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,



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