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GOTHAM COMEDY NIGHT MON, 11/5

PRE-GAME BEFORE THE MIDTERMS!!! NO SCHOOL THE NEXT DAY! 

*To purchase tickets go to Eventbrite, search TNS or click here then select “tickets” and enter $ amount for number of tickets. Proceeds support students at The Neighborhood School. 

Gotham Comedy Night 11/5

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TNS Restaurant Night - Wednesday Nov 7th

Dine out at Charrua Uruguayan Bistro on Wednesday, November 7th, any time 5:00 - 11:00 p.m., and 20% of your bill will be donated to the PTA of The Neighborhood School.

Bring the kids! Bring your neighbors and friends! All are welcome.

Charrua is an Uruguayan bistro on the Lower East Side and is owned by a TNS family. They have generously agreed to donate 20% of all sales for the evening to TNS. Support our school’s many wonderful arts, music, dance, camp, garden, and community programming while dining out at a great neighborhood restaurant.

Reservations recommended but not required: http://www.charruanyc.com/reservations

Charrua TNS Restaurant Night

Dyanthe’s Weekly Letters

Week of October 22, 2018

Dear Neighborhood School Families,

You may have read Sunday’s NYTimes article, ‘Transgender’ Could Be Defined Out of Existence Under Trump Administration.  Two years ago, our SLT published a letter in response to the 2016 presidential elections that spoke to our united stance and response to Donald Trump’s campaign and election.  I am including an excerpt here because I want to remind you of the values we hold dear at TNS:  

At TNS, we have a long history of working to serve all of the children and their families from all over the 5 boroughs of NYC.  We believe all people are unique and valuable with infinite potential. We value an inclusive community and TNS will continue to stand for these values in the face of adversity.  Now, more than ever, we must take a hard look at our own assumptions and prejudices, the effects of our own actions and inactions, and what we have been willing to live with. On an everyday level, this will mean, particularly for those in more privileged positions, watching out for acts of prejudice and hate (both spoken and unspoken) and intervening to protect and support people who are targeted.  This involves educating ourselves and taking action against institutions and policies that threaten to remove or interfere with the rights of historically marginalized groups and the values that support democracy.

I also share because this is the first year our 5th grade Girls and Boys Project will meet together, facilitated by Chelsea, Shaniqua and Teddy.  The group meets once a week for an hour to address issues in a safe space; daily activities are designed to explore identities, think creatively, resolve conflicts, discuss bullying and ever changing bodies and body image. The goal of the program is to empower students and strengthen self-esteem.  At times, students will separate into groups, dependent on how they identify by gender. The children are still working on a new name for the group; I will let you know once they decide. I have also attached the SLT letter in its entirety here.

Mark your calendars:

  • Little Siblings Story Time (ages 0 - 4) with local librarian and parent, Thea Taube begins Wednesday at 8:30 AM.  

  • Tuesday, both schools will participate in a DOE Garden to Cafe tasting during their lunch period. This is a great opportunity for all students to try recipes made with not only locally sourced foods but food harvested from our very own garden.

  • Friday is a PD half-day.  Dismissal is at 11:45 AM.

  • Parent’s of Unique Kids Support Group meets Thursday from 5 - 6:30 PM.  This is a support group for parents and caretakers to share experiences, defeats, and strategies with each other.  Our K/1 teacher, Diane will facilitate.

Warmly,

Dyanthe

Dyanthe’s Weekly Letters

Week of October 15, 2018

Dear Neighborhood School Families,

TNS will once again host several groups of Dutch educators who are part of a nationwide initiative called Platform Onderwijs 2032 (Platform Education 2032) this fall.  Each group is composed of teachers and administrators from pre-kindergarten to high school who are interested in identifying and making good educational practice visible, implementing it, organizing and supporting teacher/administrator education and taking part in the public debate on education.  During these visits, they will observe classrooms and speak with the teachers, children and parents in an effort to build upon their understanding of what constitutes a good education. Our first visit is today!

Mark your calendars:

  • The PTA Executive Meeting meets Monday at drop-off in the PTA Room.  All are welcome.

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

  • We have our October PTA meeting Thursday at drop-off in the PTA Room.

  • Friday night is TNS Movie Night!  We will be screening Hotel Transylvania 3.  Doors open at 5 PM.

Warmly,

Dyanthe

Dyanthe’s Weekly Letters

Week of October 8, 2018

Dear Neighborhood School Families,

Once again this year, I will host a series of informal gatherings for families each month to discuss topics of interest to our community - so please email your suggestions!  The first “Morning Hour” will be Wednesday in the PTA Room right after drop off.  We will discuss progressive education and in preparation, I encourage you to read Alfie Kohn’s article, Progressive Education: Why It’s Hard to Beat, But Also Hard to Find.  We usually begin each year with this article; I think it is a good starting point for future conversations.

Gifted and Talented testing applications are now available for children currently in grades Pre-K through 2nd.  If you are interested in having your child tested for the Gifted and Talented program, please stop by the office to pick up a handbook. The handbook includes information about the test and application. You may also access the handbook and application online at www.nyc.gov/schools/GT.  Applications are due online or to Carmen by November 9, 2018.

Mark your calendars:

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

  • Neighborhood School to Puerto Rico with Love meets Thursday at 3PM in the Library.  The Neighborhood School to Puerto Rico with Love is a group of parents and staff committed to supporting public school teachers, families, and children in Puerto Rico.  We began fundraising and shipping emergency and school supplies to Puerto Rico after Hurricane Maria. Public education in Puerto Rico has gotten worse over the past year and the needs are even greater.  We will review our current financial statements, discuss possible target communities/schools in Puerto Rico, and create our fundraising plans for the year. If you are unable to attend the meeting, but are interested in becoming a member of our group, please email Dianne at TNS2PR@gmail.com.

Warmly,

Dyanthe

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