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PTA Meeting this Thursday (September 22nd)!

Please join us at drop off for a PTA meeting (8:35am in the PTA room)

Learn more about our school and how you can help make it the best it can be!

Everyone is welcome

Dyanthe’s Weekly Letters

Week of September 19, 2016

Dear Neighborhood School Families,

I imagine that some of our students will come into school today knowing a lot, a little, or nothing at all about the explosions that happened in Chelsea Saturday night.  At TNS, we believe that the best approach to support 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.  Please reach out to us if you feel that your child may require additional support.

Curriculum Night is Thursday.  This is an exciting opportunity to learn about your child’s curriculum for the year and to meet other families in your child’s class.  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 Library from 6 - 6:30pm. 3rd through 5th grade families will meet in the Library from 5:30 - 6pm and will meet in classrooms from 6 - 7pm.  Childcare will be provided for TNS students only.  Please sign-up with Noemi by Tuesday.

All Neighborhood School families should, if possible, subscribe to our school’s listserv. It is used for official communication from the school staff and PTA. It keeps you aware of important events happening in the school. This is a moderated list and, honestly, very few emails are sent out weekly.  If you know a parent who is not on the email list, please forward my letter to them with this link:  http://lists.theneighborhoodschool.org/listinfo.cgi/tns-list-theneighborhoodschool.org.  You can also learn about what’s happening by going to our school website calendar at http://tnsny.org/docs/calendar.

Mark your calendars (please note, committee meeting are open to ALL TNS families):

  • The School Leadership Team (SLT) will meet Tuesday from 8 - 9:30am in Room 301.  The SLT is a committee made up of elected parents and teachers.  We write, revise and disseminate school policies.  Monthly meetings are for the School Leadership Team Representatives and are open to all TNS families.  

  • The Diversity Committee will meet on Tuesday at drop-off in the small cafeteria.  The Diversity Committee ensures representative voices are reflected in our overall school community.  We respond to diversity and multicultural issues school wide by developing policies and programs that support our belief in diversity and multiculturalism as a shared value.

  • Our first PTA (Parent Teacher Association) meeting is Thursday at drop-off in the PTA Room.  The PTA is a volunteer group made up of families and teachers who consistently work toward a better school. All parents and guardians of children at TNS are automatically members of the PTA, and are strongly encouraged to be participat­ing members.  Monthly meetings are open to all TNS families who would like to attend.

  • Friday, September 23rd is a TNS Professional Development Half-day.  Dismissal is at 11:45am.  Please sign-up for afternoon childcare with Wingspan or University Settlement.

Although this is first full week of school, fall is coming; Thursday is the Autumn Equinox!

Happy Fall,


Dyanthe’s Weekly Letters

Week of September 11, 2016

Dear Neighborhood School Families,

Last week I spent a lot of time welcoming children and families back to school and visiting classrooms to say “Hello”.  I was greeted with hugs, smiles and stories from summer.  One student explained that she had gone on vacation and when I asked where to, she gleefully replied, “A hotel!”  While returning students are happy to be back, I am gently reminded that my role has little meaning to our newest and youngest children at this point in the year when I am introduced emphatically as “your new principal” and am greeted with a blank look.  

We have several events for families this week.  Tomorrow morning, there is a Pre-K/kindergarten orientation in the Library at drop-off.  Wednesday morning, there is an orientation for our families new to the school (also in the Library at drop-off).  Finally, our PTA Welcome (Back) Breakfast for ALL families is this Friday, September 16th at 8:30 in the library.  I very much hope to see you at (at least) one of these events.  

At the Neighborhood School, we work hard to provide a safe and successful learning environment for each child.  When the school day ends, we also want to make sure that children get to their next destination safely and securely.  In the lower grades, this is achieved by having parents or caregivers pick each child up at the classroom.  In the upper grades, this is still an option.  As children gain increased independence and are able to take on more responsibility, parents may opt to have their child self-dismiss.  This means that your child would leave the classroom independently and exit the building directly and either meet a parent or caregiver outside or walk home or to another prearranged location.  (Children who attend after school programs that work in collaboration with our school will be picked up by an adult from the program, so this does not apply to them.)  If you decide that your child is ready for this responsibility, please sign the authorization for self-dismissal form and return it to your child’s classroom teacher.   All students still waiting for their grown-ups to pick-up after 2:55pm will be in Room 306 (across from the office).  

