Dear Neighborhood School Families,
At TNS, we value student and family input and feedback throughout the year. However, it is at this time each year that we ask for a different kind of feedback from the entire community. We will distribute two different surveys: an official Department of Education (DOE) survey and a homegrown survey from our School Leadership Team (SLT). We will be distributing and collecting both surveys before, during and after the family conferences that are taking place this week. The DOE survey actually counts toward our school’s Progress Report, so it’s very important that we get one from every family. The Neighborhood School Family Feedback Form was designed by the School Leadership Team (SLT) and is intended to get your feedback, in narrative form-directly to me and the people who can do something about it. We’ll have a table set up during family conferences and will offer a special gift for anyone who hands in the survey that same day. During evening conferences, there will also be food for you to eat if you take a minute to sit down and complete the forms. Any surveys and feedback forms not completed by the end of the next week will be sent home in backpack mail.
On Monday, March 17, we will have two forums on 3rd - 5th grade testing: one at 8:30am and one at 6pm. As I said in my letter last week, there is a lot of mythology and misinformation surrounding testing and its implications for children and schools. I hope that by attending these forums, families will get information and perspectives in order to make the best decision for their family.
Dance classes for our 3rd, 4th and 5th graders begin this week. Teacher artist Erica Essner will work with Sofia/Christie, Tyler/Chelsea and Grace’s classes on Wednesdays. Teacher artist Chigui Santiago will work with Lauren/Laura, Amy, Colin and Sierra’s classes on Thursdays.
Family conferences are this week! If you have not done so yet, please make sure to sign-up for a conference time with your child’s teacher. Tuesday, March 11 is the half-day for conferences. The building will be open for evening conferences on Wednesday, March 12. If you are having any trouble signing up for a conference, please call the school office and we will help coordinate a time for you.
Mark your calendars! We have several important community events coming up:
Tuesday, March 11th is a half-day. Dismissal is at 11:30am. Please note, University Settlement will not be open tomorrow.
Our March PTA meeting is Thursday at 8:40am. Teddy will present information about our Physical Education curriculum.
Friday, March 28th at 6pm is our Magic Show with the Amazing Cardone!
Sunday, March 30th is Community Day (more to come soon…)!
Have a good week,