PS/IS 686 | Brooklyn, NY

BSI Newsletter Month of October

BSI Newsletter

BSI Newsletter

Happy Fall Families,

Fall has arrived and I am looking forward to seeing the beautiful foliage around our school. As some students visited me during their “office help club”, they could not help but notice and admire the change in seasons as they watered the plants on my window sill. I like to use every minute in the day as a learning opportunity and that moment definitely turned into an impromptu science lesson.

It was great to see so many of you at BSI for Curriculum Night! The process of crafting a community has begun, both school-wide and within each classroom. Buddy classes are planning their initial meetings and partnerships, the advisory program is off to a great start, please see our September advisory posts under your middle school grade level. We are working diligently on streamlining the SBST support communication.

Looking forward to seeing you at our first Family Friday of the year on October 26th.


Bus Safety

For families of bus students: Your child will soon have a colored bus tag on his/her backpack if you use the bus in the afternoons. The color of the tag corresponds to his or her bus route. Once the tags are on please check it, and let me know in an email with subject BUS TAG if the tag is missing or if there is any error on it. Also, please consider taking a sharpie and writing some emergency contact phone numbers on the back of the tag. Bus drivers will look on these tags if there is nobody at a stop to meet your child; it speeds things up if the driver has a way of contacting you directly rather than having to call the school and wait while we try to close the loop.

Students have been introduced to their bus drivers as well as bus aides that board them on the bus and take attendance, ensuring a smooth transition from the school building to the bus. We will continue to have meetings with all bus groups and to teach into essential learning concepts/safe riding practices. Our goal is to reinforce safe behaviors for riding on the bus. If your child rides one of the OPT buses, please reinforce safe bus behavior at home and make sure to discuss bus contracts which also need to be signed and returned to school.

School Breakfast & Lunch

Breakfast and lunch are at no charge to ALL students.

However, the state requires a Family Income Inquiry Form from every family. Paper copies were sent home with students on the first day of school, and you can also fill it out online at Your answers are private and the DOE is prohibited by federal law from sharing them.


Lost & Found 

Jackets and layered shirts have started to come to school. When a student gets active and warm in the sunshine at recess, he or she often takes that jacket or a layer off.
Every day, clothing without name labels is being brought to the office after recess. Every day, unlabeled items left unclaimed after dismissal are taken to the Lost & Found. A mountain of jackets, hoodies and lunch boxes is growing in that little room. And winter is coming… It’s October. Do YOU know where your name labels are?

Middle School News

High School Process

Our amazing Guidance Counselor, Valerie Durandise, has been sharing a lot of information on the blog and email and will continue to do so throughout the year

School Loop

School Loop is up and running. Students in grades 4-8  are responsible for checking it daily. It is used to communicate homework, important due dates around assignments, social-emotional and behavioral reminders.

Student Gov’t 

We have our president! Students have campaigned voted and announced our student government members for 2018-2019. Congratulation to all that ran and participated in the elections.

Upcoming Events:

Please keep an eye on our calendar for school holidays and upcoming events.

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