November 25, 2019



Dear Brooklyn North,

I am excited to share that Brooklyn North will again be hosting a toy drive this holiday season for our students living in temporary housing. Please hold the date of December 20th and we will share additional information shortly. I also hope everyone is up to the challenge of decorating office doors again this year! I can’t wait to see the festive winter and holiday spirit displayed on the 5th floor! Please collaborate and decorate by December 13th so we can all enjoy.

It was an honor to join you at our annual Thanksgiving potluck! The food was delicious, the company was delightful and the excitement was contagious. Thank you for the precious birthday wishes and for taking the time to sing to me. I love birthdays. I told my grandmother all about you and she sent a mighty hello and Happy Thanksgiving. I wish you all a happy and relaxing Thanksgiving recess. Take this time to enjoy your friends and family.

Please see attached for a listing of upcoming events and important dates.

Upcoming Deadlines/Meetings/Events:

11/26—Brooklyn North Cabinet meeting in District 32

12/3—Brooklyn North Cabinet meeting, District team meetings and Committee driver meetings

12/3—BSAC meeting

12/6—Professional Learning Series for AAs

12/20—Brooklyn North Toy Drive Wrapping Party


2/14/20—Last day to complete the Sexual Harassment Training

Action Items and Deadlines

Week of November 25, 2019

1. Please view the opportunities on the Special Education professional learning calendar and the SESIS professional learning calendar.

2. The Borough Student Advisory Council is seeking adult partners across the DOE to support students in developing action plans for their initiatives. This year, they are passionate about pursuing issues of Implicit Bias, College and Career Readiness, Impact of Extracurricular Activities, Mental Health, and School Food. If you or someone you know is interested in partnering to offer your expertise and insights around these issues or others, please reach out to Ross Jandrew, at by November 27th. The next meeting is December 3, 2019 at 131 Livingston St., from 4:15-6:15.

3. The Department of Educational & Community Programs at Queens College will be holding upcoming information sessions for individuals interested in learning more about the professions in School Counseling, Mental Health Counseling, Educational Leadership, Special Education, and School Psychology and our programs. You can learn more here.

4. The next Brooklyn North/Brooklyn South Professional Learning Series for Superintendent Administrative Assistants will be on Effective Writing Skills. The session will be held on December 6th from 9:00am to 3:00pm at the District 23 Family Resource Room (1784 Park Place, Brooklyn). Please reach out to Precious Jones-Walker with questions.

5. Celebrate Computer Science Education Week!

Computer Science Education Week (CS Ed Week) is an annual, nationwide event that started in 2009 to raise awareness about the need for computer science education for all learners and highlight its importance in 21st century careers. This year it’s celebrated the week of December 9th. All NYC schools are encouraged to participate in CS Ed Week. It’s a great opportunity for every student to try computer science.

Not sure what to do? Click here for activities, event guides, posters, etc.

Already have an event planned for CS Ed Week? Share your idea with CS4All and we will follow up with you on how to go beyond an Hour of Code and keep you up-to-date on CS4All opportunities.

How many schools have already pledged to do something for CS Ed Week? Take a look:

How do you promote your event? Get social!!! Twitter! Instagram! Facebook! Let the world know the great work you are doing with your students. Don't forget to add these hashtags: #CSEdWeek #CSForAllNYC and #CodeBrooklyn

If you have any questions, please feel free to reach out to Amy Hobson, Computer Science Education Manager for Brooklyn North Borough Office.

6. As was shared in Principals Weekly, please encourage schools to register for the Inclusive Education Student Summit on December 18. The summit brings together students with and without disabilities, and provides them with the tools needed to engage in "Charting the Course for Inclusive Schools with the Power of Language," this year’s conference theme. Students will engage in conversations and activities around accessibility, diversity, and inclusion, and return to their schools as advocates for inclusion. For more information or to register for the summit, see this website and register by November 27. For specific questions, email

7. The 5th Annual Brooklyn North Spelling Bee will take place in January (exact date TBD) at Boys and Girls High School. If you would like to volunteer for the evening, please sign up as soon as possible. If you have any questions, please reach out to David Olesh.

8. The Brooklyn North Borough Office, in partnership with the Central STEM Team and Amplify Science is announcing an upcoming 5-Part Professional Learning Series for Amplify Science Schools. This series is open to all schools in District 13, 14, 15, 16, 23, and 32 who have opted-in to Amplify Science and will take place in two cohorts. A separate flyer is also attached for your reference.

Please note that schools in District 19 are not eligible for this series as they are already involved in a separate PL Series with the Borough Office.

The series begins at the end of January 2020 and concludes in June 2020. Please commit to sending the teacher you are registering to all five dates. Follow-up coaching visits, inter-visitation, and June Planning are all built into this series.

Please register for either Elementary Schools or Middle Schools. *Note K-8 Schools will need to register Elementary teachers for K-5 and Middle School Teachers for 6-8

For questions or concerns, please reach out to Keith Wynne or Marji Parker at the Brooklyn North Borough Office.

9. The next Brooklyn Soap Box Derby will take place June 20 – 21, 2020. Attached is a New Soap Box Derby Registration Brochure for all NYC schools and Powerpoint from recent PD. Feel free to pass this on to interested schools and STEM programs. Any questions? Please contact your local volunteer Derby Director, NYC Patricia Lockhart (Brooklyn, Bronx, and Manhattan) or by phone at 917 445-7095.