Annual Open Safety Meeting

March 12th, 2019

Dear BUGS Families,

On March 19th at 1:30 p.m., BUGS, MS 442, District 15 PreK and Lamm will hold our annual Open Safety Committee meeting. All parents/guardians are invited to attend. This is an opportunity to discuss initiatives already in place and to become aware of our coordinated efforts to maintain a safe school environment. The Borough Safety Director, School Safety Direct Supervisor, 72nd Precinct Community Affairs officers and all members of the building safety committee have been invited to this meeting.

All questions/concerns are welcome at this meeting. Questions/concerns must be submitted to Ms. Contrino ( by March 18th so we may provide the most thorough responses to your inquiries. You can email your questions/concerns by no later than Monday, March 18, 2019.

We look forward to seeing you on Tuesday, March 19 at 1:30 p.m. in the auditorium.


Sr. Josh Altamirano

Parent Coordinator

12 marzo de 2019

El 19 de marzo a las 1:30 p.m., BUGS, MS 442, el PreK del Distrito 15 y Lamm tendrá nuestra reunión anual del Comité de seguridad. Todos los padres/guardianes están invitados a asistir. Esta es una oportunidad para discutir las iniciativas ya existentes y para ser conscientes de nuestros esfuerzos coordinados para mantener un ambiente escolar seguro. El director de seguridad de la ciudad, supervisor directo de seguridad escolar, oficiales de asuntos comunitarios del precinto 72 y todos los miembros del comité de seguridad del edificio han sido invitados a esta reunión.

Todas las preguntas/preocupaciones son bienvenidas en esta reunión. Las preguntas/inquietudes deben presentarse a la Sra. Contrino ( antes del 18 de marzo, de modo que podamos proporcionar la más completa las respuestas a sus preguntas. Usted puede enviar por correo electrónico o simplemente escribir sus preguntas/inquietudes en la parte inferior de este formulario y regresar a la escuela a más tardar el lunes, 18 de marzo de 2019.

Esperamos verlos el martes 19 de marzo a las 1:30 p.m. en el auditorio.


Sr. Josh Altamirano

Coordinador de Padres

School Closed 3/4/19 Due to Inclement Weather

Hello BUGS Families- 
As you may know, Mayor DiBlasio has cancelled NYC DOE schools for tomorrow  Monday 3/4/19. In keeping with BUGS policy for weather closings, BUGS is also closed.

Be safe and warm!
Susan and the BUGS Team


Hola familias de BUGS-

Como ustedes saben, el alcalde DiBlasio ha cancelado las escuelas del NYC DOE mañana 4/4/19. De acuerdo con la política de BUGS para los cierres meteorológicos, BUGS también está cerrado. ¡Sea seguro y cálido!


Susan y el equipo de BUGS

Tickets Now Available for ‘Guiding Girls to Adulthood’ with Lisa Damour (2/13)

‘Guiding Girls to Adulthood’ with Lisa Damour

Wednesday, February 13th from 6:30 to 8:30pm

ShapeShifter Lab, 18 Whitwell Place, Brooklyn, NY 11215

Join us for a riveting evening of fresh insights, advice, and conversation with Dr. Lisa Damour, our go-to resource for all things raising girls, and leave inspired with practical strategies to help children from elementary to college realize their full potential.

We are so excited that Dr. Damour, author of the best-seller Untangled and the monthly Adolescence column for The New York Times, is back with us to share her research-based insights, advice, and personal stories with her trademark warmth, compassion, and humor. The timing is fantastic as our event is the day after the launch of Lisa’s new book Under Pressure.

Bring your spouse, your friends, your doubts, hopes, and questions. This special evening will include hors d’oeuvres and drinks (cash bar) served up with heaps of wisdom. Adults only, please.

All proceeds benefit Brooklyn Urban Garden Charter School.

Ticket information

  • $30 single ticket

Get your copy of Under Pressure and support BUGS

Pre-order your copy of Under Pressure with Books Are Magic or buy the book at the event and the bookstore will donate 20% of each sale to BUGS. Pre-orders must be placed by February 9th and will be available for pick-up at the event.


BUGS would like to thank Our event sponsors


Questions? Email or Call: 718-280-9556

About Lisa Damour, Ph.D


Lisa Damour is a psychologist and the author of the award-winning New York Times best seller Untangled: Guiding Teenage Girls Through the Seven Transitions Into Adulthood (Ballantine, 2016) and the forthcoming Under Pressure: Confronting the Epidemic of Stress and Anxiety in Girls, as well as numerous academic papers related to education and child development. She graduated with honors from Yale University, worked for the Yale Child Study Center, then received her doctorate in clinical psychology at the University of Michigan. Dr. Damour is a regular contributor to CBS News and directs Laurel School’s Center for Research on Girls, maintains a private psychotherapy practice, consults and speaks internationally, and is a faculty associate of the Schubert Center for Child Studies and a clinical instructor at Case Western.

Praise for Untangled and Under Pressure

“Finally, there’s some good news for puzzled parents of adolescent girls, and psychologist Lisa Damour is the bearer of that happy news. [Untangled] is the most down-to-earth, readable parenting book I’ve come across in a long time.” – The Washington Post

“Anna Freud wrote in 1958, ‘There are few situations in life which are more difficult to cope with than an adolescent son or daughter during the attempt to liberate themselves.’ In the intervening decades, the transition doesn’t appear to have gotten any easier which makes Untangled such a welcome new resource.” – The Boston Globe

“Under Pressure is exactly what parents need and, as a mother, it helped me to relax! Damour explains the difference between healthy and unhealthy stress and anxiety. She offers a detailed, comprehensive look at how to help our daughters manage naturally occurring tension, toxic stress, and anxiety.” – Norah O’Donnell, host, CBS This Morning

“Under Pressure provides striking insight into the inner workings of the anxious mind. Filled with tips for any parent, educator, or person interested in helping our girls live and perform up to their potential, this book is a go-to guide for understanding and dealing with stress and anxiety in girls.” – Sian Beilock, president, Barnard College at Columbia University

Double your impact! Give to BUGS by 12/31 for a dollar-for-dollar match

To support our BUGS Sustainability Game Changer students, teachers, and staff, a generous donor and big BUGS fan has offered a $10,000 Matching Gift incentive to challenge us to reach our $40,000 Annual Campaign goal. Because of our wonderful Giving Tuesday donors, we only need to raise $10,000 by December 31st to achieve the match

Please consider giving to BUGS... or giving again... to help us reach our goal! We depend on support from generous individuals like you to help us provide the resources and training that ensure our students achieve their academic goals and are prepared to build a more environmental, social, and economically sustainable world.

Help Us Reach our $10,000 Matching Gift Challenge.

  • Make your tax-deductible gift at BUGSbrooklyn/donate by Monday, December 31st.

  • Encourage friends and family to give too!

  • Visit us all week on social media and "like" and "share" our posts. You can find BUGS on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.

Thank you in advance for your support of our innovative learning community!

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