As the year rounds to a close, it is only natural to reflect on the all that has transpired since September – from academic achievement and growth to the simple fact that together we have built a brand new, budding learning community in Brooklyn.

We are reminded daily of the lasting impact our teachers have on our students and community, but this week we made it a special focus with our very first Teacher Appreciation Week led by our Parent Volunteer Committee.

On Monday when our teachers walked into school, beautiful bouquets of flowers awaited them.

Teachers' Flowers

The teachers were treated to an abundant breakfast including freshly made waffles, homemade pastries, and more.

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Throughout the week, teachers reveled in a pizza lunch, more delicious breakfast feasts, and ended the week with heart-felt hand written cards from our grateful students, and some BASIS Independent Brooklyn swag.

We also spoke to a few parents who were integral in pulling together the numerous events in honor of our teachers.

One mom said, “I thought it was important to organize something special for the teachers because they've done such a fantastic job this year, not always in the easiest circumstances considering the challenges of the location and the startup environment. All year I've gotten the feeling that these people are working incredibly hard. They've been responsive to the parents and inspiring to the kids, and I'd say every parent conversation I've heard runs along exactly the lines of 'we love our teachers!' The response to our Teacher Appreciation call for food and flowers was overwhelming, which I think really shows the love that the parents and students have for the exceptional BASIS Independent Brooklyn teachers. …I think that BASIS Independent Brooklyn has attracted an awesome population of parents, and that was reflected in all the home-made goods and special touches that people provided for the event. Especially Chithra who brought in her waffle-maker and made waffles!! This is a group of people who goes the extra mile, and I'm so happy to be a part of it. And a huge thanks to Jo and everyone who jumped in to help with the flower madness.”

Another parent shared, “It wasn't much really, but we wanted to thank the teachers for their hard work throughout the year. They always go the extra mile with the kids, and they've done such a fantastic job!”

Parents, we appreciate you pulling out all the stops for those who go the extra mile for the students.

To our teachers: we wouldn’t be BASIS Independent Brooklyn without you. You are the glue that holds our community together. You are the reason our students walk through the door every morning smiling and leave every afternoon smiling.

From all of us: thank you!

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