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Dyanthe’s Weekly Letters

Week of May 26, 2015

Dear Neighborhood School Families.

Last week, our Superintendent Daniella Phillips visited TNS.  In every classroom she saw students and teachers talking with each other about their ideas and work: in Meg and Olivia’s room, students were working in small groups with teaching artists constructing models of NYC buildings as a part of their architecture study; in Michiko and Kenton’s class, students were working in groups to create posters about Canada in preparation for their final government study, parliamentary democracy;  and in Colin and Desmond’s class, students were facilitating a conversation about how to best share their math ideas with younger students at our school.  At the end of her visit, Daniella described our school as “joyful” and a place that “clearly celebrates children.”

The Neighborhood School is hosting a Scholastic Book Fair this week!  The fair kicks off tomorrow during morning drop-off and SING.  It will be open each day during morning drop-off and afternoon pick-up each day.  This is a great way for kids to stock up on summer reading books… just in time for the TNS summer Read-A-Thon!!

During dismissal, all families and students must exit the building through the front doors.  If you choose to play in the yard after school, you must exit the building and then enter the yard from 3rd or 4th Street.  Please do not exit through the red doors to the yard.  Thank you.

The Department of Education requires that our youngest students be tested in the fall and again in June for “Measures of Student Learning” or MOSL, which are used to grade teachers.  They have no other purpose.  Although we are a PROSE (Progressive Redesign Opportunity for Schools of Excellence) school and have been allowed to use authentic student work to measure student growth over the year, we are still mandated to administer MOSL.  Several lower grade teachers and I will meet with families to discuss MOSL on Friday, May 29  at 8:30am in the PTA room.  We hope that by attending this meeting, families will have a better understanding about what city-wide assessments look like in kindergarten, first and second grade and how these tests determine teachers’ ratings.

Mark your calendars:

  • SING is on tomorrow at 8:45 am in the auditorium.

  • We will have CPR classes on Wednesday sponsored by the NYC Fire Department for parents and staff: one at 4pm and one at 5pm.  Please reach out to Harvey (PTA Co-President) at harvepstein@gmail.com to sign-up.

  • Our May PTA meeting is Thursday at 8:30am.  The PTA will vote on calendar changes for students for next year (TNS Half-Days and Non-Attendance Days).

  • Multicultural Day is Saturday from 1 - 5pm.  Multicultural Day is a TNS tradition when children, staff and families share their cultural heritages.  We embrace the many different cultural backgrounds that make our school the rich and diverse community that it is. Many traditions are showcased in the entertainment, and of course food is a central feature of this day.  Families provide dishes from their cultural background, which are labeled and displayed in the lunchroom and ready to eat after the performances.  I hope you can come!

Warmly,

Dyanthe

Dyanthe’s Weekly Letters

Week of May 18, 2015

Dear Neighborhood School Families,

I am so grateful and appreciative that TNS staff come together each spring over a weekend to reflect and think deeply about an aspect of our work together.  Our conversations about Project Time this past weekend were meaningful and thought provoking, and we plan to continue the inquiry next year.  Here is an interesting related article about play in school from The New York Times: http://www.nytimes.com/2015/05/17/opinion/sunday/let-the-kids-learn-through-play.html?smprod=nytcore-ipad&smid=nytcore-ipad-share

We are beginning to work on class configurations for next year.  This is a thoughtful process: teachers describe each child as we carefully consider the makeup of each class at the school.  We strive to have well-balanced classes and consider gender, ethnicity, friendships, academics, and the social and emotional dynamics of the group.  We will be in clear communication with families about any changes in class placement before the end of the school year.

As you may know, The Department of Education requires that our youngest students be tested in the fall and again in June for “Measures of Student Learning” or MOSL, which are used to grade teachers.  They have no other purpose.  Although we are a PROSE (Progressive Redesign Opportunity for Schools of Excellence) school and have been allowed to use authentic student work to measure student growth over the year, we are still mandated to administer MOSL.  Several lower grade teachers and I will meet with families to discuss MOSL on Friday, May 29  at 8:30am in the PTA room.  We hope that by attending this meeting, families will have a better understanding about what city-wide assessments look like in kindergarten, first and second grade and how these tests determine teachers’ ratings.

Several families have expressed concern about getting AC in all our classrooms.  Please know that we are working to move ACs into classrooms by the end of the week.  

Mark your calendars:

  • Our 4th graders will be taking the Science Performance Test on Wednesday, May 20 and Thursday, May 21.  Unlike other NY State tests, this way of evaluating what students’ know and can do is hands-on; students actively engage in experiments and challenges.

  • Our Pre-K - 2nd graders will share the work that they have done in music this year on Thursday, May 21 at 8:45 am in the auditorium.  Please join us!

  • The STAR 5th grade family show is this Thursday, May 21 from 6 - 7:30 pm.  This show is only open to our 5th grade families.

  • No School on Monday, May 25 in observance of Memorial Day.

  • This month’s SING is on Tuesday, May 26 at 8:45 am in the auditorium.

Enjoy the long weekend,

Dyanthe

Dyanthe’s Weekly Letters

Week of May 11, 2015

Dear Neighborhood Families,

We have our very first “Open School” and Studio in A School end-of-year art exhibit this Wednesday, May 13 from 4:30 - 6 pm.  Families will be able to visit classrooms, Emily and Danette’s rooms, and the gym to see student work and examples of curriculum at TNS.   We hope you can join us!

Every year, TNS staff gather over a weekend in spring to reflect on our work together and think more deeply about an aspect of our teaching practice.  This weekend we are focusing on the school-wide practice, Project Time (in some classes, it is called Work Time).  Project work is an expression of a child’s interests and passions and serves as a window into the child’s modes of thinking and learning.  Project work also informs our teaching of the child and the child’s self awareness as a learner.

Mark your calendars:

  • Please donate your quarters, dimes, nickels and pennies for our annual our Coin Drive.  Each classroom has a coin receptacle in the shape of a jumbo crayon for donations.  Proceeds will go to support our wonderful visual art program.  We are looking for contributions large and small!

  • We will have our May SLT (School Leadership Team) meeting on Thursday at 8am in room 307.  All are welcome.

  • Our Pre-K, kindergarten, 1st and 2nd graders will perform with Third Street Music on Thursday, May 21st at 8:45 am in the Auditorium.  The children will share the work they have been doing all year!

Warmly,

Dyanthe

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