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Spring Dance 6/7/19

Hi Everyone, 

The Spring Dance aka Jam is today Friday, June 7th from 5-8pm in the cafeteria and the 4th street courtyard. Come out for some dancing, games, rummage sale, food and fun! 

Suggested Donation of $5 for 1 child, $8 for the whole family. Parents free. 

Dyanthe’s Weekly Letters

Week of June 3, 2019

Dear Families,

In response to emerging needs within our school community, the Diversity Committee felt it important to find an organization that could support our school’s work around issues of gender. Over this year, we researched several different community-based organizations that provide gender PD and family workshops and decided to partner with the Ackerman Institute.  While the Gender Family Project of The Ackerman Institute certainly focuses on gender diversity, this workshop will have us look at all the ways we identify (race, religion, ethnicity, socio-economic background, etc.) and how these identifiers intersect with one another. From their website: 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.  This Thursday, our staff will participate in our first session with GFP. We plan to continue this work next year and to provide workshops for families, too.

Mark Your Calendars:

  • Today is the 4th Grade Written Science Test.

  • Tuesday, June 4th - Eid-El-Fitra - SCHOOL CLOSED

  • School Leadership Team meets Wednesday at 8 AM in Room 313.  We will work on next year’s Comprehensive Education Plan.

  • Thursday, June 6th - PD for Staff - NO SCHOOL FOR STUDENTS

  • Friday is the Spring Jam from 5-8 PM. Families are encouraged to also bring gently used clothes next week for the rummage sale which will be held during the Spring Fling.  

Warmly,

Dyanthe

News & Announcements

Congratulations to Incoming PTA Exec. and SLT members

Each year all New York City Department of Education schools are required to form a Parent Teacher Association Executive Board and School Leadership Team.  The two organization are responsible for different things in the school.  The Parent Teacher Association is familiar to most people.  It deals with a broad range of issues affecting parents and teachers in the school, from fundraising to community organizing.  The School Leadership Team is limited to forming the Comprehensive Educational Plan for the school, especially focused on education policy within the school.  Both organizations must be formed through elections.  The nominating committee is responsible for arranging the elections and publicizing them.

This year our PTA and SLT elections were held on Friday, May 31st.  We are excited to report the results of the elections and welcome our new parent representatives.

The PTA Elections:

This year there were no contested seats.  Voting by ballot is not required in this case.  A motion was made to elect the uncontested slate of candidates.  The motion was adopted unanimously.

Congratulations and welcome to:

Akeela Azcuy and Matt Gold, our incoming PTA co-presidents!

Theresa Marchetta and Lisa Scott, our incoming PTA co-treasurers!

Matthieu Cornillon and Olly Keane, our incoming PTA co-VP’s of events and fundraising!

Joy Gabriel and Amy Sodaro, our incoming PTA co-parent engagement liaisons!

(This year no one stepped forward to run for recording secretary.  This position is required by DoE regulation.  We will hold a special election for the recording secretary.  Please contact the PTA if you are interested in running.)

The School Leadership Team Elections:

This year there were two seats for parent positions on the School Leadership Team.  Our team requires five parents to officially participate in the team.  One position is reserved for the PTA president.  The other four positions are filled by election.  Each parent serves for two years.  We have overlapping terms, requiring two parents to be elected each year.

This year four parents ran for the two open seats.  This required voting by secret ballot.  Thanks so much to the many parents who came to vote.  We had a good turnout.

Congratulations and welcome to:

Freddy Pena and Jenny Ulloa, winners of the election, and our new School Leadership Team members!

Thanks so much to everyone who ran for School Leadership Team positions.  We should all appreciate their enthusiasm.

(The SLT election was conducted immediately after the incoming PTA board was adopted by motion.  Voting was closed at exactly 9:30AM.  Elinor Tatum and Jenny Ulloa were nominated before the close of the nominations period.  Their names were printed on the ballots.  Freddy Pena and Tim Seiber were nominated from the floor of the election meeting and were write in candidates.  Freddy, Tim and Jenny introduced themselves during the meeting.  Elinor was not able to be present.  We received 63 ballots in total.  One was blank and several had votes for only one candidate.  Tom Gordon and Peter Liem counted the ballots immediately after the election.  The final totals were: Freddy (43), Jenny (38), Tim (20) and Elinor (16).  The ballots will remain in the PTA files for the following year, and are available for inspection.)

The nominating committee wishes to thank everyone for their participation and enthusiasm.

Dyanthe’s Weekly Letters

Week of May 28, 2019

Dear Families,

Whenever possible, we uphold one of our school’s founding principles that children remain with the same teacher(s) and the same grade cohort for two years.  Our goal to have children and families be known well by their teachers and each other and continue to have that relationship grow, remain an important value.  However, there are times when in response to the changing needs of our school, we need to make adjustments. Next year, we will need to make a few shifts in our ICT (classrooms with 2 teachers) configurations in our K/1 and ⅔ classes.  This means that some of our Kindergarten and 2nd grade students will move to new classrooms next year. Shaniqua, Dara, Catlin, and Dianne & Shaquawn will continue to teach K/1. Chelsea will join Jane to co-teach ⅔, along with Olivia & Lindsey, Matt, and Grace & Caroline.  These are the only anticipated shifts for next year. Teachers will communicate directly with families about changes in class placement before the end of the school year.

