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Dyanthe’s Weekly Letters

Week of May 8, 2017

Dear Neighborhood School Families,

Please join me Tuesday at 8:30 a.m. for the last Morning Hour of year to discuss how teachers respond to “misbehaviors” in the classroom.  While there isn’t one TNS approach, there are some fundamentals that I hope will help families better understand our approach to working with children.  I have attached a chapter from the book, Responsive School Discipline that I think will inform our conversation.

Claim your child’s lost items from our Lost and Found (conveniently located behind the sign-in books in the Lobby).  All unclaimed items will be donated to charity Friday, May 19.

Mark Your Calendar:

  • The 3rd grades go to Camp Speers this Wednesday, Thursday and Friday.   I will be joining them Wednesday and Thursday and will be back at school Friday morning.  

  • The Graduation Committee meets Wednesday at 3 p.m. in Room 313. We ask families of students who are not graduating this year to take on a leadership role so the graduates’ families can focus on their special day.  Please join us!

  • Parent’s of Unique Kids Support Group meets this Friday morning at drop-off in Room 301.  

  • Comedy Night is this Friday at 6 p.m. (doors open at 5:30) at The Gotham Club.  

Warmly,

Dyanthe

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Dyanthe’s Weekly Letters

Week of May 1, 2017

Dear Neighborhood School Families,

Thank you to those who organized, volunteered at and attended our Spring Auction last Thursday.  As always, I was impressed by the generosity of our community… and it was so much fun!  Although the spring auction event has ended, our online auction is still open for one more week!  Over half of our great items are still available, so keep bidding on your favorites.  Look in the “online only items” to find a wide selection: http://tnsny.org/auction.

Every year, our 3rd graders go to Camp Speers Eljabar YMCA for three days and two nights.  Camp Speers, nestled in the northeast Pocono Mountains, features a 42 acre lake, 1100 acres of pristine forest and Sphagnum bog.  This year, we are going Wednesday, May 10 - Friday, May 12.  I hope that all our 3rd grade students have the opportunity to be a part of this incredible experience.  I will be going with our campers and will be back at school Friday morning.

Mark your calendars:

  • The NYS Math Exam will be administered Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday morning this week.  Students who do not take the state tests will continue the important and meaningful work they engage in everyday.

  • The ECO Committee is meeting on Thursday at drop-off in the small cafeteria.

  • Middle School appeals are due Friday, May 5.  If you would like to appeal your child’s middle school placement, you will need to return the second page of the notification letter with the appeal option marked and get an appeal application from Noemi.

Lastly, I am thrilled to share that I was selected to join The Cahn Fellows Program for Distinguished Principals for the 2017-18 school year.  Cahn Fellows is the only program in the United States that recognizes, honors and supports public school principals by providing them with professional development in a yearlong fellowship and study at Teachers College, Columbia University.  I am excited for this opportunity and look forward to sharing more with you soon.

Warmly,

Dyanthe

Dyanthe’s Weekly Letters

Week of April 24, 2017

Dear Neighborhood School Families,

We are delighted that our children are eager to start school each day.  Please remember that students and families must remain downstairs until 8:23 a.m.  Thank you.

What does it mean to be an activist?  What does activism and social justice look like at TNS?  This past weekend, TNS staff visited The Museum of the City of New York’s “Activist New York” exhibit and The International Center of Photography; both experiences gave us a lot to think about.  I highly encourage you to visit these museums if you have a chance.  Speaking of activism, I hope you will join us on Wednesday from 12 - 4 p.m. in the 4th Street Courtyard for Earth Day.

It’s a busy week at TNS:

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

  • SLT (School Leadership Team) will meet on Tuesday at 8 a.m. in room 301.  This meeting is open to all.

  • We have rescheduled our Town Hall Meeting for Tuesday afternoon from 4 - 4:30 p.m. in the auditorium.   Representatives from the School Construction Authority and Department of Facilities will be there to address questions about lead results in water, construction and safety drills.

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

  • TNS and Star are celebrating Earth Day on Wednesday in the 4th Street Courtyard from 12 - 4 p.m.  This is an opportunity for all of us to deepen to our commitment to the environment-please come by!  If it’s raining, we will be in the auditorium.

  • Please join me, TNS families and staff Thursday from 6 - 10 p.m. for the Spring Auction at the Manny Cantor Center (197 East Broadway).  There are many wonderful items up for bids – restaurants, fashion items, classes, camps, fitness– you name it!  And don’t forget to register for free childcare.  Even if you can’t make the Spring Auction Event, you can still get some great deals (and support TNS) at the on-line auction. Check it out: http://tnsny.org/auction.

Warmly,

Dyanthe

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