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Dyanthe’s Weekly Letters

Week of August 12, 2015

Dear Neighborhood School Families,

I want to share some exciting changes in our staff for next year.  Sierra found a job teaching uptown (closer to home) and Lauren Packard, who was going to teach with Desmond, took an art teaching position elsewhere.  We were able to bring on Erin Hyde, an experienced and long-time progressive educator who has been teaching kindergarten and first grade at Central Park East 1, a like-minded, progressive, public school in East Harlem for the past 12 years.  Erin is a strong believer in play as the work of children and emphasizes social and emotional learning in her classroom.  She also loves designing integrated curriculum based on the interests of the children.  Corinthia Mirasol-Spath also comes to us from Central Park East 1 where she taught 4/5th grade for the past 8 years.  Corinthia comes with lots of experience with emergent curriculum, where the ideas and interests of the children and teachers are used to create a living curriculum.  We are also in the process of hiring Hannah Ingram, who has been teaching 3rd and 4th grade at the International School of Brooklyn and comes with experience and passion for developing social justice curriculum (which will certainly come in handy when planning the ⅘ Civil Rights unit this fall).   We are thrilled to have all 3 of these experienced and progressive educators join our staff!

We have made some changes in teachers’ placements for this coming year, although class configurations have not changed.  Erin will be teaching 1st/2nd grade in Room 206 (formerly Katie’s classroom).  Christie will be co-teaching ½ with Meg in Room 308, and Olivia and Chelsea will be co-teaching right around the corner in Room 302.  Hannah will be co-teaching ⅘ with Desmond and Corinthia will be co-teaching ⅘ with Alexis.  

You can now complete your child’s School Meal Application online.  In applying online, you will avoid the hassle of submitting a paper form in the fall (and having Gladys chase you down!). You can apply online using any computer, tablet, or smartphone with an internet connection. Applications submitted online are processed within 24 hours of receipt.  You will receive immediate confirmation that your application was submitted. Please know that your application will be kept confidential. Federal regulations do not allow the Department of Education to share your information with any other agency.  If you have any questions, please contact The Office of School Food at 877-363-6325.

I am getting very excited as I write this letter; we have so many new experiences to look forward to!  Very soon you will be receiving a letter and supply list from your child’s classroom teacher(s).  It will detail some important materials your child needs to get started this year.  Read it with your child (or have her/him read it to you).   It’s going to be a wonderful school year!

I very much hope to see you at the PTA sponsored Welcome (back) Picnic on Tuesday, September 8th in the recess yard from 3 - 6pm.  



News & Announcements

Sign up for the Summer Read-A-Thon

Summer ReadathonIt’s not too late to sign up for the Summer Readathon!  If you are a new family coming to The Neighborhood School, you can sign up here!!


You can also find out more information and download all the forms you’ll need by clicking onto this link:


Happy Summer Reading!!!

Dyanthe’s Weekly Letters

Week of June 22, 2015

Dear Neighborhood School Families,

With only a few days remaining in this school year, I want to share the final version of the class configurations for next year.  We will have four 4th/5th grades, two 3rd grades, four 1st/2nd grades, two kindergartens and two pre-K/Ks classes.  The additional 1st/2nd grade class means that some students may not have the same teacher or friends in their class for next year.  Although that may feel a little unsettling to you now, we have given these changes much thought and feel sure that this is the right way to go.  We look forward to minimum discomfort for students and families in September and to real benefits from these changes. We will let you know your child’s class placement for next year on Friday.

Please let your friends, family and neighbors know that The Neighborhood Schools has spaces in our upper grade classes (3rd, 4th and 5th grades) for next year; they can reach out to me (dyanthe@tnsny.org) or Noemi (nmora@schools.nyc.gov) for more information.  

It is a tradition at TNS that we have Camp Days on the last two full days of school.  In the morning, kindergarten students will go to the recess yard and the 1st and 2nd grade students will go the 1st Park.  In the afternoon, upper grades go to 1st park.  Students will get wet if the sprinklers are on (and we hope they are), so please send a change of clothes to school for your child.  If you do not want your child to go into the sprinklers, please let your teacher know.

Just few reminders:

  • We still have 2014 - 15 yearbooks for sale.  The TNS yearbook is a long standing tradition:  it’s a great way to cherish the memories of the school year.  It highlights the best of our community: Sing, Ice Skating, Camping Trips, Halloween Parade, etc.  Every grade and every class is represented.  You can purchase your copy from Noemi.

  • Narrative Reports go home Thursday.

  • Friday is a half-day (and the last day of school).  Dismissal is at 11:35am.    

  • On Friday,we will also have our last Sing of the year in the courtyard at 8:45am.  Please note, we not have a bake sale.

Lastly, it is time to say goodbye to some beloved members of our teaching community.  Katie, a founding teacher and 1st/2nd grade teacher is retiring.  Colin, one of our 4th/5th grade teachers is taking a leave to teach in Jakarta.  We will miss them both, but wish them luck on their next adventure!

It’s difficult to believe that another year is coming to an end.  Like our students (hopefully), I feel a little older and wiser.  It has been a remarkable year for our school, thanks to our incredibly dedicated teachers and staff, and of course our remarkable families.  I am more than grateful to be a part of this very special community.  Thank you!

I hope you have a wonderful summer with your children.  We look forward to seeing you again on September 9th.  

Much Love,


News & Announcements

Sign Up for the Readathon!

Summer Readathon 2015

Don’t forget that you can still sign up for our Summer Read-A-Thon!  This is a great way to keep your littles reading over the summer and raise money for The Neighborhood School!  Click here to sign


and you will get updates on emails this summer!


For more information, you can click here: 


Dyanthe’s Weekly Letters

Week of June 15, 2015

Dear Neighborhood School Families,

Word of mouth is often the best way to share information.  Please let your friends, family and neighbors know that The Neighborhood School has spaces in our upper grade classes (3rd, 4th and 5th grades) for next year; they can reach out to me (dyanthe@tnsny.org) or Noemi (nmora@schools.nyc.gov) for more information.  

During the month of June, teachers are hard at work in the evenings and on the weekends writing your children’s progress reports.  Progress reports tell the story of a child as a learner; they are descriptive, filled with precise detail, and reveal a child’s interests, strengths and areas for growth.  The end-of-year reports will detail the growth your child has made this year.  Reports go home June 25.  

Mark your calendars:

  • 5th grade graduation will take place Thursday at 1:30pm in the auditorium.

  • Our last Sing of the year will on Friday, June 26th at 8:45am in the yard.  I hope that you can join us.

  • Friday, June 26 is a half-day (and the last day of school!).  Dismissal is at 11:35am.

Have a wonderful week,


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