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BSA CAREGIVER WEEKLY- FOR THE WEEK OF 4/19-4/23

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The following is the BSA Weekly Caregiver Newsletter for week of 4/19-4/23:

A Message from the Head of School

Dear Broome Street Academy Community,

I hope this note finds you well. I am writing to share with you the opportunity for summer youth employment at Broome Street Academy. The application is due on April 23rd, so I encourage you to have your child fill it out as soon as possible.

Additionally, I am happy to report that BSA has started hybrid instruction we are currently at approximately 50% of our student body electing to return to school for hybrid instruction.

It is not too late for you to send your child for hybrid classes. If you are interested in registering, please contact Mr. Peralta at Jperalta@broomeStreetacademy.org.

If your child is already registered and you have any questions, please reach out to BSA’s guidance counselor Ms. Gil at sgil@broomestreetacademy.org

Respectfully yours,
Ms.  Silberman

 

Announcement #1:                                Semester 2 Reminders

On Friday April 23rd BSA will be hosting our first Day of Silence. The National Day of Silence is a student-led demonstration in which students and staff in high schools and colleges across the country take a vow of silence to protest the harmful effects of bullying and discrimination against LGBTQ+ students in schools. At the end of the school day students and teachers join to collectively “break the silence.”

While a vow of silence is typical, BSA will be hosting the event a bit differently this year. On Friday during Advocacy, advocates and their champs will have the opportunity to have small group discussions surrounding identity and empowerment in schools. Afterwards, students and staff will have the opportunity to meet during Zoom and share their stories for why they are breaking the silence.

From the Dean of Equity, Inclusion and Diversity
Ms. Westbrooks

BSA CAREGIVER WEEKLY- FOR THE WEEK OF 4/12-4/16

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The following is the BSA Weekly Caregiver Newsletter for week of 4/12-4/16:

A Message from the Head of School

Dear BSA Community

This week we return from Spring Break fully remote, and we are excited to welcome your students back to online learning at BSA. Next week we will launch our Hybrid model which is a thoughtful combination of online and in-person instruction. If you have not indicated your child’s preference to return to school in a Hybrid capacity, please reach out to Mr. Peralta. At jperalta@broomestreetacademy.org

Thank you,

Ms. Silberman

 

Announcement #1:                                Semester 2 Reminders

Welcome back from Spring Break.
To those who have chosen to attend, hybrid instruction begins the week of April 19th. Please check your email as well as your child’s email for details about what their in-school day will entail. An additional reminder on in-school days are arranged as indicated below:

  • Monday-Freshmen
  • Tuesday-Sophomores
  • Wednesday-Juniors
  • Thursday-Seniors

If you have chosen to remain fully remote, there is no change to child’s schedule.

From the Dean of Equity, Inclusion and Diversity
Ms. Westbrooks

 

Announcement #2:                                Financial Aid for Events for Juniors and Seniors

Wednesday April 21: Understanding your Financial Aid

Seniors and their parents have the opportunity to see Mr. Cacho and Ms. Pena go over example financial aid packages from CUNY, SUNY, and private schools. Students and parents will be able to ask questions based on their student’s financial aid packages. They will also be able to schedule a meeting with either advisor for an individual break down of each package.

April 21st – Junior Financial Aid Night:

Time: Apr 21, 2021 06:00 PM Eastern Time (US and Canada)

Join Zoom Meeting

https://us02web.zoom.us/j/82965763732?pwd=YTNjT0czTXBNOFJQNnBkZXRQNk5sQT09

Meeting ID: 829 6576 3732

Passcode: 077459

 

Thursday April 22: Junior Financial Aid Night:

Juniors and their parents have the opportunity to listen to a presentation by BSA College Advisors about all things financial aid. Mr. Cacho and Ms. Pena will go through all definitions and processes of the financial aid process. They will speak go into detail about the FAFSA, TAP, and CSS Profile.

April 22nd: Senior Financial Aid Night

Time: Apr 22, 2021 06:00 PM Eastern Time (US and Canada)

Join Zoom Meeting

https://us02web.zoom.us/j/88210371431?pwd=bUFFV1F3TVM0SW90ZjN2VUg4dnJodz09

Meeting ID: 882 1037 1431

Passcode: 246826

 

BSA CAREGIVER WEEKLY- FOR THE WEEK OF 3/29-4/2

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The following is the BSA Weekly Caregiver Newsletter for week of 3/29-4/2:

A Message from the Head of School

Dear BSA caregivers,

We hope this note finds you well and enjoying the spring weather.

I am writing today with some updates on our return to school schedule beginning on 4/19/2021.

By now you have all received a call or Google Forms survey link from the BSA OPS team via the weekly newsletter asking your preferences regarding your return to school. If you have not made contact with the school to register your preference, please email Mr. Peralta at jperalta@broomestreetacademy.org .

Based on what you indicated, on Wednesday March 31, your child will be receiving their invitation to their broomestreetacademy.com address to return in-person. As a reminder, your child is still registered for remote classes and if you have not gotten back to the school or did not indicate a preference to come in, your child schedule remains exactly the same.

