COVID-19 UPDATES

BSA CAREGIVER WEEKLY- FOR THE WEEK OF 11/23-11/27

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The following is the BSA Weekly Caregiver Newsletter for week of 11/23-11/27:

A Message from the Head of School

Dear BSA Community,

As we come to this milestone in the calendar of the Thanksgiving Holidays, it is difficult to even imagine how different this year is from last. We understand the losses, pressures and stresses of 2020 have touched us all in ways we cannot even begin to describe.

Trying to make a list of what we are “grateful” for is fraught with new pains and pressures and potentially for many of us, unfathomable loss. So, we go forward into the holiday season in these unprecedented times. Many asking the question: How will we celebrate this year? I wish I had answers instead of questions for our community.

While we cannot change any of the conditions we find ourselves in, it is our hope is that that we can find opportunities for peace and reflection during this time of year.

I know the entire BSA community when I say we are grateful to educate your child and play a positive role in their development.  Thank you for your faith and trust in BSA.

Every year we are grateful for the incredible community that is BSA, this year more than ever.

Warmly yours,

Ms. Silberman

 

Announcement #2:                                Thanksgiving Break, November 26-27

Reminder: There will be no classes for BSA students on Thursday, November 26th and Friday, November 27th in observance of Thanksgiving. Online classes will resume on Monday, November 30th, 2020

 

Announcement #3:                                Student Panorama Wellbeing Survey

Hello from the Social Work Department. Just a reminder – your BSA student has a brief Wellbeing Survey in their BSA Inbox. The e-mail is from “Panorama.” Please encourage them to fill out this 5-minute survey so that we can best support them. If they need ANY help at all, please encourage them to e-mail me at msoffrin@broomestreetacademy.com .Please take care and have a safe holiday.

Meredith Soffrin, Director of Social Work

 

No Changes for BSA Remote Instruction

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Good Afternoon BSA community,

We are writing to you today to acknowledge that the NYCDOE school system will transition back to fully remote instruction on November 19th 2020, as a result of the rising rate of COVID-19 infections citywide.

While BSA is not directly affected by this shift, we are all New Yorkers, and these big changes touch us, too. We know that some BSA families also have children in DOE schools and this change will cause some stress. We sincerely understand this is a tough situation, and we continue to wish you and your family safety and wellness.

We want to assure you that we are not planning any changes to our mode of instruction. BSA will continue to offer full day remote instruction, and is standing by to support our student body fully. Please know we are here to assist your child through these unprecedented times.

We will keep you updated regarding any planned return to in-person instruction, and we’ll be monitoring the NYCDOE’s planning closely as well.

Respectfully yours,

Ms. Silberman

BSA CAREGIVER WEEKLY- FOR THE WEEK OF 11/16-11/20

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The following is the BSA Weekly Caregiver Newsletter for week of 11/16-11/20:

 

Announcement #1:                                Reminder: Virtual Caregiver-Teacher Conferences

There’s still time to schedule your caregiver-teacher conferences. While caregiver-teacher conferences are not mandatory, they are highly encouraged- especially if you have concerns about any of your child’s grades or progress.

Please fill out the link below indicating your child’s name and which of their teachers you would like to meet. You will be contacted by teachers individually to set up appointments at your convenience.

Caregiver phone conferences will occur:

  • Thursday, November 19th from 3pm to 6PM
  • Friday, November 20th from 10am to 3pm
  • Thursday, December 3rd from 1pm to 3pm
  • Friday, December 4th from 1pm to 4pm

 

If none of those times work, we would be happy to work with you to find an alternate time to connect you with your child’s teachers.

Google Form Link: https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSdzB2DMt85aby-mUk0YRbuB9wH6oSyxctrYfp-_mpSxM0fl1g/viewform?usp=sf_link

 

Announcement# 2:                                Athletics Update

At BSA we value student athletics and last year we added Volleyball and Flag Football to our existing program of boys and girls Basketball, Soccer and Track. We believe that being able to participate in team sports is a fundamentally important part of the student experience in high school for those interested. Unfortunately, COVID-19 has forced us off of the fields and courts that we frequently practiced and competed on around the city.

BSA’s Athletics program is currently suspended and is NOT operating, sanctioning or taking part in leagues or practices for ANY sport. We never started our athletics program this school year, including practices, because the leagues we participate in did not feel it was safe to do so. When we went remote on March 13, 2020, all athletics at BSA halted, and have remained on pause since that date.

BSA intends to resume athletics in the Spring, assuming that current COVID-19 safety restrictions are lifted, or modified to the point where we feel it is safe to participate in sports again. If we determine that it safe to resume practices, or other alternative sports programming prior to the Spring, we will notify caregivers in writing of the change via this newsletter.

Thank you for understanding, and please know that we will do everything we can to safely resume sports at BSA in the coming months.

 

Announcement # 3:                               November 2020 BSA Caregiver Survey: Panorama Education

BSA is now using Panorama Education to gather important student and caregiver opinions on how we operate remotely. Last week, we sent out our first caregiver survey using Panorama Education. To encourage participation in these surveys, all caregivers who participate in the survey each month will have their name placed in a drawing for a chance to win a $50 Amazon.com gift card. At least 25% of caregivers must participate for there to be a drawing. The deadline to complete the survey is November 25, 2020 and the drawing for the gift card will be held on December 2nd.

Please search your email inbox and Spam folders for an email from Panorama Education. BSA utilizes Panorama Education due to its highly secure network and analysis capabilities. Each caregiver has received a personalized link to the survey which cannot be shared with multiple caregivers. We encourage all caregivers to search their inboxes for this survey and mark Panorama Education as a “Known Sender” with the email provider. Thank you for your continued dedication to BSA!

Announcement# 4:                                Quarter 2 Has Started

Quarter 2 started on Monday, November 9th. This is the perfect time for you and your student to reach out to their teachers to ensure that they pass Quarter 2 and get their full credit for semester one. If your student failed Quarter 1, this is especially important because they will have to pass Quarter 2 with a specific score to have a passing average (65% and above) for the semester.

Additionally, caregiver conferences are still occurring for Quarter 1; please reach out to your student’s teachers. There is still time to ask the questions below as they transition to Quarter 2:

Have you emailed or reached out to your teachers if you are missing work or struggling with your assignments?

Asking these questions, among others, will make sure that you are your student are fully collaborating with their teachers to ensure academic success.


Mock 9th Grade Student Schedule

Many families have asked for a mock schedule that they can use to better track when their students should attend Zoom classes. Below is a mock 9th Grade schedule for core academic classes (ELA, math, history, and science) that most 9th Grade students follow (however, it will not apply to all 9th Graders). Your student should have the specific Zoom links for their classes; please reach out to their teacher if they do not. Schedules for 10th-12th Grade will follow next week.

 

Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday
9:00 AM
10:00 AM Algebra 1 English 9 Algebra 1 English 9
12:00 PM Advocacy
1:00 PM Global 1

section 1

1:00 PM

 

Section 2

1:50 PM

Living Environment Global 1

section 1

1:00 PM

 

Section 2

1:50 PM

Living Environment
2:00 PM

 

For parents of students with IEPs

The Training Opportunities Program (TOP) is back remotely for the 2020-21 school year. This program provides students in high school with IEPs, paid internships, and work experiences. If your child previously participated in this program, Ms. Westbrooks and Ms. Bellony will reach out to help you re-enroll them for this school year. The deadline is December 7th, and this year for all students to re-enroll or enroll, they will then be entered into a lottery for the opportunity to work remotely this year.

If your child is 14 years old or older, has their working papers and an IEP, and you would like them to participate in this program, please email Ms. Westbrooks at dwestbrooks@broomestreetacademy.org.

BSA CAREGIVER WEEKLY- FOR THE WEEK OF 11/9-11/13

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The following is the BSA Weekly Caregiver Newsletter for week of 11/9-11/13:

A Message from the Head of School About Caregiver Conferences

Dear BSA Caregiver Community,

We hope this note finds you well. We are writing to share plans for Open School this Fall.

Next week you will be able to sign into PowerSchool and see your student’s Marking Period 1 grades. Normally right after that we would hold open school. This year, due to the pandemic and ongoing concerns about gathering in close proximity, BSA will be using a different format to hold caregiver conferences.

There will be three weeks in a row in November and December on Thursday and Friday when you will have the opportunity to have appointments to speak with your child’s teacher via Zoom or phone call (based on your preferences).

While parent -teacher conferences are not mandatory, they are highly encouraged- especially if you have concerns about any of your child’s grades or progress.

As a next step, please fill out the link below indicating your child’s name and which of their teachers you would like to meet. You will be contacted by teachers individually to set up appointments at your convenience.

Caregiver phone conferences will occur:

  • Friday, November 13th from 1- 4pm
  • Thursday, November 19th from 3 to 6PM
  • Friday, November 20th from 10-3pm
  • Thursday, December 3rd from 1-3 pm
  • Friday, December 4th from 1-4pm

If none of those times work, we would be happy to work with you to find an alternate time to connect you with your child’s teachers.

