Dear Neighborhood School Families,
In my letter last week, I wrote about how part of our work at school is to teach children to resolve conflicts respectfully. Of course, we hope our grown-ups will model this behavior when opportunities arise. When parents come to me to share a concern about their child or teacher, one of my first questions is, “Have you discussed this with your child’s teacher?”
TNS was formed around the belief that families and teachers can learn from each other and we have always emphasized the collaborative relationships that develop around supporting children. Open and ongoing communication between families and staff is essential to support children’s development. We have created a process for TNS families and staff to communicate with one another when concerns or conflicts arise; the goal being to maintain or restore collaboration so that children receive the strongest possible support. We are committed to supporting every child and every family. We hope that this document, called, “Guidelines for Resolving Concerns Between Members of Our School Community“ will serve as a guide to keep our community strong.
Please come to hear Jamaal A. Bowman speak Monday at 6:30 p.m. Jamaal Bowman is the founding principal of Cornerstone Academy for Social Action Middle School and has worked as an educator for over 15 years. He is the author of “The Tyranny of Standardized Testing“, “Let ‘Em Play” and “End School Privatization”. You can learn more about him from his blog: https://jamaalabowman.wordpress.com.
At TNS, we look at children and measure their development on an individual continuum. Teachers use techniques of assessment such as anecdotal notes, running records and writing and math samples to analyze individual student’s progress. I encourage you to come to our discussion on Thursday, January 26th at 8:40am in the PTA Room to learn more about the ways in which TNS teachers assess student learning. Our teachers, Erin, Dianne, Jane, Grace and Corinthia will share the ways they “measure” student growth and make decisions about class instruction, and the place state testing plays in instruction and curriculum. Please join us!
Mark Your Calendars:
Our Garden Committee will meet at drop-off Monday in the small cafeteria.
The Diversity Committee will meet Tuesday at drop-off in the small cafeteria.
SING is Wednesday at 8:45 in the auditorium. Please also join us for the bake sale in the lobby beforehand (also, this is a call for donated baked goods).
Have a good week,