Week of March 13, 2017

Dear Neighborhood School Families,

What does diversity look like in our library?  Over 25 years ago, Rudine Sims Bishop coined the term “Mirrors and Windows” to describe the concept that children’s literature could both reflect the reader and her experiences, or provide a glimpse into the lives of others.  This concept has guided our librarian, Cheryl in her consideration of kids’ books for our collection. (You can read Bishop’s essay here: https://www.psdschools.org/webfm/8559)

We are all limited by what’s available in the marketplace. The We Need Diverse Books movement, a grassroots advocacy group, has been successful in putting pressure on the publishing industry to produce more diverse content for young readers.  They envision “a world in which all children can see themselves in the pages of a book.”  Please join Cheryl, me and other families for coffee in the Library after drop-off on Friday to browse a collection that endeavors to reflect the beautiful diversity of our school community.   

Please complete your Department of Education (DOE) Parent Survey.  The DOE survey gathers information about your overall satisfaction with our school and the results are published and used to determine our official rating. Completion rates are also important as they reflect the level of parent involvement to the DOE.  Each student received a green envelope containing a hard copy of the survey to fill out along with postage-paid envelope. You can also complete the survey online using your access code (in the green envelope).  The deadline for completing parent surveys is Friday, March 31st.  Thank you!

This is a gentle reminder:  the fence around the front is not to climbing.  We have a play structure around the corner just for that purpose.  

Mark your Calendars:

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

  • The Garden Committee will meet Monday at drop-off in the PTA room.

  • SLT (School Leadership Team) will meet on Tuesday at 8 a.m. in room 301.  This meeting is open to all.

  • Our Test Forum is Wednesday at 8:30 a.m. in the auditorium.  This is a follow-up from our last advocacy meeting about assessment at TNS: how we “measure” learning.  Most of the meeting will be Q&A, but Michiko, Joanne, Grace, Hannah, Dianne, members of the Advocacy Committee and I will give some context to the discussion first.

  • We have rescheduled our Town Hall Meeting for Tuesday afternoon from 4 - 4:30 p.m. in the auditorium.   Representatives from the School Construction Authority and Department of Facilities will be there to address questions about lead results in water, construction and safety drills.

  • Our March PTA Meeting is Thursday at 8:40 a.m. in the PTA Room.

  • Friday, March 17 is a TNS Half-day.  Dismissal is at 11:45 a.m.

Lastly, don’t forget to “spring ahead” for Daylight Savings; you will need set your clocks one hour forward.

See you bright and extra early,



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