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!



► ANOTHER BUDGET MEETING. Yes, you can also be part of the wonderful world of budgeting to ensure that we get the most bang for our buck for 2017-18! On Tuesday, May 30 from 6:00 – 8:00 pm, prior to PTA general vote for approval on May 31, we will present on our existing funds, the budget proposal for May 31, including total funds allocated for additional Support Staff (which may include Instructional and/or Clerical TAs, Interventionalists and/or Coaches), and Annual Appeal fundraising strategies to meet the needs of the school in the coming years. All parents and teachers are encouraged to participate. 

► READ-A-THON FUNDRAISER. The MNS PTA Read-a-Thon Fundraiser ends Tuesday, May 30! Our goal is to raise $20,000 and for our children to have fun reading at 10 reading sessions during the Read-a-Thon. Please contact Stacey Spanedda ( or Rachel Spice ( with any questions. Thank you Stacey and Rachel for organizing!

► METS AT CITI FIELD. MNS goes to Citi Field to watch the Mets Tuesday, May 30. Thank you to Kevin Frtiz for organizing!

► SPRING INTO ELECTIONS AND VOTE! All parents and teachers are eligible to vote in person, unless they are school supervisory staff. PTA and SLT Elections will be held on Wednesday, May 31, 2017 at 7:15 p.m. in the MNS Cafe. Please click on the following link for a list of nominees. Nominations will also be taken from the floor at the election meeting. For more information please contact

BOX TOPS COLLECTION! The Box Tops collection contest is coming to an end - last chance to send in your box tops! Clip and return your box tops to your child's teacher in an envelope or baggie addressed to "BOX TOPS" and labeled with your child's name, class/teacher and the number of box tops inside. The class with the most box tops collected by Wednesday, May 31, 2017 will receive a special treat (coordinated with the teacher).

► FRIENDS OF THE ESPLANADE COMMUNITY EVENT. Everyone is welcome to participate in the Friends of the Esplanade on Saturday, June 3 (rain date Sunday, June 4) on the Promenade at East 90th Street on the East River from 12:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. for an afternoon of live music, face painting and food provided by COFFEED, including FREE meltbakery ice cream sandwiches to the first 200 attendees (limit one per person). The mission of The Friends of the East River Esplanade is the restoration and reinvention of the section of the Esplanade from 60th to 120th Streets. The organization has been working with, and will continue to work with, our partner community groups, elected officials, and private enterprises, along with the NYC Department of Parks, to restore and maintain this section of our spectacular, though forlorn, Esplanade. Their goal is to improve and enhance the quality of the running paths, boating access, fishing piers and bike paths.

► SECOND GRADE FAMILY OUTING TO NEW YORK LIBERTY: Second graders and their families (siblings welcome!) are invited to Madison Square Garden on Sunday, June 4, 2017, at 3:00 p.m. to see the WNBA's New York Liberty take on the Phoenix Mercury. If you haven't yet experienced a Liberty game, you are in for a treat! They are great fun and really family-oriented. Tickets are $40 each and include a $10 food and beverage voucher to be used at MSG concession stands ($5 of each ticket benefits the PTA). Following the game for the first 60 people who purchase tickets will be a private autograph session with one of the New York Liberty players (maybe two!). Ticekts can be purchased online at by clicking the PTA Connect (Neon) link. Thank you to Robyn Marquis for oraganizing this great event!




► FIELD DAY. Lace up your sneakers for Grades K-2 Field Day, an annual MNS tradition, on Monday, June 5 Please email Michael at to let him know if you can volunteer to referee field day activities and/or have an SUV or Van to help transport equipment to Asphalt Green in the morning and back to MNS in the afternoon. Please volunteer if you are able!

► FIELD DAY SUMMER FUN DRIVE TO BENEFIT CASSIDY’S PLACE. On Monday, June 5while our students have some pre-summer fun outside at Field Day, we will be sponsoring a collection of items to support the summer activities of the students at Cassidy’s Place, located in our neighborhood. Please donate the following at morning drop-off ONLY: pool shoes, swimsuits, sneakers, tee shirts, shorts, and sunscreen. At Cassidy's Place, preschoolers who live in poverty and have serious developmental and medical disabilities and those who are homeless, in foster care, have suffered abuse, violence, and neglect are able to play, learn, and thrive in nine lively classrooms and two outdoor play spaces. Blending Head Start, Preschool Special Education, and Universal Pre-Kindergarten, Cassidy’s Place offers its young students a full day of learning and exploration in a safe and stimulating setting that is augmented with comprehensive wrap-around support services for each child and every family member. Thank you to MNS Cares Co-Charis Faith Silberstein, Rachel Justus, Amit Shaked Pasman, and Becky Dorwin-Kipnis for organizing!


School Announcements

After School Announcement

MNS Afterschool runs through Friday, June 23rd.  If your child's current afterschool program ends prior to that day or if you need child care for a specific date, we can accommodate you.  For further info, contact Felicia at 


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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