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Dyanthe’s Weekly Letters

Week of May 1, 2017

Dear Neighborhood School Families,

Thank you to those who organized, volunteered at and attended our Spring Auction last Thursday.  As always, I was impressed by the generosity of our community… and it was so much fun!  Although the spring auction event has ended, our online auction is still open for one more week!  Over half of our great items are still available, so keep bidding on your favorites.  Look in the “online only items” to find a wide selection: http://tnsny.org/auction.

Every year, our 3rd graders go to Camp Speers Eljabar YMCA for three days and two nights.  Camp Speers, nestled in the northeast Pocono Mountains, features a 42 acre lake, 1100 acres of pristine forest and Sphagnum bog.  This year, we are going Wednesday, May 10 - Friday, May 12.  I hope that all our 3rd grade students have the opportunity to be a part of this incredible experience.  I will be going with our campers and will be back at school Friday morning.

Mark your calendars:

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

  • The ECO Committee is meeting on Thursday at drop-off in the small cafeteria.

  • Middle School appeals are due Friday, May 5.  If you would like to appeal your child’s middle school placement, you will need to return the second page of the notification letter with the appeal option marked and get an appeal application from Noemi.

Lastly, I am thrilled to share that I was selected to join The Cahn Fellows Program for Distinguished Principals for the 2017-18 school year.  Cahn Fellows is the only program in the United States that recognizes, honors and supports public school principals by providing them with professional development in a yearlong fellowship and study at Teachers College, Columbia University.  I am excited for this opportunity and look forward to sharing more with you soon.

Warmly,

Dyanthe

Dyanthe’s Weekly Letters

Week of April 24, 2017

Dear Neighborhood School Families,

We are delighted that our children are eager to start school each day.  Please remember that students and families must remain downstairs until 8:23 a.m.  Thank you.

What does it mean to be an activist?  What does activism and social justice look like at TNS?  This past weekend, TNS staff visited The Museum of the City of New York’s “Activist New York” exhibit and The International Center of Photography; both experiences gave us a lot to think about.  I highly encourage you to visit these museums if you have a chance.  Speaking of activism, I hope you will join us on Wednesday from 12 - 4 p.m. in the 4th Street Courtyard for Earth Day.

It’s a busy week at TNS:

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

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

  • We have rescheduled our Town Hall Meeting for Tuesday afternoon from 4 - 4:30 p.m. in the auditorium.   Representatives from the School Construction Authority and Department of Facilities will be there to address questions about lead results in water, construction and safety drills.

  • SING is Wednesday at 8:45am in the auditorium.  We will have a bake sale in the lobby beforehand.

  • TNS and Star are celebrating Earth Day on Wednesday in the 4th Street Courtyard from 12 - 4 p.m.  This is an opportunity for all of us to deepen to our commitment to the environment-please come by!  If it’s raining, we will be in the auditorium.

  • Please join me, TNS families and staff Thursday from 6 - 10 p.m. for the Spring Auction at the Manny Cantor Center (197 East Broadway).  There are many wonderful items up for bids – restaurants, fashion items, classes, camps, fitness– you name it!  And don’t forget to register for free childcare.  Even if you can’t make the Spring Auction Event, you can still get some great deals (and support TNS) at the on-line auction. Check it out: http://tnsny.org/auction.

Warmly,

Dyanthe

Dyanthe’s Weekly Letters

Week of April 18, 2017

Dear Neighborhood School Families,

Welcome back!  I hope you enjoyed the break and the beautiful weather...  or perhaps better weather elsewhere (although springtime in NYC is hard to beat!).

Chickens at TNS?!  We will have two very special visitors in our 4th Street side courtyard for a month beginning this Thursday: 2 egg laying hens in a mobile chicken coop.  Most questions about our chickens-in-residence can be answered here:  http://www.RentACoop.com/Chicken-Q-A.html.  Please make sure you ask your children about them; all classes will have a chance to visit.

TNS and Star Academy are celebrating Earth Day next Wednesday, April 26.  Please join us from 12 - 4 p.m.  This is an opportunity for all of us to deepen to our commitment to the environment!  We will have booths from our own fifth graders who are part of the Girls Project and the Boys Project.  We will be joined by the Lower East Side Ecology Center, Good Ol’ Lower East Side (GOLES), LES READY, The Island School, The Billion Oyster Project and more!  

Our biggest fundraiser of year is just over a week away!  Please join me, TNS families and staff next Thursday, April 27th from 6 - 10 p.m. for the Spring Auction at the Manny Cantor Center (197 East Broadway).  There are many wonderful items up for bids – restaurants, fashion items, classes, camps, fitness– you name it!  And don’t forget to register for free childcare.  You can buy your tickets here:  https://www.nycharities.org/Events/EventLevels.aspx?ETID=9621

Even if you can’t make the Spring Auction Event, you can still get some great deals (and support TNS) at the on-line auction.  Check it out: http://tnsny.org/auction.  All proceeds go to support our PTA funded programs.

Mark your calendar:

  • Our April PTA Meeting is Thursday at 8:40 a.m. in the PTA Room.  Come and learn about the plans for our 3rd Street courtyard Garden!

Warmly,

Dyanthe

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