March 29, 2015

Hello Earth School Families,

Many people have asked whether anyone in our school community was directly affected by last week's tragic fire and building collapse. While we are not aware of any Earth School families involved, several community members from schools in our district lost their homes. To make a donation to help these families in need, you can visit:

We have less than a week to complete our DOE Parent Surveys!! Not only do your responses count towards our school's rating, but we are also evaluated by the response rate. (Please do them!) Here's how: You were sent a green envelope which contains directions and your access code. You can mail it in or complete it online. If you have misplaced the envelope, you can call the Survey Hotline at 1-800-690-8603. As of Friday, less than half of our families had completed their surveys!!

If you are a parent of a child in Grade 3 - 5, please let your child's teacher know if your child will be sitting for the state tests. We would like to know by April 1st. This will help us plan effectively for both children who are testing and those who are not. Students who are not sitting for the test will engage in regular learning activities supervised by either their own teacher or another teacher on their grade level. Here is the DOE "Frequently Asked Questions - Parent Guide." A parent also shared this website with lots of resources and links about refusing the tests. 

Our longtime teacher Vanessa Keller is about to have another baby. She will be taking an extended maternity leave after this week. We will miss her extreme dedication and tremendous skill as an educator of our students. We are pleased to welcome Shannon Gershow to our staff. Many of you remember Shannon from Earth Studies last year. Shannon will be working with Chelsea and providing academic support services for students. 

We will be holding a short meeting on Wed at 8:30 a.m. for current parents who will have children entering PreK and K next year to share preliminary plans and answer questions about next year's PreK-K "bridge" classes. We will meet in Tim's Room 135.

Thanks to all who contributed Pennies for Patients. The three schools in our building jointly raised $2247.06 for this cause.

All for now!

Mar 30, 8:30 Grant Writing Committee, Room 140, Abbe's Room
Mar 31, 8:30 a.m. PA Meeting, Emmy's Room B1
April 1, 8:30 a.m. 2015 - 2016 PreK & K Parents Meeting (current PreK parents and parents of incoming siblings), Room 135
April 3 - 12. School closed for Spring Recess

April 14 - 16. NYS English Language Arts (ELA) Testing for Grades 3 - 5
April 16, 5:30 p.m. STAR Program Performance for Parents. Auditorium.
April 17, 8:30 a.m. CookShop for Families/Coffee on the Roof!
April 22 - 24. NYS Mathematics Testing for Grades 3 - 5
April 23. No school for Pre-K.
April 29, 8:30 a.m. Camp Speers Chaperones Meeting, Room 140.

Upcoming Events
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Join us at the 2015 Spring Auction Party Sat. May 2, 6–10pm!
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NEW! Cellphone policy! Read all about it. 



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Back to School Tips & Tricks: Online resources for helping children make a smooth transition to school day routines.

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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.

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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