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1.6.22 Town Hall

Dear Families,

Thank you to those families who participated in last night’s town hall.  If you were unable to attend, I am sending the link to the recording.  I am also sharing a letter that Shaniqua wrote to her families advocating for more testing and a centralized remote program for when kids need to be home because they are in quarantine.  If you can, please join our schools’ rally for safer schools on Tuesday morning at 8 AM.

I hope you have a wonderful weekend and get to go out and play in the snow with your children!

Warmly,

Dyanthe

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Hi Everyone,

As you probably have heard, some of the TNS teachers came together to organize a march for safe schools. Unfortunately, due to the inclement weather tomorrow, we have postponed it to Tuesday at 8 AM at the front entrance to ensure maximum participation from families who want to join.  

We demand that the city do its job and create the infrastructures necessary to ensure that kids in person are safe - we need way more testing of both students and staff, free masks for students and staff (N95 masks), and HEPA purifiers. They only allow a certain amount of adult staff members to be tested at schools. Before the break, none of the staff were allowed to be tested at school.  Like last year, the city is throwing its hands up at the cost of your children’s education and health, and it is NOT okay. I’m sure it’s also driving you all up the wall, trying to figure out child care, to say the least. 

Kids have a right to an education, and we demand that the DOE create a centralized remote program for everyone. It needs to be created by the DOE and run by teachers they hire to teach remotely. Then, the same way they created specialized schools, they can make a specialized remote school for NYC’s over 1 million students. It is not okay that students are expected to do nothing at home.  It’s time we start pushing back against the city officials and insist that they do their jobs!  We deserve more. Our kids deserve more! 

We have been talking about it as a class and noticing that some of our classmates haven’t been able to come to school for a long time because they are protecting themselves and our community. Some have made signs that they are excited to march around, demanding their friends learn and asking for masks and testing. 

Warmly,

Shaniqua 

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Week of April 19, 2021

Dear Families,

This afternoon, our staff came together to think about selecting read alouds and facilitating discussions to support our ABAR (Anti-bias, anti-racist) teaching goals.  We brainstormed how interactive read alouds can engage students in thinking and discussing issues of identity, differences, injustice, bias, racism, and action, and work toward feeling comfortable leading explicit conversations around discrimination, race, and inequality.  Read alouds offer powerful ways for us to “see” ourselves and others.  Educators name this as “windows,” stories that show us something different from our lived experiences and “mirrors,” stories that mirror our lived experiences - for example, characters that look like us, have family structures like us, practice traditions us.  

The urgency of this work is as pressing as ever in light of the recent police killings of 20-year-old Duante Wright and 13-year-old Adam Toledo and the increase in anti-Asian violence during the pandemic.  We all need spaces to process these current events.  To this end, I encourage all of our parents of color and white parents of children of color to join our monthly BIPOC (Black, Indigenous, and people of color) support group.  The next meeting is Thursday, April 22 at 5 PM.  Here’s the link to register.  

With Love,

Dyanthe

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Week of April 5, 2021

Dear Families,

Welcome back! I hope you have had a restful break and that you and your loved one are healthy and well.

TNS is starting a support group for transgender, gender nonconforming, non-binary, and gender questioning students. Matt, 2nd/3rd-grade teacher, and our guidance counselor, Tina, will co-facilitate. The group is open to students ages 5 - 11 years, and the first meeting is this Wednesday from 4 - 5 PM. Please email matt@tnsny.org for more information and to sign up.

When the new CDC guidelines came out about children needing to be only three feet apart, we understand this must have been exciting news for so many families across the city. While the DoE has yet to adopt these guidelines, keep in mind that CDC guidelines are created by people who don’t work in schools. The science behind it envisions an empty classroom with desks spread three feet apart. However, this is not how we teach. For early childhood classrooms, this means getting rid of meeting and block areas and, in our case, removing the lofts from the classrooms. It also requires children to stay at their desks all day. Moreover, children need to be six feet apart anytime they have their masks off, like during breakfast, lunch, or rest time.

The window to opt-in to blended learning closed for TNS families on March 19, and we have created cohorts based on current social distancing guidelines. To accommodate the new in-person students, we will open second cohorts in Mara/Shaniqua, Amann/Shaquawn, and Jane/Chelsea’s classes. We will also continue offering five days a week of in-person learning for PreK families who want it. It took a lot of time, creativity, and crunching numbers to figure out how to offer this, but we managed it, thanks in part to our current number of families who have opted in and the fact that some families are choosing to stay in just one cohort.

Families who sign-up for in-person beginning the week of April 12 will receive detailed information from their teachers later this week. Please let me know if you have any questions.

With Love,

Dyanthe

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