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Dyanthe’s Weekly Letters

Week of May 31, 2016

Dear Neighborhood School Families,

We are delighted that our children are eager to start school each day, especially this late in the school year.   Please remember that students and families must remain downstairs until 8:23am.  Thank you.

TNS staff have two published authors in Bank Streets Occasional Papers Series #35: Progressive Practices in Public Schools.  Corinthia has co-published a pieced called Reenvisioning the Classroom: Making Time for Students and Teachers to Play and Abbe, Principal at the Earth School, our mentor, Dean of Bank Street Graduate School, Cecelia Traugh and I have a piece entitled Holding Space for Progressive Practice. You can find the articles here:  https://www.bankstreet.edu/occasional-paper-series/35/

Mark your calendars:

  • The 4th Grade NYS Science Performance Test is Wednesday and Thursday.  This assessment is hands-on: students perform different kinds of experiments related to the content they have been learning in Science with Emily.  The NYS Written Science Test is Monday, June 6.  If you do not want your child tested, please send a note with your child’s name and teacher indicating that you would like your child to “opt out” of the NYS Science Test.

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

  • Please come to our Spring Jam this Friday, from 5:30 - 7pm in the Lobby!

  • Thursday, June 9 is Chancellor’s Day.  There is NO SCHOOL for students.

  • Friday, June 10th is Field Day!

  • Tuesday, June 14 is a DOE Clerical Day for staff.  There is NO SCHOOL for students.

  • Tuesday, June 28 is a half-day (and the last day of school!).  Dismissal is at 11:35am.

I hope everyone enjoyed what felt like our first summer weekend.  

Warmly,

Dyanthe

Dyanthe’s Weekly Letters

Week of May 23, 2016

Dear Neighborhood School Families,

This past weekend, TNS staff gathered at Wave Hill for our annual retreat.  We collaborated with Bank Street’s Emotionally Responsive Practice to further develop emotionally responsive school routines, curriculum and adult-child interactions. We left with a deeper understanding of child development and the relationship between emotional integration and learning, and ideas about inviting and containing emotional and social issues in the our classrooms and school.  Our work this weekend built upon on our mission to provide a safe and motivating environment for children to try new experiences to build on their strengths and to go further in the areas where they need improvement.

Construction is still happening at TNS.  The end date has been postponed for a second time (the original date was October 2015) and the School Construction Authority has tentatively set a new deadline of July 2016.  Parents from the TNS Wellness Committee and Star Academy are circulating a petition demanding that construction be completed by September and that all damage to the yard and building as a result of construction be repaired.

Mark your calendars:

  • Please join us for SING on Wednesday at 8:45am in the auditorium.

  • Our Wellness Committee meets Friday at 8:30am in the PTA Room.

  • There is no school on Monday.

Warmly,

Dyanthe

Dyanthe’s Weekly Letters

Week of May 9, 2016

Dear Neighborhood School Families,

There is a lot going on this week at TNS!  Our Spring Curriculum Night is on Thursday,  beginning at 5:30 PM:

5:30 - 6:15: Makerspace in Library and shares in Danette’s Room, Emily’s Room and with Teddy in the upstairs gym.

6:15 - 7:00: Classroom Shares (these are for the children and families who are a part of this class)

5: 30 - 7: Studio in a School Art Exhibit (building wide)

7:00 - 7:15: SING in the yard

I very much hope you and your children can join us!

Community Day is Saturday, May 14 from 10 - 3pm.  Work in classrooms will happen from 10 - 12pm.  Lunch will be provided from 12 - 1pm.  From 1 - 3pm, Borders Crossers, the organization that has been working with our staff on racism and racial justice will facilitate a parent workshop.  This training provides parents, guardians and caregivers with strategies for how to talk about race and racism with their children. Participants learn how children see race, gain skills for approaching age-appropriate conversations with a racial equity lens, and practice strategies to promote positive racial identity development in children.   I hope to see you all there (kids love helping out in their classrooms on this day!).

Please join me Wednesday at 8:30 a.m. for my last Morning Hour of year to begin a discussion about why/how we talk about race with our children.  In preparation, please read the article, “Children Are Not Colorblind: How Young Children Learn Race” (see attached).  

Mark your calendars:

  • The start date for Breakfast in the Classroom has been pushed back to Monday, May 23 (thanks to Star and TNS teachers and parents efforts and advocacy).  

  • The PTA executive meeting is Thursday at 8:30am in the PTA Room.

  • Friday is a TNS half-day.  Dismissal is at 11:35am.  

  • Third Street Music Share: Our Pre-K - 2nd graders will share the work that they have done in music this year on Tuesday, May 17 at 8:45 a.m. in the auditorium for families and the rest of the school.