I would like to explain to you the structure of our hybrid program. Due to the high demand and required safety protocols, students are being scheduled for one day a week either for a morning (8AM- 12PM) or afternoon (12PM- 4PM) program. Students will be in one classroom for four periods with the same group of kids each week. There will be very limited and monitored hallway passing and lunch will be distributed as a “TO GO” meal at the end of each program session. Students must correctly wear a mask the entire time they are on campus. Details on student behavior expectations and health screening requirements will be provided to the school community prior to the commencement of in-person learning on 4/19.

Your student should bring their fully charged Chromebook and charger to school with them.

Your student should come to school wearing a face covering over both their nose and mouth.

All seats have been distributed based on response to calls and the survey. Students cannot show up unannounced to the school building because a seat will not be available for them unless they have been invited and added to a classroom roster.

In closing, we are looking forward to continuing to provide the online instruction we have been providing and to be adding the opportunity for some students to come to the building for safe in-person instruction.  If you have any additional questions, please feel free to reach out to me or Mr. Peralta.

Best,
Ms. Silberman

Announcement #1:                                Semester 2 Reminders

Tutoring Reminder and Update
Tutoring is available to all students each Friday from 1-4 PM, however, there will be no tutoring this Friday, our Spring Break starts on Friday.

Quarter 3 Ends on Friday
Please remind your student that Quarter 3 ends this Friday. This is a good time to reach out to your student’s teachers and ensure that they have submitted all the required assignments.

From the Dean of Equity, Inclusion and Diversity
Ms. Westbrooks

Announcement #2:                                Spring Recess, April 2-9

Reminder: There will be no classes for BSA students on Friday, April 2nd through Friday, April 9th for Spring Recess. Online classes will resume on Monday, April 12th, 2021.

BSA CAREGIVER WEEKLY- FOR THE WEEK OF 3/22-3/26

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The following is the BSA Weekly Caregiver Newsletter for week of 3/22-3/26:

A Message from the Head of School

Dear Caregivers,

I am writing today with an update about BSA’s plans to welcome back students at BSA on April 19th.

BSA is registering students after we hear from each family, based upon their preferences.

Last week the team at BSA started personalized calls home to each family asking their preference in returning to school. These calls will continue all this week. So please answer or call us back if we have reached out.

If you would prefer to indicate your preferences in a survey please click here to answer the questions we are phoning you about.

If you would like to speak in person or have any questions, please email Mr. Peralta, BSA’s Caregiver Liaison, at JPeralta@Broomestreetacademy.org or call him at 646-581-2102.

Thanks for your support in helping us understand your preferences and serve BSA students.

Best,
Ms. Silberman

Announcement #1:                                In Case you Missed it!

BSA social media pages highlights people and events important to the BSA Community. Here is one of our most recent post below:

“Amanda Gorman shares her journey from being a student identified as having special needs to becoming a National Youth Poet Laureate and Inaugural poet.

In high school, Amanda’s teachers “encouraged students to go beyond basic regurgitation-based education practices and focus on tangible steps that center around creating meaning and doing” and noted, “her finals culminated in critical thinking, focusing on topics that included ways to change the world.” We applaud this cultural response and holistic approach to teaching.

Read the full interview here: https://bit.ly/2OEbvjQ

 

BSA CAREGIVER WEEKLY- FOR THE WEEK OF 3/15-3/19

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The following is the BSA Weekly Caregiver Newsletter for week of 3/15-3/19:

Announcement #1:                                Semester 2 Reminders

Tutoring Reminder

Tutoring is available to all students each Friday from 1-4 PM. Tutoring is done by grade level, so please reach out to and look for updates from your child’s teachers.

NWEA Testing on Friday

This Friday, your student will complete NWEA testing; NWEA stands for Northwest Evaluation Association. NWEA provides computerized tests that are adaptive and offered in Reading, Language Usage, Science, and Mathematics. When taking these tests, the difficulty of each question is based on how well a student answers all of the previous questions. As the student answers correctly, questions become more difficult. If the student answers incorrectly, the questions become easier. In an optimal test, a student answers approximately half the items correctly and half incorrectly. The final score is an estimate of the student’s achievement level. Completing these assessments gives us valuable information about what academic progress child has made and what support they will need. They will get information about these tests via email; please remind your child to check their BSA email regularly.

Happy Women’s History Month!

BSA salutes all the amazing women who support their student(s), our BSA community, and our world at large.

Announcement #2:                                In Case you Missed it!

BSA social media pages highlights people and events important to the BSA Community. Here is one of our most recent post below:

“In honor of #WomxnsHistoryMonth and #InternationalWomxnDay, we wanted to celebrate an incredible scientist! Jedidah Isler, PhD is the first African-American woman to receive her Ph.D. in Astrophysics from Yale University! She is the creator of VangaurdSTEM, a web series that seeks to bring women of color together to talk about their STEM careers. The future is only as bright as the inclusivity in our education! Dr. Isler’s work to diversify STEM research is essential. #womxninstem

BSA Remote Hybrid program to begin 4/19

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Dear Broome Street Academy Community,

I wanted to write to you today with an important update about educational services at Broome Street Academy.

