Week of May 14, 2018

Dear Neighborhood School Families,

As the school year begins to wind down, I want to share the work that we have done with Emotionally Responsive Practice at Bank Street.  We have 6 more weeks of school and while many children are looking forward to summer vacation, the end of the school year can elicit complicated feelings in children. Children come to school everyday and spend many hours with their teachers and friends. They become attached to the adults in their school environment and connected to their peers in deep ways. Saying goodbye may feel sad.  In addition, children usually feel a sense of ease and comfort in their current classrooms having become familiar with their everyday routines and environments. Thinking about beginning a new grade, with new teachers and new peer groups, can bring up a lot of anxiety for children. Children worry about what it will be like: will it be too hard and will they have friends? All of these reactions are very normal.  Some children may share their feelings with you and some children may choose not to. As we come closer to the end of the school year, teachers will be talking with children about their thoughts, feelings, and ideas about the end of the year. We will be reading books, sharing memories, and counting days so the end will not feel like a surprise. We are committed to having a good goodbye. Some families have asked how they can support their children as they prepare to end school and move into the summer.  Here are a few ideas:

  • Ask children how they feel about the end of the school year.  Don’t make any assumptions. You can say, “So, it will be the end of school soon. How are you feeling about that?”

  • Be supportive. If kids express that they are sad, or scared, for example, you can say, “Yeah, the end of the school year can be hard. I understand.”

  • Kids may show some regression around this time. It’s completely normal! Don’t worry if your child is acting “younger” or more disorganized. We see this every year in every school. It is just part of how kids act at the end of the year.

  • Ask Cheryl or your teacher(s) for book recommendations. We have lots of good books to help kids with saying goodbye, and other themes related to the end of the school year.

  • Children who have had significant loss in their lives (the death of a loved one, a recent move, family illness, etc…) may have a particularly hard time saying goodbye. We are here to talk and support you and your child. We have some ideas about how to help them.

Mark your calendars:

  • This week is Penny Pandemonium!   We will have containers in every classroom and a big collection container in the lobby.  All proceeds go to the Neighborhood School PTA and help support our arts programming. Thank you!

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

  • 3rd, 4th and 5th grade families are invited to the final workshops of the NY City Ballet residency Tuesday and Thursday in the auditorium:


9:10 Mara and Caroline

9:55 Grace


8:25 Alexis and Corinthia

9:10 Hannah

9:55 Sofia and Joanne

  • The Grants Committee meets Wednesday at drop-off in the PTA Room.

  • We will have elections for PTA and SLT Thursday morning in the PTA Room.

  • Our Rhythm and Rice festival is Thursday from 4 - 7PM in the courtyard.

  • The Garden Committee meets Friday at drop-off in the PTA Room.

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




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