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Dyanthe's Weekly Letters

Week of 5.16.22

Dear Families,

I am sure you are reeling from the horrific, racist mass shooting in Buffalo yesterday and the shootings at a church in California yesterday.  Once again, we are left with feelings of grief, fear, and anger.  Please monitor the information your child is exposed to and turn the news off when children are in earshot.  Teachers will support children if they bring it up in class.  Here are the guidelines we use, and I encourage you to as well.  Listen carefully to what children are asking: find out what they know, have heard, or have seen.  Provide containing information: Here is what we know. Find out what children are wondering. (Why? How? etc.).  Talk about your family’s efforts to fight prejudice, racism, and value differences. Think together about things your family can do in response or to help. Embrace Race has created a manageable and valuable set of resources for families called Supporting Kids through Racialized Violence to support having honest, thoughtful, informed discussions with the children.

Saturday, from 11 AM - 3 PM, is Spring Neighborhood Day!  Parents will lead activities like zine-making, silkscreening, time capsule recording, car derby, box maze, and more! Parent Somaliah will lead a somatic workshop in the garden at noon.  We have a parent-led Sing at 1 PM.  

 On Tuesday, May 24, from 3:30 - 5 PM, Studio in a School will host an open studio for families to view all the beautiful artwork children have created with Josh and Mildor this year.  Please save the date!  

Finally, Friday is a TNS half-day for professional development.  Dismissal is at 11:45 AM.

Warmly,

Dyanthe

Dyanthe's Weekly Letters

Week of 5.9.22

Dear Family,

Our community remains true to working and learning together during another unprecedented year. I know that as families move forward with us, we will continue supporting one another. But, of course, there are also families that, for whatever reason, are leaving TNS, and we wish them well! Around this time each year, we send a letter to families asking about their plans for the following year. We do so for many reasons. This information helps when we make next year’s classes. It helps us figure out if we can accept new students. It also helps us forecast our budget because funding from student enrollment enables us to run our school.

I am writing to ask that you let us know if you are sure your child is NOT returning to TNS in the fall.  Please complete this survey and let us know the school your child will be attending next year. Thank you.

On Tuesday, May 24, from 3:30 - 5 PM, Studio in a School will host an open studio for families to view all the beautiful artwork children have created with Josh and Mildor this year.  Please save the date!  

At TNS, we celebrate “Field Day,” a tradition that involves having the entire school community gather together in Prospect Park for a day in June. That is during a usual year when children have many opportunities to take field trips around the city. The staff felt that Field Day would be overwhelming for many of our students. So instead, classes and families will come together in grade teams (Pre-K, K/1, 2/3, and 4/5) for a day at a park. Your child’s teacher will reach out with more information soon.

Enjoy the beautiful week,

Dyanthe

Dyanthe's Weekly Letters

Week of 5.3.22

Dear Families,

The weather is turning warm, and we are heading into the last two months of the school year.  The end of the school year can elicit complicated feelings in children. What looks like spring fever may be children who are beginning to feel the loss of their classroom community, and it’s important to remind ourselves that regression is a normal reaction for children in the face of change.  Children react to transitions and the end of the year is a big one. Thinking about ending the year, saying “Goodbye,” and considering beginning a new grade with new teachers and new peer groups can bring up a lot of anxiety for children.  Teachers will use various ways to address end-of-year issues in the classroom.  We ask that you also support your children by keeping schedules and routines as regular for as long as possible and keeping your anxieties about the summer and next school year at bay.  Please check in with your child’s teacher if you notice your child is struggling during this time.  

Families can still join the Triple P (Positive Parent Training) workshop series this Thursday from 6 - 7 PM. Positive Parent Training (Triple P) is an evidence-based model proven to reduce family stress and behavioral challenges at home. Join here: https://bit.ly/tns-ppp.

Have a good week.

Warm regards,

Dyanthe

Dyanthe's Weekly Letters

Week of 4.25.22

Dear Families,

This year, due to pandemic COVID relief funds, we have been able to pay for partnerships with several community-based organizations to support our entire community’s mental health and well-being, including families.  These incredible opportunities are just for TNS! We have two workshops this week that I hope our families will attend.  First, the Education Justice Research & Organizing Collaborative (EJ-ROC) Center for Community Organizing and Engagement will offer the third in their Anti-Racist Parent training series: “The Air We Breath,” Tuesday, from 6 - 8 PM.  In this session, parents will spend a short time in racial affinity spaces but then come together to explore racial and other (micro) aggressions for most of the workshop.  Here is the zoom link for the meeting: https://nyu.zoom.us/j/3957174475.  Please register at this link if you haven’t yet.

We are also partnering with University Settlement to offer a four-part parenting training series, starting this Thursday from 6 - 7 PM. Positive Parent Training (Triple P) is an evidence-based model proven to reduce family stress and behavioral challenges at home.  Many families have benefited from these sessions, which offer tools for supporting our kids and strengthening family relationships. Join here: https://bit.ly/tns-ppp.

Neaha [Triple P] really helped us talk through and strategize about some stuck spots in our family dynamics and routines and make small changes that have made a big impact! I’m so glad we were able to make the time and space for this; we needed the support and also more information about child development and their social-emotional needs.

-TNS parent

Please remember that there is no school on Monday, May 2, observing Eid al-Fitr.

Warmly,

Dyanthe

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