Week of January 1, 2018

Happy New Year Neighborhood School Families!

I am sending out my weekly letter a little early because it looks like we are in store for more very chilly weather this week.  Just a reminder: winter weather does not keep our students inside at recess.  It is very important that children come to school dressed for the weather.  Please make sure your child has all the necessary accessories (hat, scarf, mittens and snow pants) to stay warm and active outside!

Please join me for my Morning Hour Wednesday, January 11 at 8:40AM in the PTA Room for a discussion about mixed-age classrooms.  Most of our classes are grouped in multi-age configurations to allow each child to develop both academic and leadership skills.  When the school began, one fundamental belief we held was that children are well served in mixed-age groups where they can work with a wide range of classmates, mentor children younger (and sometimes older) than themselves, be mentored by classmates, and be known well by their teachers by remaining in the same class for two years.  I encourage you to read this short article ahead of time: Mixed-Age Grouping: What Does the Research Say, and How Can Parents Use This Information?

Mark your calendars:

  • Important Organizing Meeting for TNS to PR with Love this Wednesday at 3PM in the Library.  There are lots of ways to help us mobilize our school community to support our adopted school in Puerto Rico.  All are welcome.

  • The SLT (School Leadership Team) meets Thursday at 8AM in Room 301.  All are welcome:

    • Adopt the Alternative School lunch menu

    • Analyse the parent responses to the DOE survey

    • How we as a school can make the middle school process better for families

  • Popcorn Friday is this week at dismissal.


I hope that you had a wonderful break and were able to enjoy some downtime with friends, family and by yourself!  

Welcome Back,



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