Week of September 12, 2018

Dear Neighborhood School Families,

The staggered start to the school year means children may need extra time and support adjusting to school routines and feeling a part of the classroom community.  Some kids will start the year off easily, adjusting in stride.  Others will enter the building protesting from day one. Then there are those who rush off to school with great enthusiasm but meltdown the moment they see you. Others may get stomach aches, or have difficulty falling asleep.  These are all normal reactions to the start of school.  

At school, we will make sure children have opportunities to connect with teachers individually and within the class by sharing concerns, feelings, ideas and meaningful moments.  We will use reflective language and read-alouds to help children tune into and value their own feelings, ideas and experiences and give them a foundation for positive self-worth.  

I hope every family received a TNS Handbook (if not, please stop by the office and ask for a copy).  It describes some important TNS values and traditions, as well as the essential “nuts and bolts” to get started this year.  

All Neighborhood School families should, if possible, subscribe to our school’s listserv. It is used for official communication from the school staff and PTA. It keeps you aware of important events happening in the school. This is a moderated list and, honestly, very few emails are sent out weekly.  If you know a parent who is not on the email list, please forward my letter to them with this link: http://lists.theneighborhoodschool.org/listinfo.cgi/tns-list-theneighborhoodschool.org.  You can also learn about what’s happening by going to our school website calendar at http://tnsny.org/docs/calendar.

Curriculum Night is Monday, September 24.  We rescheduled curriculum night so all staff and families can participate.  Between other elementary school curriculum nights, middle school curriculum night, high school curriculum night and the holidays, it wasn’t easy!  Pre-k and K/1st grade families will meet in the classrooms from 5 - 6 PM and then will meet with out-of-classroom teachers and support staff in the Library from 6 - 6:30 PM.  2nd through 5th grade families will meet in the Library from 5:30 - 6 PM and will meet in classrooms from 6 - 7 PM. Childcare will be provided for TNS students only (sorry, no sibs).

Mark your calendars:

  • After school programming begins this week.

  • The School Leadership Team (SLT) will meet Thursday morning in Room 313 at 8AM.  The SLT is a committee made up of elected parents, teachers and me.  We write, revise and disseminate school policies.  Monthly meetings are for the School Leadership Team Representatives and are open to all TNS families.  

  • Our Welcome (Back) Breakfast for ALL families is Friday at 8:35AM in the library.  Please stop by: sign-up to be on a committee and learn about our vision for TNS this year!

Warmly,

Dyanthe

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