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Dyanthe's Weekly Letters

Week of February 14, 2022

Dear Families,

Family conferences are in two weeks!  Please sign-up for a conference time with your child’s teacher. Thursday is late-night conferences, and Friday is a DOE half-day. Dismissal is at 11:45 AM. Please email Denise if you have difficulty signing up.

The Department of Education (DOE) NYC School Survey comes out each year.  The DOE survey gathers information about families’ overall satisfaction with the school, and the results are published and used to determine our official rating. Completion rates are also crucial as they reflect parent involvement.  Each TNS family needs to complete a survey so that the Chancellor knows that our parents are involved, informed, and are advocates for our children.

This year, families will use their child’s OSIS number to access the survey. Enter “f” followed by your child’s nine-digit Student Identification (OSIS) Number to access the survey. Note that “f” must be lowercase. Access to the survey starts today, February 14th. The 2022 NYC School Survey administration window is February 14th to March 25th.

As a reminder, school will be closed from Monday, February 21st through Friday 25th.  All students will receive home test kits (2 tests) on Friday, February 18.  Students can test on Saturday, February 26, and Sunday, February 27, before returning to school on Monday, February 28. Please note that students are not required to show proof of a negative test result before being allowed to return to school. 

We’ll see you on Monday, February 28. Have a wonderful break.

Warmly,

Dyanthe

Dyanthe's Weekly Letters

Week of January 31, 2022

Dear Families,

I am writing to let you know that, after the mid-winter break, our assistant principal, Anthony, will transfer to UNMS, a middle school in our district.  Anthony has been a tremendous support for our staff, families, and children during the last three years.  I could not have imagined running our school during the pandemic without his help.  Anthony always approaches every task with determination and a positive attitude.  Please take a moment to share your gratitude when you see him at arrival and dismissal.  

As you know, all of our teachers take on additional responsibilities outside of the classroom every day.  I trust them wholeheartedly and value their leadership.  However, for the first time since I have been principal, we can fund an out-of-class position to support the school for the rest of this school year.  While we experienced a loss in enrollment this year, city officials wound up allowing schools to keep the funding they owed.  In addition to having administrative support for the rest of the year, I see this as an opportunity to grow the leadership of members of our teaching staff who aspire to be school administrators one day.  To that end, after the mid-winter break, both Matt and Shaquawn will take on new roles at TNS.  Matt will move out of the classroom to support the office.  Liz Devine will take over his class as a long-term substitute and begin working with Matt next week to support the transition.  Liz was a student teacher last year in Caroline and Grace’s class, and this year she covered Lindsey’s maternity leave.  I am delighted that Liz is joining our staff.  Shaquawn will also take on additional responsibilities outside the classroom after the break and have several periods a week for administrative duties.  These are not permanent positions, but I will continue to advocate for funding for additional administrative support beyond this year, as I believe we need and deserve.

Wednesday, February 9 at 6 PM is the first ABAR workshop with EJROC (Education Justice Research & Organizing Collaborative (EJ-ROC).  This workshop for parents and caregivers will be based on the article,  Characteristics of White Supremacy Culture by Tema Okun & Kenneth Jones.  As it says, “Culture is powerful precisely because it is so present and at the same time so very difficult to name or identify.” Because we all live in this culture, these characteristics show up in the attitudes and behaviors of all of us – white people and people of color.  We will explore these and create the anti-racist school culture we want to see in this workshop (registration link to come).

Finally, thank you to all the families who contributed tasty treats and care packages for staff today.  We are so grateful for your generosity and support.  

School is closed tomorrow in observance of the Lunar New Year.

Warmly,

Dyanthe

Dyanthe's Weekly Letters

Week of January 24, 2022

Dear Families,

We are almost halfway through the school year.  Beginning on February 7, most of our students will switch from science to Spanish or vice versa. If your child has had science with Julia for the first half of the year, they will start Spanish. If they have been with Maria for Spanish, they will begin science. Pre-k students have science and Spanish for the entire year. All of our children will continue to have physical education with Oli.  

We are trying to tighten up our attendance procedures again, but we need your help!  If your child is absent from school for any reason, please email your child’s teacher(s) and attendanceteam@tnsny.org to let us know.

Just a reminder that Friday, January 28, is a TNS half-day.  Dismissal will be at 11:45 AM.

Warmly,

Dyanthe

Dyanthe's Weekly Letters

Week of January 18, 2022

Dear Families,

January is narrative report writing time at TNS.  Teachers spend evenings and weekends writing reports to provide you with information about your child’s progress over the year. Unlike the conventionalDOE report card, narratives explain a child’s growth in great depth and detail and provide context for the teacher to reflect on the child and support their continued growth. Mid-year narrative reports go home Monday, February 7.

At TNS, our practices and policies are rooted in anti-bias and anti-racist work, which involves the entire school community.  ABAR does not only live within classrooms.  Parents also need the tools to talk about bias and racism with their children.  To this end, the Education Justice Research & Organizing Collaborative (EJ-ROC) Center for Community Organizing and Engagement is excited to partner with the TNS parent community and offer the Anti-Racist Parent training series: “The Air We Breath.”  These workshops are designed to support multiracial parent communities in building true partnerships for racial justice that serve the school and, of course, our children. EJ-ROC works directly with parents of all racial identities to recognize and interrupt white supremacist and racist practices in our community and society.  Please join workshop leaders Barbara Gross and Maria Bautista this Thursday at 6 PM to learn more about the series (please register ahead of time @

Warmly,

Dyanthe

Dyanthe's Weekly Letters

Week of 1.10.22

Dear Families,

Thank you for your support, flexibility, and patience during this incredibly demanding time.  The drastic uptick in positive cases means I am sending emails alerting our community at all hours of the day.  Still, sharing this information as soon as I learn of it is crucial to help avoid any potential spread of infection. 

The increase in cases in our school is disruptive for families and has also made running school extremely challenging.  I am sure you have heard about staffing shortages across the city. For example, at TNS last week, most of the office was out, and we scrambled to cover classes because no substitutes showed up to cover teacher absences.  Many of us are parents, too, and need to take time off to care for our own sick or quarantined children.  We are all spread thin, and kindness and understanding go a long way! 

I hope many of you will join TNS staff tomorrow at 8 AM in the front courtyard (on 3rd St.) to rally for safe schools.  We are advocating for weekly, on-site COVID testing for ALL students and staff, More PPE, and a centralized remote learning option for children who have to quarantine or whose families choose to keep them home.

Finally, please bundle your children up this week!  It will be freezing, and we need to keep classroom windows open to ensure adequate ventilation.  

Warmly,

Dyanthe

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