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Dyanthe’s Weekly Letters

Week of January 3, 2017

Happy New Year Neighborhood School Families!

It looks like we may be in store for some wintry temperatures later this week.  Just a reminder: cold weather does not keep our students inside at recess.  Our Pre-K - 2nd graders play outside for 50 minutes and our 3rd - 5th graders are outside for 25 minutes.  It is very important that children come to school dressed for the weather.  Please make sure your child has all the necessary accessories (hat, scarf, mittens and snow pants) to stay warm and active!

At TNS, we look at children and measure their development on an individual continuum.  Teachers use techniques of assessment such as anecdotal notes, running records and writing and math samples to analyze individual student’s progress.  If you are interested in learning more about the ways in which TNS teachers assess student learning, I encourage you to come to our discussion on Thursday, January 26th at 8:40 a.m. in the auditorium.  Teachers, from Pre-K/K to 5th grade will share the ways they “measure” student growth and make decisions about class instruction, and the place state testing plays in instruction and curriculum.  Please join us!

I hope that you had a wonderful break and were able to enjoy some downtime with friends, family and by yourself! : )  

Welcome Back,


Dyanthe’s Weekly Letters

Week of December 19, 2016

Dear Neighborhood School Families,

Keeping it short and sweet:  I hope that you have a wonderful and well-deserved break with plenty of opportunities to laugh, play and relax with family and friends.  We will see you Tuesday, January 3, 2017!

Mark Your Calendars:

  • The Wellness Committee will meet this morning (Monday) at drop-off in the small cafeteria.

  • Original Works orders are in!  Diana will be distributing them in the lobby during drop-off on Tuesday and during drop-off and pick-up on Wednesday.

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

  • Please join us for SING this Wednesday at 8:45 a.m. in the auditorium.  We will also have a bake sale beforehand, so please bring your appetite!

Much Love,


News & Announcements

Prospective Parents Night


We are looking for parents and teachers that can come and speak to prospective parents on  This is a great opportunity to speak to new families with any questions they may have.  Remember going through that PreK or Kindergarten process?  This really helps out new families and helps eases them through this process.  If you can make it, please let me know.

News & Announcements

Camp Ashokan Bake Sale + Orientation

There will be an orientation for Camp Ashokan this Thursday morning from 8:25am to 9:05am.  This will give parents an opportunity on what they need to know for this amazing camping experience for your 4th or 5th grader.  

Hannah’s 4th and 5th grade class will be hosting a bake sale this Friday morning to raise funds for Camp Ashokan.  Please buy some baked goods in the morning or after school.  If you’re not at drop off or pick up, please make sure your child has some extra few dollars so your child could purchase a bake or breakfast treat.

Dyanthe’s Weekly Letters

Week of December 12, 2016

Dear Neighborhood School Families,

As a staff, we have been thinking about how we recognize our own feelings and have conversations with each other and our students in ways that make space for everyone’s voice, including those that may not be in the room.  What does it mean to honor a diversity of opinions?  This is a time when our descriptive processes support us; both in terms of protocol, but also in taking a descriptive and non-judgmental stance.  This Friday during our PD time, we will think about communication with families around issues of race, racism and social justice through the lens of teachers’ curriculum letters.  

Our PTA Meeting is Thursday at 8:35 am in the PTA room.  Natasha Capers, Coordinator Coalition for Educational Justice is scheduled to speak.  The Alliance for Quality Education is a coalition mobilizing communities across the state to keep New York true to its promise of ensuring a high quality public education to all students regardless of zip code, income or race.  CEJ believes that the Department of Education (DOE) must take a more proactive role in equipping teachers and school staff to support students who are exposed daily to hateful speech and acts; and families who are being threatened with discriminatory federal policies.

The Eco Committee is hosting a family potluck Thursday beginning at 6 p.m. in Danette’s room (304).  Our potlucks are a unique way for parents/guardians to get to know each other and explore what being at TNS means to all of us.  It is also an opportunity for parents whose schedule doesn’t allow them to attend daytime meetings to get involved in the school.  This month ECO TNS will be hosting and we will be talking about environments that nurture us and our children.  Everyone will be given an opportunity to share with the group.  Childcare provided as well pizza for children enrolled at the school and parents are encouraged to bring food.

This is a busy week at TNS:

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

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

  • Our PTA Meeting is Thursday at 8:30am in the PTA room.

  • The Eco Committee is hosting a family potluck Thursday beginning at 6 p.m. in Danette’s room (304).

  • Friday is a half-day.  Dismissal is at 11:45 a.m.

Yesterday, my daughter and my nephew (visiting from Australia) spent several fun-filled hours at our Holiday Fair.  Once again, I was overwhelmed by the generosity of TNS families, who donated their time, food, talents and positive energy to make the event so successful.  Thank you!