November 22, 2015

Hello Earth School Families,

We have some important news that you may have seen in the New York Times or heard on the radio. The Earth School and six other schools have been granted permission to set aside a percentage of seats for new students entering the school who are economically disadvantaged or who are English Language Learners. This guide is only for families new to the school and will not affect returning students or siblings. How will these changes impact our school? Initially, they will not be noticeable to us because we have already exceeded our target of 45% students eligible for free/reduced lunch and English Language Learners. Moving forward, however, these “set asides” will ensure that our school does not lose diversity over time. As many of us have experienced, finding a good school for our children is a difficult task. We need to be sure that all kinds of families continue to have access to great schools like ours. As the city grapples with the issue of segregation in schools, the Earth School is fortunate to have this new avenue to protect its essential mission of being a diverse community.

For a discussion of another important Earth School topic, please check out this New York Times article on social-emotional learning in the elementary school.

Thanks for being here and reading this. Wishing you and your family a fantastic harvest weekend!

All for now,



This Week

Mon, 11/23, 8:30 – 10:30 a.m. Parent Corps, Room 106.

Frost Valley Bake Sale

Tues, 11/24  – Wed, 11/25. Bake sale to benefit Frost Valley camping trip. Donations of baked goods needed. 

Children can bring money to buy a treat after school.

Tues, 11/24, 8:35 – 9:25. Parents Association Meeting. Tim’s Room.

Wed, 11/25, 8:30 – 10:00 a.m. Pick your own herbs on the Fifth Street Farm.

Thurs, 11/26, – Fri, 11/27. Thanksgiving. No school.

Parsley, Sage, Rosemary and Thyme … and Basil! The 5th Street Farm, located on the roof of the building shared by The Earth School, Tompkins Square Middle School and PS 64, has all these herbs in abundance. You are invited to pick your own herbs for your family's holiday feast! Wednesday, November 25th from 8:30-10 a.m., come up to the roof via the stairway closest to the Earth School Office. Volunteers will be on hand to help you find and pick fresh, organically-grown herbs. For more information, contact Frances at

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