Thank You!


Many thanks to everyone who came out to shop and listen to our teachers read at the Barnes & Noble Book Fair on Sunday! It was a day full of joy!

Our code is still good online through November 24! So please keep shopping online at and enter Book Fair ID# 12258356 at checkout. Every purchase supports our school.

A Special Thank You to the Amazing Teachers, Parents and Students Who Made the Book Fair Happen!

Ms. Audrey Elias, Ms. Meredith Jose, Principal Havlik, Ms. Anne Montero, Ms. Rachel Michael, Ms. Rita Youssef, Ms. Nanna Tanier, Ms. Sevgi Unay, Ms. Robyn Waters, Andi Azarias, Shari Axelrod, Victoria and Mark Belov, Dionne Burnett, Jason Elias, Aracely and Kylie Fan, Judy He, Marcy and Morgan Johnson Quamina, Tania Kirkman, Willow Lawson, May Li, Claire Lin, Maura Minsky, Sara Mogulescu, Marcia Osgood, Lily Ruan, Ella Royzman, Carlie Steen, Rosemary and Zoe Titievsky, Annie Thoms, Holly White, Karah Woodward, and Anna Len who has coordinated this favorite event year after year.

In community, BSI PTO Board


Barnes & Noble Bookfair, November 19th, 9am-9pm

Join us! Sunday, November 19th from 9am-9pm
Park Slope Barnes & Noble, 267 7th Avenue

SIGN UP TO VOLUNTEER HERE. Hand out vouchers or wrap gifts. Middle School student volunteers welcome! Download and print bookfair vouchers here.


10:00am: Ms. Audrey Elias

10:30am: Ms. Meredith Jose

11:00am: Principal Havlik

11:30am: Ms. Anne Montero

12:00pm: Open

12:30pm: Open

1:00pm: Ms. Rachel Michael

1:30pm: Ms. Rita Youssef

2:00pm: Ms. Nanna Tanier

2:30pm: Ms. Sevgi Unay

At 3:00 pm author Michael Northrop joins us to read from and sign his new book Polaris. Michael Northrop is the New York Times bestselling author of the middle-grade adventure series TombQuest. He is also the author of Trapped, an Indie Next List selection, and Plunked, named one of the best children’s books of the year by the New York Public Library. A New York based writer, he has been an editor at Sports Illustrated Kids for many years.

POST ON FACEBOOK, EMAIL, TWEET: Support our public school! Shop at any Barnes & Noble store or online with BookfairID#12258356. B&N makes a donation for every purchase!

Visit from Graphic Novelist George O’Connor!

Dear BSI families,

This morning, we had a fabulous author visit from graphic novelist George O’Connor! O’Connor spoke to two assemblies: 3-5th grades, then 6-8th grades. He writes and draws The Olympians, a series of graphic novels about Greek mythology, and spoke about these about and what it means to be an author and an illustrator. He showed our kids sketches and finished drawings, and talked about sketching quickly to give his ideas free rein and combat perfectionist tendencies.

He told the 3-5th graders: “I don’t erase, because when you erase, you eradicate your mistakes….Nobody does perfect work. It’s all about learning and making mistakes.” At the end of each assembly, he challenged kids to go home tonight and do 5 1-minute drawings, without erasing, just to see what comes out.

O’Connor’s energy, enthusiasm, and all-out geeky love of Greek mythology were a big hit with our kids. Thanks to the BSI families who donated to a Hurricane Harvey relief auction in order to win O’Connor’s visit!

Here are some pictures of the kids with O’Connor, O’Connor posing as Hera holding Zeus’s beard in her hand fiercely while she agrees to marry him, and O’Connor with Mr. Havlik.

Here’s to another positive BSI-parent collaboration!

Annie and Shana, your co-VPs of Parental Involvement

Please Join Us at the October PTO Meeting

PTO Meeting Thursday October 26 6:30pm-8:30pm
Echo Meeting Friday October 27 8:00am-10:00am

Here’s some of what you can expect:

Meeting Focus: Did you read Principal Havlik’s lovely October Message email?  As promised, Principal Havlik will speak at our meeting about how PTO funds are being used at BSI. He will also give us an update on hiring Science and Spanish teachers and will answer your questions!

Together We Can Do So Much!: Co-Presidents’ report from Claire Lin & Carlie Steen

What’s Going On With Fundraising?: Mai Hoang DeVore & Matt Kovaleski, Vice Presidents of Fundraising, talk about plans for the year, including the upcoming Harvest Festival, Sunday, October 29th, 12-4pm

Opportunities for You on Parent-Led Committees: Maura Minsky, Executive Vice President, will talk about our varied and exciting committees.

Bring Your Questions and Ideas: Old business, New business and Q & A with the PTO Board

Full Agenda with timeline and translation is available here.
Minutes for September 2017 PTO Meeting are available here.

Harvest Festival, October 29th, 12pm-4pm

Harvest Festival 2017 FlyerSTEP ON UP and make our 6th Annual Harvest Festival a success!


SIGN UP TO VOLUNTEER AT A STATION (activities subject to change)

We need bakers, international food makers, tickets collectors, bouncy castle bouncers, arts & crafters. We need you! Students in 6th, 7th, or 8th grade may volunteer everywhere but the grill.