April 19, 2015

Hello Earth School Families,
Spring is in the air. Earth Day is this Wednesday. In the spirit of thinking globally, and acting locally, volunteers are joining Griff (dad of Vespertine) for a morning of spring cleaning on the rooftop farm this Wednesday from about 8:30 - 10:30. If you are handy, hardworking, and a bit of a self-starter, come on up! (We need about 5 people.) See Opportunities section below to help your child's class in the garden by becoming a Garden Gnome. 

The Earth School has an ongoing collaboration with Organic Valley, a farmer-run family farm cooperative. Several times a year, farmers from Organic Valley work with our students on a variety of farm-related curricula. Farmers Maureen and Susan will visit tomorrow to make a very special delivery to Emmy's Earth Studies Room. Stay tuned to find out what's hatching!!

State Testing continues again this week for grades 3 - 5. Math Tests will be given Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday mornings. Please help keep hallways quiet after drop off, particularly if you are arriving late to school. 

Our fifth grade Student Council is collaborating with the children from PS 64 to organize building-wide participation in Poem in Your Pocket Day on April 30. Please join people from all over the U.S. by selecting a poem, carrying it with you, and sharing it with others throughout the day. Write your own, copy down a favorite, or search for one here
All for now!

Mon, April 20 - ?. Abbe out on jury duty. Network Liaison Sarah Emmons will be on site.
Tues, April 21, 8:30 a.m. Parents Association Meeting, Emmy's Room B1
April 22 - 24. NYS Mathematics Testing for Grades 3 - 5
Wed, April  22. 8:30 - 10:30 a.m. Earth Day Rooftop Farm Spring Clean-Up 
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
April 30. Poem in Your Pocket Day
May 2. School Auction!!
May 6 - 8. Third graders to Camp Speers

As a partner of Third Street Music School, Earth School students have access to a year of free music and dance classes at our East 11th Street site through our Partners@3rd program. In order to participate, students and their parents must attend the upcoming Partners@3rd Open House, where they will meet teachers, be introduced to various instruments, and have the opportunity to register for this unique program. Attached is a flyer with details about the open house, taking place on Sunday, May 3rd. 

Family Portraits
Many of you admired the amazing black and white portraits that were on display in our hallways last month. By popular demand, there will be another opportunity to be photographed by the amazing Timor Raz (dad of Leeore, Shanee, and Leebee) in collaboration with Sue Jaye Johnson (mom of Addy and Mayim). Your are invited to bring your family to be photographed on May 16, from 10 - 3 in Room 114, Jessica's room. Please note: There will be no childcare or supervision for children. Children must stay with their adults at all times. Prints will be available at bargain prices from Timor's website after the shoot.

Saturday Parkour Classes
If your child has been enjoying parkour in school, please note that the coaches also teach a Saturday 10:30-11:30am kids' class for ages 7-10 and 11-14 at the Cornerstone Community Center, just a few blocks from school, at E13th Street. Students work on agility, strength and coordination, while building courses and playing creative movement games. Single classes and 5-class passes (20% off) are available. Click the links for details. For questions, email info@themovementcreative.com. You can see photos of the class location and equipment here and read reviews for The Movement Creative on Yelp. Attached is a flyer with this information.

Seeking Garden Gnomes
Garden Gnomes are our affectionate name for parent volunteers who are available to accompany classes to the rooftop farm with their teachers. Garden Gnomes must attend an orientation that will give important scheduling information, safety and security pointers, and tips for helping kids to work productively. Our next orientation is tentatively scheduled for Wed, at 9:00 a.m. Please rsvp to Abbe@theearthschool.org if you are interested. Please indicate if you can attend this Wednesday at 9 a.m.

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