Week of March 12, 2018

Dear Neighborhood School Families,

Because the majority of our students have not brought up the Parkland, Florida shootings or responses to it, we have decided not to do a school-wide walkout on March 14th.  Some families may decide to sign their children out of school to join other protests around the city.  If you choose to do this, please let your child’s teacher know ahead of time and please be in the office no later than 9:45AM to sign your child out.   As always, teachers will continue to listen for what comes up and reassure children that they are safe in school.  I am attaching a helpful article for how to have conversations with young children to process grief and fear in a healthy way (thanks, Jane):  https://childmind.org/article/helping-children-cope-frightening-news/.  TNS does plan to participate in “March for Our Lives” Saturday, March 24th (more info to come).  We are also planning a conversation for TNS families about gun violence prevention.

It’s conference time.  In our early childhood classes, it is an opportunity for teachers, together with the child, to talk with the adults in each child’s family about the child’s work and progress in school.  In our upper grades, children lead conferences, speaking about their work alongside teachers and families. Want to learn more about what your child is learning in Spanish, science or physical education?  Please stop by the Science Room (317) to meet with Emily, the Spanish Room (304) to meet with Catlin or the Office (307) to meet with Teddy!  Conferences will be held Wednesday evening and Thursday afternoon (dismissal is at 11:45AM).

I often get the question, how does our school’s progressive approach to teaching and learning prepare kids for middle school and beyond?  Please join us Thursday at 8:30AM in the PTA room for our TNS graduates panel.  Former students will discuss how TNS prepared them for the challenges of middle school and high school, and much beloved 4/5th grade teacher (and former TNS parent) Amy Masters will moderate.

Mark your calendars:

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

  • The PTA Executive Meeting is Wednesday at 8:30AM in the PTA Room.  All are welcome.

  • Wednesday is Pi Day!  Buy a slice before or after school and support TNS!

  • Thursday is a half-day.  Dismissal is at 11:45AM.

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

  • Friday is Movie Night!  Come see Oscar winner Coco at 6PM!  Kids cost $3 and adults are free.  




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