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Dyanthe’s Weekly Letters

Week of September 29, 2014

Dear Neighborhood School Families,

Lately, we have many grownups waiting downstairs by the PTA room for late pick-ups, even when they are in the building at 2:45pm (or earlier).  Please come up to the classroom at the end of the day if you are picking up your child.  It helps expedite dismissal and makes it easier for teachers and children.

Third Street Music begins this week!  Monika Linkweiler from 3rd Street Music Settlement begins working with our Pre-K through 2nd grade classes this week.   Classes work with Monika once a week, exploring music through voice, movement and instruments.

Construction is in full-swing at TNS.  Although work begins each day at 4pm, teachers, students and families are able to remain in the building (if they can stand the racket).  Wingspan and University Settlement are also on-site, providing afterschool programming until 5:30 - 6pm.  At this point in the project, the work entails replacing bricks and waterproofing the surrounding areas.  Abatement may still happen Friday nights and Saturdays.  Nightly tests are performed to ensure that the building and surrounding areas are safe, and I am always notified the next morning.

Community Day is Sunday, October 5 from 11 - 4pm.  Community day involves one part helping to clean and care for our classrooms and shared facilities, and one part thought and reflection.  This year, the lunchtime community activity will be a screening of Amy Valens’ (director of August to June, which we screened a few years back) new hour-long documentary called Good Morning Mission Hill: Freedom to Teach, Freedom to Learn.  Amy will be in attendance and will participate in a short discussion afterwards.  Childcare will be provided during lunch.

It’s hard to believe that October is here.  Please note, our Middle School Orientation for 5th grade families is Thursday, October 2 at 8:40am in the library.  

Have a great week.

Warmly,

Dyanthe

Dyanthe’s Weekly Letters

Week of September 22, 2014

Dear Neighborhood School Families,

As many of you know, our staff spends the Friday half-days learning together.  This past Friday, we spent the afternoon discussing the qualities we want our students to embody when they leave us.  While we are still working on developing a succinct description (2 hours was not nearly enough time), I thought you would be interested in hearing some of the traits we agreed upon:  willing to take risks, persistent, creative, self-reflective, flexible, compassionate and joyful.

Third Street Music School will once again be offering Neighborhood School 4th and 5th graders free weekly group instrumental music instruction after school on selected wind or brass instruments this year. These classes will take place at Neighborhood School once a week after school until 4:30 p.m. For more information, and to express interest, pick up and fill out a form in the school office by Wednesday, September 24. This program is offered specifically to Neighborhood School and is separate from the many other offerings through our partnership with Third Street.

Mark your calendars:

  • Our first Sing event is Wednesday, September 24 at 8:45 in the Auditorium.  This is a wonderful opportunity to see your child among their peers and to see the entire school community together in one place.  We encourage all families to attend.  

  • There is no school this Thursday and Friday in observance of Rosh hashanah.

Yesterday, my daughter and I joined many TNS families and over 300,000 people for the Climate March, which stretched 40 blocks.  At 1 pm, there was a moment of silence.  We were situated below the park at that point, and after the stillness we suddenly heard a distant roar coming from behind us.  It took a moment to register.  Then we became a part of the wave of noise.  So many voices coming together for change. It was an awesome moment and I was very happy that so many TNS families and students came together to be a part of it.

Have a great week,

Dyanthe

Dyanthe’s Weekly Letters

Week of September 15, 2014

Dear Neighborhood School Families,

I hope that every family received a TNS Handbook last week in your child’s backpack (if not, please stop by the office and ask for a copy).  It describes some important TNS values and traditions, as well as the essential “nuts and bolts” to get started this year.  

In my letter last week, I mentioned two very important upcoming traditions that may require a little context for our newest community members:  Sing and Community Day.  Our school “Sing” occurs the last Wednesday of every month after drop off.  Families gather in the school lobby while teachers organize their classes and escort them to the Auditorium. Song sheets are handed out at each session. This is a wonderful opportunity to see your child among their peers and to see the entire school community together in one place. Teachers and parents play instruments while children and families contribute the vocals. The entire event typically lasts 10 – 15 minutes. Children practice their songs in class throughout the month and our Sing event is a proud moment for all. We encourage all families to attend.  Our first Sing event is next Wednesday, September 24.  

Community day involves one part helping to clean and care for our classrooms and shared facilities, and one part thought and reflection.  Class parents often assess each teacher’s classroom needs and help to ensure that each class has a team of helpers. On this day in past years, there has been book re-shelving in the library, block cleaning in the classrooms, painting of the bathrooms, hanging of shelves and cabinets, and assembling benches to name a few activities.  This year, we will have two community days; one in the fall and one again in the spring.  Community Day is Sunday, October 5 from 11 - 4pm.  

It is going to be another very busy week, both at TNS and in our neighborhood!  

