Week of September 25, 2017

Dear Neighborhood School Families,

All NYC public schools are required to practice the protocols they will follow for different kinds of emergencies throughout the school year.  We practice three different protocols that cover all types of emergency situations. The first is a building evacuation, or “fire drill”. We practice this drill several times throughout the year; it’s the one your children will be most familiar with. There are different scenarios that would call for a building evacuation, but the most common would be danger within the building such as a fire. The next is a shelter-in drill. During a shelter-in an announcement is made over the PA system and the exit doors are locked and monitored. No one is permitted to enter or exit the building until the shelter-in has been lifted, but classes keep going and students can move throughout the building, as per usual. We run this drill to prepare for the possibility of a dangerous event happening outside of the building. The third type of safety protocol we prepare for is a lockdown. During a lockdown an announcement is made over the PA and children and staff respond by turning off the lights in classrooms, locking classroom doors, moving out of the sight line of the windows or classroom doors, and maintaining silence until the lockdown has been lifted. This drill is to prepare for the very unlikely event of imminent danger inside the building.  Neighborhood School teachers discuss different drill practices with children well ahead of time, so that they feel safe.   They communicate that this is our school and we want to make sure that only people who belong here are here.  We will have our first lockdown drill this week.   Please contact me if you have any questions about any of our school safety drills.

We have a very special TNS tradition coming up next week.  “Sing” occurs the last Wednesday of every month after drop off.  Families gather in the school lobby while teachers organize their classes and escort them to the Auditorium. Song sheets are handed out at each session.  Classes sit in concentric circles with the innermost circle reserved for the Pre K and Kindergarten students.  We ask that parents and younger siblings do not join the classes seated in the circle.  Instead, they are asked to remain on the outer barrier of the gathering.  When we get to the final song, we wave goodbye to families (that’s your cue to leave) and classes remain seated until all of the parents have exited the auditorium.  This is a wonderful opportunity to see your child among their peers and to see the entire school community together in one place.  The entire event typically lasts 10 – 15 minutes.  Our first Sing event is Wednesday, September 27 at 8:45 a.m. in the auditorium.  

Curriculum Night is Thursday.  This is an exciting opportunity to learn about your child’s curriculum for the year and to meet other families in your child’s class.  Pre-k through 2nd grade families will meet in the classrooms from 5 - 6 p.m., and then will meet with out-of-classroom teachers and support staff in the Library from 6 - 6:30 p.m. 3rd through 5th grade families will meet in the Library from 5:30 - 6 p.m. and will meet in classrooms from 6 - 7 p.m.  Childcare will be provided for TNS students only.  This year, the PTA will also host a “Mix and Mingle” from 6:30 - 7:30 p.m. in the front garden courtyard.  We hope to see you there!

Mark your calendars:

  • The TNS Read-a-Thon is coming to a close!  Starting Wednesday during drop off, we will be in the lobby taking donations.  Pledges may be paid in cash or check, made out to The Neighborhood School P.T.A.  Thanks for supporting literacy and our school!

Mon Sept 25th (815 - 8:45)

Tues Sept 26th (815 - 8:45)

Wed Sept 27th (815 - 8:45)

Thur Sept 28th (815 - 8:45)

Fri Sept 29th (815 - 8:45)

  • Our 5th grade middle school meeting is Tuesday at 8:35 a.m. in the Library.

  • The Advocacy Committee will meet Thursday at drop-off in the small cafeteria.  The Advocacy Committee has traditionally worked to bring the school community’s attention to the issues that are “out there” in the political realm and that impact what goes on in classrooms day-to-day.  Recently these issues have centered around the standardized tests, which have become the driving force shaping how public schools students in New York are taught.  We have also worked on the issues of charter schools and the state education budget.  We welcome any and all ideas on these subjects, or anything else that need to be brought to our attention.

  • The Garden Committee will meet Friday at drop-off in the small cafeteria.

A gentle reminder:  please follow the directions posted on staircase doors (Up and Down) to ensure safe flow in the building.




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