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Why Join the SLT?

Thinking of joining the SLT?

Here’s why you should!!!

The School Leadership Team (SLT) is a committee made up of Dyanthe, TNS faculty representatives and parents who serve for two years.  SLT is an important school governing body that addresses concerns and issues of importance to the school community. As  the unifying committee of our school, SLT writes, revises and disseminates school policies. The SLT meets once a month for cooperative planning and shared decision making in relation to many aspects of school life.

 

We are looking for two parents to volunteer for next year and serve a 2-year term.

 

What the SLT did this year…

In response to the election and the anti-racism work our school has taken on the past two years, we wrote a statement about TNS’s commitment to ensuring that all members of our community feel safe.

We worked with teachers to create a TNS math night to better inform the parent body about how math is taught at TNS.

● We created a document describing the TNS protocol for parent/teacher conflict resolution.

● We discussed enrollment and outreach and voted to expand the Diversity Pilot for incoming Pre-K and Kindergarten children who qualify for free and reduced lunch from 45% to 50% for next year.

● We discussed Yardsticks by Chip Wood as it relates to configurations of age appropriate classrooms and grade groupings, to get a better understanding of how our current classroom groups were formed and to think about reconfiguring our mixed-aged classrooms beginning in 2018-19.

We discussed the possibility of creating gender neutral bathrooms for our students.

● We discussed the Social/Emotional Framework that the school currently practices (Bank Street’s Emotionally Responsive Classroom).

We organized Community Day to help the faculty clean and organize their classrooms and build the garden in the courtyard.

● We wrote the Comprehensive Education Plan (CEP) for next year.  The Comprehensive Education Plan (CEP) is the primary document for sharing a school’s ongoing improvement planning efforts. The Comprehensive Education Plan is meant to be a tool to guide continuous improvement planning to support schools in engaging their staff, parents, students, and community partners in identifying and prioritizing school needs; setting measurable improvement goals; selecting appropriate strategies to improve student academic performance.

 

What we want to do next year...

●  Engage in a formalized SLT training

●  Create more Curriculum Nights (such as Math Night, etc.)

●  Get feedback from middle schools on how TNS graduates handle 6th grade, to continue our assessment of student preparedness

●  Formalize the future of Alternative Assessments at our school

●  Create a consensus policy for SLT meetings

●  Create an online/school wide presence of the efforts of the SLT

Dyanthe’s Weekly Letters

Week of June 12. 2017

Dear Neighborhood School Families, 

During the month of June, teachers are hard at work in the evenings and on the weekends writing your children’s progress reports.  Progress reports tell the story of a child as a learner; they are descriptive, filled with precise detail, and reveal a child’s interests, strengths and areas for growth.  The end-of-year reports will detail the growth your child has made this year.  Reports go home June 22.  

Mark Your Calendar:

  • Our final SLT meeting of the year is Tuesday, June 13 at 8 a.m. in Room 301.

  • We will have elections for PTA and SLT positions for next year Thursday morning at 8:30 in the PTA Room.

  • Third Street Music School is hosting its spring open house on Thursday, June 15th, from 3:00 to 6:00 p.m. 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, 2017) 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.

  • Parents of Unique Kids Support Group will meet on Friday from 8:30 - 10 a.m. in Room 301.

Warmly,

Dyanthe

Dyanthe’s Weekly Letters

Week of June 5, 2017

Dear Neighborhood School Families,

We are gearing up for the Summer Read-a-thon. The TNS Summer Read-a-thon is a fun way for students to continue reading over the summer AND help raise money for our school.  It’s one of our most successful fundraisers! We hope you will choose to help make it another amazing year.  Keep your eyes open for backpack mail today and Sign up at: https://goo.gl/forms/QQAouN34W02b1PD72

Friday is Field Day!   Get ready for organized chaos!  Our entire school is going to Prospect Park for a picnic and outdoor activities.  Younger students will take school buses and some upper grades will take the train.  Please check with your child’s teacher about departure time.   We will gather near the Picnic House.  Parents wishing to take students out early or directly from the park must sign out with their classroom teachers. This will insure that all students are safely accounted for.  See you there!

Mark Your Calendars:

  • The NYS Written 4ht Grade Science Test is today.

  • Thursday, June 8 is Chancellor’s Day.  There is NO SCHOOL for students.

  • Monday, June 12 is a DOE Clerical Day for staff.  There is NO SCHOOL for students.

Warmly,

Dyanthe

News & Announcements

Party Clothes and Prizes on FRIDAY

Kids can wear whatever they want, but please do use this as an opportunity to put them in those fancy clothes they only wore once and are about to grow out of :)

  ***The gift from Dinosaur Hill will be given to children who pay admission******

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Dyanthe’s Weekly Letters

Week of May 30, 2017

Dear Neighborhood School Families, 

As the school year winds down, I want to share the work that we have done with Emotionally Responsive Practice at Bank Street.  We have four more weeks of school and while many children are looking forward to summer vacation, the end of the school year can elicit complicated feelings in children. Children come to school everyday and spend many hours with their teachers and friends. They become attached to the adults in their school environment and connected to their peers in deep ways. Saying goodbye may feel sad.  In addition, children usually feel a sense of ease and comfort in their current classrooms having become familiar with their everyday routines and environments. Thinking about beginning a new grade, with new teachers and new peer groups, can bring up a lot of anxiety for children. Children worry about what it will be like: will it be too hard and will they have friends? All of these reactions are very normal.  Some children may share their feelings with you and some children may choose not to.  As we come closer to the end of the school year, teachers will be talking with children about their thoughts, feelings, and ideas about the end of the year.  We will be reading books, sharing memories, and counting days so the end will not feel like a surprise.  We are committed to having a good goodbye.  Some families have asked how they can support their children as they prepare to end school and move into the summer.  Here are a few ideas:

  • Ask children how they feel about the end of the school year.  Don’t make any assumptions. You can say, “So, it will be the end of school soon. How are you feeling about that?”

  • Be supportive. If kids express that they are sad, or scared, for example, you can say, “Yeah, the end of the school year can be hard. I understand.”

  • Kids may show some regression around this time. It’s completely normal! Don’t worry if your child is acting “younger” or more disorganized. We see this every year in every school. It is just part of how kids act at the end of the year.

  • Ask Cheryl or your teacher(s) for book recommendations. We have lots of good books to help kids with saying goodbye, and other themes related to the end of the school year.

  • Children who have had significant loss in their lives (the death of a loved one, a recent move, family illness, etc…) may have a particularly hard time saying goodbye. We are here to talk and support you and your child. We have some ideas about how to help them.

Mark Your Calendars:

  • The Diversity Committee meets Tuesday at drop-off in the PTA Room.

  • We have our Studio in A School end-of-year art Exhibit Wednesday from 8:45 a.m. - 3 p.m.  

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

  • Get your kids’ summer reads at the TNS Spring Book Fair this week.  Book fair hours: Wednesday 8-9:30 a.m. Thursday & Friday 8-9:30 a.m. & 2-3:30 p.m.

  • The ECO Committee meets Thursday at drop-off in the small cafeteria.

  • Please come to our Spring Jam this Friday, from 5:30 - 7 p.m. in the Lobby!

  • Thursday, June 8 is Chancellor’s Day.  There is NO school for students.

  • Friday, June 9th is Field Day!

  • Monday, June 12 is a DOE Clerical Day for staff.  There is NO school for students.

  • Monday, June 26 is Eid al-Fitr.  School is CLOSED.

  • Wednesday, June 28 is a half-day and the last day of school.  Dismissal is at 11:45 a.m.

 

Warmly,

Dyanthe

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