Dear Neighborhood School Families,
I was lucky enough to spend the last weeks of my summer in Cape Cod, where the feeling of fall arrives a little earlier than in NYC; evenings began to feel cool and the sky lit up with stars by 8pm. This of course, got me thinking about TNS and a new school year. When I returned to school last week, teachers were already there, readying classrooms for new experiences. It is so exciting to see the school coming to life again after a long, (very) hot summer!
TNS staff come together tomorrow and Wednesday to begin planning the school year. We will once again partner with Bank Street’s Emotionally Responsive Practice this year. Over the next two days, we will think about beginning of year issues for our children: how children grow and develop, but how their old experiences are still a part of themselves and how they carry these experiences into their classroom and community.
Thursday, September 8th is the first day of school for students! We start each school day at 8:25am. Please remember that children and families must wait until 8:23 to go upstairs to classrooms (yes, even on the first day). Breakfast will be served each morning beginning at 7:45. The school day ends at 2:45pm. Late pick-up is in Room 306 (across from the boys bathroom on the 3rd floor). Kindergarten students will be dismissed at 11:45am all this week.
I look forward to catching up with many of you at the PTA sponsored Welcome (back) Picnic on Wednesday, September 7th in the recess yard from 3 - 6pm. You will have an opportunity to meet many of our new staff and families and also see familiar faces. Representatives from several after school programs will also be there to meet with families including Wingspan, University Settlement, and Boys and Girls Arts Express. There will also be an opportunity to sign-up for after school programming on Friday morning in the Lobby at our After School Program Fair. All after school programs begin the week of September 12.
Please remember that there is no school on Monday, September 12 in observance of Eid al-Adha.
I can’t wait to see everyone soon!