Dear Neighborhood School Families,
“Hate cannot drive out hate, only love can do that.”
-Martin Luther King Jr.
When I was a classroom teacher, one of my favorite picture books to read with my students was “Martin’s Big Words”. It tells the story of Martin Luther King Jr.’s life work and the civil rights movement and throughout the book, it features many of Dr. King’s memorable quotes. It is a beautiful book that is as compelling to adults as it is to children because it shows the power of conviction, resistance and perseverance. This week, we honor and celebrate the life and work of Dr. King; we commemorate the universal love, forgiveness and nonviolence that empowered his revolutionary spirit.
The Neighborhood School sees diversity as one of our great strengths; we value an inclusive community that is marked by mutual respect, trust and responsibility. Now, more than ever, in the spirit of Dr. King, we must see ourselves as a large and diverse community and come together for one another. On a daily basis, this means continuing to help children resolve conflicts respectfully and encouraging them to speak up when they see meanness. For our older students, it means teaching them to interrupt biased language, calmly ask questions and send a clear message: “This kind of language doesn’t fly here”. By doing this, we continue to cultivate the values that Martin Luther King Jr. taught us through his example — those of courage, justice, compassion, dignity and humility.
This week and next weekend, there are many events, and of course the everyday work in classrooms, to empower our children and us to stand up for the values and ideals that we hold so dear at TNS. I hope you will join us.
Mark Your Calendars:
The School Leadership Team (SLT) will meet Tuesday in Room 301 at 8 a.m. Monthly meetings are for the School Leadership Team Representatives and are open to all TNS families.
Parent’s of Unique Kids Support Group meets this Wednesday morning at drop-off in Room 301. This is a support group for parents and caretakers; it is an opportunity to share experiences, defeats, and strategies with each other. Kindergarten teacher, Dianne will lead the group as a fellow parent.
We will be making signs in preparation for both the DC and NYC Women’s March on Wednesday at 3 p.m. in Library. TNS will be going as group to the NYC Women’s March on Saturday, January 21 and everyone is welcome!!
Please join us for our January PTA General Meeting this Thursday at 8:40 a.m. in the PTA Room. We will discuss the PTA’s role in the NYC Women’s March on Saturday. Please come and share your ideas!
Please come to hear Jamaal A. Bowman speak Monday, January 23 at 6:30 p.m. Jamaal Bowman is the founding principal of Cornerstone Academy for Social Action Middle School and has worked as an educator for over 15 years. He is the author of “The Tyranny of Standardized Testing“, “Let ‘Em Play” and “End School Privatization”. You can learn more about him from his blog: https://jamaalabowman.wordpress.com.