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Dyanthe's Weekly Letters

Week of February 1, 2021

Dear Families,

Schools across the country are working in solidarity this month to launch a shared set of lessons to pursue social and educational equity for Black students.  Black Lives Matter at School Week of Action began in 2019 to affirm Black identities by centering black voices, empowering students, and teaching Black experiences.  We can use these shared resources all year round to support our commitment to anti-racism.  I am sharing a resource, Guiding Principles of the Black Lives Matter Movementby Laleña Garcia, to help you talk with your children about the Black Lives Matter Movement.  For more information and resources, please visit the official BLM at school https://www.blacklivesmatteratschool.com/.

An update about in-person learning:  Fifteen students opted into blended learning beginning in March.  Eighteen indicated they would start in April.  We will need to open a second cohort in Dianne and Oli’s class to maintain social distancing.  Please let me know if you have any questions.

I hope that you take advantage of the half-day to get outside today and enjoy the snow.

Be safe,

Dyanthe

News & Announcements

10 Day Building Closure

Dear Families, 

I’m writing to inform you that the NYC Test + Trace Corps (T2) and the NYC Department of Health and Mental Hygiene (DOHMH) have determined that our building must remain closed through 2/6/21.  Students and staff can return to the building on Monday, February 8, 2021.

Warmly,

Dyanthe

Dyanthe's Weekly Letters

Week of January 25, 2021

Dear Families,

Last June, our school committed to doing better for all our children by centering anti-racist, social justice work in our school.  This means implementing anti-racist, anti-bias (ABAR) curriculum in all our classrooms all year long.  Anti-bias education is “an approach to teaching and learning designed to increase the understanding of differences and their value to a respectful and civil society, and to challenge stereotyping and all forms of discrimination in schools and communities. It incorporates an inclusive curriculum that reflects diverse experiences and perspectives, instructional methods that advance all students’ learning, and strategies to create and sustain safe, inclusive and respectful learning communities.” 

ABAR cannot live only within classrooms (even if, right now, that means your living room).  Parents also need to talk about bias and racism with their children. Don’t let uncertainty get in the way of these conversations!  Discomfort is an opportunity, and you are your child’s most important teacher.  

Our school is implemented several initiatives and will continue to act to support families’ ABAR work:

  • Our parent coordinator, Denise, will facilitate a support group for parents of color and white parents of children of color.  

  • We are partnering with an ABAR organization to lead parent training. 

  • Parents have created the ABAR social group so parents and teachers can have a critical conversation regarding the ABAR content presented in our TNS classrooms and homes.

  • Cheryl updates anti-racist resources for parents: https://wke.lt/w/s/970iGM.  

  • We will also revisit our Mission statement to reflect our school’s anti-racist, social justice identity.  

Please join or participate in one of our initiatives mentioned above or reach out directly to your child’s teacher if you have any questions about their work.

Warmly,

Dyanthe

News & Announcements

Pre-K/Kindergarten Tours

Register here for Friday, February 5, at 10 a.m.

Register here for Monday, February 8, at 5 p.m.

To register for the tour by phone or email, or for any questions or issues, please call the main office at 212-387-0195 or email our parent coordinator, Denise at denise@tnsny.org.

Dyanthe's Weekly Letters

Week of January 18, 2021

Dear Families,

As you know, our School Leadership Team agreed to offer families TWO additional times (as originally promised by the DOE) to make the shift from remote-only to blended—after February Mid-Winter Break and after April Spring Break. We believe that this will support families to reach decisions for their unique circumstances and also keep the number of in-person students low at a time when COVID rates are rising. You do not need to complete this survey if your child is currently attending in-person. We understand that plans may change, however, we ask that you let us know if you intend for your child to begin in-person learning during either of these two periods (remember, you can opt back into remote at any time). We will send a survey again in March for the April opt-in window to confirm your intent. If you do not submit a survey, your child will remain in 100% remote learning. 

Please read the information and fill out the survey here.

The last day to submit the survey is Friday, January 29.

I hope that you can join us tonight at 5 PM for our PTA meeting to hear from Denise Soltren, our new Parent Coordinator and other TNS updates.

With much love,

Dyanthe

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