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*These messages and materials represent our communications and resources from Spring 2020. An updated COVID-19 resources page is forthcoming.*

Virtual BFS: Middle and Upper School

Please enjoy video greetings and read written communications from Glen Pinder and Lisa Arrastia below. All written communications from the Head of School and Division Heads can be found at our COVID-19 Communications and Resources page.

March 30, 2020

March 30, 2020

March 26, 2020


March 26, 2020


March 13, 2020


March 12, 2020

Upper School –  April 3, 2020

Middle School – April 3, 2020

Upper School – March 30, 2020

Apps and Tutorials 

Necessary Technology Equipment & COVID-19 Information

  • Chromebook, Mac, PC,  or tablet preferred; smartphone if no other equipment is available.
  • Wired or wireless preferred; cellular less preferred but permitted.
  • Please continue to refer to the Virtual BFS Hub and BFS COVID-19 web pages on the Brooklyn Friends School website.
  • Please contact US and MS Leadership if you are in need of any technology hardware or support with WiFi.


  • Teachers will take attendance in every class synchronously or by other means that can be shared with the divisional leadership team.
  • UPPER School student absence: email
  • MIDDLE School student absence: email and advisor.

  • Use only your BFS-assigned email account for communications.
  • Phones should not be out unless instructed by the teacher.
  • Photos/videos in any form should not be taken or shared including any form of social media (e.g., Snapchat, etc.).
  • Dress in clothes that are not pajamas or a robe. Wear clothing similar to what you would wear to school.
  • Do not video conference from your bed.
  • Find a space that is optimal for learning. Be mindful and locate yourself in a space separate from family members or pets that might distract you or your classmates.
  • Make every effort to sit at a table or desk. Ideally, have a wall behind you to minimize distractions of those who can see you.
  • Be present during the entire class period. There are breaks between each class. The break time should be used to get beverages, food, use the restroom, and tend to other needs. Class time should not be used for these purposes.
  • Please be mindful that if you are not prepared for class in the ways described above (e.g., appropriate dress, background, workspace, phones away), your behavior will be addressed with you and your family by the divisional leadership team.

Virtual BFS: Lower School

Parents in need of technical support should email

Families will need access to the internet or will need to use data to read and view messages from teachers and/or access a link; however, we do not intend, nor encourage long periods of screen time. We have designed our assignments to be age-appropriate and largely hands-on. Your child will need to be supported by an adult to read directions or gather simple materials (paper, pencil, deck of cards, dice). Depending on the age of your child, you may need to engage with your child in activities that require a partner or closer adult supervision. Some of your teachers have shared links and websites that your child will likely need assistance accessing. An adult should always be present whenever children work online, view youtube videos, and the like.

Virtual BFS Athletics

The camaraderie, fitness, and important life lessons of BFS Athletics continue at Virtual BFS!

Each Monday and Thursday from 4pm to 4:30pm, Middle and Upper School Athletes on our spring teams (Baseball, Softball, Track, Boys Volleyball) meet with their coaches via Zoom sessions. On Tuesdays and Wednesdays, Athletes participate in live workouts on Zoom with Coach Lydia Gonzalez from 4pm to 4:30pm. The goals of Virtual BFS Athletics are to maintain connections as teams, to learn about the sport, and to remain active. Team Zoom sessions include watching sport-related videos, skills and drills videos, discussion of rules and regulations, game scenarios, sports trivia, Q&A, and much, much more! Any questions?  Reach out to David Gardella, Director of Athletics, at

Virtual BFS: Support From Our Counselors and Psychologists

Counselor/Psychologist Meeting Request  

Knowing the importance of social/emotional and mental health well-being for all, as we begin virtual BFS in our remote learning model, we want to communicate how our counselors and psychologists will be available to our community.  During this unprecedented time,  as we all transition to a new temporary normal, please know that it is completely normal for you and your children to be responding with a myriad of feelings and reactions. We have offered many resources for coping on the BFS COVID-19 and Virtual BFS remote learning hubs.  For your reference, many of those articles, resources and tips can be found here.

