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PTA Welcome Letter

Dear Parents, 

On behalf of the newly-elected PTA at the Neighborhood School, a belated welcome to the 2020-2021 school year!

We are looking forward to a productive partnership with you to ensure our children are safe and can achieve their highest potential. We recognize that to be successful in school, our children need support from both the home and school. We know a strong partnership with you will make a great difference in your child’s education. As partners, we share the responsibility for our children’s success and want you to know that we will do our very best to carry out our responsibilities. We know that our school year may look different, but the TNS PTA will continue to work for every child in the areas of Education, Advocacy, and maintaining our Community. 

To contribute to our community, please consider joining our school volunteer programs. Our students can greatly benefit from your involvement and contributions to the schools’ programs and their operations. As of this date, we are still in need of classroom parents and a PTA Secretary.  Another thing that we can use some help with this year is fundraising.  We spend a lot of money on the programs and events that enhance our children’s learning experience.  As we continue from year to year, we would like to add more to the schools’ endowment because more funds will allow our programs to grow.  So, if you have any ideas that you believe would help with fundraising or would like to help in any way, please contact a member of the PTA.   

We value our families here at TNS, and we will continue to achieve great things thanks to the tremendous support of our families, staff, and community partners. Your volunteering of time, financial contributions, and advocacy for our students make an immeasurable difference at TNS.  Throughout the year we will continue to provide valuable tools for our students and teachers throughout the year to enhance the educational opportunities and school setting. Although our world is topsy-turvy right now, we as a PTA and school community can ensure that we will maintain many of the activities (although virtual) that make the TNS community so special (i.e., Sing, guest speakers, and virtual events).

It is very important that you and your child are informed regarding the events and activities the school community offers, so please be sure to check our website (http://tnsny.org) for updates. We have a wonderful administration and staff at TNS, and we feel privileged to be a part of this school family.


Thank you for your support and look forward to meeting you throughout the year.





Dyanthe’s Weekly Letters

Week of October 5, 2020

Dear Families,

As I mentioned in my letter last week, we will have workshops for families throughout the year to support our school’s anti-racist, anti-bias work, and social and emotional learning.  Please see this week’s workshops:

Q&A on Emotional Challenges (Pre-k through 1st grade)

Tuesday,  October 6 at 5 PM

Alice Auth, our Early Childhood Social Worker will facilitate a discussion and Q&A about the emotional challenges that children and families are experiencing during this time. This is open to Pre-K through 1st-grade families.

Join Zoom Meeting


Q&A on Emotional Challenges (2nd through 5th grade)

Friday,  October 9 at 3 PM

Patricia Winter, our family social worker will facilitate a discussion and Q&A about the emotional challenges that children and families are experiencing during this time.   This is open to 2nd through 5th-grade families.

Join Zoom Meeting



We will begin distributing materials to remote families this week.  Materials will be distributed from 12 - 2 PM on Thursdays and Fridays during the month of October.  Your child’s teachers will let you know the dates that materials will be ready for pick-up.

For in-person families:

Monthly testing of randomly selected staff and students is a vital part of our efforts to prevent COVID-19 transmission in our buildings, because it helps identify positive COVID-19 cases when symptoms are not present. In order for us to administer a COVID-19 test to your child, we need your consent. We strongly encourage you to sign and return the consent form, available on the Covid-19 Testing page, as soon as possible.  Thank you.

Please remember that school is closed next Monday, October 12 in observance of Indigenous Peoples’ Day.



Dyanthe’s Weekly Letters

Important updates about in-person learning start dates

Dear Families,

As I am sure you have heard, the DoE announced today that opening in-person for our blended students in Kindergarten through 5th grade has been delayed until Tuesday, September 29.  Here are the details:

  • All of our K - 5th grade students will begin remote learning on Monday, September 21.  

  • Blended students in Pre-K will begin in-person on Monday, September 21.  

  • Blended students in grades K - 5th will grade begin in-person on Tuesday, September 29.  

Please reach out directly to your teacher if you have questions about your child’s schedule.

This delay in opening in-person is a direct result of families, teachers, and principals demanding that schools cannot open for in-person learning until it is safe to do so.  We will continue to push for a safe school opening for students, staff, and families - not just in our building, but across the city.  

With Love,


Dyanthe’s Weekly Letters

Sharing thoughts and concerns about school reopening

Dear TNS Families and Colleagues,

I hope you doing well.  I am reaching out to share what I’ve been thinking about lately and how very concerned I am at this moment.  With only two weeks before school begins, I do not feel comfortable recommending that school reopen in-person given the current condition of our school building and the guidelines we’ve been given as a school by the DoE and our local and state governments.  I cannot, with confidence, guarantee the safety of all of our students, staff, and families.  This is very hard for me to say, but that’s the reality we face right now.

There is nothing more I would love than for school to open in-person in September.  Teachers and I have spent the entire summer planning with hope and good faith that we truly could.  This is a difficult position for schools and families and regardless of what happens, we are putting all of our efforts into making the launch of school, whether remote or in-person, as smooth and welcoming as possible for students and families.

Last Friday, principals and assistant principals from our district joined school leaders from around the city to voice our concerns and call to keep school buildings closed.  I am excited to start the school year, but I want us to be safe and healthy - this has to be our priority and I hope you’ll join me in demanding that our students and staff are given the best conditions to start the year.  I look forward to having a Town Hall on Tuesday, September 1 at 5 PM, and hearing from you; I will send the link for the meeting this week.  

With Love,


Dyanthe’s Weekly Letters

Town Hall on Thursday, August 6 at 4 PM

Dear Families,

I know that the issue of school buildings reopening and what school will be like for our students and school community is on everyone’s minds.  

Over the summer, our school reopening committee is meeting weekly to make sense of each wave of guidance coming from the DOE and to shape plans that work for our community.  At this time, schools are required to select a programming model that provides for Blended Learning (in-person and remote) and Full-time Remote Learning and submit it to the District for review by August 14.  This means we won’t know the exact, approved details of our plan and model until August 21st, so we’ll have to wait until at least that date to send out class placements and more specific information about the fall at TNS. 

I would like to share information about our process and the programming models that appear to be most viable for our community at this time, given the information we have.  To that end, we are hosting a Town Hall meeting on Thursday, August 6 at 4 PM.  We will also address school-wide questions and clarify DOE guidance - knowing that there are still many more questions than answers. 

Finally, thank you for taking the time to fill out our TNS returning and remote learning survey.  To date, we’ve received over 200 out of about 300 responses.  Please complete our survey if you haven’t done so yet.  This is not a commitment but is just to help our planning.  Our school reopening committee is using this information to inform planning for the fall as much as we can.  

We will be in touch and I hope to see you on Thursday at 4 PM.

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With Love,