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DOE Announces New Remote-Learning Grading Policy

It’s been 48 days since Friday, March 13th, the day students last attended NYC public schools before they were officially shuttered due to the COVID-19 pandemic.  (Private schools closed on Wednesday, March 11th just prior to their scheduled two-week spring break). Not that anyone’s counting. Oh, who are we kidding? EVERYONE has been counting, Parents and caregivers certainly […]

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DeBlasio Finally Closes NYC Public Schools

After mounting pressure, NYC Mayor Bill Deblasio finally made the decision to shutter NYC public schools effective Monday, March 16th. “This is a decision I have taken with no joy…I regret to have to announce that our public schools will be closed. There is no school tomorrow and we will be suspending our public schools until […]

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Eagle’s Mary Frost Goes Deep With New BHA Exec Director

The Eagle’s Mary Frost interviewed in depth the new Brooklyn Heights Association Executive Director Lara Birnback. Ms. Birnback is a California native, but has lived in the Heights for many years. Her husband grew up here. She has extensive experience in community development in the U.S. and abroad. As a Heights resident she is aware […]

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Hate-Read Of The Week: Drama At Grace Church School

Jessica Pressler at NY Magazine has published a phenomenal article about the Grace Church School that we couldn’t not share — a classic battle between the nouveau riche and l’Ancien Régime — or, as they put it, “A riot among the one percent.” When you buy a home in Brooklyn Heights, you aren’t just purchasing […]

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PEP Greenlights PS/MS8 “Split” In Unanimous Vote

As previously reported, the Office of District Planning introduced two proposals on October 12th to “split” P.S. 8 from M.S. 8. Currently, the schools are located at two sites but share a budget, Principal and other essential personnel and services. During testimony at two joint public hearings, the plans received praise from teachers, parents and […]

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P.S. 8 Middle School Responds to “Biased” NY Post Article

On Sunday May 6th, The New York Post ran an article by Sara Dorn and Susan Edelman featuring P.S. 8 parents who have chosen to send their children to a local charter school rather than M.S. 8.  (The Robert Fulton School is a K-8 school). The detailed response was jointly signed by the PTA Executive Board and […]

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PS8 Student Art Premiers at Guggenheim Museum

From the “It’s never too late to report good news” files… On the evening of April 26th the Guggenheim held an opening reception for A Year of Children 2018, an annual exhibition featuring student work from the museum’s teaching artist’s residency program, Learning Through Art.  Per the Guggenheim website, “the program sends experienced teaching artists into […]

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St. Ann’s Middle School Head Resigns; School Investigating Allegations Involving Others Going Back Many Years

Buzz Feed reports that the former head of the middle school at St. Ann’s School resigned following reports that he had given parties at which students, though no current students, and recent alumni under legal drinking age had been served or allowed to consume alcohol and to smoke marijuana. According to the Buzz Feed story, […]

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Deadline for Kindergarten Applications this Friday; Pre-K Application Process Starts February 5

We’ve been notified by the Brooklyn Heights Association that the deadline for filing applications for kindergarten at public schools like P.S. 8 (photo; Chuck Taylor for BHB) is this Friday, January 12. You may apply on-line at the Department of Education website or by phone at 718-935-2009. The application process for Pre-K begins on February […]

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NYC Schools Closed Thursday, January 4; Alternate Side Parking Suspended

All New York City public schools (including P.S. 8 and M.S. 8) are closed tomorrow, Thursday, January 4, because of expected severe weather including snow and sustained high winds. Packer and Brooklyn Heights Montessori are closed for their normal Winter Breaks. No word on St. Ann’s; best to call (718) 522-1660 in the morning. AltSchool? […]

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