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Dyanthe’s Weekly Letters

Week of May 7, 2018

Dear Neighborhood School Families,

Recently, a friend called me a luddite, and rightly so.  I have never had a Facebook account, don’t know what Instagram is and have never understood Twitter.  I also have an eleven-year old daughter who started middle school this year and recently got her first smartphone.  She’s not on social media yet, but when we do decide she’s ready, we want her to be thoughtful about her communication.   Much of my thinking has been influenced by Devorah Heitner’s TED talk, “The Challenges of Raising a Digital Natives” in which she asserts that young people can “use the power of digital sharing for positive outcomes.”  Please join me for my Morning Hour this Thursday at drop-off in the PTA Room.  Cheryl and I will facilitate a conversation about raising “digital natives.”  Even if you can’t be there, I encourage you to watch Devorah’s TED talk.

Mark your calendars:

  • Parent’s of Unique Kids Support Group meets Tuesday 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.

  • The Wellness Committee meets Tuesday at drop-off in the small cafeteria.

  • 5th Grade Parent Night with STAR is Tuesday at 6 PM 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, Harvey Epstein called a “game changer” for TNS!

  • The PTA Executive Meeting is Wednesday at 8:30 AM in the PTA Room.  All are welcome.

  • Border Crossers will facilitate a second workshop for families this Wednesday, from 6 - 8 PM.  Participants will break into two “affinity groups”:  one for parents of color and the one for white parents.  Border Crosser facilitators will lead deeper discussions of race and racism, responding to individual questions from each group.

Warmly,

Dyanthe

News & Announcements

How to talk to your children about race and racism

Two evening workshops on how to talk to our children about race & racism

Workshop #1: Overview of race and racism:

Participants learn about the social construction of race. The training provides parents, guardians and caregivers with strategies for how to talk about race and racism with their children. Participants learn how children see race, gain skills for approaching age-appropriate conversations with a racial equity lens, and practice strategies to promote positive racial identity development in children.

When: Friday, May 4th from 6-8pm

Where: TNS, Room TBD

How: Child care provided for TNS students; pizza provided for parents &     kids (donations for pizza welcome)

Workshop #2: Affinity Group* Conversations

You MUST do workshop #1 to participate in the second.

We will break up into two “affinity groups.” One group will be parents of color and the other will be white parents. The Border Crossers facilitators will lead deeper discussions of race and racism, responding to the individual questions of each group.

When: Wednesday, May 9th from 6-8pm

Where: TNS, Rooms TBD

How: Babysitting and pizza provided (donations for pizza welcome)

*Why an Affinity Group?

Racial affinity groups give us a safe space to reconstruct our racial identities as positive, aware, and anti-racist. Affinity groups do not take the place of cross-cultural/cross-racial dialogues, but rather serve to enhance and support positive, healthy communication and interactions.

Border Crossers table

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Book Fair THIS WEEK!!!

Book Fair

Dyanthe’s Weekly Letters

Week of April 30, 2018

Dear Neighborhood School Families,

At long last, spring has sprung!  I hope you enjoyed the beautiful weather this weekend; it looks like there is more to come soon!

Two years ago, our school began to examine issues of race and racism at TNS in partnership with the organization Border Crossers.  Through professional development and parent workshops, we strengthened our analysis of racism in our school and classrooms, enhanced our understanding of how racism affects children and practiced utilizing tools to address race and racism.  Needless to say, this work is ongoing.  This Friday from 6 - 8 PM,  he Diversity Committee will host a special potluck workshop with Border Crossers, “How to talk to kids about race.”  Parents will learn how children see race, gain skills for approaching age-appropriate conversations with a racial equity lens and practice strategies to promote positive racial identity development in children.  Childcare will be provided.

Mark Your Calendars:

  • The NYS Math Exam will be administered Tuesday and Wednesday morning this week.  Students who do not take the state tests will continue the important and meaningful work they engage in everyday.

  • School Leadership Team (SLT) will meet in Room 301 at 8 AM Thursday.  We will work on our 2018-19 CEP (Comprehensive Education Plan).  All are welcome.

  • Our Spring Book Fair is open Thursday and Friday from 8 - 10 AM & 2 - 4 PM and Saturday during Artisan Fest.  

  • Please swing by Artisan Fest this Saturday from 11 AM - 4 PM.  Artisan Fest is the place to find your favorite local artisans under one roof.  Join us in supporting local artists and raise money to support arts programming at TNS!

Warmly,

Dyanthe

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Spring Artisan Fest

Spring Artisan Fest

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