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Rude Awakening-P. S. 8 Waitlists 40% of Kindergarten Applicants

It’s official. For the first time, P.S. 8 has a wait-list for Kindergarten.  Placements  were announced Tuesday morning and for many families it was a rude awakening.  Just before Spring break there was a glimmer of hope.  Sources suggested that public reaction to the decision to cut back to five Kindergarten classes had created enough […]

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Here’s Why Your Brooklyn Heights 5 Year Old Might Be Turned Away From P.S. 8 This Fall

The parent grapevine is on fire.  Brooklyn Heights parents in District 13 with children born in 2010 and expecting their kids to have a seat at P.S. 8 in the fall were left anxious, angry and confused after this reporter learned there will be 5 Kindergarten classes next year instead of the current 6.  For […]

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Town Hall on Education Next Wednesday Evening, February 25

New York City Public Advocate Letitia James will host a town hall meeting, “Our Schools, Our Voices,” to discuss education, mayoral control, and parent/community engagement this coming Wednesday evening from 6:00 to 8:00 at the Brooklyn Law School Moot Court Room, 250 Joralemon Street. It’s free, and all are invited.

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Ken Burns at Brooklyn Historical Society March 10

Ken Burns, the Oscar nominated producer and director (Baseball; The Civil War; The Roosevelts: An Intimate History), who is now working on a documentary about Brooklyn Dodger great Jackie Robinson, will be at the Brooklyn Historical Society on Tuesday evening, March 10, where he will discuss is work with New York Times arts writer Randy […]

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Kindergarten Application Deadline Extended to February 18th

You’ve got a little more time to register your child for kindergarten. Info after the jump.

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Packer Collegiate Institute to Borrow $22 Million For Expansion

Bloomberg reports that Packer Collegiate Institute, the 170 year old private primary and secondary school located at Joralemon and Clinton streets, plans to issue $22 million in tax exempt 30 year bonds to be used to finance the acquisition and renovation of property at 100 Clinton Street. The building, which is at the northwest corner […]

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Former Packer Headmaster Jack Skillman Dies at 80.

The Eagle reports that Jack Skillman, who served as headmaster of Packer Collegiate Institute from 1968 to 1982, died in Maine, where he had resided for some time, last December 15. From the Eagle: Jack’s tenure at Packer played a pivotal and significant role in bringing the school into the 20th century. His leadership accomplishments […]

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Last Minute Weekend Suggestions, Brooklyn Heights and Nearby

On Friday evening, October 17 starting at 8:00, the Chiara String Quartet will present the second and last of its performances of the complete string quartets of Béla Bartók (photo) at Bargemusic. On Saturday evening at 8:00 cellist Martti Rousi will perform the first three of Bach’s six cello suites; on Sunday afternoon at 4:00 […]

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Events at Brooklyn Historical Society This Week

The Brooklyn Historical Society, 128 Pierrepont Street (corner of Clinton) has three events scheduled for the next three nights. Tomorrow (Tuesday, September 16) starting at 7:30 p.m. there will be a musical event dramatizing the struggles of city life: New music ensemble Two Sides Sounding sings the stories of everyday heroes fighting the system in […]

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BHB Guest Post: NYS Senator Daniel Squadron on Brooklyn Heights’ Overcrowded Schools

School started last week.

Brooklyn Heights’ local public school is not just wildly popular, with a great administration and engaged students and parents. PS 8 on Hicks Street, which serves Brooklyn Heights and part of DUMBO, is also among the most overcrowded schools in all of New York City: according to the School Construction Authority, in the 2013-14 school year, the school had capacity for 524 students, but was actually attended by 742 students.

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