PS/IS 686 | Brooklyn, NY

BSI Newsletter Oct 10, 2016

BSI Newsletter

Issue #3 Week of 10/31/16                                                                         html version click here 

Schoolwide News 
Good Afternoon Families,Picture Day
Picture make-up day is Thursday, November 3rd. Sibling pictures will also be taken during that time. If you would like to have any sibling photos taken please make sure to sign up online:  picture retake form, siblings photo form. You MUST sign up if you’d like siblings photographed.

Grade K Math Parent Workshop 
Counting and Beyond
Thursday, November 3rd 8:45-9:45 am Room 418
Children come to school with many ideas about numbers.  In kindergarten, we build on these ideas as we explore counting strategies and develop an understanding of relationships between numbers. At this workshop, we will explore early number concepts that are essential to building a strong foundation for addition and subtraction. Try some hands-on activities and take games home to play with your child!Led by Rachel Michael (

Grade 2 Math Parent Workshop
Addition and Subtraction Strategies: Thinking Flexibly
Wednesday, November 2nd 8:45-9:45 am-Room 418
In 2nd grade, we expect our students to have multiple strategies for addition and subtraction. So what are those strategies? In this workshop, we will explore the various addition and subtraction strategies that children use and their relationship to place value. Come learn about how the number line is a useful tool for addition/subtraction. We will also take a look at the Common Core expectations for addition and subtraction and discuss why flexible strategy use is so important!

Water Bottles
Please make sure NOT to send students in with glass bottles. They present a safety hazard. We have had a number of incidents with glass bottles breaking. We appreciate your attention to this matter.

Middle School News 
Check here for high school open house information.Student IDs have been distributed and their last year IDs will be collected on Friday.  In order to receive a student ID for 2016-2017 school year, students were asked to bring back their out-to-lunch form so that their lunch arrangements can be marked on the ID card outlining whether they need supervision for lunch or can go out on their own.  (Grades 6, 7, 8)

If anyone needs help with school loop please feel free to reach out to or

Upcoming Events:

  • Grade 2 Math Parent Workshop November 2, 2016 at 8:45 am – 9:45 am Room 418
  • Sibling Pictures & Retakes November 3, 2016
  • Picture make-up day November 3, 2016
  • Kindergarten Math Parent Workshop November 3, 2016 at 8:45 am – 9:45 am Room 418
  • No School for Students: PD for staff November 8, 2016
Outside Opportunities:
2017 GOALS for Girls Summer Intensive at the Intrepid Museum on Saturday, Dec. 102016 for interested female students, parents, school administrators, teachers and community leaders to participate and hear more about the free 6-week application -based summer program.