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It’s Participatory Budget Time Again-Vote for Worthy Community Projects in D33

It’s Participatory Budgeting (or PB) time again and City Councilmember Steve Levin has “dedicated 1.5 million dollars to capital projects [in District 33] suggested and developed by community volunteers and you can help decide which ones get funded.”  Of the many proposals up for a vote are lockers for thirteen classrooms at M.S. 8 for […]

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P.S. 8 Kindergarten Waitlist Strikes Again-Now What?

Kindergarten placement notifications were emailed on Wednesday and some families are in for a disappointment. Just one year after rezoning, P.S. 8 will have a waitlist for the 2017-2018 academic year. This year 22 children received an alternate placement (vs. 50 children in 2015). The grapevine indicates children were offered seats at P.S. 307.  P.S. […]

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BHA Annual Meeting: P.S.8’s Phillips and Others Honored; Expert Panel Dubious about BQX

Court hearing on Pier 6 towers has been rescheduled–see below. At Monday evening’s annual meeting of the Brooklyn Heights Association, BHA President Patrick Killackey (photo) began by asking, rhetorically, what a neighborhood association can do in a time of political turmoil. He answered by arguing that the nature of the times requires more action at […]

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New Dock Street School Opens

Your correspondent got notice Monday that at 1:00 p.m. yesterday there would be a ribbon cutting by Schools Chancellor Carmen Fariña for the new Dock Street School, a public middle school (grades 6 through 8), drawing “a diverse student body from Bedford-Stuyvesant, Fort Greene, Downtown Brooklyn, DUMBO, Brooklyn Heights, Prospect Heights, Clinton Hill, Vinegar Hill […]

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Help MS8 Win iPads From DuoLingo

¡Por favor y gracias! The popular (and free) language instruction program, DuoLingo is giving away free iPads and MS8 needs your vote.  MS8’s Spanish teacher is leading the charge and explains on the contest profile page how the technology would benefit her students. “Having the technology…I would be able to create lessons that blend traditional […]

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D13 Education Round Up: Farina Town Hall, Rezoning Implementation, Walentas Family Foundation Grants

There are two unique opportunities to engage directly with the DOE this week on issues specific to District 13. TUESDAY, MAY 3rd: The District 13 CEC hosts a Town Hall meeting with Chancellor Carmen Farina.  The gathering provides a unique, albeit brief opportunity to ask the Chancellor about the issues that matter most to you […]

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Is the School Rezoning A Success? Early Signs Say Yes

Families were sent their Kindergarten admissions offers letters on Tuesday.  As reported by Politico, the re-zoning of P.S. 8 an P.S 307 shows early signs of success.  Unlike last year, there is no wait list for P.S. 8 and 148 students were offered a seat at the school.  Historically there is about 20% attrition among […]

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Slain Texas Police Officer Was St. Ann’s School Graduate

Officer David Hofer, 29, of the Euless, Texas police force, who died in an ambush on Tuesday, “grew up in Brooklyn” and served on the NYPD before moving to Texas, according to the Daily News, which also notes that he “graduated from St. Anne’s [sic] High School in Brooklyn” and then from NYU. Reader “Willowtown […]

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P.S. 8 First Annual Camp Expo This Saturday

Choices, choices, choices.  Contemplating where to send your kiddos to camp this summer?  Do some one-stop shopping at the first annual P.S. 8 Camp Expo this Saturday March 5th, 2:00 – 5:00 pm located at 37 Hicks Street in the gymnasium. Browse nearly 30 local and sleep away camps as they present the fun they […]

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CEC13 Issues Post Re-Zoning Statement, Kindergarten Admission Update

As a follow up to the January 5th 6 to 3 “yes” vote to re-zone P.S. 8 and P.S. 307, the CEC13 has issued a statement thanking “parents, community members, local organizations and elected representatives” along with school administrations and staff for their dedication and engagement over the many months of meetings, dialogue and debate. […]

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