Google Form Link: https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSdzB2DMt85aby-mUk0YRbuB9wH6oSyxctrYfp-_mpSxM0fl1g/viewform?usp=sf_link

Best, Melissa Silberman, Head of School

 

Announcement# 1:                                First Quarter Reminders

The first academic quarter ended on Friday, November 6th, 2020. Your student just completed their first, common assessment in each of their classes. This is the perfect time to ask your student the following questions:

Do you know what your grades are now in all your classes?

Did you complete your Quarter 1 mid-term/common assessment for each of your classes?

Have you emailed or reached out to your teachers if you are missing work or struggling with your assignments?

Asking these questions, among others, will make sure that you are your student are fully collaborating with their teachers to ensure academic success.


For parents of students with IEPs:

The Training Opportunities Program (TOP) is back remotely for the 2020-21 school year. This program provides students in high school with IEPs, paid internships, and work experiences. If your child previously participated in this program, Ms. Westbrooks and Ms. Bellony will reach out to help you re-enroll them for this school year. The deadline is December 7th, and this year for all students to re-enroll or enroll, they will then be entered into a lottery for the opportunity to work remotely this year.

If your child is 14 years old or older, has their working papers and an IEP, and you would like them to participate in this program, please email Ms. Westbrooks at dwestbrooks@broomestreetacademy.org.

 

Announcement #2:                                Veterans Day, Wednesday November 11th

Reminder: There will be no classes for BSA students on Wednesday, November 11th in observance of Veterans Day. Online classes will resume on Thursday, November 12th, 2020.

 

Announcement #3:                                Virtual Caregiver Association Meeting, November 12th

Please join us on November 12th for our Virtual Monthly Caregiver Association Meeting. We’ll discuss various topics as well as our goals for the upcoming BSA school year. Please follow the instructions below to register in advance for the meeting. Meeting will be held from 5:30-6:30pm.

You are invited to a Zoom meeting.

When: Nov 12, 2020 05:30 PM Eastern Time (US and Canada)

Register in advance for this meeting:

https://us02web.zoom.us/j/84126018402?pwd=S1hOMmVRT2tmd0x6MmRpNEE4cXpIdz09

After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting.

BSA CAREGIVER WEEKLY- FOR THE WEEK OF 11/2-11/6

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The following is the BSA Weekly Caregiver Newsletter for week of 11/2-11/6:

A Message from the Head of School

Dear Caregivers,

I hope our email finds you well during these tumultuous times.  This week I wanted to share with you an article from the New York Times on how teenagers are coping with the Pandemic and what parents can do to help.

You are not alone in this, BSA is here to support you and your child and teen stress is a national issue right now. Together we will prevail. Please feel free to reach out to our Director of Social Work Ms. Soffrin at msoffrin@broomeatreetacademy.org  if you want support with your child.

 

Wishing you and your family continued wellness,

Ms. Silberman

https://www.nytimes.com/2020/10/28/parenting/teens-stress-lonely-coronavirus.html?referringSource=articleShare

 

Announcement #1:                                REMINDER: First Marking Period Ends this Friday!

Also, this is a reminder that the first marking period ends this Friday, November 6th. Please be sure to check in with your child and their teachers about their current grades and class exams.

Quarter 1 exams are being given this week in your child’s classes. Please feel free to reach out to teachers to confirm that your student has submitted their exams. Please remind your students to complete their exams as their teachers will use the information they receive to instruct them better.

 

Announcement #2:                    ***IMPORTANT*** PLEASE READ: Remote Learning Tips for BSA Students

Hello BSA community! We want to help you better support your student during remote learning this fall.

Please click here or see the link below for additional information on tracking your child’s Zoom classes, using PowerSchool to see their grades, and other strategies to make the remote learning experience a successful one this year. This is a useful resource packed with a lot of helpful information and we encourage caregivers to access it regularly to help stay informed about your student’s remote learning experience. The link on the first page of the PDF will take you to schedules, contact information and more!

https://broomestreetacademy.org/wp-content/uploads/Remote-Learning-Tips-for-Parents.pdf

Announcement #3:                                Virtual Caregiver Association Meeting, November 12

Interested in being an involved caregiver? Please join us on Thursday, November 12th for our Virtual Monthly Caregiver Association Meeting. We’ll discuss various topics as well as our goals for the upcoming BSA school year. Information on Zoom link will be sent out at a later date. Meeting will be held from 5:30-6:30pm.

BSA CAREGIVER WEEKLY- FOR THE WEEK OF 10/26-10/30

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The following is the BSA Weekly Caregiver Newsletter for week of 10/26-10/30:

Announcement #1:                                From the Dean of Equity, Inclusion, and Diversity

Thank you to all the caregivers who joined us for our first virtual Latina/Latinx History Month Celebration. We had an incredible time dancing, talking, and hearing music from one of our students. Please stay tuned for more monthly virtual BSA events.

A reminder that our D.E.A.R. Latinx reading challenge continues. It is entitled “Drop Everything and Read Across the Diaspora.”

We are challenging staff, students, and parents to select a book for personal and classroom reading written by a Latina/Latinx/Latino author. Take a picture of yourself reading that book and share the book’s name with the BSA community. Students can share their selection with their teachers or Champion; staff members can share with their colleagues, and parents can share it with their child. The challenge began on Monday, October 12th, and will continue all school year.

 

Announcement #2:                                REMINDER: First Marking Period Ends SOON!

Also, this is a reminder that the first marking period ends on Friday, November 6th. Please be sure to check in with your child and their teachers about their current grades and class exams.

Announcement #3:                                Vote !

Hello BSA Community!

As you know this year the country is voting for president of the United States as well as many other key political positions both locally and nationally. If there was ever a year for your voice to be heard it is 2020.

We urge you to make a promise to yourself and your community to vote in this election.

EARLY VOTING IS NOW OPEN in NYC:

Please click the link below to find out where you can vote early.

https://findmypollsite.vote.nyc/

BSA CAREGIVER WEEKLY- FOR THE WEEK OF 10/19-10/23

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The following is the BSA Weekly Caregiver Newsletter for week of 10/19-10/23:

Announcement #1:                    ***IMPORTANT*** PLEASE READ: Remote Learning Tips for BSA Students

Hello BSA community! We want to help you better support your student during remote learning this fall.

Please click here or see the link below for additional information on tracking your child’s Zoom classes, using PowerSchool to see their grades, and other strategies to make the remote learning experience a successful one this year. This is a useful resource packed with a lot of helpful information and we encourage caregivers to access it regularly to help stay informed about your student’s remote learning experience. The link on the first page of the PDF will take you to schedules, contact information and more!

https://broomestreetacademy.org/wp-content/uploads/Remote-Learning-Tips-for-Parents.pdf

 

Announcement #2:                                BSA celebrates Latina/Latinx History Month!

Greetings, BSA community! We want to introduce two events in honor of Latina/Latinx/Latino History Month.

Hello BSA family, we welcome and hope you will join us on Thursday, October 22nd at 5 PM for our showcase event honoring Latina/Latinx Culture at BSA.

There will be a virtual dance class, a discussion about Latinx authors, conversation, a chance to meet your child’s teachers, and more. Please log-in below to register for the event. We hope to see you soon.

You are invited to a Zoom event.

When: Oct 22, 2020 05:00 PM Eastern Time (US and Canada)

Register in advance for this event:

https://us02web.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZ0udO2rpzgrGt3huC9G9x1b3prkSAjF6SV5

After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the event.

 

Announcement #3:                    Workforce Webinar Wednesdays

Starting this Wednesday, October 21st, Ms.Bellony will be providing Workforce Warrior Workshops via Zoom.  These workshops are intended to provide the knowledge and practice of various skill sets that will prepare them for Academic and Professional success. Some of the skills we will cover are professional communication, decision-making, creativity, and prioritization. Additionally, Ms. Bellony is issuing $25 Amex giftcards to the first 5 students to attend all 5 Workforce Warrior Workshops that will be provided this fall (there will be few opportunities to make up any you may have missed!).

COMMUNITY WARRIOR:
Ms. Bellony is offering 3hrs. of community service to students who are eligible and registered to vote. To gain these 3hrs, you must submit proof to Ms. Bellony (sbellony@door.org) of being registered to vote.

Searching for other opportunities to be a Community Warrior and earn your 60hrs of service to graduate? Sign up with https://www.newyorkcares.org/ to get updates on volunteer opportunities all around NYC!

WORKFORCE WARRIOR:
Be sure to check your @broomestreetacademy.com emails for an invitation to the WBLOnline Google Classroom. There you can find more information on the Workforce Webinar Workshops and other important opportunities in real time!

Ready to start working but unsure where to start or why you have not heard back? Contact Ms. Bellony for career related services such as resume review, interview prep, job search strategies, outreach and communication. etc. You may reach her at sbellony@door.org or sbellony@broomestreetacademy.org.

 

Announcement #4:                                From Our Partners at The Door

MEMBERSHIP

Hello BSA students and caregivers!

All BSA students must become members of The Door – don’t worry, it’s fast and easy! If you haven’t already, fill out this form: https://sforce.co/2XfmkL6. If you have any questions, reach out to membership@door.org.

