PS/IS 686 | Brooklyn, NY

BSI Newsletter Week of 11/14/16

BSI Newsletter


Parent Teacher Conferences will be held on Wednesday, November 30th from 12:50 until 3 and 4:00 until 7:00 p.m. Parent Teacher Conference online registration will be sent out on Wednesday 11/23/16. Click here for more details.

K-3 Family Monday
We invite you to join us on Monday, November 21st, for another Family Monday. Students will be picked up by their classroom teachers in the cafeteria as usual and meet you in their classrooms at around 8:40am. It will be followed by the PTO meeting at around 9:25am.

4-8 Family Share– click here for details.

Pajama Day

Wednesday, November 23rd, is Pajama Day here at BSI. Our spirit days are an opportunity for us to come together as a learning community to have fun and build school spirit. Students and staff will be participating in the fun. Don’t forget to send your child in or with PJs.

Frequently Asked Questions:

What do I need to do if my child is absent? Who do I notify? If your child will be absent you should fill out the dismissal form and check off the absent box.

You can also email instead. There is no need to call the office.
What should I do if my child is having a hard time on the bus? If there is an incident or anything else that happens on the bus that your child does not feel comfortable with, please email the child’s teacher, our guidance counselor ( and me (
What if I need to pick my child up early from school or change his/her usual dismissal plan? Please fill out an online dismissal form. The cut off time for early pickups and dismissal changes is2pm to ensure that everyone who is involved in the dismissal process receives the correct information and students are all accounted for. There is no need to call the office and handwritten notes as those two methods are fairly unreliable.
School Website
On Thursday our redesigned website will be launched. Our goal is to make it easier to navigate and more streamlined. There will be more work done after the initial launch so stay tuned. If anyone has any feedback please feel free to reach out to

Lost & Found

Lost & Found room will be cleaned on Monday. All items not picked up by Monday evening will be collected and picked up by a donation company. Those of you that are coming to our Family Monday will have the perfect opportunity to check the lost and found room for any lost items.

Chess News from Vlad

Just wanted to share the latest news. Our chess team participated at three tournaments in last two weeks including CIS World Chess NYC Junior Championship at PS 11M. Click here for a detailed update.


Those of you that ordered pictures by the first deadline will receive them by 11/18/16. The first batch came in and is being distributed on 11/16 & 11/17. If you have any question reach out to

B&N Bookfair

Our annual Barnes & Noble Bookfair is Sunday, November 20th from 9am-7pm at the Park Slope Barnes & Noble, 267 7th Avenue, BrooklynEvent is this Saturday!

No School

There is no school on Thursday and Friday due to Thanksgiving. We wish you a nice and relaxing long weekend.

Middle School News

School Loop & Homework Reminders
Grades 4-8 Please remember that School Loop sends out a homework reminder email every day at 5pm unless you have opted out of that option. Teachers will not send out individual emails to classes with such reminders. All of that information will come from school loop.
Google Classroom and School Loop are merging this week and everything that is posted on Google Classroom will be found on School Loop as well. There is one central place with all homework assignments and classwork related information which is School Loop. If there are any issues, concerns or questions please reach out to
Debate Team
Our Debate Team will go on their first tournament this Saturday (11/19/16). If anyone would like to come out and show their support here is the venue information:
American Debate League Fall Classic
M.S. 172 81-14 257th street, Queens N.Y. (between 257th street and 81st avenue)
The tournament is from 9-5 p.m. (Awards ceremony at 4 p.m.)

Trimester Breakdown

Trimester 1 Sept 8th – November 18th
Trimester 2 November 21- February 17th
Trimester 3 February 27- June 28
8th Grade

8th Graders Timeline. What should 8th Graders be doing now?

In the next 2 weeks you should be finishing up all tours and open houses
You should be completing your interviews, auditions, assessments and online applications (NYCiSchool, Manhattan Hunter Science High School etc…)
Bard HS is still in the process of grading assessments and have not completed the interview invitations. If you have any questions or concerns please contact Ms. Valerie.
It’s time to review your lists of schools and programs and begin to place them in your order of preference – choosing what you love 1st, 2nd, 3rd etc…
Make sure you have chosen at least 12 programs (remember some high schools have more than 1 program and each one that you are interested in is listed as a separate choice)
List your final choices on the application and submit to Ms. Valerie by Nov. 28th. Applications must be signed by both the parent and student.

Outside Opportunities:

2017 GOALS for Girls Summer Intensive at the Intrepid Museum on Saturday, Dec. 10, 2016 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.

Upcoming Events:

  • November 21, 2016 8:40am K-3 Family Monday followed by the PTO meeting
  • November 21, 2016 8:40am Lost & Found clean out
  • November 22, 2016 8:00am – 8:30 am Parent Engagement Time.Teachers are available for meetings. Don’t hesitate and reach out to and schedule a phone or face to face meeting with ANY of the teachers.
  • November 22, 2016 Grade 2 Trip
  • November 22, 2016 301 Trip
  • November 23, 2016 Pajama Day
  • November 24, 2016 No School: Thanksgiving
  • November 25, 2016 No School: Thanksgiving
  • November 29, 2016 8:00am – 8:30 am Parent Engagement Time. Teachers are available for meetings. Don’t hesitate and reach out to and schedule a phone or face to face meeting with ANY of the teachers.
  • November 30, 2016 PTCs / Early dismissal.