May 25, 2015

Hello Earth School Families,
I hope you have gotten a chance to enjoy the long weekend! I was going to try to keep it brief, but there is so much going on so bear with me...

One of the most important ways that you can be involved in our school is by becoming a leader on the Parents Association. PA Officers do hard, rewarding work, but there is always support from past leaders and other parents. Many of the positions can be shared with an experienced partner to teach you the ropes. While the life of NYC parents is always busy, we need some of you to step in for the good of our community. Your participation makes our great school run. We literally cannot do it without you! The deadline for nominations is May 28th, look for the forms on the bulletin board by the office.The election will be held Tuesday June 2nd at drop-off and pickup in the ES lobby.

The Annual Family Picnic is fast approaching on June 5th. Classes will make their way to the East River Park for fun, games, and lunch. Classroom teachers will be scheduling departure times for their classes. Please check with them to find out when your child's class will be walking over. Food for sharing, blankets, outdoor games, and other picnic-y items are welcome! Please no "wheels," dogs, toys, electronics, candy, gum, or soda. School bag lunches are available as usual. As with other field trips, teachers must maintain accurate attendance records. Parents wishing to take students out early must sign out with their classroom teachers. This will insure that all students are safely accounted for! We are looking forward to sharing a wonderful, relaxing day together.

Please take a few minutes to complete what we call our "internal survey." This results of this survey are reviewed by the School Leadership Team (SLT) to gather your views on the school and to get input for future planning. It is by and for our own community. While the current budget situation severely limits the scope of what we can provide through regular funding, many dreams have come true as a result of good ideas and lots of hard work! In addition to sharing your feedback, please consider ways of getting involved in the next big thing. Please click to take the ES Survey 2014-2015Or 
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Please continue to maintain your child's punctual attendance through the end of the year. Missing class work and interrupting the flow of the day creates difficulties for children, classes, and teachers. Middle schools highly value good attendance. Priority for admission is given to students who attend regularly and whose absences are documented with a doctor's note. Similarly, late pick-ups are a big strain on our small office staff. Please be on time for dismissal.

All for now!

The Read-A-Thon is on!! Please help your child get pledges by emailing this link to friends and family!!!
May 26, 8:30. Parent Association Meeting, Emmy's Room B1.
May 27 - 29. NYS Performance Test in Science for Grade 4
May 29, 8:30 a.m. How are teachers evaluated? A conversation about our PROSE Initiative in the area of teacher evaluation. Location tbd (probably the school library).

June 1. NYS Written Test in Science for Grade 4
June 4. Chancellors Day. No school for children
June 5. School Picnic at East River Park
June 8 - 12. Family conferences
June 9. Half day for family conferences. Dismissal 11:50 a.m.
June 15. Clerical half day. Dismissal 11:50 a.m.
June 23. Earth School Graduation
June 24. Ice Cream Social for 4/5th graders
June 26. Last day of school. Dismissal 11:50 a.m.

BioBase Science Summer Camp Inquisitive young scientists everywhere are invited to take their science exploration to the next level this summer at theBioBase, a state-of-the-art community science lab on the Lower East Side. Students will experience a unique week of scientific discovery working with research scientists. Click here for more information.

Let's remember our brothers and sisters in Nepal by donating to the Nepal Earthquake Relief Fund. Tsering Sherpa (mom of Ryan and Nevan) has provided a reliable donation site through the nonprofit organization of designer Prabal Gurung. Click here to donate to the Nepal Earthquake Relief Fund.

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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.

Please email your pictures, share your photo links/Dropboxes, and online picture  and video libraries to us here at this <> 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