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Dyanthe's Weekly Letters

Week of 5.3.22

Dear Families,

The weather is turning warm, and we are heading into the last two months of the school year.  The end of the school year can elicit complicated feelings in children. What looks like spring fever may be children who are beginning to feel the loss of their classroom community, and it’s important to remind ourselves that regression is a normal reaction for children in the face of change.  Children react to transitions and the end of the year is a big one. Thinking about ending the year, saying “Goodbye,” and considering beginning a new grade with new teachers and new peer groups can bring up a lot of anxiety for children.  Teachers will use various ways to address end-of-year issues in the classroom.  We ask that you also support your children by keeping schedules and routines as regular for as long as possible and keeping your anxieties about the summer and next school year at bay.  Please check in with your child’s teacher if you notice your child is struggling during this time.  

Families can still join the Triple P (Positive Parent Training) workshop series this Thursday from 6 - 7 PM. Positive Parent Training (Triple P) is an evidence-based model proven to reduce family stress and behavioral challenges at home. Join here: https://bit.ly/tns-ppp.

Have a good week.

Warm regards,

Dyanthe

Dyanthe's Weekly Letters

Week of 4.25.22

Dear Families,

This year, due to pandemic COVID relief funds, we have been able to pay for partnerships with several community-based organizations to support our entire community’s mental health and well-being, including families.  These incredible opportunities are just for TNS! We have two workshops this week that I hope our families will attend.  First, the Education Justice Research & Organizing Collaborative (EJ-ROC) Center for Community Organizing and Engagement will offer the third in their Anti-Racist Parent training series: “The Air We Breath,” Tuesday, from 6 - 8 PM.  In this session, parents will spend a short time in racial affinity spaces but then come together to explore racial and other (micro) aggressions for most of the workshop.  Here is the zoom link for the meeting: https://nyu.zoom.us/j/3957174475.  Please register at this link if you haven’t yet.

We are also partnering with University Settlement to offer a four-part parenting training series, starting this Thursday from 6 - 7 PM. Positive Parent Training (Triple P) is an evidence-based model proven to reduce family stress and behavioral challenges at home.  Many families have benefited from these sessions, which offer tools for supporting our kids and strengthening family relationships. Join here: https://bit.ly/tns-ppp.

Neaha [Triple P] really helped us talk through and strategize about some stuck spots in our family dynamics and routines and make small changes that have made a big impact! I’m so glad we were able to make the time and space for this; we needed the support and also more information about child development and their social-emotional needs.

-TNS parent

Please remember that there is no school on Monday, May 2, observing Eid al-Fitr.

Warmly,

Dyanthe

Dyanthe's Weekly Letters

Week of 4.11.22

Dear Families,

I am sure you have noticed the alarming uptick in COVID cases at TNS and around the city.  We currently have six members of our community in quarantine.  While not required, I strongly encourage children to wear masks this week.  To ensure that students have COVID-19 test kits to use before returning from the Spring Recess, all students will receive four tests this week.  Students may share two tests with a family member.  Students should use the test kit on the evening of April 23 and again on the evening of April 24 before returning to school on April 25.  Please note that while the use of the test kit is strongly encouraged, participation is voluntary, and students are not required to show proof of a negative test result before being allowed to return to school.    

Please remember that there is no school this Friday in observance of Good Friday and Passover.  I wish you a wonderful spring break!  We look forward to seeing you on Monday, April 25.

Warmly,

Dyanthe

Dyanthe's Weekly Letters

Week of 4.4.22

Dear Families,

This Friday is a TNS professional development half-day.  Students are dismissed at 11:45 AM.  Recently, a parent asked me about our half-days, which differ from the DoE calendar.  As you may know, TNS has been a Progressive Redesign Opportunity Schools for Excellence (PROSE) school since 2014.  As a result, we can implement innovative plans that fall outside the Chancellor’s Regulations or UFT contract, including setting aside six half-days for professional development.  These half-days allow us to go more deeply into our work together than our 1-hour Monday PDs permit.  This year, we use these afternoons to further our work toward becoming an anti-racist school community.  Recently, it has included establishing agreements for having difficult conversations about race and racism as a staff.  We hope that having these agreements and protocols in place will allow us to bring our whole selves to our work as a school.

It’s lovely to see so many families enjoying the garden after school.  However, it is not a playground.  Unless they are working on a garden project with a garden committee member, children should not be digging, climbing, or using garden tools.  Families are welcome to enjoy a snack there before heading to the playground on 4th Street.  Thank you for respecting the seedlings, plants, and hard work of the garden committee. 

Warmly,

Dyanthe

Dyanthe's Weekly Letters

Week of 3.38.22

Dear Families,

The 3rd, 4th, and 5th grade NY State English Language Arts tests are tomorrow and Wednesday.  94% of our students have been opted out of the state tests.  TNS students who do not take the state tests will continue the meaningful work they engage in every day.  

Although it might not feel like spring today, our 3rd Street garden is beginning to come to life, thanks to our parent volunteers.  Families took over the garden during Neighborhood Day and hid bulbs like hidden treasures. As a result, you can now see the golden daffodils in bloom.  While the bulbs and garden went dormant for winter, parent volunteers distributed seventeen paperwhites kits to classrooms. Students and staff observed the paperwhites bloom in a controlled environment in the middle of winter.  This year’s seedling program will also begin in classrooms. It includes a collection of pollinator flowers, snack veggies, greens, and a three sisters (corn, beans, and squash) experiment. You can join the team of parent volunteers by sending an email with your availability and contact info to 3rd Street School Garden: thirdstreetschoolgarden@gmail.com.

Warmly,

Dyanthe

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