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Today’s events and how we will support our children

Dear Families,

I apologize for the number of emails I’ve sent today and for sending this email so late.  It has been a challenging day for all of us.  However, it feels important to share this information so that we can support our children and each other.  

First off, I cannot stress enough how critical it is to monitor the news that your child is hearing or watching tonight.  It is scary for us, and you should process it first before you share any information with your child.  If you choose to talk with your child about today’s events, you may find these guidelines helpful.

Tomorrow and Thursday, our teachers will:

  • Listen.  Find out what children know, have heard, and have seen. 

  • Provide containing information (this is tricky because there are still many unknowns).   But, for example, we know that everyone is doing whatever they can to find the person who did this terrible thing.  

  • Find out what children are wondering.

  • Reassure children that they are safe in their school. For example, Agent G and Agent Jackson make sure that anyone who enters our building is allowed to be here, we practice drills to make sure that we are prepared in case of an emergency, etc.

  • We also want to make sure that children have opportunities to continue to process what is coming up for them.  This may include providing a blank book where children can write or draw about what happened if they are worried.

  • Finally, our children may want to take action.  For example, writing opinion pieces, congresspeople about gun control, etc.

Please reach out to me, Denise, or your child’s teacher if you or your child needs additional support during this time.

With Love,

Dyanthe

News & Announcements

4/12/22: Today’s events and how we will support our children

Dear Families,

I apologize for the number of emails I’ve sent today and for sending this email so late.  It has been a challenging day for all of us.  However, it feels important to share this information so that we can support our children and each other.  

First off, I cannot stress enough how critical it is to monitor the news that your child is hearing or watching tonight.  It is scary for us, and you should process it first before you share any information with your child.  If you choose to talk with your child about today’s events, you may find these guidelines helpful.

Tomorrow and Thursday, our teachers will:

  • Listen.  Find out what children know, have heard, and have seen. 

  • Provide containing information (this is tricky because there are still many unknowns).   But, for example, we know that everyone is doing whatever they can to find the person who did this terrible thing.  

  • Find out what children are wondering.

  • Reassure children that they are safe in their school. For example, Agent G and Agent Jackson make sure that anyone who enters our building is allowed to be here, we practice drills to make sure that we are prepared in case of an emergency, etc.

  • We also want to make sure that children have opportunities to continue to process what is coming up for them.  This may include providing a blank book where children can write or draw about what happened if they are worried.

  • Finally, our children may want to take action.  For example, writing opinion pieces, congresspeople about gun control, etc.

Please reach out to me, Denise, or your child’s teacher if you or your child needs additional support during this time.

With Love,

Dyanthe

Dyanthe's Weekly Letters

Week of 4.11.22

Dear Families,

I am sure you have noticed the alarming uptick in COVID cases at TNS and around the city.  We currently have six members of our community in quarantine.  While not required, I strongly encourage children to wear masks this week.  To ensure that students have COVID-19 test kits to use before returning from the Spring Recess, all students will receive four tests this week.  Students may share two tests with a family member.  Students should use the test kit on the evening of April 23 and again on the evening of April 24 before returning to school on April 25.  Please note that while the use of the test kit is strongly encouraged, participation is voluntary, and students are not required to show proof of a negative test result before being allowed to return to school.    

Please remember that there is no school this Friday in observance of Good Friday and Passover.  I wish you a wonderful spring break!  We look forward to seeing you on Monday, April 25.

Warmly,

Dyanthe

Dyanthe's Weekly Letters

Week of 4.4.22

Dear Families,

This Friday is a TNS professional development half-day.  Students are dismissed at 11:45 AM.  Recently, a parent asked me about our half-days, which differ from the DoE calendar.  As you may know, TNS has been a Progressive Redesign Opportunity Schools for Excellence (PROSE) school since 2014.  As a result, we can implement innovative plans that fall outside the Chancellor’s Regulations or UFT contract, including setting aside six half-days for professional development.  These half-days allow us to go more deeply into our work together than our 1-hour Monday PDs permit.  This year, we use these afternoons to further our work toward becoming an anti-racist school community.  Recently, it has included establishing agreements for having difficult conversations about race and racism as a staff.  We hope that having these agreements and protocols in place will allow us to bring our whole selves to our work as a school.

It’s lovely to see so many families enjoying the garden after school.  However, it is not a playground.  Unless they are working on a garden project with a garden committee member, children should not be digging, climbing, or using garden tools.  Families are welcome to enjoy a snack there before heading to the playground on 4th Street.  Thank you for respecting the seedlings, plants, and hard work of the garden committee. 

Warmly,

Dyanthe

Dyanthe's Weekly Letters

Week of 3.38.22

Dear Families,

The 3rd, 4th, and 5th grade NY State English Language Arts tests are tomorrow and Wednesday.  94% of our students have been opted out of the state tests.  TNS students who do not take the state tests will continue the meaningful work they engage in every day.  

Although it might not feel like spring today, our 3rd Street garden is beginning to come to life, thanks to our parent volunteers.  Families took over the garden during Neighborhood Day and hid bulbs like hidden treasures. As a result, you can now see the golden daffodils in bloom.  While the bulbs and garden went dormant for winter, parent volunteers distributed seventeen paperwhites kits to classrooms. Students and staff observed the paperwhites bloom in a controlled environment in the middle of winter.  This year’s seedling program will also begin in classrooms. It includes a collection of pollinator flowers, snack veggies, greens, and a three sisters (corn, beans, and squash) experiment. You can join the team of parent volunteers by sending an email with your availability and contact info to 3rd Street School Garden: thirdstreetschoolgarden@gmail.com.

Warmly,

Dyanthe

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