed – please donate old magazines and newspapers 

  • For our 7 ELA intensive next week, students will be creating collages and we are in HIGH NEED of old magazines and newspapers for the kiddos. If you have any at home and can spare them, please kindly drop in Devon’s mailbox or room 409. 

Help needed – Purchase items from our Amazon Wish List – we need tissues please!

  • Please buy items from our Amazon Wishlist – right now we need lots of tissues please!

Spirit Monday January Lookahead – please send to photos@bcs

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

BCS/BNS Annual Building Safety Meeting for Families

  • Time: Thurs Jan 26, 2023 – 3:15 PM in Zoom
  • Discuss any building-related safety issues with the BCS/BNS Cabinet with admin, support staff, and UFT reps.  All parents/caregivers of students at 610 Henry welcome.  Our cabinet holds an annual meeting inviting all families to give an opportunity for open questions/discussion about building issues.
  • Join Zoom Meeting –

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


Pratt Young Scholars for HS students

  • Need-based, three-year scholarship program providing instruction in art and design with college preparation to motivated high school students. 
  • Scholars participate in three years of required studio classes and electives exposing students to higher educational opportunities and careers in the creative fields. 
  • Students entering 10th grade in the 2023-2024 school year are eligible to apply
  • Commit to attending classes on Wednesdays after school and Saturdays for three years, as well as July summer programs (no exceptions!)
  • Visit our website to apply.  Applications are due by March 1, 2023.

Beam Camp for Ages 9-17

  • Summer sleep away cam in Strafford, NH
  • Reduced tuition rates available

The Food Education Fund’s Taste of Tomorrow Career Fair 

  • A free career fair open to all high school students.   
    • a career fair for students who are passionate about food
    • a college fair featuring schools with industry partnerships
    • a networking event connecting students to professionals
    • an opportunity to earn 6 work-based-learning hours
  • The event is Saturday, February 4th from 8:30-3:00 at Food and Finance High School.  Students can sign up to attend on their own.