ISB Parents Association

The ISB Parents Association (PA) is an important component in the life of the school. Led by elected co-chairs, the PA is committed to supporting the school and its students and to increasing parent awareness about the school programs and activities. All ISB parents are members of the Parent Association and all are encouraged to attend PA meetings and events throughout the school year. The PA hosts a variety of events, including signature events such as the International Feast and End of Year Picnic, as well as informative workshops, discussion groups, film screenings, and more!

 

2020-21 PA Chairs

Caroline Cissé, Co-President
Marc Scheff, Co-President
Abigail Smith, Treasurer
Michelle Ramirez, Secretary
Géraldine Bourgade, Events & Volunteer Chair

Parents Association Committees

The PA has five working committees to help support ISB’s mission: Library, Staff Appreciation, Community Service, Diversity, and Green Dragons. These committees are parent-run and are overseen by the PA in conjunction with ISB staff members.

Community Service Committee: This committee helps provide students with opportunities to give back to our local community and communities abroad. Members help organize service projects for students in Pre-K 3-8th Grade, including the Global Service Initiative, Winter Wishes, and Day of Service! To join the Community Service Committee, please email communityservice@isbrooklyn.org.

Diversity Committee: The Diversity Committee is dedicated to promoting and advocating for a diverse space for our children. Diversity of all kinds makes our school the special place that it is, and it is one of our core values. This committee helps to educate the community on diversity-related issues by hosting workshops and events that showcase and celebrate the diversity within our community. To join the Diversity Committee, please email diversitycommittee@isbrooklyn.org.

Library Committee: The Library Committee supports ISB’s multilingual library with special projects, events, and day-to-day assistance. The committee also collaborates with the Librarian to organize and promote events such as Literacy Week, the Multilingual Book Fair, author visits, and the ISB Multicultural Book Club (with the Diversity Committee). Members also help with the day-to-day activities in the Library, including book shelving and inventory. To join the Library Committee, please email librarycommittee@isbrooklyn.org.

Staff Appreciation Committee: ISB Staff members play a critical role in the success of our school and our students. The Staff Appreciation Committee ensures the entire ISB Staff feels recognized for the hard work they do by organizing special holiday and end-of-year lunches, monthly breakfasts, treats, and raffles to thank those who educate and care for our children. To join the Staff Appreciation Committee, please email staffappreciation@isbrooklyn.org.

Green Dragons: The Green Dragons Committee is dedicated to reducing waste at ISB. In addition to reducing waste, the committee also strives to raise awareness among students and the school community at large and connect ISB with local “green” initiatives. The committee complements the existing ISB staff task force around green initiatives and sustainability by recommending ways the PA and school activities could be more green and strive to attain zero waste. To join the Green Dragons Committee, please email greendragons@isbrooklyn.org.

Making a Collective Impact: the EcoChallenge & aNY Bag Partnership

Students have successfully completed their first ever school-wide EcoChallenge organized by the Green Dragons, and the impact that they have made in two short weeks has been impressive! The EcoChallenge encouraged all students to think mindfully about their actions and track them daily from March 1 through March 15 on ISB’s EcoChallenge Platform. Our school-wide team brought together over 180 teammates to score 66,755 points, representing advocacy actions, pounds of CO2 that have been saved, plastics recycled, mindful moments, and more.

“Restoring Faith in Humanity and Yourself in 5 Million Easy Steps” by Brenna DiCola, ISB Math Teacher

Since graduating from Swarthmore College, Brenna has worked with students in grades K-8 at private schools around Philadelphia, in Lawrence, KS, and in Madrid. She has taught everything from English and Social Studies to Science and Technology, but her passion is Math Education. This past summer, Brenna moved to New York and found a home at ISB, where she currently teaches 6th and 7th Grade Math and serves as Head of the Middle School Math Department. In 2015, Brenna took a five-month hiatus from the classroom to hike the Appalachian Trail, a 2,189.2-mile trek through fourteen states. During ISB's 2020 Pecha Kucha Evening in early March, Brenna shared about her journey and the many lessons she learned along the way in her presentation: “Restoring Faith in Humanity and Yourself in 5 Million Easy Steps."

Cultural Week 2019

With the help of ISB community members, our students experience stories, tastes, music, and traditions from all corners of the world during our annual school-wide celebration of cultures: Cultural Week. An enormous thank you to Program Associate Kelly Hagen for organizing this event and to all of this year's workshop leaders (including some of our Middle School students)!

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