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Dyanthe’s Weekly Letters

Week of November 27, 2017

Dear Neighborhood School Families,

One of our biggest fundraisers of the year, the Holiday Fair is quickly approaching; it is an event for the whole family (and it makes a great playdate).  There are many ways to participate in this event and support our school.  Please look out for opportunities to volunteer... to set up, work a booth the day of, or clean-up.  I hope you will join the fun and support our many PTA funded projects including our arts programs, camp for our 3rd, 4th and 5th graders and teaching assistants in our early childhood classrooms, just to name a few!  The Holiday Fair is Sunday, December 10th from 11AM - 5PM.

Mark Your Calendars:

  • The Museum of Impact training for volunteers is Monday at 8:35AM in the PTA Room.  

  • SING is Wednesday at 8:45AM in the auditorium.  Please also join us for the bake sale in the lobby beforehand (also, this is a call for donated baked goods).

  • Friday is a half-day.  Dismissal is at 11:45AM.  

  • Friday is the deadline for submitting Middle School Applications to Noemi.  

  • The Museum of Impact is Saturday, December 2 from 1 - 4PM.  The Museum of Impact creates immersive experiential voyages into the heart of social movements; Visitors participate with all senses and leave their own mark.  Installations and accompanying art offers a multiplicity of avenues allowing for individual and collective reactions, and help participants adopt concrete ideas for effecting change.  Please join us and bring your friends!

 

Have a wonderful week,

Dyanthe

Dyanthe’s Weekly Letters

Week of November 20, 2017

Dear Neighborhood School Families,

It finally feels like Fall.  Please make sure your child has all the necessary accessories (hat, scarf, mittens and coat) to stay warm and active; it’s important children come to school prepared to play outside as temperatures drop.   Missing something?  Check our “Lost and Found” next to security.

Mark Your Calendars:

  • The Diversity Committee meets Tuesday at drop-off in the small cafeteria.

  • There is no school Thursday and Friday this week.

Whatever family traditions you honor this weekend, enjoy the long and very well deserved break with your children.  I hope that it feels restful and rejuvenating.  

Much Love,

Dyanthe

Dyanthe’s Weekly Letters

Week of November 13, 2017

Dear Neighborhood School Families,

It’s family conference time.  Twice each year, in November and again in March, we hold family conferences.  In our early childhood classes, it is an opportunity for teachers, together with the child, to talk with the adults in each child’s family about the child’s work and progress in school.  In our upper grades, children lead conferences, speaking about their work alongside teachers and families.  Conferences will be held Wednesday evening and Thursday afternoon (dismissal is at 11:45 AM).

Friday is Fall Family Celebration!  Classes schedule celebrations at various times during the day so that families with siblings in different classes can participate in all celebrations.

Erin/Haydee/Yolanda 11:30AM

Dianne/Shaquawn/Hughes/Kristie 11:30AM

Judy/Cesar/Lameeka 12 - 1PM 

Wanda/Edwin 12 - 1PM

Olivia/Chelsea/Michelle/Mildred 12 - 1PM

Lindsey/Shaniqua/Fidelina/Elsie 11:45 AM

Dara/Carmen 11:45 AM

Grace 11:30AM - 12:15

Sofia/Joanne/Liz/Edwin 8:45 - 10AM

Hannah 8:30 - 9:10AM

Catlin/Caroline  8:25 - 9:10 AM

Alexis/Corinthia/Louis 8:25 - 9:10AM

The Diversity Committee will host The Museum of Impact at TNS on Saturday, December 2 from 1 - 4PM.  The Museum of Impact creates immersive experiential voyages into the heart of social movements; Visitors participate with all senses and leave their own mark.  Installations and accompanying art offers a multiplicity of avenues allowing for individual and collective reactions, and help participants adopt concrete ideas for effecting change.  A representative from The Museum of Impact will present at our next PTA meeting, this Thursday at 8:40AM in the PTA Room.

I am grateful to be a part of community that works to effect change -  both in our school and in the world.  Thursday evening, volunteers and parents worked together to make our school a healthier space for our children at the Action for Healthy Kids and Gogo Squeez Day of Service!  Please check-out our new scooter rack, brightly painted cafeterias and play area in the court yard!  On Friday, students from TNS, STAR and East Side Community collected all donated supplies to send to Puerto Rico.  See pics!

Mark Your Calendars:

  • The ECO Committee meets Tuesday at drop-off in the small cafeteria.

