Dear Neighborhood School Families,
As I mentioned in a previous letter recently, our staff is exploring issues of race and anti-racism at TNS this spring. Last week, the Diversity Committee (made up of staff and parents) met with Border Crossers to identify challenges we face as a school community around race, racism and racial justice. The group identified the following needs: professional development for staff and workshops for families, infusing racial equity into the curriculum, creating intentional spaces for race-based conversations and changing the culture of the PTA. I will share notes from the session with you as soon as I get them. Over the weekend, several staff also attended a Border Crossers workshop, Talking About Race in the Classroom: A Training for Educators Committed to Racial Justice. We learned and practiced strategies for creating racial equity in the classroom/school. I think that it is a promising beginning to this work at our school.
Mark your calendars:
We will have our orientation for Camp Ashokan for 4/5th graders and their families on Wednesday morning at drop-off in the auditorium. 4/5th graders will go to camp March 9 - 11th.
Please come to my Morning Hour tomorrow at drop-off in the PTA Room. We will discuss our school’s work with Border Crossers and the CEC’s (Community Education Council) resolution for controlled choice (what’s that?).
Please join families and me for our first Diversity Potluck on Thursday from 5:30 - 7pm. This event is organized by TNS Diversity Committee. Childcare will be provided.
Mid-Winter Break is Monday, February 15 - Friday, February 19. NO SCHOOL.
Have a great week and a wonderful break,