May 4, 2020

Dear Families,

Over these past weeks, I have received emails from different families across the school expressing appreciation and gratitude for their child’s teacher.   Every parent email reminds me of how wonderful TNS teachers are.  They are the best part of our school and what makes TNS so special.  I cannot imagine doing this job with any other group of people.  Please will take a few minutes this week to let your teacher know how much they mean to you.

Last week, the DOE came out with a Remote Learning Grading Policy for schools.  This policy decision doesn’t affect our school as we don’t give grades like most schools, but I want to reiterate that no child will be held over or coded as “needs improvement” based on their level of participation or work in this distance learning situation.  

Noemi and I are continuing our meetings with families through Google Hangouts.  Alice Auth and Barbara DiGangi will also continue to participate.  I will post the meeting code and directions on your child’s classroom stream the morning of:

  • Pre-K Families:  Monday, May 11 at 4 PM

  • K/1 Families:  Tuesday, May 12 at 4 PM

  • ⅔ Families:  Monday, May 18 at 4 PM

  • ⅘ Families:  Tuesday, May 19 at 4 PM

We are having a special meeting for 5th-grade families Tuesday at 4 PM to share the questions, feelings, and concerns that are arising during this time - both for your children and you.  I will email you the meeting code and directions tomorrow.

The School Leadership Team (SLT) will meet this Thursday from 2:30 - 4 PM on Google Meets.  This meeting is open to all.  

Teddy, Mara, Emily, and Cheryl will begin to offer live times for students this week.  Mara and Teddy will have office hours Monday - Thursday from 1 - 1:30 PM and Emily will have science meetings with her classes.  Cheryl will have “Open Checkout with Cheryl” on Tuesdays & Thursdays from 2:00 - 2:45 PM.  Please check your child’s classroom for details!

With Love,

Dyanthe

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