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March 26, 2017

Dear Earth School Families,­

This is the first week of New York State testing. We are committed to supporting all of our students whether or not they are taking the tests. Jennifer Townsend, is our designated “testing coordinator” this year. Jennifer has attended numerous training sessions so we are totally up-to-date on test procedures. She has devised a detailed plan for proctors and room assignments to accommodate the different needs of our students. This is a complex job that involves some re-arranging of the school schedule for Art, Movement, Science, Cooking, and individual student services.

We need to keep the hallways quiet. Latecomers should enter quickly quietly and teachers should keep doors closed. Children who are testing must arrive on time in order to sit for the tests. No one may join after the directions have started. Make-up tests are available for students who miss the tests. Parents have the right to “opt in” again or “opt out” right up to the last make-up test date. 

This year’s tests are untimed, but the minimum amount of time is 6 – 8 hours over the six days. Students do best when they are calm, well rested, and well fed. Last minute studying or test prep is discouraged as it may add to test anxiety and stress. Please adjust your schedules accordingly.

Lastly, let’s all do our best to support and to respect each other during these weeks. If you hear of anyone being insensitive, please bring it to our attention.


Friday is the last day to complete the DOE’s Annual Parent Survey.

Friday is the last day to turn in artwork to the PA Room 126 for the Mystery Art Show on Monday.



This Week

3/28 – 3/30. State English Language Arts Testing. Grades 3 – 5

3/29. Last day to submit “Mystery Art Work” to PA Room 126

3/29, 6:30 p.m. CEC Meeting on School Funding and Parents’ Testing Rights

  • Fair Student Funding: A presentation from the DOE
  • Funding Owed to Schools and Resources Students Are Entitled To: A great opportunity to get a better understanding of funding issues, the Campaign for Fiscal Equity, etc. (Campaign for Educational Equity and Alliance for Quality Education)
  • Parents' Testing Rights
  • PS 20 Anna Silver School,166 Essex Street, New York, NY 10002

Looking Ahead

4/3, 5:00 – 8:00 p.m. Mystery Art Show, James Fuentes Gallery

4/10 – 4/18. School closed for Spring Recess

4/20, 3:30 – 5:30 p.m. SLT Meeting, Room 114

5/2 – 5/4. State Math Test, Grades 3 - 5

Help Wanted


What? An awesome art show and sale of beautiful artwork by our children, teachers, parents, professional artists, and a celeb or two, at the James Fuentes Gallery. All the work will be for sale to benefit The Earth School, BUT you won't know whose artwork you're buying! A kid's? A teacher's? A parent’s? An artist’s? Therein lies the mystery.

Why? The Mystery Art Show is a fantastic opportunity to buy very affordable artwork to benefit our school as well as to foster our community’s creativity.

When? Monday, April 3rd , 5 - 8 p.m.

Where? The Fuentes Gallery, 55 Delancey St, btw Allen and Eldridge

How to help: The PA is asking the children to contribute a piece of art. Art paper and instructions were sent home before the vacation. Kids and adults will work on their masterpieces and bring them back to school by March 30.


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