Week of September 24, 2018

Dear Neighborhood School Families,

Students spent a lot of time in our 3rd Street Garden with Emily this past week:

  • K-1 did a scavenger hunt (root, stem, flower, fruit, worm, etc)
  • 4-5 harvested basil and made pesto
  • K-1 also weeded the purslane patch and tasted it, too

Without exception, everyone is very excited about the garden!  It was especially lovely to have kids who had never tried pesto before asking for seconds; they literally scraped the bottom of the bowl!  Who says kids won’t eat greens?!   Find out what the excitement’s all about at the Garden Committee meeting this Friday.

Tomorrow is Curriculum Night!  This is an exciting opportunity to learn about your child’s curriculum for the year and to meet other families in your child’s class.  Pre-k through 1st grade families will meet in the classrooms from 5 - 6PM., and then will meet with out-of-classroom teachers and support staff in the Library from 6 - 6:30PM.  2nd through 5th grade families will meet in the Library from 5:30 - 6PM and will meet in classrooms from 6 - 7PM. Childcare will be provided for TNS students only.  This year, the PTA will also host a “Mix and Mingle” from 6:30 - 7:30 PM. in the front garden courtyard.  We hope to see you there!

We have a very special TNS tradition coming up next week.  “Sing” occurs the last Wednesday of every month after drop off.  Families gather in the school lobby while teachers organize their classes and escort them to the Auditorium. Song sheets are handed out at each session.  Classes sit in concentric circles with the innermost circle reserved for the Pre K and Kindergarten students. We ask that parents and younger siblings do not join the classes seated in the circle.  Instead, they are asked to remain on the outer barrier of the gathering. When we get to the final song, we wave goodbye to families (that’s your cue to leave) and classes remain seated until all of the parents have exited the auditorium.  This is a wonderful opportunity to see your child among their peers and to see the entire school community together in one place.  The entire event typically lasts 10 – 15 minutes. For our younger children Sing means two goodbyes to their families and this can be difficult. Many of the children in younger grades cry when they have to say goodbye (again) to their families, or when they see their families but can’t sit with them. Prepare yourself for this and know that your child will recover.  Our first Sing event is Wednesday, September 26 at 8:45AM in the auditorium.  

Mark your calendars:

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

  • Lice Treatment Center will be do a school-wide lice check Thursday.

  • Friday is a TNS half-day.  Dismissal is at 11:45AM. 4th and 5th graders dismiss from the cafeteria and everyone else dismisses from their classrooms.

Rest up!  It’s our first full week of school.  : )

Warmly,

Dyanthe

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