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Dyanthe’s Weekly Letters

Week of May 22, 2017

Dear Neighborhood School Families,

Thank you to those of you who participated in Community Day; families and teachers worked in classrooms and literally built a garden reminding us that it really does take a village....  It was a wonderful day.  

As a founding member of The Progressive Education Network of New York (PENNY), I also hosted a Progressive Education EdCamp Saturday morning.  PENNY is an organization that connects public, independent, charter, and teacher education schools and individuals of the greater metropolitan area to advance progressive education and promote equity, access, and social justice.  Saturday was a day of collaboration and learning to build a shared understanding of these principles and what they look like in practice in our classrooms and schools today.  It was energizing to connect with other progressive educators and activists around the city.

Mark Your Calendar:

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

  • The School Leadership Team will meet on Tuesday at 8 a.m. in Room 301.  All are welcome.

  • Border Crossers Workshop (Part 2) is Tuesday from 6 - 8 p.m. in Danette’s Room.    We will continue the discussion and delve more deeply to give parents and caregivers the tools and strategies they need in order to help them discuss race with their children.  Childcare will be provided.

  • Third Street Music Share: Our Pre-K - 2nd graders will share the work that they have done in music this year on Wednesday, May 24 at 8:45 a.m. in the auditorium for families and the rest of the school.  Please join us!

  • 5th Grade Parent Night with STAR is Thursday at 6 p.m. in the auditorium! Over the past few months, STAR at the Directors Company has explored issues around puberty through drama and discussions with our 5th graders.  Now is your chance to find out more about what former parent and PTA President, Harvey Epstein called a “game changer” for TNS!



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Invitation to join Border Crossers Workshops

We as parents/ guardians at TNS are very lucky to have faculty, staff, a principal and parent coordinator that are committed to exploring the many issues surrounding race in america.  Because of this commitment, we are having two important workshops coming up with Border Crossers paid for by a one time grant.  I hope many of us can attend one or both of them.  And as a parent I can not stress enough the importance of individual members of our community reaching out to the adults in our community who have not attended committee and PTA meetings and inviting them to join the workshops.  Many parents have any number of challenges getting involved at school, understandably. These adult family members are comforted and encouraged by a little warmth from parents who are involved.  Specifically around the issue of race, I think a transparent dialogue can seem overwhelming because these conversations about race stir up a lot of feelings and raise really tough questions.

If today or in the next few days, we can all reach out to a few people and invite them without pressure, we will all benefit from having more TNS Community members participate.  It also wouldn’t hurt to nudge the usual suspects to show up.


Joan Beard

 May 20th Community Day info:

10-12 work in classrooms and garden

12-1 delicious community lunch served outside - bring your own reusable plates and utensils if possible

1-3  childcare with Cesar in fourth street side courtyard

1-3  Parent workshop on Border Crossers

last year many of us went to Tompkins and hung out and had fun until rain came down…

May 23rd

Border Crossers Part 2

Part 2  -

6-7:30 Going deeper with Border Crossers

6-7:30/8:00 Childcare provided