• Abbe's Letter


  • Abbe's Weekly Letter

    September 24, 2017

    Dear Families,

    We are all distressed at the hardships of our neighbors impacted by the many natural disasters of late. Some staff and parents are organizing drives to send goods to those in need. If you want to lead or be part of a drive, please contact Jia (jia@theearthschool.org) for assistance.

    Grade 1 – 5 students have recess daily in the school playground. Unstructured recess time is important for children to get exercise, to have a mental break, and to socialize independently. This is also when classroom teachers have their lunch breaks. A variety of other staff members supervise the children, including Carmen N, Melony, Coach Vince, and grade-level paraprofessionals. While students need this break, it can be a challenging time for some. Many students depend on their home class teachers to stay at their best during the school day so they struggle when teachers are absent, when working with cluster teachers (science, art, movement), and at recess. To create more consistency and “bridge” classroom expectations with recess expectations, the staff developed a set of Recess Guidelines (attached) that teachers will introduce to students this week. Please take a few minutes to discuss the guidelines with your child. Similarly, if you know your child struggles with self-regulation at recess, check in frequently to find out how it is going. When we support in this way, children learn to take us “with them” when we cannot be there.

    This week is the first meeting of the Diversity and Difference Study Group. Join me for an open exploration into issues of diversity and difference. Explore the importance of diversity for the education of children. Consider the challenges and rewards of being a parent in a diverse community. The Diversity & Difference Study Group is an opportunity for dialogue with other parents and Abbe on this important topic. We are pleased to welcome Cecelia Traugh, Dean of Bank Street College, as facilitator. We will meet 9/29, 10/27, 12/1 from 8:45 – 10:00 a.m. in Room 126. Please RSVP to abbe@theearthschool.org

    All for now!

    Love, Abbe

    Posted by Designer Vanessa Lemonides
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    THE BUZZ...

    Dear Families,

     

    My heart goes out to those affected by the extreme weather conditions and the earthquake! I hope you and yours are safe and sound. Please keep us informed if your child has experienced a traumatic event or loss so we can arrange some additional support.

     

    We got off to a great start last week with just a few tearful goodbyes and many, many smiling faces. Overall, I think it was a very smooth opening for children and families!

     

    This is the time when the entire school is focused on establishing clear structures and routines for being together as a community. From where to keep one’s things to “good listening” or cleaning up after oneself, rules and routines are what make school run smoothly. Once internalized, these structures are hard to notice and look "easy." When routines are not carefully established, classrooms appear chaotic and children feel off-balance. I invite you to consider some of the routines you have at home-- for bedtime or bath, or nightly reading-- to see if you have designed predictable structures for your child to work within. As children grow, their routines and responsibilities must be adjusted. Please come to Monday’s “Have a Great Day!: Smooth Transitions and Relaxed Routines” for much more on this!

     

    Important: BLUE FOLDER Back-to-School Paperwork

    Each student receives a blue folder of IMPORTANT Back-To-School forms that need to be returned by September 15. These forms must be completed each year. Sending your forms back on time is GREATLY appreciated by teachers and office staff. We will be sending home a paper School Day Calendar with school closures and early dismissals to post in your home. Please return completed forms to your classroom teacher in the blue folders.

     

    One of these forms is the Lunch Application. Even though school lunch this year is FREE for all students, all families MUST complete a Lunch Form application. The income data on these forms is used to calculate school funding (so don’t exaggerate;). Families will receive a hard copy, but it easy to complete online here instead (https://www.myschoolapps.com). You will need your child’s birth date. Child’s ID# is not required. If you receive SNAP benefits, you do not need to complete the lunch form.

     

    I am pleased to announce a fantastic opportunity for learning and thinking together. Join me for an open exploration into issues of diversity and difference. Explore the importance of diversity for the education of children. Consider the challenges and rewards of being a parent in a diverse community. The Diversity & Difference Study Group is an opportunity for dialogue with other parents and Abbe on this important topic. We are pleased to welcome Cecelia Traugh, Dean of Bank Street College, as facilitator. We will meet 9/29, 10/27, 12/1 from 8:45 a.m. – 10:00 a.m. RSVP

     

    All for now! 

    Love, Abbe

    Posted Sep 11, 2017, 3:02 AM by Abbe Futterman
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    THE BUZZ.....

    September 4, 2017

    Dear Families,

    It’s already Back to School!! The staff and I are looking forward to seeing everyone wearing their “first-day faces” bright and early on Thursday morning. This September marks The Earth School’s 25th year of welcoming children and families to the first day of school!! We will be celebrating The Earth School’s big birthday with special events scheduled throughout the year.

    We expect that during the first few weeks, some of our youngest students will be sad and fearful about separating from their families. Extra staff will be on hand to help calm nerves and ease the separation. Shirley, our Guidance Counselor, is also available to help support children as they get used to their classrooms and school. We have found that young children benefit from a more gradual transition to the school year. Thursday will a half day for Kindergarten students. Dismissal is at 11:55 a.m. Pre-Kindergartners are on a visiting schedule (see attached). Friday is a full day for Kindergarten through Grade 5. Pre-Ks will have a half day dismissal at 11:55 a.m. Next week, everyone is on a full day schedule.

    There are lots of activities to help the year get off to a great start. Pre-K, K, and all new families are encouraged to join us in the 2nd floor library on Friday, 9/8, at 8:40 a.m. for an Orientation to the Earth School followed by tours of the Fifth Street Farm, our incredible rooftop garden. On Monday, Shirley will lead an interactive workshop, "Have a Great Day: Tips for Smooth Transitions and Relaxed Routines," also in the library. We hope you can attend.

    A great resource for getting to know us is the Parent Handbook, available on our website. This document contains lots of important information about how The Earth School works.

    Important: BLUE FOLDER Back-to-School Paperwork

    Each student will receive a blue folder of IMPORTANT Back-To-School forms that need to be returned by September 15. These forms must be completed each year. Sending your forms back on time is GREATLY appreciated by teachers and office staff. We will be sending home a paper School Day Calendar with school closures and early dismissals to post in your home. Please return completed forms to your classroom teacher in the blue folders.

    One of these forms is the Lunch Application. Whether or not your child eats school lunch, all families MUST complete a Lunch Form application. The income data on these forms is used to calculate school funding (so don’t exaggerate;). All families will receive a hard copy, but you can complete it online instead at https://www.myschoolapps.com. You will need your child’s birth date, but it is NOT required to enter the school ID number. Only one form needs to be completed per family. The DOE sends us weekly updates showing who has completed theirs. If you receive SNAP benefits, you do not need to complete the lunch form.

    All for now!

    Love, Abbe

    Posted Sep 3, 2017, 1:01 PM by Stevie Remsberg
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This Week

Sept 28, 5:00 - 6:00 p.m. District Admissions Policy Information Session, Room 126.

Sept 28, 6:00 - 7:30 p.m. Classroom Kick-Off for parents (Open School/Curriculum Night)

Sept 29, 8:30 - 10:00 a.m. Diversity and Difference Study Group. See flyer attached.

Sept 29. Half Day for Professional Development. Dismissal 11:55 a.m.


Looking Ahead

Oct 6, 9:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. Fall Potluck Picnic, East River Park. Fun for the whole family!!

Oct 9. Indigenous Peoples Day (Columbus Day). Schools closed.

Oct 13, 8:30 – 9:30 a.m. Middle School Information Session. Library

Oct 14. Annual Fall Fair in Tompkins Square Park. Fun for the whole family. Hold the date!!

Oct 30. Picture Day (note date change)


Recess Guidelines

Click here to read  the set of Recess Guidelines that teachers will introduce to students this week.


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