BSA CAREGIVER WEEKLY- FOR THE WEEK OF 10/13-10/16

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The following is the BSA Weekly Caregiver Newsletter for week of 10/13-10/16:

Announcement #1:                                BSA celebrates Latina/Latinx History Month!

Greetings, BSA community! We want to introduce two events in honor of Latina/Latinx/Latino History Month.

First, please join us on Thursday, October 22nd, at 5:00 PM for a showcase event to honor this month. The event will involve music, dance, and conversation and celebrates Latina/Latinx/Latino culture at Broome Street Academy. We hope you will register to join us and be a part of this incredible virtual event.

Next, we are launching a reading challenge that encourages parents, students, and teachers at BSA to read books by Latina/Latinx/Latino authors. We are calling it Drop Everything and Read Across the Diaspora. It begins on Monday, October 12th; below are a few book suggestions. We also hope that you will share your book selections as well.

16 Books by Latinx Authors You Need to Read, Like, Yesterday

 

Announcement #2:                                Mental Health Survey

If I have yet to meet you, my name is Meredith Soffrin and I am the Director of Social Work at BSA. As you know, BSA has four social workers who are a robust team of mental health professionals. We are here for your learner should they need to speak to someone, please reach out to me or any other staff member. Everyone in the community will know to put you in touch with me right away.

Aside from providing counseling services, we also make sure to check in on the student body three times a year using a Wellness Survey. This survey will be launched via BSA email this week and asks students to rate their emotional state, share a bit about their supports systems, and ask for help if needed. Please encourage your BSA student to participate in this measure. It is confidential and goes directly to me. If you need anything at all, please email me at msoffrin@broomestreetacademy.org

Announcement #3:                                Become a Member of The Door

Hello BSA students and caregivers!

Now that you are officially a part of Broome Street Academy, it’s time to become a member of The Door. Please take a few minutes to fill out this short form if you haven’t already: https://sforce.co/2XfmkL6. After you do, someone from the membership team will be reaching out to schedule a brief phone or video call. If you have any questions, email us at membership@door.org. We are so excited to get to know you – Welcome!

BSA CAREGIVER WEEKLY- FOR THE WEEK OF 10/5-10/9

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The following is the BSA Weekly Caregiver Newsletter for week of 10/5-10/9:

Announcement #1:

Dear caregivers and BSA community,

We know that having your teenager in the home all day can be challenging, and we wanted to offer some tips to support remote learning.  It is fair to say that they are part of the first group of students in the country responsible for learning remotely at the start of the school year. It is important to remember that this generation of young people were born with access to technology and a comfort level with the digital world that many adults do not possess. However, this does not change the fact that young people must have good study habits and a routine.  Experts suggest the following:

  • Set up a space in your home that your child can consistently use for their schoolwork
  • Encourage your child to commit to a regular school schedule and do classwork during the school day.

Your child has class time appointments with their teachers all week. BSA teachers are supporting students in live zoom settings daily- please make sure they attend.

If your child requires more support, feel free to reach out to the subject teacher and a private appointment will be arranged. Additionally if your child needs a laptop please do not hesitate to contact the school and one will be provided.

We realize that these are unprecedented times and want to partner with you to support your child in their education.

 

Respectfully yours,

Ms. Silberman

 

Announcement #2:                                Become a Member of The Door

Hello BSA students and caregivers!

Now that you are officially a part of Broome Street Academy, you will also become a member of The Door and have access to all of the wonderful programs and services they offer. This includes everything from a health center to a music and arts groups! To begin the membership process, please fill out this short form: https://sforce.co/2XfmkL6. After you do, someone from the membership team will be reaching out to schedule a brief phone or video call.

If you have any questions, feel free to email us at membership@door.org. We are so excited to get to know you – Welcome!

Announcement #3:                                Virtual Caregiver Association Meeting, October 8

Hello Caregivers,

Please join us on October 8th for our Virtual Monthly Caregiver Association Meeting. We’ll discuss various topics as well as our goals for the upcoming BSA school year. Please follow the instructions below to register in advance for the meeting. Meeting will be held from 5:30-6:30pm.

You are invited to a Zoom meeting.

When: Oct 8, 2020 05:30 PM Eastern Time (US and Canada)

 

Register in advance for this meeting:

https://us02web.zoom.us/j/84126018402?pwd=S1hOMmVRT2tmd0x6MmRpNEE4cXpIdz09

After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting.

Announcement #4:                                Indigenous Peoples’ Day, Monday October 12th

Reminder: There will be no classes for BSA students on Monday, October 12th in observance of Indigenous Peoples’ Day. Online classes will resume on Tuesday, October 13th, 2020.

 

BSA CAREGIVER WEEKLY- FOR THE WEEK OF 9/29-10/2

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The following is the BSA Weekly Caregiver Newsletter for week of 9/29-10/2:

Announcement #1:                                BSA Remote Instruction Update

Reminder: As we navigate the many challenges that COVID-19 presents, we have consistently sought to be transparent about our decision-making with all members of our academic community. Broome Street Academy has determined that we will continue to offer instruction on a 100% remote basis through December 31, 2020. Please see below for more information.

 

Announcement #2:                                Advocacy is happening on Zoom!

Advocacy is every Wednesday at 12pm with your student’s Champion Advocate in their designated zoom room listed on their Advocacy Google Classroom!  If your student’s Champion Advocate hasn’t reached out yet, they will soon. Please help remind your student to show up for their Advocacy and build community with their peers.

What are we trying to accomplish? During the once a week advocacy periods, Champion groups will focus on four distinct areas: Social Emotional Learning, Academics, Attendance, and School Culture. The purpose of advocacy is to foster relationships with our youth and provide a safe space where they can begin to explore topics and develop a sense of community within our school and with small groups and peers.

Why is this important? Setting aside dedicated advocacy time for staff and students helps to foster the growth on multiple levels. It allows for real discussions to take place rooted in our school goals: Equity and Social Justice, Restorative Justice, and Academic Rigor. Through our advocacy units we hope to gauge our students in a myriad of approaches and discussion techniques about their futures, academics, and support. Advocacy’s main goal is to support students and families while acting as an extra safety net that BSA has baked into its school culture.

 

Announcement #3:                                Virtual Caregiver Association Meeting, October 8

Interested in being an involved caregiver? Please join us on Thursday, October 8th for our Virtual Monthly Caregiver Association Meeting. We’ll discuss various topics as well as our goals for the upcoming BSA school year. Information on Zoom link will be sent out at a later date. Meeting will be held from 5:30-6:30pm.

 

Announcement #4:                                Update on IEP Annual Review Meetings Fall 2020

Hello again BSA families. If you are a parent of a student with an IEP, please check your email for an invitation to an information session about remote special education services on Monday, October 5th at 6 PM . The email will be sent this week.

 

BSA Remote Instruction Update

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Dear BSA community,

As we navigate the many challenges COVID-19 presents, we have consistently sought to be transparent about our decision-making with all members of our academic community.

I’m writing to you today to let you know that, after long and careful deliberation, Broome Street Academy has determined that we will continue to offer instruction on a 100% remote basis through December 31, 2020.

This was a hard decision to make, but we are confident it’s the right one. Over the last several months, we’ve listened intently to our stakeholders, from caregivers to students to faculty; I believe this decision reflects our core values as a school and is in the best interest of our students and our community.

Please know that letting go of the idea of offering in-person instruction at least one day a week has been challenging for every person involved in this decision – not least because, as many of us are also parents and caregivers, we understand and sympathize with the challenges remote instruction has created for every family.

Some of the key factors that led us to make this decision include:

  • The health and safety of students, families, and faculty come first. Even though COVID infection rates are much lower in New York City than they were in March and April, as schools have reopened for in-person instruction, the possibility of increased infections remains a concern. In our assessment, the risks posed by congregating in classrooms continue to be very significant, and we’re making choices that put the health and safety of our community first.

 

  • BSA has successfully adapted to remote instruction. 93% of our students are signing on daily, and every student has up to six classes plus additional supports. We’ve heard from caregivers that this schedule is providing necessary structure to students, and that students have regular interactions with their classmates as well as good access to guidance counselors and social workers. Our remote teaching has been engaging and is supporting varied learning styles. Teachers are available to support students throughout the entire day as needed, and students have opportunities to safely socialize with staff-supervised clubs

 

  • We’re focusing on high-quality remote instruction. We have come to the conclusion that continuing to offer 100% remote instruction is more sustainable for now; we believe a consistent approach will support students’ mental health by creating stability. Moving back and forth between in-person and remote instruction is an inefficient use of our resources and places an undue burden on our teams. Additionally, the hybrid offerings we could make available would be less rigorous than the stable remote model we currently have in place. We believe focusing entirely on remote instruction will limit learning loss.

 

  • Students will continue to access critical supportive services through BSA and The Door. When students elect to come to our building to receive supports, including daily grab-and-go lunches, health services, and counseling, BSA is implementing rigorous safety protocols; accordingly, we’ll be setting up timed appointments for such visits. As needs become apparent, we’ll also provide a safe space for students to Zoom into classes at BSA and The Door.

 

As educators, we all agree that being able to learn together in person is preferable to remote instruction, and we are looking forward to the day when we will be able to do so safely and effectively.

