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Dyanthe’s Weekly Letters

Week of April 23, 2018

Dear Neighborhood School Families,

I hope you enjoyed our spring weather this weekend.  I think we may finally be able to put away those parkas!  

Our 4th and 5th graders leave for Frost Valley Camp this Wednesday!  Activities include an ecology hike comparing ecological communities through hands-on investigation, a high ropes course,  orienteering, water quality monitoring and stream gauging and a night hike, where we will exploring nature at night using listening skills and night vision.  We expect all of our students will go to camp. The trip is an important part a child’s TNS experience and reflects the values of our mission about how children learn best.  Please reach out to your child’s teacher, me or Noemi if you have any questions about your child participating in this trip. I will be at camp Wednesday and Thursday.

Mark Your Calendars:

  • Please join us Tuesday for a “Day of Wellness at TNS”.  There will Adult Health Screenings from 8:30 - 9:30AM by Ryan-Nena Health Clinic in the lobby, alternative lunch menu student tastings from 11AM - 2PM, and family fitness night.  5:45 - 6:30PM Free yoga. 5:30 - 7PM Climbing wall obstacle course in the 4th floor gym with Teddy.

  • Join us in the Library for the “Celebration of Cookbooks” Tuesday, 2 - 4PM and Wednesday, 8 - 9:30AM.  Get to know our library’s collection of cookbooks, sample food prepared from recipes in our library’s cookbooks and buy new, used and vintage cookbooks.  

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



News & Announcements

PTA Agenda for April 19


Approval of Minutes

Teachers’ Updates presented by Mara

Update from the PTA Presidents: Vote on Konstella; Nominations for next year’s PTA positions; TNS merchandise for sale

Committee reports: 
Events (artisan fair, spring dance jam)
Diversity: Rhythm and Rice Festival on May 17th from 4-7pm
Border Crossers Dates!!!

Part 1: Friday May 4th (Time TBD) - How to talk to your Kids about Race

Part 2: Wednesday May 9th (Time TBD) - Affinity Group Workshop

Class Parents/Parent Engagement Liasons: are  you on the TNS listserve? 

ECO: Earth Day is April 22

Wellness: Grant proposal for school improvements; A Day of Wellness next Tuesday!


Old and New Business

Meeting Adjourned

News & Announcements

Middle School Workshop Date Changed

Date Changed!!!

Dyanthe’s Weekly Letters

Week of April 16, 2018

Dear Neighborhood School Families,

Recently, a parent asked what our staff does on TNS half-days.  During these afternoons, we participate in something called descriptive reviews.  The descriptive process begins with immersion – observing a child or space or activity.  It has a focus or focusing question that the presenting teacher or administrator work out thoughtfully ahead of time and that gives the participants a sense of how to listen and respond to the review. The process is always collaborative.  It has rules and roles necessary for making the inquiry democratic and inclusive, and for guaranteeing respect and privacy for the individuals involved. A review typically takes about two hours. Descriptive reviews are a powerful way of opening up one’s practice and learning from each other.   Especially now, in a time of high stakes testing, accountability and enforced standardization, we try to ensure that education starts and builds from the strengths of children and teachers and values human capacity; descriptive reviews do just that.  We devote all our PD half-days to this work.

TNS and Star are celebrating Earth Day Tuesday in the 4th Street Courtyard from 12 - 4PM.   Once again, TNS parents have teamed up with local organizations to create awesome activities for our kids.  Yes, the bug eating is back from the Island School! We will also make mud balls to clean up the East River, learn more about our footprint and  explore a Sensory Station. NYC Grow will bring seeds and cups to start plants and GOLES will be here to educate people about GO BAGS and emergency planning.  Emily will share innovative work from our students. The Girls Project and a few classes are creating presentations and so we can look for some recycling games, information about worms and much more!  This is an opportunity for all of us to deepen to our commitment to the environment-please stop by!  

Mark Your Calendars:

  • Noemi and our Pre-K social worker, Alice are facilitating a workshop for families, “Taking Care of Ourselves” Monday at drop-off in 301.

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

  • The Earth Day “family playdate” will bring together the PreK and K children from STAR and TNS to MAKE CRAFTS WITH NATURAL AND RECYCLED MATERIALS.   The event will take place on TUESDAY 2:40-3:30PM in the 4th Street Courtyard.

  • April’s PTA Meeting is Thursday morning at drop-off in the PTA Room.

  • The Garden Committee will meet Friday at drop-off in the small cafeteria.

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

Have a good week,


News & Announcements

Save The Date--Workshop for Parents of Kiddos entering 6th grade (But all can join!)