As you may have heard by now the Department of Education is beginning to re-open high schools effective March 22. Broome Street Academy will also be reopening for hybrid in-person classes on Monday, April 19.

The next step will be that you will receive a call from the Broome Street Academy Operations team asking you if you wish to opt-in your student for in-person services. If you wish to keep your child fully remote you do not need to do anything, the remote schedule is remaining exactly the same. Broadly speaking services will be provided in the following set structure:

Schedule

  1. Monday BSA will be open to freshmen
  2. Tuesday BSA will be open to sophomores
  3. Wednesday BSA  will be open to juniors
  4. Thursday BSA will be open to seniors

COVID-19 Protocols

  1. All students and staff will be screened daily for COVID-19
  2. All students and staff will be required to complete a health screening questionnaire before attending in person.
  3. All students are required to wear masks correctly the entire day at school.
  4. Students will not be passing in the halls for classes, instead they will be assigned a room, and teachers will cycle in for classes.
  5. The lunchroom is closed- students will have access to bag lunches as they exit the school building.
  6. The Door will be open and available for BSA student members to receive services such as the Adolescent Health Center.

Please join us this Thursday at 6:00pm for a Caregiver association meeting to learn more about our reopening plan.

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.

Thank you in advance for your cooperation and support in this next critical phase of school operations.

If you have any questions please do not hesitate to contact Mr. Peralta for further details. He can be reached at jperalta@broomestreetacademy.org

Respectfully,

Ms. Silberman

BSA CAREGIVER WEEKLY- FOR THE WEEK OF 3/8-3/12

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The following is the BSA Weekly Caregiver Newsletter for week of 3/8-3/12:

Announcement #1:                                BSA Wellness Survey

Hello Caregivers, I hope this finds you well. The social work team will be sending around a brief wellness survey to the entire student body this week. Please encourage your BSA student to fill it out. The survey is confidential. Students should feel free to share how they are doing, and if they would like access to someone they can speak to about whatever stressors or concerns they have. If you ever need anything related to your BSA student’s mental health and wellbeing, please contact me.

Thanks,

Meredith Soffrin
Director of Social Work

Announcement #2:                                In Case you Missed it!

BSA social media pages highlights people and events important to the BSA Community. Here is our most recent post below:

“Throughout the history of the United States – or at least since the right to vote has been extended to young people, women, and communities of color – voter suppression attempts aimed at silencing their voices has been pervasive. Progress towards full participation in our electoral process has been halting and hard-won at every step, as the recent election demonstrated.

The work @staceyabrams has led in Georgia with @fairfightaction sheds light on how voter suppression strategies have evolved over the years. Fair Fight Action and organizations like it combat voter suppression in the courts while educating and mobilizing typically marginalized voters and advocating for progressive action on the issues that matter most to them.

In our Democracy, every voice matters, including yours. Speak up, take action, and keep your voter registration up to date!Thank you to @ohhappydani for the illustration.”

For more posts, Subscribe to our Instagram and Facebook pages!

BSA CAREGIVER WEEKLY- FOR THE WEEK OF 3/1-3/5

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The following is the BSA Weekly Caregiver Newsletter for week of 3/1-3/5:

Announcement #1:                                Semester 2 Reminders

Tutoring on Friday
A reminder that every Friday afternoon from 1-4 PM, students will have access to tutoring from their teachers. They will get invitations and reminders from their teachers. Please encourage your child to attend.

From the Dean of Equity, Inclusion and Diversity
Ms. Westbrooks

Announcement #2:                   Virtual Caregiver Monthly Meeting, March 11th

Please join us this Thursday, March 11th for our Virtual Caregiver Monthly Meeting. We will discuss various topics as well as events for the upcoming BSA school year. We will also discuss how caregivers can support and help us continue to improve BSA through joining our new Caregiver Action Committee. Please follow the instructions below to register in advance for the meeting. Meeting will be held from 5:30-6:30pm.

When: Mar 11, 2021 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 #3:                                 In Case you Missed it!

BSA social media pages highlights people and events important to the BSA Community. Here is our most recent post below:

“Toni Morrison was the first Black woman to receive a Nobel Prize in literature and continues to be an inspiration to many authors. Toni said, “If there is a book that you want to read, but it hasn’t been written yet, you must be the one to write it.” Toni reminds us every day to put our dreams into action.”

For more posts, Subscribe to our Instagram and Facebook pages!

BSA CAREGIVER WEEKLY- FOR THE WEEK OF 2/22-2/26

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The following is the BSA Weekly Caregiver Newsletter for week of 2/22-2/26:

A Message from the Head of School

Dear BSA Community,

I wanted to alert you to the wonderful opportunities for support from our partners at The Door.  Please see the flier that offers support from the Adolescent Health Center which is free of charge to all BSA students. Additionally, feel free to share this reference with any friends or family who may be interested!

