Week of June 10, 2019

Dear Families,

During the month of June, teachers are hard at work in the evenings and on the weekends writing end-of-year progress reports.  Progress reports tell the story of a child as a learner over the year; they reveal a child’s interests, strengths, and areas for growth.  Reports go home Friday,  June 21.

As this year draws to a close, TNS staff and I are taking time to reflect on decisions we made last year when we shifted to Pre-K stand alone, Kindergarten/1st, 2nd/3rd, and 4th/5th.  One shift we made was to have our 2nd/3rd grades eat in the classrooms with their teachers and have 50 minutes of recess every day. The 2nd/3rd-grade teachers and I recently met and decided to continue both.  There are so many reasons that the teachers feel that lunch in the classroom benefits children at this age. In years past when TNS shared the cafeteria space with PS 63 and our 4th/5th-grade classes, 3rd-grade students had about 20 scheduled minutes to eat, including time for transitioning from upstairs and to the schoolyard and about 20 minutes for recess.  We think that our children in these grades need more time for lunch and play. When the students have lunch in the classroom, teachers have the opportunity to facilitate social-emotional learning and manage social interactions, if needed. Teachers also have the opportunity to get to know their students and forge relationships outside of academics. Most of the time, it is a quieter and calmer setting than the cafeteria.  That said, eating in the classrooms does mean teachers need to be more vigilant about the rodent situation and I am certain they are committed to this! I very much hope that families value and appreciate the work teachers do with our students during lunch in the classroom. I believe that it is one of many aspects of our school that is so unique and special.

Friday is Field Day!  Get ready for organized chaos!  This is one of my favorite TNS traditions because it is all about eating, playing and just being together.   Our entire school will go to Prospect Park for a picnic and outdoor activities. All classes will have buses this year.  Please check with your child’s teacher about departure time. Sadly, I will not be at Field Day this year because I am going to my brother’s wedding, but I can’t wait to hear about all about it!

Two very important notes:  

  • Please do not purchase food, including ice cream or icies for your child unless you plan to buy for the entire school.

  • Parents wishing to take children out early or directly from the park must sign-out with their classroom teachers.

Mark Your Calendars:

  • NO SCHOOL for students Tuesday.
  • Third Street Music School is hosting its spring open house on Tuesday from 3 - 6 PM.  Partners@3rd classes are tuition-free for students during the first year of instruction at Third Street.  Second year instruction is discounted, and financial aid is available for years three and beyond. The open house is free and will take place at its building on 235 East 11th Street near 2nd Avenue. TNS students ages 6 (by December 31, 2019) to 14 will be able to meet teachers, try out different dance styles, chorus, instruments, and apply for free and reduced-rate group classes with openings in the fall.  Children interested in attending the event must be accompanied by a parent or guardian. For more information, contact Third Street’s Student Services office at: 212-777-3240 ext. 53.

  • Our final PTA General meeting will take place Thursday at 8:30 AM in the PTA room.




No comment

You must be logged in to comment. Login or Register here.