Monday, September 9, 2019

Where are the kids?

Squirrel perched on sunflower looking down on an empty schoolyard...

Taken a few days before school opened.

Wednesday, June 26, 2019

WAMBA: Water Ambassadors from BNS

BNS fourth graders, under the guidance of  Laurie Matthews and Susan Westover, became advocates for our planet's waterways.  As a part of their work, they created public service messages to inform others about the importance of water.

On June 25th, when their friends were at home, 6 WAMBAs shared their work as part of the Billion Oyster Project Research Symposium on Governor's Island. It was great to see how poised they were as they talked about their work.  

BNS has an oyster station on Valentino Pier


Thursday, June 20, 2019


At Ecorama this year, students were asked to write a postcard on an environmental issue to Senator Schumer, Senator Gillibrand, Representative Ocasio-Cortez, or Brooklyn Borough President Adams.

Here is a sampling of some of them.

Saturday, May 11, 2019

No Trash Day Spearheaded by Two Third Graders

Social action taken by two students concerned about BNS trash led to a school-wide "trash" awareness day...

Every room's trash and recycling pails were placed upside down in the hallways. Staff and students had to initial their names on a chart each and every time they had to throw "away" or recycle something,  And they had to walk to the central recycling area in the hallway to do so.

What follows is a time line of events 
leading up to May 2nd's No Trash Day.

Emma and Delphine were the third graders behind No Trash Day.

Brainstorming solutions...

Getting the boss on board...

Presenting the No Trash Day Plan at a Staff Meeting

May 2nd No Trash Day

Only the hallway bins were open for "business".

Classroom and office pails outside and upside down

Rehearsing PA announcement

Emma and Delphine debriefing Steve

Informal debriefings and observations -- BNS staff members thought twice before taking the long walk to the hallway center and wound up reusing something.   Custodial staff thought that the amount of  recycling and trash seemed less.  Classroom floors looked cleaner.

Next up:  A more formal report.

Mini Nature/City Scape Sketches

Paola inspired her 2nd and 5th grade students to capture nature in mini-sketch books using fine point marker.

Sunday, April 14, 2019

Too Big To Fit

Johanna needed convincing.  A whale cannot fit into a 10 gallon tank.  Even a 14 foot baby.  So these K students showed her.  Shirley!