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Yearbook Parent Meeting-4th and 5th Grade Parents WELCOME!!!

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Dyanthe’s Weekly Letters

Week of January 8, 2018

Dear Neighborhood School Families,

Art is a vital part of children’s experience at TNS.  The arts often offer a “way in” to academic subjects for many children who learn best through modalities other than reading and writing.  In addition, the arts introduce different ways of seeing and understanding the world.  I am very excited to share that our 3rd, 4th and 5th graders will participate in a residency with New York City Ballet (NYCB) this semester.  Teaching artists will lead ten in-school movement workshops that focus on the creative process, culminating in a presentation of student generated choreography.  Students will be challenged to think critically, act creatively, and engage collaboratively as they learn how to choreograph their own group dances.  Students will also attend a lecture demonstration and a live performance at Lincoln Center.

Ice skating trips are around the corner and money for your child’s first trip is due to your child’s teacher today.  Each class ice skates two times during the winter:

  • Friday, January 19th:  Judy - Wanda -Dara - Shaniqua & Lindsey - Sofia & Joanne - Alexis & Corinthia

  • Friday, February 2nd:  ‪Erin - Dianne & Shaquawn - Jane - Olivia & Chelsea – Grace - Catlin & Caroline- Hannah

  • Friday, February 9th:  Judy - Wanda -Dara - Shaniqua & Lindsey - Sofia & Joanne - Alexis & Corinthia

  • Friday, March 2nd: ‪Erin - Dianne & Shaquawn - Jane - Olivia & Chelsea – Grace - Mara & Caroline - Hannah

Finally, I want to let you know about a shift in staffing that will happen at the beginning of the new semester.   After considerable thought, we are going to make the following change:  beginning the week of February 5, Mara will join Caroline to co-teach in the 4/5s and Catlin will begin teaching Spanish with the new round of classes and the 3rd grade, which has Spanish all year.  It is always challenging to make staffing changes mid-year and I am deeply appreciative and grateful to Mara, Caroline and Catlin for their willingness to ensure our students’ success.

Mark your calendar:

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

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



Dyanthe’s Weekly Letters

Week of January 1, 2018

Happy New Year Neighborhood School Families!

I am sending out my weekly letter a little early because it looks like we are in store for more very chilly weather this week.  Just a reminder: winter weather does not keep our students inside at recess.  It is very important that children come to school dressed for the weather.  Please make sure your child has all the necessary accessories (hat, scarf, mittens and snow pants) to stay warm and active outside!

Please join me for my Morning Hour Wednesday, January 11 at 8:40AM in the PTA Room for a discussion about mixed-age classrooms.  Most of our classes are grouped in multi-age configurations to allow each child to develop both academic and leadership skills.  When the school began, one fundamental belief we held was that children are well served in mixed-age groups where they can work with a wide range of classmates, mentor children younger (and sometimes older) than themselves, be mentored by classmates, and be known well by their teachers by remaining in the same class for two years.  I encourage you to read this short article ahead of time: Mixed-Age Grouping: What Does the Research Say, and How Can Parents Use This Information?

Mark your calendars:

  • Important Organizing Meeting for TNS to PR with Love this Wednesday at 3PM in the Library.  There are lots of ways to help us mobilize our school community to support our adopted school in Puerto Rico.  All are welcome.

  • The SLT (School Leadership Team) meets Thursday at 8AM in Room 301.  All are welcome:

    • Adopt the Alternative School lunch menu

    • Analyse the parent responses to the DOE survey

    • How we as a school can make the middle school process better for families

  • Popcorn Friday is this week at dismissal.


I hope that you had a wonderful break and were able to enjoy some downtime with friends, family and by yourself!  

Welcome Back,


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Important Organizing Meeting!!



Please join us!  There are lots of ways to help us mobilize our school community to support our adopted school in Puerto Rico!

All our welcome!!

If you would like to join, but can’t make this meeting, please email Dianne at tns2pr@gmail.com

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Thank you Holiday Fair 2017

Dear TNS Families,

Thank you so much for donating and volunteering your time and your thoughtfulness with our school’s yearly Holiday Fair.  With your help we raised $10,000.00 this year.

When you hear “please come volunteer” look at it as being a part of your child’s education.  
You are doing something no matter how big or small in your child’s school to give.  
And when you do volunteer, talk about it at home, let them know it is work and work gives them things.  Many children know you leave to go to work - but a couple of hours seeing you invest your adult time gives them an understanding that you are accomplishing something and that is money in the bank.

When you hear the word “volunteer” it is not the end- it is an opening to new experiences and ‘working’ with wonderful people and you will be surprised what great families/friends you will make.

Thank you all for everything you do!

Happy New Year to 2018!

Best wishes,
~Lorraine Hutra
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