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Dyanthe’s Weekly Letters

Week of September 11, 2017

Dear Neighborhood School Families,

I hope that every family has received a TNS Handbook (if not, please stop by the office and ask for a copy).  It describes some important TNS values and traditions, as well as the essential “nuts and bolts” to get started this year.  

All Neighborhood School families should, if possible, subscribe to our school’s listserv. It is used for official communication from the school staff and PTA. It keeps you aware of important events happening in the school. This is a moderated list and, honestly, very few emails are sent out weekly.  If you know a parent who is not on the email list, please forward my letter to them with this link:  You can also learn about what’s happening by going to our school website calendar at\

This week at TNS:

  • Afterschool programming begins this week.

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

  • Our Welcome (Back) Breakfast for ALL families is Friday, September 15th at 8:35 a.m. in the library.  Please come by: sign-up to be on a committee and learn about the vision our school this year!



Dyanthe’s Weekly Letters

Week of September 4, 2017

Dear Neighborhood School Families,

We have some exciting staff changes at TNS this year.  Mara Dajevskis is our new Spanish teacher.  Mara has been teaching the last two years in Ecuador and before that, she taught for 8 years in NYC.  Long-time Pre-K/K teacher, Laurie Engle returns for the first few months of school to cover Erin’s maternity leave.  Finally, Catlin Preston joins Caroline to teach 4th/5th grade this year.  Catlin has been teaching and working in schools for over 15 years; most recently as a 2nd/3rd grade teacher at Central Park East I.  Please help welcome Mara and Catlin to our community!

Please come to the PTA sponsored Welcome (back) Picnic Wednesday, September 6th in the recess yard from 4 - 6 p.m.   You will meet new families and also see many familiar faces.  No worries if you can’t make it; we will see you bright and early Thursday morning.

Thursday, September 7th is the first day of school for students!  We start each school day at 8:25 a.m.  Please remember that children and families must wait until 8:23 to go upstairs to classroom.  Yes, even on the first day.  Breakfast will be served each morning beginning at 7:45 a.m.  The school day ends at 2:45 p.m.  Late pick-up is in Room 306 (across from the boys bathroom on the 3rd floor).  Kindergarten students will be dismissed at 11:45 a.m. all this week.

Unsure about your child’s after school plans?  Please come to our after After School Program Fair on Friday at 8 a.m. in the Lobby.  All after school programs begin the week of September 11th.

I am eager to see you and your children soon!



Dyanthe’s Weekly Letters

Week of June 26, 2017

Dear Neighborhood School Families, 

Our 5th graders participated in their graduation ceremony this past Thursday.  As many of you know, I was not there because I spent the day with my own 5th grade graduate.  It was hard to be away from TNS on this very special day, but I am so fortunate that TNS has such remarkable teachers who worked with our fourth and fifth graders to make graduation extraordinary.  One aspect of the ceremony that was different this year: every student shared a recollection from their time at TNS.  They are inspiring because they speak to the experience of each child and also to the collective TNS experience, and I want to share some of them with you:

TNS turned me into a strong girl.

The teachers taught me to never be afraid to speak up if I needed to.

I’m a creative learner. I also learned what I’ve come to like and what interests me.

I’ve changed a lot at TNS. I’ve learned to take into consideration other people’s points of view. I have learned to listen and be a good member of my community and help others.

My creativity has grown here. Where else can you make a movie about exploding chickens?

Friendships can be found everywhere.

I noticed that I spent a lot of time yelling at teachers. Sometimes I was mad at them, but I also learned that sometimes it was because I was frustrated with myself. Even though I probably pushed their buttons, they helped me and I was grateful. I learned that it’s important to have second chances.

I am a fish swimming in the water. I am a watch saying hurry up you’re gonna be late. I am a light shining bright. I am so many things.

It is also time to say “goodbye” to two cherished members of our teaching community.  After 27 years, Danette is retiring from teaching.  Michiko is moving to Hawaii to be closer to family and to continue to grow her Hula practice.  We will miss them both, but wish them luck on their next adventure and look forward to when they come back to visit!

Just a few reminders:   

  • Tuesday is a Garden Orientation and Work Day.  If you’re interested in Garden Maintenance and helping out over the summer or in the fall, please attend for about 20 minutes after drop off (about 8:40 a.m.). We’ll discuss the tasks and water and other logistics.

  • Tuesday is Camp Day.   All classes will be going to Tompkins Square Park (the north side, near 10th Street, between Avenue A & B).  Our younger students will be there in the morning and our 3rd, 4th and 5th graders will go in the afternoon.  

  • Wednesday is the last day of school and our last SING of the year in the 4th Street courtyard at 8:45 a.m.  Please note, we do not have a bake sale.  Dismissal is at 11:45 a.m.

  • Class placement letters and class lists for next year go home on the last day of school.  If your child is not here that day, you can email me or Noemi and we will send the information to you.  Supply lists and letters from your child’s teacher will be sent home in August.

Graduation always helps me to remember how special our community is and how grateful I am to be a part of it.

I will miss you!  

Much Love,


Dyanthe’s Weekly Letters

Week of June 12. 2017

Dear Neighborhood School Families, 

During the month of June, teachers are hard at work in the evenings and on the weekends writing your children’s progress reports.  Progress reports tell the story of a child as a learner; they are descriptive, filled with precise detail, and reveal a child’s interests, strengths and areas for growth.  The end-of-year reports will detail the growth your child has made this year.  Reports go home June 22.  

Mark Your Calendar:

  • Our final SLT meeting of the year is Tuesday, June 13 at 8 a.m. in Room 301.

  • We will have elections for PTA and SLT positions for next year Thursday morning at 8:30 in the PTA Room.

  • Third Street Music School is hosting its spring open house on Thursday, June 15th, from 3:00 to 6:00 p.m. The open house is free and will take place at its building on 235 East 11th Street near 2nd Avenue. TNS students ages 6 (by December 31, 2017) to 14 will be able to meet teachers, try out different dance styles, chorus, instruments, and apply for free and reduced-rate group classes with openings in the fall.  Children interested in attending the event must be accompanied by a parent or guardian.  Placement is not guaranteed; every effort will be made to place each child in one of their activity choices. Partners@3rd classes are tuition-free for students during the first year of instruction at Third Street. Second year instruction is discounted, and financial aid is available for years three and beyond.  For more information, contact Third Street’s Student Services office at 212-777-3240 ext. 17.

  • Parents of Unique Kids Support Group will meet on Friday from 8:30 - 10 a.m. in Room 301.



Dyanthe’s Weekly Letters

Week of June 5, 2017

Dear Neighborhood School Families,

We are gearing up for the Summer Read-a-thon. The TNS Summer Read-a-thon is a fun way for students to continue reading over the summer AND help raise money for our school.  It’s one of our most successful fundraisers! We hope you will choose to help make it another amazing year.  Keep your eyes open for backpack mail today and Sign up at:

Friday is Field Day!   Get ready for organized chaos!  Our entire school is going to Prospect Park for a picnic and outdoor activities.  Younger students will take school buses and some upper grades will take the train.  Please check with your child’s teacher about departure time.   We will gather near the Picnic House.  Parents wishing to take students out early or directly from the park must sign out with their classroom teachers. This will insure that all students are safely accounted for.  See you there!

Mark Your Calendars:

  • The NYS Written 4ht Grade Science Test is today.

  • Thursday, June 8 is Chancellor’s Day.  There is NO SCHOOL for students.

  • Monday, June 12 is a DOE Clerical Day for staff.  There is NO SCHOOL for students.