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Dyanthe’s Weekly Letters

Week of October 1, 2018

Dear Neighborhood School Families,

All NYC public schools are required to practice the protocols they will follow for different kinds of emergencies throughout the school year.  The first is a building evacuation, or “fire drill”. We practice this drill several times throughout the year; it’s the one your children will be most familiar with. There are different scenarios that would call for a building evacuation, but the most common would be danger within the building such as a fire. The second type of safety protocol we prepare for is a lockdown. During a lockdown an announcement is made over the PA and children and staff respond by turning off the lights in classrooms, locking classroom doors, moving out of the sight line of the windows or classroom doors, and maintaining silence until the lockdown has been lifted. This drill is to prepare for the very unlikely event of imminent danger inside the building.  Neighborhood School teachers discuss different drill practices with children well ahead of time, so that they feel safe.   They communicate that this is our school and we want to make sure that only people who belong here are here. We will have our first lockdown drill this week.   Please contact me if you have any questions about any of our school safety drills.

Danc3rd Street Music Settlement begins working with our Pre-K and K/1 classes.   Classes are once a week and explore music through voice, movement and instruments.  Our ⅔ and ⅘ classes begin African dance with Notes in Motion. This program gives students opportunities to explore their artistic voice through movement, choreography, and improvisation.

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 can also get a form from Gladys in the office; one lunch form per family.  Thank you.

Mark your calendars:

  • Our 5th grade middle school meeting is Tuesday at 8:35 AM in Room 313.

  • SLT meets Thursday at 8 AM in Room 313.  This meeting is open to all families.

    • Review SLT ByLaws

    • Discuss School Survey

    • Reflect on new class configurations

  • There is no school Monday, October 8th in observance of Indigenous Peoples’ Day.



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Parents’ Night Out!

A big thank you to everyone who made Parents’ Night Out 2018 a big success.  It was a fun night, the music was incredible, and we raised over $900 to support our school.

The TNS Parents’ Band— Rob, Ali, Andrew & Denise— was simply amazing!  Thank you to all the TNS parents who came out, bought tickets, donated tickets, brought friends, performed music, and participated in the raffle. We are lucky to have such a fun, talented, generous community of families.


Dyanthe’s Weekly Letters

Week of September 24, 2018

Dear Neighborhood School Families,

Students spent a lot of time in our 3rd Street Garden with Emily this past week:

  • K-1 did a scavenger hunt (root, stem, flower, fruit, worm, etc)
  • 4-5 harvested basil and made pesto
  • K-1 also weeded the purslane patch and tasted it, too

Without exception, everyone is very excited about the garden!  It was especially lovely to have kids who had never tried pesto before asking for seconds; they literally scraped the bottom of the bowl!  Who says kids won’t eat greens?!   Find out what the excitement’s all about at the Garden Committee meeting this Friday.

Tomorrow is Curriculum Night!  This is an exciting opportunity to learn about your child’s curriculum for the year and to meet other families in your child’s class.  Pre-k through 1st grade families will meet in the classrooms from 5 - 6PM., and then will meet with out-of-classroom teachers and support staff in the Library from 6 - 6:30PM.  2nd through 5th grade families will meet in the Library from 5:30 - 6PM and will meet in classrooms from 6 - 7PM. Childcare will be provided for TNS students only.  This year, the PTA will also host a “Mix and Mingle” from 6:30 - 7:30 PM. in the front garden courtyard.  We hope to see you there!

We have a very special TNS tradition coming up next week.  “Sing” occurs the last Wednesday of every month after drop off.  Families gather in the school lobby while teachers organize their classes and escort them to the Auditorium. Song sheets are handed out at each session.  Classes sit in concentric circles with the innermost circle reserved for the Pre K and Kindergarten students. We ask that parents and younger siblings do not join the classes seated in the circle.  Instead, they are asked to remain on the outer barrier of the gathering. When we get to the final song, we wave goodbye to families (that’s your cue to leave) and classes remain seated until all of the parents have exited the auditorium.  This is a wonderful opportunity to see your child among their peers and to see the entire school community together in one place.  The entire event typically lasts 10 – 15 minutes. For our younger children Sing means two goodbyes to their families and this can be difficult. Many of the children in younger grades cry when they have to say goodbye (again) to their families, or when they see their families but can’t sit with them. Prepare yourself for this and know that your child will recover.  Our first Sing event is Wednesday, September 26 at 8:45AM in the auditorium.  

Mark your calendars:

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

  • Lice Treatment Center will be do a school-wide lice check Thursday.

  • Friday is a TNS half-day.  Dismissal is at 11:45AM. 4th and 5th graders dismiss from the cafeteria and everyone else dismisses from their classrooms.

Rest up!  It’s our first full week of school.  : )



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PTA General Meeting Agenda - 9/20/18

PTA General Meeting this Thursday, September 20

Dear Neighborhood School Families,

We would love to see you at the first PTA meeting of the year, this Thursday, 8:30am, in the PTA room. 

You’ll meet the PTA officers, hear updates from Dyanthe about an exciting new overnight program for our 2/3s, learn about the various TNS committees you can get involved in, and more. Here’s the full agenda:

  • PTA executive team intros
  • Farm trip for 2/3s
  • Library update
  • Committees overview
  • Upcoming events
  • Treasurer’s report


The PTA executive team