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Notes From 7.27.16 SCA Meeting

Please read the later bi-weekly report from the TNS Health and Safety Committee regarding building construction:


Work remains on schedule to meet deadline of having scaffolding down and classrooms ready before students arrive on day 1 of school.  SCA is optimistic, that outside play area work may be complete by day 1 of school, as well, but this is a best case scenario likelihood of which SCA will know much better about in two weeks/next meeting.   The weather (NO RAIN!) has by and large been our friend.


·         1,000 pieces of terra cotta have been installed. 42 remaining pieces of terra cotta roof expected to arrive in August.  More exact arrival time will be known by Monday, August 1.  Should the terra cotta arrive in a timely manner, and barring bad weather, the chances of having all scaffolding down by day 1 of school is very good.  Should the remaining terra cotta not arrive in timely manner,  the committee representatives  and SCA discussed a contingency plan of removing scaffolding by day 1 of school and installing remaining terra cotta by other means.

·         60% of roof has been cleared as of visit and new roof installation will begin this week.

·         Liro Construction fortunately discovered a drainage block in pipes, saving  the building a considerable amount of damage. Liro, building manager Wille and the committee identified all water damage to all classrooms and internal areas caused by past and present construction which Liro will remedy as part of their job.

·         SCA has agreed to assist in careful replanting of front of building garden plants as soon as practicable.

Next Meeting in 2 weeks.

Dyanthe’s Weekly Letters

Week of June 27, 2016

Dear Neighborhood School Families,

With only a couple of days remaining in this school year, I want to share the final version of the class configurations for next year.  We will have have three 4th/5th grades, two 3rd grade classrooms, four 1st/2nd grades, two kindergartens and two pre-K/Ks classes.  Some of our teachers will also be teaching different grades: Erin will teach Pre-K/K, Jane will teach ½, and Sofia and Desmond will move down to teach 3rd grade.

Just a few reminders:

  • Tomorrow, June 28 is a half-day (and the last day of school).  Dismissal is at 11:35am.    

  • Tuesday is our last Sing of the year in the courtyard at 8:45am.  Please note, we do not have a bake sale.

Lastly, it is time to say “goodbye” to some cherished members of our teaching community.  Two of our beloved founding teachers, Laurie and Debbie are retiring.  Meg, who has taught ½ at TNS for the last four years, is moving on to teach at a new school.  Vanessa, our Occupational Therapist (OT), is leaving to take care of her soon-to-be baby girl.  We will miss them all, but wish them luck on their next adventure and look forward to when they come back to visit!

Thank you for another wonderful year. I am so honored to be a part of such a remarkable community.  I hope that it is obvious to you how much I love being your principal and how much fun I’ve had working with you and your children again this year.  I hope you have a wonderful summer with your children; full of adventure and play and have lots of stories to share when we see each other again on September 8th.  

Much Love,


Dyanthe’s Weekly Letters

Week of June 20, 2016

Dear Neighborhood School Families,

Happy Summer Solstice!

It is a tradition at TNS that we have Camp Days on the last two full days of school (Friday and Monday, June 27).  In the morning, kindergarten students will go to the recess yard and the 1st and 2nd grade students will go the 1st Park.  In the afternoon, upper grades go to 1st park.  Students will get wet if the sprinklers are on (and we hope they are), so please send a change of clothes to school for your child.  If you do not want your child to go into the sprinklers, please let your teacher know.  Please note, students must come to school to participate in Camp Days.

Just a few reminders:

  • 5th Grade graduation is Thursday, June 23 at 1:30pm in the Auditorium.

  • Narrative Reports go home Thursday.

  • Tuesday, June 28 is a half-day and the last day of school.  Dismissal is at 11:35am. 

  • Tuesday, June 28 is also our last SING of the year in the courtyard at 8:45am.  Please note, we do not have a bake sale.

Have a good week,


Dyanthe’s Weekly Letters

Week of June 13, 2016

Dear Neighborhood School Families,

During the month of June, teachers are hard at work in the evenings and on the weekends writing your children’s progress reports.  Progress reports tell the story of a child as a learner; they are descriptive, filled with precise detail, and reveal a child’s interests, strengths and areas for growth.  The end-of-year reports will detail the growth your child has made this year.  Reports go home June 23.  

Yesterday, I had the opportunity to talk with my 9 year old daughter Kaya about the horrific events in Orlando Saturday night.  I imagine that some of our students will come into school today knowing a lot, a little, or nothing at all about what happened.  We believe that the best approach to supporting our children is to take our cues from them:  listen carefully their questions/thoughts, respond with what we know and assure them that they are safe at TNS.  

Word of mouth is often the best way to share information.  Please let your friends, family and neighbors know that The Neighborhood Schools has spaces in our 3rd grade classes for next year; they can reach out to me (dyanthe@tnsny.org) or Noemi (nmora@schools.nyc.gov) for more information.  

Mark Your Calendar:

  • We will have the Scholastic Book Fair today in the front courtyard.

  • Our final SLT meeting of the year is tonight, June 13 at 5:30pm in Danette’s room.  All are welcome.

  • THERE IS NO SCHOOL TOMORROW.  It is a Department of Education Clerical day for staff.

  • We will have elections for PTA and SLT positions for next year Thursday morning at 8:30 in the PTA Room.

  • Please join families for the Multicultural Family Potluck Thursday in the yard beginning at 5:30pm.

  • Thursday, June 23 at 1:30 is 5th Grade Graduation.  

  • Tuesday, June 28 is a half-day and the last day of school.



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