• Abbe's Letter

  • Abbe's Weekly Letter

    October 22, 2017

    Dear Families,

    Huge thanks to the organizers and everyone who supported the Fall Fair!! It was another wonderful community event and a successful fundraiser for our school programs.

    This week is family conferences. All teachers and service providers are available to meet. Emmy and Patrice have drop in times that are indicated on posters in the halls. Other service providers have sign-ups and can be scheduled by email.

    Please see the attached letter about the school's Emergency Readiness Initiatives. Over the first two months of school, we teach and practice GRP safety protocols with all students, including Fire and Lock Down Drills. Teachers discuss these drills in developmentally-appropriate ways to promote a sense of readiness and safety. Please let us know if your child expresses any fears related to the drills so that we can follow up. A reminder that adults should only EXIT from doors where a Safety Agent is present. Using other exits will trigger alarms and require an investigation by staff.

    There are still a few open counseling slots with Ali Kander of University Settlement, our on-site mental health clinic. These services are paid for through your own insurance (currently only Medicaid accepted). It does not require a school referral or evaluation. It’s a healthy way to support a child through a family transition or rough patch. For more information, please reach out to Ali Kander (alik@theearthschool.org) or Shirley@theearthschool.org.

    Halloween is coming. For those who partake in this tradition, it's an exciting time as children look forward to festivities, treats, and costumes. All the excitement can make it hard for children to focus and to behave calmly at school. We kindly request that you wait until after school to celebrate Halloween. Please do not send costumes, candy, or sweets to school. Please remind children not to bring their candy to school on the following days.

    All for now!

    Love, Abbe

    Posted Oct 21, 2017, 3:17 AM by Abbe Futterman
  • Abbe's Weekly Letter

    October 10, 2017

    Dear Families,

    Thanks to all who participated in the first Fall Potluck Picnic! It was lovely to see the children playing and so many of us enjoying the beautiful day together!! The next big thing is the Annual Fall Fair, Saturday, October 14, 12 – 5 p.m. We encourage everyone to get involved in some way! Please invite friends, and neighbors to this fun family event. To volunteer, please sign up on the notice board just outside The Earth School office. This is one of our biggest fundraisers and is great fun for the whole community. Plus, it supports Earth School programs, such as Rod Rogers Dance, Third Street Music, and the overnight camping trip for 4th/5th graders coming up November 1 – 3rd!

    Many have been wondering about the status of our Movement Program. Coach Vince has been absent because his certification is delayed and he cannot be hired without it. Though he is trying to expedite the process, we are not sure how long it will take. Substitute teachers have been working with Frankie for the last few weeks to “cover,” but it has not been the same without a professional coach. To continue providing a quality experience for our students, I have invited a trained physical education coach, Patrick Lindo, to lead our Movement Program. Coach Frankie will help him get started. Patrick comes highly recommended and is excited to be at our school. We warmly welcome him to our community. The SLT will be putting together a hiring committee to choose a permanent certified physical education teacher when we know more about Vince’s certification timeline.

    All for now!

    Love, Abbe

    Posted Oct 11, 2017, 3:56 AM by Abbe Futterman
  • Abbe's Weekly Letter

    October 2, 2017

    Dear Families,

    So far the weather is looking great for the Fall Potluck Picnic on Friday!! We hope this will be a fun day to mingle with other Earth School families and for new folks to get a taste of our warm, welcoming, and diverse community. (We’re not bad cooks, either!) Make friends, arrange future play dates, chat with staff, share delicious food. The kids can be active and we can all enjoy ourselves at the beautiful East River Park. I hope you can attend. See your classroom newsletters for specifics.

    I’ve been hearing some complaints about our crowded halls at dismissal. Teachers are working to dismiss on time. Please keep the aisle clear by standing along the walls. Please walk to an open space (the lobby, outside) to socialize once you have picked up your child. Also, Scooter-folks: Please leave scooters neatly in the scooter room so they are tripped over by those using the adjoining adults-only Women’s Room.

    In response to feedback about the school lunch choices last year, I have requested an “alternative menu” beginning this week. It is not that different, but some schools are finding it more appealing to students. Please let me know if your children prefer it. For details click here

    I hope that many Pre-K and K families will join Guidance Counselor Shirley Suares for Parent Corps this year (flier attached). Please note that the first session will be October 23 (date change). Parent Corps is shown to support school success and cognitive development by reducing childhood stressors. Plus it’s fun and a great way to network with other parents!!

    We are pleased to welcome two new Occupational Therapists to our team. Carmen Yau (carmenY@theearthschool.org) and Marissa Gordon (marissa@theearthschool.org) will be serving OT-eligible students effective immediately. They will be reaching out to their families with further information.

    All for now!

    Love, Abbe


    Posted Oct 3, 2017, 5:23 AM by Designer Vanessa Lemonides
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This Week

Oct 23, 8:30 – 10:30 a.m. Parent Corps begins! Light breakfast provided. Room 106
Oct 23. Family Conference Week
Oct 25, 6:00 – 8:00 p.m. Family Conference Evening by appointment
Oct 26. Half Day for Family Conferences. Dismissal at 11:55 a.m.


Looking Ahead

Oct 30. Picture Day (note date change)
Nov 1 – 3. Frost Valley Camping Trip for Grades 4/5
Nov 13. Gifted & Talented testing requests due to Shirley

Fall Fair

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Promoting Diversity & Social Justice
Sixth Street Community Center’s Community Supported Agriculture (CSA)