Supporting BSI? Not up for debate!

Only two days left till the end of the fiscal year! Do not forget to contribute to BSI PTO to support our exciting programs with a tax-deductible donation before the end of the FI on June 30th, 2020.  Many of you mentioned your pledged to donate $420 “School Lunch Money” (Pandemic Electronic Benefit Transfer (P-EBT) Food Benefits) to BSI. If you’re one of them, please let us know at, so we can count on your plan to donate.

Ways to contribute:

  • Pledge (let us know that you plan) to contribute $420 “School Lunch Money” (Pandemic Electronic Benefit Transfer (P-EBT) Food Benefits
  • Have your kids learn and have fun by purchasing your subscription at with coupon code BSI at check-out by June 30, 2020.
  • Donate online at
  • Ask family and friends to contribute – you can do it through a Facebook fundraiser for BSI PTO, too!
  • Submit a matching gift form to your employer (how? ask
  • Donate through Zelle or Paypal to, make sure to include your child’s name and class. 
  • Email to donate by check so we can provide you with a mailing address (no access to the mailbox at school – please do not mail anything there).

The Virtual Gala is TONIGHT, JUNE 20 | 8PM – 9:30PM. Free & Family-Friendly

Tonight we come together to give one another a big virtual hug, to celebrate the resiliency of our community, to honor and congratulate our graduating class of 2020 and to have some fun! Read on for everything you need to get the party started.

Zoom Info

We will meet via the Zoom teleconferencing tool using the link emailed from the BSI PTO today. If you did not receive this email, please write to for the Zoom link.

You can download Zoom ahead of time or join via web browser.

Virtual Gala Schedule

8:00 Gala Begins!
8:10 PTO & Principal Havlik’s Welcome
8:15 Kid’s Dance led by Arkadyi of DuDance
8:30 Yearbook Preview
8:45 T-shirt Contest Finalists
9:00 Silent Auction Closes
9:05 Live Auction Begins
9:30 Gala Ends
9:35 Grade Afterparties Begin!

Auction Info

The Virtual Gala Auction is OPEN and the bidding has begun!

Families can Register here for the auction — it’s free! email

Here’s the link to auction items including great experiences and items like chess lessons with Coach Vlad, Disney Park Hopper Passes and a wine gift certificate from Brooklyn’s Big Nose, Full Body!

Zoom Background (Optional)

Click here to download the Club BSI Zoom background.
(Find instructions for using virtual backgrounds here.)

Recipe: BSI Cocktail

by Michael Grimes, 3rd grade Parent

cocktail with blueberries and lime
Brooklyn vodka, 2 ounces (sub with seltzer for Virgin BSI)
Simple syrup*, 1 tablespoon
Ice + 2 lime wedges  + 6 blueberries 

Fill a shaker with ice. Add vodka, simple syrup, and juice of one lime wedge. Shake well and strain into highball glass over ice cubes. Garnish with remaining lime wedge and blueberries.*Make ahead. Combine 2 parts granulated sugar with 1 part water. Simmer, stirring, over low heat, until sugar has dissolved. Chill before using.

See you soon!

Donate to the Virtual Gala Auction by Friday! (And Register Now!)

Our Virtual Gala Auction is now open and will accept new auction items until Friday night.

We have an amazing slate of teacher experiences this year! The best way to thank our teachers for stepping up is to step up, too.

PLEASE REACH OUT to your go-to takeout restaurant, wine shop, book or toy stores, kids’ virtual instructors and ask for a gift card donation today.

WE WANT YOUR TALENT (or a willing friend’s talent), too! Step up like our teachers and donate a virtual experience. Teach us how to make your special dish or bake your favorite treat, how to mix up cocktails like a once-upon-a-time pro, how to dance the tango, color correct our instagram pics, organize a closet, knit a scarf, build a birdhouse, look fabulous for that webinar. Get as creative as your kids! We need you to make this auction as successful as possible.

Register for the Auction & Start Your Bidding

Register here for the auction — it’s free! Any questions? Visit or email

BSI Year End Auction – We need you!!!

We are heartened that we have a vibrant community of parents who are eager to support our school and community. The kindness and irrepressible spirit of the BSI family remains and we hope our online auction can still generate significant funds for our school. This auction aims to address a shortfall of $300,000 and antificapted DOE budget cuts just as our teachers and students need our support the most. To make it a success, WE NEED YOUR HELP!

Ways to Help:

Gala and the Gala Auction have always been our largest fun(d)raising events of the year so please help us to make them as successful as they can be this year. During this challenging time we are still raising money to support all the teacher support and enrichments for the upcoming school year. We need your help! 

*Items needed by June 10th (15th at the latest).
Please do not hesitate to contact us with any questions at

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!