Mark your calendars:

  • Afterschool programming begins this week.  There are still spots in both University Settlement and Wingspan.  Please reach out to Noemi for more information.

  • Pre-K/Kindergarten Families Welcome:  Noemi and I meet with our new Pre-K and K families on Tuesday, September 13 at 8:30am in the Library.

  • New Families Welcome:  Noemi and I meet with our new families on Wednesday, September 14 at 8:30am in the Library.

  • Our PTA Welcome (Back) Breakfast for ALL families is on Friday, September 16th at 8:30 in the library.  Please come by and say, “Hello.”

  • Curriculum Night is Thursday, September 22nd.  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 Library from 6 - 6:30pm. 3rd through 5th grade families will meet in the Library 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.

  • Friday, September 23rd is a TNS Half-day.  Dismissal is at 11:45am.

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.  



Dyanthe’s Weekly Letters

Week of September 5, 2016

Dear Neighborhood School Families,

I was lucky enough to spend the last weeks of my summer in Cape Cod, where the feeling of fall arrives a little earlier than in NYC; evenings began to feel cool and the sky lit up with stars by 8pm.  This of course, got me thinking about TNS and a new school year.  When I returned to school last week, teachers were already there, readying classrooms for new experiences.  It is so exciting to see the school coming to life again after a long, (very) hot summer!

TNS staff come together tomorrow and Wednesday to begin planning the school year.  We will once again partner with Bank Street’s Emotionally Responsive Practice this year.  Over the next two days, we will think about beginning of year issues for our children: how children grow and develop, but how their old experiences are still a part of themselves and how they carry these experiences into their classroom and community.

Thursday, September 8th is the first day of school for students!  We start each school day at 8:25am.  Please remember that children and families must wait until 8:23 to go upstairs to classrooms (yes, even on the first day).  Breakfast will be served each morning beginning at 7:45.  The school day ends at 2:45pm.  Late pick-up is in Room 306 (across from the boys bathroom on the 3rd floor).  Kindergarten students will be dismissed at 11:45am all this week.

I look forward to catching up with many of you at the PTA sponsored Welcome (back) Picnic on Wednesday, September 7th in the recess yard from 3 - 6pm.   You will have an opportunity to meet many of our new staff and families and also see familiar faces.  Representatives from several after school programs will also be there to meet with families including Wingspan, University Settlement, and Boys and Girls Arts Express.  There will also be an opportunity to sign-up for after school programming on Friday morning in the Lobby at our After School Program Fair.  All after school programs begin the week of September 12.

Please remember that there is no school on Monday, September 12 in observance of Eid al-Adha.

I can’t wait to see everyone soon!



Health & Safety

Notes From 8.29.16 SCA Meeting

Dear TNS Community,

We have come a long way in the last 8-9 weeks.  We went from a stalled work site to a bustling transformation.  Through out the summer there have been crews of 80-120 people on site daily.  Some times seven day a week, two shifts a day. They have been communicating with us regularly and though they have made assurances, in construction there are usually setbacks. In this case it is the fabrication and shipment of terracotta from California. Because of this delay the work will not be totally complete by the time school starts.  But what I can tell you is the following:


I am very happy to report that the roof has been completed as has all the interior plaster and paint work on 3rd and 4th floors.

The final dusting and fine cleaning of classrooms and corridors is also done and the teachers were able to begin setting up their classrooms.


The masonry on the building is 99% complete. We are still waiting on 31 pieces of terra cotta to arrive to finish the project.

Prior to school opening the front and back of the school will be spruced up and the scaffolding is set to be removed at the beginning of next week and should be done by the time school starts.

They are also finishing up the window guard installation 


As for the play areas, we have not gotten as far as we wanted to but we are close.  As it stands currently for the first few weeks of school​ we will have the same footprint of play space as we did at the end of ​last ​school year.  As soon as the terracotta installation is complete (hopefully end of September) and all the bridges are removed​,​then the South yard in its entirety will be resurfaced.  That will mean about a week without use of that yard.  But by that time the Play structure will be accessible so there will be an active play area.

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