Get Your BSI T-Shirt Today — Available for a Limited Time Only

The 2018 BSI T-Shirt is available for purchase until June 5th at 11pm.

To see the all the available styles and to purchase the shirts, click here:

The t-shirt was designed by a BSI 8th grader in response to a middle school design contest hosted in art class.

The shirts will be received in time for the end of the school year and 8th grade graduation.

BSI Sunday Family Movie and Playdate — June 3, 2:30pm. New BSI Families Welcome!!

While living a happy, cozy life with the Brown family in Windsor Gardens, the young bear Paddington takes a series of odd jobs, hoping to earn enough money to buy a pop-up book of London as a present for his aunt’s 100th birthday. When the book is stolen, Paddington is accused of the crime and finds himself behind bars, where he can’t help but charm fellow inmates and the prison chef alike. The Browns leave no corner of London unturned in their quest to reveal the true thief and free everyone’s favorite brown bear.

You do not have to have seen the first Paddington film in order to enjoy the plot of the sequel. “Paddington 2” is rated #1 on Rotten Tomatoes, the most trusted measurement of quality films and television.

Come join BSI Families and Friends in the BSI Auditorium to watch this endearing and funny film. Tickets are $10 for the entire family. Snacks and water will be sold at the screening.

Purchase by Friday, June 1st. Buy Tickets Here.

See you at the movie and then join us across the street for a playdate at Seth Low!


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  BSI’s 9th Annual Year-End Gala and Auction will take place on Saturday, June 9, at Roulette in Downtown Brooklyn. This year’s theme, “Saturday Night Fever,” honors our South Brooklyn roots by throwing it back to 1977, when the John... Read More

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So You Wanna Help With Gala


BSI’s 9th Annual Year-EnGala and Auction will take place on Saturday, June 9, at Roulette in Downtown Brooklyn. This year’s theme, “Saturday Night Fever,” honors our South Brooklyn roots by throwing it back to 1977, when the John Travolta classic was filmed in Bensonhurst and Bay Ridge.

Gala is our largest fun(d)raising event. Last year, we raised $68,000. We will need to raise even more this year if we are to reach our total fundraising goal of $570,000. We are currently at $318,000 with only months to go before the end of the school year.


You can solicit exciting items and experiences for online bidding and silent auction. Think gift certificates to restaurants and spas, stays at vacation homes, museum and activity passes, VIP nights out, fine jewelry and accessories, personal services (chefs, interior design, etc.), gourmet gift baskets, and the like. We need many more donations.

Consult our Donation Grid and reach out to businesses under the “Gala” tabs of the spreadsheet. Here are some tools to help you close the deal:

Template for Email Solicitation 

Template for Merchant Solicitation Letter

Blank BSI PTO Letterhead

Tips for Getting Donations

IRS Non-Profit Determination Letter

Gala Flyer for Sponsors Who Request It

Once you land the donation, you or the donor can enter the auction item details in our online submission form. A paper form can also be submitted.

For questions, email


You can also help by buying or selling ads in our full-color keepsake Gala Program. Please take a look at last year’s Gala Program for samples of personal, business and class ads. Ads can be paid for and submitted at You can also mail in a paper form.

Families of graduates and grandparents are especially encouraged to buy an ad to congratulate a particular BSI student on a job well done. Rich in sentimental value, these ads range from: one-eighth page ($100), one-quarter page ($200), one-half page ($300), and a full page ad ($400, special Graduates rate).

Here are some tools to help:

Template for Email Solicitation Gala Ad

Template for Email Solicitation Gala Ad and/or Auction

Sample Facebook Text

For questions related to ads, please email

Thank you!

Celebrate Earth Day and Donate Your Toys, Games, Puzzles and Books! April 11 to April 23

The BSI PTO Give Back Committee is teaming up with Second Chance Toys to help our environment!

Given the nature of plastic, plastic toys often show little signs of wear. When these “good-as-new” toys are thrown out, they become waste in a landfill, take up a lot of space, and do not biodegrade. Second Chance Toys rescues and recycles plastic toys for children in need by donating them to community organizations. Because non biodegradable plastic is kept out of our landfills, Second Chance Toys is helping kids and the environment at the same time. Do you have plastic toys you no longer use? Bring them to the BSI main office (4th Floor) between April 11 and April 23 and we can help needy children and save our planet!

**** Now Extended To April 23 and Accepting All Toys, Games, Puzzles and Books ******

Have questions? Want to help? Contact the BSI Give Back Committee at