Week of January 8, 2018

Dear Neighborhood School Families,

Art is a vital part of children’s experience at TNS.  The arts often offer a “way in” to academic subjects for many children who learn best through modalities other than reading and writing.  In addition, the arts introduce different ways of seeing and understanding the world.  I am very excited to share that our 3rd, 4th and 5th graders will participate in a residency with New York City Ballet (NYCB) this semester.  Teaching artists will lead ten in-school movement workshops that focus on the creative process, culminating in a presentation of student generated choreography.  Students will be challenged to think critically, act creatively, and engage collaboratively as they learn how to choreograph their own group dances.  Students will also attend a lecture demonstration and a live performance at Lincoln Center.

Ice skating trips are around the corner and money for your child’s first trip is due to your child’s teacher today.  Each class ice skates two times during the winter:

  • Friday, January 19th:  Judy - Wanda -Dara - Shaniqua & Lindsey - Sofia & Joanne - Alexis & Corinthia

  • Friday, February 2nd:  ‪Erin - Dianne & Shaquawn - Jane - Olivia & Chelsea – Grace - Catlin & Caroline- Hannah

  • Friday, February 9th:  Judy - Wanda -Dara - Shaniqua & Lindsey - Sofia & Joanne - Alexis & Corinthia

  • Friday, March 2nd: ‪Erin - Dianne & Shaquawn - Jane - Olivia & Chelsea – Grace - Mara & Caroline - Hannah

Finally, I want to let you know about a shift in staffing that will happen at the beginning of the new semester.   After considerable thought, we are going to make the following change:  beginning the week of February 5, Mara will join Caroline to co-teach in the 4/5s and Catlin will begin teaching Spanish with the new round of classes and the 3rd grade, which has Spanish all year.  It is always challenging to make staffing changes mid-year and I am deeply appreciative and grateful to Mara, Caroline and Catlin for their willingness to ensure our students’ success.

Mark your calendar:

  • The Wellness Committee meets Tuesday at drop-off in the PTA Room.

  • The Grants Committee meets Thursday at drop-off in the small cafeteria.

Best,

Dyanthe

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