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Dyanthe’s Weekly Letters

Week of June 10, 2019

Dear 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 Friday,  June 21.

As this year draws to a close, TNS staff and I are taking time to reflect on decisions we made last year when we shifted to Pre-K stand alone, Kindergarten/1st, 2nd/3rd, and 4th/5th.  One shift we made was to have our 2nd/3rd grades eat in the classrooms with their teachers and have 50 minutes of recess every day. The 2nd/3rd-grade teachers and I recently met and decided to continue both.  There are so many reasons that the teachers feel that lunch in the classroom benefits children at this age. In years past when TNS shared the cafeteria space with PS 63 and our 4th/5th-grade classes, 3rd-grade students had about 20 scheduled minutes to eat, including time for transitioning from upstairs and to the schoolyard and about 20 minutes for recess.  We think that our children in these grades need more time for lunch and play. When the students have lunch in the classroom, teachers have the opportunity to facilitate social-emotional learning and manage social interactions, if needed. Teachers also have the opportunity to get to know their students and forge relationships outside of academics. Most of the time, it is a quieter and calmer setting than the cafeteria.  That said, eating in the classrooms does mean teachers need to be more vigilant about the rodent situation and I am certain they are committed to this! I very much hope that families value and appreciate the work teachers do with our students during lunch in the classroom. I believe that it is one of many aspects of our school that is so unique and special.

Friday 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. Sadly, I will not be at Field Day this year because I am going to my brother’s wedding, but I can’t wait to hear about all about it!

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.

Mark Your Calendars:

  • NO SCHOOL for students Tuesday.
  • Third Street Music School is hosting its spring open house on Tuesday from 3 - 6 PM.  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. 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, 2019) 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. For more information, contact Third Street’s Student Services office at: 212-777-3240 ext. 53.

  • Our final PTA General meeting will take place Thursday at 8:30 AM in the PTA room.

Warmly,

Dyanthe

News & Announcements

Yearbooks! Get your yearbooks!

The 2018-2019 Yearbook, The TNS Times, is completed, printed, and ready to sell. The 5th graders worked hard to create an excellent yearbook, and they ensured that every TNS child is included. Get your copy in the lobby tomorrow morning and throughout this week for only $10. 

yearbook cover

News & Announcements

Spring Dance 6/7/19

Hi Everyone, 

The Spring Dance aka Jam is today Friday, June 7th from 5-8pm in the cafeteria and the 4th street courtyard. Come out for some dancing, games, rummage sale, food and fun! 

Suggested Donation of $5 for 1 child, $8 for the whole family. Parents free. 

Dyanthe’s Weekly Letters

Week of June 3, 2019

Dear Families,

In response to emerging needs within our school community, the Diversity Committee felt it important to find an organization that could support our school’s work around issues of gender. Over this year, we researched several different community-based organizations that provide gender PD and family workshops and decided to partner with the Ackerman Institute.  While the Gender Family Project of The Ackerman Institute certainly focuses on gender diversity, this workshop will have us look at all the ways we identify (race, religion, ethnicity, socio-economic background, etc.) and how these identifiers intersect with one another. From their website: The Gender & Family Project (GFP) empowers youth, families, and communities by providing gender affirmative services, training and research. GFP promotes gender inclusivity as a form of social justice in all the systems involved in the life of the family.  This Thursday, our staff will participate in our first session with GFP. We plan to continue this work next year and to provide workshops for families, too.

Mark Your Calendars:

  • Today is the 4th Grade Written Science Test.

  • Tuesday, June 4th - Eid-El-Fitra - SCHOOL CLOSED

  • School Leadership Team meets Wednesday at 8 AM in Room 313.  We will work on next year’s Comprehensive Education Plan.

  • Thursday, June 6th - PD for Staff - NO SCHOOL FOR STUDENTS

  • Friday is the Spring Jam from 5-8 PM. Families are encouraged to also bring gently used clothes next week for the rummage sale which will be held during the Spring Fling.  

Warmly,

Dyanthe

News & Announcements

Congratulations to Incoming PTA Exec. and SLT members

Each year all New York City Department of Education schools are required to form a Parent Teacher Association Executive Board and School Leadership Team.  The two organization are responsible for different things in the school.  The Parent Teacher Association is familiar to most people.  It deals with a broad range of issues affecting parents and teachers in the school, from fundraising to community organizing.  The School Leadership Team is limited to forming the Comprehensive Educational Plan for the school, especially focused on education policy within the school.  Both organizations must be formed through elections.  The nominating committee is responsible for arranging the elections and publicizing them.

This year our PTA and SLT elections were held on Friday, May 31st.  We are excited to report the results of the elections and welcome our new parent representatives.

The PTA Elections:

This year there were no contested seats.  Voting by ballot is not required in this case.  A motion was made to elect the uncontested slate of candidates.  The motion was adopted unanimously.

Congratulations and welcome to:

Akeela Azcuy and Matt Gold, our incoming PTA co-presidents!

Theresa Marchetta and Lisa Scott, our incoming PTA co-treasurers!

Matthieu Cornillon and Olly Keane, our incoming PTA co-VP’s of events and fundraising!

Joy Gabriel and Amy Sodaro, our incoming PTA co-parent engagement liaisons!

(This year no one stepped forward to run for recording secretary.  This position is required by DoE regulation.  We will hold a special election for the recording secretary.  Please contact the PTA if you are interested in running.)

The School Leadership Team Elections:

This year there were two seats for parent positions on the School Leadership Team.  Our team requires five parents to officially participate in the team.  One position is reserved for the PTA president.  The other four positions are filled by election.  Each parent serves for two years.  We have overlapping terms, requiring two parents to be elected each year.

This year four parents ran for the two open seats.  This required voting by secret ballot.  Thanks so much to the many parents who came to vote.  We had a good turnout.

Congratulations and welcome to:

Freddy Pena and Jenny Ulloa, winners of the election, and our new School Leadership Team members!

Thanks so much to everyone who ran for School Leadership Team positions.  We should all appreciate their enthusiasm.

(The SLT election was conducted immediately after the incoming PTA board was adopted by motion.  Voting was closed at exactly 9:30AM.  Elinor Tatum and Jenny Ulloa were nominated before the close of the nominations period.  Their names were printed on the ballots.  Freddy Pena and Tim Seiber were nominated from the floor of the election meeting and were write in candidates.  Freddy, Tim and Jenny introduced themselves during the meeting.  Elinor was not able to be present.  We received 63 ballots in total.  One was blank and several had votes for only one candidate.  Tom Gordon and Peter Liem counted the ballots immediately after the election.  The final totals were: Freddy (43), Jenny (38), Tim (20) and Elinor (16).  The ballots will remain in the PTA files for the following year, and are available for inspection.)

The nominating committee wishes to thank everyone for their participation and enthusiasm.

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