BSI Journal 2020 Submissions

In the face of DOE budget cuts, please help us fund enrichments and other much needed student support for next year. We are short of our fundraising goal, but there’s still time. Support our RESILIENT SCHOOL COMMUNITY by placing an ad in our keepsake annual journal.


Our Annual Journal will feature class group photos and serve as a schoolwide mini-yearbook. It will be replacing the Gala Program for this year (see 2018 and 2019 programs for examples of ads).

GRADUATE SPECIAL: Give some extra love to this year’s graduates with a full page ad. Special Price: $400 ($50 off). So worth it! And frameable! Use this design or your own.

Here are all the ad sizes available. So many ways to celebrate your BSI scholar-artist! Share their artwork or poems. Tell them how proud you are.

BONUS POINTS: Get a local business to buy an ad in support of BSI. Here is a list of people to contact and an email template.


SUBMIT PHOTO AND TEXT BY EMAIL (if easier for you): Use the subject line Graduate/Class/Full/Half/Quarter/Eighth Page Ad for Student Name in your email to Put your text in the email and attach the best print-quality image you have. We will fit your message in relation to the photo. Time permitting, you can request pre-publication approval. The sooner you submit, the more awesome you are! (Class parents: Please note Class Number.)

You can also submit a FULL DESIGNED AD (following the dimensions above) as a print-quality PDF. If using Shutterfly or similar design platform, share the link with

All ad placements and payments must be confimed by

ORDERING THE JOURNAL: In June, we will send instructions on how to order directly from Shutterfly, which will ship the journal to you. The final price will depend on the number of pages we sell. We anticipate a price of roughly $25 (plus tax shipping).


Questions? Email Thank you!

Giving Tuesday Now – Let’s Join Together in Support of BSI

giving tuesday now logoDear BSI Families,

We hope you are all managing during this difficult time. Our kids keep telling us how much they miss regular school: their friends, their teachers, and the fun and engaged learning they did together. As we look forward to when they can be together again, we know that next year will bring new challenges.

We anticipate city and state budget cuts that will affect DOE funding. As you know the money we raise this year funds the coming school year. May and June are usually our biggest fundraising months of the year. With the expected cuts from the DOE, PTO funding for the school is more vital than ever. We know many families have been financially impacted by this pandemic and unable to give at this time. If you are still able to give, we ask that you please help keeping the wonderful programs and support that our dollars fund to make BSI such a wonderful and well rounded place for our children.

Tuesday, May 5th is #GivingTuesdayNow — a new global day of giving and unity. In addition to supporting charities focused on pandemic relief, we hope you also GIVE what you can to support BSI. We’ve raised only $195,000 of the $526,000 goal for next year. Please DONATE to support your child’s education at BSI next year.

How to donate to BSI: through Zelle or Paypal (to, at, and through our Facebook page. If you need to send a check, email us to discuss it first.

Your employer may match donations: Home Depot, Starbucks, Google, UnitedHealth, Verizon and many other companies have generous employee matching donation programs that can double or sometimes triple your donation to BSI. Please get in touch with us if you’d like more information.

We hope you and all of your loved ones are safe and well.

Your Fellow Parents on the PTO Executive Board

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