EVENTS @BFS…

2016

 

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Family fun at Brooklyn Free School!

Join us for the BFS Spring Carnival.

There will be food, games, a bounce house, face painting, and a dance party!

Saturday, April 16, 2016, 1:00-3:00pm, $5

 


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Brooklyn Free School presents

PETER PAN

Tuesday, March 22nd at 7pm
and Wednesday, March 23rd at 1pm

at the Brooklyn Music School
126 St Felix Street, Brooklyn

Suggested Donation: $20 for adults, $5 for kids

Our annual musical is a community favorite. Please join us in celebrating the work of over 30 students and staff and support the work that we do at BFS!

 


LENNY’S GARAGE TOUR & FUNDRAISER

Sunday, March 20th

10:00 am – 2:00 pm

Lenny's Garage, Booklyn NYC, classic car colletor

On Sunday, March 20th Lenny Shiller, President of the Antique Automobile Association of Brooklyn, is opening the doors to his 12,300 sq. foot garage at 304 Douglass St, in the heart of Gowanus Brooklyn. All proceeds from the tour will benefit Brooklyn Free School.

Inside the garage is a treasure trove of automobile history and home to over 45 cars and trucks from 1924-1968. What sets Lenny’s collection apart from the typical car collection that showcases classic cars is that as a collector, Lenny has an eye for the off beat, rare and unique vehicles that you may not see elsewhere. Lenny works on the cars himself and has a story for each one and will be providing a talk about the collection at noon.

The tour is from 10am-2pm. The suggested donation is $10 for adults and $5 for children 12 and older. Children under 12 are free and will be given a free Hotwheel, courtesy of Brooklyn Free School. Refreshments will also be available.

See you there!

 


Get your tickets HERE!

 


EDUCATORS’ CAREER FAIR

Wednesday, February 10

6:00 – 7:00 pm

Are you curious about working at Brooklyn Free School?

Do you wonder what it might be like to be a teacher at a school where children can be children, where learners’ interests are celebrated, their explorations are valued, and homework and tests are optional?

Can you see yourself as part of a school community that meets once a week to discuss and vote on school practices, where education for social justice is thoughtfully pursued?

Come to our annual Educators’ Career Fair, Wednesday evening, February 10, from 6:00 – 7:00 pm!

Meet teachers and administrators, ask questions and find out more about becoming a teacher, assistant teacher, volunteer, or teacher of a special subject (language, science, etc.) at Brooklyn Free School.

 

REGISTER HERE!

Join us for our Annual Day-On: MLK Day

A Day Dedicated to Human Rights

January 18th, 2016

This year, at Brooklyn Free School’s Annual Day-On, our program will be dedicated to Human Rights and will include a community meal, activities about using your voice and the right to vote, as well as a “Know Your Rights Workshop” in the afternoon.

Day-On Schedule of Events:
9:00am   – Potluck Morning Breakfast & Music
10:00am – Community Activities & Learning
12:00pm – Hot Lunch provided by BFS
1:15pm   – Know Your Rights Workshop

This program will be led by our Social Justice Coordinator, Anyanwu. Anyanwu’s passion is elevating the connection between people and spaces. With 15 years of experience in Education, Development and Social Justice, she now focuses on the full spectrum of self for healing and development. She has a BA in Pan African Studies, is certified in Child & Adolescent Treatment from UC Berkeley and is completing her MA in Human Rights Education from the University of San Francisco. Anyanwu will be joined by BFS faculty, student, and parent leaders.

We hope you join us! This program is free and open to the public.
Please RSVP here so that we can properly plan.

We are also looking for volunteer assistance during the day.

  • Contribute Snacks For the day – 8:30 drop off
  • Contribute Food For Breakfast Potluck – 8:30 drop off
  • Activities Support – 10:00am-12:00pm
  • Breakfast Support – 9:30am
  • Lunch Support – 1:00pm

And if you are not able to make it, and would like to support the on-going social justice work at BFS, please make a donation HERE.

