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Dyanthe’s Weekly Letters

Week of December 15, 2014

Dear Neighborhood School Families,

Last Friday, our school social worker, Patricia Winter facilitated a discussion for families about talking with our children in light of the Eric Garner and Michael Brown.  It was very insightful for me, both as a parent and educator.  For those of you not able to attend, we will have another opportunity for families to come together tomorrow at 8:40 in the PTA room.  Our Early Childhood social worker, Valerie Preston and Patricia will facilitate.  I very much hope you can join us.

Yesterday, I had the pleasure of participating in the Winter Fair.  I was overwhelmed by the generosity of TNS families, who donated their time, food, talents and positive energy to make the event so successful.  Thank you.

Dance shares for our upper grade classes (and our ⅔) will happen in the auditorium:

Wednesday, December 17

9:10 Jane/Chelsea

9:55 Sofia

10:40 Grace

Thursday, December 18

9:10 Colin/Desmond

9:55 Laura/Michiko

10:40 Alexis/Christie

11:35 Sierra

Have a wonderful week,

Dyanthe

Dyanthe’s Weekly Letters

Week of December 8, 2014

Dear Neighborhood School Families,

The results are in: the children of TNS overwhelming voted in support of having students participate as equal members on recess committees.  In addition, students will be on our building-wide recycling committee.  Powerful learning occurs when students, driven by their own interests, are supported in being creators and not just consumers of knowledge.  At TNS, we focus on creating opportunities for students to be agents in their own learning.  A recent example of this happened when a group of 4th and 5th grade girls approached Cheryl about starting their own book group.  With a little support, this group  meets weekly (and checks-in nightly about what page they are up to).  

This is a very busy time of year at TNS.  Please mark your calendars so you don’t miss anything:

  • The Advocacy Committee will meet on Wednesday at 8:40am in the PTA room.

  • Our school social worker, Patricia Winter will facilitate a discussion for families about how to talk with children in light of the Eric Garner and Michael Brown decisions on Friday, at 10:30am in the PTA room.

  • Our next half-day is Friday, December 12.  Dismissal is at 11:35am.  Our 4/5th grades will have a bake sale fundraiser for Ashokan Camp at dismissal.

  • At 11:30 in the PTA room, the advocacy committee will have sign-making for the Eric Garner protests planned for Saturday at 2pm at Washington Square Park.

  • The Holiday Fair is Sunday, December 14 from 11 - 5pm.  This is a wonderful community event for the whole family (and it makes a great playdate).  I hope everyone will join the fun and support our PTA funded programming at TNS!

  • The TNS Online Auction is now open!  You’ll have until Monday, December 15th!  Tell your friends!  Spread the word!  We have many new items this year new to The Neighborhood School!  http://tnsny.org/auction

  • Dance shares for our upper grade classes (and our ⅔) will happen in the auditorium NEXT week:

Wednesday, December 17

9:10 Jane/Chelsea

9:55 Sofia

10:40 Grace

Thursday, December 18

9:10 Colin/Desmond

9:55 Laura/Michiko

10:40 Alexis/Christie

11:35 Sierra

See you Sunday,

Dyanthe

News & Announcements

Calling all Holiday Fair Volunteers!

If you haven’t had a chance to sign up yet, here’s your chance!  

https://docs.google.com/spreadsheets/d/1sU_UUk2ohd-XbdZNrq2H4S4zijVNdOh3cJGivX3HPRM/edit#gid=0

This is our one of our biggest fundraisers yet, and we’ll have a few new things this year: 

Car Derby, Make A Banner, Silent Auction, Spa Corner, Screen Room, and a Book Fair by Scholastic!

And of course to just name a few of our favorite staples: The Maze, Cupcake decorating, Photo Studio, Henna and Hair, Wood Shop, Spin Art, and much, much more!

Come from 9am to 3pm and help set up on Saturday!  There will be Two Boots pizza for lunch!  So come and join in on the fun!!!

If you’d like to make your favorite dish!  Please bring it in for Sunday!  We’ll be selling plates of food throughout the day at the Holiday Fair!  

We are also looking for food donations from restaurants, if your family happens to own one,

Are you good with building? Help assist kids at the Wood Shop area!

Assist David Waitz at the Photo Studio.

Interested in selling TNS Swag or Snowflake Lollipops?  Enjoy Face Painting? Nail painting?  Spin Art?   There’s a job for you!  Sign up and volunteer yourself for a fun day at The Holiday Fair!  

The children love going to the Holiday Fair every year, so let’s all pitch in, and make it a memorable day for our kids!  

News & Announcements

Cyber Monday at TNS Auction

If you haven’t had a chance to bid online yet, you have 7 days left to go!

http://tnsny.org/auction

Need a warm and indoor place for your little one to get out to, check out Appleseeds or NY Kids Club!

Need some natural cleaning products?  Common Good has some amazing products!

Pick any show at The New Victory Theater for any 14/15 production!

Getting new glasses?  check out what 10/10 Optics has to offer!

If you’re looking to receive your items sooner than later, click onto the BUY NOW button!  Remember it’s a fundraiser for our school!

Happy bidding!

News & Announcements

ONLINE AUCTION IS NOW OPEN!

The Online Auction is now open! 
Go ahead and bid!  
You’ll have until Monday, December 15th until the Online Auction closes!  
Tell your friends!  Spread the word!  We have many new items this year new to The Neighborhood School!

http://tnsny.org/auction
Has your child ever wanted to try fencing at Manhattan Fencing Center?
Looking for a new swimming pool to try out at Asphalt Green?
Need a new hot neighborhood restaurant that has the best fried chicken in town?  Check out Root & Bone!
Who wants to learn about cheese at Murray’s Cheese Shop? Make it a date night and take a Cheese 101 class!
Always wanted to bring the kids to the Liberty Science Center??  Here’s your chance!!!
Planning a trip to Disney World?  Get your 4 One-Day Park Hopper Disney Passes here!!!

TELL YOUR (FACEBOOK) FRIENDS!!!

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