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Dyanthe’s Weekly Letters

Week of April 23, 2014

Dear Neighborhood School Families,

I hope everyone enjoyed the break and the promise of warmer weather to come.  Beginning tomorrow, the building will be closing daily at 4pm for construction.  All children, families and staff will need to be out of the building by 4pm everyday.  Please remember that children who have permission to leave their classrooms independently are expected to exit the school building at dismissal and may not remain in the lobby or other areas of the building.  Students will not be able to re-enter the building after 4pm.  Any student remaining in the lobby after 3:10pm will be brought to the office.

I want to remind you that asbestos removal done to the exterior of the building is contained (an enclosure seals the work area from both the exterior and interior of our building).  Moreover, asbestos removal is only done when students and staff are out of the building, after 4pm.  The results of nightly tests ensuring that the building and surrounding areas are safe are shared with me and posted at our Health and Safety page.  

Every year, our 3rd graders go to Camp Speers Eljabar YMCA for three days and two nights.  Camp Speers, nestled in the northeast Pocono Mountains, features a 42 acre lake, 1100 acres of pristine forest and Sphagnum bog.  This year, we are going Wednesday, May 7 - Friday, May 9.  I hope that all our 3rd grade students have the opportunity to be a part of this incredible experience.  I can’t wait (Camp Speers is a favorite of mine)!

Save the dates!  We have some important Community Events coming up:

  • SLT will meet this week at 5:30pm at PS 20.  We will be in the CEC conference room.

  • Multicultural Day is this Saturday, April 26 from 12 - 4pm!

  • Sing is Tuesday, April 29 at 8:45am in the auditorium.

  • The NYS Math Test and TNS Math Alternative Assessment is Wednesday April 30 - Friday May 2.

I look forward to seeing you tomorrow,


Dyanthe’s Weekly Letters

Week of April 7, 2014

Dear Neighborhood School Families,

I apologize for the delay in sending out my family letter this week; we had a very busy morning at TNS!  Valerie and I joined a group of 4th/5th graders at the Studio in a School gallery to finish painting one of the giant blue eggs our students created for the Big Egg Hunt.  The eggs are now on display at 1 East 53rd Street.  

This Thursday, the staff and families of TNS and Star Academy will meet at 4pm in the lobby to march to Governor Cuomo’s NYC Office at 40th Street and 3rd Ave to protest the state budget passed last week.  Charter schools are now entitled to increased per pupil funding from the state, as well as access to space in NYC public schools.  Thursday’s PTA meeting has been postponed so that all TNS families can participate in this important event.  We must come together and send a collective message to Albany:  1.1 Million NYC public school children matter, too!  Please join us or meet us there!  The rally begins at 4:30pm.

This is the last week to complete the Department of Education (DOE) survey and our own TNS survey from the School Leadership Team (SLT).  You can find the DOE survey at www.nycschoolsurvey.org (use the survey access code printed on your individual survey or if you don’t have the hard copy of the survey, click the link to access your code.)  TNS surveys can be returned to Noemi.

Please remember:

  • On Friday, April 11th at 8:30am, 3rd/4th/5th grade students who took the Alternative Assessment can share their work with families in the Library.  

  • Friday, April  11th is a half-day.  Dismissal is at 11:30am.

  • Spring Break is Monday, April 14 - Tuesday, April 22nd.

Have a wonderful (and hopefully, sunny and warm) Spring Break.  I look forward to seeing everyone back at school on Wednesday, April 23rd.



News & Announcements

Today is the Last Day of Testing

Dear Neighborhood School Families,

Today is the last day of the NYS ELA and TNS Alternative Assessment. During this assessment period, all of our students have shown great stamina, focus and independence. ELA make-ups will be tomorrow for any child who absent for any part of the test.

TNS had 72 students (46% of our 3rd, 4th and 5th graders) who took the ELA Alternative Assessment this week. The alternative task provided students choice and multiple entry points. Students gathered information from many sources: video, maps, time lines, texts, pictures, etc. The assessment was created to be aligned with our philosophy about how children acquire knowledge and information, as well as how they demonstrate what they've learned. In addition to writing an essay, students had the opportunity to create a poster or presentation of their work. Students were required to work both independently and in partnerships. The assessment was created by teachers, the librarian and me, and is aligned to both the curriculum and the Common Core Standards. On Friday, April 11th at 8:30am students can share their Alternative Assessment work with families in the Library.

We continue to have conversations to create an environment that is respectful of the diversity of opinion surrounding this issue.It is vital that all members of the community feel supported during this time

As always, please feel free to reach out to me with your questions.


Dyanthe’s Weekly Letters

Week of March 31, 2014

Dear Neighborhood School Families,

Community Day was a wonderful success: shelves were built and installed, furniture and rooms (and several children) were painted, closets were cleaned and organized, and the 5 panel mural made by our students was hung in the school entrance.  Thank you teachers and families for making the day so productive and fun!

Each Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday morning this week, 3rd - 5th grade students will participate in some kind of assessment: some will take the NYS English Language Arts Exam, others will take an alternative assessment created by teachers and aligned to the curriculum.  Once again, at TNS we support all parents in making the best decisions for their individual children.  We will continue to have conversations with our children to create an environment that is respectful of the diversity of opinion 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.

Extended day is canceled for grades 3-5 this week.

We will have our 3rd grade camp orientation on Thursday at 5:30pm in the Library.  Please join us to learn more about this experience.  We will also be handing out permission forms at the meeting.  If you are not able to come to the presentation, you can find forms in your child’s backpack the next day.

At this time each year, we ask families to complete two surveys before April 11th: an official Department of Education (DOE) survey and a homegrown survey from our School Leadership Team (SLT).  So far, 40% of families have completed their DOE surveys.  Please remember that DOE Surveys can be mailed or completed online.  TNS surveys should be returned to Noemi.

Have a great week.



News & Announcements

Comedy Night for The Neighborhood School at The Gotham Club

Friday, May 9th
5:30 to 7:30PM

Can’t go? Sponsor A Teacher for $25

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