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PTA Agenda for 12/21

Thursday, December 21, 2017 at 8:35am

Meeting Agenda

  1. Introductions 8:35-8:45

  1. Approval of Minutes, Additions to Agenda 8:45-8:50

  1. Dyanthe Speaks 8:45-8:50

  1. Report from Presidents 8:50-8:55

  1. Treasurer’s Report presented by Co-Presidents 8:55-9:00

  1. Action Items 9:00-9:10

  1. Konstella Vote - presented by Aya

  2. Develop & Announce Day of Gratitude January 26th (art workshop to make thank you cards) - presented by Elinor

    7. Committees Reports 9:10-9:25

  1. Events

    1. Holiday Fair Recap

    2. Discussion of new procedures

  2. Wellness

    1. Class Parents/Parent Liaisons

    2. Garden

    3. Eco

  1. Old Business/New Business & Agenda for Next Meeting  9:25-9:30

  1. Meeting adjourned 9:30

News & Announcements

Pictures Delivered

Hello TNS Families, I’ve received the second box of pictures- I am keeping them next to Gladys’s desk incase you don’t catch me - she can check your package out. Please contact me with any questions - if your order didn’t come in this shipment - then it was sent directly to your home. -- Best Wishes... ~Lorraine Hutra PTA TNS Events Lhutra@gmail.com

News & Announcements

Week of December 18, 2017

Dear Neighborhood School Families,

We work hard to provide a safe and successful learning environment at TNS, and that begins the minute children enter school.  In the morning, students and families may use any “up” stairwell to go their classroom, however unaccompanied children must stay in the small cafeteria until 8:23 AM and “Teddy’s Space” is always closed before school.  

Students will participate in the Garden to Cafe tasting Tuesday!  During lunchtime, they will have the opportunity to try roasted acorn squash with mint, red cabbage coleslaw with shallots and apples, fresh crispin, Jonagold apples and Comice pears.  Yum!

Mark Your Calendar:

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

  • Our 3rd, 4th and 5th grades will have their dance shares Tuesday in the auditorium:

8:25 Joanne and Sofia

9:10 Catlin and Caroline

9:55 Grace

10:40 Alexis and Corinthia

11:35 Hannah

  • SING is Wednesday at 8:45AM in the auditorium.  Please also join us for the bake sale in the lobby beforehand (also, this is a call for donated baked goods).

  • Our PTA meeting is Thursday at 8:35AM in the PTA Room.

I hope that you have a wonderful and well-deserved break with plenty of opportunities to laugh, play and relax with family and friends.  We will see you Tuesday, January 2, 2018!



Dyanthe’s Weekly Letters

Week of December 11, 2017

Dear Neighborhood School Families,

A huge thank you to the organizers, volunteers and families who supported our Holiday Fair!   As always, I am overwhelmed by the generosity of those who donated their time, food, talents and positive energy to make this event so successful.  Thank you!

Did you know that thanks to our Grants Committee and some dedicated parents, we have a climbing wall in our 4th floor gym?  We were also just awarded the Whole Kids Foundation Honey Bee Grant and will have an indoor observation hive in Emily’s science room soon.  These exciting projects were made possible thanks to our amazing Grants Committee.  Want to learn more and share your ideas for TNS?  The Grants Committee meets this Thursday at drop-off in the small cafeteria.

Mark Your Calendars:

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

  • The PTA Exec Board meets Wednesday at drop-off in the PTA Room.

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

Have a great week,


Dyanthe’s Weekly Letters

Week of December 4, 2017

Dear Neighborhood School Families,

Recently, a parent asked what our staff does on TNS half-days.  During these afternoons, we participate in something called descriptive reviews.  Especially now, in this time of high stakes testing, accountability and enforced standardization, we must ensure that education starts and builds from the strengths of children and teachers and values human capacity; descriptive reviews do just that.  The descriptive process begins with immersion – observing a child or space or activity.  It has a focus or focusing question that the presenting teacher or administrator work out thoughtfully ahead of time and that gives the participants a sense of how to listen and respond to the review. The process is always collaborative. It has rules and roles necessary for making the inquiry process democratic and inclusive, and for guaranteeing respect and privacy for the individuals involved.  A review typically takes about two hours.  Descriptive reviews are a powerful way of opening up one’s practice and learning from each other.  We have devoted all of our TNS PD half-days to this work.   

Mark Your Calendars:

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

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

  • The TNS Book Fair will be open Thursday and Friday from 8 - 10AM & 2 - 4PM and Sunday during the Holiday Fair.  

  • SLT meets Thursday at 8 a.m. in Room 301.  See agenda:

1. Reconfiguration of grade bands to Pre-K, K/1, 2/3 and 4/5 (Dyanthe will present the thinking behind reconfiguring from a numbers perspective).

2. Share what has been learned from the Dutch educators visiting our school with parents.

3. Examine the parent responses to the DOE survey.

4. How we as a school can make the middle school process better for families.

  • The Advocacy Committee will meet Friday at drop-off in the small cafeteria.

  • The Holiday Fair is Sunday, December 10th from 11AM - 5PM.  Please look out for opportunities to volunteer... to set up, work a booth the day of, or clean-up.  This is a wonderful community event for the whole family and friends.  I hope to see you all there.

Thank you to the teachers and families who organized and partook in the TNS Upstander Fest this past Saturday.  I think that all participants found meaning and joy in the day! 

Have a wonderful week,



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