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Dyanthe’s Weekly Letters

Week of April 27, 2015

Dear Neighborhood School Families,

Sing is a favorite school tradition of many of our children (5th graders always talk about it at our tours for prospective families), staff and families.  Our Sing event is a proud moment for all; it is a time when the entire school community comes together.  Children and teachers practice the selected songs in class throughout the month.  Staff sometimes practice songs at our morning meetings.  And we expect everyone to sing, including families.  If you want to mix and mingle, please do so before/after Sing or move the conversation outside the auditorium.  Thank you.

This week, Noemi will send home letters asking you to let us know if your child is returning to TNS next year.  Please return the bottom portion to your child’s classroom teacher(s).  At TNS, we spend a great deal of time and energy thinking about about children’s placement for the following year so it is very helpful to have as much information to that end early on.

This Wednesday, Thursday and Friday our 3rd, 4th and 5th graders go to camp: our 3rd graders (and this year some 2nd graders, as well) go to Camp Speers Eljabar YMCA and our 4th/5th graders go to Camp Ashokan.  The students, teachers and I are so excited; we promise to send updates and pics!  Enjoy the peace and quiet while we are away.  : )

Mark your calendars:

  • Valerie Preston, our Pre-K school social worker will facilitate a support group for families of children with special needs this morning at 8:40 in the PTA room.

  • SING is Tuesday at 8:45 in the auditorium.  Please also join us for the bake sale beforehand.

  • As a partner of Third Street Music School, Neighborhood School students have access to a year of free music and dance classes at the East 11th Street site through the Partners@3rd program.  In order to participate, students and their parents must attend the Partners@3rd Open House on Sunday, May 3.  Students will meet teachers, be introduced to various instruments, and have the opportunity to register for this unique program.  Please call (212) 777-3240, ext. 17 for more information.



Dyanthe’s Weekly Letters

Week of April 20, 2015

Dear Neighborhood School Families,

At long last, spring has sprung!  I hope that you got outside to enjoy the beautiful weather this past weekend.  This week, many of our classes will celebrate Earth Day; classes will visit the Lower East Side Ecology Center, 6B Garden, El Jardin Del Paraiso, students will pick up garbage at 1st/1st, and we will even have chickens and chalk poetry on the yard tomorrow!

On Wednesday, Thursday and Friday mornings, all 3rd - 5th grade students will participate in the NYS Math test/TNS Alternative Assessment.  We support all parents in making the best decisions for their individual children.  Please let me know as soon as possible if you decide to have your child take the TNS Math Alternative Assessment.  

Mark your calendars:

  • TNS Alternative Assessment/NYS Math Test is Wednesday, Thursday and Friday mornings.

  • SLT is Thursday, April 23 at 5:30pm.  

  • Save the date:  5th grade Graduation is on June 18 at 1:30pm. The next graduation committee meeting is Monday, May 4 after drop-off. Please join us!

  • Valerie Preston, our Pre-K school social worker will facilitate a support group for families of children with special needs Monday, April 27 at 8:40 in the PTA room.



News & Announcements


Dear TNS Families and Staff,

I’m very excited to announce that Farmigo is coming to our school! Farmigo is an online farmers market and certified Benefit Company, which delivers fresh, seasonal produce sourced from local farms once a week.

Why did we decide to partner with Farmigo? They’ll deliver fantastic produce and artisan goods to The Neighborhood School during after-school pickup, making it easier than ever to make sure our kids are eating right. This is also a super easy way to send healthy snacks your child’s class for snack week. The food is all harvested to order, so it’s super fresh – and buying from small farms supports sustainable practices and the local economy. Even better, with enough orders, 10% of the sales will be donated to TNS!

Ordering couldn’t be easier – just sign up and head to https://www.farmigo.com/market/theneighborhoodschool-newyork to start adding items to your basket. You have every week until Thursday at midnight, to place your order. The next day, the farmers and producers harvest and pack your items, to be delivered every Monday. Updating your items is easy - you can choose to have standing weekly orders or place them on a week-to-week basis, and put your delivery on hold at any time. There are no commitments, order minimums, or delivery fees.

If you’re interested, our first delivery will be Monday, April 27th, from 3-6pm; place your order before next Thursday, April 23rd at midnight, to try it out.

Before anyone placed an order, I wanted to make sure you all know you get 40% off your first order with the coupon code: farmigo40.


Kitty (Meridian’s Mom)

Eat well. Live well. Be well.
Follow me on Instagram @bewellboutiquenyc


Advocacy News

Update on Testing

As members of the Advocacy Committee we were thrilled to learn that 96 of our children have been taking the teacher-designed alternative assessments this week rather than the state tests, a number that represents 70% of the students in the testing grades at TNS this year. Governor Cuomo raised the stakes on these tests even higer this year and our community responded with a resounding No! in support of TNS curriculum and teachers.

We are not alone. Although no official numbers are released yet we do know that the numbers of families refusing the state tests is up across the state this year. One informed observer is estimating that 300,000 students are not taking the test in the state; last year it was 60,000. (See these two articles from today’s Daily News http://www.nydailynews.com/new-york/education/fed-up-parents-revolt-state-standardized-tests-article-1.2185433, http://www.nydailynews.com/new-york/education/thousands-boycott-state-mandated-exams-article-1.2185411)

TNS families should know that it is not too late to refuse the state tests for your child.  The English Language Arts (ELA) portion of the testing comes to a close tomorrow, but three days of math testing begins next week and families can refuse this section (and thereby choose the alternative math assessment) even if their child took the ELA. Speak with your child’s teacher or with Dyanthe if you would like to refuse the state tests or have further questions about the tests generally.

There is a link below to a short video Debra (TNS parent) and her collaborator John-Carlo Monti made of the testing meeting held at TNS.  It features Collin, Grace, Laura and parents talking about the state tests and the alternative assessments.


The Advocacy Committee

News & Announcements

SoulCycle is this Friday!

Please consider sponsoring a teacher or staff if you can’t come!


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