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 dtaylor@bsi686.org and Anna at amoshura@bsi686.org.

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.

Fundraise for BSI on Cyber Monday and Giving Tuesday


Hope everyone had a wonderful Thanksgiving! If you’re planning to check out Amazon on Cyber Monday or anytime in the coming month, don’t forget to use BSI’s Amazon Smile link and fundraise for BSI.

Our school can earn 7-10% of your purchase price just by shopping via the link (http://smile.amazon.com/?tag=bp02-20) and signing up for Amazon Smile, if you haven’t already.

The tag=bp02-20 in the link tells Amazon that our PTO should be getting the full referral reward. If you just go through Amazon Smile, we only get 0.5% of the purchase price.

The correct link is located on www.bsipto.org, so always start your Amazon shopping by going to PTO website and clicking on the Amazon link, and always start with an empty cart.

Also a reminder that Tuesday, November 29 is Giving Tuesday. It’s a day to take pause and reflect on what matters most.

Please consider making a charitable contribution to the Brooklyn School of Inquiry PTO on this global day of giving. Our administration, teachers, staff, and families have created a special place for our children to grow and thrive. Your contributions support our wonderful community and help the PTO fund many enrichments, including: Mixed Sports, Chess, Art, Medica Literacy, Technology with Xposure, Art and Science Supplies, Art and Science TAs, Band, Brooklyn Conservatory of Music, ConstructionKids, BEAM, Dance, Spanish, Debate, and Math Specialists.

Donations to the PTO are tax-deductible and often eligible for corporate matching. Please check with your employer.


Sunday, November 20, 9am-7pm
Park Slope Barnes & Noble
267 7th Avenue, Brooklyn

We need many more volunteers to hand out vouchers in order to have a successful event.

Come shop and listen to teacher read-alouds. Middle School students are invited to read! We have slots open at 1:00 p.m., 4:00 p.m., and 4:30 p.m. Email us at execbd@bsipto.org if you’re interested.

12:00 p.m. Sydra Mallery
12:30 p.m. Anne Montero
1:30 p.m. Rachel Michael
2:00 p.m. Sharon Seitz
2:30 p.m  Robyn Waters
3:00 p.m. Donna Taylor
3:30 p.m. Sevgi Unay

TWEET: Help our school! Shop at Barnes & Noble on 11/20 or online 11/20-11/25 with BookfairID#12023693. B&N makes a donation for every purchase!

POST ON FACEBOOK AND EMAIL: Help support [insert child’s name]’s education. Shop any Barnes & Noble this Sunday, November 20th and tell the cashier to credit Bookfair ID# 12023693. Or shop online at www.bn.com/bookfair from Nov 20-Nov 25 and enter the Bookfair ID# 12023693 at checkout. B&N gives a donation to our school for every purchase made with our ID!

Barnes & Noble Bookfair, Sunday, November 20, 9am-7pm

Mark your calendars! Our annual Barnes & Noble Bookfair is Sunday, November 20th from 9am-7pm at the Park Slope Barnes & Noble, 267 7th Avenue, Brooklyn.
  • Email, FB, and tweet! Ask everyone to use our Bookfair ID# 12023693 to shop at any Barnes & Noble store throughout the country or online at www.bn.com/bookfair from November 20th through November 25th
  • Sign-up for a shift at our gift wrapping station inside the store from 9am-4pm
  • Come out for teacher read-alouds and lots of shopping! Bring friends!

The money we raise at this important fundraiser goes back to BSI and our children.

See You At Our 5th Annual Harvest Festival! Saturday, October 15, 11am-4pm

Join us tomorrow for bouncy fun, international food, fall crafts, pony rides, face painting, carnival games, and so much more at Harvest Festival! BRING CASH AND FRIENDS!

There’s still time to help make this event a big success. 

Many thanks to the parents and students who have volunteered. We can’t do this without you!