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PTA Weekly Newsletter, March 2, 2020

Family conferences are this week! Plus Girls On the Run and lots of ways to get involved as we head towards Spring (it’s coming, we know it!). Read on . . . 

TNS PTA Newsletter - 3-2-2020

Dyanthe’s Weekly Letters


Dear Families,

As I explained in last week’s letter, the NY State Ed Department has identified our school as in need of Targeted Support and Improvement (TSI) for the 2019-20 school year.  This designation is a direct result of changes made in how opt-outs were calculated last year. A group of about 30 parents met last Tuesday to discuss our school’s TSI designation.  We agreed that families need to respond in two ways. The first is within the TNS community; families need to reach out to other families to ensure that they understand the threat the TSI status poses to our school.  The second response involves advocating beyond the school community, at the city and state level. Community Education Council will help coordinate some of this outreach, especially as we organize across other NYC schools and families similarly impacted by this designation. 

Please join me, the Advocacy Committee, and teachers this Wednesday after drop-off for another discussion, “What’s Up with the State Tests and Being a “TSI” School?”  

We will address:

  • The NY State ELA (English Language Arts), Math and Science Tests

  • Why we are a TSI School

  • The impact of test prep in 3rd - 5th grades on curriculum, teaching, and learning

  • The impact of test prep in 3rd - 5th grades on numerous practices that reflect our values about what we believe is best for children (think no farm trips, no Camp Ashokan before May, no 50 minutes of recess or lunch in the classroom in 2/3s, no morning recess in 4/5s, less Project Time, and many more...)

Family conferences are this week.  Grade 3 – 5 families, please speak with your child’s teacher(s) about opting out of the State Tests during conferences so we can organize staffing and materials accordingly. 

The side of our recess yard that includes the play structure and comfort station is undergoing renovations beginning April 13.  Construction is anticipated to last 9 months to a year and that portion of the recess yard will be closed during renovations. We are having a Town Hall Meeting at 8:30 AM on Wednesday, March 10 to discuss renovations as well as to share plans to accommodate children from both schools during recesses.  

This Week at TNS...

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

  • The ECO Committee meets Friday morning after drop-off in the small cafeteria.

  • Dara, Shaquawn & Dianne, Caroline & Grace, Matt, Tiffany, and Joanne & Sofia’s classes go ice skating on Friday.

  • Movie Night is this Friday at 5:30 PM.

Looking Ahead…

  • Caroline and Grace’s class goes to the farm Monday, March 9 - 11.

  • Lindsey and Oli’s class goes to the farm Wednesday, March 11 - 13.

  • Town Hall Meeting on Wednesday, March 10 at 8:30 AM: Q & A about park renovations.



Dyanthe’s Weekly Letters

Week of February 24, 2020

Dear Families,

Right before we left for mid-winter break, I received an email informing me that the NY State Ed Department has identified our school as in need of Targeted Support and Improvement (TSI) for the 2019-20 school year based on the 2018-19 performance of one or more student accountability subgroups on the state tests.  As a result of changes in how opt-outs are calculated by the state, schools with high opt-out numbers now being are penalized.  It is a parent’s legal right to opt their child out of the state tests.  Families choose TNS because of our progressive approach to teaching and learning.  This includes not interrupting the rich and meaningful curriculum to do months of test prep.  Of course, we’re not perfect.  We are continually working to improve instruction through on-going professional development.  We use multiple data sources to inform our work with children. But state testing data is not one of them.  Moreover, state test data from 27 (out of 117) children who did no test prep cannot be used to cull meaningful information about our school. Please join the Advocacy Committee and me after drop-off on Tuesday in the small cafeteria to learn more. 

Family conferences are next week!  Please sign-up for a conference time with your child’s teacher.  Wednesday, March 4 is the late-night and Thursday, March 5 is a half-day; dismissal is at 11:45 AM.  You can also sign-up to meet with our science teacher, Emily, our physical education teacher, Teddy, our Spanish teacher, Mara and our speech teachers, Amanda and Sara. If you need support, please call the school office and we will help coordinate a time for you. 

Our 4th and 5th graders leave for Camp Ashokan on Wednesday morning!  The Ashokan Center’s trails and the outdoor campus offers students the opportunity to hike to the depths of the 350 million-year-old Cathedral Gorge and the Turn wood-Ashokan Covered Bridge.  Programming includes history, natural science including watershed studies and ecology, community building, the arts and stewardship/service-learning and sustainability.  We expect all students to participate in this experience.  The trip is an essential part of a child’s TNS experience and reflects our values about how children learn best.  Please reach out to your child’s teacher, me or Noemi if you have any questions.  

This Week at TNS...

  • The Advocacy meets Tuesday after drop-off in the small cafeteria.

  • The Garden Committee meets on Wednesday after drop-off in the small cafeteria.

  • 4th/5th graders go to Camp Ashokan Wednesday - Friday.

Looking Ahead…

  • Family conferences are next week!  Wednesday is late-night conferences and Thursday the half-day for conferences.  Dismissal is at 11:45 AM.  

  • Dara, Shaquawn & Dianne, Caroline & Grace, Matt, Tiffany, and Joanne & Sofia’s classes go ice skating on Friday, March 6.



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PTA Weekly Newsletter, February 24, 2020

Please join the Advocacy Committee for an important meeting on Tuesday morning  2/25! French Club! We need YOU for the Nominating Committee! Read on for details...

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Love Your Library Week

It’s Love Your Library Week! So look under your bed and show your love by returning those overdue books! Stop by the PTA table in the morning and write the library a little love note, then come make valentines and bookmarks on Thursday 2/13 at 2:45pm. See you there!

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