Community meeting Q&A

Thank you to all who joined our whole-school community meeting this past weekend, and for the thoughtful questions and comments you shared on the pink cards afterwards. We've addressed some below. Let us know if you have more!

1. First, we have a follow up to question about how much support NAS receives from the city or state. Jennifer did not mention that our students are eligible to receive all of the same special education and support services, such as speech therapy, counseling, and occupational therapy, that public school students receive. They are also eligible to be considered for psycho-educational assessment paid for by the Department of Education.

2. Yes, we have considered lowering tuition and encouraging proportionate gifts so parents could receive the tax benefit. It is a topic that will continue to be considered by the finance committee.

3. Yes, there are options for kindergartens to share classrooms if the 41 Ave B space does not work out. It would require us to organize the mornings to minimize the overlap time between classes and to work very closely together to create harmonious transitions. It would also require classes to spend about 45 minutes longer outside each day, something that would be wonderful and healthy but also requiring thoughtful arrangement and planning, especially in inclement weather.

4. Zoology is taught as a block, a four-week period of time in the main lesson period in grade four. The main lesson is a two-hour class at the start of the day which focuses on one topic for about a month. Nature classes, held at least once per week, incorporate zoology in periods throughout the year as well, in an age appropriate way depending on the grade.

5. The school has in the past tried to get a designated parking zone/spot from the city, but they have not made it available to us. If it became apparent that having a staff person outside the front gate to receive elementary school children at 8:10 or so while cars dropped off was needed, we could arrange it. Kindergarten children are much harder to have pop out of the car, but it could be considered on a case by case basis.

We also received three comments, two of which were about topic two:
1. If you wrote about "historical chronological list of hours that would be easy to cross-reference with" your calendar, please speak to Belle so she can better understand your request.
2. Regarding the development on 14th Street, we understand and agree with your concern about the ConEd plant's proximity. If that location were to be seriously considered in the future, we would certainly involve the community in conversations leading up to any step in that direction.

Currently Seeking Parent Input

We know that living in NYC can be rough on all of us. How can NAS be a place that nourishes your inner development? How can we streamline processes to reduce friction and encourage your active engagement in things that matter to you? 

Share your feedback by writing it on a Q&F card (which you’ll see upstairs in the coming days), sharing it with your class rep., or talking to Jennifer or Belle. We’d love to hear your feedback on New Amsterdam’s 2018-2019 initiatives, which included:

  • Renovated community space that includes small desks for work and the tea table

  • Robin’s Nest and Peeps drop in enrollment online

  • Support groups for parents in specific classes

  • Monday morning eurythmy 

  • Monday morning book groups (Simplicity Parenting and Developing the Self)

  • Coffee Fridays

  • Streamlined Villager (online)

  • Access to your billing account information online

  • Community talks: Kim John Payne, Louise deForest, Marie Noland, and Liz Baring

What can we do for 2019 - 2020? Let us know!

New film by Paul Zehrer “Becoming…”

Becoming is the third film in a series of short films produced on the occasion of the centenary of Waldorf Education under the direction of award-winning Californian documentary filmmaker Paul Zehrer. Shot in the USA, Israel, Japan, India, South Africa, Guatemala, the Czech Republic, Switzerland, and Germany, the film explores the global impact of Waldorf early childhood education. "During those first seven years, children develop their bodily foundation for life. They explore and experience the world with their senses and through meeting the other. These early encounters in life have a deep influence and long-lasting effect on the making of their own being,” says co-producer of the film Clara Aerts. "The experiences that we make possible - or withhold - for our children at this age form the most elementary basis for their further lives and thus ultimately for the future of humanity."

Last Parent Evening of the Year!

Grades 1, 2, 3
Tuesday, May 28

Tuesday, May 28

*Maples moving on to mixed-age Kindergarten next year are encouraged to also join the June 12 meeting.

Juniper, Willow
New Date!
Wednesday, June 12


Grandparents Day
Friday, May 17

May Festival
El Jardin Garden
Saturday, May 18

Monday Book Club
Book: Developing the Self Through the Inner Work Path in the Light of Anthroposophy by Lisa Romero
Monday, May 20

Rising First Grade/2nd Grade Parent Mutual Support Group with Amy
If your child will be in the mixed 1st/2nd grade class next year, join us downstairs.
Tuesday, May 21

School Closed- Memorial Day
Monday, May 27

School Closed- Eid al-Fitr
Tuesday, June 4

Free NAS Simplicity Parenting Workshop
Wednesday, June 5

Led by Raina Blyer, a Brooklyn mom and Simplicity Parenting Coach.

School Closed- Teachers Clerical Day
Monday, June 10

Friday, June 21

Can you make a dish for our International Food Fair this Saturday?
The May Festival this year will feature an "International Food Fair" hosted by our diversity committee. We are asking families to cook or contribute a dish that represents their personal heritage or culture. Each dish should serve approximately 10 people. Food will be served potluck-style in exchange for suggested donations, which will go towards diversity training for New Amsterdam faculty. Please sign up outside of your classroom if you can contribute!


Wednesday June 5th at 8:45 am

New Amsterdam School

Please RSVP to


Grandparents Day

This Friday

Grandparents Day is Friday, May 17. Grandparents listed in TADS have been mailed the following programs. Feel free to send these along to your guests, and direct RSVP’s to

Early Childhood

Grades 1-3

may festival saturday

Enroll Now for Summer


With eight weeks of school left until the last day of school on June 21st, it’s time to enroll for our summer program. Our program this year will run from July 8 to August 23, and you can customize your child’s schedule by choosing your preferred pick-up time (1pm or 3pm), as well as enrolling for only the weeks you need. Click below to learn more.


Did you know that your Amazon purchases could be raising funds for our school? Shop through Amazon Smile to easily help our school:

1. Go to

2. Choose New Amsterdam School as your selected charity

3. Shop as normal and a percentage of what you spend is automatically donated to our school! 

Belle Savransky