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Dyanthe’s Weekly Letters

Week of January 27, 2020

Dear Families,

There was a small group at my Morning Hour last week, but we had a rich conversation about play grounded in the article Play: The Foundation of Children’s Learning.  In addition to talking about navigating play with our own children, we talked about the many structures TNS has in place that support play in and outside of school.  One of the big ideas that emerged is that meaningful play takes time. One parent who joined our school this year, shared how much more time his son has to play after school because he has much less homework to complete each day.  I explained that 2 years ago when we reconfigured our grade bands, we also made recess longer for our older students. 2nd and 3rd graders have 50 minutes of recess and our 4th and 5th graders have 25 minutes of recess every day and three additional “morning recesses” with their class.  While there are often structured games like soccer, four square, and tag, they are organized by the children (with adults stepping in when necessary). Children of all ages engage in rich imaginative play of their own making during recess. The other day, while supervising 2nd/3rd grade recess, one child came up to give me a hug and then meowed happily away.  While I have observed that more conflicts emerge with a longer recess, it is an opportunity for children to learn to build skills for resolution including being able to communicate, compromise, collaborate and adjust. Finally, we connected Project Time and Work Time to play.  This is a favorite period in the school day when children have choice and agency about what they do, the materials they use and who they work with. 

Please join me and teachers for a discussion about what assessment look like at TNS on Tuesday after drop-off in the PTA Room.  Teachers share the ways they “measure” student growth and learning, make decisions about class instruction, and the place state testing plays in instruction and curriculum.  This is the first workshop in a series about assessment and learning leading up to the NY State tests for 3rd - 5th grades and is co-sponsored by the Advocacy Committee.

Finally, while of course graffiti is a no-no, this made me smile:

  

This Week at TNS…

  • There is no school for our Pre-K students on Wednesday.  

  • The Garden Committee meets on Wednesday after drop-off in the small cafeteria.

  • The PTA is having Movie Night at 5:30 PM on Friday.

Looking Ahead...

  • Narrative Reports go home Thursday, February 6.

  • Midwinter Break is February 17th - 21st.

I love this school, too.

Have a great week,

Dyanthe

News & Announcements

PTA Weekly Newsletter, January 27, 2020

How are the kids doin? How can we even begin to answer that question if we don’t test the heck out of ‘em? (Stick a fork in mine, they’re done!) Come learn about assessment at TNS with Dyanthe and teachers this week. Spring Auction planning is LIVE (the meeting has pastries and friendly faces) and so much more. Read the full newsletter now!

TNS PTA Newsletter - Jan 27 2020

News & Announcements

PTA Weekly Newsletter, January 21, 2020

Sign up for Art Day (new workshops added!) Help Room 207 with their Food Pantry, Vote for Movie Night and Girls On the Run is back for Spring! (limited spots so ya better run!) Read on in this week’s PTA Newsletter!

TNS PTA Newsletter - 1-21-20

Dyanthe’s Weekly Letters

Week of January 20, 2020

Dear Families,

My next Morning Hour is on Wednesday in the PTA Room after drop-off and will be about the value of play in school.  In preparation, please read the article Play is the Foundation of Children’s Learning (http://www.communityplaythings.com/resources/articles/2016/play-is-the-foundation-of-childrens-learning), think about your own memories of playing as a child and what you have observed about your children’s play.  

As we approach the mid-year point, most classes switch from science to Spanish and vice versa.  If your child has had Spanish with Mara, they will begin science with Emily and if they have had science, they will begin Spanish.  All classes continue to have physical education with Teddy!  Classes change over the week of February 3.  

This Week at TNS…

  • There is NO University Settlement after school programming on Thursday.

  • The first-ever TNS Art Day is next Saturday from 11 AM - 4 PM.  It is a community event, highlighting the importance of the arts to our kids and our school. There will be a range of art workshops and activities, and an exhibition of teacher/parent/alumni/community artists’ artwork, which will all be for sale. There will also be an ongoing arts activity center, information about how artmaking benefits kids and adults, a rummage sale for clothing AND art supplies, food, live music, and a raffle. 

Looking Ahead...

  • What Does Assessment Look Like at TNS?  On Tuesday, January 28th, teachers will share the ways they “measure” student growth and learning, make decisions about class instruction, and the place state testing plays in instruction and curriculum.  This is the first workshop in a series about assessments leading up to the NY State tests for 3rd - 5th grades.

Have a good week,

Dyanthe

News & Announcements

PTA Weekly Newsletter, January 13, 2020

The Neighborhood School’s first ever ART DAY is coming up on Saturday, January 25. Read all about it!

TNS PTA Newsletter - January 13, 2020

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