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.