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Dyanthe’s Weekly Letters

Week of November 6, 2017

Dear Neighborhood School Families,

I turned off the news last night so that my soon-to-be 11 year old didn’t hear about shootings in Texas when I did; I needed to digest and figure out how to talk with her about another act of terror.  Young children feel safe when we provide containing information:  the gunman in Texas is dead so he can’t hurt anymore people.  You are safe at school.  For older kids, it’s about acknowledging that there have been dangerous times throughout history, but there have always been people who worked to make the world safer.  I think that this is an opportunity for kids to talk and think about ways to make our school and community feel safe.

Please join me for my Morning Hour Thursday at 8:35 a.m. in the PTA Room.  We  will continue our discussion about progressive education and what it looks like at TNS.  Please take a few minutes to read the Alfie Kohn article, What to Look for in a Classroom.  We will visit classrooms as a part of this morning hour.

It’s almost family conference time.  Twice each year, in November and again in March, we hold family conferences.  In our early childhood classes, it is an opportunity for teachers, together with the child, to talk with the adults in each child’s family about the child’s work and progress in school.  In our upper grades, children lead conferences, speaking about their work alongside teachers and their adults.  Conferences will be held the evening of Wednesday, November 15th and in the afternoon on Thursday, November 16th (dismissal is at 11:45 AM).

Mark Your Calendars:

  • TNS staff and families have formed a Relief for Puerto Rico Committee in response to Hurricane Maria.  This week is “battery week”.

  • There is NO SCHOOL Tuesday, November 7th.  This is a professional development day for teachers and paraprofessionals.

  • Action for Healthy Kids and Go Go Squeez is sponsoring a Day of Service at TNS on Thursday, from 3 - 7 p.m.    We will paint the small and large cafeteria, add stenciling to the courtyard, sort new equipment for P.E., build a new scooter rack and install a climbing wall in the 4th floor gym.  We have a lot planned, but can’t do it without some TNS parent volunteers, too.   Please sign-up to help, either the day of or to help ahead of time.   Childcare is available for TNS students from 2:45 - 6 p.m.

  • Our PTA Executive meeting is Wednesday at 8:35 AM in the PTA Room.  This meeting is open to all.

  • The Wellness Committee meets Friday at drop-off in the small cafeteria.

  • We have Picture Day retakes and sibling pictures Friday.



News & Announcements

Wanna Knit a Hat?

Hello TNS,

We’re going to try doing different knitting workshops at Family Time so parents and students can learn how to make specific things and use the time at other Family Time slots to work on them. Hat knitting is very easy and a very practical skill. Let me know if you have any questions.
Knit a Hat

News & Announcements

Original Works Due 11/3

Hello TNS Families,

Original Works is DUE this Friday, November 3rd.

This is an amazing fundraiser and a forever memento of your child’s memorable art work.

A great gift to give family and friends!

Original Works has a big array of merchandise you can order with your child’s work on it and have wonderful gifts to give out in December.  Just order and feel peace the holiday shopping is over before December even begins.

All orders can be completed and paid with by check or money order to:
The Neighborhood School PTA

A box will be in the MAIN OFFICE room 305

Extra packets are in the lobby next to the sign in boxes!

Thank you!
Best Wishes ~ Lorraine Hutra PTA Events

Dyanthe’s Weekly Letters

Week of October 30, 2017

Dear Neighborhood School Families,

The TNS Halloween parade has blossomed from a small school event to an East Village tradition. Children and families from our school and the surrounding neighborhood gather in the TNS recess yard to show off their costumes before proceeding on our community wide parade.  We will meet in the yard Tuesday at 5:30 p.m.  Please remember to save candy and costumes for the parade!  

We work hard to provide a safe and successful learning environment for each child and when the the school day ends, we want children get to their next destination safely and securely.  During dismissal, doors to the recess yard are restricted.  To access the playground, please exit through the front doors and enter the park at the 3rd Street.  Please remember, children who have permission to leave their classrooms independently are expected to exit the school building at dismissal and may not remain in the lobby or other areas of the building.  

Action for Healthy Kids and Go Go Squeez is sponsoring a Day of Service at TNS on Thursday, November 9th, from 3 - 7 p.m.   We have a lot planned, but can’t do it without some TNS parent volunteers, too.   Please sign-up to help, either the day of or to help ahead of time:

https://signup.com/mobileweb/2.0/vspot.html?activitykey=787013499396884090#choose_jobs_page.  Childcare is available for TNS students from 2:45 - 6 p.m.

Mark Your Calendars:

  • TNS staff and families have formed a Relief for Puerto Rico Committee in response to Hurricane Maria.  Families can donate supplies each week.  There will be boxes in the Lobby for donations.  This week is “first aid week”.

  • The School Leadership Team (SLT) will meet Thursday in Room 301 at 8 a.m.  The SLT is a committee made up of elected parents and teachers.  Monthly meetings are for the School Leadership Team Representatives and are open to all TNS families.  

  • There will be an Advocacy Committee meeting Friday at drop-off in the small cafeteria.

  • Original Works due Friday!



News & Announcements

School Pictures

Hello TNS Families,


Here is the information on viewing and ordering your child’s pictures - please contact me if you have any questions, comments, or complaints about the pictures...

Retake & Sibling day is November 10th

I am collecting a list of siblings ~ please let me know if you want your children to take a SIBLING picture. ( include children’s name / classroom/ grade)

We will not be taking all the siblings in the school - you have to contact me in order to get on the list.

Thank you all!!!








PS363 + First 3 Letters of First name + First 3 Letters of Last Name

(e..g. Victoria Jones = PS363VicJon)



Click on “Buy Now” (lower right). Select a package, print, or product. Click an image and add to cart. Please double check your order before submitting. We are unable to modify an order that has already been submitted. Prints and product offerings are subject to change after the deadline.


There is one class photo per class and it can be purchased online, however, a preview is not available.SIBLINGS & CHANGING GALLERIES

To add a sibling to an order, click “Change Gallery” in the upper left corner of the page. Enter the new online code and click “View Gallery.”CROPPING & RETOUCHING

We’ll crop your images based on print size. For specific cropping requests, add a note at check out. You can select retouching for stray hairs, stains, glass glare, and blemishes for a fee per image.SHIPPING

Free shipping to school for all orders received by the deadline. After deadline, shipping/handling fees apply to all orders. Your orders will ship about two weeks after the deadline.HOW TO GET HELP

Phone (212) 995-9379 ext 1

Email help@stompinggroundphoto.com. Please include the school and student name

-- Best Wishes.... ~Lorraine Hutra PTA TNS Events Lhutra@gmail.com