To reach out to your divisional Psychologist/Counselor:

While Brooklyn Friends is operating in remote learning mode, students as well as parents/guardians can request to speak with the counselor/psychologist assigned to their respective division by submitting a meeting request via the Counselor Meeting Request Google Form. Meetings with the counselor/psychologist will be held via Zoom, which offers both a phone and video conference option. When a meeting request is submitted, the counselor will follow-up via email to send a Zoom meeting invitation to the student or parent requesting the meeting. Students will  be able to meet with the counselor/psychologist outside of academic class time.

Important note about availability and urgent concerns: Our counseling department will be available and responsive to student and parent needs during the school day (8am-4pm). We can work with you to plan ahead to schedule virtual meetings at other times if that is what works best for your family; however, we will generally be responding to emails only during school hours.  If you have immediate concern about your child’s, your own, and/or another person’s safety, please call 911.  Also, NYC Well, Vibrant, and the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline: 1 (800) 273-8255 offer 24 hour a day, 7 day a week immediate emotional support. 

NY has also set up a Mental Health hotline offering free and confidential emotional support: 1-844-863-9314.

Framework for Student and School Counselor/School Psychologist virtual check-ins:With confidentiality being a staple of the counseling relationship, due to the limitations of confidentiality via a virtual platform, student counseling meetings will  be offered as supportive short-term solutions-focused check-ins.  If it seems that a  student needs mental health support beyond the scope of what a counselor/psychologist can offer via the virtual platform, the counselor will make a referral to an external provider/agency if there is not already one in place. Should a student share a safety concern when checking-in with the counselor/psychologist, the concern will be communicated to the parent/guardian right away. If  the parent/guardian is not reachable or the safety concern is assessed to be more immediate and urgent, the counselor/psychologist may need to call 911 or another agency to secure the student’s safety. If your family is staying at an address different from the address you have listed on file with the school, or has an updated preferred parental phone contact, please reach out to your respective division to update that information.

Additional Resources:
In addition to the support that our counseling staff is providing, please note these services from other organizations in the New York City Area:

Child Mind Institute is offering a plethora of virtual services, including twice daily FB live chats featuring expert clinicians, remote evaluations and telemedicine, flat-fee phone consultations for challenging behavior, daily parent tips on, comprehensive COVID-19 resources for parents. Please visit the Child Mind Institute site for additional information.

Hallways will be holding weekly online parent gatherings on topics ranging from coping with challenges of having to having difficult conversations with kids. Parents can sign-up to join via this link.

Park Slope Parents also continues to be a virtual hub of free support, advice, connection, webinars and recommendations for parents and everyone in Brooklyn and beyond.

As we all navigate the days ahead together and at home with our families, please know that we are a resource to our entire BFS community.

In continued partnership and health,

Jane Davidson, Psy.D. Preschool Developmental Specialist

Kamauru Johnson, Ph.D. Upper School Psychologist

Rachel Maldonado, Psy.D Lower School Psychologist

Yelena Remus, MS, Middle School Counselor


Service Learning and Civic Engagement at Virtual BFS

Informed and responsible service learning and civic engagement take on added significance during a crisis. Natania Kremer, BFS Director of Service Learning and Civic Engagement has started a document to gather resources for the BFS community. This is a work in progress. If you have any comments, questions or suggestions, please reach out to Natania,

Virtual BFS Afterschool

Afterschool has gone Virtual! Afterschool will continue as a part of Virtual BFS for registered students following the schedule below. Registered students will receive class links. If you have questions, please contact Afterschool at

Magic Forest K-2
Beg. Chess K-3
Electronic Sound Lab 3-4
Int. Chess 2-4
Music Lessons

K-4 Grade Playgroup
5-6 Study Hall
Beginning Karate
Intermediate Karate
Music Lessons

Friends Of Color K-4
Drama Zone- Lion King K-1
Food Justice K-1
Drama Zone- Annie 1-3
Music Lessons

Mad Science- K-2
Robo Zoo- 1-2
Animation Adventure- 2-4
World Percussion- K-2
Music Lessons

TV Production K-2
Beg. Fencing K-2
3D Video Game Coding- 2-4
Mythomagic 3-4
TV Production K-2
Int. Fencing 1-3
Adventures in Mythology K-1
Music Lessons