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Dyanthe’s Weekly Letters

Week of January 14, 2019

Dear Families,

During the month of January, teachers are hard at work in the evenings and on the weekends writing narrative reports.  Narrative reports tell the story of a child as a learner. In addition to check-lists and continuums to help families understand how their child is doing, teachers write descriptions filled with precise detail that reveal a child’s interests, strengths and areas for growth.  As I read over your children’s reports, I am struck by how each one paints a distinct picture of each child. Reports go home Monday, February 4.

Mark your calendars:

  • This year, the PTA is partnering with TNS family owned restaurants to fundraise for TNS.  Families come together for a night out and restaurants donate 20% of sales from the evening back to the PTA. This month’s event is at Bricia Italian Restaurant at 79 Clinton Street Tuesday, from 4 - 10PM.

  • Our PTA General Meeting is Thursday at 8:35 in the PTA Room.

Agenda:

  1. Principal updates

  2. Treasurer’s report

  3. Enrichment updates

    1. BioBus

    2. Farm Trip

    3. Wellness in the Schools Event

    4. Earth Day/ECO event

  4. Events updates

    1. Holiday Fair

    2. Auction update

    3. Bricia Restaurant Night is Tues 1/15

    4. Next Movie Night is scheduled for Fri Feb 8

  5. Committee updates

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

  • Wanda, Dara, Dianne & Shaquawn, Caroline & Grace, Matt, Alexis & Corinthia and Erin go ice skating this Friday!   Remember to check-out our skate swap in the PTA room (left-hand side).  You can drop off a pair of skates your child has outgrown and/or pick up a pair that fits.  Open to all!

Have a great week,

Dyanthe

Dyanthe’s Weekly Letters

Week of January 7, 2019

Dear Families,

We believe that children learn best through first-hand experiences with people, materials and places; that is why trips are such an important part of our school’s curriculum.  Some trips, like ice skating may not be so much about content learning, but about giving children opportunities to have different kinds of life experiences.  Many of our children learn to ice skate by going on these trips twice each year.  This Friday, Hannah, Catlin, Shaniqua & Chelsea, Lindsey & Olivia, Jane and Joanne & Sofia’s classes go skating.  Remember to check-out our skate swap in the PTA room (left-hand side).  You can drop off a pair of skates your child has outgrown and/or pick up a pair that fits.  Open to all!

Wellness in the Schools (WITS) cooking lab is coming to TNS and Star Academy this week.  WITS is a national nonprofit that partners with schools to teach kids healthy habits to learn

and live better.  Students will be learning about beans and making hummus together.

Lastly,  it’s flu season.  To help keep our community as healthy as possible, never send your child to school with fever.  Please also remember that in order to return to school, your child must be must be fever-free for 24 hours (“fever-free means” without the help of Tylenol, Motrin, etc.).  Thank you!

Mark your calendars:

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

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

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

Have a great week,

Dyanthe

Dyanthe’s Weekly Letters

Week of January 2, 2019

Happy New Year!

Just a reminder: winter weather does not keep our students inside at recess.  It is very important that children come to school dressed for the weather. Please make sure your child has all the necessary accessories (hat, scarf, mittens and snow pants) to stay warm and active outside!

Mark your calendars:

  • The School Leadership Teams meets Thursday at 8 AM in Room 313.  

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

  • We have Popcorn Friday this week!

Please note, especially if you pick-up, classes are back upstairs (Room 417) for Physical Education this month.  Our students will be climbing the wall (literally).

Welcome Back,

Dyanthe

Dyanthe’s Weekly Letters

Week of December 17, 2018

Dear Families,

A HUGE thank you to the organizers, volunteers and families who supported our Holiday Fair!   As always, I was overwhelmed by the generosity of those who donated their time, food, talents and positive energy to make this event so successful.  I was especially impressed with this year’s maze (see pics)- a Winter Palace; the lines were long, but from what I heard, well worth it! Thank you!

The BioBus is coming to TNS this week!  Students in our ⅔ and ⅘ classes will discover the excitement of hands-on science aboard their Mobile Labs.  Students will work side-by-side with BioBus scientists and use the same advanced research microscopes found aboard their mobile labs.  Our 2nd and 3rd graders will explore the inner workings of Daphnia, a shrimp-like animal found in ponds and puddles across NYC and the country.  Observing Daphnia, our 4th and 5th grade students will discover how skin, muscle, nerve, and blood cells have evolved from these single-celled organisms to work together inside the ecosystem a living animal, and how Daphnia interacts with the microscopic elements of its freshwater ecosystem.

Mark Your Calendars:

  • The Advocacy Committee will meet Monday at drop-off in the small cafeteria.

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

  • 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).

  • Parent’s of Unique Kids Support Group meets Thursday after drop-off  This is a support group for parents and caretakers to share experiences, defeats, and strategies with each other.  Our K/1 teacher, Diane will facilitate.

  • Our 2nd - 5th grade classes will share what they have learned in their West African Dance residency Friday morning:

    • 8:30-9:15: 2nd & 3rd Grade

    • 10-10:45: 4th & 5th Grade

I hope that you have a wonderful and well-deserved break with plenty of opportunities to laugh, play and relax with family and friends.  We will see you again Wednesday, January 2, 2019!

Warmly,

Dyanthe

Dyanthe’s Weekly Letters

Week of December 10, 2018

Dear Families,

My next morning hour is Wednesday after drop-off in the PTA Room.  We will have a discussion about literacy instruction at TNS.  In preparation, I ask that you read the article, “Conversation about the Reading Wars, Sparked by a New Documentary about Literacy Instruction: Q&A with Elizabeth Moje, Dean of the University of Michigan School of Education.”  I look forward to our discussion.

Mark Your Calendars:

  • The PTA Executive Committee meets Monday at drop-off in the PTA Room.  All are welcome.

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

  • Pre-K social worker, Alice will facilitate a workshop for Pre-k to 1st grade families about supporting children’s big feelings and challenging behavior.  They will meet Thursday at drop-off in Room 306.

  • We have our November PTA meeting Thursday from 6 - 7PM in the PTA Room.  Child care will be provided.

  • The TNS Book Fair will be open Thursday and Friday from 8 - 10AM & 2 - 4PM and Sunday during the Holiday Fair.  

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

  • The Holiday Fair and Artisan Fest is Sunday, December 16th from 11AM - 5PM.  Please look out for opportunities to volunteer... to set up, work a booth the day of, or clean-up.  This is a wonderful community event for the whole family and friends. I hope to see you all there.

Warmly,

Dyanthe

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