  • We have our PTA General Meeting Thursday at 8:40AM in the PTA Room.

  • THURSDAY IS A HALF-DAY for family conferences.  Dismissal is at 11:45AM.

  • There is a Garden Committee Meeting Friday at drop-off in the small cafeteria.

Warmly,

Dyanthe

Dyanthe’s Weekly Letters

Week of November 6, 2017

Dear Neighborhood School Families,

I turned off the news last night so that my soon-to-be 11 year old didn’t hear about shootings in Texas when I did; I needed to digest and figure out how to talk with her about another act of terror.  Young children feel safe when we provide containing information:  the gunman in Texas is dead so he can’t hurt anymore people.  You are safe at school.  For older kids, it’s about acknowledging that there have been dangerous times throughout history, but there have always been people who worked to make the world safer.  I think that this is an opportunity for kids to talk and think about ways to make our school and community feel safe.

Please join me for my Morning Hour Thursday at 8:35 a.m. in the PTA Room.  We  will continue our discussion about progressive education and what it looks like at TNS.  Please take a few minutes to read the Alfie Kohn article, What to Look for in a Classroom.  We will visit classrooms as a part of this morning hour.

It’s almost family conference time.  Twice each year, in November and again in March, we hold family conferences.  In our early childhood classes, it is an opportunity for teachers, together with the child, to talk with the adults in each child’s family about the child’s work and progress in school.  In our upper grades, children lead conferences, speaking about their work alongside teachers and their adults.  Conferences will be held the evening of Wednesday, November 15th and in the afternoon on Thursday, November 16th (dismissal is at 11:45 AM).

Mark Your Calendars:

  • TNS staff and families have formed a Relief for Puerto Rico Committee in response to Hurricane Maria.  This week is “battery week”.

  • There is NO SCHOOL Tuesday, November 7th.  This is a professional development day for teachers and paraprofessionals.

  • Action for Healthy Kids and Go Go Squeez is sponsoring a Day of Service at TNS on Thursday, from 3 - 7 p.m.    We will paint the small and large cafeteria, add stenciling to the courtyard, sort new equipment for P.E., build a new scooter rack and install a climbing wall in the 4th floor gym.  We have a lot planned, but can’t do it without some TNS parent volunteers, too.   Please sign-up to help, either the day of or to help ahead of time.   Childcare is available for TNS students from 2:45 - 6 p.m.

  • Our PTA Executive meeting is Wednesday at 8:35 AM in the PTA Room.  This meeting is open to all.

  • The Wellness Committee meets Friday at drop-off in the small cafeteria.

  • We have Picture Day retakes and sibling pictures Friday.

Warmly,

Dyanthe

Dyanthe’s Weekly Letters

Week of October 30, 2017

Dear Neighborhood School Families,

The TNS Halloween parade has blossomed from a small school event to an East Village tradition. Children and families from our school and the surrounding neighborhood gather in the TNS recess yard to show off their costumes before proceeding on our community wide parade.  We will meet in the yard Tuesday at 5:30 p.m.  Please remember to save candy and costumes for the parade!  

We work hard to provide a safe and successful learning environment for each child and when the the school day ends, we want children get to their next destination safely and securely.  During dismissal, doors to the recess yard are restricted.  To access the playground, please exit through the front doors and enter the park at the 3rd Street.  Please remember, children who have permission to leave their classrooms independently are expected to exit the school building at dismissal and may not remain in the lobby or other areas of the building.  

Action for Healthy Kids and Go Go Squeez is sponsoring a Day of Service at TNS on Thursday, November 9th, from 3 - 7 p.m.   We have a lot planned, but can’t do it without some TNS parent volunteers, too.   Please sign-up to help, either the day of or to help ahead of time:

https://signup.com/mobileweb/2.0/vspot.html?activitykey=787013499396884090#choose_jobs_page.  Childcare is available for TNS students from 2:45 - 6 p.m.

Mark Your Calendars:

  • TNS staff and families have formed a Relief for Puerto Rico Committee in response to Hurricane Maria.  Families can donate supplies each week.  There will be boxes in the Lobby for donations.  This week is “first aid week”.

  • The School Leadership Team (SLT) will meet Thursday in Room 301 at 8 a.m.  The SLT is a committee made up of elected parents and teachers.  Monthly meetings are for the School Leadership Team Representatives and are open to all TNS families.  

  • There will be an Advocacy Committee meeting Friday at drop-off in the small cafeteria.

  • Original Works due Friday!

Warmly,

Dyanthe

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