We had a small but dynamic PTA meeting yesterday morning, and I want to share two topics we discussed. The first is thinking about the DoE-mandated curriculum. I am sure many of you have heard that the Chancellor is adopting a new literacy curriculum for the 2024 – 25 school year. We also learned we must implement a new mandated curriculum in Pre-k next year. While I look forward to learning more about these programs, teachers and I will determine how to implement curricula in ways that respond to our students and center our values about children, teaching, and learning. The second topic of discussion was about our school community. Around this time of year, teachers let the community know if they are not planning to return the following year. Some long-term teachers are indeed leaving, or in Caroline’s case, have left because of changes in life circumstances. As always, we will miss them and wish them the best. This happens every year, but perhaps it feels more because many of these wonderful teachers have been at TNS for so long. The hiring committee has been busy interviewing and watching demo lessons, and we are very excited about several of the candidates we have met.
Field Day is right around the corner! Field Day is a much-loved school tradition that happens in June. The entire school goes to Prospect Park for a picnic and outdoor activities led by TNS teachers and paras. We eat, hang and play together all day. This year, Field Day will be on Friday, June 2. Please join us to celebrate the end of the school year.
I hope to see many of you tonight at the Spring Fling. It should be a lot of fun!