October 23, 2016

Dear Earth School Families,

Family Conferences are coming soon! Dates vary since some classes and teachers will be on the Frost Valley camping trip. To give each family enough time, classroom conferences are by appointment only. Sign up sheets are posted outside the rooms. Attending conferences are one of the most important ways to support your child in school. Our wonderful Art, Science, and Cooking teachers also want to meet with you! Signing up is optional as there are usually plenty of open slots.

Tim: Tues, 11/1, 2:30 – 4:00 pm; Wed, 11/2, 1:50 - 6:40 pm; Thurs, 11/3 12:00 – 2:00 pm; Mon, 11/7, 2:30 – 5:00 pm

Patrice: Mon, 11/7, 3 – 5 pm; Mon, 11/14, 3 – 7 pm; Tues, 11/15, 8:30-9 am; Thurs, 11/17, 8:30-9 am; Fri, 11/18, 8:30-9:00 am

Emmy: Wed, 11/2, 3:00 – 7:00 pm; Wed, 11/3, 12:00 – 3:00 pm; Mon, 11/7, 3:00 – 5:00 pm 

You can also sign up for these via Konstella or just “drop in” during conference hours.

Each year, we identify parts of the school that we want to improve. These areas are integrated into the school’s Comprehensive Education Plan (CEP), our yearly guide for pursuing “big picture” goals. This year, our main goal is to become more culturally-responsive, inclusive, and racially-just. This wide-ranging and long-term work is being done through collaborative inquiry, professional development, research, and self-review. We hope that you will find a way to contribute to this important work. On that note, I would like to recommend Ava DuVernay’s new documentary, 13th, on Netflix. For an extensive collection of resources for adults and children on the topics of diversity, anti-racism, social justice, and desegregation, see the Promoting Diversity & Social Justice page on The Earth School website.

Halloween is coming. For those who partake in this tradition, it's a very exciting time as children look forward to festivities, treats, and costumes. All the excitement can make it hard for children to focus and to behave calmly at school. We kindly request that you wait until after school to celebrate Halloween. Please do not send costumes, candy, or sweets to school on Monday. Please remind children not to bring their candy to school on the following days. If you are concerned about your child consuming too much sugar, here are a few tips:

• Serve a healthy, filling, favorite meal BEFORE you go out for treats

• Decide in advance how many treats they may have per day

• After a day or two, put the sweets somewhere out of sight and resume normal eating habits.

• Consider giving or trading out some non-food treats, such as a new chapstick, toothbrush, fancy pencil, etc. in place of candy.

Correction: Gifted & Talented testing requests are due Nov 14 (not 11/17).



This Week

Traffic Safety Workshops for Grades 3 – 5. Ask your children about them!

DanceMakers starts for PreK/K and C.O.W. Club

Oct 27, 8:30 a.m. Short Frost Valley Chaperone Meeting for parents. Parent Room 126.

Looking Ahead

Nov 1 – Nov 4. Family Conference Week by appointment*

Nov 2. Evening Conferences by appointment*

Nov 2 - 4. Grades 4 – 5. Frost Valley Overnight Camping Trip

Nov 3. Half Day for Family Conferences by appointment

Nov 8. Election Day. No school for children

Nov 9. Evening Conferences by appointment*

Nov 17. Evening Conferences by appointment *

*Check with individual teachers for available dates/times


Parent Corps continues this week! It’s not too late to join!! Part coffee hour, part parenting skills workshop, Parent Corps is designed for Pre-K and K parents who want to come together to share ways of supporting children's healthy development and success in school. Join Guidance Counselor Shirley Suares on Mondays from 8:30 - 10:30 a.m. in Room 106. Light breakfast and coffee are provided. 

Important Reminders from the PA

Konstella is up and running! Thank you to those who've already joined! If you haven't yet, please click on this link and sign up for our new communications platform:

Reach out to Vanessa with any questions or issues you may have with signing up. 

Don't forget to make your family contributions! Every dollar counts and will be spent on the enrichment programs we all value so much. You can write a check made out to the ESPA and drop it off in the main office or pay with a credit card via PayPal on the school website. Just click on the "Ways to Donate" button to the right. Cash is also accepted, of course.

Class Pages
Promoting Diversity & Social Justice
Sixth Street Community Center’s Community Supported Agriculture (CSA)