  • Please join us on Tuesday morning at 8:40 in the Library for our Welcome Back breakfast.  

  • Curriculum Night is Tuesday!  Pre-k through 2nd grade families will meet in the classrooms from 5 - 6pm, and then will meet with out-of-classroom teachers and support staff in the auditorium from 6 - 6:30pm. 3rd through 5th grade families will meet in the auditorium from 5:30 - 6pm and will meet in classrooms from 6 - 7pm. I very much hope to see you there; this is an exciting opportunity to learn about the curriculum for the year and to meet other families in your child’s class.

  • In 2013, The Neighborhood School’s PTA and SLT voted in support of a kindergarten enrollment diversity policy and joined the District 1 Diversity Task Force to explore options district wide.  Wednesday at 6pm at PS 20, the Community Education Council  (CEC) will be holding a School Diversity Town Hall to discuss the history in D1 of advocating for fairness in terms of diversity and equity.  Chancellor Farina will be at the Town Hall to speak with community members and to take questions. It’s important that we show the Chancellor the rich history we have in D1 for advocating for diversity and equity.  

  • Our first PTA meeting of the year is Thursday, September 18 at 8:40am in the PTA room.  Please come and meet the new staff at TNS!

  • Our first School Leadership Team (SLT) meeting of the year is Thursday, September 18 at 5:30pm in the office.  This meeting is open to all.

  • Friday, September 19th is a half-day.  Dismissal is at 11:35am.  Wingspan and University Settlement will provide after school care that day.

  • Join the TNS contingent at The People’s Climate March on Sunday, September 21 at Central Park West and 66th Street.  Look for our banners and signs.  

Lastly, please remember, the PTA will be collecting donations for the Summer Read-A-Thon all this week at drop off.

Warmly,

Dyanthe

Dyanthe’s Weekly Letters

Week of September 8, 2014

Dear Neighborhood School Families,

We have several events for new families this week.  This morning, there was a kindergarten orientation in the library at drop-off.  On Wednesday morning, there is an orientation for our new Pre-K families in the Library.  Please join us to meet other new families and learn more about TNS.  

This year we start each school day at 8:25am.  Breakfast will be served each morning from 7:45 - 8:15am.  Although we are delighted that students are eager to start their day, children (and their grown-ups) must wait until 8:23am to come up to classrooms.  

The school day ends at 2:45pm (This is 5 minutes earlier than last year).  At the Neighborhood School, we work hard to provide a safe and successful learning environment for each child.  When the school day ends, we also want to make sure that children get to their next destination safely and securely.  In the lower grades, this is achieved by having parents or caregivers pick each child up at the classroom.  In the upper grades, this is still an option.  As children gain increased independence and are able to take on more responsibility, parents may opt to have their child self-dismiss.  This means that your child would leave the classroom independently and exit the building directly and either meet a parent or caregiver outside or walk home or to another prearranged location.  (Children who attend after school programs that work in collaboration with our school will be picked up by an adult from the program, so this does not apply to them.)  If you decide that your child is ready for this responsibility, please sign the authorization for self-dismissal form and return it to your child’s classroom teacher.  All students still waiting for their grown-ups to pick-up after 2:55pm will be in the P.T.A. room (next to the small cafeteria).  

Curriculum Night is Tuesday, September 16th!  Pre-k through 2nd grade families will meet in the classrooms from 5 - 6pm, and then will meet with out-of-classroom teachers and support staff in the auditorium from 6 - 6:30pm. 3rd through 5th grade families will meet in the auditorium from 5:30 - 6pm and will meet in classrooms from 6 - 7pm. I very much hope to see you there; this is an exciting opportunity to learn about the curriculum for the year and to meet other families in your child’s class. Childcare and dinner for Neighborhood School students will be provided.

All Neighborhood School families should, if possible, subscribe to our school’s listserv. It is used for official communication from the school staff and PTA. It keeps you informed about important events happening in the school. This is a moderated list and, honestly, very few emails are sent out weekly. If you know a parent who is not on the email list, please forward this letter to them with this link: http://lists.theneighborhoodschool.org/listinfo.cgi/tns-list-theneighborhoodschool.org. We will also have laptops available for families to subscribe at arrival and dismissal all this week.

Mark Your Calendars!

  • Our Welcome (Back) Breakfast for all families is Tuesday, September 16th in the Library at drop off.

  • Friday, September 19th is a half-day.  Dismissal is at 11:35am.  Wingspan and University Settlement will provide after school care that day.

  • Sing is Wednesday, September 24 in the Auditorium at 8:45am.

  • Community Day has moved!  It is now on Sunday, October 5 (from 11 - 4pm).

On Friday afternoon, more than a dozen alumni (very sweaty 6th and 7th graders) came back to visit.  It was heart-warming to know that even as our students grow up and move on, they still come back to see familiar faces, say  “Hello” and get hugs.  

Warmly,

Dyanthe

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