 

In the coming months, we will continue to stay in close and consistent contact with caregivers and students to see how else we can be of support. In early December, we will provide you with an update about our plans for remote and hybrid instruction in 2021.

Sincerely,

Melissa Silberman

Head of School, Broome Street Academy

BSA CAREGIVER WEEKLY- FOR THE WEEK OF 9/21-9/25

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The following is the BSA weekly caregiver newsletter for week of 9/21- 9/25:

Announcement #1:                                Student Guidelines for Digital Behavior

BSA has developed a comprehensive and supportive Code of Conduct that still applies to student behavior when operating remotely. Please click here for further information on our digital Code of Conduct.

Announcement # 2:                               BSA Remote Learning-Food Pickup Order Form

We will begin to offer pre-packaged Breakfast and Lunch for BSA students to pick up. Please click here or the link below to fill out the BSA student remote learning food order form. Note: Please submit survey before 8pm the day before you would like a meal from Broome Street Academy. All meals MUST be picked up at BSA.

https://forms.gle/ZitqdoCXRKMD54Yu9

Announcement #3:                                A message from the Director of Social Work

As always, and especially during this fragile time, Broome Street Academy values mental health. September is Suicide Awareness Month. This is a simple and vital reminder that if your student needs any support, please do not hesitate to reach out to me, Meredith Soffrin, Director of Social Work at msoffrin@broomestreetacademy.org

Announcement #4:                                Update on IEP Annual Review Meetings Fall 2020

Hello families! IEP meetings are beginning this coming week at Broome Street Academy. Therefore, please look out for a phone call from Ms. Westbrooks or one of your student’s special education teachers about their meeting date. Additionally, the DOE is emailing invitation dates to parents as well, so please check your email as well.

We look forward to working with you and your child to ensure their success this school year.

BSA CAREGIVER WEEKLY- FOR THE WEEK OF 9/14-9/18

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Announcement #1                                 A Message from the Head of School

Dear BSA Caregiver Community,

I hope this note finds you well. I have a few important updates for you this week:

  1. Last week was the first week of virtual instruction. We are proud to report 88% of BSA students have signed on, and we are aiming for 100% participation.
  2. As a reminder, all students must sign into Google classrooms every day.
  3. The CHAMP model has returned! This week your child was assigned an adult staff member as a mentor. There will be weekly meetings between students and champs. The job of a champ is to support students with all elements of education at BSA including calling caregivers with updates, advising on college and career, and supporting students with academic needs.
  4. As of now BSA still plans on launching our Hybrid Model on October 5th if there are any changes, we will alert you as soon as we are made aware.
  5. If your child is having any challenges accessing their online Google classroom profile or their coursework, please do not hesitate to contact us immediately at ContactBSA@Broomestreetacademy.org   or contact Mr. Peralta directly and he will get you in the right person’s hands to support your needs.

Please do not hesitate to reach out if you have any questions, our staff is here for you!

Have a great week,

Melissa Silberman
Head of School

 

Announcement #2                                 Rosh Hashanah, Friday September 18th

Reminder: There will be no classes for BSA students on Friday, September 18th in observance of Rosh Hashanah. Online classes will resume on Monday September 21st, 2020.

Announcement #3:                                Electronic Distribution

We have begun the process of distributing electronics to students for remote learning. If your student is in need of a electronic device, please contact Mr. Gomez at RGomez@broomestreetacademy.org

 

Announcement# 4:                                Family Income Inquiry Form

Please help the school raise money by filling out the Family Income Inquiry Form. All parents, regardless of income, must still complete a School Meals Form so that our schools get access to federal funding for various programs and others. Please complete the form online at www.myschoolapps.com as soon as possible. When prompted during application for “School”, our school code is 84M522.

BSA CAREGIVER WEEKLY- FOR THE WEEK OF 9/7-9/11

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Announcement #1                                  Welcome Back BSA 2020-2021

Please see the attached BSA Welcome Packet or click on link below for critical messages from the administration and important information Policies for the 2020-2021 school year.

Link: https://broomestreetacademy.org/wp-content/uploads/Packet-2020-2021-Eng.pdf

 

Announcement #2                                  A Message from the Academic Department

School starts tomorrow, September 10, 2020. Communications and coursework for students will be through their @broomestreetacademy.com e-mail accounts. If your student needs assistance accessing their BSA e-mail, please contact Mr. Gomez at RGomez@Broomestreetacademy.org

 

Announcement #3                                  Virtual Caregiver Association Meeting, September 10

Interested in being an involved caregiver? Please join us on Tomorrow, September 10th for our First Virtual Monthly Caregiver Association Meeting. We’ll discuss various topics as well as our goals for the upcoming BSA school year. Please follow the instructions below to register in advance for the meeting. Meeting will be held from 5:30-6:30pm.

You are invited to a Zoom meeting.

When: Sep 10, 2020 05:30 PM Eastern Time (US and Canada)

 

Register in advance for this meeting:

https://us02web.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZcofuGgrzwjHdBFyj3fjz9h5hW1LAyMhPcl

After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting.

Reaching Out

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Dear Broome Street Academy,

We write to you today with heavy hearts, as we must begin by acknowledging the horrifying tragedy Jacob Blake and his family are enduring.

A belief in racial equity and social justice have always been at the core of BSA’s identity. We know Black Lives Matter, and we stand in solidarity with all members of our school community, in full condemnation of the events in Kenosha, Wisconsin. As educators we are particularly sensitive to the fact that this latest outbreak of police violence took place in front of children. As we respond, we’re thinking about the ways racial trauma deeply and negatively impacts Black and brown children across the country, and here at BSA.

It is our sincere hope that you and your family are staying safe and taking care of your mental health. We want to remind you that BSA and The Door have social workers and counselors who are here to support anyone who needs to talk. If you’d like to learn more, please contact msoffrin@broomestreetacademy.org.

A few reminders:
1. On Thursday, September 10, BSA will start the year remotely, with all instruction taking place virtually.
2. On Monday, October 5, we plan to begin giving BSA students the option to come to our school building to receive in-person instruction one day per week.

Please review our detailed plan for the fall semester online at broomestreetacademy.org.
If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to reach out ContactBSA@Broomestreetacademy.org

Thinking of you, and wishing you safety and peace,

Respectfully yours,

Melissa H. Silberman
Head of School

Caregiver Q & A: BSA Fall Reopening Plans

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Dear BSA Community,

Please join BSA Administrators for a Q & A on our school’s Reopening Plan. To avoid long wait times in the virtual waiting room, all caregivers must access the Zoom session using the legal adult name that BSA has on file.

Below are the dates and times to attend:

August 13 from 3 – 4 pm

August 14 from 11- 12 pm

August 14 from 2- 3 pm

 

Topic: Caregiver Q & A: BSA Fall COVID-19 Reopening Plans

Time: This is a recurring meeting Meet anytime

Join Zoom Meeting

https://us02web.zoom.us/j/89208119930?pwd=bG1NUDJiNk44cUN4eUNnOFFKUlhwUT09

 

Meeting ID: 892 0811 9930

Passcode: 199941

 

Dial by your location

+1 929 205 6099 US (New York)

BSA-Return to School Survey

Dear BSA Community,

We value your voice and opinion. Please click here to respond to a quick survey that will help us continue to plan our community’s return to school.

Be on the lookout for an email from us with dates for Caregiver Q & A sessions to be held on Zoom. We will post the information on our website as we have done throughout the COVID-19 school closure.

Thank you for your input!

Update on BSA Reopening

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Dear Broome Street Academy,

It is my sincere hope that you and your family are staying safe and finding a way to enjoy this summer despite all the challenges we’ve faced as a community this year.

This summer has been a productive one for BSA: 50 freshmen are participating in our summer bridge program; 140 students are participating in BSA summer school; and another 80 students have been participating in The Door’s Summer Youth Employment Program.

As you know, over the last several months, our team has been considering what school will look like in the coming year. We’re grateful for the feedback you’ve shared about what will work best for your children, and for the support you’ve offered as we navigate some tough decisions. On Friday, Broome Street Academy responded to the Department of Health’s request for information about our reopening plan for the coming semester, and I am writing to share with you some key information about how we plan to operate:

  • On Thursday, September 10, BSA will start the year remotely, with all instruction taking place virtually.
  • On Monday, October 5, we plan to begin giving BSA students the option to come to our school building to receive in-person instruction one day per week.
    • The exact date when BSA will return to this level of in-person instruction is subject to change based upon updated health guidance. We nevertheless wanted to let you know our current thinking.
  • This year, BSA students will be able to access more weekly live lessons with teachers over Zoom.
  • In addition to Edgenuity, BSA will be offering additional technological learning solutions this year.

Please review our detailed plan for the fall semester online at broomestreetacademy.org.

We will be holding a Zoom call to hear from families with any questions they have about our plan early next week. Please expect an invite from Mr. Peralta shortly.

If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to reach out.

Respectfully yours,

 Melissa H. Silberman

Head of School

Click here to see a summary of Key Points on BSA Reopening Plan

Update on Fall School Return

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Dear BSA Community,

We are writing with a few quick updates on our return to school in September.

