Dear Neighborhood School Families,
I hope everyone enjoyed the break and the promise of warmer weather to come (so many happy New Yorkers today). : )
Each Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday morning this week, 3rd - 5th grade students will participate in some kind of assessment: some will take the NYS English Language Arts Exam, others will take an alternative assessment created by teachers and aligned to the Common Core Standards and our curriculum. Once again, at TNS we support all parents in making the best decisions for their individual children. Please let me know as soon as possible if you decide to have your child take the TNS Alternative Assessments. Teachers will continue to have conversations with our children to create an environment that is respectful of the diversity of opinions surrounding this issue. It is vital that all members of our community feel supported during this time, and that we maintain a sense of calm for our students.
The DOE Survey deadline has been extended until this Friday! As of April 2nd, only 13% of our families have completed their DOE Surveys! This is a record low number. Please remember, we are evaluated by responses and response rate. Surveys can be mailed in or completed online. You were sent a green envelope which contains directions and your access code. Use the survey access code printed on your individual survey to complete on-line. If you don’t have the hard copy of the survey, call the Survey Hotline at 1-800-690-8603.
Every year, our 3rd, 4th and 5th graders go to camp for three days and two nights: our 3rd graders (and this year some 2nd graders, as well) go to Camp Speers Eljabar YMCA and our 4th/5th graders go to Camp Ashokan. This year, we all are going to camp the same week: Wednesday, April 29th through Friday, May 1st. The Ashokan Center’s trails and outdoor campus offers students the opportunity to hike to the depths of the 350 million year old Cathedral Gorge and the Turnwood-Ashokan Covered Bridge. Camp Speers, nestled in the northeast Pocono Mountains, features a 42 acre lake, 1100 acres of pristine forest and Sphagnum bog.
We expect that ALL of our students will go to camp. The trip is an essential part your child’s TNS experience and reflects the values of our mission about how children learn best. Please reach out to your child’s teacher, me or Noemi if you have any questions about your child participating in this trip.
Mark your calendars:
We will have our 3rd grade camp orientation on Thursday at 5:30pm in the Library. Please join us to learn more about this experience.
SLT has been rescheduled for Thursday, April 23rd at 5:30pm.
Soul Cycle is Friday, April 17 at 8pm! Akin will be instructing us once again for our Charity Ride! You can reserve a spot or sponsor a staff member at http://tnsny.org/posts/view_news/5060.