As an institution, the school realized many achievements during 2005-06:
We successfully managed the transition from a one-building to a two-
building school, while preserving the connections among the four educational divisions.
We had 285 PAT volunteers – a school record. Volunteerism and giving to
others is at the heart of BFS, and we are proud of this level of commitment.
The School enrolled two students displaced by Hurricane Katrina and
raised more than $30,000 for Gulf Coast relief and other humanitarian causes.
Our performing arts programs continued to grow and prosper. Students
presented an outstanding dance concert this spring and entertained the commu- nity with classical music and jazz concerts, a musical comedy (Charlie Brown), a thriller (Dracula) and a Shakespeare play (Midsummer Night’s Dream).
The visual arts department graced our buildings with beautiful student
art throughout the year and sponsored another phenomenal all-school art show in which every grade and every student were represented.
In athletics, we won two championships in boys varsity soccer and took
the girls varsity volleyball league championship. Our boys and girls basketball teams reached the playoffs, with the girls JV team playing in the championship game and the girls varsity team winning a league championship.
We are progressing very well in our use of technology. Every Preschool
class has its own password-protected web page on Panthernet (the school’s intranet), and our seventh and eighth grade science fair is now online.
BFS hosted students from the Middle East, Canada, and across the
United States at the 7th annual Bridge Film Festival, founded and directed by media teacher Andy Cohen. We were thrilled and honored that award-winning actress Carmen Ejogo was this year’s Featured Filmmaker. Plans are now under way to sponsor regional screenings of the Festival films.
The School Administration and PAT invited well-known speakers (Sara
Lawrence Lightfoot, Robert Brooks), children’s book authors (Tad Hills, Tor Seidler), and other experts to the school, while at the same time taking advan- tage of New York City’s resources. Our entire Middle School saw a production of Gilbert and Sullivan’s The Mikado at City Center, and class visits to muse- ums, theater, parks, and many cultural and scientific attractions enriched the educational experience.
We launched a $2.8 million capital campaign (with $2 million already
raised) at the world-famous Tribeca Film Festival. The spring benefit set a record with attendance of 500 and $120,000 raised. Over the summer, we will begin renovations of the rooftop playground, the third floor library, and the fourth floor science labs as part of the campaign, ensuring that our facilities match the excellence of our program.
Upper School dancers (from left) Lenora Rigoni, Emma Thomas, and Ashley Gitter performed with some 85 Middle and Upper School dancers and choreographers at the annual dance concert this spring.
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Festive food (above) harbor-side dining (below, left) and a glamorous ambiance (bottom) contributed to the success of the
ribeca Film Festival benefit. Among the guests were faculty members rish DeFalco, Emily Zucal and ammy Chang (top left); several children featured in the film, “When Fried Eggs Fly” (left); and below, Visual Arts Chair Roz Sommer with parents Nick Boulukos, Samuel Laufe , and grandparent Jack Laufe .
Benefit photos by Gregg Martin