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Dyanthe’s Weekly Letters

Week of October 27, 2014

Dear Neighborhood School Families,

Last year, we spent a great deal of time talking about assessment at TNS; both of children and teachers.  As you know, TNS was one of 62 schools city-wide selected to participate in the  Progressive Redesign Opportunity Schools for Excellence (PROSE) program for the 2014 – 15 school year.  Our PROSE plan modifies the MOSL (Measures of Student Learning) portions of the DOE teacher evaluation structure by substituting collected student work, observational data and narrative reports for MOSL.  This process includes an emphasis on looking at student work, and reviewing informal and formal assessments.  It requires ongoing reflective inquiry, as well as revisions of teacher plans and practice in relation to review of student work, data and feedback. Together, teachers will align criteria to create goals and assess progress.  This collaboration, both with the grade level teams, other colleagues and parents, as well as partner schools, will allow teachers to conclude the year with a clear analysis of how they have grown as educators related to their actual performance in the classroom as opposed to a rating based on a student’s individual performance on an individual day.  We are excited about this opportunity to practice and demonstrate how we think about assessment, teaching and learning, and to build on our partnerships with other NYC public progressive schools.  Next Tuesday, our staff will participate in the conference “Re-Claiming Data and Documentation: Another Way of Looking at Children” with The Earth School, Castle Bridge, CPE 1, CPE 2, Ella Baker, and Brooklyn New School.

Mark Your Calendars:

  • In Pursuit of Wonder:  A Visual Dialogue with Valerie Hammond and children from The Neighborhood School.  Please join us for the opening on Tuesday, October 28 from 5 - 7 pm at the gallery at 1 East 53rd Street.  This exhibit features Valerie’s own work along side the work our students created through Studio in a School.

  • SING:  Wednesday, October 29th at 8:45 am in the auditorium.

  • TNS Half-Day:  Friday, October 31st.  Dismissal is at 11:35 am.

  • Halloween Parade: Please remember to save candy and costumes for the parade!  There will also be a joint TNS/PS 63 bake sale extravaganza at dismissal.  We will meet on the yard at 5:30 pm to parade to Tompkins Square Park.  

  • No School (for students) on Tuesday, November 4.

One of our afterschool programs, Wingspan uses the small cafeteria (adjacent to the PTA room) for its programming beginning at 2:30 each day.  Please do not sit at cafeteria tables in that area during that time.  

See you Friday (if you recognize me in disguise),

Dyanthe

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Dyanthe’s Weekly Letters

Week of October 20, 2014

Dear Neighborhood School Families,

The name of our school, Neighborhood School, is significant. Studies of the family, neighborhood, and city form a core around which our curriculum is built. Children’s learning is about exploring the world and finding their place in it. We provide the opportunities for children to explore the social world, asking and finding their answers to questions about how people live, why people live together in communities, what services neighborhoods provide, how New York City came to be the way it is, and how they can work with others and contribute to a better world and community.

We are truly a “Neighborhood School” in other ways as well. We were able to begin the school because of strong parent and educator interest in supporting the community. We wanted our children of District 1 to learn and live together with other children from a wide variety of families and backgrounds. This is a core element of the vision of our school, without which we cannot achieve our mission.  Please join the families of District 1 this Saturday, from 2 - 5 pm at PS 20 (166 Essex Street) for the Community Education Council’s first diversity workshop; help build consensus around school diversity for District 1 schools.

Our School Leadership Team (SLT) will meet this Thursday at 5:30pm in the office.  This meeting is open to all (and we order Two Boots Pizza--delish!).

Mark Your Calendars:

  • In Pursuit of Wonder:  A Visual Dialogue with Valerie Hammond and children from The Neighborhood School.  Please join us for the opening on Tuesday, October 28 from 5 - 7 pm at the gallery at 1 East 53rd Street.  This exhibit features Valerie’s own work along side the work our students created through Studio in a School.

  • SING:  Wednesday, October 29th at 8:45 am in the auditorium.

  • TNS Half-Day:  Friday, October 31st.  Dismissal is at 11:35 am.

  • Halloween Parade: Please remember to save candy and costumes for the parade!  There will also be a joint TNS/PS 63 bake sale extravaganza at dismissal.  We will meet on the yard at 5:30 pm to parade to Tompkins Square Park.  

Warmly,

Dyanthe

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