MNS

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!

THE ONLINE HOLIDAY AUCTION IS UNDERWAY!!!  CLICK HERE TO BID ON FABULOUS PRIZES, INCLUDING SUMMER CAMPS, KIDS' CLASSES, CLOTHING STORE GIFT CARDS, RESTAURANTS, BEAUTY TREATMENTS, FITNESS CLASSES, SPA SERVICES, CULTURAL EVENTS, TRAVEL AND MORE!!!!  ALL PROCEEDS BENEFIT MNS!!!
 
► AUCTION RAFFLE TIME!  Auction raffles are back just in time for the holidays!  Tickets can be downloaded here, have been backpacked home and will be sold (along with bookmarks and notecards featuring designs submitted by our very own MNS students in the Auction Logo Contest) in front of school Monday, November 28 through Thursday, December 1. To submit your tickets, include your choices and cash or a check made out to MNS PTA in an envelope marked “Raffle Tickets” in your child’s backpack.  Prizes include an X-Box Basket, the annual favorite American Doll Basket, an Apple Watch Basket, and a Pamper Me Basket (complete with Bliss massage, Bliss propducts and more!).  Tickets are $10 each or $25 for three.  Don't forget to buy your tickets -- if you don't play you can't win!  Proceeds benefit MNS.  Thank you to Auction co-chairs Adrianne Samuel and Allison Poster-Katz for coordinating!
 
► PHOTO RE-SHOOT DAY. Re-shoot Day is ‪Tuesday, November 29‬ for all grades!  Please notify your child’s teacher if your child needs to have his/her photo retaken.  Thank you to PTA volunteers for organizing this ongoing effort.
 
►  ONLINE AUCTION ENDS. The Online Holiday Auction is underway  and can be accessed here and ends at 10:00 pm on Wednesday, November 30!  Bid on amazing holiday gifts and other finds!   All proceeds benefit MNS.  Thank you to Auction Co-Chairs Adrienne Samuel and Alison Poster-Katz and to Online Auction coordinators Nithya Thomas and Christine Freitas for undertaking this tremendous effort to benefit our school!

School Announcements

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!


 Thank you from MNS Cares

Thank you to everyone who donated extra Halloween candy to our candy drop.  The kids and families at Freedom House (a domestic violence shelter in our community for people with disabilities) are really enjoying all the sweets!


Jon Jay Park Clean Up

CLICK HERE FOR PICTURES!

THANK YOU to everyone who came out to our first event, the John J Park Clean Up on October 15,2006.  Over 120 members of our MNS community came out on a gorgeous Fall day to beautify and care for one of our local parks.  We even got a surprise visit from City Councilmember Ben Kallos!  We weeded, spread mulch, collected trash, planted bulbs (look for the flowers next Spring!!), and made a beautiful mural to donate to Freedom House, one of the only domestic violence shelter for women and children with disabilities.

SUBSCRIBE TO THE SCHOOL CALENDAR.  

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 http://www.ps290.org/school_and_pta_events.  For iCal, add a new calendar and use this url: https://calendar.google.com/calendar/ical/calendar%40mnspta.org/public/basic.ics.  This link will also work for Outlook (just have Outlook open when you click the link.)