Mission Statement

Manhattan New School, P.S. 290, is a true community of learners as evidenced by our rigorous academics and the dynamic relationship between students, teachers, administrators, staff and families. The essence of our philosophy is to encourage a child’s natural curiosity, to develop a commitment to lifelong learning and to promote social responsibility as global citizens. This climate of academic dedication, respect and understanding contributes to the vibrant learning community that is our school.  Classrooms are literate environments with an abundance of books that support the development and love of reading, writing, questioning and the sharing of ideas.  The richness of our curriculum in social studies, science, the arts and technology, further opens doors into literacy and creates a foundation for a lifetime of critical thinking.  MNS students learn mathematical concepts and number methods that enable them to become true problem solvers.  They can speak clearly and descriptively as they reason quantitatively.  Our students learn to think of themselves as readers, writers, mathematicians and researchers.  We continue to welcome educators from near and far, to share our practice and help enrich our educational communities. The experience at MNS provides a foundation, preparing students to take their place as contributing citizens of the world.

This Week at MNS!

► READ-A-THON FUNDRAISER. The MNS PTA is excited to announce that we will be holding a Read-a-Thon Fundraiser through Tuesday, May 30! A secret code was backpacked home with your child – use it to register online at the link specified in the flyer sent home. Students will solicit donations from family and friends, whose participation and support will encourage reading and build literacy skills, while supporting PS 290 at the same time! Our goal is to raise $20,000 and for our children to have fun reading at 10 reading sessions during the Read-a-Thon. Please contact Stacey Spanedda ( or Rachel Spice ( with any questions. Thank you Stacey and Rachel for organizing!

► GRAPHIC DESIGNER WANTED! The MNS School Store is looking for a parent graphic designer volunteer! Must have working knowledge and able to produce Vector Art files. Very minimal time commitment, and lots of fun as you get to help out with the design & selection process! It's the perfect balance and a great way to help out the school. Please email us at if you are interested or want learn more of exactly what we're looking for.




► FINAL PARENT WORKSHOP: EMPOWERING OUR BOYS. The final Parent Workshop will take place on Monday, May 22 from 6:30 to 8:00 p.m. and will feature Jack Myers, author of The Future of Men. Jack Myers will be speaking about what lies ahead for our young boys as they become men in today's ever changing world. "The Future of Men explores the roots of patriarchy, explains how to combat its sustained influence, and examines how men and women can work together to create better fathers, sons, husbands, coworkers and relationship partners." Watch Jack's most recent TED Talk at: The event costs $20 per person and includes a copy of The Future of Men. Tickets can be purchased at the door. The cost for the event will be $20 per person and will include a copy of the book. A special thank you to teacher Sophy Joseph and MNS staff for making this spectacular series happen all year long!

► METS TICKETS PICK UP. If you purchased Mets tickets, they will be distributed at drop-off on Tuesday, May 23rd. Please stop by at drop-off to pick up your tickets. 

► FINAL BUDGET MEETING. Please join on Wednesday, May 24 at 6:00 p.m. for the final meeting to create the PTA budget for the 2017-2018 school year, which will be submitted to to the PTA general vote for approval on May 31. This last budget meeting will be an important culmination of the budget for next year and parents and teachers are strongly encouraged to attend to get an overview of the entire PTA 2017-18 budget and proposed funding options for additional support staff. Parent attendance and input is strongly encouraged. 

► BLOOD DRIVE AT WAGNER MIDDLE SCHOOL. Please consider donating blood at Wagner Middle School on Wednesday, May 24 from 3:30 to 8:00 pm. For more information, see the flyer attached here

► AFTER SCHOOL CANCELLED. The After School Activities Program will be canceled on Thursday, May 25 due to Move Up Night.

► MOVE UP NIGHT. Move Up Night will take place on the evening of Thursday, May 25. You will have a chance to meet with the teachers in your child(ren)'s grade next year, as well as the specialty teachers and special education team. During the three sessions, you will have a unique opportunity to get a preview of the school year to come. Each session will consist of a half hour presentation with a Q & A at the end, followed by a 15 minute gallery walk through the classrooms showcasing the sort of work your child(ren) will do next year. The teachers will be providing useful information about the upcoming school year and how to prepare your child throughout the summer. To complement the evening, the PTA and School Leadership Team will be hosting a Parent Leader/Volunteer Information Fair in the Cafe between 4:15-7:30pm where potential new volunteers/parent leaders can meet with members of the current PTA Executive Board, Committee Chairs and School Leadership Team to learn about opportunities to participate in the upcoming school year. Move Up Night is for parents/guardians only and babysitting will be available for MNS students currently attending K-5 at PS290 (no siblings please) at a cost of $5 per child. For more information on agenda, timing and to register, please click here or





► SPRING INTO ELECTIONS AND VOTE! All parents are eligible to vote in person, unless they are school supervisory staff. PTA and SLT Elections will be held on Wednesday, May 31, 2017 at 7:15 p.m. in the MNS Cafe. Please click here for the attached list of nominees. Nominations will also be taken from the floor at the May 31 election meeting. For more information please contact

BOX TOPS COLLECTION! The Box Tops collection contest is coming to an end - last chance to send in your box tops! Clip and return your box tops to your child's teacher in an envelope or baggie addressed to "BOX TOPS" and labeled with your child's name, class/teacher and the number of box tops inside. The class with the most box tops collected by Wednesday, May 31, 2017 will receive a special treat (coordinated with the teacher).

School Announcements

After School Announcement

MNS Afterschool runs through Friday, June 23rd.  If your child's current afterschool program ends prior to that day or if you need child care for a specific date, we can accommodate you.  For further info, contact Felicia at 


We are thrilled to announce that PS 290 has been selected to receive a 2016 Blackboard Award as part of this year’s celebration of schools of excellence in NYC.  The school will be cited and celebrated as an Outstanding School. 

To quote the announcement sent to Doreen: "We received a number of wonderful nominations from your parents this year.  And with some of the new and interesting changes at the school in recent years, this seemed like the right time to celebrate everything that’s been achieved.  From what I've read and heard about your school, it's an honor to be honoring the work of you and your colleagues -- and really the whole 290 community."

A special thank you to Doreen and Amy for their leadership, which ultimately has made this recognition possible.


Congratulations to Doreen and the entire MNS community!


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