Dear Neighborhood School Families,
As a staff, we have been thinking about how we recognize our own feelings and have conversations with each other and our students in ways that make space for everyone’s voice, including those that may not be in the room. What does it mean to honor a diversity of opinions? This is a time when our descriptive processes support us; both in terms of protocol, but also in taking a descriptive and non-judgmental stance. This Friday during our PD time, we will think about communication with families around issues of race, racism and social justice through the lens of teachers’ curriculum letters.
Our PTA Meeting is Thursday at 8:35 am in the PTA room. Natasha Capers, Coordinator Coalition for Educational Justice is scheduled to speak. The Alliance for Quality Education is a coalition mobilizing communities across the state to keep New York true to its promise of ensuring a high quality public education to all students regardless of zip code, income or race. CEJ believes that the Department of Education (DOE) must take a more proactive role in equipping teachers and school staff to support students who are exposed daily to hateful speech and acts; and families who are being threatened with discriminatory federal policies.
The Eco Committee is hosting a family potluck Thursday beginning at 6 p.m. in Danette’s room (304). Our potlucks are a unique way for parents/guardians to get to know each other and explore what being at TNS means to all of us. It is also an opportunity for parents whose schedule doesn’t allow them to attend daytime meetings to get involved in the school. This month ECO TNS will be hosting and we will be talking about environments that nurture us and our children. Everyone will be given an opportunity to share with the group. Childcare provided as well pizza for children enrolled at the school and parents are encouraged to bring food.
This is a busy week at TNS:
SLT (School Leadership Team) will meet on Tuesday at 8 a.m. in room 301. This meeting is open to all.
Advocacy Committee will meet Wednesday at drop-off in the small cafeteria.
Our PTA Meeting is Thursday at 8:30am in the PTA room.
The Eco Committee is hosting a family potluck Thursday beginning at 6 p.m. in Danette’s room (304).
Friday is a half-day. Dismissal is at 11:45 a.m.
Yesterday, my daughter and my nephew (visiting from Australia) spent several fun-filled hours at our Holiday Fair. Once again, I was overwhelmed by the generosity of TNS families, who donated their time, food, talents and positive energy to make the event so successful. Thank you!