Week of March 22, 2021

Dear Families,

TNS teachers continue to have conversations with students in response to on-going Anti-Asian violence in this country and teach about Asian American history and identity. Parents must also engage in conversation about race and racism with their children. I am sharing an event happening Wednesday evening, Violence Against Asian Americans: How Do We Support the Children, sponsored by the group Embrace Race that may also support anti-racist actions and solidarity. I also encourage all of our parents of color and white parents of children of color to join our monthly BIPOC (Black, Indigenous, and people of color) support group. The next meeting is Thursday, March 25 at 5 PM. Here’s the link to register.

On Friday afternoon, the mayor announced that, due to new CDC guidance around social-distancing in schools, the DoE would change its policy. We have yet to receive any direction from the DoE about implementing these changes. As you know, TNS’s last opt-in period begins the week of April 12. At this time, we are planning to open second cohorts in Mara/Shaniqua, Amann/Shaquawn, Erin/Wanda, Catlin/Emily, and Jane/Chelsea’s classes to maintain social distancing in classrooms. I hope to notify families about their cohort assignments by the end of the week.

I am happy to share that we received funding for K - 5th grades to have seven weeks of Studio in a School, TNS’s arts partner, beginning the week of April 19. This is an excellent opportunity for our students to continue the arts, and I am very excited about working with Studio teaching artists Leah Ruple and Mildor Chevalier. They are longtime Studio teachers and have been working with students all this year. All classes will be virtual during school time, and for those classes with two cohorts, in-person kids and teacher(s) will log-on from the classroom, either on their devices or using an interactive whiteboard. Teaching artists will also assemble art kits to distribute to families.

I hope that you have a good Spring Break with your family.

With Love,

Dyanthe

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