April 12, 2015

Hello Earth School Families,
Spring has finally sprung! I am very excited and a little panicked at all there is to do in the next few weeks and months. As a gardener, I experience the yearly anxiety that we will never get the seeds in the ground fast enough after the cold weather finally breaks. This is even more the case this year since it's been such a cool March and with me officially out of my head gardener position. That said, we did have a good meeting with some of the Fifth Street Farmers to get the ball rolling on planning for the rooftop garden this spring. Our next event is "Coffee Friday on the Roof" on April 17th. Besides coffee and chatting, we will host an information session for parents and other volunteers who would like to be involved in our gardening program. The monthly CookShop for Families group will join us as well. We hope to see you there!

Just when you thought that you had heard the last Survey Reminder, The Department of Education has extended the survey deadline to April 17!!! We are up to a 46% response rate. Please see Jocelyn if you need to look up your code or call the Survey Hotline at 1-800-690-8603. You can complete your survey online HERE.

A warm welcome to Shannon Gershow who will be joining our staff as of Monday! Though primarily working with the students in Chelsea's Kindergarten class, Shannon will provide academic supports to students as needed and serve as a liaison with our Network Special Education team. My latest news is that Vanessa is still very pregnant and eagerly awaiting the big day.

I have been asked to clarify the procedures and policies at our school entrances. The official entrance for Earth School families is the Avenue B and 5th Street entrance. Parents and caregivers should have their Earth School ID cards out as they enter. It is no longer necessary to sign in with the school ID card. Other visitors should present picture ID and sign in with the guard. Since the Earth School entrance is only open at arrival and dismissal, Earth School parents are also permitted to use the main entrance. In order to best accommodate our policy of parents to dropping off and picking up at the classroom doors, we ask that you use the Earth School entrance when available and make every effort to keep the hallways moving at busy times.

The next School Leadership Team meeting is on Thursday. The agenda and last month's minutes are posted on the bulletin board outside the office and on the website. 

All for now!

April 14 - 16. NYS English Language Arts (ELA) Testing for Grades 3 - 5
Thurs, April 16, 3:30 - 5:30 p.m. SLT Meeting, Jia's Room 169.
Thurs, April 16, 5:30 p.m. S.T.A.R. Program Performance for Parents. Come to a show by the talented performer-teachers that use the performing arts to work with our fifth graders on topics of physical and emotional health and sexuality. Auditorium.
Fri, April 17, 8:30 a.m. Join us for Coffee (Friday) on the Roof!

April 21, 8:30 a.m. Parents Association Meeting, Emmy's Room B1
April 22 - 24. NYS Mathematics Testing for Grades 3 - 5
April 23. No school for Pre-Kindergarten 
April 29, 8:30 a.m. Camp Speers Chaperones Meeting
April 30. Jessica and Jia's Class Dinner Party for Families
May 2. School Auction!!
May 6 - 8. Third graders to Camp Speers

Upcoming Events
Be sure to also visit the Events section on this site and the calendar page.
To view the calendar below in whole-month view, click the Month view tab.

Next SLT Meeting: Thursday, April 16. Agenda here.

Join us at the 2015 Spring Auction Party Sat. May 2, 6–10pm!
Click here to see auction items and other details
Download donation forms and donor request forms here.


You can download donation forms and donor request forms here.

NEW! Cellphone policy! Read all about it. 



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Share Your Earth School PHOTOS and VIDEOS to <photos@theearthschool.org>

We know many of you have been snapping amazing pictures at the Open Mic, Maya's Class Play, the Spring Auction, Roof-Roaring Fundraiser, Graduation, the Solstice/Flashmob, Ice Cream Social, Alison's BBQ and AfterParty -- not to mention class trips, breakfasts, and all the other normal but memorable goings on here at Earth.

Please email your pictures, share your photo links/Dropboxes, and online picture  and video libraries to us here at this <photos@theearthschool.org> eddress.

Typing additional identifying information about the pictures you send us -- who you are, when and where the pictures were taken, who took them (if not you), etc. -- will be helpful in archiving and using the pictures or reaching out in the future.

Thank you for helping share and document our events and time together!

What's New at Earth?

  • EarthSchoolMath, a new channel on YouTube created by Earth School teachers, has short videos that explain math strategies used in our classrooms. Read more about it here