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Dyanthe’s Weekly Letters

Week of April 18, 2017

Dear Neighborhood School Families,

Welcome back!  I hope you enjoyed the break and the beautiful weather...  or perhaps better weather elsewhere (although springtime in NYC is hard to beat!).

Chickens at TNS?!  We will have two very special visitors in our 4th Street side courtyard for a month beginning this Thursday: 2 egg laying hens in a mobile chicken coop.  Most questions about our chickens-in-residence can be answered here:  http://www.RentACoop.com/Chicken-Q-A.html.  Please make sure you ask your children about them; all classes will have a chance to visit.

TNS and Star Academy are celebrating Earth Day next Wednesday, April 26.  Please join us from 12 - 4 p.m.  This is an opportunity for all of us to deepen to our commitment to the environment!  We will have booths from our own fifth graders who are part of the Girls Project and the Boys Project.  We will be joined by the Lower East Side Ecology Center, Good Ol’ Lower East Side (GOLES), LES READY, The Island School, The Billion Oyster Project and more!  

Our biggest fundraiser of year is just over a week away!  Please join me, TNS families and staff next Thursday, April 27th 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.  You can buy your tickets here:  https://www.nycharities.org/Events/EventLevels.aspx?ETID=9621

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.  All proceeds go to support our PTA funded programs.

Mark your calendar:

  • Our April PTA Meeting is Thursday at 8:40 a.m. in the PTA Room.  Come and learn about the plans for our 3rd Street courtyard Garden!



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What’s Up April 2017


Dyanthe’s Weekly Letters

Week of April 3, 2017

Dear Neighborhood School Families,

A few months ago at a SLT (School Leadership Team) meeting, a parent brought up the question of what math looks like at TNS.  This sparked a lively discussion about our own experiences with math - as students, parents and educators.  It was a rich conversation and one we hoped the larger TNS community could also participate in.  Please join us TONIGHT from 5:30 - 7 p.m. for Math Night.  We will share our own math experiences and participate in grade level appropriate math activities (yes, get ready to do some work!).  Child care will be provided.

The deadline for turning in DOE Parent Surveys has been extended to April 7.  If you cannot find your green envelope, you can get your access code by calling the Survey Hotline at 1-800-690-8603.

Did you know that the TNS staff goes on a retreat each spring to focus on some aspect of our practice?  This year, we are exploring social justice and activism in our school and curriculum.   Some of the questions we are asking ourselves are, “Where do we see social justice/activism work already happening in our school?  What are the challenges to doing this work?  Where else can we weave this into our school culture and curriculum? ”  Please join me for my morning hour this Wednesday at 8:30 a.m. in the PTA Room to discuss this topic:  social justice and activism at TNS.  In preparation, I encourage you to read the article, Creating Classrooms for Social Justice.

Mark your calendars:

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

  • Monday is Math Night at TNS!   Join us at 5:30 p.m.

    • Kindergarten with Judy, Dianne and Shaquawn in Room 201

    • Pre-K/K with Erin and Wanda in Room 208

    • 1st/2nd grade in Room 308

    • 3rd Grade in the Library

    • 4th grade with Alexis in Room 312

    • 4th grade with Michiko and Natalie in Room 313

    • 5th grade with Corinthia in Room 306

    • 5th grade with Hannah in Room 314

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

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

  • I hope you will join me for my Morning Hour Wednesday at drop-off in the PTA Room.  

  • The PTA Executive Meeting is Thursday morning at drop-off in the PTA Room.  All are welcome.

  • School closed for Spring Recess:  4/10 – 4/18.

This past Thursday morning, Ahyesha’s son Khalif passed away suddenly in his sleep of a heart attack.  Service for Khalif will be held Thursday from 10 a.m. - 7 p.m. at the Provenzano Lanza Funeral Home at 43 2nd Ave.



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Join Us for Math Night on Monday, April 3 at 5:30 PM!

Join Us For Math Night on Monday, April 3 from 5:30 - 7 PM!

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Just completed survey, very easy and quick

Dear All,

We just completed the school survey.  Including the time to log on to the website, the total time it took to complete everything was 6.5 minutes, including some conversation about a few questions.

When researching schools I found it really helpful to examine parent responses to the survey.  Last year, TNS had above average parent participation in the survey.  Most people completed the survey, but I think we should try to do even better this year.  Please take the time to fill out a survey!

All the Best,