Did you know that all BSI families are automatically members of the PTO (parent-teacher organization)? 

Through the PTO, BSI families help keep BSI a great place for our kids to learn, grow, and make life-long friends. You can help: attend PTO meetings, volunteer time for PTO community events, or join other families on the PTO board.

Did you know that the PTO raises 100% of the funds for TAs, Specialty Teachers, recess support, and most enrichment activities (like chess, debate, art & science supplies, special instruction programs, music, band and more)? These funds help make BSI a unique space for creative and integrative learning, and one of the most sought after schools in NYC. And our kids get to go there!

Did you know 80% of all PTO funds for the school come from the Direct Appeal? 

The Direct Appeal is the PTO’s main fundraising campaign, where we ask BSI families, friends, corporate partners, and matching-grant employers to donate money for our BSI kids. We need your help!

Did you know giving a recurring, monthly donation saves time for you and BSI? Click here to donate

All BSI families with recurring donations set up by October 20th will be entered into a raffle, with winners announced at our PTO meeting (on Zoom) on Thurs Oct. 21st at 7pm. Set it. Forget it. Be BSI proud! (& maybe win the raffle too!)
Did you know that every donation, of any amount, matters A LOT? We ask that ALL BSI families give whatever they can. Our goal is 100% of families participating in the Direct Appeal, so that we can show to grant makers and other funders that we are all in this together for our kid’s education. But we know that families have different circumstances, and not everyone can give the same. That is OK. Everyone is welcome at BSI!

Did you know that everyone asks “How much should I give?” The answer: Whatever works for your family’s budget. Then everyone asks: “No really, how much?” Our answer: We need to raise about $1500 per student to provide all the TAs, Specialty Teachers, recess support, and enrichment activities that we expect for our kids. If you can afford to give more, please do and thank you! If that amount is not in your family’s budget, no problem! Give what works for you, and thank you!

Did you know that gifts to the BSI PTO can be tax deductible? The Brooklyn School of Inquiry PTO, Inc. (PTO) is a registered non-profit organization under section 501(c)3 of Internal Revenue Code (Tax ID: 27-1299073). The PTO does not provide any goods or services, in whole or in part, for contributions from families, grandparents, friends, companies, or others, which can be tax deductible under section 170 of the Code.

Did you know you can reach the PTO anytime at Now you do!

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Dear incoming BSI parents and guardians!

The BSI Parent Teacher Organization (PTO) welcomes you! We are so excited to have your family join our unique city-wide school community! BSI is an incredible place for your children to learn, be challenged, and grow emotionally, and for your whole family to find a community of friends!

What is the PTO? The PTO is an organization, made up of BSI parents, that works to enhance our school community by raising money, organizing events and educational programs, and providing information to parents. An executive board of parent volunteers, elected yearly, oversees the PTO’s activities. All BSI parents/guardians are automatically members of the PTO (not just the board members!).

What does the PTO do? Mainly two very important things!  With your help, we raise much needed money for our school and build our school committee by organizing super fun events!!!

Fundraising is one of the PTO’s most important functions. Here at BSI, we want our kids to have an enriched educational experience, as well as a low teacher:student ratio, so every year we set high fundraising goals and work hard to meet them. BSI’s robust enrichment program, provided to all our students sets it apart among public schools. Here are some of the fantastic enrichments that are paid for directly by the PTO:

  • Music, Chess, Debate, Art, a dedicated SCIENCE teacher, teacher’s assistants in lower grades, Coding Space, Architecture Design, Math Club supplies, Robotics, Musical/Stage Crew supplies,  after school Band, and MORE!!

The PTO traditionally holds many events throughout the year with the main goal of building school community, as well as fundraising. These are all run by, staffed by, and enjoyed by YOU, BSI families! The pandemic has required us to be flexible, and hold more virtual events than in-person over the past 18 months. But this year, we’re hoping to get as many in person events safely up and running as possible.  Some events to look forward to include:

Ice Cream Social – September. Especially geared towards welcoming new families.

Harvest Fest – October

BSI Book Fair at the Center for Fiction – November

Read-A-Thon – Winter break and beyond

Chess Festival – February

BSI Gala and Auction – May or June. The party of the year!

Get involved!!  We need your help to pull off all this fun stuff! Donating time is just as valuable as donating money!! Look out for more information coming soon about volunteer opportunities for the 2021-2022 school year.  And please join us at our first PTO events in September: PTO Meeting via Zoom (tentative date Sept 23rd at 7pm)  and the Ice Cream Social (tentative date September 26th in the afternoon).

Stay Informed!! BSI uses a private communication tool, Konstella, for most school-wide PTO communications and committee sign ups. Everything shared on Konstella is only accessible to our parents, teachers, and staff.  Instructions on how to join Konstella will be sent out via school administration.  

You may also contact the board anytime by emailing us at

We truly look forward to getting to know you and your family better!  


The BSI PTO Executive Board

We Made It!

Dear BSI Community,

Can you believe it? Yet another school year has come to an end — one marked by much change and uncertainty.  As we march toward a new era for both our city and our school, we are so grateful to have had such wonderful parents, caregivers, students, teachers, and staff by our side through this difficult time. 

Please give yourselves a big pat on the back: for your dedication to learning, for your patience and resilience, for making it through the many Zooms, and for simply showing up when things were tough.

Our children have changed so much, and so have we. As we look toward the fall, we hope to take what we have learned and use it to heal, reconnect, and recommit to supporting our learners as they become the intelligent and empathetic leaders of tomorrow.

We cannot wait to see you then!

Congratulations to the BSI Class of 2021!

To our newest graduates, it has been our privilege to watch you grow into amazing young individuals! We look forward to seeing what you do as you take the foundation you have built at BSI into high schools across the city and beyond. While we will miss seeing you in the halls that have been your second home for so many years, we hope the connections you have made at 50 Avenue P will last a lifetime.

Thank you again for all your support. We hope you enjoy a relaxing and fun-filled summer.

-Your PTO

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