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!

Join the MNS Nominating Committee!

Please consider joining the MNS Nominating Committee, which seeks candidates who wish to serve on the MNS 2017-18 Executive Board and School Leadership Team and conducts the election process.  Nominating Committee members may not serve concurrently on the Committee and the PTA Executive Board.  If you are interested in serving on the Nominating Committee or have any questions, please email or attend the Feb. 17 PTA meeting.  Thank you for your participation in our process! 

Thank you to Kindergarten delegates Rachel Spice, Michele Werner and Ellie Walsh and to Alison and Josh Male of Gate Hill Day Camp for the well-organized, well-attended Kindergarten Carnival this past Saturday, February 11!


► SLT MEETING. The next meeting of the MNS School Leadership Team will be held on Tuesday, February 14 at 7:30 a.m. in the Teacher Lounge on the second floor. All are invited to attend. If you would like to address the SLT with a comment or concern, please submit in writing your request one week prior to the meeting to the co-chairs, Robyn Marquis and Jamie Kushner at, and every effort will be made to accommodate your request.

► MNS SCHOOL STORE. Last day to place your order is this Wednesday, February 15! A table will be set up at drop-off/pick-up on Tuesday, February 14 and Wednesday, February 15, so drop by to see different samples and sizes, and place your order! Orders forms also available at for download. Be sure to backpack your order with payment in a sealed envelope labeled "School Store" by this Wednesdsay, February 15. Thank you for supporting the School Store!

► PAJAMA DAY - NEW THIS YEAR!! On ThursdayFebruary 16, your children are invited to wear their pajamas to school, and are encouraged to bring another pair to donate to Cassidy's Place, a preschool on the Upper East Side which services, among others, children with severe developmental disabilities and those who live in poverty.  Pajama donations will be collected outside school at drop-off from Wednesday, February, 15 through Friday, February 17. Cassidy’s Place’s first choice is new pajamas for kids ages 3 to 5, but they will accept any new or gently used pajamas for kids or adults. Thanks to the PTA’s MNS Cares Co-Chairs, Faith Silberstein, Rachel Justus, Amit Shaked Pasman, and Becky Dorwin-Kipnis, for organizing!

► GENERAL PTA MEETING. The next General PTA Meeting takes place Friday, February 17 at 7:45 a.m. in the MNS CafeThe 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 talk by John Keller from the Community Education Council for District 2, about the CEC's mission and available elected positions for next year, 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!



► MID-WINTER RECESS. School will be closed for Mid-Winter Recess from Monday, February 20 through Friday, February 24 and will reopen on Monday, February 27. Enjoy your vacation!


► AUCTION GALA!  Save the date for our annual Auction Gala, Saturday March 25, at Temple Israel, East 75th Street.  We are so excited for a night of bidding and fun!  We hope you are there to support our school!

► BOX TOPS.  The collection contest is on! Clip and return your box tops to your child's teacher in an envelope or baggie marked with your child's name, class/teacher and the number of box tops inside. The class with the most box tops collected by May 1, 2017 will receive a special treat (coordinated with the teacher).  Download the Box Tops Bonus App from the app store and/or check out the Box Top website for information on products that have box tops at  For collection sheets, click here.  Free Money for our school is on multiple items that we all buy everyday!

School Announcements

February's Parent Workshop: “How to Talk So Kids Will Listen and Listen So Kids Will Talk"

Learn powerful and effective communication skills that you can implement right away to help your child thrive and increase calm and joy in your home. 
February 6th6:00-7:30pm.  There will be a $15 admission fee.  Payment is collected at the door. 
Please remember to sign up at  (Babysitting will be provided for a cost of $5 per child. Just let us know in advance by signing up.)
If you attended Shelly’s talk at PS 290 in November, then you got a taste of the skills from How to Talk So Kids Will Listen. This time, Shelly will cover new skills from the How to Talk curriculum in addition to her signature high-level strategies that can turn any difficult parenting situation around and get things back on track for you and your child.
Please join us Monday, February 6th and learn practical strategies to:
* Help your child take responsibility (without nagging!) through encouraging autonomy 
* Praise effectively to decrease negative behavior and get more of the behavior you want from your child
* Help your child develop a realistic and positive self-image
* Foster your child’s confidence and competence along the way! 
Shelly Macdonald is a Parent Educator and Coach who helps parents create a family life they truly love! She has worked with children and families in various capacities for over 25 years. Shelly currently teaches parenting classes in NYC based on the celebrated books, How to Talk So Kids Will Listen and Listen So Kids Will Talk and Siblings Without Rivalry.  Shelly received her certification as a Personal and Executive Coach from NYU.  She coaches private clients all over the world via phone or the internet. Shelly and her husband live on Manhattan’s Upper West Side with their 12-yr-old daughter and 15-yr-old son.She is passionate about sharing the “Good News of Parenting” and helping parents foster the next generation of human-kindness.

 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.)