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!

Congratulations to Mary Anne's class for winning the first Auction Donations Contest of the school year.  The students had a blast at a celebratory pizza party on Friday and were so proud of themselves and their school!  The Donations Contest was such a success that the Auction Committee is running another contest.  ANY class that gets at least 15 donations by February 28 will win a pizza party!  The class with the most donations will win a 16 Handles party!! And the individual that secures the most donations will win a fabulous prize (TBD)!!!  An updated donation form is attached. Now go out and get those donations!


►  #LIKEAGIRL FUNDRAISERPages of My Life, co-founded by MNS mom Jyoti Mahtani, conducts monthly workshops for girls in First through Fifth Grades in NYC using words, crafts and conversations to boost a girl’s view of herself and her possibilities!  Participate in the next "#likeagirl" Workshop on Friday, January 20th, from 3:00 to 4:30 p.m.  Cost per child is $40.  15% of proceeds will be donated to MNS PTA. Workshops are drop off.  For UES location and registration please email  For more information check out Pages of My Life’s Facebook page at
►  IMPORTANT LUNCH CLUB DATES  The last day of the Fall lunch club semester is this Friday, January 20th.  Please check your child's backpack for the Winter/Spring 2017 lunch club lottery forms which are being sent home this week, or click here to download an electronic copy of the form.  The deadline to return lottery forms is Wednesday, January 25th and the Winter/Spring 2017 semester will begin Monday, February 6th. 


►  GENERAL PTA MEETING. The next General PTA Meeting  takes place Wednesday, January 25 at 7:15 p.m. in the MNS Cafe.  The General PTA Meeting is an opportunity to hear about ongoing initiatives and activities within the PTA and the MNS administration, as well as throughout the city, which affect our school and our children.  The agenda includes a discussion of the PTA budget, summaries from various PTA committee members, and a report from the PTA Co-Presidents as well as from the MNS administration.  It is also an open forum to ask questions.  All parents, teachers and administrators are automatically part of the PTA, and all are strongly encouraged to attend.  Hope to see you there!

► AFTER SCHOOL ACTIVITIES PROGRAM.  The last day of the fall semester of the PTA’s After School Activities Program is Friday, January 27.  The spring session runs from Monday, January 30 to Friday, June 23.  Registration for the spring semester is open now online here.  For more information, please contact program coordinator Felicia Weisberg at or visit the ASAP section of the MNS website.

►  THIRD GRADE MOVIE NIGHT.  All third graders are welcome to attend a PTA-sponsored movie screening (movie TBA) from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. on Friday, January 27.  Cost is $15 per child.  If you are interested in chaperoning, please contact PTA delegates Hara Fischbein, Sara Azarm and Heather Greenberg or your child’s class parent.  Thank you to Hara, Sara and Heather for organizing!

School Announcements


 MNS students get inside look at 2nd Avenue Subway



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!


No need to add every half day, holiday or PTA event to your calendar one at a time!  Just subscribe to the MNS calendar.  For Google Calendar visit  For iCal, add a new calendar and use this url:  This link will also work for Outlook (just have Outlook open when you click the link.)