I hope you will join us for our Parent Sing tomorrow, just after the drop-off in the small cafeteria.  We will sing all the songs on this month’s sheet so that you are more than ready for all school Sing on Wednesday.  Even if you can’t join us, we ask that on Wednesday families do the following:

  • Sing during the songs and wait until the whole Sing is finished to talk to your friend or neighbor

  • Stay silent between songs so we can transition smoothly into the next song and start Singing in unison.

  • Save your applause.

  • Wave goodbye to your child at the end of Sing and exit quickly so that classes can also exit quickly (The last two songs, the two goodbye songs, are part of the Sing and we ask everyone to Sing along as a way of saying goodbye).

Spring Curriculum Nights at TNS are this Wednesday and Thursday from 5:30 - 7 PM.  Families will explore Project/Work Time. We will also have our Studio in A School end-of-year art exhibit open both nights.  Childcare is available.

Mark Your Calendars:

  • SING is Wednesday at 8:45 AM in the big yard (weather permitting).  We will have a bake sale in the lobby beforehand.

  • Erin, Wanda, Dara, Dianne & Shaquawn, Caroline & Grace, Jane, and Alexis & Corinthia’s classes go roller skating Friday!

Student Non-Attendance Days in June:

Tuesday, June 4th - Eid-El-Fitra - SCHOOL CLOSED

Thursday, June 6th - Anniversary Day - PD for Staff - NO SCHOOL FOR STUDENTS

Tuesday, June 11th - DOE Clerical Day - NO SCHOOL FOR STUDENTS

Tuesday, June 18th - TNS PD Day - NO SCHOOL FOR STUDENTS

Wednesday, June 26 - LAST DAY OF SCHOOL - DISMISSAL AT 11:45 AM

Have a good week,

Dyanthe

Dyanthe’s Weekly Letters

Week of May 20, 2019

Dear Families,

We are beginning to work on making our classes for next year.  This is a thoughtful process: teachers describe each child as we carefully consider the makeup of each class at the school.  We strive to have well-balanced classes and consider gender, ethnicity, friendships, academics, and the social and emotional dynamics of the group. Whenever possible, we uphold one of the school’s founding principles that children remain with the same teacher(s) and the same grade cohort for two years.  Our goal to have children and families be known well to their teachers and each other remains an important standard.

We are sending home a form this week to invite you to let me or your current teacher know if there is anything you’d like us to consider in making your child’s placement for next year.   Please know that we do not accept requests for specific teachers. Our goal is to make well-balanced classes all around. We carefully consider your input along with information from teachers and other school staff, but please understand that we may not be able to honor every request.  When we plan the classes and spaces for September, we also need to know who will or might be leaving. Please let me or Noemi know as soon as possible if your child is not returning to TNS next year. Students and families will be informed of next year’s placement on the last day of school.  

The end of the school year can elicit complicated feelings in children.  Thinking about ending the year and saying, “Goodbye,” as well as considering beginning a new grade with new teachers and new peer groups can bring up a lot of anxiety for children.  Children who have had a significant loss in their lives may have a particularly hard time these last weeks of school. Keep schedules and routines as normal as possible for as long as possible and try to keep your own anxieties about the summer and next school year at bay.  Please check-in with your child’s teacher if you notice your child is struggling during this time.

Mark Your Calendars:

  • 5th Grade Parent Night with STAR is Monday at 6 PM in the auditorium.  Over the past few months, STAR at the Directors Company has explored issues around puberty through drama and discussions with our 5th graders.  Now is parents’ chance to find out more about what former parent, Harvey Epstein called a “game changer” for TNS!

  • The second annual “Rhythm and Rice” event happens Wednesday from 5 - 7 PM in the 4th Street courtyard.  There will be activities, musical performances, and food.  Please join us, if you can!

  • The 4th Grade NYS Science Performance Test is Wednesday and Thursday.  This assessment is hands-on: students perform different kinds of experiments related to the content they have been learning in Science with Emily.  The NYS Written Science Test is Monday, June 3.  If you do not want your child tested, please send a note with your child’s name and teacher indicating that you would like your child to “opt out” of the NYS Science Test.

  • There is NO SCHOOL on Monday, May 27 in observance of Memorial Day.

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TNS Student non-attendance days in June:

Tuesday, June 4th - Eid-El-Fitra - SCHOOL CLOSED

Thursday, June 6th - Anniversary Day - PD for staff - NO SCHOOL FOR STUDENTS

Tuesday, June 11th - DOE Clerical Day - NO SCHOOL FOR STUDENTS

Tuesday, June 18th - TNS PD Day - NO SCHOOL FOR STUDENTS

Wednesday, June 26 - LAST DAY OF SCHOOL - DISMISSAL AT 11:45 AM

Have a good week,

Dyanthe

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