Warmly,

Dyanthe

Dyanthe’s Weekly Letters

Week of May 2, 2016

Dear Neighborhood School Families,

Every year, our 3rd graders go to Camp Speers Eljabar YMCA for three days and two nights.  Camp Speers, nestled in the northeast Pocono Mountains, features a 42 acre lake, 1100 acres of pristine forest and Sphagnum bog.  This year, we are going this Wednesday, May 4 - Friday, May 6.  I hope that all our 3rd grade students have the opportunity to be a part of this incredible experience.  I can’t wait (Camp Speers is a favorite of mine); I will be joining them and will be back at school Friday morning.

Beginning on Monday, May 9 our school (and STAR Academy) will participate in a Mayoral Initiative called “Breakfast in the Classroom”.  Our schools have “chosen” a hybrid model similar to what we do already.  Students arriving early will still have the option of enjoying the usual breakfast served in the cafeteria, while latecomers will have a “grab and go” option available.  Students bring the “grab and go” breakfast up to the classroom and eat there.  Once they have finished, garbage/recycling is placed in carry bags and is removed by kitchen staff.  

We are having our Spring Curriculum Night at TNS on Thursday, May 12 beginning at 5:30 PM.

5:30 - 6:15

Makerspace in Library and shares in Danette’s Room, Emily’s Room and with Teddy in the upstairs gym.

6:15 - 7:00

Classroom Shares (these are for the children and families who are a part of this class)

7:00 - 7:15

SING in the auditorium (or should we do it in the yard if it’s nice?)

5: 30 - 7

Studio in a School Art Exhibit (building wide)

I very much hope you and your children can join us!

Community Day is going to be low key this year--with a “spring cleaning” theme.  Work in classrooms will happen from 10 - 12pm.  Lunch will be provided from 12 - 1pm.  From 1 - 3pm, Borders Crossers, the organization that has been working with our staff on racism and racial justice will facilitate a parent workshop.  This training provides parents, guardians and caregivers with strategies for how to talk about race and racism with their children. Participants learn how children see race, gain skills for approaching age-appropriate conversations with a racial equity lens, and practice strategies to promote positive racial identity development in children.  Community Day is Saturday, May 14 from 10 - 3pm.  I hope to see you all there (kids love helping out in their classrooms on this day!).

Mark your calendars:

  • Yearbook Committee needs help!  Please reach out to Carmen (carmen@tnsny.org) to offer your support.

  • Middle School appeals are due Wednesday, May 4.  If you would like to appeal your child’s middle school placement, you will need to return the second page of the notification letter with the appeal option marked and get an appeal application from Noemi.

  • Comedy Night is Friday at 6pm (doors open at 5:30) at The Gotham Club.  Please join us for a much needed laugh.  Tickets cost $25 for 1 and 2 for $40 and can be purchased at www.agoodlaughwithcarlajohnston.com.

  • Community Day is Saturday, May 14 from 10 - 3pm.

  • Third Street Music School is hosting its annual open house on Sunday, May 22nd, from 1:00 to 4:00 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 for the fall.  

Welcome Back,

Dyanthe

Dyanthe’s Weekly Letters

Week of April 18, 2016

Dear Neighborhood School Families,

At long last, spring has sprung!  I hope that you got outside to enjoy the beautiful weather this past weekend.  Many of our classes will celebrate Earth Day after Sing on Wednesday.  The fifth grade girls in the Girls Project have organized activities including a puppet show,  ball throwing into recycled bottles, planting seeds, information about endangered animals and more.  We will also have a visit from Lower East Side Ecology Center to demonstrate worm composting, a visit from the the Billion Oyster Project and environmental activist junior high school students from the Island School, An Edible Bug Booth, composting worms brought to us by the Lower East Side Ecology, live chickens and a chance to learn more about local environmental issues from United for Action and All Our Energy.  Please visit, if you can!  We will be on the 4th Street side yard until 10:40am.

Thank you to all parents who organized and attended our Spring Fling Saturday night; I haven’t had so much fun in a long time!  I spoke to 3 new parents (who have incoming 3rd graders) and they were overwhelmed by the warmth and openness of our community.  I, too was struck by the generosity (in so many ways) of our parents.   There was such a positive feeling in the room. The event is over but you still have a chance to support our school by bidding on the online auction.  There are still many great items available and a chance to score some great deals on items that have no/very low bids!  Check it out:  http://tnsny.org/auction.

Mark your calendars:

  • SLT is Monday from 5:30 - 7pm in Danette’s Room.  All are welcome.

  • The ECO Committee will meet Tuesday morning after drop-off in Danette’s Room.

  • Sing is Wednesday at 8:45am in the Auditorium.  

  • Our General PTA meeting is Thursday at 8:40am in the PTA Room.  Please let me know if you are willing to be on the Nominative Committee for next year’s PTA Board.  

  • Spring Break is Monday, April 25 - Friday, April 29.

Have a wonderful week and if I don’t see you before Friday, enjoy your Spring Break; I hope you the opportunity to spend time with your family.

Warmly,

Dyanthe

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