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Dyanthe's Weekly Letters

Texas school shooting yesterday

Dear Families,

It is tragic and infuriating to write about another horrific mass shooting in less than two weeks.  Once again, we are left with feelings of grief, fear, and anger.  I remind you to monitor the information your child is exposed to and turn the news off when children are in earshot.  Teachers will support children if they bring it up in class.  Here are the guidelines we use, and I encourage you to as well. 

  1. Listen.  Find out what children know, have heard, and have seen. 

  2. Provide containing information. 

  3. Find out what children are wondering. (Why? How? etc.)

  4. Reassure children that they are safe in our school. Reference things in place, like Agent Jackson and Alleyne, rules about guns in New York City and New York State, and safety drills.

  5. Make a blank book where children can write or draw about what happened if they are worried.

  6. For older kids who bring up gun issues, let them research and write their opinions about gun ownership, gun control, etc. Give them the option to write letters to state and federal congresspeople.

Please feel free to reach out to your child’s teacher if you have any questions or concerns.

Warmly,

Dyanthe

News & Announcements

Week of 5.23.22

Dear Families,

I cannot thank the Neighborhood Day organizers and volunteers enough for their hard work in making Saturday’s event a huge success!  Each activity - the box maze, car derby, cupcakes, silk screening, chess games, somatic workshop, Sing, and the water balloons- all made the day special and memorable.  Thank you, families!

We are beginning to think about placing children into classes for next year.  Each student’s placement will be carefully considered.  We think about how each child approaches their work and play.  We think about their relationships and learning needs.  We try to create classes that have a blend of children with various social, academic, and emotional characteristics.  

If there is anything you’d like us to consider as we’re making your child’s placement decision, please complete this form.  Please understand that we cannot honor requests for specific teachers.

On Tuesday, May 24, from 3:30 - 5 PM, Studio in a School will host an open studio for families to view all the beautiful artwork children have created with Josh and Mildor this year.  Families will be able to walk around the 2nd and 3rd-floor hallways and art studio.  I hope to see you there!  

Warmly,

Dyanthe

Dyanthe's Weekly Letters

Week of 5.16.22

Dear Families,

I am sure you are reeling from the horrific, racist mass shooting in Buffalo yesterday and the shootings at a church in California yesterday.  Once again, we are left with feelings of grief, fear, and anger.  Please monitor the information your child is exposed to and turn the news off when children are in earshot.  Teachers will support children if they bring it up in class.  Here are the guidelines we use, and I encourage you to as well.  Listen carefully to what children are asking: find out what they know, have heard, or have seen.  Provide containing information: Here is what we know. Find out what children are wondering. (Why? How? etc.).  Talk about your family’s efforts to fight prejudice, racism, and value differences. Think together about things your family can do in response or to help. Embrace Race has created a manageable and valuable set of resources for families called Supporting Kids through Racialized Violence to support having honest, thoughtful, informed discussions with the children.

Saturday, from 11 AM - 3 PM, is Spring Neighborhood Day!  Parents will lead activities like zine-making, silkscreening, time capsule recording, car derby, box maze, and more! Parent Somaliah will lead a somatic workshop in the garden at noon.  We have a parent-led Sing at 1 PM.  

 On Tuesday, May 24, from 3:30 - 5 PM, Studio in a School will host an open studio for families to view all the beautiful artwork children have created with Josh and Mildor this year.  Please save the date!  

Finally, Friday is a TNS half-day for professional development.  Dismissal is at 11:45 AM.

Warmly,

Dyanthe

Dyanthe's Weekly Letters

Week of 5.9.22

Dear Family,

Our community remains true to working and learning together during another unprecedented year. I know that as families move forward with us, we will continue supporting one another. But, of course, there are also families that, for whatever reason, are leaving TNS, and we wish them well! Around this time each year, we send a letter to families asking about their plans for the following year. We do so for many reasons. This information helps when we make next year’s classes. It helps us figure out if we can accept new students. It also helps us forecast our budget because funding from student enrollment enables us to run our school.

I am writing to ask that you let us know if you are sure your child is NOT returning to TNS in the fall.  Please complete this survey and let us know the school your child will be attending next year. Thank you.

On Tuesday, May 24, from 3:30 - 5 PM, Studio in a School will host an open studio for families to view all the beautiful artwork children have created with Josh and Mildor this year.  Please save the date!  

At TNS, we celebrate “Field Day,” a tradition that involves having the entire school community gather together in Prospect Park for a day in June. That is during a usual year when children have many opportunities to take field trips around the city. The staff felt that Field Day would be overwhelming for many of our students. So instead, classes and families will come together in grade teams (Pre-K, K/1, 2/3, and 4/5) for a day at a park. Your child’s teacher will reach out with more information soon.

Enjoy the beautiful week,

Dyanthe

Dyanthe's Weekly Letters

Week of 5.3.22

Dear Families,

The weather is turning warm, and we are heading into the last two months of the school year.  The end of the school year can elicit complicated feelings in children. What looks like spring fever may be children who are beginning to feel the loss of their classroom community, and it’s important to remind ourselves that regression is a normal reaction for children in the face of change.  Children react to transitions and the end of the year is a big one. Thinking about ending the year, saying “Goodbye,” and considering beginning a new grade with new teachers and new peer groups can bring up a lot of anxiety for children.  Teachers will use various ways to address end-of-year issues in the classroom.  We ask that you also support your children by keeping schedules and routines as regular for as long as possible and keeping your anxieties about the summer and next school year at bay.  Please check in with your child’s teacher if you notice your child is struggling during this time.  

Families can still join the Triple P (Positive Parent Training) workshop series this Thursday from 6 - 7 PM. Positive Parent Training (Triple P) is an evidence-based model proven to reduce family stress and behavioral challenges at home. Join here: https://bit.ly/tns-ppp.

Have a good week.

Warm regards,

Dyanthe

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