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September 2018
Mon, Sep 24
PS 4s Afterschool begins
  • Sep 24 all-day
  • @ 375 Pearl Street
Tue, Sep 25
Preschool 3s Afterschool begins
  • Sep 25 all-day
Curriculum Night (K & 1st Grade)

Please note that children should not be in the building during this evening event.

6:00 p.m. Light Refreshments in the Cafeteria
6:30 p.m. Welcome to Curriculum Night in the Pearl Street Meeting House
7:00 p.m. Classroom Presentations

  • Sep 25 @ 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm
  • @ 375 Pearl Street
Wed, Sep 26
PAT New Parent Coffee Hour

Wed, Sept. 26 at 8am for Middle and Upper School parents
and 8:30am for Preschool and Lower School parents
Cafeteria, 375 Pearl Street
Meet the Parents and Teachers Association leadership, hear from After School and the Library and other departments at the School, ask questions big and small, and mingle and enjoy a pastry and cup of coffee or tea.

  • Sep 26 @ 8:30 am – 10:00 am
  • @ Pearl Street Cafeteria
Thu, Sep 27
8th grade Bear Mountain Trip

Dear 8th Grade Parents,

Welcome to the new school year! We are so excited to kick off the year with this outstanding group of young people as the new leaders in the middle school!

The 8th grade will participate in our annual beginning-of-year trip by visiting Bear Mountain State Park on Thursday, September 27. 8th grade teachers will be coordinating an exciting program centered on leadership, which includes outdoor cooperative games, team-building activities, and time for quiet reflection. Students will set goals and formulate plans to act as leaders of the Middle School, helping to set the tone for the year.

Please plan ahead: students should arrive at school by 7:45 on Thursday, September 27. We plan to leave at 8:00 AM sharp and return around 3:30 PM that afternoon.

Students will be expected to pack their own lunch. Each advisory will be coordinating their own “potluck style picnic” ; please email their Advisors directly with any questions pertaining to this.

BFS policy requires all students to have an up-to-date physical exam and immunization record in Magnus before school begins. The log-in to the secure Magnus site is at https://secure.magnushealthportal.com/. Students with incomplete health profiles on Magnus will not be able to attend the trip. If your child has emergency medications, such as Epipens (bring 2) or inhalers, they must bring them on the trip; please check expiration dates on these medications. Please note that, aside from these emergency medications, students are not allowed to carry any other medication. If your child needs to take medication (prescription or OTC) during the day, please contact me (lhwang@brooklynfriends.org) and Alicia Christian (achristian@brooklynfriends.org) as soon as possible.

A packing list has also been included below. Additional information will be given to students during Advisory next week, but feel free to contact me with questions.

On Friday, September 28 the 8th Grade students will engage in a day-long leadership conference at Brooklyn Friends School to reflect on their experiences at Bear Mountain, collaborate with their peers, and establish year-long goals pertaining to leadership in their final year of Middle School. Programming for this day will start at 8:00 and end at 3:30, like a regular school day.

The teachers are looking forward to spending this time with the 8th graders and seeing them develop their leadership in our community.

In Friendship,
Laurice Hwang
MS Dean of Student Life
lhwang@brooklynfriends.org

Bear Mountain State Park – What to Bring/Wear

Required:
Clothes for being active outdoors. (Check the weather!)
Hiking shoes (or sneakers that you don’t mind getting dirty/wet)
Backpack
Lunch (will be organized by advisory group)
Water bottle
2 Epipens and/or inhaler, if needed

Recommended/Optional:
Long pants
Hat
Camera
Sunscreen
Bug Repellent (Deet free)
Bus entertainment
Snack for the bus ride
Sports equipment
Up to $10 for vending machine snacks

Please do NOT bring the following items:
Alcohol, drugs, knives
Electronics (video games, phones, etc.) Ebooks are ok.

  • Sep 27 all-day
7th grade trip to Botanic Garden

Dear Parents,

On September 27th, the seventh grade will spend the day at the Brooklyn Botanic Garden, taking the subway there and back. The Garden provides an opportunity for the students to get out of the classroom on an autumn day and study nature from an interdisciplinary approach. Students will leave BFS after first period, rotate through activities in the Garden, eat lunch in the park, and reflect on their experience with a Quaker meeting.

Students should wear clothes appropriate to being outside and comfortable walking shoes. They also need to bring a lunch, unless they request that the school provide one using this form (which was emailed to them). As part of our school’s effort to raise awareness about sustainability, we are asking students to bring their own water bottles. The school will provide everyone with a snack.

BFS policy requires all students to have an up-to-date physical exam and immunization record in Magnus. The log-in to the secure Magnus site is at https://secure.magnushealthportal.com/. Students with incomplete health profiles on Magnus will not be able to attend the trip. If your child has emergency medications, such as Epipens (bring 2) or inhalers, they must bring them on the trip; please check expiration dates on these medications.

We are really looking forward to spending the day outdoors with your children!

In Friendship,
The Seventh Grade Team
Kevin, Jamara, Kim, Brian, Caleb, Lorna, Sarah, & Nicole

  • Sep 27 @ 9:00 am – 3:30 pm
LS Curriculum Night ( Grade 2,3,4) 6pm – 9pm

Please note that children should not be in the building during this evening event.

6:00 p.m. Light Refreshments in the Cafeteria
6:30 p.m. Welcome to Curriculum Night in the Pearl Street Meeting House
7:00 p.m. Classroom Presentations

  • Sep 27 @ 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm
US Curriculum Night
  • Sep 27 @ 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm
  • @ 116 Lawrence Street
Fri, Sep 28
8th Grade In-House Leadership Event
  • Sep 28 all-day
Lice Check for Pre, Lower, Middle Students

On Friday, Sept. 28, the clinicians from Lice Treatment Center will conduct lice checks for our Pearl Street students. Please keep in mind BFS has a no-head-lice-policy. Students with live head lice or heavy nits will be sent home from school. Rechecks for confirmed cases or students that were absent will be held on Monday, October 1. If your child is sent home for a confirmed case of lice or heavy nits, please contact the nurse’s office to confirm treatment was completed over the weekend.

  • Sep 28 all-day
  • @ 375 Pearl Street