Best,
Ms. Silberman

Announcement #1:                                Semester 2 Reminders

Happy Black History Month! BSA’s theme for Black History Month is “Celebrating Black Excellence and Resilience!” In honor of this month, BSA students are invited to join an event this Thursday evening with The Door. It is a virtual poetry slam; your students will get an invitation; please encourage them to join.

 Tutoring on Friday

A reminder that every Friday afternoon from 1-4 PM, students will have access to tutoring from their teachers. They will get invitations and reminders from their teachers. Please encourage your child to attend.

From the Dean of Equity, Inclusion and Diversity
Ms. Westbrooks

BSA CAREGIVER WEEKLY- FOR THE WEEK OF 2/8-2/12

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The following is the BSA Weekly Caregiver Newsletter for week of 2/8-2/12:

Announcement #1:                                Semester 2 Reminders

Happy Black History Month! BSA’s theme for Black History Month is “Celebrating Black Excellence and Resilience!” We have been sharing remote opportunities to reflect on this theme with your students and encourage you to continue this reflection at home.

Semester 2 Reminders

Semester 2 has begun, and students have school this week until Thursday, February 11th. Please encourage your child to start this semester strong and complete any credit recovery work that they have been assigned. If you have questions about credit recovery, please feel free to reach out to your child’s teacher or teachers.

From the Dean of Equity, Inclusion and Diversity
Ms. Westbrooks

 

Announcement #2:                                Midwinter Recess, February 12-19

Reminder: There will be no classes for BSA students on Friday, February 12th through Friday, February 19th for Midwinter Recess. Online classes will resume on Monday, February 22nd, 2021.

Announcement # 3:                   Virtual Caregiver Monthly Meeting, February 11th

Please join us this Thursday, February 11th for our Virtual Caregiver Monthly Meeting. We will discuss various topics as well as events for the upcoming BSA school year. We will also discuss how caregivers can support and help us continue to improve BSA through joining our new Caregiver Action Committee. Please follow the instructions below to register in advance for the meeting. Meeting will be held from 5:30-6:30pm.

When: Feb 11, 2021 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 2/1-2/5

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The following is the BSA Weekly Caregiver Newsletter for week of 2/1-2/5:

Announcement #1:                    Semester 2 begins!

BSA students have received their schedules for Semester 2 starting on Monday, February 2, 2021. These schedules have been shared directly to students’ BSA Gmail accounts for viewing and use. Please note, as always, students must be logged into their BSA Google Accounts to view these documents

Announcement # 2:                   Virtual Caregiver Monthly Meeting, February 11th

Please join us this Thursday, February 11th for our Virtual Caregiver Monthly Meeting. We’ll discuss various topics as well as events for the upcoming BSA school year. We will also discuss how caregivers can support and help us continue to improve BSA through joining our new Caregiver Action Committee. Please follow the instructions below to register in advance for the meeting. Meeting will be held from 5:30-6:30pm.

When: Feb 11, 2021 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 1/25-1/29

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The following is the BSA Weekly Caregiver Newsletter for week of 1/25-1/29:

A Message from the Head of School

Dear BSA Community,

 

This week I wanted to share with you an article on Remote Learning Tips to help your child while learning at home. We know that these are stressful conditions for you and your child and we are here to help.

Please do not hesitate to reach out to us at contactbsa@broomestreetacademy.org if we can do anything to help at this time.

https://www.teachthought.com/technology/remote-learning-tips-for-parents/

 

Best,

Ms. Silberman

 

Announcement #1:                                Quarter 2 Reminders

Just a reminder that students will be taking mock Regents exams and have opportunities to make up missing assignments this week. Please check the schedule below and reach out to your student’s individual teachers for additional information.

Quarter 2 Reminders

Below is the remaining schedule for students. Now is the time to reach out to their teachers and make sure that they have submitted their assignments. Please make sure that your students complete their Quarter 2 final exams or projects and take their mock Regents exams. Students with IEPs will get their accommodations for their exams; Ms. Westbrooks will reach out with additional information.

 

1/22 1/25-1/29 2/1 2/5 2/10
Semester 1 Marking Period Ends

 

Regular Class meetings end

Mock Regent Exams Administered

 

Meetings with students can be set to encourage make up work

Semester 2 classes begin Teacher grades and recommendations for Credit Recovery are due Report Cards are shared with Caregivers

 

 Mock Regents Exam Schedule

Monday 1/25 Tuesday 1/26 Wednesday 1/27 Thursday 1/28 Friday 1/29
Freshman Take Algebra at 10AM No exam Freshman take Living Environment at 10AM No exam Sophomores Take Global History at 10AM


Black History Month 2021

BSA welcomes caregiver ideas for Black History Month. This year’s theme is “Black Excellence and Resilience.” If you have celebration ideas or would like to volunteer to support activities during Black History Month, please email Ms. Westbrooks: dwestbrooks@broomestreetacademy.org

 

Enrichment Opportunity for Families Saturday, 1/30/2021

INCLUDEnyc is hosting a virtual event for families this Saturday. The INCLUDEnyc Fair is New York City’s largest annual fair for young people with disabilities, where you can connect with summer camps, recreational programs, supports, and services from the safety and convenience of your own home.

