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Public Schools Closed Tomorrow

Notify NYC has announced that all New York City public schools are closed tomorrow, Wednesday, March 21 because of winter storm Toby. After school activities are also cancelled. There’s more information here. Update: Brooklyn Public Library branches are also closed for the storm.

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Gun In Schools Vs. Neighborhood Noise

In today’s example of Politics At Its Worst, noise in our neighborhood from the BQE project is being made a pawn in the school safety bet, with state Senate Republicans tying streamlining the BQE project to a provision that would require guns in schools in New York City. As reported by Brooklyn Paper in an article with […]

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Alternate Side Parking Suspended Tomorrow

Tomorrow — Wednesday, January 17 — alternate side of the street parking rules are suspended to facilitate snow removal, but meter requirements remain in effect. NYC schools will be open.

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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 Open Tomorrow; Alternate Side Rules Suspended Through Saturday

Update: Alternate side rules are now suspended through Wednesday, January 10. New York City public schools are open tomorrow (Friday, January 4), including for all scheduled after-school activities. Packer, Brooklyn Friends, and Brooklyn Heights Montessori remain on regular Winter Break. We suspect St. Ann’s does, too, but they’ve yet to update their January calendar. Having […]

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Olivia Ellis, Co-Architect of PS 8’s Turn-Around, Has Passed

With heavy hearts, we share the sad news that Olivia Ellis passed away this week. Olivia, along with Principal Seth Phillips and others, revived PS 8 from a school on the verge of closure due to low enrollment, to one of the most sought-after schools it is today. Hailing from P.S. 321 where she taught […]

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Packer, St. Ann’s Get High Rankings In NYC Private High Schools Survey

In’s 2018 survey of the best private high schools in New York State, Packer Collegiate Institute (photo) is rated tenth in New York City and fourteenth in the state. It is followed immediately by St. Ann’s School, rated eleventh in the city and fifteenth in the state. They come in just ahead of Manhattan’s […]

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New Principal for PS/MS8, Patricia Peterson to Take the Helm

Great news for P.S./M.S. 8! District 13 Superintendent Barbara Freeman has named Patricia Peterson Principal of the K-8 school. The announcement was made on Wednesday at a special School Leadership Team (SLT) meeting.  “I am thrilled to accept this position and serve our school and the greater District 13 community. I look forward to building on and […]

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Controversy Over Who Will Be New P.S./M.S. 8 Principal

The Daily News reports that some P.S.8 parents believe that Schools Chancellor Carmen Fariña is blocking the appointment of P.S./M.S.8 Assistant Principal Patricia Peterson as principal to replace Seth Phillips, who retired in June. The reason given, according to the Daily News story, is that “Peterson is a former student of Fariña who’s been accused […]

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D13 CEC Hosts Electeds and Journalists for Forum on School Desgregation

Studies show that for all its diversity, NYC has one of the most segregated public school systems in the country.  Almost two academic years after the re-zoning of P.S. 8 and P.S. 307, the District 13 Community Education Council will hold an important forum on Tuesday evening (May 16th) as part of its scheduled calendar […]

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