PS/IS 686 | Brooklyn, NY

BSI Newsletter Month of November

BSI Newsletter

Good Afternoon Families,

Welcome to the month of November!

Schoolwide News

Stomping Ground Pictures

Please click on this link to view your child’s pictures” BSI Stomping Ground Login Letter Picture make-up day is November 28th. 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:


Parent Teacher Conferences will be held on Thursday, November 16th from 12:50 to 3 pm and 4:00 to 7:00 p.m.  Parent Teacher Conference online registration will be sent out on November 10th.  Click here for more details.

Picture Day

Picture make-up day is November 28th. 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:

Spirit Day: Pajama Friday

Friday, November 17th, 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.

Blog Emails and Communication

We have updated all of the email addresses of everyone that has submitted the request. If you find yourself not receiving class emails or blog updates please put your name and email down in this form.  

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.

Indoor Recess 

We are well prepared for indoor recess. If anyone would like to donate any spare board games, chalk, building sets or any other recess related items feel free to drop off in the lobby where there will be a BSI cart for dropoff. 

B&N Bookfair

Our annual Barnes & Noble Bookfair is Sunday, November 19th from 9am-7pm at the Park Slope Barnes & Noble, 267 7th Avenue, Brooklyn.  

School Lunch

The “checkout” system will be adjusted starting on Friday and we will transition students from entering their 4 digit code during lunch checkout to simply scanning their lunch card. This will drastically speed up the process.
Just a reminder that lunch is now at no charge to ALL students. The New York City Department of Education (DOE) is pleased to announce that starting this school year, lunch is now completely free for all students in every New York City public school. Breakfast is already provided for free and now all meals will be served at no charge to families.

All parents, regardless of income, must still complete a School Meals Form. Please complete the form online at by December 29, 2017. 

Middle School News 

School Loop (Grades 4-8)

If anyone needs help with school loop please feel free to reach out to Mr. Jose  at
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.

High School Process

High school open houses are taking place, check here for more information.

Trimester Breakdown 

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Agape Debate Tournament

The 1st American Debate League middle school only debate tournament of the 2017-2018 debate season. This tournament will be held on Saturday, December 9th at M.S. 172 located at  81-14 257th St, Glen Oaks, NY 11004.
The tournament will be held from 9:00-4:30 p.m. Sign up sheet to follow next week. We will need one or two parent volunteers at the event. Please email if you are interested in chaperoning. 

Upcoming Events:

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(for details go to the main calendar and click on the event details)