Brazen’s online, cloud-based platform makes it easy and fun for you to participate. After registering, you’ll be able to explore the available information and opportunities and participate in 1-on-1 text-based, audio, or video chats with representatives from participating organizations. Get your questions answered and cultivate new opportunities for your child.

The INCLUDEnyc Fair sends an important message about inclusion and access for young people and their families who may not otherwise have known many of these programs were available to them.

The login information and details are below:

INCLUDEnyc Fair (brazenconnect.com)

 

From the Dean of Equity, Inclusion, and Diversity
Ms. Westbrooks

BSA CAREGIVER WEEKLY- FOR THE WEEK OF 1/19-1/22

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The following is the BSA Weekly Caregiver Newsletter for week of 1/19-1/22:

A Message from the Head of School

Dear Broome Street Academy Community,

I write to you today on the eve of the presidential inauguration perhaps one of the most important ones of our time.

In this new administration we have a president in President Elect Joe Biden who has a plan to fight coronavirus and hopefully, bring this country back to its bright future. We will welcome an administration who plans to invest in education and building diverse communities up.

For the first time in the history of the United States America will see a woman as our Vice President, Kamala Harris. This is remarkable for many reasons, we celebrate Vice President Elect as a woman and a woman of color.

When we encourage young people and tell them that they can grow up to be anything they want, representation matters.

We are hopeful that this auspicious start to 2021 is a sign of all the good that is to come.

Please join BSA in a live viewing party of the inauguration on our website at Broomestreetacademy.org

Best,
Ms. Silberman

Announcement #1:                                Quarter 2 Reminders

We hope you enjoyed your Martin Luther King Jr. Day and had an opportunity to reflect on his legacy with your family.

Quarter 2 Reminders

Below is the remaining schedule for students. Now is the time to reach out to their teachers and make sure that they have submitted their assignments. Please make sure that your students complete their Quarter 2 final exams or projects and take their mock Regents exams. Students with IEPs will get their accommodations for their exams; Ms. Westbrooks will reach out with additional information.

 

1/22 1/25-1/29 2/1 2/5 2/10
Semester 1 Marking Period Ends

 

Regular Class meetings end

Mock Regent Exams Administered

 

Meetings with students can be set to encourage make up work

Semester 2 classes begin Teacher grades and recommendations for Credit Recovery are due Report Cards are shared with Caregivers


Virtual Mock Regents Exam Schedule

Monday 1/25 Tuesday 1/26 Wednesday 1/27 Thursday 1/28 Friday 1/29
Freshman Take Algebra at 10AM Juniors Take ELA at 10AM Freshman take Living Environment at 10AM Juniors Take U.S. History at 10AM Sophomores Take Global History at 10AM


Black History Month 2021

BSA welcomes caregiver ideas for Black History Month. This year’s theme is “Black Excellence and Resilience.” If you have celebration ideas or would like to volunteer to support activities during Black History Month, please email Ms. Westbrooks: dwestbrooks@broomestreetacademy.org

From the Dean of Equity, Inclusion, and Diversity
Ms. Westbrooks

Announcement #2:                    Parent Office Hours

We are piloting a “Parents Office Hours” for freshman parents every Tuesday evening. Meetings will take place Tuesday evening’s at 5:00PM via Zoom. Join Ms. Burroughs (ELA) Ms. Farrell (Algebra) and Mr. Woisin (Global) to review weekly lessons assigned to your students. We will walk you through the lessons so you can seamlessly work with our youngsters at home. For information on how to join the Zoom meeting, please contact Mr. Peralta at JPeralta@Broomestreetacademy.org

Teamwork makes the dreams work!! We look forward to seeing you there!

Ashirea Burroughs
ELA & Creative Writing Teacher

BSA CAREGIVER WEEKLY- FOR THE WEEK OF 1/12-1/15

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The following is the BSA Weekly Caregiver Newsletter for week of 1/12-1/15:

A Message from the Head of School

Dear BSA Community,

We are coming to the end of Semester 1 and I wanted to share some updates with you. We have evaluated our structures and academic supports for students and have plans to add deeper supports for the new term. We will discuss these in Thursday’s caregiver association meeting but I am also providing a summary below. Please note: even though NY State has cancelled the Regents exams this January, BSA will also be issuing Mock Regents or Regents level Exams per grade during the week formally known as “regents week.”

Additionally BSA is an NWEA MAP school. The NEWA MAP is a national Math and ELA assessment that measures academic growth. Very shortly we will be assigning your child the first of 3 NWEA exams to be administered this year. This is a mandatory requirement for every BSA student. For information on the NWEA please click here: https://www.nwea.org/the-map-suite/family-toolkit/

Family Toolkit – NWEA

You see a bright future for your child. So do we. It’s why our assessments measure what students know and are ready to learn—to help teachers plan and differentiate with each unique learner in mind.

www.nwea.org

Starting in Term 2 which begins on February 1st, we are adding the following enhancements to our school to support your child’s academic growth.

