BSI Chess T-Shirts are here!

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New BSI chess shirts are finally here! Buy a shirt to show your support for our chess enthusiasts or to wear at the tournaments and show your school pride.

We have many new faces this year so  would like to get you familiar with the chess program at the school. The chess community at BSI is well established and is an advocate for promoting chess in youth. BSI students have excelled at tournaments across NYC and the country. The school also hosts tournaments annually. The school has a Chess Instructor; the program is primarily funded by the PTO and assisted by many volunteers.

There are several ways one can participate in chess at BSI:

  • Instructional chess in K through 5 grades;
  • Lunch clubs for 6 through 8 grades;
  • BSI Chess Team: representation of the school in local tournaments and National Championships.  

Chess team is about school spirit, developing friendships with other students and creating a chess community for our school.  Participation in tournaments is open to everyone, regardless of the level and grade. It is a great way to connect with BSI students and parents as well as expose your child to chess.  If you would like to join BSI chess team please contact Coach Vlad Bugayev at

Most tournaments are held weekly on Saturdays and Sundays at various schools in NYC, typically consist of 4 rounds and last for about 5-6 hours with breaks in total.

There are several upcoming big national tournaments – require travel and extra planning:
— The National Scholastic K-12 Championship, Orlando, Florida, December 13-15, 2018
— Greater NY Scholastic Chess Championship, Brooklyn, NYC (aka Kasparov’s chess tournament),  January 5-6, 2019
— New York State Scholastic Championships, Saratoga Springs, NY, March 9-10, 2019

BSI Chess team page on Facebook

BSI Chess team news on PTO site:

Want to receive emails from BSI chess team? Please request to join by emailing

Family Movie, Sunday 12/9

My Neighbor Totoro

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Join us for a family film afternoon. “My Neighbor Totoro” is a superbly animated children’s tale that follows two young girls in a forest inhabited by a menagerie of mystical creatures called Totoros. They befriend the biggest and eldest Totoro, who is also the king of the forest, who takes the sisters on a magical adventure helping them to understand the realities of life. The film is directed by Academy-Award winner Hayao Miyazak, and like his other family-oriented features, it has a powerful ecological theme. [87 minutes]

Doors Open at 3pm / Film Starts at 3:30pm / Admission $10 per family Snacks and water will be sold

Barnes & Noble Bookfair to Benefit BSI

Sunday November 18 at Barnes & Noble Park Slope, 267 7th Ave., Brooklyn

Grab your family and friends for a fun day of shopping, listening to read alouds by our teachers, hanging out with friends, and raising money for BSI! You can even buy books for your child’s classroom. BSI is given a code number which you can to apply to in store or online purchases and B&N will give a percentage of the purchase to BSI.

If you can volunteer on the day of the Bookfair to hand out flyers so that B&N customers can use our code at the register, sign up here. Why not volunteer with your kids and show them how we all pitch in to make BSI better?

Monarch Butterfly Tagging Event

Where: Floyd Bennett Field
Date: Saturday, October 13 (raindate – October 14)
Time: 10:00 AM – 1:00 PM

Ben Hom, BSI parent and a science teacher, will be leading a monarch butterfly tagging event for BSI families on Saturday, October 13 at Floyd Bennett Field.

Thank you, Ben!

Join him to learn about the butterflies’ habitats, and how to capture, tag, and release them to track their annual southern migration to Mexico. This science program is part of the University of Kansas’ Monarch Watch, and is appropriate for all ages.

Where to Meet
Meet Ben at at 10:00 AM in the parking lot of main entrance to Floyd Bennett Field. From the parking lot, the group will head to the community garden to tag butterflies until 1:00 PM. Here are driving and public transit directions from the National Parks Service.

What to Bring
Ben will provide tags, and have butterfly nets for sharing, but If you’ve got your own net please bring it. Please also bring snacks/lunch and water – the nearest food for purchase is at Aviator Sports. There are bathrooms near the community garden.

If you have questions, you can contact Ben at