3.2.20

Dear Families,

As I explained in last week’s letter, the NY State Ed Department has identified our school as in need of Targeted Support and Improvement (TSI) for the 2019-20 school year.  This designation is a direct result of changes made in how opt-outs were calculated last year. A group of about 30 parents met last Tuesday to discuss our school’s TSI designation.  We agreed that families need to respond in two ways. The first is within the TNS community; families need to reach out to other families to ensure that they understand the threat the TSI status poses to our school.  The second response involves advocating beyond the school community, at the city and state level. Community Education Council will help coordinate some of this outreach, especially as we organize across other NYC schools and families similarly impacted by this designation. 

Please join me, the Advocacy Committee, and teachers this Wednesday after drop-off for another discussion, “What’s Up with the State Tests and Being a “TSI” School?”  

We will address:

  • The NY State ELA (English Language Arts), Math and Science Tests

  • Why we are a TSI School

  • The impact of test prep in 3rd - 5th grades on curriculum, teaching, and learning

  • The impact of test prep in 3rd - 5th grades on numerous practices that reflect our values about what we believe is best for children (think no farm trips, no Camp Ashokan before May, no 50 minutes of recess or lunch in the classroom in 2/3s, no morning recess in 4/5s, less Project Time, and many more...)

Family conferences are this week.  Grade 3 – 5 families, please speak with your child’s teacher(s) about opting out of the State Tests during conferences so we can organize staffing and materials accordingly. 

The side of our recess yard that includes the play structure and comfort station is undergoing renovations beginning April 13.  Construction is anticipated to last 9 months to a year and that portion of the recess yard will be closed during renovations. We are having a Town Hall Meeting at 8:30 AM on Wednesday, March 10 to discuss renovations as well as to share plans to accommodate children from both schools during recesses.  

This Week at TNS...

  • Thursday a half-day.  Dismissal is at 11:45 AM.  

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

  • Dara, Shaquawn & Dianne, Caroline & Grace, Matt, Tiffany, and Joanne & Sofia’s classes go ice skating on Friday.

  • Movie Night is this Friday at 5:30 PM.

Looking Ahead…

  • Caroline and Grace’s class goes to the farm Monday, March 9 - 11.

  • Lindsey and Oli’s class goes to the farm Wednesday, March 11 - 13.

  • Town Hall Meeting on Wednesday, March 10 at 8:30 AM: Q & A about park renovations.

Warmly,

Dyanthe

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