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PTA Weekly Newsletter, January 13, 2020

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TNS PTA Newsletter - January 13, 2020

Dyanthe’s Weekly Letters

Week of January 13, 2020

Dear Families

At our last PTA meeting, teachers shared a few requests about email protocol for families.  I am resharing our policy about email communication (you can also find it in the TNS Handbook, which your child brought home at the start of this school year):

Guidelines for Email Correspondence for TNS Families

Technology, in the form of email correspondence, has afforded us to have continual access to each other at any time of day and night.  However, it is important for us to establish some guidelines for the use of email correspondence so that families and school staff can attend to their respective responsibilities as thoroughly and as thoughtfully as possible. We hope that these guidelines will support us in mutually respectful correspondence with each other.

  • Families can expect communication from teachers on a regular basis about the following: trips, curriculum, snack, homework, etc. 

  • If you think that your child’s teacher may have already sent the information you are wondering about, check your inbox to see if it is there. If it is not, try asking another class parent if she might have the information. If you cannot get the information after these steps, email your child’s teacher.

  • Expect teachers to take at least 24-48 hours to reply to your email. Weekends and holidays will likely take longer.

  • For matters that are particular to a child and/or family the concerned party, whether the teacher or caregiver writes an email briefly describing the concern and requests either a phone or in-person meeting at each party’s convenience rather than delineate the concern via email.  Please expect a period of up to 48 hours before receiving a response. 

  • Please note that teachers do not regularly check email during the school day. If you have an urgent message (such as a change in pick-up), please call the school office 212-387-0195, in addition to emailing the teacher(s). The message will be delivered promptly.

  • Likewise, if something arises during the school day that requires your immediate attention, you will be contacted by someone in the school office.

Weekends, Holiday and Summer Guidelines

  • As families and staff may be on vacation or away from home, please anticipate that responses to emails sent over weekends and holidays will likely take longer and may not happen until we return to school.

  • Contact from your child’s teacher(s) and contact(s) made via email over the summer requires only a confirmation that you received that email. Please wait until the school year has begun to continue email correspondence with your child’s teacher(s). If there is an urgent message, you should contact the school directly.

An addendum:  If your child is sick, please also email Carmen (carmenm@tnsny.org) and Gladys (gladys@tnsny.org) in addition to emailing your child’s teacher (who may not see the email until later in the day).  Thank you!

This Week at TNS...

  • The Diversity Committee meets on Tuesday after drop-off in the small cafeteria.

  • The Advocacy Committee meets on Wednesday after drop-off in the small cafeteria.

  • The PTA meets Thursday at 8:35 AM in the PTA Room.

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



Dyanthe’s Weekly Letters

Week of January 6, 2020

Dear Families,

Instead of the traditional DOE report card that is used in most NYC public schools, TNS teachers prepare written reports that provide you with information about your child’s progress over the year.  These narrative reports explain a child’s progress in far greater depth and detail than do the traditional reports. Narratives give an idea of what the child does and who the child is in class. They give a context for the teacher to reflect on the child and how to provide for their continued growth and development. They also provide insight into how families can help their child’s learning and development.  Mid-year narrative reports go home Thursday, February 6.

Just a gentle reminder to help keep our community as healthy as possible: please do not send your child to school with a fever.  Please also remember that in order to return to school, your child must be fever-free for 24 hours (“fever-free means” without the help of Tylenol, Motrin, etc.).  Thank you!

This Week at TNS…

  • Farm Information Session for Families:  Second and Third-grade families are strongly encouraged to attend the Farm trip orientation on Monday at 5:30 PM in the Library.

  • The PTA Executive Committee meets on Tuesday after drop-off in the PTA Room.

  • The Arts Committee meets on Wednesday after drop-off in the small cafeteria.

  • SLT meets on Thursday at 8 AM in Room 314.  All are welcome.

  • Erin, Wanda, Catlin, Shaniqua, Chelsea & Jane, Lindsey & Oli’s classes go ice skating Friday to Samuel J. and Ethel LeFrak Center at Lakeside Prospect Park.  The price of admission only is $8.00 for everyone. The price of renting skates and admission is $11.50.

Looking Ahead...

  • Friday, January 17 is a TNS half-day.  Dismissal is at 11:45 AM.

Have a good week,


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