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  1. Introductions 8:40-8:50

  2. Approval of Minutes 8:50-8:51

  3. Presentation by Emily, Science Teacher,  “STEM is alive and well at TNS” 8:52-8:9:02

  4. Dyanthe’s report: Zero waste management at TNS 9:02-9:04

  5. Updates from PTA presidents: 9:04-9:06

    1. nominations for next year’s PTA positions plus 2 spots on the SLT

    2. Next fundraisers: Artisan fair, Spring Jam (kid’s dance party), Meg

    3. Border crossers training coming soon!

    4. Online auction is still open for bidding!

    5. Ask your employer if they do matching donations

  6. Updates from Treasurers 9:06-9:08
  7. Class Parents/Parent Liaisons 9:10-9:15
    1. Are you getting class emails? Are you on the TNS listserve?

    2. Konstella: school wide vote to adopt/not adopt software program to help with school communication & organizing

  8. Committees Reports
  • Events: March for our lives on March 24th
  • ECO: Earth Day coming up on April 22   9:15-9:16
  • Wellness: Social Workers led a second discussion about how to talk to your kids about sex  9:16-9:17
  • Garden   9:17-9:18
  • Diversity: Border Crossers Dates!!! May 4 for the Intro and May 9 for the Affinity Groups 9:19-9:20

  1. Old Business and New Business 9:21

  1. Meeting adjourned 9:30

News & Announcements


HELLO FAMILIES The Neighborhood School & S.T.A.R. Academy are invited to MOVIE NIGHT WILL BE HELD FRIDAY ~ MARCH 16TH, 2018 Food AND drinks start at 5:30 p.m. Movie COCO starts at 6:00 p.m. $3 per Child and all Adults FREE Please feel free to invite your child’s friends outside of our schools the party will be bigger and better!

Dyanthe’s Weekly Letters

Week of March 12, 2018

Dear Neighborhood School Families,

Because the majority of our students have not brought up the Parkland, Florida shootings or responses to it, we have decided not to do a school-wide walkout on March 14th.  Some families may decide to sign their children out of school to join other protests around the city.  If you choose to do this, please let your child’s teacher know ahead of time and please be in the office no later than 9:45AM to sign your child out.   As always, teachers will continue to listen for what comes up and reassure children that they are safe in school.  I am attaching a helpful article for how to have conversations with young children to process grief and fear in a healthy way (thanks, Jane):  https://childmind.org/article/helping-children-cope-frightening-news/.  TNS does plan to participate in “March for Our Lives” Saturday, March 24th (more info to come).  We are also planning a conversation for TNS families about gun violence prevention.

It’s conference time.  In our early childhood classes, it is an opportunity for teachers, together with the child, to talk with the adults in each child’s family about the child’s work and progress in school.  In our upper grades, children lead conferences, speaking about their work alongside teachers and families. Want to learn more about what your child is learning in Spanish, science or physical education?  Please stop by the Science Room (317) to meet with Emily, the Spanish Room (304) to meet with Catlin or the Office (307) to meet with Teddy!  Conferences will be held Wednesday evening and Thursday afternoon (dismissal is at 11:45AM).

I often get the question, how does our school’s progressive approach to teaching and learning prepare kids for middle school and beyond?  Please join us Thursday at 8:30AM in the PTA room for our TNS graduates panel.  Former students will discuss how TNS prepared them for the challenges of middle school and high school, and much beloved 4/5th grade teacher (and former TNS parent) Amy Masters will moderate.

Mark your calendars:

  • The Grants Committee meets Tuesday at drop-off in the small cafeteria.

  • The PTA Executive Meeting is Wednesday at 8:30AM in the PTA Room.  All are welcome.

  • Wednesday is Pi Day!  Buy a slice before or after school and support TNS!

  • Thursday is a half-day.  Dismissal is at 11:45AM.

  • The Garden Committee meets Friday at drop-off in the small cafeteria.

  • Friday is Movie Night!  Come see Oscar winner Coco at 6PM!  Kids cost $3 and adults are free.  



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Nominate your favorite teacher for a 2018 Blackboard Award!

Nominate your favorite teacher for a 2018 Blackboard Award!

Since 2002, Blackboard Awards have been honoring excellence in education in New York City. Take a moment to thank a teacher who adds so much to your child’s life and to your school community by nominating she or he for a 2018 Blackboard Award for Teachers.

You can submit your nomination here http://www.newyorkfamily.


Dyanthe’s Weekly Letters

Week of March 5, 2018

Dear Neighborhood School Families,

As I mentioned previously, our school recently participated in a Department of Education (DOE) 2-day evaluative process called the Quality Review.  Schools are rated underdeveloped, developing, proficient or well developed on 10 indicators.  I am so proud of our school!  Not because of our high ratings, but because it was absolutely clear to the reviewer how much staff and families care about our school.  We earned 7 well develops and 3 proficients.  

Family conferences are next week!  Please be sure to sign-up for a conference time with your child’s teacher.  Wednesday is late night conferences and Thursday is a DOE half-day for conferences.  If you are having any trouble signing up for a conference, please call the school office and we will help coordinate a time for you.

Please complete your Department of Education (DOE) Parent Survey.  The DOE survey gathers information about your overall satisfaction with our school and the results are published and used to determine our official rating. Completion rates are also important as they reflect the level of parent involvement to the DOE.  Each student received a green envelope containing a hard copy of the survey to fill out along with postage-paid envelope.  You can also complete the survey online.  Thank you!

Mark your calendars:

  • Parent’s of Unique Kids Support Group meets Tuesday morning at drop-off in Room 301.  This is a support group for parents and caretakers; it is an opportunity to share experiences, defeats, and strategies with each other.

  • The Wellness Committee meets Tuesday at drop-off in the PTA Room.

  • My Morning Hour is Wednesday morning in the PTA Room.  I will host an hour about reading development.  What does it look like?  What kind of books do children read when learning to read?  How do we identify struggling readers at TNS?  

  • I hope that you will join me between 6 - 10 p.m. for the TNS Spring Auction this Thursday at the Manny Cantor Center (197 East Broadway).  Even if you can’t make the Spring Auction Event, you can still get some great deals (and support TNS) at the online auction. Check it out: http://tnsny.org/auction.

  • Friday is a PD half-day.  Dismissal is at 11:45AM.