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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.



News & Announcements

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...

TNS PTA Newsletter 2-24-2020

News & Announcements

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!

love your library

Dyanthe's Weekly Letters

Week of February 10, 2020

Dear Families,

Our librarian, Cheryl was recently quoted in the article, Reading Levels Unfairly Label Learners, Say Critics. And Then There’s the Research.  It describes why school library collections should not be organized by reading levels.  At TNS, reading levels are only one tool teachers use when guiding children to choose books. During a year, a child will read books that are too easy, just right, and too hard.  For example, a child who is interested in animals may be so motivated by that interest to read a book on animals that is at a higher level. Likewise, many strong readers also are drawn to graphic novels.  In fact, graphic novels are among the highest-circulating items in our library. 

Last year, families had a lot of questions about reading instruction at TNS. In response, our School Leadership Team (SLT) created a document for families that describes our philosophy and approach to reading and learning to read.  You can find in on our website in “Documents”.  It’s called, “Your Child’s Pathway to Learning to Read at TNS.”  If you have any questions about it or your child’s reading development, please let me or your classroom teacher(s) know.

This Week at TNS….

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

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

  • The PTA General Meeting is on Thursday at 8:30 AM in the PTA Room.

Looking Ahead

  • Midwinter Break is February 17th - 21st.  

Have a wonderful break.  We’ll see you on Monday, February 24.



News & Announcements

PTA Weekly Newsletter, February 10, 2020

It’s Love Your Library Week! So don’t forget to return those overdue books :) Are you interested in a French after school club? Read all about it in this week’s newsletter!

TNS PTA Newsletter - 2-10-2020