Week of December 2, 2019

Dear Families,

This Friday is a TNS half-day for professional development.  During the afternoon, we will participate in a process called descriptive reviews.  The descriptive process begins with immersion – observing a child or space or activity.  It has a focus or focusing question that the presenting teacher or administrator works out thoughtfully ahead of time and that gives the participants a sense of how to listen and respond to the review. The process is always collaborative. It has rules and roles necessary for making the inquiry process democratic and inclusive, and for guaranteeing respect and privacy for the individuals involved.  A review typically takes about two hours. Descriptive reviews are a powerful way of opening up one’s practice and learning from each other. Additionally, in a time of high stakes testing, accountability and enforced standardization, we must ensure that education starts and builds from the strengths of children and teachers and values human capacity; descriptive reviews do just that.  

This Week at TNS:

  • The Diversity Committee meets Tuesday after drop-off in the small cafeteria.

  • Wednesday, December 4 at 8:35 AM:  Amanda, our Speech-Language Pathologist will lead an informational session on “Sounds in Motion”, the literacy program implemented in our early childhood classrooms that promote phonemic awareness and early literacy skills.

  • The School Leadership Team meets Thursday from 8 - 9:30 AM in Room 314.

  • Lice Busters (http://www.licebustersnyc.com/) will do lice checks Thursday morning.

  • The ECO Committee meets Friday morning after drop-off in the small cafeteria.

  • Friday, December 6 is a TNS Half-Day.  Dismissal is at 11:45 AM.  

Looking Ahead:

  • Dyanthe’s Morning Hour is Wednesday, December 11 after drop-off.  Join me for a discussion about the work our staff and students have been doing around gender this year and why it is crucial to our community.

  • The TNS Book Fair is December 12 - 15.

  • We have our first school ice skating trip for Dara, Shaquawn & Dianne, Caroline & Grace, Matt, Tiffany, and Joanne & Sofia’s classes on Friday, December 13.

  • The Holiday Fair is Sunday, December 15th from 11 AM - 5 PM. 

School Lunch Options for December:

  • Week of December 2:  Alternative Menu Entrees

  • Week of December 9:  Classic Menu Entrees (12/9:  veggie tacos will also be served)

  • Week of December 16:  Alternative Menu Entrees

Have a great week,



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