 


2015

Brooklyn Free School’s Holiday Train Show

Download the flyer HERE to print and share!

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Community favorite returns to Brooklyn for its 6th year!

Brooklyn Free School’s Annual Train Show returns to Clinton Hill, Brooklyn on December 11th from 3:30-6:30pm and December 12th from 11:30am-2:30pm.

The BFS Train Show began from one 6 year old student’s love of trains and has become a highly praised community favorite. Families from all over the city come to play and see the trains. Many students participate in the preparations and running of the event, featuring scenery and structures made by kids at the school. All proceeds are divided between a charitable organization and Brooklyn Free School.

The Train Show will take place at Brooklyn Free School, located at 372 Clinton Avenue, Brooklyn. Admission to the Train Show is by donation, suggested amount is $2 for kids and $3 for adults. This year features 8 types of electric trains weaving in and out of 4 hand-made scenes. The second floor will house a play space for the younger visitors where they can watch a film and play with wooden tracks and trains. The show is best for children from 1 to 12 years old.

“I am always amazed at just how popular this event is to the children in the neighborhood. And that they stay for hours! Each year Karan expands the event, he really puts his whole heart into this show,” explains, BFS Director, Lily Mercogliano.

Train Show founder, BFS student, Karan Yerneni says his favorite part is seeing how happy all the kids get when they see the trains, “I like the excitement in their faces. I started the train show 6 years ago with two trains and we made 50 bucks. And every year we’ve made more and more money for the school and for local social justice organizations.”

Brooklyn Free School is a small non-profit independent free school. Its mission is education for social justice, and is always advocating for young people’s voices to be heard. BFS engages students and staff in democratic decision making and problem solving. BFS works in the service of students and their families, partners with progressive educators, and embraces their larger community.

 


Saturdays@BFS 

Saturdays@BFS is a four week social justice and democratic decision making intensive for young people ages 5 to 13. Young people will join experienced BFS leadership staff in creating a safe, fun, and creative space to engage in a functioning democratic community. Sessions include opportunities to learn from a mixed age group of young people and experienced teachers, take trips, and build community. Participants have a vote in the democratic decision making process and gain practice in:

 

  • resiliency
  • self-knowledge
  • leadership
  • empathy

 

Brooklyn Free School has a 12 year history of serving youth in Brooklyn and the greater NYC area. Our programs are especially supportive for leadership development for students commonly underserved in conventional school models, particularly students with learning differences, young people of color, girls, theater and performing arts enthusiasts, LGBTQIA and gender non-conforming youth.

 

Session 1 Dates: October 17, 24, 31 & November 7 from 9:00am – 1:00pm

Session 1 Rates: $350** for the 4 Saturdays, plus $20 materials fee
**Early Bird Deal: $50 off Session 1 if you register before September 15!

 

First Saturday Schedule
9 AM: Welcome & Morning Meeting
10 AM:  Introduction to democratic process & peer mediation
11 AM: Introduction to Social Justice
11:30:  Lunch
12-1:  Afternoon Choice

 

This program will be grounded in our mission statement and seeks a diverse group of young people who have spirited personalities to share with the world.
Register HERE!

 


Hairsprayed:  Talking Back to Hairspray starts performances this week!

Thursday, March 26:  Opening Night, 7 PM
Thursday, April 2:  Closing Night, 7 PM

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The play this year is an original adaptation of the popular musical “Hairspray” and has been named “Hairsprayed:  Talking Back to Hairspray” and will feature a cast of over 25 students, ages 6 to 18.  The show will last approximately one hour.

Performances take place at the Brooklyn Waldorf School, 11 Jefferson Ave, Brooklyn.

 

SAVE THE DATE!

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The 7th Annual BFS Gala fundraiser is May 14th.


 

Pre-order your tickets HERE!