All plans have not been finalized yet- but are in progress and under extensive review. All NYC schools included BSA, remain dependent on state and city guidance, which has only recently started to be disseminated.

BSA has been carefully and proactively creating a return to school plan for the last six weeks. On July 16th, NYS Department of Education issued substantial new guidance for schools to factor in to its plans and we are working to address these additional measures. As of now we have been asked to submit a plan on returning to school due to our authorizer and the NYC Department of Health on 7/31.

Our return plan includes the following features which would all need to be approved by the state:

  • Students come to BSA one day a week and stay home and learn remotely the remaining days.
  • If there is an approved physical return to school, face masks will be mandatory and required all day.
  • Health screening, including temperature checks for all students and faculty, will occur daily and be required for entry on the campus.
  • BSA educational spaces will be thoroughly sanitized nightly with electrostatic sprayers and traditional disinfectants.
  • BSA will be limiting student travel around the campus throughout the school day.
  • All students who do not wish to come to campus are approved to stay home and learn remotely full time (pending government approval).
  • For families of students with IEP’s, BSA will follow state guidelines for providing mandated support.

We look forward to sharing additional guidance and details on process as soon as they become available. We appreciate your patience during this unusual time and we remain committed to supporting the

Sincerely,

BSA Leadership

Final Caregiver Newsletter of the 2019-2020 School Year!

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Greetings Broome Street Academy Community,

Congratulations on completing what has been an incredibly challenging year.  At the start of the school year in September none of us could’ve imagined that by June we would be learning and teaching remotely and witnessing one of the greatest social justice movements of our time. We graduated our Class of 2020 today and it was bittersweet. We couldn’t be together, and we wanted nothing more than to see our seniors march across a stage and flip their tassels at the end of a traditional in-person ceremony. Still, we achieved one of the highest graduation rates in the school’s history in the middle of a historic crisis.

Our BSA graduates are moving on to change the world by pursuing higher education, diverse entrepreneurial visions and ambitious career goals. Our students are committed to making history, not to being passive spectators.

We wanted to let you know at Broome Street Academy we are thinking about the future carefully to adapt to these unprecedented circumstances. Below are a few descriptions of our efforts to continue to support our entire school community and move ahead with confidence, while keeping everyone safe.

Physical space 

Our leadership team is participating in safety planning with our partner, The Door given that, as you know, Broome Street Academy is co-located within their headquarters at 555 Broome Street. This spring, a committee was formed to prepare for the return to the physical premises in the fall.  This committee is adhering to guidance from the CDC and will have a very strenuous wellness policy for all people entering the building. We will share our safety policy long before we return.  While the policy is not final, it will likely include all people in the building needing to remain masked the entire day, enhanced disinfecting protocols, and temperature checks upon entry. As of now, the physical campus is closed through the summer, and only essential employees are allowed into the building.


Will we go back to school in September? 

There are three different scenarios Broome Street Academy is preparing for:

  1. We go back to school in September with new safety rules in place.
  2. We do not go back to school in September, and we remain remote with additional supports.
  3. There is a hybrid model where your child is in school some days of the week and home learning remotely the remainder of the week.

 

We do not yet know which scenario will be in place, and we are anticipating guidance from New York State soon on what will be permissible, however we are preparing for all possibilities. As a high school serving older students we have greater flexibility than others, but no matter what we do it will be with safety and academic rigor at the forefront.

 

How can we help you right now?

  • Broome St., Academy is running a full remote summer school, and if your child has been scheduled, this is a mandatory program to help students get on track and gain promotion.
  • Incoming 9th graders will have a six-week summer bridge experience that is mandatory for incoming 9th graders, and will meet remotely.
  • All BSA students are members of The Door. The Door is offering many services in a safe setting such as meal pick up, arts and crafts, healthcare appointments, tele-health, and social work visits.  If your child is interested in any of those services, please contact Broome Street Academy and we will be happy to assist you in facilitating a connection to The Door.

We will stay in close touch through the summer

  • We will send an update email to families the week of July 15.  By then, we are hoping state guidance will permit us to announce our specific plans for a full re-opening in detail.
  • If there are no new updates from the state by July 15 we will still outreach the community so that everyone is on the same page.

BSA was prepared and fully operational remotely from day-one of the COVID-19 school closings and we were able to provide over one hundred students with devices for remote learning in the weeks to follow. Being a public charter school we were able to be nimble and make critical decisions quickly. We always acted with our students and their caregivers as our north star.

Before the crisis we had new Advanced Placement courses for all eligible students, an SAT course preparing students to get ready to apply for college, active school clubs including one started by a student called “Future Doctors” and very competitive sports teams including a championship basketball team. We are feeling confident as we go into the new school year that we can meet whatever challenge our community will face.

If you have any questions or require any additional assistance, please do not hesitate to contact Jose Peralta, our Caregiver Liaison. Jperalta@BroomestreetAcademy.org.

We wish the entire student community and their caregivers a peaceful, restorative and healthy summer!

Warm regards,

Melissa Silberman
Head of School

 

 

Senior Graduates Update

Dear Senior class,

Next week, you will be official high school graduates of Broome Street Academy Charter High School! As we prepare for your final farewell, we wanted to update you on a few key details.

  • Graduation Ceremony: Please join the ceremony at 10am on Monday 6/29 by visiting our website at wwww.broomestreetacademy.org .
  • Cap and gown: Caps and gowns are in the process of being hand delivered to your home. Everyone should have them by 6/26/2020.
  • Yearbook and diploma: Both will be mailed to you at the address used for your cap and gown delivery.
  • Over the next few weeks BSA staff will be working on clearing out senior lockers. During July we will determine if pick up, or mailing directly to homes is the best option.

We all wish you and your family health and safety as we celebrate your next chapter,

BSA Administration

We Stand Together in Solidarity

Dear BSA Students and Caregivers;

We know that our students and our community are feeling the effects of this crisis very deeply. We are sorry to see our community in pain. More than ever, we wish that were able to be together in person to support one another.

We want to send our love, positivity and encouragement to all of you who have been speaking out and calling for equity and justice. Broome Street Academy stands with you. Our community of educators and our entire staff is with you.

Black lives matter.

As the events of the last few weeks have unfolded, many of us have been left distraught, and found it all but impossible to process. We’re still in the middle of the pandemic, and still working through how it has changed our lives, and now we must process the murder of yet another unarmed black man at the hands of the police.

Taken in isolation, the murder of George Floyd would deserve all of the outrage it has sparked, and more. But of course, this tragedy did not occur in isolation. It’s part of a wicked pattern, a series of tragedies so vast they cannot be counted – tragedies inflicted upon black and brown Americans at the hands of racist institutions that defend and enable the actions of racist individuals, which together continually disregard the most basic human right, to life.

We are inspired by the strength of the young people in our community. Thank you for speaking out.  Your voices are unique and necessary, and we support you. As educators, we work hard every day to empower our students to express themselves and participate as citizens, and we are so proud of you.

BSA is here to help you learn, and to ensure that you are well and prepared for life after high school. If you need anything, please know that we are here to support you. We know that there is a lot more going right now, and we understand that these circumstances can make the work we do together more challenging.  We hope that the work we have done as educators to connect young people with the wisdom of the past will nurture you in this moment.

On behalf of the entire Broome Street Academy staff, we wish you as much peace as possible during these turbulent times, and we stand together as a community.

Yours in sorrow and solidarity,

Melissa H. Silberman

Head of School

BSA Caregiver Weekly- For the week of 6/16-6/19

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Announcement #1:          Senior Locker Cleanup
As we close out an unprecedented school year please note that over the next few weeks BSA staff will be working on cleaning out senior lockers. Given that social distancing protocols in school buildings have yet to be formalized we will ensure the safety of our school community by not allowing students into the building for the foreseeable future. We anticipate scheduled pickups of items from the entrance of the school to be the main option during July. Thank you for your understanding. More details to follow.

 

BSA Caregiver Weekly- For the week of 6/8-6/12

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The following is the BSA weekly caregiver newsletter for week of 6/8-6/12:

Announcement #1:        Support Services for Students with IEPs at Broome Street Academy

Greetings BSA family,

As we wind down the year, I want you to know that summer intervention will be happening at BSA. We are committed to supporting our scholars as they continue to learn remotely.

Also, if your child has an IEP, we will be holding an end of school year conference with you to discuss their experience with remote instruction and our next steps for providing intervention for them during the summer and fall months.

Please stay tuned for details, and please reach out to Ms. Westbrooks, dwestbrooks@broomestreetacademy.org , with any questions.

Announcement #2:        The Door’s Health Center is open virtually!

We are offering video and telephone visits. You can have your doctors’ appointments wherever you are.  Services include:

  • General health
  • Physical
  • Dental
  • Eye care
  • Counseling
  • HIV testing
  • PrEP, and birth control.

For the Health Center, call 212-453-0222 or email Nashira Gonzalez.
For Counseling, call 212-941-9090, ext. 3452 or email Valdete Mirzo.

BSA Caregiver Weekly- For the week of 6/1-6/5

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The following is the BSA weekly caregiver newsletter for week of 6/1-6/5:

Announcement#1:

Broome Street Academy & The Door believe that Black lives matter. Black people in America continue to withstand the force of American racism. We see it with COVID-19, state-violence, and community attacks. Your lives matter.

