Week of October 26, 2020

Dear Families,

We are devoting all our TNS professional development half-days to anti-bias, anti-racist work this year.  The first part of the afternoon is spent reflecting together on a shared text or webinar and during the second half, we meet in racial affinity groups.  The purpose of our work in our racial affinity groups is to have a space to unpack the ways race and racism have affected each of us personally and to unpack the implicit bias we might be carrying with us.  Today we are watching a conversation between the co-authors of “Stamped: Racism, Antiracism, and You” Jason Reynolds and Ibram X. Kendi and discussing implications for curriculum, teaching and learning.

This week at TNS…

  • Today is a TNS PD half-day.  Dismissal for both in-person and remote students will be at 11:10 AM.

  • The DoE is hosting a Health and Safety Town Hall on Tuesday, October 27 from 6:30-7:30 PM.  Dr. Jay Varma, Senior Advisor for Public Health in the Mayor’s Office, and DOE Deputy Chancellor for Community Empowerment, Partnerships, and Communications Adrienne Austin will be taking questions from callers.  Whether you have questions about COVID-19 testing in schools, ventilation, PPE and cleaning, or more, dial 1-800-280-9461 on Tuesday, October 27 at 6:30 PM to ask and listen.

  • TNS Virtual Halloween Party is on Friday, October 30, from 4 - 5 PM.  Your participation is needed to make this event great! Songs decided by you, our TNS community, basic dance routines taught online, your costume reveals, TNS Halloween art gallery, and more!  Stay tuned for more details!

Looking ahead…

  • Family conferences are next week!  All conferences will be conducted remotely.  Wednesday, November 4 is set-aside for evening conferences, and Thursday, November 5 is half-day.  Dismissal for both remote and in-person students will be at 11:10 AM.

Have a good week,



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