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Dyanthe’s Weekly Letters

Two Forums About the NY State Tests

Dear 3rd, 4th and 5th Grade Families,

This year the NY State English Language Arts tests will be administered March 28 - 30th.  The NY State Math Test will be administered April 13 - 15.  

Last year 80% of our 3rd, 4th and 5th grade families opted their children out of the State Tests.  It is important that the school knows if your child is going to take the NYS Tests this year so we can organize staffing and materials.  Please let me or your child’s classroom teacher(s) know as soon as possible so we can plan accordingly.  

This year we will have TWO forums to address families’ questions about high stakes testing and the implications for our children, teachers and school:

We will have a forum on testing at 8:30 a.m. on Wednesday, March 15.  Most of the meeting will be Q&A, but 3rd - 5th grade teachers, members of the Advocacy Committee and I will give some context to the discussion first, including:

  • What do “high stakes” mean?

  • What does “test prep” look like at TNS?

  • What do the testing days look like for those children taking the state tests?

  • What do the testing days look like for those who will not be taking the state tests?

  • How do we talk with children about about opting out (or not)?

We will also have a special forum to discuss the role that state tests play in the Middle School Application process on Wednesday, March 22 (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.

At TNS, we support all parents in making the best decisions for their individual children.  We hope that by attending these forums, families will have a better understanding of what testing and test preparation look like at TNS, and what the tests mean for your child and the school.  

Please feel free to reach out any time.  I hope to see you all at these important discussions.

Warmly,

Dyanthe

Dyanthe’s Weekly Letters

Week of March 6, 2017

Dear Neighborhood School Families,

It’s at this time each year that the Department of Education (DOE) Parent Survey comes out.  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 TNS family needs to complete a survey so that the Chancellor knows that our parents are involved, informed, and are advocates for our children.  Please check your child’s backpack; surveys go home today.  The deadline for completing parent surveys is Friday, March 31st.  Thank you!

Thank you to our wonderful parent volunteers who cleaned and organized the P.T.A. room and storage, lobby and Project Room!  There is a new sign-in setup for families and an area for children to peruse and take home free books just behind it.  We finally have a “Lost and Found” box in the lobby (behind the sign-in area).  Shelves were built in Room 306-the Project Room.  The scooter box is empty.  Let’s work together to keep our school clean.  Please remember:

*Put scooters in the Scooter box.

*Take scooters home everyday.

*The Scooter box is not for lost and found items.

Family conferences are this wee  Please be sure to sign-up for a conference time with your child’s teacher.  Wednesday is late night conferences and Thursday is a half-day for conferences.  If you are having any trouble signing up for a conference, please call the school office and we will help coordinate a time for you.  Please note that conferences are with your child’s classroom teacher; you may set up a time to meet with your child’s math teacher at a later time this month, if you wish.  

Mark your Calendars:

  • Erin, Wanda, Shaniqua & Lindsey, Sofia & Joanne and Hannah’s classes go ice skating at Prospect Park Monday.

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

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

  • STAR and TNS will have a Town Hall Meeting with both family communities on Tuesday morning at 8:30 a.m. in the cafeteria to address questions about lead results in water, construction and safety drills.

  • Parent’s of Unique Kids Support Group meets this Wednesday morning at drop-off in Room 301.  This is a support group for parents and caretakers; it is an opportunity to share experiences, defeats, and strategies with each other.

  • Family Conferences are this week!   Wednesday is late night conferences and Thursday is a HALF-DAY for conferences; dismissal is at 11:45 a.m.

  • The PTA Executive Meeting is Thursday at 8:30 a.m. in the PTA Room.  All are welcome!

  • Erin, Wanda, Shaniqua & Lindsey, Dara, Sofia & Joanne, Alexis & Corinthia and Hannah’s classes go ice skating at Prospect Park Friday.

Warmly,

Dyanthe

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What’s Up March 2017

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Join us for a POTLUCK dinner TONIGHT!!! pizza and childcare provided for the kids!

 Tonight TNS will be having a Community Check In Potluck and what that means is we are taking time to connect, listen and share what is going on in our lives! 

One of the things I love about this school is that a high value is placed on TALKING and LISTENING.  We see it in our kids classes and we as parents need to have our own space to tune into each other.

Bring something you like to eat - then you know there will be something you like.  If you run out of time - just show up, everyone is welcome.   We will be in Danette’s Room so the kids can have fun down stairs with Ceasar and Joash.  Rumor has it there will be brownies as well as the pizza pie for them! 

Tonight gives all of us a chance to meet new people and be in a relaxed and casual setting with no agenda other than to get to know each other a bit better.  In the past we have had some amazing conversations at these potluck dinners and I am sure tonight will be no different.

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