To our students: we love to watch you thrive. The obstacles you face are real and unjust. We stand with you in this fight, even when we can’t be physically together. Please contact us directly  at contactbsa@broomestreetacademy.org if you want to talk, need support, or are seeking legal advice.

 

Announcement #2:        Support Services for Students with IEPs at Broome Street Academy

Greetings BSA family,

Welcome to June! As we wind down the year, I want you to know that summer intervention will be happening at BSA. We are committed to supporting our scholars as they continue to learn remotely.

Please stay tuned for details, and please reach out to Ms. Westbrooks, dwestbrooks@broomestreetacademy.org, with any questions.

BSA Caregiver Weekly- for the week of 5/25-5/29

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The following is the BSA weekly caregiver newsletter for week of 5/25-5/29:

Announcement #1:                                            Graduation

Hello Class of 2020,

I wanted to update you and let you know that your Graduation Day will still be June 29th. It will be a virtual ceremony that will be live streamed so all your loved ones can watch. Broome Street Academy and The Door are partnering and leading this endeavor. We plan to produce a unique and inspiring commencement for such a unique and inspiring class. I know you have many questions, and though you are entering your final marking period at BSA, it’s not time to jump ahead to the ending just yet. This is a time to celebrate you and all you have accomplished these past four years. There will be some surprises.

I will tell you this: You will need your caps and gowns and you will need to be wearing them on graduation day. Nothing is more important to me and to your teachers than making sure that you are all together as the Class of 2020 on June 29th. Because you cannot all be together physically, you will be together virtually. We are working with our technical production team to make sure you will be appearing live on screen together in some fashion during the ceremony. You will be experiencing and watching the commencement as a class. Each and every one of you will be recognized. There will be traditional graduation elements and non-traditional elements because, after all, we are Broome Street Academy. We will need to be resilient but resilience is at Broome Street Academy’s core.  (GO WARRIORS!) The symbolism and pomp and circumstance behind this most special day will not be lost.

Over the next few days, we will be reaching out to you for your input on certain elements of graduation, and shortly after that you will receive a virtual invitation with instructions on how to register your guests for the event and on how to join the ceremony.

On behalf of the entire Broome Street Academy community we appreciate the grace, patience and understanding and hard work that each of you has demonstrated during these extraordinary times.

With love and admiration,

Ms. Silberman

 

Announcement#2:         Broome Street Academy Board Scholarship Opportunity for the Class of 2020!

We are excited to announce that the Broome Street Academy Board of Trustees has launched a scholarship contest for our graduates in honor of your accomplishments, goals, and resilience.  You are invited to self-nominate and apply for this opportunity to win a $500 scholarship. There will be two winners chosen and announced at graduation.

To apply, please submit a well-crafted five paragraph essay that:

– Explores one of BSA’s pride pillars and exemplifies how you demonstrate that pillar
– Describes your post-graduation plans (college, career, etc)
– Explains what you would do with the scholarship if you received this award

Email your submissions to contactBSA@broomestreetacademy.org

Good luck with your submissions!

 

Announcement #3:                                Memorial Day, May 25

Reminder: There will be no classes for BSA students on Monday, May 25th in observance of Memorial Day. Online classes will resume on Tuesday, May 26th, 2020.

BSA Caregiver Weekly- For the week of 5/18-5/22

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The following is the BSA weekly caregiver newsletter for week of 5/18-5/22:

Announcement #1:                                Virtual Matriculation Night, May 21st
Vikki Campos, the Post-Secondary Success Coach, is hosting a virtual Zoom session for seniors and their parents to go over the next steps once you commit to a college.

It will be held on Thursday, May 21st, 2020 at 6pm over the Zoom application. If you need help, please reach out to Vikki via phone 646-899-8333 or via email.

Topic: BSA Senior Matriculation Night with Vikki Campos and Holly Harrison

Time: May 21, 2020 06:00 PM Eastern Time (US and Canada)
Join Zoom Meeting
https://us02web.zoom.us/j/86058643622?pwd=cDdLbDJpdzVqckRMdFZoazJrc0c0dz09
Meeting ID: 860 5864 3622
Password: BSA2020

 

Announcement#2:                                 Reminder- Updates on Quarter 3 Grading

This is a reminder that incomplete (“NX”) grades in PowerSchool for quarter 3 are displayed as a “0”. Students who have a “0” grade for Quarter 3 have until May 20, 2020 to finish their incomplete assignment’s. If they are not, they will turn into 60s.

If you have questions about the curriculum, please contact Mr. Molloy and Mr. Hale at Academic Deans. (mmolloy@broomestreetacademy.comphale@broomestreetacademy.com)

For Caregivers who would like updates on the child’s academic progress, you can sign up to be added to the Edgenuity Parent Portal.  Being added to the Parent Portal will give you access to reports that will inform you:

  • About your child’s progress in each class
  • How much time your child has spent on his or her classwork online
  • Upcoming due dates

To sign up, please fill out this form: https://forms.gle/ZgziPKqC4djqGSkd6

For more information on the Edgenuity Parent Portal please go here:  https://help.edgenuity.com/Classroom_Resources/Parent_Resources

BSA Caregiver Weekly-For the week of 5/11-5/15

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The following is the BSA weekly caregiver newsletter for week of 5/11-5/15:

Announcement #1:                                Teacher/Staff Appreciation!
Please feel free to share your appreciation for teachers and staff during this difficult time using the Google Form below:

 https://forms.gle/2jqHymS7vjFcWyat9

 

Announcement #2:                                For BSA Geometry Students

Dear ALL geometry students,

The link below are some video lessons I made for area for the unit we are working on. In the video go over 3 questions that are VERY similar to the unit exam. (the third video got the last second cut off but it’s ok!) If you are attached on this email and not a student, I shared it so you can share it with other struggling students in geometry!

Feel free to send to other kids struggling in other classes as well. Please watch them in order starting with lesson 1, then 2, then 3.

HERE IS THE LINK:

https://drive.google.com/open?id=1_N6Puw0ndKeI0pWz5Hi02Vzwi01aQzZ1

BSA Caregiver Weekly- For the week of 5/4-5/8

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The following is the BSA weekly caregiver newsletter for week of 5/4-5/8:

Announcement #1:        IEP and Triennial Review meetings will continue for the rest of the school year

In addition to our outreach, your child’s regularly scheduled IEP and triennial review meetings will continue as scheduled. Meaning that if you haven’t yet had your child’s annual review meeting, Ms. Westbrooks will be contacting you about conducting about your meeting date. Meetings will be held in May and June as we are committed to ensuring that your child’s services continue at the highest quality possible.

If you have any questions, please feel free to reach out,

Ms. Westbrooks
Director of Special Education
347-475-4712
dwestbrooks@broomestreetacademy.org

BSA Caregiver Weekly- For the week of 4/27-5/1

The following is the BSA weekly caregiver newsletter for week of 4/27-5/1:

Announcement #1:                               Community Service from Home
BSA students must complete 60 hours of community service in order to graduate. We have written a list of projects that students can complete at home to earn hours. Hours can be logged using this form: https://forms.gle/AV8tH1dHKfZ8XuMB6

If students have questions about community service, they should contact their guidance counselor.

At-home Service Projects:

BSA Caregiver Weekly- for the week of 4/20-4/24

The following is the BSA weekly caregiver newsletter for week of 4/20-4/24:

Announcement #1:                               Virtual Financial Aid Night, April 22
Vikki Campos, the Post-Secondary Success Coach, is hosting a virtual Zoom session for seniors and their parents to go over your financial aid award letters and calculate how much you will pay for college.

It will be held on Wednesday, April 22nd, 2020 at 6pm over the Zoom application. If you need help, please reach out to me via phone 646-899-8333 or via email.

Topic: BSA Senior Financial Aid Night with Vikki Campos and Holly Harrison
Time: Apr 22, 2020 06:00 PM Eastern Time (US and Canada)
Join Zoom Meeting
https://zoom.us/j/98509733323?pwd=S3F0cHhMNm1DbkVPMzJQRGoxbHpTQT09

Meeting ID: 985 0973 3323
Password: 324659

 

Announcement #2:                                DOE Survey Extension until June 26th

Given the current circumstances, and the focus on remote learning for school communities, The Department of Education (DOE) parent survey deadline has been extended until June 26th, in order to ensure as much opportunity as possible for respondents to have their voices heard. You should have received the survey in a green envelope that BSA mailed a couple of weeks ago. Please complete the survey provided in the green envelope and mail it as soon as you can. If you did not receive it, the survey can be completed online. All caregivers can now retrieve their access code online using the code lookup tool on the survey login page.

The survey is designed to collect important information about each school’s ability to support student success. Each year, all parents, teachers, and students in grades 6-12 take the NYC School Survey. The survey is aligned to the DOE’s Framework for Great Schools. It is designed to collect important information about each school’s ability to support student success. School leaders can use feedback from the survey to reflect and improve schools and programs. Please contact me if you have any questions.

