Week of February 8, 2021

Dear Families,

Teachers send home narrative reports today.  They are a little different this year because we don’t know children in the same ways as we know them when we are with them in the classroom full-time.  Besides sharing information about your child’s progress in math, literacy, and social studies, teachers have adapted sections to address each child’s engagement in small and large group meetings, comfort with technology, and work habits.  Please let us know if you have any comments, questions, or feedback to share with your child’s teacher.

Around this time of year, families often have questions about reading instruction and development.  At TNS, reading levels are only one tool teachers use when guiding children to choose books.  A child will read books that are too easy, just right, and too hard during a year.  For example, a child interested in animals may be so motivated by that interest to read a book on animals at a higher level.  Likewise, many strong readers also are drawn to graphic novels.  Graphic novels are among the highest-circulating items in our library!  I am sharing the document, “Your Child’s Pathway to Learning to Read at TNS,” that describes our philosophy and approach to reading and learning to read created by our School Leadership Team (SLT) a few years ago.

Wishing everyone a good week and Mid-winter break,



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