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Dyanthe’s Weekly Letters

Week of October 15, 2018

Dear Neighborhood School Families,

TNS will once again host several groups of Dutch educators who are part of a nationwide initiative called Platform Onderwijs 2032 (Platform Education 2032) this fall.  Each group is composed of teachers and administrators from pre-kindergarten to high school who are interested in identifying and making good educational practice visible, implementing it, organizing and supporting teacher/administrator education and taking part in the public debate on education.  During these visits, they will observe classrooms and speak with the teachers, children and parents in an effort to build upon their understanding of what constitutes a good education. Our first visit is today!

Mark your calendars:

  • The PTA Executive Meeting meets Monday at drop-off in the PTA Room.  All are welcome.

  • The Diversity Committee meets Tuesday at drop-off in the small cafeteria.

  • We have our October PTA meeting Thursday at drop-off in the PTA Room.

  • Friday night is TNS Movie Night!  We will be screening Hotel Transylvania 3.  Doors open at 5 PM.

Warmly,

Dyanthe

Dyanthe’s Weekly Letters

Week of October 8, 2018

Dear Neighborhood School Families,

Once again this year, I will host a series of informal gatherings for families each month to discuss topics of interest to our community - so please email your suggestions!  The first “Morning Hour” will be Wednesday in the PTA Room right after drop off.  We will discuss progressive education and in preparation, I encourage you to read Alfie Kohn’s article, Progressive Education: Why It’s Hard to Beat, But Also Hard to Find.  We usually begin each year with this article; I think it is a good starting point for future conversations.

Gifted and Talented testing applications are now available for children currently in grades Pre-K through 2nd.  If you are interested in having your child tested for the Gifted and Talented program, please stop by the office to pick up a handbook. The handbook includes information about the test and application. You may also access the handbook and application online at www.nyc.gov/schools/GT.  Applications are due online or to Carmen by November 9, 2018.

Mark your calendars:

  • The Grants Committee meets Tuesday at drop-off in the small cafeteria.

  • Neighborhood School to Puerto Rico with Love meets Thursday at 3PM in the Library.  The Neighborhood School to Puerto Rico with Love is a group of parents and staff committed to supporting public school teachers, families, and children in Puerto Rico.  We began fundraising and shipping emergency and school supplies to Puerto Rico after Hurricane Maria. Public education in Puerto Rico has gotten worse over the past year and the needs are even greater.  We will review our current financial statements, discuss possible target communities/schools in Puerto Rico, and create our fundraising plans for the year. If you are unable to attend the meeting, but are interested in becoming a member of our group, please email Dianne at TNS2PR@gmail.com.

Warmly,

Dyanthe

News & Announcements

Support TNS during Tea Collection’s School Days

  1. Shop at www.TeaSchoolDays.com from October 8-15
  2. Enter Promo Code SDF18PTANEIGHBORHOOD at checkout to receive 15% for our school plus 15% off & Free Shipping for you
  3. Spread the word to friends and family. Anyone can support our school & receive the discount.
TNS Tea Collection School Days

Dyanthe’s Weekly Letters

Week of October 1, 2018

Dear Neighborhood School Families,

All NYC public schools are required to practice the protocols they will follow for different kinds of emergencies throughout the school year.  The first is a building evacuation, or “fire drill”. We practice this drill several times throughout the year; it’s the one your children will be most familiar with. There are different scenarios that would call for a building evacuation, but the most common would be danger within the building such as a fire. The second type of safety protocol we prepare for is a lockdown. During a lockdown an announcement is made over the PA and children and staff respond by turning off the lights in classrooms, locking classroom doors, moving out of the sight line of the windows or classroom doors, and maintaining silence until the lockdown has been lifted. This drill is to prepare for the very unlikely event of imminent danger inside the building.  Neighborhood School teachers discuss different drill practices with children well ahead of time, so that they feel safe.   They communicate that this is our school and we want to make sure that only people who belong here are here. We will have our first lockdown drill this week.   Please contact me if you have any questions about any of our school safety drills.

Danc3rd Street Music Settlement begins working with our Pre-K and K/1 classes.   Classes are once a week and explore music through voice, movement and instruments.  Our ⅔ and ⅘ classes begin African dance with Notes in Motion. This program gives students opportunities to explore their artistic voice through movement, choreography, and improvisation.

All families must complete a Lunch Form application, whether or not your child eats school lunch.  This information determines our school’s eligibility for additional funding.  Families have received a hard copy, but you can complete it online at https://www.myschoolapps.com.  You can also get a form from Gladys in the office; one lunch form per family.  Thank you.

Mark your calendars:

  • Our 5th grade middle school meeting is Tuesday at 8:35 AM in Room 313.

  • SLT meets Thursday at 8 AM in Room 313.  This meeting is open to all families.

    • Review SLT ByLaws

    • Discuss School Survey

    • Reflect on new class configurations

  • There is no school Monday, October 8th in observance of Indigenous Peoples’ Day.

Warmly,

Dyanthe

News & Announcements

Parents’ Night Out!

A big thank you to everyone who made Parents’ Night Out 2018 a big success.  It was a fun night, the music was incredible, and we raised over $900 to support our school.

The TNS Parents’ Band— Rob, Ali, Andrew & Denise— was simply amazing!  Thank you to all the TNS parents who came out, bought tickets, donated tickets, brought friends, performed music, and participated in the raffle. We are lucky to have such a fun, talented, generous community of families.





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