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PTA Weekly Newsletter, February 24, 2020

Please join the Advocacy Committee for an important meeting on Tuesday morning  2/25! French Club! We need YOU for the Nominating Committee! Read on for details...

TNS PTA Newsletter 2-24-2020

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Love Your Library Week

It’s Love Your Library Week! So look under your bed and show your love by returning those overdue books! Stop by the PTA table in the morning and write the library a little love note, then come make valentines and bookmarks on Thursday 2/13 at 2:45pm. See you there!

love your library

Dyanthe’s Weekly Letters

Week of February 10, 2020

Dear Families,

Our librarian, Cheryl was recently quoted in the article, Reading Levels Unfairly Label Learners, Say Critics. And Then There’s the Research.  It describes why school library collections should not be organized by reading levels.  At TNS, reading levels are only one tool teachers use when guiding children to choose books. During a year, a child will read books that are too easy, just right, and too hard.  For example, a child who is interested in animals may be so motivated by that interest to read a book on animals that is at a higher level. Likewise, many strong readers also are drawn to graphic novels.  In fact, graphic novels are among the highest-circulating items in our library. 

Last year, families had a lot of questions about reading instruction at TNS. In response, our School Leadership Team (SLT) created a document for families that describes our philosophy and approach to reading and learning to read.  You can find in on our website in “Documents”.  It’s called, “Your Child’s Pathway to Learning to Read at TNS.”  If you have any questions about it or your child’s reading development, please let me or your classroom teacher(s) know.

This Week at TNS….

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

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

  • The PTA General Meeting is on Thursday at 8:30 AM in the PTA Room.

Looking Ahead

  • Midwinter Break is February 17th - 21st.  

Have a wonderful break.  We’ll see you on Monday, February 24.



News & Announcements

PTA Weekly Newsletter, February 10, 2020

It’s Love Your Library Week! So don’t forget to return those overdue books :) Are you interested in a French after school club? Read all about it in this week’s newsletter!

TNS PTA Newsletter - 2-10-2020

Dyanthe’s Weekly Letters

Week of February 3, 2020

Dear Families,

Thank you, Erin, Dianne, Grace, and Alexis for sharing their assessment practices with families last Monday.  Each year, I ask different teachers who represent a range, both in terms of ages taught and classroom configurations, to share their experiences, so that families can get to know them better and see the consistent practices across classes and grades.  Teachers spoke about how formal assessments, looking at student work, the role of observation and working alongside children inform the next steps and allow us to know children well. They shared the many ways students reflect on their learning and work throughout the grades.  They discussed how Project/Work Time informs our work with children in ways that formal teacher-directed tasks and assessments do not. This is the first forum in a series co-sponsored by TNS and the Advocacy Committee leading up to the NY State tests. I hope you can join us for future conversations.  

This week at TNS...

  • It’s a new semester!  If your child has had Spanish with Mara, they will begin science with Emily and if they have had science, they will begin Spanish. 

  • P.E. with Teddy moves to the upstairs gym for the month.

  • SLT will meet Thursday at 8 AM in Room 314.  All are welcome!

  • Narrative Reports go home Thursday.

Looking Ahead...

  • Midwinter Break is February 17th - 21st.  

Have a great week,





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