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Dyanthe’s Weekly Letters

Week of March 27, 2017

Dear Neighborhood School Families,

The NYS English Language Arts Exam will be administered Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday morning this week.  Students who do not take the state tests will continue the important and meaningful work they engage in everyday.  Once again, we support parents in making the best decisions for their individual children.  Teachers will have conversations with students to create an environment that is respectful of the diversity of opinions surrounding this issue.  It is vital that all members of our community feel supported during this time and that we maintain a sense of calm for our students.

This is the last week to complete the Department of Education (DOE) survey!  Not only do your responses count towards our school’s rating, but we are evaluated by response rates.  We sent home a green envelope which contains directions and your access code.  You can find the DOE survey at http://schools.nyc.gov/Accountability/tools/survey/default.htm  Use the survey access code printed on your individual survey.  If you don’t have the hard copy of the survey, click the link to access your code or call the Survey Hotline at 1-800-690-8603.

Mark your calendars:

  • The ECO Committee will meet Wednesday at drop-off in the small cafeteria.

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

Warmly,

Dyanthe

News & Announcements

Movie Night - Friday!

movie night

Dyanthe’s Weekly Letters

Week of March 20, 2017

Dear Neighborhood School Families,

In recent years, TNS students who opted out of the state tests took alternative assessments created by our 3rd, 4th and 5th grade teachers.  The work on these assessments was very similar to what students do throughout the year, but as with the state tests, students only had 3 days to complete it.  We are doing something different this year.  As part of our work with a coalition of progressive public elementary schools, we are piloting Performance Based Assessments (called “PBAs”) with our 5th graders.  Students will present their learning to a panel, who will ask probing questions and carefully listen as students express their understandings and reflect on what they have learned.  I look forward to sharing more about this exciting work with you soon.

This year, we will not give alternative assessments; students who do not take the state tests will continue the important and meaningful work they engage in everyday.  Please let me or your child’s classroom teacher(s) know as soon as possible if your child is going to take the NYS Tests this year so we can organize staffing and materials accordingly.  

We will have a testing forum to discuss the role that state tests play in the middle school application process on Wednesday (right after Sing).  This is an opportunity for families to learn about the process and hear from TNS families who have been through it and have children in middle school.

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  • Our 3rd Grade Camp Speers Presentation is Monday at 5:30 p.m. in the Library.

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

  • What is “Sounds in Motion”?!  Come join us Tuesday at 3 p.m. in Room 303 for a fun, informational session about the literacy intervention program implemented in our early childhood classrooms to promote phonemic awareness and early reading skills.  This workshop will be led by our Speech teachers, Amanda and Rebecca.  Please bring the “experts” - your children, for support!

  • SING is Wednesday at 8:45 a.m. in the auditorium.  

  • We will have a test forum to discuss the role that state tests play in the Middle School Application process on Wednesday after Sing in the auditorium.

  • SLT (School Leadership Team) will meet on Friday at 8 a.m. in room 301.  This meeting is open to all and is a make-up for our missed meeting due to the snow day.

  • Join us on Friday for Family Movie Night!  Not only are we are screening the hit “Sing” but you and your child have an opportunity to make your own music! There will be pre-movie karaoke starting at 5:30 p.m.  The movie begins at 6:30 p.m.   Pizza, Popcorn, Juice and Cupcakes are available.  Admission is $2 per Child.  Adults are Free.

Only 15% of our families have completed their Department of Education (DOE) Parent Survey.  The DOE survey gathers information about your overall satisfaction with our school and the results are published and used to determine our official rating. Completion rates are also important as they reflect the level of parent involvement to the DOE.  Please complete your family survey!  The deadline for completing parent surveys is Friday, March 31st.  Thank you!

Happy first day of Spring!

Warmly,

Dyanthe

News & Announcements

March Coin Drive

Did you know...

We are half way through the month of March’s Coin Drive Madness...

Please bring in your loose change that are filling all the nooks and crannies of your home  or your car  or your office draws

for TNS easiest fundraiser of the year!

Everyone can participate with minimal effort... I thank you in advance for contributing!

Dyanthe’s Weekly Letters

Week of March 13, 2017

Dear Neighborhood School Families,

What does diversity look like in our library?  Over 25 years ago, Rudine Sims Bishop coined the term “Mirrors and Windows” to describe the concept that children’s literature could both reflect the reader and her experiences, or provide a glimpse into the lives of others.  This concept has guided our librarian, Cheryl in her consideration of kids’ books for our collection. (You can read Bishop’s essay here: https://www.psdschools.org/webfm/8559)

We are all limited by what’s available in the marketplace. The We Need Diverse Books movement, a grassroots advocacy group, has been successful in putting pressure on the publishing industry to produce more diverse content for young readers.  They envision “a world in which all children can see themselves in the pages of a book.”  Please join Cheryl, me and other families for coffee in the Library after drop-off on Friday to browse a collection that endeavors to reflect the beautiful diversity of our school community.   

Please complete your Department of Education (DOE) Parent Survey.  The DOE survey gathers information about your overall satisfaction with our school and the results are published and used to determine our official rating. Completion rates are also important as they reflect the level of parent involvement to the DOE.  Each student received a green envelope containing a hard copy of the survey to fill out along with postage-paid envelope. You can also complete the survey online using your access code (in the green envelope).  The deadline for completing parent surveys is Friday, March 31st.  Thank you!

This is a gentle reminder:  the fence around the front is not to climbing.  We have a play structure around the corner just for that purpose.  

Mark your Calendars:

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

  • The Garden Committee will meet Monday at drop-off in the PTA room.

  • SLT (School Leadership Team) will meet on Tuesday at 8 a.m. in room 301.  This meeting is open to all.

  • Our Test Forum is Wednesday at 8:30 a.m. in the auditorium.  This is a follow-up from our last advocacy meeting about assessment at TNS: how we “measure” learning.  Most of the meeting will be Q&A, but Michiko, Joanne, Grace, Hannah, Dianne, members of the Advocacy Committee and I will give some context to the discussion first.

  • We have rescheduled our Town Hall Meeting for Tuesday afternoon from 4 - 4:30 p.m. in the auditorium.   Representatives from the School Construction Authority and Department of Facilities will be there to address questions about lead results in water, construction and safety drills.

  • Our March PTA Meeting is Thursday at 8:40 a.m. in the PTA Room.

  • Friday, March 17 is a TNS Half-day.  Dismissal is at 11:45 a.m.

Lastly, don’t forget to “spring ahead” for Daylight Savings; you will need set your clocks one hour forward.

See you bright and extra early,

Dyanthe

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