September 17, 2018

Dear Neighborhood School Families,

I am always bemused when parents introduce me to their 3, 4 and 5 year olds with gusto and enthusiasm as The Principal, as if this title conveys any meaning.  However, last week a parent shared that her Pre-K son excitedly told her the “Prince” had visited the classroom that day. It took her a few more questions to connect the dots.  ; ) This made me think about children’s language and how they make sense of the spoken word. Really listening to them and making mental notes of what they say, their confusions and their linguistic predictions offers us insight into how they are constructing understandings about language. They teach us how to teach them.

I am thrilled to share that assistant principal Anthony Chianese will be at TNS this year.  Anthony taught for 15 years before becoming an administrator; this is his 15th year in this role.  He is already welcoming children and families in the lobby at arrival, supervising upper grade lunch and recess and quickly becoming an important part of our community!

I am sharing the school-wide homework policy our staff created last Spring.  We weighed many factors when coming up with our homework policy.  We know that children’s lives are busy, as are the lives of the adults in their families who are asked to offer support with homework.  In addition, we know how important it is for children to have down time, family time, and plenty of opportunities for play outside of school.  Our community is made up of diverse learners, and we recognize that each child’s experience with homework will be different; activities grow out of the needs and curriculum of each individual class and out of individual children’s needs.  Your child’s teacher(s) will talk more about homework at Curriculum Night.

Mark your calendars:

  • There is no school Wednesday in observance of Yom Kippur.

  • Our first PTA meeting is Thursday at 8:30 AM in the PTA Room.  The PTA is a volunteer group made up of families and teachers who consistently work toward a better school. All parents and guardians of children at TNS are automatically members of the PTA and are strongly encouraged to be participat­ing members.  Monthly meetings are open to all TNS families who would like to attend.

  • Curriculum Night is Monday, September 24th.  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 is available for TNS students only; please sign-up with Noemi.

Finally, a gentle reminder:  please follow the Up and Down directions posted on staircase doors to ensure safe flow in the building.

Warmly,

Dyanthe

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