Ice Skating Social

Tickets are now available for Ice Skating Social!

Come to our Ice Skating Social to have fun and socialize with your friends! Please feel free to bring your own skates if you have them. To purchase tickets for attendance please press the button below. 

THIS MONTH: Camp Auction (2/3-2/12) & Chess Festival (2/9)

camp auction and chess festival

It’s officially February! We have two exciting events this month: The BSI Summer Camp Auction and Chess Festival.

Camp Auction

STARTS: Monday, February 3rd.
ENDS: Wednesday, February, 12th at 10 p.m.

Bid for and win summer sleep-away and day camps, after-school
programs, and all-season activities for your kids while raising funds for BSI!

All proceeds raised through the Camp Auction will be invested in
enrichments and specialty educators for BSI students.

Chess Festival

Sunday, February 9th 11 a.m. – 6 p.m. (Tournament registration from 10-10:30 a.m.)

Join us for a day of fun chess activities for all experience levels. Click here for more info or buy tickets now!

Download the updated flyer with both events here.

BSI Annual Chess Festival 2020

Sunday, February 9th, 11 AM – 6 PM
Door opens: 10 AM
Check-in ends: 10:30 AM
First round of chess tournament
and chess activity for beginners starts at: 11:00 AM

If your child is a beginner and is not going to participate in the tournament just yet, he or she can still enjoy the event to the fullest! 

Tickets for sale online here through Saturday, February 8!

Activities for those who don’t play in the chess tournament include:

  • Chess related art and crafts
  • Drawing and coloring
  • Making slime
  • Putting together puzzles
  • Learning math behind chess: how much each chess piece “costs”
  • Learning simple moves and working out chess puzzles
  • Party favors and prizes included

Parents can participate in the tournament too! Just select “adult” as your grade.

Please volunteer here to donate food or help with event organization.

A team of volunteers from last year’s event

Reminder: Camp Auction Help Needed!

Ask for a donation today. It’s so easy!

Just copy, paste, and send ⁠— no cold-calling or research required.

STEP 1 – Claim a Camp

Sign up to ask 1-5 (or more!) camps and activities for donations on this form:

STEP 2 – Reach Out
Contact camps by email, phone or in person using the sample letter at

STEP 3 – Finalize Donation
Input donation by January 17th into

Questions? Email

The Eleventh Day of BSI: Robotics!

students with large robot

The Consortium for Research & Robotics is a partnership between the Pratt Institute’s cutting-edge center for K-12 technology education and our seventh graders. Through the Consortium, our children are provided with a unique opportunity to work hands-on with many different types of robots including NYC’s largest industrial robot!

Each year, we have a specific project-based study where Mr. Brian, our math teacher, works closely with the Pratt instructor to tailor to meet the needs of our students. Students learn skills in engineering, architecture, design and fabrication as they engage mathematics, software, technology, and robotics to problem solve, create, and learn.

Below,  an excerpt taken from Consortium’s website:

Traditionally, robots perform repetitive tasks that are “dull, dirty, and dangerous.” Here at the Consortium, we are challenging this convention, putting people to work by engaging designers, engineers, researchers and artists in a new experimental paradigm that is equal parts digital and physical.

Keep us engaged with STEAM technologies!

thermometer at $40k


Today is the final day to make your donation to the BSI PTO in 2019. We’ve raised approximately $40k but still need help closing the gap to fund the programs we’ve highlighted here. Any size contribution matters! 

preview of robotics video