Congratulations to sixth grader Arthur Bugayev for placing fourth in a strong competition this past weekend!!
March will be very busy as everybody prepares for upcoming national tournaments. There will be four tournaments in March. Only one of them, on March 8th, allows unrated players who don’t have a U.S. chess federation membership. You can register at http://chesstrm.org/NYC/ (put BSI in a school section). Registration deadline is Friday, March 6.
Chess In The Schools has three tournaments on March 14, 21 and 28 for students who have USCF membership. All details on Chess In The Schools website.
If you would like to register your student for the BSI team or have questions, please contact parent Vladimir Bugayev (firstname.lastname@example.org).
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February PTO Meeting Shout-out
A huge shout-out to parents Igor Gorelik and Nick Kremer for their help with today's PTO meeting. Igor spearheaded the auditorium audio/visual fix and also ran the presentation this morning to ensure things were working as expected. Next up, he will be finalizing the sound work to get us ready for Movie Nights. Nick was instrumental in supplying our collective caffeine jolt for the morning but more importantly, he recorded the science presentation for later distribution. Thanks, guys!!
Photos from February Meeting
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Next Visit to CHHC, March 7th
The next visit to Cobble Hill Health Center (CHHC) is March 7, 2015 from 2:15 to 3:45 pm to share some warmth with the residents of CHHC. Boys & girls are welcome and both have participated in the past!
As noted before, the planning for the event will be done by a Girl Scout from GS Troop 2653, Rachel Vildman, and she will reach out in advance to let you know what you will be doing. Please sign up here. All info must be filled out.
We are holding an online auction focused on camps in early April and are seeking donations from both day and sleep-away camps.
Have your children attended a summer camp recently? Would you be able to contact the camp and ask for a donation? We are happy to add a "New Family Only" restriction to these donations. Also included in this auction are any ticketed events that expire prior to June 6th. If you have tickets or memberships that you will not be using, we would love to have them as your tax deductible donation. For Tips on how to solicit donations for the auction click here.
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The Year End Gala and Auction is our 2nd largest fundraiser and a time when our community comes together to celebrate the conclusion of a successful year. This year’s Year End Gala will be held on Saturday June 6th at Roulette located at 509 Atlantic Avenue, Brooklyn. Although our gala is over four months away, preparations are well underway to ensure this event is a success. Tickets will go on sale in March.
There are various components to the Gala/Auction:
- Online summer camp auction – This will be held for a two week period in early April. In years past, parents have solicited popular day camps, weekly sports camps and sleep away camps. Our PTO has raised an average of $10,000 in past camp auctions. We are looking for as many camps as possible since our online camp auction will be open to family and friends outside of BSI.
- Silent and live auctions – These will take place on the night of our gala. We would like to solicit at least 300 donations to meet our fundraising goal. Popular donations include restaurants, sporting events, Broadway shows, jewelry, clothing, gift certificates, and backstage tours.
- A keepsake gala program – This is distributed to all BSI families. Parents, grandparents, friends and businesses purchase ads of different sizes. Past gala programs have raised up to $15,000 in much-needed PTO funds. Program forms will be distributed to families after the February break.
If you have any questions or would like to be a part of the planning for this great event, please email Jim Butsikares or Alison Offerman-Celentano at email@example.com and firstname.lastname@example.org.
Ø New to soliciting donations? Click here for a helpful "How to Solicit Donations" guide
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Show the #BSIlove
Check backpack mail for the "I (heart) BSI" message with temporary tattoos for your child to proudly wear in support of our amazing school! Parent Mai Hoang came up with this special Direct Appeal Valentine's Day campaign to remind us that, at our very core, we are at BSI because we love BSI.
Please consider showing your love with a donation to our Direct Appeal campaign. You can backpack a check or pay via Paypal by clicking here. We hope you all have a safe vacation filled with love and family!
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Ice Skating Social - Thank You!
What a night! The BSI event at Lakeside on Sunday, 2/8, was a huge social and fundraising success!! A very, very warm thank you to parents Celeste Ivers and Tricia Ragone for planning this event. There were more than 500 skaters sharing the ice and BSI school spirit!
Thank you also to our numerous volunteers who helped with everything from setting up online sales to supplying & manning the bake sale. Parent Allyssa Yuan organized our first bake sale which raised $500!
Check Events Calendar: March PTO Meeting Dates Changed
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NY International Children's Film Festival
Every year BSI participates in this wonderful event by attending the film showings. Every time you buy tickets to any movies shown at the festival, they donate a portion of your ticket price to BSI. Please make sure to choose our School Name from the drop down list on top BEFORE you purchase the tickets
To purchase the tickets, please use the following process:
1. Go to www.gkids.com/fest2015
2. Select our school (Brooklyn School of Inquiry) from the “Select My School” Menu
3. Purchase tickets
To purchase Film Camps at a discounted rate, please use the following process:
1. Go to http://www.gkids.com/filmcamps
2. Enter Discount Code filmcamps during checkout to receive a $50 discount
3. Complete registration
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Read All About It....
..in the latest PTO Newsletter! Thanks again to parents Masha Altshuler and Gabrielle Weiner for our latest edition of the BSI Inquirer. Click here (or below) to read this issue's parent profile and hear the latest on several committees.
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One of BSI's Chess teams took first place at the tournament at Martin Luther King High School in Manhattan. Click here for individual and team results. The team has had an incredible start this year thanks to the passion and organization efforts of parent Vladimir Bugayev (a National Chess Master as well as coach). Also, chess during school is an enrichment made possible by PTO funds!
Students on Monday's team included: Andrew Elliot Aptekar, Babenko Ariel, Nicole Babizhayevs, Arthur Bugayev, Elizabeth Bugayev, George Bugayev, Benjamin Eppel, Maxwell Friedland, Benjamin Goroshnik, Ian Kaufman, Kai Naranjo, Kaitlyn Nie, Megan Nie, Nigel Presume, Maya Presume, Leonid Shynder, Sophie Shynder, Matthew Yee, Percy Yee, Megan Yesilevich, Mikhail Zaretser and Ronen Zinder. Congratulations to all!!
For more tournament photos, click here.
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Fundraising Update from the PTO Executive Board
As we approach the second half of the school year, we are approximately 33% towards our fundraising goal of raising $723,000. We thank everyone who has already donated and ask everyone that has not yet donated to please donate now because our children still need your help. Almost 90% of PTO fundraising dollars come from direct parent contributions. Your generosity and commitment materially affect your child's school experience.
Without your support, BSI could lose its teaching assistants, specialty teachers, our middle school guidance counselor and enrichments like technology, music, dance, SPARC, violin, and chess.
The Department of Education doesn't pay for these: your tax deductible contributions do.
So please donate today at www.bsipto.org.
Thanks in advance for making BSI an extraordinary place for our children to learn.
Does your employer match? If so, please use the following info when registering for the match:
Brooklyn School of Inquiry PTO Inc.
50 Avenue P, 4th floor, Brooklyn, NY 11204
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