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Dyanthe’s Weekly Letters

Week of February 12, 2018

Dear Neighborhood School Families,

The TNS Handmade for Puerto Rico Pop-up store is open all this week!  Proceeds will be used to purchase and ship supplies for our partner school in PR.  There are three ways to get involved: make a handmade item to donate (use this link for INSTRUCTIONS), volunteer to work at the store (CLICK HERE to sign-up) and come shopping!

The Diversity Committee is listening and discussing “Seeing White” http://podcast.cdsporch.org/seeing-white/, a series of podcasts and a deep dive into the notion of “whiteness”.  Where did “whiteness” come from? What does it mean? What is it for?  How is this discussion important to our work as a school?  The premise of this series is that the American conversation about race, and the stories we tell ourselves about race and ethnicity are deeply incomplete and often misleading.  We need new stories and new understandings about our history and our current racial and ethnic reality.  I hope you will take the time to listen and join Diversity this Tuesday at drop-off for what promises to be a rich conversation.

Mark Your Calendars:

  • The Auction Committee meets Monday at drop-off in the the PTA Room.

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

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

  • Our February PTA General Meeting is Thursday at 8:40AM in the PTA Room.

  • There is no school February 16 - 25.  

Have a wonderful break.  We’ll see you Monday, February 26.



News & Announcements

Half Day Survey

Dear TNS Families,

The PTA of the Neighborhood school would like your participation in a five question survey about half days.  Please take a few minutes and click on the link below to get to the survey.  Your answers are confidential.

We will be looking at the responses and discussing half days at our PTA meeting next week on Thursday February 15th.

Link to survey: 


News & Announcements

Show Your Love Fundraiser: DATES MOVED


Dyanthe’s Weekly Letters

Week of February 5, 2018

Dear Neighborhood School Families,

I am thrilled to share that we are opening a second Pre-K section next year and will be able to offer more children and families these much coveted spots at our school!  If you know of prospective families interested in coming to TNS, spread the word!

Every three years, NYC public schools partake in an evaluative process called the Quality Review.  A Department of Education (DOE) evaluator conducts a two-day school visit; they talk with parents, students, teachers and school leaders, visit classrooms, and use the Quality Review Rubric to evaluate how well the school is organized to support student learning and teacher practice.  After the school visit, the school receives a Quality Review Report that is published on its NYCDOE webpage.  Our quality review will be February 14 - 15.  I am looking forward to sharing the inspiring and exciting work happening at TNS!

Children learn by making sense of their world and their experiences.  Dramatizations and simulations are one way for children to recreate the themes and concepts they are studying.  A wonderful example of this is happening in our school over the next couple of weeks:  the first and second grade classes are engaging in a study of the post office and have created a postal service for our school.  Anyone can mail a letter to any student or staff member in the school.  You will see mailboxes posted around the school (in each of the 1st/2nd grade classrooms, in the lobby, outside the office and in the 4th/5th grade hallways).  Each day, children from each 1st/2nd grade class will be responsible for collecting mail from the mailboxes, canceling the stamps, sorting the mail by floor and then by room, and then delivering the mail.  You can use the Neighborhood School Postal Service, too!  All you need is a stamp (you can choose free stamps designed by our first and second grade postal workers or fund raising stamps which cost 25¢) which you can get in any of the 1st/2nd grade classrooms, address your letter with the room number of the person to whom you’re writing and then drop your letter into any school mailbox.  Think how exciting it will be for your child to receive mail from you when the daily mail is delivered to the classroom!

A new semester starts today.  Children in Pre-K/K, ½ or ⅘ who have been taking Spanish, will start science with Emily (Room 317).  Those who have had science, will begin Spanish with Catlin (Room 304).  Third graders do not make a switch; they have Spanish and science all year.  

Mark Your Calendars:

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

  • Narrative Reports go home Tuesday.  Teachers prefer handing reports to an adult for privacy and safekeeping.  If you cannot pick up the report personally, it will be backpacked.

  • There is a PTA Exec meeting Wednesday at 8:40AM in the PTA Room.  All are welcome.

  • Please join me on Thursday at 8:40AM in the PTA Room for my morning hour.  

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

  • Judy, Wanda, Dara, Shaniqua & Lindsey, Sofia & Joanne and Alexis & Corinthia’s classes go ice skating Friday.  



News & Announcements

Town Hall with the School Chancellor Thurs. Feb. 15

Town Hall flyer