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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.



News & Announcements

PTA Weekly Newsletter, October 21, 2019

The PTA weekly newsletter is here!! This week’s newsletter features lots of great info on Halloween celebrations, a new TNS Outsider’s Club (!!!), and Original Works, along with many other items of interest. Read the 10/21/19 PTA Newsletter now!

TNS Newsletter October 21, 2019

Dyanthe’s Weekly Letters

Week of October 15, 2019

Dear Families,

One aspect of our school community I value most is our diversity.  Our mixed-age, heterogeneous classes are configured so that children learn to become part of a community that cultivates visibility, understanding, and respect for all people.  This work is deliberate and never-ending, and over the last several years we have partnered with outside community-based organizations for support.  Last year, the Diversity Committee researched several different organizations that provide professional development and family workshops about gender and decided to partner with the Gender & Family Project of the Ackerman Institute.  The Gender & Family Project (GFP) empowers youth, families, and communities by providing gender affirmative services, training and research. GFP promotes gender inclusivity as a form of social justice in all the systems involved in the life of the family.  We chose to partner with the GFP because their work explicitly integrates our school’s on-going work on race, racism and racial justice. Last spring and again this fall, the staff will participate in professional development with GFP. This Thursday, from 6 - 8 PM. the Gender & Family Project of the Ackerman Institute will lead a Gender 101 Workshop for TNS families.  I strongly encourage you to attend if you can.  Childcare and pizza will be provided for TNS children.

Once again this year, I am hosting a series of informal gatherings for families each month to discuss topics of interest to our community - so please email your suggestions!  The first “Morning Hour” is Wednesday, October 23rd 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.  We begin each year with this article; I think it is a good starting point for future conversations. 

This Week at TNS...

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

  • Used and Vintage Cookbook Sale: There is a cookbook sale on Wednesday from 2 - 6 PM in the courtyard (weather permitting).  All proceeds go to the library and UNICEF’s Nutrition Fund.  

  • The PTA meets Thursday at 8:30 AM in the PTA room. Voting to approve this year’s draft budget will take place during the meeting.  PTA members can walk in anytime between 8 and 9:30 AM to cast their ballot. 

  • Sing is Friday at 8:45 AM in the recess yard, weather permitting.  There will also be a bake sale. 

Looking Ahead...

  • My Morning Hour is Wednesday, October 23 at 8:30 AM in the PTA Room.

  • Friday, October 25 is Fall Family Celebration!  Fall Family Celebration is one of my favorite TNS traditions because it always reminds me how warm and caring our community is, and the importance of food in bringing people together.  Please check with your child’s teacher about the time and sign-up.

Have a good week,


News & Announcements

PTA Weekly Newsletter, October 14, 2019

The PTA weekly newsletter is here!! This week’s edition features an interview with Librarian Cheryl Wolfe, news about an upcoming Diversity Committee event on gender identity issues, and a chance to help TNS advocate for more funding through a participatory budgeting process. Read the 10/14/19 PTA Newsletter now! 

TNS PTA Newsletter - 10/14/19