Dear Neighborhood School Families,
Multicultural Day is a TNS tradition when families and staff come together to celebrate our cultural heritages and share in the various cultures and traditions represented in our school-wide community. This year, we are holding Multicultural Day early in the year because the beginning of the year is a time when teachers and children spend a lot time thinking about their identity as individuals and who they are becoming as a classroom community. This takes many different forms (and continues throughout the year) depending on the age of children and the class: young children share pictures of their families, students make self-portraits, some classes focus on one “star” student a day, teachers have intake meetings with families, and older students often share their hopes and dreams for the year. One of the many fun components of Multicultural Day this year will be a Gallery Walk, during which we will invite participants to talk a stroll through our school and look at the student work posted on bulletin boards with this focusing question in mind: “Where do you see identity in the work you are looking at?” We have lots of other great things planned (some heady, some purely fun), including performances by the Urban Word poets, a killer DJ, a video project (for all community members who want to participate), and an interactive timeline activity of equity/oppression in education. Multicultural Day is this Saturday, October 15th from 1 - 5 p.m.
Third Street Music School is hosting its fall open house on Sunday, October 16th, from 1 - 3 p.m. at its building on 235 East 11th Street near 2nd Avenue. Partner School Students ages 6 (by December 31, 2016) to 14 will be able to meet teachers, try out instruments, and apply for free and reduced-rate group classes with openings in the fall. Only classes that still have openings will be offered (currently: trombone, horn, flute, clarinet, cello, recorder, viola, string bass, drum circle, ballet, tap dance, and choir). Families interested in other disciplines should mark their calendars for their Spring Open House on June 15th, from 3pm to 6pm, when the full complement of group courses will be accepting applications for next year.
Gifted and Talented testing applications are now available for children currently in grades Pre-K through 2nd. If you are interested in having your child tested for the Gifted and Talented program, please stop by the office to pick up a handbook. The handbook includes information about the test and application. You may also access the handbook and application online at www.nyc.gov/schools/GT. Applications are due online or to Carmen by November 14, 2016.
Mark Your Calendars:
The Diversity Committee meets Tuesday at drop-off in the small cafeteria.
No School Wednesday in observance of Yom Kippur.
The PTA Executive Meeting is this Thursday at 8:30 a.m. in the PTA Room. All are welcome.
Multicultural Day is Saturday from 1 - 5 p.m.
I hope to see you all Saturday,