BSA Caregiver Weekly- For the week of 4/13-4/17

The following is the BSA weekly caregiver newsletter for week of 4/13-4/17:

Announcement #1:       A message about Regents Exams from The BSA Leadership Team

Hello BSA Community,

You have probably seen the news that the State Education Department has canceled Regents Exams in response to the school closures that were put in place as a response to the COVID19 outbreak.  We want to take this opportunity to share what we know about this announcement, tell you what this means to students, and share what we are putting in place to ensure that BSA is providing a high caliber education remotely.

The most important takeaway from this policy from the State is that it is imperative that students engage in Edgenuity and keep up with their coursework.  With the elimination of the Regents Exams, the credits that students earn become the only measure the school can use to determine if a student should be promoted or is eligible to graduate.

What policy means for students:

  • It is essential that students pass Quarter 4 to be eligible for the following Regent exemptions
  • Students who have failed Quarter Three must also earn a 75 or greater in Quarter Four to ensure that they earn credit for the class and be eligible for Regents Exemption.
  • Students are currently in a class that ends in a Regents exam — if the student PASSES the class, the student will be exempt from the Regents exam.
  • Students who are currently in a class that ends in a Regents exam — if that student FAILS the class but then PASS the class during summer school, he or she will be exempt from the Regents exam.
  • Students previously PASSED a class that ended in a Regents exam BUT the student failed the Regents exam — if the student was eligible to RETAKE the Regents exam in June 2020, the student will be exempt from the Regents exam.

How BSA will support students in light of this policy:

  • BSA’s guidance staff will be reaching out by phone to impacted students this week and into next week to ensure that they understand what is expected of them and what they should expect.
  • BSA was founded with a deep belief in students and their ability to succeed.  We will continue to go forward with that belief and work to ensure that this policy enables student success in each possible case.

What Caregivers Can Do:

  • Encourage your student to engage in his or her course work.  We understand that it is a challenge to be in an online learning environment when most people learn best socially.  Please encourage them to stay engaged.
  • Sign up for updates on your child’s progress by sign up to be added to the Edgenuity Parent Portal.  Being added to the Parent Portal will give you access to reports that will tell you:
  • About your child’s progress in each class
  • How much time your child has spent on his or her classwork online
  • Upcoming due dates

To sign up, please fill out this form:

https://forms.gle/ZgziPKqC4djqGSkd6

For more information on the Edgenuity Parent Portal please go here:

https://help.edgenuity.com/Classroom_Resources/Parent_Resources

Thank you for all that you do.  Together, we can support students during these difficult times.

In solidarity,
Matt Molloy, Dean of Humanities
mmolloy@broomestreetacademy.com

Conor Hale, Dean of STEM
phale@broomestreetacademy.com

BSA Caregiver Weekly- for the week of 4/6-4/10

The following is the BSA weekly caregiver newsletter for week of 4/6-4/10:

Announcement #1:       A message from The Broome Street Academy Leadership Team

Dear BSA Students & Families:

In keeping with our mission to provide multiple pathways to success through a curriculum of rigorous academic, career and social instruction, Broome Street Academy will remain open for online learning the week of April 13th-17th. This keeps us in compliance with the recommendations of the Governor and the State, while also keeping students connected to Edgenuity with full access to credit bearing coursework. In addition, students will be able to receive all mandated counseling sessions, where applicable.  During this week, students will have the chance to catch up on work. Additionally, students will have access to additional test prep and enrichment activities such as Virtual College Tours and Virtual Museum tours.

BSA will not be open on Thursday, April 9th and Friday, April 10th in observance of the religious holidays.

We encourage students to continue signing in daily to Edgenuity and making progress towards course completion. Teachers and administrators will be available throughout the week if you have any questions.

Sincerely,
The Administrative Team

 

Announcement#2:          Academic Program Highlights from the BSA Leadership

I hope this message finds you all feeling well and in good spirits. I am so proud and humbled by all that we’ve managed to accomplish in such a short time. Our accomplishments would have been impossible without the dedication of BSA’s staff, the willingness, resilience, strength, and determination of the student body and the support of the Caregivers.

A few highlights about what has happened so far:

All students have access to Edgenuity, a rigorous online learning platform that BSA is using to provide a full curriculum while we are learning remotely. The same amount of credits and courses students were taking in school are being provided remotely. If you have questions about the curriculum, please contact Mr. Molloy and Mr. Hale at Academic Deans. (mmolloy@broomestreetacademy.com ; phale@broomestreetacademy.com)

The Social Work Team and Outreach team continues to work hard at making contact with all caregivers and families to provide support. If you have questions or need support, please contact the Outreach Team. (callen@broomestreetacademy.com ; msoffrin@broomestreetacademy.org)

As we go forward, there are a few messages that we want to share with you about academics:

The first and most important thing is that there is no guidance from the State about any changes in grading or promotion. It is fair to say that some fundamental expectations will remain even in this drastically changed world. Fundamentally, students will be in attendance and engage in the standard level work that is expected of them to be promoted to the next grade or graduate. Naturally, students want things to be the way they were or as close to being “normal” as possible. It is imperative and essential that we all help students understand they are responsible for the work in Edgenuity, to be present and in touch, and that BSA’s teachers are here to help them with the work in Edgenuity.

  • As of this date, the State has not made any statements about canceling the Regents Exams.
  • Attendance is taken as students log into Edgenuity. Student attendance is vital. Just logging in will allow a student to see messages from his or her teachers and see how much progress is expected of them.
  • Progress is important in Edgenuity. When your child logs in, he or she will see how much is expected of them between the time they have logged in and the end of the marking period.
  • There is not a time on task expectation for Edgenuity. The expectations are set up to be about completion and progress. We believe that is the best way to honor the fact that students need different amounts of time to complete various assignments and to respect all of the demands that are put on all of our time during this crisis.
  • The third quarter ends on April 8th. BSA will issue grades that include the work that was done at school until we closed on 3/13/2020 and the work that has been done in Edgenuity from 3/13-4/8.
  • BSA’s administration team is available and will be responsive to the email addresses shared above. We will also be available to “unlock” course work for students in Edgenuity as needed.  You can always email the general school email address to contact the school: contactBSA@broomestreetacademy.org 

We want to thank all of you for your support during this time. Caregivers and families have been fantastic about understanding this situation and supporting the best for the children they support. The teachers and staff at BSA have been equally amazing in their support and efforts to ensure that this is not a lost year, but a year of continued progress. We are all stronger together; thank you for standing with us.

 

Announcement #3:  Remote Learning Tips for Students with IEPs and English Language Learners

Hello again families, we are now in week 3 of our remote learning program. The Special Education Team would like to share the following tips to help you better support your child if they have an IEP.

  • Using color to draw out problems in math
  • Have your child rewrite notes on paper during instruction to increase retention
  • Get in touch with your teachers when students are struggling!  Don’t wait!
    • Remind App:
      • Download from the Apple App Store or Google Play or access via a computer at remind.com. Once in the Remind platform, search for “Broome Street Academy Charter High School” and join our network.  You can find all teachers by searching for their last name or class name!
    • Help your child make a daily schedule!  Normalcy is key during these times. Each lesson takes around 50 minutes on Edgenuity.
    • learnzillion.com has opened up over 1,000 free videos.  Just search the topic you child is studying!
    • Make certain things due at certain times of the day. Like- make due dates that are shorter so the assignments feel like less like ‘complete 3 questions in the next 15 minutes’
    • Bill Nye is very helpful for science if your child wants more support!!  You can find these videos on YouTube!
    • Please remember that your child’s social worker and/or speech therapist is trying to get in contact with you to deliver services to your child. Please check your email and phone.

BSA’s Special Education Team:

Carly Baumgarten (Geometry and Earth Science Special Educator)

Francine Bettencourt (Humanities Special Educator)

Brandon Boyd (SETSS and Humanities Special Educator)

Katherine Pile-Spellman (Humanities Special Educator)

Yesenia Santiago (ELL Educator)

Dafina Westbrooks (Director of Special Education)

BSA Caregiver Weekly- For the week of 3/30-4/3

Here is the BSA weekly caregiver newsletter for week of 3/30-4/3:

Announcement #1:                               DOE Survey Extension, April 8th

The Department of Education (DOE) parent survey deadline has been extended until Wednesday, April 8th. You should have received the survey in a green envelope that BSA mailed a couple of weeks ago. Please complete the survey provided in the green envelope and mail it as soon as you can. If you did not receive it, the survey can be completed online. All caregivers can now retrieve their access code online using the code lookup tool on the survey login page.

The survey is designed to collect important information about each school’s ability to support student success. Each year, all parents, teachers, and students in grades 6-12 take the NYC School Survey. The survey is aligned to the DOE’s Framework for Great Schools. It is designed to collect important information about each school’s ability to support student success. School leaders can use feedback from the survey to reflect and improve schools and programs. Please contact me if you have any questions.

 

Announcement #2:                                BSA 9th Grade Lottery

Due to the coronavirus pandemic and school closures, Broome Street Academy will host their annual 9th grade lottery virtually on zoom this Friday, April 3, 2020 at 11:00am.

The application period for the 9th grade lottery closes on Wednesday, April 1, 2020. Applications submitted after April 1st will be entered on the waiting list.

