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.

Welcome Principal Eric Havlik!

The School Leadership Team has been officially notified that Eric Havlik will serve as the next principal at the Brooklyn School of Inquiry!

Until recently, Mr. Havlik served as principal at P.S. 154 in Windsor Terrace, a well-regarded neighborhood school. He was a standout among the candidates, and we are very lucky to have him join the BSI community.

Mr. Havlik will introduce himself to you formally in the next few days.

Thanks to everyone for their patience with the process!

Congratulations to BSI’s Class of 2017!

We couldn’t be prouder of BSI’s first graduating class, who received their diplomas this evening at Grand Prospect Hall with their parents, Donna, their teachers and Chancellor Farina in attendance.

We will share photos as we collect them. Best of luck to our founding class and families – we are so proud of you all.