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Dyanthe’s Weekly Letters

Week of October 28, 2019

Dear Families,

Over the past year, families and staff have engaged in conversations about reading instruction at TNS.  Please come to hear author and former TNS parent Maria Russo discuss her new book, “How to Raise a Reader” TONIGHT from 6 - 7:30 PM.  Divided into four sections, from baby through teen, this book offers something useful on every page, whether it’s how to develop rituals around reading or build a family library, or engage a reluctant reader.  A fifth section, More Books to Love: By Theme and Reading Level, is chock full of expert recommendations.  Throughout, the authors debunk common myths, assuage parental fears, and deliver invaluable lessons in a positive and easy-to-act-on way.  I hope you will join me for what promises to be an informative and engaging night. Childcare will be provided.

November Lunch Menu at TNS

  • Week of November 4:  Both Alternative and Classic entrees will be available

  • Week of November 11:  Alternative Menu entrees

  • Week of November 18:  Classic Menu entrees (on 10/18 both Alternative and Classic entrees will be available)

  • Week of November 25:  They are the same

Also happening this week at TNS…

  • Tuesday is Picture Day.  Individual shots will be taken in the PTA Room and class pictures will be taken in the small cafeteria.  Every child will have their picture taken. Families will get a code specifically for their child and they can go to the Cool for School website to order their child’s pictures.  November 22 is saved for sibling pictures and make-ups.

  • Our Halloween Party is Thursday, October 31st beginning at 5:30 PM in the 4th Street courtyard.   Please remember to save candy and costumes for the parade!   

  • The Advocacy Committee meets Friday after drop-off in the PTA room.

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

  • It’s “Popcorn Friday” this week!

Looking Ahead…

  • There is NO SCHOOL for students on Tuesday, November 5.

Finally, please do not leave strollers in the Lobby during the day.  They block access to scooters, the safety agents’ area and most importantly, pose a fire hazard.  Thank you.



News & Announcements

School Lunch Menus for November

To see individual options, please see the Alternative and Classic Menus on the DOE website.

Week of November 4:  Both Alternative and Classic entrees will be available

Week of November 11:  Alternative Menu entrees 

Week of November 18:  Classic Menu entrees (on 10/18 both Alternative and Classic entrees will be available)

Week of November 25:  Alternative and Classic Menus are identical

News & Announcements

PTA Weekly Newsletter, October 28, 2019

Find out how to vote for the first Movie Night of the year! Are you a Maker (are you making something right now?) the Arts Committee needs your skills and talents (and also they want you to fill out a survey). A touching Community Spotlight and more! Read the 10/28/19 PTA Newsletter now! 


News & Announcements

Halloween Party

halloweenThe Neighborhood School & Star Academy Present…

Neighborhood Halloween

Thursday October 31, 2019

5.15 – 6.30 pm

The Neighborhood School / Star Academy -- 4th Street Courtyard

121 East 3rd Street (Enter Through School)

Wear Your Costume

Themed Silent Disco! Photo Station! Ghoulish Games! Trick or Treating! And More!

All PK-5 Students and Families are welcome!

Dyanthe’s Weekly Letters

Week of October 21, 2019

Dear Families,

It’s a busy week at TNS!

Once again, we are hosting several groups of Dutch educators who are part of a nationwide initiative called Platform Onderwijs 2032 (Platform Education 2032) this fall.  Each group is composed of teachers and administrators from pre-kindergarten to high school who are interested in identifying and making good educational practices visible, implementing it, organizing and supporting teacher/administrator education and taking part in the public debate on education.  They will visit classrooms, speak with the teachers, children, and parents in an effort to build an understanding of TNS’s model of progressive education. Their first visit is today!

I am excited to welcome, Maeve Mayfield to our teaching staff.  She will be assisting in Catlin’s class beginning today and Cesar will be with Dara’s class full-time.  

My first “Morning Hour” is Wednesday in the PTA Room right after drop-off.  We will discuss progressive education and in preparation, I encourage you to read Alfie Kohn’s article, Progressive Education: Why It’s Hard to Beat, But Also Hard to Find.  I hope to see you there.

Friday is our Fall Family Celebration!  Classes schedule celebrations at various times during the day so that families with siblings in different classes can participate in all celebrations. 

  • Erin/Yolanda 11:30 - 12:30
  • Shaquawn/Dianne/Hughes/Dianna 11:30 - 12:30
  • Dara/Cesar/Lucio 11:45 - 12:45
  • Catlin/Maeve 8:45 - 9:45
  • Wanda/Elsie 11:30 - 12:30
  • Shaniqua/Michelle 11:30 - 12:30
  • Lindsey/Oli/Haydee 11:45 - 12:45
  • Caroline/Grace 11:45 - 12:30
  • Chelsea/Jane/Liz 11:30 - 12:30
  • Matt 11:45 - 12:30
  • Tiffany 1:30
  • Joanne/Sofia/Louis 8:45 - 9:10
  • Corinthia/Alexis/Lameeka Friday, November 1 @ 8:45

Also happening this week at TNS…

  • A group of parents is gathering to share resources and learn more about Dyslexia on Thursday after drop-off in the PTA Room.

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

Looking Ahead…

  • Maria Russo, The New York Times children’s book review editor and author of the recent book, How to Raise a Reader is coming on October 28 at 6 PM in the Library to talk with families about children and reading. 

  • Tuesday, October 29 is Picture Day!

  • Our annual Halloween Party is Thursday, October 31 beginning at 5:15 PM in the recess yard.

It finally feels like Fall.  Please make sure your child has all the necessary accessories (hat, scarf, mittens, and coat) to stay warm and active; it’s important children come to school prepared to play outside as temperatures drop.   Missing something? Check our “Lost and Found” next to security.