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Week of September 18
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Letter From Allison: 

We did it! One full week under our belts! We sincerely hope the first full week back has been good to you and your children. I am so looking forward to what this year will bring.  

By now you have received our invitation to the Welcome Cocktail Party on September 22 at 6 pm. I’m writing with the hope that you will join us for this special night. This is an opportunity to meet and get to know others in the Blue School community and members of our fearless Families Association. I will be sharing details of the strategic plan, which is live on our website, speaking to some goals we have for the year, and thanking you, as always, for your continued support for our amazing school and your partnership on our journey. There will be snacks and activities, but most importantly, it will be a time to get to know and reconnect with each other, and we always have a good time. 

On your way into school tomorrow, I invite you to notice the slideshows in the lobby and near the commons which feature highlights from the first days back to school (below is a sampling of these images, there are too many beautiful moments to include here!).  We hope you see inspired, engaged and excited students hard at work and doing what they love. The 2016 - 2017 school year is in full swing! 

Allison


News & Weekly Recap


 
Community Meeting 

A reminder that the first Community Meeting of the year, for 4s through 2nd Grade, will take place tomorrow, September 19 in The Commons at 8:45 am.  Please be on time in order to find your space and get settled. 

Curious about what Community Meeting is? Anna Padgett, veteran 4/5's teacher and Community Meeting leader, shares her thoughts on the history and importance of Community Meeting at Blue School.  Head over to our blog to read what she has to say! 


Meet the Families Association

Stop by the lobby on Monday (9/19) and Thursday (9/22) after drop off to grab a cup of coffee and learn about ways to volunteer at Blue School from fellow parents. The Families Association supports many opportunities to engage and volunteer throughout the school year. Please reach out to parent volunteer coordinator, Jennifer Rapoport at favolunteer@blueschool.org with any questions. We look forward to meeting you!

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@ 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!

Parent Welcome Cocktail Party

Please join us on September 22 at 6 pm in the Commons for a Welcome Cocktail Party. Childcare is available. We hope you can make it! 
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After School

After School enrichment classes are back! If you've been thinking about signing up but haven't turned your form in yet, there is still time to enroll. Many of the classes have openings and will continue accepting students this week. Don't miss Sounding in Space on Thursdays, where students will work together to create an original score to be performed live at the fall clown show, or STEAM On! with Blue School's very own Rob Gilson on Wednesdays.

Please note that all classes participating in Clowns in Space (Performance Practice, Props and Costumes with Caroline, and Sounding in Space) will hold their first sessions next week, beginning on Monday, September 26th. Class descriptions and the enrollment form are available herePlease do not hesitate to contact afterschool@blueschool.org with any questions.

Kindergarten Roundtable Topic (9/21, 9 to 10 a.m.)

Kindergarten Roundtable Topic: What will this year bring: Facts and fiction about kindergarten. 9-10 in Allison's office, 4th floor.

Bus Route

The Blue School bus route starts on Monday! If you are planning on having your student(s) ride the bus and have not yet communicated with us, please contact Lauren Miller (lauren@blueschool.org). Please see below for the route
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  AM       PM  
Stops Pickup Location Pickup Time   Stops Drop off Location Drop off Time
          Depart 3:35
1 Manhattan Ave & Greenpoint Ave, Brooklyn 7:18   1 Bowery and Spring 3:50
2 18th st and 3rd ave 7:52   2 Bowery and 2nd St 3:58
3 11th st and 2nd ave 7:57   3 7th st and 3rd ave 4:01
4 7th st and 2nd ave 8:02   4 11th st and 3rd ave 4:05
5 2nd st and 2nd ave 8:06   5 18th st and 3rd ave 4:10
6 Bowery and Spring 8:11   6 Manhattan Ave & Greenpoint, Brooklyn 4:40
  Arrival 8:30      

Attendance Policy

It is extremely important that you arrive at Blue School on time. It is difficult for the class and the teacher to integrate late arrivals. It is also difficult for the individual student to join activities and routines that have already begun. Please be on time. Refer to pages 17-18 of Family Handbook for full policy.

After-School/Pick-Up Reminders from the Family Handbook

Once children have been met for pick­-up, the parent or caregiver is responsible for supervision. Please remind your child(ren) that running, jumping, shouting or wrestling in the hall is not appropriate and can be unsafe or disruptive to other children. Please exit the building no later than fifteen minutes after the end of your child’s class, as teachers and staff are often transitioning quickly to meetings and planning time. Please note that common areas such as the Construction Lab, Wonder Room, and Commons are closed at the end of the school day. We appreciate your understanding. Should you need a list of neighborhood spaces for play or relaxation, you can contact the Front Desk.

Students in 7th grade are automatically dismissed on their own. Students in 4th-­6th grades may leave on their own if they have a completed Unaccompanied Departure Authorization Agreement on file. This form will be available at Parent/Teacher Meetings in September. Please return it to the Program Coordinator as soon as possible. If you need to make a change to this agreement during the school year, please contact the Program Coordinator. Students who are authorized for an unaccompanied departure must leave the building unless participating in an after school program. Students are not permitted to remain unsupervised in a Blue School common space.Students who are approved to leave unaccompanied are not under Blue School supervision once they leave the building.

Late pick-­up

If a student has not been picked up ten minutes after the end of their program, they will be taken to the front desk. The Receptionist will attempt to contact the designated pick­-up adult. If any 4/5s­-7th grade student has not been picked up by3:45, he or she will be taken to Clubhouse and you will be invoiced for a Clubhouse Drop­-in. ($40)

Any pick up for a student who is NOT enrolled in Extended Day that occurs later than 4:45, will incur a $25 fee. Any pick up that occurs more than 5 minutes after the end of Extended Day will incur a $25 fee.  You will be invoiced.
Student Metrocards

As you have read in the family handbook, children enrolled in the primary and middle school programs who live a certain distance from the school are eligible for student metrocards.  Cards will be available at the front desk for all eligible students beginning Friday, September 16th. 
Courage For Racial Justice with Chris Crass
September 29th, 6 pm
Brooklyn New School

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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!



Upcoming Events

Community Meeting
(4s - 2nd grade)
Mon. 9/19
8:45 am

Kindergarten Round Table
Wed. 9/21
9 am, Art Studio

Parent Welcome Cocktail Party
Thur. 9/22
6 pm
 
Roundtable: Learning Center
Wed. 9/28
9 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

Archived Newsletters
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