  • Friday Afternoon Additional Academic Tutoring
  • Saturday Morning School Study Hall
  • After School Study Hall
  • Student Personalized schedules
  • Parent Technology Workshops on Tuesdays
  • IEP Dedicated Tutor
  • New African American Experience Class

Respectfully Yours,

Ms. Silberman

Announcement #1:                   Enter for Your Chance to Win an Amazon Gift card: January 2021 BSA Caregiver Survey from 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 monthly caregiver survey using Panorama Education. To encourage participation and show our appreciation for your voice, all caregivers who complete 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 15% of caregivers must participate for there to be a drawing. The deadline to complete the current survey is January 27th, 2021 and the drawing for the gift card will be held on February 3rd. We already had one winner for our January drawing, complete the survey and you could be next!

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 # 2:                   Virtual Caregiver Monthly Meeting, January 14th

Please join us this Thursday, January 14th for our Virtual Caregiver Monthly Meeting. We’ll discuss various topics as well as events for the upcoming BSA school year. We will also discuss how caregivers can support and help us continue to improve BSA through joining our new Caregiver Action Committee. At the end of the meeting, we will be giving a $25 gift card to a lucky caregiver.  Please follow the instructions below to register in advance for the meeting. Meeting will be held from 5:30-6:30pm.

When: Jan 14, 2021 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#3                      Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Day, January 18

Reminder: There will be no classes for BSA students on Monday, January 18th in observance of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Day. Online classes will resume on Tuesday, January 19th, 2021.

BSA CAREGIVER WEEKLY- FOR THE WEEK OF 1/4-1/8

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The following is the BSA Weekly Caregiver Newsletter for week of 1/4-1/8:

A Message from the Head of School

Dear BSA Community,

Happy New Year!  We have all been waiting anxiously to say goodbye to 2020. Now that 2021 is here, while we know we are not out of the woods yet, we are all looking forward to a brighter year.

As is the tradition for many, we tend to make resolutions as a new year arrives. Knowing how much is still up in the air and how much has changed, this may prove more challenging then years passed.

I have included a link below to an article that suggests manageable resolutions during these crazy times.

The world has changed, so perhaps we too need to approach the new year differently than before.

No matter what you resolve (or don’t) I wish you strength, health, joy, perseverance and prosperity in 2021!

Best,

Ms. Silberman

 

https://www.countryliving.com/life/entertainment/g34924352/new-year-resolutions/

Announcement #1:                    Welcome Back and Quarter 2 Reminders

 

Happy 2021 BSA community, and welcome back to Quarter 2. We are reminding you to start this month strong by reaching out to your student’s teachers and ensuring that they have completed any work assigned over Winter Break or from the time before the break. Communication is a crucial component of student success as we move towards the end of this academic quarter on Friday, January 22nd.

From the Dean of Equity, Inclusion, and Diversity
Ms. Westbrooks

Announcement # 2:                   Virtual Caregiver Association Meeting, January 14th

Please join us on Thursday, January 14th for our Virtual Monthly Caregiver Association Meeting. We’ll discuss various topics as well as events for the upcoming BSA school year. We will also discuss how caregivers can support and help us continue to improve BSA through joining our new Caregiver Action Committee. Please follow the instructions below to register in advance for the meeting. Meeting will be held from 5:30-6:30pm.

When: Jan 14, 2021 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 # 3:                            January 2020 BSA Caregiver Survey: Panorama Education

BSA is now using Panorama Education to gather important student and caregiver opinions on how we operate remotely. On Wednesday, January 6th, we will send out our monthly 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.

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!

BSA Continuing Remote Instruction

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Dear BSA community,

I hope this note finds you well in spite of the many challenges we’ve faced this year.

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 April 12th 2021.

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.

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

  • The health and safety of students, families, and faculty come first. COVID infection rates are much higher in New York City than they were in the fall. Many schools have reverted back to 100% online instruction; as of today, no regular high schools operated by the New York City Department of Education are offering in-person instruction. In our assessment, the risks posed by congregating in classrooms continue to be very significant, and we’re making the choices that continue to put the health and safety of our community first.
  • BSA has successfully adapted to remote instruction. Over 90% of BSA students are engaging 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, who 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

BSA students will continue to access critical supportive services though our partner The Door:

  • We’ve implemented rigorous safety protocols and timed appointments for students who receive in-person services including daily grab-and-go lunches, health services, and counseling.
  • Students who require in person WIFI services will be able to access those at our campus

We are enhancing our academic model to include additional supports in the new year, including:

  • After School Remote Study Hall in all core subjects, daily beginning the week of January 11th, 2021.
  • Additional Tutoring Friday in all subjects beginning the week of January 11th, 2021.
  • Teacher-led Remote Saturday School for all Core subjects to begin January 29th, 2021.
  • Additional tutoring for all IEP students beginning the week of January 11th, 2021.
  • Effective January 11th, 2021 Mandatory ELA and MATH assignments from Achieve 3000 for the entire Freshman class and all Sophomores struggling in ELA and or Math.
  • Effective February 1st, 2021, personalized student schedules for every student at BSA to support caregiver involvement in participation.

