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PTA Agenda for April 19


Approval of Minutes

Teachers’ Updates presented by Mara

Update from the PTA Presidents: Vote on Konstella; Nominations for next year’s PTA positions; TNS merchandise for sale

Committee reports: 
Events (artisan fair, spring dance jam)
Diversity: Rhythm and Rice Festival on May 17th from 4-7pm
Border Crossers Dates!!!

Part 1: Friday May 4th (Time TBD) - How to talk to your Kids about Race

Part 2: Wednesday May 9th (Time TBD) - Affinity Group Workshop

Class Parents/Parent Engagement Liasons: are  you on the TNS listserve? 

ECO: Earth Day is April 22

Wellness: Grant proposal for school improvements; A Day of Wellness next Tuesday!


Old and New Business

Meeting Adjourned

News & Announcements

Middle School Workshop Date Changed

Date Changed!!!

Dyanthe’s Weekly Letters

Week of April 16, 2018

Dear Neighborhood School Families,

Recently, a parent asked what our staff does on TNS half-days.  During these afternoons, we participate in something called descriptive reviews.  The descriptive process begins with immersion – observing a child or space or activity.  It has a focus or focusing question that the presenting teacher or administrator work out thoughtfully ahead of time and that gives the participants a sense of how to listen and respond to the review. The process is always collaborative.  It has rules and roles necessary for making the inquiry democratic and inclusive, and for guaranteeing respect and privacy for the individuals involved. A review typically takes about two hours. Descriptive reviews are a powerful way of opening up one’s practice and learning from each other.   Especially now, in a time of high stakes testing, accountability and enforced standardization, we try to ensure that education starts and builds from the strengths of children and teachers and values human capacity; descriptive reviews do just that.  We devote all our PD half-days to this work.

TNS and Star are celebrating Earth Day Tuesday in the 4th Street Courtyard from 12 - 4PM.   Once again, TNS parents have teamed up with local organizations to create awesome activities for our kids.  Yes, the bug eating is back from the Island School! We will also make mud balls to clean up the East River, learn more about our footprint and  explore a Sensory Station. NYC Grow will bring seeds and cups to start plants and GOLES will be here to educate people about GO BAGS and emergency planning.  Emily will share innovative work from our students. The Girls Project and a few classes are creating presentations and so we can look for some recycling games, information about worms and much more!  This is an opportunity for all of us to deepen to our commitment to the environment-please stop by!  

Mark Your Calendars:

  • Noemi and our Pre-K social worker, Alice are facilitating a workshop for families, “Taking Care of Ourselves” Monday at drop-off in 301.

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

  • The Earth Day “family playdate” will bring together the PreK and K children from STAR and TNS to MAKE CRAFTS WITH NATURAL AND RECYCLED MATERIALS.   The event will take place on TUESDAY 2:40-3:30PM in the 4th Street Courtyard.

  • April’s PTA Meeting is Thursday morning at drop-off in the PTA Room.

  • The Garden Committee will meet Friday at drop-off in the small cafeteria.

  • Friday is a PD half-day.  Dismissal is at 11:45AM.

Have a good week,


News & Announcements

Save The Date--Workshop for Parents of Kiddos entering 6th grade (But all can join!)


Dyanthe’s Weekly Letters

Week of April 9, 2018

Dear Neighborhood School Families,

The chickens are back!  Once again, we will have 2 egg laying hens living in our 4th Street side courtyard for a month, beginning this week.  Most questions about our chickens-in-residence can be answered here: http://www.RentACoop.com/Chicken-Q-A.html.  Please make sure to ask your children about them; all classes will have a chance to visit.

The 3rd - 5th grade NYS English Language Arts Exams will be administered Wednesday and Thursday this week.  Students who do not take the state tests will continue the important and meaningful work they engage in everyday.  We support parents in making the best decisions for their individual children; teachers will have conversations with students 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.

I am sure that some of you have been wondering who is teaching what next year as we re-configure our mixed-age groupings to Pre-K (stand alone), K/1, ⅔, and ⅘.  While your child’s placement letter will go out at the end of June as it always has, we will let families know grade team configurations and ICT partnerships in May.  Please feel free to reach out if you have any questions before then.

It’s a very busy week at TNS:

  • The Wellness Committee meets Monday at drop-off in the PTA Room.

  • The Advocacy Committee meets Tuesday at drop-off in the PTA Room.

  • We will host “What to Do About Guns: A Community Discussion” Tuesday at drop-off in the PTA room.  TNS parent Matthieu Cornillon will lead a discussion about gun violence, the state of the movement to prevent it, and how people can get involved even while juggling parenthood and other responsibilities.

  • The PTA Executive Meeting is Wednesday morning at drop-off in the PTA Room.

  • The SLT (School Leadership Team) meets Thursday at 8AM in the Library. All are welcome.

  • Please join the ECO and Diversity Committees for a potluck dinner Thursday from 6-7:30PM in Room 304.  Kids will play and have a pizza dinner!  Please bring a dish, if possible:  http://bit.ly/2uP61IpPOTLUCK.

  • Parent’s of Unique Kids Support Group meets Friday morning at drop-off in Room 301.

  • The Wellness Committee and Barbara DiGangi from Families Thriving will host a series of workshop for families.  Each workshop will have a theme to help parents navigate and discuss important issues with their kid(s) such as child developmental stages, gender stereotypes and body awareness.  The first workshop will be Friday at 6PM in the PTA Room.

Welcome Back,


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