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PTA General Meeting Agenda - 9/20/18

PTA General Meeting this Thursday, September 20

Dear Neighborhood School Families,

We would love to see you at the first PTA meeting of the year, this Thursday, 8:30am, in the PTA room. 

You’ll meet the PTA officers, hear updates from Dyanthe about an exciting new overnight program for our 2/3s, learn about the various TNS committees you can get involved in, and more. Here’s the full agenda:

  • PTA executive team intros
  • Farm trip for 2/3s
  • Library update
  • Committees overview
  • Upcoming events
  • Treasurer’s report

Warmly,

The PTA executive team

Dyanthe’s Weekly Letters

TNS Homework Policy 2018-19

We have weighed many factors when coming up with our school-wide homework policy.  We know that children’s lives are busy, as are the lives of the adults in their families who are asked to offer support with homework.  In addition, we know how important it is for children to have down time, family time, and plenty of opportunities for play outside of school.  Our community is made up of diverse learners, and we recognize that each child’s experience with homework will be different.

While many parents think of homework as a way for students to practice or extend what they are learning in school, homework can also be a way to give families a glimpse into the life of their child’s classroom.  While activities grow out of the needs and curriculum of each individual class and out of individual children’s needs, below are the kinds of homework a child may get at TNS:

Reading:  Children should read or be read to every day.  Your child’s teacher will let you know how long your child should read, depending on your child’s age and time of year.  Even as children get older and can read independently, they benefit from reading together with an adult.

Practice and Reinforcement:  There are skills and knowledge that children learn in order to become fluent readers, writers, and mathematicians.  While children spend time in class practicing, sometimes they benefit from additional time to practice a new skill or procedure at home.  Some examples of this kind of work are handwriting practice, math problems, or the memorization of math facts such as multiplication tables.  

Reflection:  Students may be asked to reflect upon a shared experience they have had at school.  This can include responding to questions about a field trip, a class discussion, or drawing a picture about a read-aloud.   

Connection:  Children may have assignments that ask them to talk with families about a topic or theme they are working on in class.  This might include interviewing a family member or taking a neighborhood walk. Students may also be asked to bring in something to share with the class related to a current class study.

Teachers will provide multiple options and formats for homework, as well as supports and modifications for students, as needed.  Teachers will communicate expectations around completion and production clearly to children and families, and expectations may vary per child.  A child may get assistance in completing assignments if needed during the school day. Homework is never intended to be a burden for a child or family, and communication between home and school should be ongoing.  
What to expect in each grade band:

In our Pre-K classes, children bring home and return books on a daily basis.

In our K/1 classes, in addition to daily reading, from time to time a teacher may assign a project or assignment related to the curriculum for children to work on with members of their families. 

In our 2/3 classes, homework routines will be gradually introduced, with differentiated expectations for 2nd and 3rd graders.  Reading is the daily homework, with the possibility of an additional activity, for example: math practice, social studies reflection, or literacy (spelling, handwriting, etc.).  Our intention is that a 2nd or 3rd grade student will not spend more than 20 to 30 minutes, including reading, on homework each night. Students may create their own assignments or extend them if they desire.

In our 4/5 classes, a menu of social studies, literacy, and math homework will be assigned at the beginning of the week with possibility for modifications throughout the week. Our intention is that a 4th or 5th grade student will not spend more than 40 to 50 minutes, including reading, on homework each night. Students may create their own assignments or extend them if they desire.  Homework is not graded, but teachers will track homework completion to ensure that children are getting the practice and support they need.

May 2018

Dyanthe’s Weekly Letters

September 17, 2018

Dear Neighborhood School Families,

I am always bemused when parents introduce me to their 3, 4 and 5 year olds with gusto and enthusiasm as The Principal, as if this title conveys any meaning.  However, last week a parent shared that her Pre-K son excitedly told her the “Prince” had visited the classroom that day. It took her a few more questions to connect the dots.  ; ) This made me think about children’s language and how they make sense of the spoken word. Really listening to them and making mental notes of what they say, their confusions and their linguistic predictions offers us insight into how they are constructing understandings about language. They teach us how to teach them.

