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Dyanthe’s Weekly Letters

Week of February 26, 2018

Dear Neighborhood School Families,

It’s at this time each year that the Department of Education (DOE) Parent Survey comes out.  The DOE survey gathers information about your overall satisfaction with our school and the results are published and used to determine our official rating. Completion rates are also important as they reflect the level of parent involvement to the DOE.  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. Each student received a green envelope containing a hard copy of the survey to fill out along with postage-paid envelope. You can also complete the survey online using your access code (in the green envelope).  Thank you!

Our TNS Spring Auction is just two weeks away!  Please join me, TNS families and staff Thursday, March 8 at the Manny Cantor Rooftop (197 East Broadway).  There will be many wonderful items up for bids like summer camp at Elite Gymnastics, ice cream at Van Leeuwen, VIP Family Pack at Lefrak ice skating rink, brunch for 2 at Tribeca Grill and more!  Even if you can’t make the event, you can still get some great deals (and support TNS) at the online auction.  Check it out: http://tnsny.org/auction.  All proceeds go to support our PTA funded programs.

Mark your calendars:

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

  • ECO meets Tuesday at drop-off in the small cafeteria to plan for the Earth Day Fair which will take place on Wednesday April 18th from 12:20-4:00.

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

  • SLT meets Thursday at 8AM in Room 301.  All are welcome!

Agenda:

1. Quality Review feedback.

2. Follow up on parent responses, esp. Related to IEP answers.

3.  Begin planning CEP for 2018 - 19.

  • Lice Treatment Center will be doing a school-wide lice check on Thursday in Room 301.  Parent volunteers will escort groups of students to and from your class during the morning.

  • The Advocacy Committee meets Friday morning at drop-off in the PTA Room.

  • Erin, Dianne & Shaquawn, Jane, Olivia & Chelsea, Grace, Hannah and Mara & Caroline’s classes‬ go ice skating Friday.  

Welcome Back,

Dyanthe

News & Announcements

CONGRATULATIONS! HANDMADE FOR PR

CONGRATULATIONS TNS COMMUNITY!  We raised $1,521 through HANDMADE FOR PR!!  

THANKS TO ALL THE MOMS, DADS, TEACHERS, PARAS, SISTERS, SISTER-IN-LAWS, NANAS & BABAS, GRANDMAS, BROTHERS, STUDENTS, ANONYMOUS, AND ALL OF OUR DONORS WHO CREATED BEAUTIFUL HANDMADE ITEMS TO SELL!

ALL PROCEEDS WILL GO TO PURCHASE AND SHIP SUPPLIES TO OUR PARTNER SCHOOL:  EUGENIA MARIA DE HOSTOS ELEMENTARY SCHOOL IN SAN LORENZO, PR!

News & Announcements

PTA Agenda for 2/15

Meeting Agenda

1. Introductions 8:40-8:50

2. Approval of Minutes 8:50-8:51

3. Updates from PTA presidents (all activities at TNS are accessible to ALL families regardless of ability to pay) 8:51-8:52

4. Presentation by Barbara DiGangi, LMSW & Jennifer Agis, LMSW about Families Thriving, a support network for our families  8:52-8:57

5. Half Day Survey results and discussion 8:57-9:02

6. Updates from Treasurers 9:02-9:04

7. Committees Reports

1. Events

1. Auction: March 8 9:04-9:10

2. Puerto Rico Fundraiser 9:10-9:12

8. Wellness: discussion of #metoo movement changed into request by parents to have more education on how to talk to their children about their bodies, age appropriate sex education and harrassment; SW to do coaching with us  9:12-17

9. Class Parents/Parent Liaisons 9:17-9:24

1. Are you getting class emails? Are you on the TNS listserve?

2. Konstella: school wide vote to adopt/not adopt software program to help with school communication & organizing

10. ECO   9:24-9:26

11. Garden   9:26-9:28

12. Old Business and New Business 9:28-9:30

Meeting adjourned 9:30

Dyanthe’s Weekly Letters

Week of February 12, 2018

Dear Neighborhood School Families,

The TNS Handmade for Puerto Rico Pop-up store is open all this week!  Proceeds will be used to purchase and ship supplies for our partner school in PR.  There are three ways to get involved: make a handmade item to donate (use this link for INSTRUCTIONS), volunteer to work at the store (CLICK HERE to sign-up) and come shopping!

The Diversity Committee is listening and discussing “Seeing White” http://podcast.cdsporch.org/seeing-white/, a series of podcasts and a deep dive into the notion of “whiteness”.  Where did “whiteness” come from? What does it mean? What is it for?  How is this discussion important to our work as a school?  The premise of this series is that the American conversation about race, and the stories we tell ourselves about race and ethnicity are deeply incomplete and often misleading.  We need new stories and new understandings about our history and our current racial and ethnic reality.  I hope you will take the time to listen and join Diversity this Tuesday at drop-off for what promises to be a rich conversation.

Mark Your Calendars:

  • The Auction Committee meets Monday at drop-off in the the PTA Room.

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

  • The Garden Committee meets Wednesday at drop-off in the PTA Room.

  • Our February PTA General Meeting is Thursday at 8:40AM in the PTA Room.

  • There is no school February 16 - 25.  

Have a wonderful break.  We’ll see you Monday, February 26.

Warmly,

Dyanthe

News & Announcements

Half Day Survey

Dear TNS Families,

The PTA of the Neighborhood school would like your participation in a five question survey about half days.  Please take a few minutes and click on the link below to get to the survey.  Your answers are confidential.

We will be looking at the responses and discussing half days at our PTA meeting next week on Thursday February 15th.

Link to survey: 

https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/XRGQMQD

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