BSI Chess Festival — Sunday February 11 9am-5pm

We invite chess enthusiasts of all levels, ages and genders!

Activities include:
*  Friendly chess tournament for those who want to play against peers of a similar age. $30/participant until January 20, then $40. Adults welcome also.
*  Chess related activities for chess beginners (ideal for K – 2) such as chess arts and crafts — $10/participant);
*  Chess lessons by future chess Grandmasters;
*  Chess puzzles, lottery and prizes;
*  We are planning to invite Grandmasters to play blitz against, go over the game with tournament players, get autographs and ask questions.
*  Breakfast and lunch available for purchase. Bake sale yummies as well!
*  Parents attend free of charge. Comfortable waiting area for parents available in school auditorium.

*** Get your tickets here. *** 

Want to help out? That would be great!

Volunteer setting up or tearing down, selling, or assisting in the chess tournaments.
Sign up here.

Donate to the bake sale — baked goods, sandwiches, wraps, fruit, or a favorite family recipe.
Sign up here.

Ice Skating Social Jan 28 — Tickets Available

A fan favorite, the 8th Annual Ice Skating Social is back and will take place at the LeFrak Centre at Lakeside in Prospect Park on Sunday January 28th, from 3pm-5pm!
Lets end the weekend together and enjoy skating on our private rink and socialize with friends, family, teachers and staff! Once again, Blue Stone Cafe will be open throughout.

Follow This Link To Get Your Tickets!

Win “Dear Evan Hansen” Tickets While Supporting BSI

Dear Broadway fans: Thanks to a very generous BSI family (who wish to remain anonymous),we are able to offer the chance to win a pair of “Dear Evan Hansen” tickets.

If you make or have made a donation of $500 or more between the dates of July 1 to December 31, 2017 (11:59pm cut-off), you will be entered into a drawing for two Center Orchestra tickets to see this Tony Award winning musical performance on Saturday, January 27, 2018 at 2:00 PM at Music Box Theatre.

Another great reason to beat the tax-year deadline and support Brooklyn School of Inquiry! You can donate online or download a formand mail it in. Envelopes must be postmarked by Dec. 31. Thank you and good luck!

Find out more about what BSI families fund here.

2018 BSI Camp Auction Campaign Kick-Off

Brooklyn School of Inquiry’s 8th Annual SUMMER CAMP AUCTION will take place online from March 2 through March 11, 2018 and feature many popular day camps, sleep-away camps and kid activities. Last year, our camp auction raised $17,000 toward funding Teacher’s Assistants and enrichments at BSI.

This is your chance to get ahead of summer plans by bidding on a variety of 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!).

Wondering what kind of camps will be on the block? Here’s a sneak peek: A full summer at Mill Basin Day Camp, one of Brooklyn’s most popular camps, complete with waterslides and arcade. We still need many more camp donations. Can you please take 5-10 minutes to reach out to a favorite camp or class in your neighborhood on our behalf? The deadline for submissions is February 24. 

Here’s all you have to do:

STEP 1: Claim a camp. Put your name in the BSI Contact 2018 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! For all questions, please email

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, teacher’s 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, teacher’s assistants, and more.

Tax Year 2017 Countdown

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