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Week of September 25
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Dear Families,

All over the building, you will see a flyer inviting you to attend a session in Brooklyn on Thursday, September 29th, by Chris Crass, an activist for racial justice and the Black Lives Matter movement. I was introduced to him this summer by Wendy Cole, a Blue School parent and head of Maple Street School, who sent me a video interview with him. I am thrilled that we were able to make this collaboration between five schools happen. I hope you will join us there. Childcare is available once you sign up at this link or click on the flyer below.

This session is one of many initiatives this year focused on social and racial justice. We are in the third year of our Faculty Diversity Committee, which works on setting goals for our community each year and working on implementation. For the second year in a row, a group of teachers are involved in a monthly session led by our own SEED leaders, Jeanine Sloane (3s) and Leigh Anne Keichline (Ks), in which we look at our own identities and bias as the first step towards working on issues of difference in our school and our classrooms.

Additionally, we have decided that expanding this work to our entire community requires a daylong professional development session, so we have decided to hold off on our Teaching Innovation Conference this year so that we can provide space and time for our own internal work. Our Faculty Diversity Committee will be working together to interview consultants to work with our professional community in late winter. All of this is in service of our thoughts on standing up “all together now” in the face of the ongoing and challenging set of events that have become more and more visible and urgent across the city and the country, especially in this critical election year.

We hope to see you on the 29th, and we will keep you posted about our work as we move through the year.

All the best,

Allison  


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News & Weekly Recap


 
Thank you!

A warm thank you for coming out to Thursday night's welcome event.  It was such a pleasure speaking with you all and getting to know you better.  We hope you had a chance to get to know each other better too! Cheers to a great beginning! 
Roundtable Discussion: Learning Center
Wed. 9/28
9:15 AM - Activity Space


Linda and Allison will be answering questions about the Learning Center on Wednesday morning from 9:15-10 AM in the Activity Space for interested families.

Harvest Fest

Join us for the first Harvest Fest committee meeting this Monday, September 26. We will meet in the Blue School lobby after drop off and then head over to Aqua Restaurant at 21 Peck Slip by 9:15am.  Harvest Fest will take place on Sunday, October 16th this year. If you have more questions contact Sundy Procter: sundy68@gmail.com
FA Family Resource Survey

If you haven't already, please take a moment to fill out the FA's Family Resource Survey.  The purpose of this survey is to bring the talents and interests of our parents into the classrooms if and when the faculty and staff feel there is a fit within the curriculum. Additionally, your contributions and thoughts may be useful to the general Blue School Community for the purpose of school enrichment and curriculum support (within the FA, Advancement, Admissions, Learning Specialists, etc). Thank you for considering sharing your information.
Survey Here

Newspaper Drive

Help reinvigorate Blue School's compost system and get rid of your old newspapers. To jump start the compost and keep it going throughout the year we need a whole lot of newspaper to balance out our food scraps. Please leave your newspapers in the box in the lobby.

Attendance Policy

If you student is going to absent or late for any reason, please make sure to email reception@blueschool.org as well as your teachers with this information. Your communication is vital for us have completely accurate attendance records.

Street Safety
(for students who are allowed to self-dismiss):

If your child self-dismisses, please remind them about the importance of street safety. Our block and the surrounding blocks seem quiet, but are not, and while we do have administrators positioned outside the school building as well as across the street, we are not able to see every individual who is leaving the building. Please reinforce the importance of looking all ways when crossing on our block and everywhere along the route to their after-school destination.

Busing

We are so excited about how the bus route is going this year. There are still spots open on the bus for more students so if you are interested in having your student(s) ride the bus or in learning more about it, please email Lauren Miller (lauren@blueschool.org).
Border Crossers Events


Join Border Crossers for two upcoming workshops.
 

10/15/16: Talking about Race for Parents: Raising Children for Racial Justice

How do we have conversations about race or racism with our children? How do we develop a positive racial identity in our children?

RSVP HERE

11/19/16: Talking about Race in the Classroom: A Training for Educators Committed to Racial Justic
e

How do we have conversations about race or racism with our students? How do we ensure racial equity in our classrooms and schools? 
RSVP HERE

Spreading the Word

Most families find out about Blue School through word of mouth.  Please stop by the admissions office to pick up some postcard to bring to your building, favorite bookstores, cafes, play-spaces, doctor’s office, etc.  

If your child’s preschool has a schools information session, please let Dawn (dawn@blueschool.org) know.  Our admissions team is happy to attend events and fairs at schools.  If you plan to speak about Blue School at a school information event, we are happy to give you Blue School materials-- just drop by the admissions office.  

Thanks so much for all you do to spread the word about our special school!

Blue School at Makers Faire

Blue School will be at Makers Faire at New York Hall of Science on October 1st and 2nd at the NY Hall of Science. We will be presenting last year’s 1st graders’ thoughtful work concerning neighborhoods and construction.  

We will also have a hands-on project for visitors at our booth in honor of the Cardboard Challenge: Global Day of Play which overlaps with Makers Faire this year.  Children will be invited to use the design process to plan and build marble runs out of cardboard and duct tape.

Any students who are interested in representing Blue School at the Faire and volunteering to help should be in touch with Dawn (dawn@blueschool.org) directly. Additionally, if your family attends the Makers Faire, please stop by and say hi!

Local Roots CSA


You can support Blue School by supporting local farms.

Local Roots NYC wants to contribute to their favorite neighborhood school! With every order of vegetables from their CSA, Local Roots NYC will donate 5% back to Blue School. This CSA is a modernized model that has a shorter commitment of just 3 months and is a one stop grocery shop: from vegetables and farmers cheese, to upstate deli meats, pasture eggs, and more - all from local and sustainable producers. There's no volunteer requirement and if you're traveling, you can have the weeks you miss refunded for a small service fee. 

The closest pick up location to the school is at Fulton Stall Market on Front and Beekman on Thursdays 5-7:30pm. There are other pick up locations all throughout Lower Manhattan and Brooklyn. The CSA is a fun activity to do with the kids and an engaging way for them to learn about local agriculture and nutrition.

Here's how you can help support the Blue School through a CSA purchase.

1. Place orders at localrootsnyc.org/join-our-csa/

2. Scroll through available options and select what you want

3. At checkout, type in "blueschool" as a "coupon code" and press ENTER. The Local Roots NYC staff will keep track of all orders for us.

4. Email CSA@LocalRoots.NYC if you have questions.

See photos of their farmers and food community @LocalrootsNYC.  

 

If you're unfamiliar with C.S.A (Community Supported Agriculture), it's when you pay all at once for a season's worth of food all from local farms. You go each week to pick up your food at a location in your neighborhood. Farmers harvest the food just for you the day before, so it's incredibly fresh and packed with flavor and nutrients.  



Upcoming Events

 
Roundtable: Learning Center
Wed. 9/28
9:15 am – 10 am

Supporting Diversity: Chris Crass (Location: Brooklyn New School)
Thur. 9/29
6:30 pm – 8:00 pm

Picture Days
9/29 - 9/30

Makers Faire
10/1 - 10/2


Reminders

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