Camp Auction is Live!

Our 5th Annual Camp & Class Auction is underway.

Go to to browse and start bidding! We have great deals on amazing experiences such as Chestnut Lake Sleepaway Camp. Mill Basin Day Camp, Willie Mae Rock Camp for Girls, a week with NBA players and legends at BasketBall City, BEAM Center Summer Camp or Class, LEGO Robotics at BK Bots, and so much more, including after-school classes and enrichment courses! You must be registered to bid. 


The auction is open to families outside of the BSI community, so please tell your friends and share on social media!

Try this on Facebook:
Support our public school and grab a great deal. BSI’s Annual Camps & Classes Auction is live! Bid early, bid often, and save on summer sleepaway camps, day camps, and enrichment classes. We’ve got a little of everything! Bidding ends Sunday, March 19. Share widely!

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BSI Camps & Classes Auction is live! Bid on great deals & support our school at!

BSI’s Camp Auction Kicks Off on March 9th! Read On to See How You Can Help

We’re so excited for BSI’s 5th Annual Summer Camp and Children Classes Auction! This is your chance to get ahead of summer plans by bidding on a variety of day and sleepaway camps and enrichment classes. It’s also a chance to raise money for our school from families outside of BSI (so be sure to tell your friends!).

Our auction will open on March 9 and run through March 19.

Wondering what kind of camps will be on the block? Here’s a sneak peek: A full summer at Mill Basin Day Camp! Many thanks to parent Nick Kremer for securing this incredible donation!  Mill Basin Day Camp is one of the most popular camps in Brooklyn, and an auction hit. Once you see it, you’ll know why.

However, we are still far behind on solicitations, which is what will drive the success of this annual tradition. Can you take 10 minutes to reach out to a favorite camp or class in your neighborhood on our behalf? 

The deadline for submissions is March 1. Thank you to all the parents who have already reached out for donations.

Here’s all you have to do:

STEP 1: Claim a camp. Put your name in the BSI Contact 2017 column on our donation grid. You are now the main BSI contact for this company. If questions come up, just email New camps and companies are welcome! Add them to the grid.

STEP 2: Reach out to the camp via email, phone, or in person (we’ve included a sample email below)

STEP 3: Once you have confirmation of a donation, either you or the camp must input the auction items using our Online Donation Submission Form. This is where descriptions and restrictions (e.g. “first time families only”) are noted. Then please go back to the donation grid in STEP 1 and fill out columns E & F.

Haven’t heard back? Follow up in a week. If a camp declines, simply note that in column E.

Please help us make this auction a big success! Reach out to the Exec Board with any questions at

Thanks in advance!



Subject: Please support our public school BSI


My child attends PS/IS 686, The Brooklyn School of Inquiry. We are a public NYC K-8 school with families from all over Brooklyn and beyond. Our popular online summer camp auction runs the first two weeks in March and we’re seeking donations. Bidding is open to anyone so the auction is promoted far and wide. All of the money we raise goes back into the school and supports programs such as chess, art, music, dance, science, media literacy, educational assistants, and more.

Would you participate? The BSI PTO is a 501c3 organization. Donations are tax deductible. We’d be happy to include a “new families only” restriction.

Are you in? Submit your donation online here: Online Donation Submission Form

Let me know if you have any questions. Thank you.




Brooklyn School of Inquiry is a public NYC K-8 school. The money we raise from our auction goes back into the school and supports programs such as chess, art, music, dance, science, media literacy, educational assistants, and more.



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BSI Auction Kickoff

Our 5th Annual Camp Auction goes live online in early March 2017. Soon after we’ll be celebrating our 8th Annual Gala and Silent Auction. We need your to help secure donations and make these auctions better than ever.

Asking for donations is easier than you think. Reach out (through email, in person, or on the phone) to your favorite camps, after-school and weekend classes, fitness studios, tutors, restaurants, local activities. We take museum memberships, membership passes, and tickets to special events, too! All of these donations are tax-deductible. Review Tips for Asking for Donations.

STEP 1: Put your name in the BSI Contact 2017 column on our Donation Grid then contact the company. New camps and companies are welcome. Add them to the grid. 

STEP 2: Once you have confirmation of a donation either you or the company contact must input the auction items using our Online Donation Submission FormThis is where descriptions and restrictions (e.g. first time families only) are noted.

Think ahead. Companies love placing ads in our annual keepsake Gala Program. More info about ads here.

**Use the tabs at the bottom of the donation grid page to navigate between neighborhoods. Scroll all the way to the right to access pages for Camp Auction Sleepaway Camps and Camp Auction Day Camps. Camps are priority right now.**

Brooklyn School of Inquiry is a public NYC K-8 school with close to 600 families throughout Brooklyn and beyond. Our camp auction is promoted widely outside the school since it’s open to anyone. Our Gala is attended by hundreds of parents.


If You Missed the December PTO Meeting…

Dear BSI Families,

We hope that you were able to attend the December PTO meeting: we covered a lot of ground.

Donna announced a 5th grade overnight at the American Museum of Natural History (date pending), a new TA starting in class 202, and the start of Grade Level Parent Meetings as an extra way to connect starting in the new year (see more below).

For those who could not make it, one of the most important announcements was that we are more than $45K behind in our fundraising goals, despite our many successful events. We are behind because we have seen fewer Direct Appeal contributions and company matches.

Contributions to our Direct Appeal campaign plus company matches make up 80% of the PTO’s total fundraising dollars. The PTO is a registered 501(c)3 non-profit and your DA contribution is completely tax deductible. Donate today and write off your donation in the 2016 tax year.

This year the PTO helps fund the following for your children. A few of these programs, like Chess and Mixed Sports, cycle through grades, so if they’re not already in your child’s class, they will be coming soon.

  • Xposure Technology* (K-3)
  • Chess (K-3)
  • Mixed Sports (K-8)
  • Art (K-8)
  • Art TA (K-8)
  • Science TA (K-8)
  • Art Supplies (K-8)
  • Science Supplies (K-8)
  • Brooklyn Conservatory of Music (K-2)
  • Classroom Educational Assistants (K-3)
  • Media Literacy (4-8)
  • Construction Kids Bridge Project (2)
  • Debate (7 & 8)
  • BEAM (1, 4, 6, 7, 8)
  • Dance (K, 1, 2, 7, 8)
  • Drama (3, 6, 7)
  • Spanish (4-8)
  • Kevin Reese & Sculpture (7 & 8)
  • Brass & Woodwinds, aka Band (4-8)
  • Elevate Program (6-8)
  • Math Coaches** (K-2)

If you have questions about any of the enrichment offerings or how they work, Donna and Anna would be happy to chat with you. Email Donna at and Anna at

Beginning in January, Donna and Anna will host grade level parent meetings. These will usually take place on a Tuesday morning from 8:00am until 9:00am (teachers will join us for the first half hour) and all parents in that grade are invited. Here are the dates, which are currently being added to the master parent calendar.

If you have concerns or questions beforehand, about anything, don’t wait. Reach out. Let’s all work together to improve communication. It benefits us all, especially our children.

Please support our school and our children. Give as generously as you can – make a contribution today.

Our best,
The PTO Executive Board

* Sept. – Jan. for 2nd and 3rd, Feb. – June for K and 1st

** BSI Math Coaches are certified teachers. Coaches push in and work with classroom teachers to provide enhanced math instruction and facilitate differentiated small group work.