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Dyanthe’s Weekly Letters

Week of May 30, 2017

Dear Neighborhood School Families, 

As the school year winds down, I want to share the work that we have done with Emotionally Responsive Practice at Bank Street.  We have four more weeks of school and while many children are looking forward to summer vacation, the end of the school year can elicit complicated feelings in children. Children come to school everyday and spend many hours with their teachers and friends. They become attached to the adults in their school environment and connected to their peers in deep ways. Saying goodbye may feel sad.  In addition, children usually feel a sense of ease and comfort in their current classrooms having become familiar with their everyday routines and environments. Thinking about beginning a new grade, with new teachers and new peer groups, can bring up a lot of anxiety for children. Children worry about what it will be like: will it be too hard and will they have friends? All of these reactions are very normal.  Some children may share their feelings with you and some children may choose not to.  As we come closer to the end of the school year, teachers will be talking with children about their thoughts, feelings, and ideas about the end of the year.  We will be reading books, sharing memories, and counting days so the end will not feel like a surprise.  We are committed to having a good goodbye.  Some families have asked how they can support their children as they prepare to end school and move into the summer.  Here are a few ideas:

  • Ask children how they feel about the end of the school year.  Don’t make any assumptions. You can say, “So, it will be the end of school soon. How are you feeling about that?”

  • Be supportive. If kids express that they are sad, or scared, for example, you can say, “Yeah, the end of the school year can be hard. I understand.”

  • Kids may show some regression around this time. It’s completely normal! Don’t worry if your child is acting “younger” or more disorganized. We see this every year in every school. It is just part of how kids act at the end of the year.

  • Ask Cheryl or your teacher(s) for book recommendations. We have lots of good books to help kids with saying goodbye, and other themes related to the end of the school year.

  • Children who have had significant loss in their lives (the death of a loved one, a recent move, family illness, etc…) may have a particularly hard time saying goodbye. We are here to talk and support you and your child. We have some ideas about how to help them.

Mark Your Calendars:

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

  • We have our Studio in A School end-of-year art Exhibit Wednesday from 8:45 a.m. - 3 p.m.  

  • SING is Wednesday at 8:45 a.m. in the auditorium.  We will have a bake sale in the lobby beforehand.

  • Get your kids’ summer reads at the TNS Spring Book Fair this week.  Book fair hours: Wednesday 8-9:30 a.m. Thursday & Friday 8-9:30 a.m. & 2-3:30 p.m.

  • The ECO Committee meets Thursday at drop-off in the small cafeteria.

  • Please come to our Spring Jam this Friday, from 5:30 - 7 p.m. in the Lobby!

  • Thursday, June 8 is Chancellor’s Day.  There is NO school for students.

  • Friday, June 9th is Field Day!

  • Monday, June 12 is a DOE Clerical Day for staff.  There is NO school for students.

  • Monday, June 26 is Eid al-Fitr.  School is CLOSED.

  • Wednesday, June 28 is a half-day and the last day of school.  Dismissal is at 11:45 a.m.

 

Warmly,

Dyanthe

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Dyanthe’s Weekly Letters

Week of May 22, 2017

Dear Neighborhood School Families,

Thank you to those of you who participated in Community Day; families and teachers worked in classrooms and literally built a garden reminding us that it really does take a village....  It was a wonderful day.  

As a founding member of The Progressive Education Network of New York (PENNY), I also hosted a Progressive Education EdCamp Saturday morning.  PENNY is an organization that connects public, independent, charter, and teacher education schools and individuals of the greater metropolitan area to advance progressive education and promote equity, access, and social justice.  Saturday was a day of collaboration and learning to build a shared understanding of these principles and what they look like in practice in our classrooms and schools today.  It was energizing to connect with other progressive educators and activists around the city.

Mark Your Calendar:

  • The Garden Committee will meet Monday at drop-off in the small cafeteria.

  • The School Leadership Team will meet on Tuesday at 8 a.m. in Room 301.  All are welcome.

  • Border Crossers Workshop (Part 2) is Tuesday from 6 - 8 p.m. in Danette’s Room.    We will continue the discussion and delve more deeply to give parents and caregivers the tools and strategies they need in order to help them discuss race with their children.  Childcare will be provided.

  • Third Street Music Share: Our Pre-K - 2nd graders will share the work that they have done in music this year on Wednesday, May 24 at 8:45 a.m. in the auditorium for families and the rest of the school.  Please join us!

  • 5th Grade Parent Night with STAR is Thursday at 6 p.m. 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 your chance to find out more about what former parent and PTA President, Harvey Epstein called a “game changer” for TNS!

Warmly,

Dyanthe

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