I am thrilled to share that assistant principal Anthony Chianese will be at TNS this year.  Anthony taught for 15 years before becoming an administrator; this is his 15th year in this role.  He is already welcoming children and families in the lobby at arrival, supervising upper grade lunch and recess and quickly becoming an important part of our community!

I am sharing the school-wide homework policy our staff created last Spring.  We weighed many factors when coming up with our homework policy.  We know that children’s lives are busy, as are the lives of the adults in their families who are asked to offer support with homework.  In addition, we know how important it is for children to have down time, family time, and plenty of opportunities for play outside of school.  Our community is made up of diverse learners, and we recognize that each child’s experience with homework will be different; activities grow out of the needs and curriculum of each individual class and out of individual children’s needs.  Your child’s teacher(s) will talk more about homework at Curriculum Night.

Mark your calendars:

  • There is no school Wednesday in observance of Yom Kippur.

  • Our first PTA meeting is Thursday at 8:30 AM in the PTA Room.  The PTA is a volunteer group made up of families and teachers who consistently work toward a better school. All parents and guardians of children at TNS are automatically members of the PTA and are strongly encouraged to be participat­ing members.  Monthly meetings are open to all TNS families who would like to attend.

  • Curriculum Night is Monday, September 24th.  Pre-k and K/1st grade families will meet in the classrooms from 5 - 6 PM and then will meet with out-of-classroom teachers and support staff in the Library from 6 - 6:30 PM.  2nd through 5th grade families will meet in the Library from 5:30 - 6 PM and will meet in classrooms from 6 - 7 PM. Childcare is available for TNS students only; please sign-up with Noemi.

Finally, a gentle reminder:  please follow the Up and Down directions posted on staircase doors to ensure safe flow in the building.

Warmly,

Dyanthe

Dyanthe’s Weekly Letters

Week of September 12, 2018

Dear Neighborhood School Families,

The staggered start to the school year means children may need extra time and support adjusting to school routines and feeling a part of the classroom community.  Some kids will start the year off easily, adjusting in stride.  Others will enter the building protesting from day one. Then there are those who rush off to school with great enthusiasm but meltdown the moment they see you. Others may get stomach aches, or have difficulty falling asleep.  These are all normal reactions to the start of school.  

At school, we will make sure children have opportunities to connect with teachers individually and within the class by sharing concerns, feelings, ideas and meaningful moments.  We will use reflective language and read-alouds to help children tune into and value their own feelings, ideas and experiences and give them a foundation for positive self-worth.  

I hope every family received a TNS Handbook (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.  

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 aware of 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 my letter to them with this link: http://lists.theneighborhoodschool.org/listinfo.cgi/tns-list-theneighborhoodschool.org.  You can also learn about what’s happening by going to our school website calendar at http://tnsny.org/docs/calendar.

Curriculum Night is Monday, September 24.  We rescheduled curriculum night so all staff and families can participate.  Between other elementary school curriculum nights, middle school curriculum night, high school curriculum night and the holidays, it wasn’t easy!  Pre-k and K/1st grade families will meet in the classrooms from 5 - 6 PM and then will meet with out-of-classroom teachers and support staff in the Library from 6 - 6:30 PM.  2nd through 5th grade families will meet in the Library from 5:30 - 6 PM and will meet in classrooms from 6 - 7 PM. Childcare will be provided for TNS students only (sorry, no sibs).

Mark your calendars:

  • After school programming begins this week.

  • The School Leadership Team (SLT) will meet Thursday morning in Room 313 at 8AM.  The SLT is a committee made up of elected parents, teachers and me.  We write, revise and disseminate school policies.  Monthly meetings are for the School Leadership Team Representatives and are open to all TNS families.  

  • Our Welcome (Back) Breakfast for ALL families is Friday at 8:35AM in the library.  Please stop by: sign-up to be on a committee and learn about our vision for TNS this year!

Warmly,

Dyanthe

News & Announcements

TNS Parents’ Night Out

Tickets are now on sale for our upcoming Parents’ Night Out!

Buy them online here: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/tns-parents-night-out-tickets-50127585959

Parents' Night Out

$25 per ticket includes live music + 1 raffle ticket

Cash Bar

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