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Dyanthe’s Weekly Letters

Week of June 11, 2018

Dear Families,

I am sending my letter a little early this week with a reminder that there is no school for students tomorrow.

Thursday is Field Day! Get ready for organized chaos!  This is one of my favorite TNS traditions because it is all about eating, playing and just being together.   Our entire school will go to Prospect Park for a picnic and outdoor activities. All classes will have buses this year.  Please check with your child’s teacher about departure time.

Two very important notes:  

  • Please do not purchase food, including ice cream or icies for your child unless you plan to buy for the entire school.

  • Parents wishing to take children out early or directly from the park must sign-out with their classroom teachers.

Thank you!

Mark your calendars:

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

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

  • How can parents help children better understand their growing bodies, foster healthy social and communication skills, and have respect for others?  Barbara DiGangi from Families Thriving will facilitate a workshop for families Wednesday from 5 - 7PM in Room 304. 

  • There is no school Friday in observance of Eid Al-Fitr.

See you Tuesday,


News & Announcements

The Neighborhood School Art Walk

Studio in a School


The Neighborhood School Art Walk: A group exhibition with your child’s wonderful work!

Wednesday June 6th 8:30-3:00
starts in room 204

Art Walk image - painting of a hand against a blue background

Dyanthe’s Weekly Letters

Week of June 4, 2018

Dear Neighborhood School Families,

During the month of June, teachers are hard at work in the evenings and on the weekends writing  end-of-year progress reports. Progress reports tell the story of a child as a learner over the year; they reveal a child’s interests, strengths and areas for growth.  Reports go home June 21.  

Mark Your Calendar:

  • It’s Puerto Rico Week at TNS!  Purchase a TNS2PR t-shirt, donate spare cash, or ask us how to buy a solar charger or water filter via our Amazon Wish List. All profits will be used to support our partner school.

  • The 4th grade NYS Science test will be administered Monday.

  • Our last SLT meeting of the year is Tuesday at 8AM in Room 301.

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

  • Third Street Music School is hosting its spring open house on Wednesday from 3 - 6PM.  The open house is free and will take place at its building on 235 East 11th Street near 2nd Avenue. TNS students ages 6 (by December 31, 2018) to 14 will be able to meet teachers, try out different dance styles, chorus, instruments, and apply for free and reduced-rate group classes with openings in the fall.  Children interested in attending the event must be accompanied by a parent or guardian. Placement is not guaranteed; every effort will be made to place each child in one of their activity choices. Partners@3rd classes are tuition-free for students during the first year of instruction at Third Street. Second year instruction is discounted, and financial aid is available for years three and beyond.  For more information, contact Third Street’s Student Services office at 212-777-3240 ext. 17.

  • Join us for the 3rd Street Garden Party this Wednesday from 4 - 7PM.  We will have refreshments, some activities for kids and a brief program at 5:30PM.  But mostly, we would like to invite everyone to come and enjoy each other’s company and the garden.

  • There is no school for students Thursday.



News & Announcements

Puerto Rico Week at TNS


Dyanthe’s Weekly Letters

Week of May 29, 2018

Dear Neighborhood School Families,

I am writing to share next year’s teaching placements with you.  We will have two Pre-K sections, four Kindergarten/1st grade classes, four 2nd/3rd grade classes and three 4th/5th grade classes.  Teachers and I have spent the winter and spring planning for the changes. Just like the kids, some teachers will be in new grades and in some cases, some kids may be with the same teacher(s) next year.  Wanda and Erin will teach Pre-K.  Dara, Catlin, Shaniqua & Chelsea, and Dianne & Shaquawn will teach K/1.  Jane, Grace & Caroline, and Olivia & Lindsey will teach 2/3. Hannah, Sofia & Joanne, and Alexis & Corinthia will teach ⅘.  Judy has taken a job closer to home and although we will miss her, we are happy she has found a school aligned to her progressive pedagogy.  Mara will teach Spanish, Emily will teach Science and Teddy will teach Physical Education. We are in the process of hiring another 2nd/3rd grade teacher.  

I imagine that kids will have a lot of questions as they hear the news and teachers will talk with students about the changes that are happening.  We sent home a form last week inviting you to let me or your current teacher know if there is anything you’d like us to consider in making your child’s placement for next year.  Please know that we do not accept requests for specific teachers.  Our goal is to make well balanced classes all around.  We carefully consider your input along with information from teachers and other school staff, but please understand that we may not be able to honor every request.  Placement decisions will be published on the last day of school. We look forward to sharing your child’s new class list with you then.

Mark your calendars:

  • “Managing Your Child’s Big Feelings” is Tuesday at 8:30AM in Room 301.  Noemi and our Pre-K Social Worker, Alice will facilitate a group discussion of struggles and successes with the emotional lives of our Pre-K/K kids.

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

  • Our annual Spring Jam is Friday from 5 - 7PM in the 4th St courtyard.  Suggested donation is $10 per family and 100% of your donation supports TNS programming.