Week of October 23, 2017

Dear Neighborhood School Families,

What does social-emotional learning look like at TNS?  We believe in providing 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.  We collaborate with Bank Street’s Emotionally Responsive Practice to further develop emotionally responsive school routines, curriculum and adult-child interactions.  Many teachers also follow the Responsive Classroom approach to create safe, joyful, and engaging learning communities where all students have a sense of belonging and feel significant.  This approach applies to our work as adults, too; during professional development this past Friday, staff thought about how can we become more visible to each other, not just as teachers and paraprofessionals, but as people so that we come to share our work, know each other and grow more fully as a coherent body.

The Neighborhood School has been selected as a school of excellence to receive a 2017 Blackboard Award!  Since 2002, Manhattan Media has highlighted a handful of New York City schools that not only work, but excel at fostering academic, emotional and social growth in students. These award-winning schools are highlighted each year in New York Family’s Ultimate Guide To Education, providing an in-depth look at some of the city’s top schools.

Mark Your Calendars:

  • TNS staff and families have formed a Relief for Puerto Rico Committee in response to Hurricane Maria.  Families can donate supplies each week.  There will be boxes in the Lobby for donations.  This week is “Hygiene Week” (tampons, sanitary napkins, deodorant, bar soap, etc.).  

  • Parent’s of Unique Kids Support Group meets Tuesday morning at drop-off in Room 301.  This is a support group for parents and caretakers; it is an opportunity to share experiences, defeats, and strategies with each other.

  • SING is Wednesday at 8:45 a.m. in the auditorium.  Please also join us for the bake sale in the lobby beforehand (also, this is a call for donated baked goods).

  • The ECO Committee will meet Wednesday from 3 - 4 p.m. in the front garden (weather permitting and by STAR dance room, if raining) to talk about how the Lower East Side has rebuilt since Sandy and how the LES is preparing for future storms.  Speaker Ayo Harrington from Lower East Side Ready among others will be there.  There will also be an update on what is happening in Puerto Rico.

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

  • Sandy 5 March - in honor of 5th anniversary Sandy.  Saturday, the Lower East Side as a Frontline Community will march from the William Gaynor Statue in Cadman Plaza across the Brooklyn Bridge: gathering at 11, leaving at 12:30 and 2 at Smith Houses Baseball Field (Robert F. Wagner Place between South Street & Pearl Street).  Email Joan for more info:  joan@joanbeard.com.

Warmly,

Dyanthe

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