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Spring Dance - Friday, June 1, 5-7pm

We’d love to see you all at our last school event of the year, the Spring Dance. Bring your friends! This is a fun way to celebrate the hard work our children have done all year. There will be raffle prizes, great tunes to dance to, and food.

Spring Dance 2018

Dyanthe’s Weekly Letters

Week of May 21, 2018

Dear Neighborhood School Families,

We are beginning to work on class configurations for next year.  This is a thoughtful process: teachers describe each child as we carefully consider the makeup of each class at the school.  We strive to have well-balanced classes and consider gender, ethnicity, friendships, academics, and the social and emotional dynamics of the group. We are sending home a form this week to invite you to let me or your current teacher know if there is anything you’d like us to consider in making your child’s placement for next year.  We will be in clear communication with families about any changes in class placement before the end of the school year. When we plan the classes and spaces for September, we also need to know who will or might be leaving.  Please let me or Noemi know as soon as possible if your child is not returning to TNS next year.

Mark your calendars:

  • Practical Tips for Preparing your 5th Grader for Middle School:  Our Occupational Therapist, Emily and parent Nanine will facilitate a workshop for 5th grade families Tuesday at drop-off in Room 301.

  • Third Street Music Share: Our Pre-K - 2nd graders will share the work that they have done in music this year Wednesday at 8:45AM in the auditorium for families and the rest of the school.  Please join us!

  • Please join us for Rhythm and Rice Wednesday from 4 - 7PM in the courtyard.  Bring your family’s favorite rice dish to share.

  • The 4th Grade NYS Science Performance Test is Thursday and Friday.  This assessment is hands-on: students perform different kinds of experiments related to the content they have been learning in Science with Emily.  The NYS Written Science Test is Monday, June 4.  If you do not want your child tested, please send a note with your child’s name and teacher indicating that you would like your child to “opt out” of the NYS Science Test.

  • How can parents help children better understand their growing bodies, foster healthy social and communication skills, and have respect for others?  Barbara DiGangi from Families Thriving will facilitate a workshop for families Thursday from 5 - 6PM in Room 304.



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PTA Agenda for Thursday, May 17

  1. Call the meeting to order

  2. PTA Elections- COME VOTE!

  3. Introductions

  4. Approval of Minutes

  5. Dyanthe to give summary of recent events at school

  6. Updates from PTA presidents: writing a letter to oppose placing police with guns in all DOE schools (Felder’s bill, s6798 which passed the Senate and is awaiting a vote in the Assembly)

  7. Updates from Treasurers

  8. Committees Reports

    1. Events: Spring Dance Jam, Friday June 1

    2. Diversity: Rhythm & Rice Festival on Wednesday May 23rd from 4pm-7pm

    3. Class Parents/Parent Liaisons

      1. Are you getting class emails? Are you on the TNS listserve?

    1. Wellness
    1. Garden   

  1. Old Business and New Business

  1. Meeting adjourned 9:30

News & Announcements

Middle School Workshop 5.22.18 @ 8:30

Middle School Workshop

Dyanthe’s Weekly Letters

Week of May 14, 2018

Dear Neighborhood School Families,

As the school year begins to wind down, I want to share the work that we have done with Emotionally Responsive Practice at Bank Street.  We have 6 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:

  • This week is Penny Pandemonium!   We will have containers in every classroom and a big collection container in the lobby.  All proceeds go to the Neighborhood School PTA and help support our arts programming. Thank you!

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

  • 3rd, 4th and 5th grade families are invited to the final workshops of the NY City Ballet residency Tuesday and Thursday in the auditorium:


9:10 Mara and Caroline

9:55 Grace


8:25 Alexis and Corinthia

9:10 Hannah

9:55 Sofia and Joanne

  • The Grants Committee meets Wednesday at drop-off in the PTA Room.

  • We will have elections for PTA and SLT Thursday morning in the PTA Room.

  • Our Rhythm and Rice festival is Thursday from 4 - 7PM in the courtyard.

  • The Garden Committee meets Friday at drop-off in the PTA Room.

  • Friday is a PD half-day.  Dismissal is at 11:45AM.