Please spread the word about our upcoming 9th grade lottery and share our flyer (attached to this email) with your family, friends and colleagues.

We also invite you to share our social media accounts on Facebook and Instagram with families (@Broomestreetacademy) and to direct a family to apply at https://broomestreetacademy.schoolmint.net/signup.

To learn more, contact us at Admissions@broomestreetacademy.org Monday-Friday from 9am to 5pm.

Stay Well!
The Admissions Team

BSA Caregiver Weekly- For the week of 3/23-3/27

Here is the BSA weekly caregiver newsletter for week of 3/23-3/27:

Announcement #1:                                 A Message from the Director of Social Work

Dear BSA Families and Caregivers,

I hope this email finds you and your loved ones healthy during these unprecedented times. These days can be challenging and stressful for adults and children alike, and it can be hard to know what to say, and how much information to share with kids without being scary. While there are no “right” answers to these questions, we would like to share some pointers that we hope may help:

Talk to Kids and Answer their Questions:

Teens typically worry about what’s unknown; having information can help them feel safe. Talk to your kids in age appropriate ways, and encourage them to speak to you about their thoughts, questions, and worries. Some children may not want to open up about their feelings; let them know that’s okay, and if they change their mind, you’ll be there whenever they need you. Be honest with your kids when they ask you questions, but don’t share more information than they ask for or tell them more than they need to know.

 Stay Calm:

Kids are sponges and pick up on everything around them. Do your best to take care of yourself, and manage your own worries and anxiety so you can be there for your kids. Use the strategies that work best to relieve your stress. This might be listening to music, binge watching TV, going outside for a walk or run (at a healthy distance from others), meditation, or dancing. Have your kids join you if they can, and encourage them to identify what helps them feel calm.

Maintain Structure and Routine:

Create and maintain a daily routine at home and stick to consistent bedtimes, mealtimes, and healthy meals. While it may seem like fun at first to spend all day in pajamas, over time this may increase kids’ sense of chaos. Developing and maintaining structure helps sustain a sense of normalcy and predictability.

Work Together to Complete Edgenuity:

Include time on Edgenuity as part of your daily plans. We don’t expect you to become a high school science or math, but we encourage you to learn more about the class assignments your child has been given on Edgenuity. It is our online learning platform and there can be moments when you learn and work side by side with your child. This helps to increase their engagement and also gives you a unique glimpse into what they are expected to do. Here is the link to Edgenuity: https://www.edgenuity.com/login/

There are also demos for parents to study as well:

https://help.edgenuity.com/Classroom_Resources/Parent_Resources/Introduction_for_Parents

Focus on Safety and Good Habits:

Remind children that they are safe and that there are doctors and scientists working to keep us and our communities safe. Tell them what they can do to keep themselves, their families and members of their communities healthy (for example, washing hands with soap for 20 seconds, sneezing into their elbows, and maintaining physical distance between themselves and other). Emphasizing what they have control over helps empower kids and lets them know there are still things they have control over when so much feels unknown and scary.

Limit Access to News and Social Media:

This is important for everyone, as constantly watching the news can increase anxiety. Some experts recommend adults limit their news consumption to a few short windows a day, and not look at social media for an hour before bed. With kids, it’s always important to keep a watchful eye on their media use, and it may be best to limit social media intake to eliminate exposure to rumors or any information that may be upsetting to them. Monitor the amount of time children and teens are spending watching or reading the news, and their responses. If they become upset, turn it off and limit their exposure for a day or two.

Stay Connected to Loved Ones:

Use your technology to keep in touch with people you love despite social distancing. Some ideas: daily calls with grandparents, “dinner dates” with friends on FaceTime, older kids reading books to younger friends, etc.


Spend Quality Time:

Try and use this time to enjoy being with your family. With all the unknowns, the connections between caregivers and children help everyone feel safe, secure and loved. Go outside for walks and hikes, break out the board games, try out new recipes, have movie nights, do art projects, or any other creative ideas you and your kids can come up with. We don’t know what’s happening next, but we can do our best to use these moments to connect and be with our kids.

Below are a few resources.
Please reach out to me any time at this e-mail address, which I am monitoring closely.

Best, and be well,
Meredith

Announcement #2:                                          Mental Health Services

  • Please reference the attachment to this email for mental health service providers and clinics by borough.
  • In addition, University Settlement is continuing to conduct intakes and offer services.

o   Our Intake Department is open during usual office hours:  9am – 7pm Monday – Thursday; 9am – 5pm Friday and 9am – 3:30pm Saturdays. The Intake number is 212.453.4522. Our intake staff speak Spanish, Chinese and English. Intakes and ongoing services will available via telephone so mental health clients can use the idea of “facetime” as a reference in terms of what to expect. We are using a HIPAA complaint platform to offer video services that is very user friendly and clients can easily access through their phone w/o downloading an app, etc. We can also do simple phone sessions for clients that prefer.  Our psychiatry services are also available. Our two psychiatrists are both child and adolescent board certified and thus can serve both child and adults. Dr. Liu, our Medical Director, speaks Chinese.

o   If you have questions, I can connect you with the director of the clinic.

 

Expensify

Expensify.org is going to temporarily redirect all of its charitable funds to Expensify.org/hunger. With its ability to reimburse volunteers directly in real-time, Expensify.org is uniquely positioned to help families in need immediately by matching SNAP grocery purchases up to $50 per family. It works like this:

  1. Purchase food as normal with your SNAP card
  2. Download Expensify on iOS or Android, for free
  3. Join the Expensify.org/hunger policy
  4. SmartScan the receipt, which will tell us how much you paid and show that it was paid for with an Electronic Benefits Transfer (EBT) card
  5. Submit it to Volunteer@expensify.org
  6. Set up your bank account to receive the funds
  7. So long as we have funds available, we will reimburse up to $50 per family (one time), the very next day.

To be clear, we can’t commit to reimbursing every single person in need — we have no idea how many people will do this, and unfortunately, we don’t have unlimited funds. We also don’t know how long this crisis will last and how far our brand new charity’s resources will stretch. But we’re going to do what we can with the funds donated on behalf of Expensify Cardholders via the Karma Points feature, as well as by the extremely generous donors who have signed up for our Corporate and Personal Karma programs.

Additional Resources

Please see the additional resource lists attached to this email. If you need more support or referrals, please do not hesitate to reach out.

 Announcement #3:                                   Links to important resources

Resources:

  • During this unprecedented crisis many organizations are still operating and taking care of their neighbors. Several that are making sure New Yorkers don’t go hungry are listed here: Soup Kitchens & Food Pantries by Borough
  • Working on a research project, or just looking for something interesting to read? The New York Public Library has made many items and resources available online. Follow this link for details:
    New York Public Library Digital Resources
  • NYCDOE is providing up to three free school meals each day at 400 locations throughout the city. Follow this link for more information : Free School Meals
  • We are making regular updates to our COVID-19 webpage as it relates to the remote operation of BSA. Please check in regularly at our website for updates as our situation is constantly changing:
    BSA COVID-19 updates

Announcement #4:                               Recommended reading from the Head of School

Check out this link to articles recommended by our Head of School:

18 New York Times Articles You Should Read Before You Turn 18

Please do not hesitate to contact me if you have any questions

Jose Peralta
Caregiver Liaison
Broome Street Academy Charter High School
121 Avenue of the Americas
New York, NY 10013
P: (212) 453-0295 ext. 3240
C: (646) 581-2102
F: (212) 966-7253

 

Protecting the Broome Street Academy community and ensuring educational continuity

Dear BSA  community,

Effective at close of business today March 13th 2020, Broome Street Academy will be moving to our remote learning platform and closing our campus until Monday April 20th.  At that time we will revisit the safety and viability of reopening our school campus. We are committed to the wellbeing and safety of students teachers and staff  and  are doing all possible to ensure safety.

Every BSA student has been equipped with a complete online academic program through the education software platform Edgenuity.  We do require that every student sign on to each course daily to keep up with academic targets.  Teaching staff and students have also been equipped with an account on the Remind app that allows students and teachers to interact in a safe and supervised manner.  BSA staff will be reaching out to your child daily to make sure they are signing on to their course work and assist as necessary.  If you have any question during this time please do not hesitate to contact us at ContactBSA@broomestreetacademy.org

Please stay safe,
Ms. Silberman

Click Here to Download: Frequently Asked Questions about Edgenuity

What Caregivers and Students Can Do:
All students have been given access to an online learning platform so they can keep engaged in their classwork.   Username names and passwords were emailed to students using their broomestreetacademy.com email addresses.  Please see the contact information below if students for support with accessing Edgenuity..

If a student needs support accessing their BSA Email please contact:
Mr. Pino at rpino@broomestreetacademy.com

If a student needs support accessing the online learning platform Edgenuity:
https://auth.edgenuity.com/Login/Login/Student
E-mail phale@broomestreetacademy.com

Using the messaging app Remind:
Download from the Apple App Store or Google Play or access via a computer at remind.com. Once in the Remind platform, search for “Broome Street Academy Charter High School” and join our network.

For access questions, e-mail phale@broomestreetacademy.com

News and Notes:

Center for Disease Control World Health Organization

New York City