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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 LOTTERY DRAWING.  The Lunch Club lottery drawing will take place on Monday, September 19th. Lunch Club enrollment notifications will be sent by email Monday afternoon or evening, so please make sure that your contact information is up to date in the PTA Portal.  Thank you to Lunch Club Co-Chairs Stacey Ostow and Lyn Fay for coordinating this special part of MNS!

►  CECD2 MEETING.  Community Education Council District 2's Calendar and Working Business Meeting is on Tuesday, September 20 at 6:30 p.m. and includes a presentation by Border Crossers on planned diversity workshops for District 2 parents and educators, an update from the D2 Superintendent, public comment and light refreshments.  Location TBD.  Babysitting will be provided.  All are encouraged to attend.

►  GLOBAL COMMITTEE MEETING.  Work behind the scenes for the Global Committee's International Day by joining a planning meeting at 8:45 a.m. on Thursday, September 22 at the home of Ines Mendez (please check your This Week at MNS email for the address).  The PTA's Global Committee is dedicated to welcoming and integrating new families, both international and local, to MNS and to ensuring that all MNS families benefit from having different cultures and countries combined in the same school.  International Day is a fun-filled festival celebrating our international community through a trip around the world right here on school grounds.  Thank you to Ines Mendez and Barba Rocha Beck for organizing this wonderful event!

►  CURRICULUM NIGHT.  Curriculum night takes places Thursday, September 22, from 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m.  This evening will be an opportunity for you to meet your child’s teacher and other parents of children in your child’s class. Teachers will be explaining the upcoming school year’s curriculum, classroom homework policy and other important information.  Babysitting is available for Curriculum Night and the General PTA Meeting for a fee of $5 per child.  Unfortunately, we are unable to care for any children who do not attend MNS. 

►  GENERAL PTA MEETING. Our first General PTA Meeting of the year takes place Thursday, September 22 at 7:15 p.m., immediately following Curriculum Night.  Elections for Kindergarten Delegates and Co-Assistant Treasurer will be held along with an overview of PTA activities, committees, budget and goals for the year.  Please note that ALL MNS families are members of the PTA.  All are strongly encouraged to attend!  Please contact if you would like more information and contact if you would like to run for Kindergarten Delegate or Assistant Co-Treasurer.  Babysitting is available for Curriculum Night and the General PTA Meeting for a fee of $5 per child.  Unfortunately, we are unable to care for any children who do not attend MNS.  

School Announcements

Parent Workshop

The first Parent Workshop, focusing on Growth Mindset, takes place Monday, September 26 from 6:00-7:00 p.m.  

Get ready to roll up your sleeves, build relationships with members of our school community, and learn more about a philosophy used by our teachers!  

Babysitting will be available for a fee of $5 per child. 

To register, visit


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After School Activities Program

The MNS Fall Afterschool program has begun!  The online registration period has ended; late registration requests should be submitted to the ASAP Director, Felicia Weisberg at  Please remember to inform your child's classroom teacher of their afterschool schedule and to pack a peanut-free snack.  Afterschool dismissal is in the café from 5-5:30 and no child will be released unless the adult picking up has proper ID.

Amazon Supply Lists  

Click here for links to the Teacher Wish Lists for 2016-17 School Year

Please purchase from the lists as soon as possible.  Please purchase the items marked high priority first because these are the items every student must have to start the year.