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Dyanthe’s Weekly Letters

Week of June 20, 2016

Dear Neighborhood School Families,

Happy Summer Solstice!

It is a tradition at TNS that we have Camp Days on the last two full days of school (Friday and Monday, June 27).  In the morning, kindergarten students will go to the recess yard and the 1st and 2nd grade students will go the 1st Park.  In the afternoon, upper grades go to 1st park.  Students will get wet if the sprinklers are on (and we hope they are), so please send a change of clothes to school for your child.  If you do not want your child to go into the sprinklers, please let your teacher know.  Please note, students must come to school to participate in Camp Days.

Just a few reminders:

  • 5th Grade graduation is Thursday, June 23 at 1:30pm in the Auditorium.

  • Narrative Reports go home Thursday.

  • Tuesday, June 28 is a half-day and the last day of school.  Dismissal is at 11:35am. 

  • Tuesday, June 28 is also our last SING of the year in the courtyard at 8:45am.  Please note, we do not have a bake sale.

Have a good week,

Dyanthe

Dyanthe’s Weekly Letters

Week of June 13, 2016

Dear Neighborhood School Families,

During the month of June, teachers are hard at work in the evenings and on the weekends writing your children’s progress reports.  Progress reports tell the story of a child as a learner; they are descriptive, filled with precise detail, and reveal a child’s interests, strengths and areas for growth.  The end-of-year reports will detail the growth your child has made this year.  Reports go home June 23.  

Yesterday, I had the opportunity to talk with my 9 year old daughter Kaya about the horrific events in Orlando Saturday night.  I imagine that some of our students will come into school today knowing a lot, a little, or nothing at all about what happened.  We believe that the best approach to supporting 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.  

Word of mouth is often the best way to share information.  Please let your friends, family and neighbors know that The Neighborhood Schools has spaces in our 3rd grade classes for next year; they can reach out to me (dyanthe@tnsny.org) or Noemi (nmora@schools.nyc.gov) for more information.  

Mark Your Calendar:

  • We will have the Scholastic Book Fair today in the front courtyard.

  • Our final SLT meeting of the year is tonight, June 13 at 5:30pm in Danette’s room.  All are welcome.

  • THERE IS NO SCHOOL TOMORROW.  It is a Department of Education Clerical day for staff.

  • We will have elections for PTA and SLT positions for next year Thursday morning at 8:30 in the PTA Room.

  • Please join families for the Multicultural Family Potluck Thursday in the yard beginning at 5:30pm.

  • Thursday, June 23 at 1:30 is 5th Grade Graduation.  

  • Tuesday, June 28 is a half-day and the last day of school.

Warmly,

Dyanthe

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Book Fair Tomorrow!

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Dyanthe’s Weekly Letters

Week of June 6, 2016

Dear Neighborhood School Families,

As I discussed in my letter a couple of weeks ago, teachers and I have begun to work on class configurations for next year.  Although we always try to preserve students’ experience of staying two years in our mixed aged classrooms, sometimes it is not possible.  Next year, we will have one fewer ⅘ class.   As a result, we will have three ⅘ classes.  We will also have 2 full-time 3rd grade ICT (these are classes with two teachers) classrooms.  If you have a fourth grade child in Sofia’s class, please make sure you let her if there are particular friendships you’d like to see continue, or if there are particular children you think your child should not be placed with, or if there are other things you want us to consider about your child’s learning and social needs.  While we will carefully consider your input along with information from teachers and other school staff, please understand that we may not be able to honor every request.  Our goal is to make well balanced classes all around.  We will be in clear communication with children and  families about any changes in class placement before the end of the school year.

Our PROSE Diversity Grant was approved!  Monies will support staff work with Border Crossers next year as well as compensate our early childhood teachers to outreach to District 1 Headstarts and Universal Pre-K programs.  Borders Crossers will have a parent workshop Tuesday from 6 to 8 pm.  This training provides parents, guardians and caregivers with strategies for how to talk about race and racism with their children. Parents learn how children see race, gain skills for approaching age-appropriate conversations with a racial equity lens, and practice strategies to promote positive racial identity development in children.

Friday is Field Day!   Our entire school is going to Prospect Park for a picnic and outdoor activities.  Younger students will take school buses and some upper grades will take the train.  Please check with your child’s teacher about departure time.   We will gather near the Picnic House.  Parents wishing to take students out early or directly from the park must sign out with their classroom teachers. This will insure that all students are safely accounted for.  Thank you.

Mark your calendars:

  • The NYS Written Science Test is today.

  • Please join our 3rd, 4th and 5th grade classes for their Theater Residency Shares in the auditorium this week:

    • Tuesday:  8:25 Laura & Michiko, 10:45 Alexis & Corinthia, 11:35 Hannah & Desmond

    • Wednesday:  9:10 Sofia, 9:55 Jane, 10:45 Grace

  • Thursday, June 9 is Chancellor’s Day.  There is NO SCHOOL for students.

  • Tuesday, June 14 is a DOE Clerical Day for staff.  There is NO SCHOOL for students.

  • Narrative Reports go home on on Thursday, June 23.  Scored TNS ELA and Math Alternative Assessments will go home with students’ Narrative Reports.

  • Tuesday, June 28 is a half-day (and the last day of school!).  Dismissal is at 11:35am.

Warmly,

Dyanthe

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