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!

► SLT MEETING. The next meeting of the MNS School Leadership Team will be held on Tuesday, April 25 at 7:30 a.m. in the Teacher Lounge on the second floor. All are invited to attend. If you would like to address the SLT with a comment or concern, please submit in writing your request one week prior to the meeting to the co-chairs, Robyn Marquis and Jamie Kushner at, and every effort will be made to accommodate your request. Email comments are also welcome. Please note, however, that the SLT can not address specific questions pertaining to individual students or their classroom experiences.

► BUDGET MEETINGS. Please join us for a cumulative series of meetings to create the PTA budget for the 2017-2018 school year. Meetings will be held on the following Wednesdays from 6-8pm: April 26, May 10, May 17 and May 24. Please note these meetings are more than informational -- they are working meetings.  The programs and initiatives for next year to be funded by the PTA will be determined at these meetings.  The first meeting will cover an overview of the DOE and PTA budgets, the second will include a review of PTA generated revenue, the 3rd will cover PTA expenses and the 4th will be a culmination of the proposed budget for next yr. Meetings 2-4 will be decision making meetings. It is not required that one attends all meetings to participate. All parents and teachers are automatically part of the PTA, and all are welcome and strongly encouraged to attend.

► KINDERGARTEN SILLY SOCK GAME & PIZZA PARTY.  On Friday, April 28 from 6 to 7:30 p.m., tell your Kindergartener to wear their most mismatched and silliest socks, it's time for a pizza and game party at school!  Asphalt Green Camp is volunteering to do an awesome evening of games for our kindergarteners! Parents are invited to stay and join us or drop off. It will be a fun way to start your child's weekend. MNS Kindergarten students only (sorry, no siblings this time). $20/child, pizza included. Look for the permission slip in your child's backpack. 



► PAINT NIGHT. It's time to let our your creative juices flow at PS 290's Paint Nite Fundraiser on Saturday, May 6 from 5:00 to 6:30 p.m.! Both children and parents are invited to paint a bright spring scene that they can take home with them that night! This is the perfect Mother's Day Gift! And $15 from each ticket will be donated back to the MNS PTA! To purchase tickets, please click hereFor questions, please contact Stacey Spanedda at



► BAKE SALE.  On Friday, May 12 remember to send your children in with money in an envelope marked "Bake Sale", as well as individually wrapped snacks, nick knacks and other goodies for the PTA’s 5th Grade Bake Sale. Treats will be sold for $0.50 to $2 per piece. 

► SECOND GRADE GAME NIGHT.  All Second Graders are invited to join a Game Night on Friday, May 12. Details to be announced. Thank you to Second Grade Delegates Emily Brafman, Janice Garcia and David Rosensweet for organizing!

► FEST WITH ZEST. This year's Fest with Zest will be Saturday, May 20 from 11:00AM - 4:00PM (rain or shine), and the organizers plan to do things differently this year. Instead of asking parents to donate cupcakes, bottled water, etc., they are asking for is a donation of time. As a token of appreciation, you will receive 5 FREE tickets (a $5 value), which can be used on the day of the event. If you wish to volunteer please go to the on-line volunteer sign-up form: you to Fest with Zest Co-Chairs Roger Marquis, Nithya Thomas and Todd Hazelkorn for organizing!

► METS GAME. Please join the MNS PTA at Citi Field on Tuesday, May 30, 2017 at 7:10 p.m. to see the New York Mets take on the Milwaukee Brewers. All those attending will enjoy Baseline Silver seats and access to the Caesars, Acela and Promenade Clubs. There are two ticket options: (1) regular ticket for $35; or (2) “Catch on the Field” ticket for $45 that lets you go on the big league field after the game to have a catch for 20 minutes!! (MNS only has 100 of the “Catch” tickets, which will be distributed to the first 100 to register.) Tickets can be purchased online at by clicking the PTA Connect (Neon) link. See you at the yard!!

► SECOND GRADE FAMILY OUTING TO NEW YORK LIBERTY: Second graders and their families (siblings welcome!) are invited to Madison Square Garden on Sunday, June 3, 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!). Tickets can be purchased online at by clicking the PTA Connect (Neon) link.

School Announcements

Final Parent Workshop this year!

Thursday, May 22nd 6:30 to 8:00 pm

Jack Myers- The Future of Men 

$20 per person (includes copy of book: The Future of Men) 

After being told all their lives to be a man and man up, men are now rejecting the macho stereotype and instead developing empathy, getting in touch with their emotions, and becoming more sensitive in their relationships. Women are gaining ground in business, culture, education, relationships, and politics as traditional male and female roles disappear. 
The Future of Men: Masculinity in the Twenty-First Century prepares men and women for this shift in gender norms. As the definition of a real man evolves, understanding the future of men in business, politics, sports, education, relationships, and parenting will be essential for men to maintain psychological well-being, strengthen their self-esteem and sexual self-confidence, and rewire their emotional lives. The Future of Men provides tools to help men, and especially younger men, recognize and embrace new behaviors that are required for health and happiness at work, at home, and in their relationships."



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.)