PS/IS 686 | Brooklyn, NY

December: Principal’s Message

As we approach the December break, there is a festive atmosphere permeating the building.  The hallways are decorated with paper snowflakes showing off the creativity of our students.  Our advisories are decorating classrooms doors with winter themes. The second-grade post office is up-and-running, and student mail is being delivered throughout the building.  


Building on what is an already thrilling time of year, there is curiosity and inquiry abound, now that scaffolding is up, and the construction of our STEM lab is underway!  As I mentioned at the PTO meeting last Friday, I grew up in Ohio, a few houses down from a small farm. I have vivid, childhood memories of digging with my hands in the dirt, and searching for green beans, pumpkins and corn that was ready to be harvested.  I would race home, dropping ears of corn and green beans on the ground behind me, before proudly presenting my bounty to my parents. I hope that the hydroponic and aquaponic growing systems in our rooftop STEM lab will pave the way for a Brooklyn version of these memories.  In addition, our students will engage in environmental science inquiries into climate change, water resource management and sustainable development.


On a safety-related note, if you drive your child to school, please do not double park your car, or leave it parked unattended at the curbside. If a vehicle is parked at the curbside, it makes it difficult for our buses to park and drop off our students.  It is important that the buses have easy access to the sidewalks so that they can pull up and seamlessly drop off the children to Ms. Antoinetta who is waiting for them every morning. Thank you in advance for your attention to this matter.


As we near the end of the calendar year and get ready for a lovely winter break, I wanted to take a moment to say how thankful I am for this community and the support of all the families that help make BSI such a special place.

As we all have seen, the PTO is working hard to raise the funds that help us keep such a wide array of enrichments. As I mentioned earlier, I’m particularly excited about the STEM lab since the long-awaited construction project has officially begun. I’m also very excited about the Chess team traveling to Nationals this month. With all of these exciting things happening, I wanted to reach out and ask you to please support the year-end drive as you are able.

To make a One-time Donation, please click here.

To set up Recurring Donations, please click here.

The PTO has set an ambitious goal to raise $100,000, roughly one-quarter of the annual direct appeal goal, before December 31st. Please support the students and the school by supporting this drive.

Wishing you all wonderful holidays, family time and a very Happy New Year!!!