CHRIS MERCOGLIANO READS FROM HIS NEW BOOK!

Chris Mercogliano will be giving a reading from his new book A School Must Have a Heart, with discussion to follow, at the Brooklyn Free School on Thursday, January 15 at 6:00 pm.

Chris has been involved with the Albany Free School as a teacher, director and board member since 1973 and has authored four other books on children and education.

A School Must Have a Heart is a collection of provocative stories and essays Chris has written over the past two decades. Thomas Armstrong, the internationally known author whose books on learning and human development have sold over a million copies, had this to say about it:

“When education ‘reform’ has come to mean standardization, conformity, and academic rigor mortis, Chris comes along to remind us that real reform is creating schools where children are respected as human beings and where learning consists of living encounters with the amazing world around us. A School Must Have a Heart reminds me of the best of the education classics of the late 1960’s: John Holt’s How Children Fail, Herb Kohl’s 36 Children, and George Dennison’s The Lives of Children.”

There is no charge for the event.

Hope to see you there!


 

The BFS Holiday Train Show is back!

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Friday, 12/12, 3:30-6:30pm
Saturday, 12/13, 11:30-2:30pm

The BFS Train Show is a community favorite. Families from all over the city come to play and see the trains. Many students participate in the preparations and running of the event, featuring scenery and structures made by kids – not the store bought stuff that you find elsewhere – and all the money made is divided between a charity and our school!

This year we feature authentic HO scale model trains, and Lego trains to view, including a massive amount of wooden trains for kids to play with.

Entrance fee is $3 for adults and $2 for kids!

Brooklyn Free School is located at 372 Clinton Avenue in Brooklyn, NY.

See you all at the Train Show!


 

EDUCATORS AND INTERESTED FRIENDS TOUR

Thursday, November 6, 2014

9:00-10:30

If you are a teacher, teacher educator, or a curious neighbor, you are welcome to join this tour.  See the school in action, talk with students, and consider ideas you can use.  Due to an overwhelming response, the tour is closed for Thursday – new dates will be posted soon!


EDUCATORS’ FAIR

Wednesday, January 22

6 – 7:30 pm

Are you curious about working at Brooklyn Free School?

Do you wonder what it might be like to be a teacher at a school where children can be children, where learners’ interests are celebrated, their explorations are valued, and homework and tests are optional?

Can you see yourself as part of a school community that meets once a week to discuss and vote on school practices, where education for social justice is thoughtfully pursued?


Come to our annual Educators’ Fair, Wednesday evening, January 22, from 6 – 7:30 pm!

Meet teachers and administrators, ask questions and find out more about becoming a teacher, assistant teacher, volunteer, or teacher of a special subject (language, science, etc.) at Brooklyn Free School.

 

BFS is adding a 4s Program next year. We will be hiring an early childhood teacher and assistant teacher. Other positions may become available in the spring. We will be accepting resumes at the Educators’ Fair.


REGISTER HERE

 


 

2013

 

The BFS Holiday Train Show is back!

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Friday – Dec 13th, 4:00 to 6:00 PM
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Saturday – Dec 14th, 10:00 to 12:00 PM

The BFS Train Show was created out of one student’s love of trains 4 years ago and has grown into a favorite annual tradition here at Brooklyn Free School. Many students participate in the preparations and running of the event, and families from all over Brooklyn come out to see the model trains traveling through their themed layouts.

This years theme is New York Through the Ages, featuring 6 tables in all, one Thomas train, one LEGO train, and 4 model trains surrounded by New York themed environments designed by our Brooklyn Free School students and staff. There are also Thomas trains for kids to play with!

Entrance fee is $3 for adults and free for kids!

And food will be available for purchase to support our student led cooking classes.

Remember to forward this to email to your friends.
You can download the flyer to post around your neighborhood by clicking HERE.

Brooklyn Free School is located at 372 Clinton Avenue in Brooklyn, NY.

See you all at the Train Show!