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. If we find that due to improved health conditions, we can open to hybrid instruction earlier then 4/12/20 we will keep you posted of any possible changes.

If you have any additional questions or require any support please do not hesitate to reach us at contactbsa@broomestreetacademy.org.

Wishing you a healthy and happy holiday and a brighter 2021 for all.

Sincerely,

Melissa Silberman
Head of School, Broome Street Academy

BSA CAREGIVER WEEKLY- FOR THE WEEK OF 12/21-12/25

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The following is the BSA Weekly Caregiver Newsletter for week of 12/21-12/25:

Happy Holidays BSA Community!

We all know that there has been no year like 2020 and that we have been tested beyond all former limits.  Here we stand, having traversed many challenges and tests. It’s difficult to put words to the experience and many opt for “unprecedented.”
No holiday break in our memory, has been so richly deserved as this year.

I am wishing you and your families and friends a happy, healthy, and safe new year. May 2021 shine a bright light on us all.

Best,

Ms. Silberman
Head of School

Announcement #1:                                Admissions

Our application for the 2021-2022 school year is OPEN!

We invite you to share Broome Street Academy with your family, friends, neighbors, and coworkers through our social media channels.

Join us on  Facebook (https://www.facebook.com/BroomeStreetAcademy/) and Instagram (@broomestreetacademy) and please refer families to apply online at https://broomestreetacademy.org.

If you know someone who is interested in attending Broome Street Academy, please reach out to Ms. Johnson at Ajohnson@broomestreetacademy.org or at 929-269-4417.

 

9th Grade Lottery Application Deadline: April 1, 2021

9th Grade Lottery: April 14, 2021

Announcement #2:                                Winter Recess, December 24- January 1

Reminder: There will be no classes for BSA students on Thursday, December 24th through Friday, January 1st for Winter Recess. Online classes will resume on Monday, January 4th, 2021.

Announcement #3:                                Thank you!

On behalf of everyone at BSA, we want to thank you, the many dedicated caregivers, for all of your support this school year. We could not educate your scholar without your help, Zoom reminders, student work review, and communication. Please enjoy your time with your family, and we look forward to a strong start in 2021.

Before you and your student go on break, please reach out via email or phone to your student’s teachers to find out if they are missing any exams or classwork for Quarter 2.

Be well and enjoy your break.

BSA CAREGIVER WEEKLY- FOR THE WEEK OF 12/14-12/18

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The following is the BSA Weekly Caregiver Newsletter for week of 12/14-12/18:

Dear Caregivers,

We very much appreciate the fact that you play a vital role in the academic success of your students at BSA. Being able to easily access and maneuver the online tools that we have implemented over the last several months can help.

If you are having issues with monitoring Google Classroom or PowerSchool, or have any other questions about the school’s operations, we are happy to assist you. Please feel free to contact us at the following:

Also, please look out for next week’s newsletter where the Head of School will be providing the school community with important updates about our program before the start of the winter recess.

We look forward to hearing from you!

Best,

Keith D. Morton

Senior Director of Operations

 

Announcement #1:

Enter for Your Chance to Win an Amazon Gift card: December 2020 BSA Caregiver Survey from 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 monthly 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 15% of caregivers must participate for there to be a drawing. The deadline to complete the current survey is December 23, 2020 and the drawing for the gift card will be held on January 4th. Though we didn’t meet the participation target last month, we decided to do the drawing in the spirit of the holiday season. Congratulations to caregiver Ms. Krystle! We appreciate and value your voice.

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 #2:                    Inclusive Schools Week 2020 Success!

Thank you again for helping us celebrate Inclusive Schools Week 2020 remotely! This week allowed us to reflect on how well we educate and support a very diverse student population. We look forward to more virtual celebrations in the new year.

Reminder: For the parents of students with IEPs

If you are still interested in applying to the TOP (Training Opportunities Program) the deadline has been extended to Tuesday, December 22nd. So please reach out to Ms. Westbrooks if you want to submit an application on behalf of your child (dwestbrooks@broomestreetacademy.org).

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 now December 22nd, 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 12/7-12/11

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The following is the BSA Weekly Caregiver Newsletter for week of 12/7-12/11:

A Message from the Head of School

Dear BSA Community,

As you know, news reports are sharing that this winter will show increases in COVID 19 infections but that in the Spring there will be a vaccine available. While we look forward to this day as soon as possible, I wanted to share this NY Times link which asks you a few questions about yourself and then approximates where one stands in line in getting the vaccine.

https://www.nytimes.com/interactive/2020/12/03/opinion/covid-19-vaccine-timeline.html

Wishing you a safe and healthy week.

Best,

Ms. Silberman

Announcement # 1:                   Virtual Caregiver Association Meeting, December 10th

Please join us on Thursday, December 10th for our Virtual Monthly Caregiver Association Meeting. We will be discussing the culmination of Inclusive Schools Week as well as our BSA Spirit Week efforts and our School Clubs. We will also discuss how caregivers can support and help us continue to improve BSA through joining our new Caregiver Action Committee. Please follow the instructions below to register in advance for the meeting. Meeting will be held from 5:30-6:30pm.

