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Dyanthe’s Weekly Letters

Week of September 18, 2017

Dear Neighborhood School Families,

All families must complete a Lunch Form application, whether or not your child eats school lunch.  This information determines our school’s eligibility for additional funding.  Families have received a hard copy, but you can complete it online at https://www.myschoolapps.com. You will need your child’s birth date, but it is NOT required to enter the school ID number. You can also get a form from Gladys in the office; one lunch form per family.

Last week, The Department of Education (DOE) announced a district-wide diversity proposal for the 2017-18 school year that works towards having all schools in District 1 better reflect the families in our community:

  • District 1 will launch a Family Resource Center (FRC), where families can receive direct support and information around admissions and other services, including robust information about all District 1 schools.

  • The District will implement a district-wide Diversity Admissions program. This admissions model gives priority to students who qualify for free or reduced lunch, students in temporary housing, and English Language Learners for 67% of offers at every District 1 elementary school for Pre-K and Kindergarten.  This model will not impact currently enrolled District 1 students.

I am sure you have many questions about how this proposal will impact TNS and District 1.  Please join me and Star Academy on Monday, September 25th at 8:30 AM in the auditorium for a family information session to explain and discuss the diversity admissions proposal for PreK and K.

Mark your calendars:

  • The TNS Read-a-Thon is coming to a close!  Starting Wednesday during drop off, we will be in the lobby taking donations.  Pledges may be paid in cash or check, made out to The Neighborhood School P.T.A.  Thanks for supporting literacy and our school!

Wed Sept 20th (815 - 8:45)  

Mon Sept 25th (815 - 8:45)

Tues Sept 26th (815 - 8:45)

Wed Sept 27th (815 - 8:45)

Thur Sept 28th (815 - 8:45)

Fri Sept 29th (815 - 8:45)

  • Our first PTA (Parent Teacher Association) meeting is Wednesday at drop-off in the PTA Room.  The PTA is a volunteer group made up of families and teachers who consistently work toward a better school. All parents and guardians of children at TNS are automatically members of the PTA and are strongly encouraged to be participat­ing members.  Monthly meetings are open to all TNS families who would like to attend.

  • Lice Treatment Center, a professional lice check and treatment company will be doing a school-wide lice check on Wednesday.  Please talk to your child and let them know someone (a professional) will be doing the lice checks, so they are not scared and are prepared. This would be especially helpful for the younger kids.

  • There is no school Thursday and Friday in observance of Rosh Hashanah.

Have a good week,


News & Announcements

Welcome Breakfast Friday 9/15

Dear TNS Families,
The PTA and staff invite you to join us in the library on the 3rd floor tomorrow (Friday) after drop off at 8:35am. Coffee and treats will be served. Please come by to hear the vision of our school this year. Committee chairs will be present and we will have information on various events that will take place throughout the year. You will be able to sign up to volunteer and ask questions.
Looking forward to meeting you,
Tanya and Elinor (PTA co-presidents)

Dyanthe’s Weekly Letters

Week of September 11, 2017

Dear Neighborhood School Families,

I hope that every family has received a TNS Handbook (if not, please stop by the office and ask for a copy).  It describes some important TNS values and traditions, as well as the essential “nuts and bolts” to get started this year.  

All Neighborhood School families should, if possible, subscribe to our school’s listserv. It is used for official communication from the school staff and PTA. It keeps you aware of important events happening in the school. This is a moderated list and, honestly, very few emails are sent out weekly.  If you know a parent who is not on the email list, please forward my letter to them with this link:  http://lists.theneighborhoodschool.org/listinfo.cgi/tns-list-theneighborhoodschool.org.  You can also learn about what’s happening by going to our school website calendar at http://tnsny.org/docs/calendar.\

This week at TNS:

  • Afterschool programming begins this week.

  • The School Leadership Team (SLT) will meet Thursday morning in Room 301 at 8 a.m.  The SLT is a committee made up of elected parents and teachers.  We write, revise and disseminate school policies.  Monthly meetings are for the School Leadership Team Representatives and are open to all TNS families.  

  • Our Welcome (Back) Breakfast for ALL families is Friday, September 15th at 8:35 a.m. in the library.  Please come by: sign-up to be on a committee and learn about the vision our school this year!



News & Announcements

Welcome Back Picnic POSTPONED

Dear Families,

The Welcome Back Picnic is POSTPONED due to rain.  It will be held after school this Friday, September 8 at 2:45 PM in the recess yard.

See you tomorrow!


Dyanthe’s Weekly Letters

Week of September 4, 2017

Dear Neighborhood School Families,

We have some exciting staff changes at TNS this year.  Mara Dajevskis is our new Spanish teacher.  Mara has been teaching the last two years in Ecuador and before that, she taught for 8 years in NYC.  Long-time Pre-K/K teacher, Laurie Engle returns for the first few months of school to cover Erin’s maternity leave.  Finally, Catlin Preston joins Caroline to teach 4th/5th grade this year.  Catlin has been teaching and working in schools for over 15 years; most recently as a 2nd/3rd grade teacher at Central Park East I.  Please help welcome Mara and Catlin to our community!

Please come to the PTA sponsored Welcome (back) Picnic Wednesday, September 6th in the recess yard from 4 - 6 p.m.   You will meet new families and also see many familiar faces.  No worries if you can’t make it; we will see you bright and early Thursday morning.

Thursday, September 7th is the first day of school for students!  We start each school day at 8:25 a.m.  Please remember that children and families must wait until 8:23 to go upstairs to classroom.  Yes, even on the first day.  Breakfast will be served each morning beginning at 7:45 a.m.  The school day ends at 2:45 p.m.  Late pick-up is in Room 306 (across from the boys bathroom on the 3rd floor).  Kindergarten students will be dismissed at 11:45 a.m. all this week.

Unsure about your child’s after school plans?  Please come to our after After School Program Fair on Friday at 8 a.m. in the Lobby.  All after school programs begin the week of September 11th.

I am eager to see you and your children soon!