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 auction@bsipto.org. 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 auction@bsipto.org.

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.

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Volunteer of the Month — Valerie Konstantinova

Every day the efforts of BSI parents help make BSI a better school for our kids. Recently, Valerie Konstantinova, mom to Jake (301) and James (102) Bondarchuk, brought the Museum of Math (MoMath) to visit the 1st and 3rd grade and explore math concepts in some exciting and playful ways. MoMath will return to visit the 4th and 5th grades on 11/30/17 at 9am.

We asked Valerie if she could share her process with us.
 We hope she inspires you as she has inspired us.

Could you describe the program with MoMath that you brought to BSI?

The MoMath school visit program, in general, introduces students to new ways of thinking about math.  A typical presentation has 3 parts: (1) A topic in modern math related to school curriculum, (2) An area of science, technology, or business in which math plays an important role, and (3) A mathematical game or other interactive activity. The program MoMath brought to BSI in October aimed to show the relationship between the shape & size of an object and its sound.  Kids analyzed things like Violin and Viola, metal cylinders of various shapes, even turkey basters changing sounds when the water level was raising.

How did you think of starting a program like this?

My kids have been attending summer camp at the Museum of Mathematics over the last few years.  I was thinking that it would be great to continue with similar programs throughout the year, not just in the summer.  The commute to MoMath in Manhattan is a problem of course during the week – we live in South Brooklyn.  I was thinking it would be great if MoMath came to our school instead. I mentioned it to MoMath educator over the phone, probably few years ago. I hadn’t heard from MoMath until about few months ago they let me know that they are coming up with a school visit pilot where they’d be delighted to come to our school.

How did you make this happen? What were the steps to make this a reality?

I reached out to the teachers of my kids first (301 and 102). I know both are very supportive of field trips and school visits.  They were interested in MoMath coming  to their classrooms and very cooperative which helped me to set up the date.  I also emailed Eric and Anna [our Principal and Assistant Principal] in case they would want to observe the MoMath presentation in the school and so that they could provide their feedback.

What advice would you have for other parents at BSI?

As cliché as it sounds, parent’s involvement is important. Hundreds of research studies show that when parents get involved, children do better in school. Think of something that is your favorite and is easy — it could be a BSI Soccer Social. We have a soccer field at Seth Low now — you just need to reserve it and hope for good weather.

Thank you, Valerie, for this and the many, many things you do for our kids — we are all inspired by your work to make BSI a better place.


Order through Bonfire before Dec 6th and you will have them in time for December 25!

The design from BSI’s first year, created by Amy Saidens, and is available in a variety of styles, colors and sizes. Check off someone on your gift list and support BSI at the same time!