PS/IS 686 | Brooklyn, NY

State of the Union: PTO Meeting

Hi all.

This morning at the PTO meeting we unveiled the redesigned BSI website. We are excited about streamlining all of the rich content that’s on the site and we hope you will be, too. The core content is there; in the coming days we will work to populate missing information. On the parent resources page, there’s a handy link to the archived site. Please, read any of the classroom blogs if you’re curious about what’s going on in other grades. Stay tuned and don’t hesitate to reach out with feedback or questions.

We talked about the Chancellor’s Discipline Code and how it’s applied at BSI. This document is sent home to families during the first days of school every year. Unless your child is breaking the rules, you won’t hear much about this document. Due to the Family Education and Privacy Act, the school can only discuss your child’s behavior with you; we cannot discuss consequences other students face.

The discussion about the discipline code sidelined into a lengthy feedback session from a number of parents about classroom management and a desire to have a Town Hall Meeting. Individual meetings are the appropriate forum to discuss parent concerns; we have always addressed parent concerns on a one:one basis. We encourage you to reach out to either Anna or me, to get on our calendar. We are here if you need us.

While we offer math workshops during the school day, it’s not always possible for families to attend. Going forward, we will film our sessions and post them on the Parent Resources page of the website.

Media Literacy is alive and well in K-3 classrooms. Our technology partners, XPosure, is in the midst of a cycle in 2nd and 3rd grade and in January, they will move on to 1st and 2nd grades. Check the classroom blogs for information about this program.

While we would love to have a Librarian at BSI, our efforts to share the cost with TAOTS were not successful this year, and we will revisit again next year. An active parent volunteer, Yulianna Shbatayeva (Maximillian, 4th grade) is in the process of organizing the library and will soon work with other parent volunteers to get us up and running this year.

This season in particular, we are grateful for the bounty we have shared here at BSI for the past 7+ years. I am hopeful that we can pull together as the team we have always been to face any challenges that come our way. The children are counting on us, and we have no intention of letting them down.