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!

► LUNCH CLUB AND OTHER PARENT LEADERS WANTED! Calling all Parents! Interested in LEADING an initiative for the PTA and MNS next year? We could use your HELP! Please submit your name for any area of interest listed in this link by Wed June 21!  We are especially conducting a school-wide search for the next Lunch Club Co-Chairs! Be part of what makes MNS magic by volunteering to lead the Lunch Club next year. Download the list of Lunch Club responsibilities at this link. Please consider committing to a year of service for the school. The Lunch Club is unique to MNS, and we need your help to make this valuable alternative to recess continue for our children! 

► FAREWELL TO DIANA. Diana, our friendly crossing guard is retiring this year after over 20 years of keeping our children safe! We would like to present Diana with a token of our appreciation on Tuesday. If your child would like to create a card of gratitude or something similar for Diana, please backpack the card by this Monday, June 19. Thank you as always for your support for our community!

► A BIG FIFTH GRADE GRADUATION DANCE THANK YOU! Thank you to all of the parent volunteers, school staff and amazing fifth graders for a great celebration at MNS! We'd also like to share our sincere appreciation for Agata & Valentina, Duke's, Gracie Mews and Tony's Di Napoli for their generous food donations. Thank you for supporting our school! - Risa, Lyn and Alison, Fifth Grade Delegates

► BOX TOP RESULTS. Thank you to everyone who sent in Box Tops. We collected 10,060 box tops this year, and raised $1,200 for the 2016-17 fiscal year with your support! Congratulations to Pam and Carly’s class for collecting the most box tops and winning a treat for their class (TBD by Pam and Carly)! Many thanks to Parent Leader Claudia Coia for organizing the collection! 



► THIRD ANNUAL INTERNATIONAL FESTIVAL PRE-SUMMER MEETING. Are you from another country?  Familiar with another country?  Or simply fascinated with another country? Then please consider being part of the MNS International Festival!  Join us for coffee and breakfast on Thursday, June 22 from 8:30 a.m. to 9:30 a.m. at Liz DeMello’s residence (please check your This Week at MNS email for the address or email  Visiting your home country over the summer?  Please consider bringing something back from your home country that would be great for a country booth and/or to pass out/share at the Festival.  If you can’t make it but would like to be involved please contact Liz deMello ( or Barbara Rocha Beck (  Thank you Liz and Barbara for taking on this effort!

► GENERAL PTA MEETING. The last General PTA Meeting of the year takes place on Friday, June 23 at 7:45 a.m. Following an extensive review of our budget and reserve funds, the PTA will vote on using funds to support several one-time expenditures with the objective of benefiting the current MNS student body. By working with the administration, we have identified several areas in which additional funding would be valuable:

Facilities Updates:

Air Conditioning (Replacement and Removal of Outdated Units)........$6,600

Update of Computer Technology (replacement of classroom desktop computers for instruction - includes 5 year warranty)....$27,560

Music Cabinets (Storage and Transport of Instruments).....$15,000

Student Materials/Supplement:

Wooden Blocks (Outdoor and Indoor).....$10,000

Curriculum Enhancement:

Fundations Program (Multisensory, Structured Language ($20,000

New Social Emotional Curriculum and Materials for every classroom....$5,000

Instructional Staff Supplement:

Could enable one more Instructional TA or part-time Interventionist....$40,000


► FIFTH GRADE GRADUATION. Fifth Grade Graduation takes place on Friday, June 23. Congratulations to all the Fifth Graders!




School Announcements

Fall 2017 After School

Online Registration for the Fall 2017 Afterschool program has begun and will continue throughout the summer.  The afterschool program provides and a safe and secure environment  for your child to learn new skills, play games and have fun with their MNS friends.  Information regarding the 54 exciting classes is now posted on the MNS website: Click here to go to the After School Page.  Class schedules, calendars, descriptions, pricing and policies for Fall 2017 are available.


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.)