Where Your PTO Dollars Go

It’s the kids and teachers that make BSI special! But it’s the programs we fund through the PTO that help enrich their experience throughout their years at BSI. We’ve highlighted a few from the long list of programs funded for 2017-2018.

TEACHER’S ASSISTANTS in Kindergarten to 3rd Grade and Art: TAs help reduce the adult-to-student ratio to about 16:1. Extra help allows teachers to concentrate on differentiated instruction. Pictured clockwise from left to right, the TAs hired so far for 2017-2018 include Ms. Celina (Art), Ms. Makbela (201), Ms. Mabel (K001), Ms. Rachel (202), Ms. Lena (first grade), Ms. Jenny (K002) and Ms. Arjet (interim TA).

Third-grade TAs, Ms. Vanessa (302) and Ms. Mila (301)..

BROOKLYN BRIDGE PROJECT with Construction Kids and the Center for Architecture for 2nd Grade. A BSI tradition, this months-long  project engages second-graders in the history and process of building of the Brooklyn Bridge. After walking across the landmark suspension bridge, students build a small model before raising their own version in the BSI school yard.

BEAM CENTER PROJECTS (Grades to be determined). First of all, what is Beam Center? It is a Brooklyn organization that helps young people build character and capability through hands-on creation and collaboration, with guidance from artists, designers, engineers and storytellers. Read about last year’s 4th grade visit to the BEAM Center to learn about imagery in protest art. Read about last year’s 6th grade skyscraper project.  View a slideshow below from last year’s first grade architecture and urban planning project. (Projects vary from year to year).

ANNUAL ART SHOW: Grades K-8 make art with an array of art supplies funded by BSI families — amazing art that is curated by Ms. Nanna and displayed at the BSI Annual Art Show, like the one below.

CHESS (All Grades): Ms. Olga pushes into K-5 classes once a week and works with each class for an entire period. She starts with a mini-lesson and then proceeds to partner work where students get to practice their newly learned skill. At lunch, there is a Chess club for middle-schoolers.

AMERICAN DEBATE LEAGUE (6th to 8th Grades) – BSI’s American Debate League Club runs after school on Tuesdays and Thursdays. Last year, our school made a strong showing at the American Debate Championship. For more information, contact Brian Aguilar.

MUSICAL THEATRE CLUB (6th to 8th Grades): PTO funds help pay for props and supplies for our annual musical production. Directed by Ms. Diane and Mr. Wagner and performed by our middle-schoolers, BSI’s sixth school musical will be “Seussical.” Musical Theatre Club meets after school on Wednesday in the auditorium.

MORE ENRICHMENTS PROVIDED BY BSI FAMILIES

KIDS IN THE GAME – Recess coaches (All Grades). In addition to organizing fun and safe games at recess, Kids in the Game also provide the necessary chaperones to meet District 20 adult-student ratios to allow upper grades to go to Seth Low Park for lunch.

BROOKLYN CONSERVATORY OF MUSIC – Students engage in musical expression based on the Orff Approach to music and movement. Students learn to work together, sing, make rhythms with their bodies and play a variety of instruments. (Kindergarten through Grade 2)

SCHOOL LOOP – a communication management system that allows students and parents to track homework assignments, grades and progress reports posted by teachers (4th to 8th Grades)

ELEVATE – an integrated study skills curriculum (6th to 8th Grades)

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Please keep in mind that while the PTO helps fund enrichments, the PTO does not administer the programs. Finally, please consider the list above as a guide only. The needs of the school may change. If you have specific questions about grade-specific enrichments this year, please reach out to the school administration.

If you would like to know specifics of the PTO budget, it is regularly reviewed at the monthly BSI PTO meetings or you can contact the PTO Executive Board or the Treasurer directly. For more information about how the NYC Department of Education funds schools, go here. And see what a basic education looks like compared to an education enriched by generous support from parents like you. Learn about additional ways to help raise money for our school.