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Dyanthe’s Weekly Letters

Week of January 16, 2018

Dear Neighborhood School Families,

When The Neighborhood School was founded 26 years ago, we intentionally created mixed-age groupings for every grade band.  We believe that children are well served in mixed-age groups. They can work with a wide age range of classmates; mentor children younger (and sometimes older) than themselves; be mentored by classmates; and, because they are with the same teachers for two years, they are taught by those who know them on a deeper level.  We followed this model until 2006, when the Department of Education (DOE) moved 6th grade to middle school.  This shift left us with an odd number of grades and a decision about how to adjust our mixed-age groupings.  Ultimately, we decided to have 3rd grade stand alone.  This model has proven to be challenging, both philosophically and logistically.  

With the full support of our teachers and the School Leadership Team (SLT), we have decided to re-configure our mixed-age groupings beginning next year to Pre-K (stand alone); K/1; 2/3; and 4/5.  As with any decision that affects students and teachers’ daily experience and curriculum, the staff and SLT have spent time exploring the effects of this new configuration.  Teachers and I are confident that these new grade arrangements will continue to support our children’s educational and social-emotional needs within TNS’s progressive model.

I am sure you have many questions about these changes.  I will host an information hour Monday, January 22 at drop-off.  We will create an informational handout for those unable to attend.  I hope to see you there.

Mark your calendar:

  • TNS Auction Committee meets Wednesday at 8:40 AM in the PTA Room.

  • STAR and TNS family and friends are invited to the Library this Wednesday from 3 - 4:15 to make posters for the 2018 Women’s March.  Info about the Women’s March, Saturday January 20th:  The rally (starting at 11:30) will be at Central Park West & 61st/62nd street.  We will march (starting around 12:30) past Columbus Circle, East on 59th Street, and South on 6th Avenue.

  • Our January PTA General Meeting is Thursday at 8:40 AM in the PTA Room.  

  • The Advocacy Committee meets Friday at drop-off in the small cafeteria.

  • Judy, Wanda, Dara, Shaniqua & Lindsey, Sofia & Joanne, Alexis & Corinthia, and Hannah’s classes go ice skating this Friday.  



News & Announcements



The Neighborhood School to Puerto Rico with Love group will be presenting the 





Proceeds will be used to purchase and ship supplies to our partner school in Puerto Rico and to continue our fundraising efforts.

If you, your child, your friends, or family members would like to make a handmade item to donate for the sale, you can get the INSTRUCTIONS here.  All items are welcome!  

News & Announcements

PTA Agenda for 1/18


Please come join us this Thursday, January 18, 2018 at 8:40am in the PTA room.

Meeting Agenda

  • Introductions 8:40-8:50
  • Approval of Minutes 8:51-8:52
  • Dyanthe: Alternative menu 8:53-9:00
  • Updates from Treasurer’s 9:01-9:06
  • Committees Reports
    Events: Auction 9:07-17
    Wellness 9:17-19
    Class Parents/Parent Liaisons 9:19-9:20
    ECO 9:20-9:22
    Garden 9:22-9:24
    Diversity 9:24-27
  • PTA presidents’ business: Family Donations, Konstella, Listsserve 9:27-29
  • Old Business and New Business 9:29-9:30

  • Meeting adjourned 9:30

News & Announcements

Yearbook Parent Meeting-4th and 5th Grade Parents WELCOME!!!

Yearbook Flyer

Dyanthe’s Weekly Letters

Week of January 8, 2018

Dear Neighborhood School Families,

Art is a vital part of children’s experience at TNS.  The arts often offer a “way in” to academic subjects for many children who learn best through modalities other than reading and writing.  In addition, the arts introduce different ways of seeing and understanding the world.  I am very excited to share that our 3rd, 4th and 5th graders will participate in a residency with New York City Ballet (NYCB) this semester.  Teaching artists will lead ten in-school movement workshops that focus on the creative process, culminating in a presentation of student generated choreography.  Students will be challenged to think critically, act creatively, and engage collaboratively as they learn how to choreograph their own group dances.  Students will also attend a lecture demonstration and a live performance at Lincoln Center.

Ice skating trips are around the corner and money for your child’s first trip is due to your child’s teacher today.  Each class ice skates two times during the winter:

  • Friday, January 19th:  Judy - Wanda -Dara - Shaniqua & Lindsey - Sofia & Joanne - Alexis & Corinthia

  • Friday, February 2nd:  ‪Erin - Dianne & Shaquawn - Jane - Olivia & Chelsea – Grace - Catlin & Caroline- Hannah

  • Friday, February 9th:  Judy - Wanda -Dara - Shaniqua & Lindsey - Sofia & Joanne - Alexis & Corinthia

  • Friday, March 2nd: ‪Erin - Dianne & Shaquawn - Jane - Olivia & Chelsea – Grace - Mara & Caroline - Hannah

Finally, I want to let you know about a shift in staffing that will happen at the beginning of the new semester.   After considerable thought, we are going to make the following change:  beginning the week of February 5, Mara will join Caroline to co-teach in the 4/5s and Catlin will begin teaching Spanish with the new round of classes and the 3rd grade, which has Spanish all year.  It is always challenging to make staffing changes mid-year and I am deeply appreciative and grateful to Mara, Caroline and Catlin for their willingness to ensure our students’ success.

Mark your calendar:

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

  • The Grants Committee meets Thursday at drop-off in the small cafeteria.



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