We spend a lot of time thinking about the word "community." What does it means for us and our students at BASIS Independent Brooklyn? "Community" is a noun, but it acts like a verb; a community is ever-changing, growing, and shifting. Our school community at BASIS Independent Brooklyn, the community of Red Hook, and the larger New York City community are all in constant motion. This is the city that never sleeps, right?
Helping our students understand community and the importance of joining, creating, belonging, respecting, and growing, is a pretty big idea to wrestle with.
Good thing we've never been afraid of big ideas.
Sharing her thoughts on community, BASIS Independent Brooklyn Head of School, Ms. Hadley Ruggles states, "students often ask about their relationship to the world around them. It is critical that a student feels the comfort that comes with a community and a sense of belonging, while also recognizing what makes us a collective whole and what defines us as individuals. We foster this sense of inquiry by immersing students in their community."
On Monday, May 9, we jumped at the opportunity to connect students with neighboring Red Hook Seniors by attending the Torch Relay at the Red Hook Recreation Center and showing their support for the Brooklyn Senior Games.
Last week, the lower floors of the school were noticeably quieter than usual. While the rest of the school held down the fort at our Red Hook campus, the second graders were on a full-day immersive trip at a New York City icon: The American Museum of Natural History.
I sat with 2nd grade Learning Expert Teacher, Ms. Erika Brinzac, who spearheaded the field trip and actually works part time at the museum, to talk about the experience:
What’s it like to be the parent of a child at BASIS Independent Brooklyn?
Our new content series, Parent Perspectives, answers precisely this question. We asked a few parents to share their thoughts on our program: what’s most surprising? what was the thought process was in selecting BASIS Independent Brooklyn for their child?
Inspired by the blissful feeling of uncovering connections, our blog Eureka! Brooklyn is about sharing moments that capture the essence of what it is to be a BASIS Independent student, teacher, administrator, or family.