May 11th Update

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Everyone's invited!


Bugs Bunny at the Symphony

When: May 16th Saturday at 7:30pm

Where: Avery Fisher Hall at Lincoln Center

Who: Everyone's invited!

Cost: $50/person. Checks made payable to the Berkeley Carroll School.

Everyone is encouraged to attend with or without children as this event will appeal to young and old alike.

Please RSVP to with BUGS BUNNY in the Subject line.


DAISBerkeley Carroll School

Diversity Awareness Initiative for Students (DAIS) Conference 


Saturday, May 16th 

11 AM - 11 PM 

181 Lincoln Place


On Saturday, May 16th, Berkeley Carroll will host the annual  Diversity Awareness Initiative for Students (DAIS) Conference. This day-long event is an opportunity for students to have meaningful and challenging discussions and attend interactive workshops about a variety of diversity-related topics. All 8th-12th grade students from independent schools around New York City are invited to attend.


The schedule for the day can be found below:


11:00 - 12:15   Registration (School Picture ID's will be required)

12:15 - 1:00     Opening Ceremony

1:00 - 2:15       Workshop I

2:15 - 2:30       Snack Break

2:30 - 3:45       Workshop II

3:45 - 5:00       Group Activity

5:00 - 6:00       Talent Show/Open Mic and Closing

6:00 - 7:30       Dinner

7:30 - 11:00     Dance/Game Room


Workshop topics include race, gender, sexual orientation, religion, cultural identity, socio-economic status, and the power of social media. You can read more about these topics here.


If you would like your child to attend, please complete the registration on the day of the event. The cost of the event is covered by Berkeley Carroll.


Each school with students attending the conference is asked to send volunteers to help during the course of the day.  Berkeley Carroll faculty members will be present throughout the day, and we are also looking for parent volunteers.  This link takes you to the page where you can learn more about volunteer responsibilities and sign up for a time slot.


We are excited to host this event and to welcome students, teachers, and parents from around the city to our school. Volunteering is a great way to support our school and to help make this day a success.


Please reach out with any questions.


Brandie Melendez

Director of Community and Inclusion

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Raising Adopted Children 


Monday, May 11th 

8:30 to 9:30 AM in the Cafeteria at 181 Lincoln Place


All adoptive families are invited by the LS, MS and US psychologists to a talk on raising adopted children on Monday, May 11 from 8:30 to 9:30 AM in the Cafeteria at 181 Lincoln Place.   Leanne Jaffe will be the guest speaker and there will be a Q & A after her talk.  Ms. Jaffe, an adult adoptee herself, is a therapist who specializes in working with the particular strengths and challenges of adoptive families.  She spoke at BC a few years ago and parents found her talk very helpful.   Please check out her website at: and rsvp to and include the grade of your child. 


May 28th from 7:00 p.m. - 8:30 p.m. in the Cafeteria at 181 Lincoln Place

Greetings Families,

We would like to let you that we have a date for the next (and final) PA Diversity Committee Meeting.  It will take place on May 28th from 7:00 p.m. - 8:30 p.m. in the Lincoln Place Dining Hall.

For this meeting, we hope to continue our conversations from the last meeting and address the following topics:   
  • The PA Diversity Committee - what is in the name, and would you like to change it?  If you have a suggestion for a rebrand please come ready to share.
  • Committee initiatives and priorities for the 15-16 academic year - it's time to start thinking about it already!
  • Volunteers for leading initiatives -  those of you with interest in leading or collaborating on a specific initiative please be ready to raise your hand.

This has been a wonderful year and lets continue to build.

Thanks for all that  you do.


Jason Hayes, Chair              Brandie Melendez 
Diversity Committee           Dir of Community & Inclusion
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Come Cheer on 25 Berkeley Carroll Alumni and Community Team for the Brooklyn Half


Saturday, May 16th 

8:00am - noon


Come cheer on the Berkeley Carroll Brooklyn Half Alumni and Community Team during the Airbnb Brooklyn Half on Saturday, May 16th! Over 25 Berkeley Carroll alumni, faculty, and parents have signed up for the race. Pick a spot on Grand Army Plaza or check out the course map.
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Many thanks to the 2015 Public Service Externship Field Supervisors! From June 15-19, these 'super volunteer' BC parents are hosting Upper School Student Externs at their place of work or organization where they serve on the Board of Directors:




Andrea Artz

The National MS Society

Robyn Bellamy

Broadway Mall Association

Greg Berman

Brooklyn Justice Initiative

Kim Bourne

Girl Scouts of Greater New York (Board)

Ana M. Bermudez

NYC Department of Probation

Barbara Cavallo

Partnership with Children

Melissa Crane

Criminal Court Judge in Manhattan

Sara Lesch

Safe Horizon

David Marcinek

Prospect Park Alliance/ (Board)

Susan Marcinek

Brooklyn Public Library (Board)

Onida Coward Mayers

NYC VOTES, NYC Campaign Finance Board

Joel Steckel

NYU Stern School of Business

Pam Tanowitz

New York City Center


Volunteers Needed:  IIf you are interested in coordination a community service project this spring or helping on the Memorial Day Food Drive, please contact: Claudia Zeldin at





Dave Pearson, Upper School Vice President


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Kate Piccard - Middle School Vice President

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Lower School Divisional PA Meeting

Thu, May 14th, 8:45 am  


Inna Berman - Lower School PreK- 1 Vice President

Sarie Calkins - Lower School 2-4 Vice President 

The Berkeley Carroll School Parent Association

181 Lincoln Place, Brooklyn, NY 11217

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