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Middle School Workshop 5.22.18 @ 8:30

Middle School Workshop

Dyanthe’s Weekly Letters

Week of May 14, 2018

Dear Neighborhood School Families,

As the school year begins to wind down, I want to share the work that we have done with Emotionally Responsive Practice at Bank Street.  We have 6 more weeks of school and while many children are looking forward to summer vacation, the end of the school year can elicit complicated feelings in children. Children come to school everyday and spend many hours with their teachers and friends. They become attached to the adults in their school environment and connected to their peers in deep ways. Saying goodbye may feel sad.  In addition, children usually feel a sense of ease and comfort in their current classrooms having become familiar with their everyday routines and environments. Thinking about beginning a new grade, with new teachers and new peer groups, can bring up a lot of anxiety for children. Children worry about what it will be like: will it be too hard and will they have friends? All of these reactions are very normal.  Some children may share their feelings with you and some children may choose not to. As we come closer to the end of the school year, teachers will be talking with children about their thoughts, feelings, and ideas about the end of the year. We will be reading books, sharing memories, and counting days so the end will not feel like a surprise. We are committed to having a good goodbye. Some families have asked how they can support their children as they prepare to end school and move into the summer.  Here are a few ideas:

  • Ask children how they feel about the end of the school year.  Don’t make any assumptions. You can say, “So, it will be the end of school soon. How are you feeling about that?”

  • Be supportive. If kids express that they are sad, or scared, for example, you can say, “Yeah, the end of the school year can be hard. I understand.”

  • Kids may show some regression around this time. It’s completely normal! Don’t worry if your child is acting “younger” or more disorganized. We see this every year in every school. It is just part of how kids act at the end of the year.

  • Ask Cheryl or your teacher(s) for book recommendations. We have lots of good books to help kids with saying goodbye, and other themes related to the end of the school year.

  • Children who have had significant loss in their lives (the death of a loved one, a recent move, family illness, etc…) may have a particularly hard time saying goodbye. We are here to talk and support you and your child. We have some ideas about how to help them.

Mark your calendars:

  • This week is Penny Pandemonium!   We will have containers in every classroom and a big collection container in the lobby.  All proceeds go to the Neighborhood School PTA and help support our arts programming. Thank you!

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

  • 3rd, 4th and 5th grade families are invited to the final workshops of the NY City Ballet residency Tuesday and Thursday in the auditorium:


9:10 Mara and Caroline

9:55 Grace


8:25 Alexis and Corinthia

9:10 Hannah

9:55 Sofia and Joanne

  • The Grants Committee meets Wednesday at drop-off in the PTA Room.

  • We will have elections for PTA and SLT Thursday morning in the PTA Room.

  • Our Rhythm and Rice festival is Thursday from 4 - 7PM in the courtyard.

  • The Garden Committee meets Friday at drop-off in the PTA Room.

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



Dyanthe’s Weekly Letters

Week of May 7, 2018

Dear Neighborhood School Families,

Recently, a friend called me a luddite, and rightly so.  I have never had a Facebook account, don’t know what Instagram is and have never understood Twitter.  I also have an eleven-year old daughter who started middle school this year and recently got her first smartphone.  She’s not on social media yet, but when we do decide she’s ready, we want her to be thoughtful about her communication.   Much of my thinking has been influenced by Devorah Heitner’s TED talk, “The Challenges of Raising a Digital Natives” in which she asserts that young people can “use the power of digital sharing for positive outcomes.”  Please join me for my Morning Hour this Thursday at drop-off in the PTA Room.  Cheryl and I will facilitate a conversation about raising “digital natives.”  Even if you can’t be there, I encourage you to watch Devorah’s TED talk.

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 small cafeteria.

  • 5th Grade Parent Night with STAR is Tuesday at 6 PM in the auditorium! Over the past few months, STAR at the Directors Company has explored issues around puberty through drama and discussions with our 5th graders.  Now is your chance to find out more about what former parent, Harvey Epstein called a “game changer” for TNS!

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

  • Border Crossers will facilitate a second workshop for families this Wednesday, from 6 - 8 PM.  Participants will break into two “affinity groups”:  one for parents of color and the one for white parents.  Border Crosser facilitators will lead deeper discussions of race and racism, responding to individual questions from each group.



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How to talk to your children about race and racism

Two evening workshops on how to talk to our children about race & racism

Workshop #1: Overview of race and racism:

Participants learn about the social construction of race. The training provides parents, guardians and caregivers with strategies for how to talk about race and racism with their children. Participants learn how children see race, gain skills for approaching age-appropriate conversations with a racial equity lens, and practice strategies to promote positive racial identity development in children.

When: Friday, May 4th from 6-8pm

Where: TNS, Room TBD

How: Child care provided for TNS students; pizza provided for parents &     kids (donations for pizza welcome)

Workshop #2: Affinity Group* Conversations

You MUST do workshop #1 to participate in the second.

We will break up into two “affinity groups.” One group will be parents of color and the other will be white parents. The Border Crossers facilitators will lead deeper discussions of race and racism, responding to the individual questions of each group.

When: Wednesday, May 9th from 6-8pm

Where: TNS, Rooms TBD

How: Babysitting and pizza provided (donations for pizza welcome)

*Why an Affinity Group?

Racial affinity groups give us a safe space to reconstruct our racial identities as positive, aware, and anti-racist. Affinity groups do not take the place of cross-cultural/cross-racial dialogues, but rather serve to enhance and support positive, healthy communication and interactions.

Border Crossers table

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