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Dyanthe’s Weekly Letters

Week of May 29, 2018

Dear Neighborhood School Families,

I am writing to share next year’s teaching placements with you.  We will have two Pre-K sections, four Kindergarten/1st grade classes, four 2nd/3rd grade classes and three 4th/5th grade classes.  Teachers and I have spent the winter and spring planning for the changes. Just like the kids, some teachers will be in new grades and in some cases, some kids may be with the same teacher(s) next year.  Wanda and Erin will teach Pre-K.  Dara, Catlin, Shaniqua & Chelsea, and Dianne & Shaquawn will teach K/1.  Jane, Grace & Caroline, and Olivia & Lindsey will teach 2/3. Hannah, Sofia & Joanne, and Alexis & Corinthia will teach ⅘.  Judy has taken a job closer to home and although we will miss her, we are happy she has found a school aligned to her progressive pedagogy.  Mara will teach Spanish, Emily will teach Science and Teddy will teach Physical Education. We are in the process of hiring another 2nd/3rd grade teacher.  

I imagine that kids will have a lot of questions as they hear the news and teachers will talk with students about the changes that are happening.  We sent home a form last week inviting you to let me or your current teacher know if there is anything you’d like us to consider in making your child’s placement for next year.  Please know that we do not accept requests for specific teachers.  Our goal is to make well balanced classes all around.  We carefully consider your input along with information from teachers and other school staff, but please understand that we may not be able to honor every request.  Placement decisions will be published on the last day of school. We look forward to sharing your child’s new class list with you then.

Mark your calendars:

  • “Managing Your Child’s Big Feelings” is Tuesday at 8:30AM in Room 301.  Noemi and our Pre-K Social Worker, Alice will facilitate a group discussion of struggles and successes with the emotional lives of our Pre-K/K kids.

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

  • Our annual Spring Jam is Friday from 5 - 7PM in the 4th St courtyard.  Suggested donation is $10 per family and 100% of your donation supports TNS programming.

Warmly,

Dyanthe

News & Announcements

Spring Dance - Friday, June 1, 5-7pm

We’d love to see you all at our last school event of the year, the Spring Dance. Bring your friends! This is a fun way to celebrate the hard work our children have done all year. There will be raffle prizes, great tunes to dance to, and food.

Spring Dance 2018

Dyanthe’s Weekly Letters

Week of May 21, 2018

Dear Neighborhood School Families,

We are beginning to work on class configurations for next year.  This is a thoughtful process: teachers describe each child as we carefully consider the makeup of each class at the school.  We strive to have well-balanced classes and consider gender, ethnicity, friendships, academics, and the social and emotional dynamics of the group. We are sending home a form this week to invite you to let me or your current teacher know if there is anything you’d like us to consider in making your child’s placement for next year.  We will be in clear communication with families about any changes in class placement before the end of the school year. When we plan the classes and spaces for September, we also need to know who will or might be leaving.  Please let me or Noemi know as soon as possible if your child is not returning to TNS next year.

Mark your calendars:

  • Practical Tips for Preparing your 5th Grader for Middle School:  Our Occupational Therapist, Emily and parent Nanine will facilitate a workshop for 5th grade families Tuesday at drop-off in Room 301.

  • Third Street Music Share: Our Pre-K - 2nd graders will share the work that they have done in music this year Wednesday at 8:45AM in the auditorium for families and the rest of the school.  Please join us!

  • Please join us for Rhythm and Rice Wednesday from 4 - 7PM in the courtyard.  Bring your family’s favorite rice dish to share.

  • The 4th Grade NYS Science Performance Test is Thursday and Friday.  This assessment is hands-on: students perform different kinds of experiments related to the content they have been learning in Science with Emily.  The NYS Written Science Test is Monday, June 4.  If you do not want your child tested, please send a note with your child’s name and teacher indicating that you would like your child to “opt out” of the NYS Science Test.

  • How can parents help children better understand their growing bodies, foster healthy social and communication skills, and have respect for others?  Barbara DiGangi from Families Thriving will facilitate a workshop for families Thursday from 5 - 6PM in Room 304.

Warmly,

Dyanthe

News & Announcements

PTA Agenda for Thursday, May 17

  1. Call the meeting to order

  2. PTA Elections- COME VOTE!

  3. Introductions

  4. Approval of Minutes

  5. Dyanthe to give summary of recent events at school

  6. Updates from PTA presidents: writing a letter to oppose placing police with guns in all DOE schools (Felder’s bill, s6798 which passed the Senate and is awaiting a vote in the Assembly)

  7. Updates from Treasurers

  8. Committees Reports

    1. Events: Spring Dance Jam, Friday June 1

    2. Diversity: Rhythm & Rice Festival on Wednesday May 23rd from 4pm-7pm

    3. Class Parents/Parent Liaisons

      1. Are you getting class emails? Are you on the TNS listserve?

    1. Wellness
    1. Garden   

  1. Old Business and New Business

  1. Meeting adjourned 9:30

News & Announcements

Middle School Workshop 5.22.18 @ 8:30

Middle School Workshop

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