Dear Neighborhood School Families,
I hope that every family received a TNS Handbook last week in your child’s backpack (if not, please stop by the office and ask for a copy). It describes some important TNS values and traditions, as well as the essential “nuts and bolts” to get started this year.
In my letter last week, I mentioned two very important upcoming traditions that may require a little context for our newest community members: Sing and Community Day. Our school “Sing” occurs the last Wednesday of every month after drop off. Families gather in the school lobby while teachers organize their classes and escort them to the Auditorium. Song sheets are handed out at each session. This is a wonderful opportunity to see your child among their peers and to see the entire school community together in one place. Teachers and parents play instruments while children and families contribute the vocals. The entire event typically lasts 10 – 15 minutes. Children practice their songs in class throughout the month and our Sing event is a proud moment for all. We encourage all families to attend. Our first Sing event is next Wednesday, September 24.
Community day involves one part helping to clean and care for our classrooms and shared facilities, and one part thought and reflection. Class parents often assess each teacher’s classroom needs and help to ensure that each class has a team of helpers. On this day in past years, there has been book re-shelving in the library, block cleaning in the classrooms, painting of the bathrooms, hanging of shelves and cabinets, and assembling benches to name a few activities. This year, we will have two community days; one in the fall and one again in the spring. Community Day is Sunday, October 5 from 11 - 4pm.
It is going to be another very busy week, both at TNS and in our neighborhood!
Please join us on Tuesday morning at 8:40 in the Library for our Welcome Back breakfast.
Curriculum Night is Tuesday! Pre-k through 2nd grade families will meet in the classrooms from 5 - 6pm, and then will meet with out-of-classroom teachers and support staff in the auditorium from 6 - 6:30pm. 3rd through 5th grade families will meet in the auditorium from 5:30 - 6pm and will meet in classrooms from 6 - 7pm. I very much hope to see you there; this is an exciting opportunity to learn about the curriculum for the year and to meet other families in your child’s class.
In 2013, The Neighborhood School’s PTA and SLT voted in support of a kindergarten enrollment diversity policy and joined the District 1 Diversity Task Force to explore options district wide. Wednesday at 6pm at PS 20, the Community Education Council (CEC) will be holding a School Diversity Town Hall to discuss the history in D1 of advocating for fairness in terms of diversity and equity. Chancellor Farina will be at the Town Hall to speak with community members and to take questions. It’s important that we show the Chancellor the rich history we have in D1 for advocating for diversity and equity.
Our first PTA meeting of the year is Thursday, September 18 at 8:40am in the PTA room. Please come and meet the new staff at TNS!
Our first School Leadership Team (SLT) meeting of the year is Thursday, September 18 at 5:30pm in the office. This meeting is open to all.
Friday, September 19th is a half-day. Dismissal is at 11:35am. Wingspan and University Settlement will provide after school care that day.
Join the TNS contingent at The People’s Climate March on Sunday, September 21 at Central Park West and 66th Street. Look for our banners and signs.
Lastly, please remember, the PTA will be collecting donations for the Summer Read-A-Thon all this week at drop off.