NOTES FROM THE ELEMENTARY SCHOOL

FRIDAY, MARCH 18, 2016

Important Upcoming Dates & Reminders

  • Wed. Mar. 23 | Winter Curriculum Share
  • Thur. Mar. 24 | Pajama Day
  • Fri. Mar. 25 | Good Friday | NO SCHOOL
  • Mon. Mar. 28 | Spring ASP Trimester Begins
  • Wed. Mar. 30 | Parent/Teacher Conferences, REGULAR SCHOOL DAY
  • Thurs. Mar. 31 | Parent/Teacher Conferences, REGULAR SCHOOL DAY
  • Fri. Apr. 1 | Parent/Teacher Conferences, NO SCHOOL
  • Tues. Apr. 5 | DOE Vision Screening
  • Mon. Apr. 25 | Spring Break Begins, NO SCHOOL
  • Mon. May 2 | Classes Resume

Winter Curriculum Share | Wednesday,

Please join us on Wednesday, March 23 for our Winter Curriculum Share. This will be a great opportunity for parents and guardians to gather an understanding of all the learning that has happened in our core and specials classrooms during the winter term. Below are start and end times for each grade level's share. We hope to see you there!


Kindergarten | 09:15 - 10:30 AM

First Grade | 09:30 - 10:45 AM

Second Grade | 09:45 - 11:00 AM

SPRING BREAK CAMP | M APRIL 25 - F APRIL 29

Save the dates, more information coming soon!

Parent-Teacher Conferences & Narrative Reports

Parent Teacher conferences will be held on Wednesday, March 30th, through Friday, April 1st. You can expect to receive your student's narrative report via email by Monday, March 28 via email. Please add escoordinator@brooklynprospect.org to your email accounts to ensure receipt.


While we will have regular school days on Wednesday, March 30 and Thursday, March 31; there will be no school on Friday, April 1st. Please make childcare arrangements for your student(s) on that date.


To sign up for conference, please use the link below:

www.ptcfast.com/reg1


Then insert your classroom’s entry code:


KA | XNZ191105

KB | PUT1126094

1A | NXF1126095

1B | W4E1126096

2A | 69B1126097

2B | 2C31126098

2C | JST1126099

Second Grade Goes to Ellis Island!

In his book, A Nation of Immigrants, John F. Kennedy writes, “There were probably as many reasons for coming to America as there were people who came. It was a highly individual decision.” Although more than 12 million people passed through Ellis Island on their way to the promise of a better life in America, they walked through its gates one at a time, individual by individual. Once the decision to leave had been made, what was the journey like? In an effort to make our immigration unit real and tangible, we have decided to take a trip the place where it all started....ELLIS ISLAND!! We are so excited!


What does your child need to bring?

  • A bagged lunch that is easy to carry and dispose of
  • Comfortable shoes
  • Sunscreen
  • Water bottle


Check out our field trip dates below:

  • 2C | Tuesday, April 05
  • 2B | Thursday, April 07
  • 2A | Tuesday, April 12

Department of Education Surveys

Every year, all NYC public school families and teachers, grades K through 12, are invited to provide feedback to the NYC Department of Education (DOE) about their school’s learning environment by taking the NYC SchoolSurvey. Information collected on Brooklyn Prospect becomes part of our NYC school progress report card grade.

We backpacked those surveys home last Friday. Please take a few minutes to complete your survey on the paper copy you receive in the mail or online at www.nycschoolsurvey.org.


To help our report card, your survey must be completed by April 1, 2016.


Thank you for providing important feedback about our school!


If you have any questions or need help, please contact Ms. Marchena at escoordinator@brooklynprospect.org.

AALDC Youth Community Scholarship Program Application

The Atlantic Avenue Local Development Corporation (AALDC) Youth Community Scholarship Program application cycle is currently available! The goal is to provide opportunities for youth to attend summer and fall local programs that are enriching and foster economic development within the Brooklyn communities of Boerum Hill, Brooklyn Heights, and Cobble Hill.


The scholarship program is open to children and youth ages 4-18 that live or attend Brooklyn Public School Districts 13 or 15. Priority scholarships will be awarded to low-income applicants; families with limited financial resources are also encouraged to apply. The number of scholarships awarded will be based on available funding and program space availability.


The deadline to apply for this year's application cycle is April 28, 2016.


For more information on AALDC’s Youth Community Scholarship Program and application process, visit: http://www.atlanticave.org OR contact Ana Colon, the Program and Administrative Coordinator, at scholarships@atlanticave.org / (718)875-8993.

Afternoon DIsmissal

In the interest of student safety and the utilization of shared spaces, we ask that parents and guardians please refrain from waiting in SHJS's lobby or gymnasium during our dismissal periods. As an alternative, families are welcomed to wait outside of the building, or in BPCS' lobby on the 8th floor.

Emergency Preparedness at BPCS | Fix Language


We are writing to let you know about a new drill the students practiced this week. We discussed with the students that there are different kinds of emergencies we have to prepare for, like fire drills so we can leave the building quickly and safely. This week we introduced to the them the idea that there may be an emergency outside the building and we are safer staying inside. To do this, we pretend like we are not home by turning off the lights, moving to a wall away from windows, and locking the door. We called this a "Soft Lockdown." We also discussed how this drill is also important in case the emergency situation that is taking place outside of the school comes into the school.


For your information, the purpose of this drill is for the faculty, staff and students to be prepared in case a danger from outside of the building moves inside. We believe this is unlikely to happen, however, we want to be prepared just like we practice fire drills.

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Make & Take Craft Fair | Sunday, April 17th

On Sunday, April 17th the PTSO Events Committee will host a Make & Take Craft Fair, from from 10 a.m. to 12p.m, for the entire BPCS elementary school community!



We are seeking volunteers to host craft /maker stations. Ideas include yarn pompom-making, felt monster pencil toppers, simple spinning tops, origami, balloon-powered car, salad-spinner spin art, yarn weaving looms, lego racing, 3D printing and more!


Save the date and we will follow up with more details soon. Already have an idea? Sign up to host a table using the link below.

Japanese Cooking 101 | Saturday, April 9th

BPCS parent, journalist, and restaurateur Harris Salat and Chef Chef Tadashi Ono are inviting our community to a Japanese Cooking 101 Class On Saturday, April 9th. They will introduce you to the how, what, why and where of Japanese cuisine.


During their ninety minute demonstration and tasting, you'll learn central ideas behind the food, as well as key ingredients and techniques. Best of all, you'll learn how simple it is to cook Japanese food in your own home kitchen! Please note, this an adults only class.


Tickets can be bought on eventbrite for $75 per person. Additionally, $60 of each ticket sold will be donated directly to the Brooklyn Prospect Elementary Charter School, so you'll be doing well by eating good! Space is limited - so do not hesitate... sign up using the link below.

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recess at metrotech

Recess will occur at Metrotech plaza on a staggered schedule right before lunch (below). Please note, that although there is a staggered schedule, we ask that you chaperone for the entire recess period.

  • Kindergarten | 11:15 - 12:00
  • First Grade | 12:00 - 12:45
  • Second Grade | 12:15 - 01:00

We would love to have some of you join us for recess. Please use the link below to volunteer.

Join us at Fort Greene Park

We'd like to continue our trips to Fort Greene Park, unfortunately the weather determines if we make it outside. Please keep in mind that we will head to Fort Greene Park for playtime as long at the weather is above 10 degrees (real feel) and free of unsafe conditions, like rain or ice. Use the button below to sign up!


Have doubts about your volunteer day? Please give us a call (718.722.7634) or send us an email (escoordinator@brooklynprospect.org).