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

Register in advance for this meeting:   https://tinyurl.com/y3n2g57x
After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting.

 

Announcement # 2:                               December 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 monthly 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 December 23, 2020 and the drawing for the gift card will be held on January 4th.

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 # 3:                                Attendance Matters!

Encouraging students to stay engaged and attending school during remote learning can be challenging. It is important to keep in mind that absences can be a sign that a teen is losing interest, struggling with schoolwork, or facing another difficulty.

Here are a few things you can do to keep your child on track:

  • Ask for help when you need it by contacting school support staff and teachers.
  • Check your teen’s attendance on a weekly basis to make sure they’re logging in every day and submitting assignments.
  • Create a schedule that will encourage your teen to maintain daily routines.
  • Identify a quiet place for your teen to participate in class.

BSA CAREGIVER WEEKLY- FOR THE WEEK OF 11/30 -12/4

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The following is the BSA Weekly Caregiver Newsletter for week of 11/30-12/4:

A Message from the Head of School

Dear Broome Street Academy Community,

We hope this note finds you well. We are now in the second marking period of the Fall Term and I wanted to give you a heads up about midterms and annual assessments that your child will be required to take this school year.

At BSA we utilize assessments to measure progress and see where students need more support academically. This year we ask that you support by helping your child have dedicated time to complete all required assessments as they are due.

The following assessments will occur in the month of December:

  1. Mock regents exams will be given in all core subjects, Math, ELA, History and Science, before the holiday break. These exams are meant to analyze how your child will do on state tests and give them an opportunity to practice with no pressure. Completion of these exams are mandatory and will be calculated into your child’s grade for the first term.
  2. Broome Street Academy also issues yearly NWEA exams this is a national assessment that shows your child’s progress in ELA and Math and is measured against national standards across the country. The NWEA MAP exam will be given three times per year. The first NWEA assessment will occur the third week in December. For more information about the NWEA exam please feel free to look at the link here. https://www.nwea.org/the-map-suite/family-toolkit
  3. Classroom level assessments will occur as assigned by each teacher individually.

We would also like to remind you that this year the holiday break for Broome Street Academy begins on December 24th and ends when students return to class on January 4th.

Later this month, we will write you an update letting you know about our remote/hybrid schedule.

Wishing you a safe and healthy start to December!

Best,

Ms. Silberman

Announcement #1:                           Inclusive Schools Week 2020 and Spirit Days, December 7-11

We welcome your support of our third annual celebration of Inclusive Schools Week 2020. This year it is celebrated December 7-11, 2020 and is our opportunity to reflect on all the aspects of our school community that make us unique. Inclusive Schools Week also recognizes the progress that schools have made in providing a supportive and quality education to an increasingly diverse student population. This year’s theme is “The time for inclusion is now!” We will share inclusion (ensuring that everyone feels welcome and heard) stories with your students and invite them to celebrate themselves and their culture. Inclusive Schools Week also provides a significant opportunity for educators, students, and parents to discuss what else needs to be done to ensure that their schools continue to improve their ability to educate all children successfully.

Additionally, during that week, we will celebrate Spirit Days that highlight our P.R.I.D.E. pillars of professionalism, resilience, investment, dignity, and empathy. On Monday, December 7th, we will celebrate professionalism and ask that your student wear their BSA polo during their Zoom sessions with teachers.

Spirit Days:

Monday- Professionalism

Tuesday- Resilience

  • Reflective Day
    • How have you shown resilience during the pandemic? Students will be having a discussion during their English Classes

Wednesday- Flag “Zoom Background Day”

  • Represent your culture during your student’s advocacy discussion

Thursday- Dignity

  • Reflective day
    • What makes you feel respected and recognized at BSA? Students will be having a discussion during their English Classes

To make it more exciting all participating students who send a photo per the guidelines above will be entered into a drawing to win one of four $35 gift cards. Two names will be drawn for participation in Professionalism Day and two more names for participation in Flag Day.

Please note at least 15% of the school must participate for the four “big” drawings to be held. Less than 15% participation will result in two gift card drawings (one for participation in each non-reflective spirit day).

Gift card choices are as follows:

 

Subway Foot Locker
Dunkin Donuts Best Buy
Sephora Apple
Grub Hub Google Play
Dominos Old Navy or GAP
GameStop Starbucks
Seamless Chipotle
Lids

 

Announcement# 2:                    Virtual Caregiver Association Meeting, December 10th

Please join us on Thursday, December 10th 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.

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

Register in advance for this meeting:   https://tinyurl.com/y3n2g57x
After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting.

Announcement# 3:                    Update: BSA Monthly Family Survey from Panorama Education

BSA would like to thank the caregivers who participated in the November 2020 BSA Family Survey. However, we will not be holding the Amazon gift card drawing as we did not reach the goal of 25% participation rate for the raffle. Please be on the lookout for our December Family Survey from Panorama this Wednesday. We will try for the same goal and the same prize! Thank you for your continued dedication to BSA!

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

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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)
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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:

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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:

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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: