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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!

►  PARENT WORKSHOP: The second parent workshop will focus on how to support your child's home learning  through the lens of growth mindset. Please join our teachers on Monday, October 24th, 2016 from 6:00 to 7:00pm for this discussion as they explore the dispositions we want to encourage  Want a head start? Check out this article .  Don't miss out on this engaging session - all are welcome! Baby sitting will be available at the cost of $5/child.  Please make every attempt to sign up ahead of time at
►  CEC D2 OCTOBER MEETING.   The next District 2 CDC calendar/working business meetings are scheduled for Monday, October 24th at 6:30 pm. The meetings will be held at PS 6, 45 East 81st Street, between Park and Madison Avenues. The calendar meeting will include a presentation by the DOE about Pre-K availability in District 2, a presentation by the DOE about Contracts for Excellence (NYS funding for public schools), an update from the D2 Superintendent and public Comments.  The Working Business Meeting will include a Planning for Diversity workshop for District 2 families and a discussion about Middle School rubrics.  Babysitting and light refreshments will be provided.
►  GENERAL PTA MEETING.  This month’s General PTA Meeting is scheduled for October 28 at 7:45 a.m in the MNS Cafe.  The 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.  General PTA meetings alternate between early morning and evening meetings in an attempt to accommodate all schedules.  Morning meetings begin prior to the start of school so that teachers can attend and must begin promptly at 7:45 a.m.  Children can be dropped off in the MNS Cafe prior to the morning meeting.  Hope to see you there!
►  HALLOWEEN DANCE.  Fourth and fifth graders are invited to attend the annual Halloween Dance on Friday, October 28 from 6:30 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. in the MNS Café.  Thank you Fourth Grade PTA Delegates Elan Barish, Mandana Beckman and Shoshanna Green and Fifth Grade PTA Delegates Alison Kleinert, Lyn Fay and Risa Aronson Premisler for coordinating this wonderful event for our children!

2016-2017 PTA Annual Appeal Back to School Campaign & RAFFLE!!!!

October kicks off this year's Annual Appeal with a special Back to School Campaign and Raffle.  The Annual Appeal is the primary source of support for many of the programs and services that make our school unique and wonderful.   Your tax deductible donations make it all possible.  Donate now at or look for the donation form in your child’s backpack.  When you donate before November 4th you are entered in to our Back to School Raffle for an afternoon with Doreen, including lunch and a special picture book. So don’t delay and make your contribution now!  And just think – if everyone gives before November 4th and we hit our goal, you won’t have to read about the Annual Appeal again until next year!  Now let’s make that happen!  Questions?  Comments?  Ideas?  Email  Thank you!

School Announcements

Jon Jay Park Clean Up


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.


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.) 

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.