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!

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It’s Auction Week!

► MNS ANNUAL AUCTION! Tickets are available online now for the MNS 25 Years Around the World Auction Gala! Purchase tickets at Note that ticket sales increase after March 24.  The Auction takes place Saturday, March 25, 2017, Temple Israel, 112 East 75th Street, 6:30 to 10:30 p.m. Donations for the purchase of beverages can be made online at PTA Connect (Neon) or you can send in an envelope with cash or check marked auction beverages.

► AUCTION BASKETS AND TEACHER PLAYDATE RAFFLES! Auction Baskets and Teacher Playdate Raffle Tickets are on sale the entire week of March 20th and on the night of the auction! You do not have to be present at the auction to win any of these fantastic raffles. Fill out as many tickets as you want and hand them to us with payment. Payments can be made either by cash or check to the MNS PTA. Please note “Raffles” on the memo line. Click here to download and print Raffle Tickets!

► VOLUNTEER TO WORK THE AUCTION GALA! It takes a village and we need your help making the Auction a success. Help sell raffle tickets, transport items, set up the space, tend bar, check guests in and out and more. Sign up here.

► DONATE TO LUNCH CLUB TODAY!! It's not too late. It's never too late. Please show your support of the lunch club program by making a donation.  The suggested donation is $20 per club per child but ANY amount is appreciated. Donations help to buy necessary supplies. You can send cash or a check (made out to MNS PTA) in an envelope marked "Lunch club" in your child's backpack or donate with a credit card online at PTA Connect (Neon) - Lunch Club Supply Donation page. Thank you so much!!


► SLT MEETING. Last week’s meeting of the MNS School Leadership Team was postponed due to the snow day and now will be held on Tuesday, March 21 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. Email comments are also welcome. Please note, however, that the SLT can not address specific questions pertaining to individual students or their classroom experiences.

► MICHAEL’S PARENT-CHILD FITNESS CLASS. Please join PE teacher Michael on Wednesday, March 22 for an evening of fun-filled exercise and games WITH your child. Times are as follows: Kindergarten and 1st Grade: 5:50-6:40; 2nd and 3rd Grade: 6:45-7:35; and 4th and 5th Grade: 7:40-8:30. This is a class designed for you to participate with your child (not sit on the sideline and watch). Parent participation and sneakers are required. The cost is $10 per person. Cash or check payable to MNS PTA at the door or register in advance with credit card on PTA Connect (Neon). Siblings are welcome in all classes (including MNS graduates)!


► GENERAL PTA MEETING. The next General PTA Meeting takes place Wednesday, March 29 at 7:15 p.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 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!


► STANLEY ISAACS NEIGHBORHOOD CENTER. Join MNS Cares on Friday, April 7th, 3:30 p.m. to 5:00 the Stanley Isaacs Neighborhood Center’s Afterschool Program, 1792 First Avenue (93rd Street and 1st Avenue). We will meet at the Isaacs Center and will share a snack with elementary school students who are part of the Isaacs Center’s afterschool program. After snack, we will work together with these students to create beautiful spring cards for homebound elderly clients who receive Meals-On-Wheels through the Isaacs Center’s senior program. The Isaacs Center provides services to both children and seniors in need. All MNS families welcome. Adult supervision suggested for students in K-4th grades. For more information, please contact Faith Silberstein at Thank you to MNS Cares Co-Chairs. Rachel Justus, Becky Kipnis, Amit Pasman and Faith Silberstein

► METS GAME Please join the MNS PTA at Citi Field on Tuesday, May 30, 2017 at 7:10 p.m. to see the New York Mets take on the Milwaukee Brewers. All those attending will enjoy Baseline Silver seats and access to the Caesars, Acela and Promenade Clubs. There are two ticket options: (1) regular ticket for $35; or (2) “Catch on the Field” ticket for $45 that lets you go on the big league field after the game to have a catch for 20 minutes!! (MNS only has 100 of the “Catch” tickets, which will be distributed to the first 100 to register.) Tickets can be purchased online at by clicking the PTA Connect (Neon) link. See you at the yard!!

School Announcements

Upcoming Parent Workshops this Spring!

Wednesday, April 5th, 2017 at 7:00pm

Léman Manhattan Preparatory School

Buy your tickets ($25/person) at

Dr. JoAnn Deak 

A Look at the Current Brain Research: Important Windows of Neuro-sensitivity in the First Decade of Life 

In the last several years, there has been a burgeoning of research looking at readiness from a neurological perspective. The defining question: Are there areas of the brain that are most malleable or plastic during a particular age range? The answer to that question has been gaining more and more clarity to the point that the research is providing critical direction in child development. There are really two magic decades, which span critical periods of brain development. This workshop looks at the first magic decade: What are those areas of the brain that have critical time periods for use during these first ten years of life? Most importantly, what does this mean to parents, caregivers and educators about structuring the environment and experiences of children during the birth to 10 magic decade?

Thursday, May 22nd 6:30 to 8:00 pm

Jack Myers- The Future of Men 

$20 per person (includes copy of book: The Future of Men) 

After being told all their lives to be a man and man up, men are now rejecting the macho stereotype and instead developing empathy, getting in touch with their emotions, and becoming more sensitive in their relationships. Women are gaining ground in business, culture, education, relationships, and politics as traditional male and female roles disappear. 
The Future of Men: Masculinity in the Twenty-First Century prepares men and women for this shift in gender norms. As the definition of a real man evolves, understanding the future of men in business, politics, sports, education, relationships, and parenting will be essential for men to maintain psychological well-being, strengthen their self-esteem and sexual self-confidence, and rewire their emotional lives. The Future of Men provides tools to help men, and especially younger men, recognize and embrace new behaviors that are required for health and happiness at work, at home, and in their relationships."



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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