• Abbe's Letter


  • The BUZZ

    December 4, 2017

    Dear Families,

    The Kindergarten application process period has begun. Current Pre-K families must fill out an application for next year’s Kindergarten. Jocelyn sent a thorough email with instructions and links. Applications are due by January 12. Contact Jocelyn with questions (Jocelyn@theearthschool.org).

    I am proud to announce that New York City’s Department of Education now requires each school building to offer at least one single staff bathroom that is gender inclusive. Our single stall bathroom is located on the second floor in Room 251.

     Did you know School Leadership Team information and meeting minutes can be found on the school website? Our next SLT Meeting is Dec 14, from 3:30 – 5:30 p.m. in Room 114. SLT Meetings are open to all members of the Earth School community and the public. Agendas are posted outside of the office in advance of the meetings.

    Professional Development At The Earth School: What’s happening?On the last half-day, staff met in groups to explore two topics using inquiry protocols to focus on particular issues of teaching practice. In one of the groups, Donna presented a description of how she considers “accountability” in regards to students finishing work and showing effort. After she presented a description of her classroom practice, we explored her question deeply. The discussion uncovered issues of diversity, equity, fairness, and ownership. Participants offered suggestions and “food for thought” for Donna as they made connections to their own work.

    In another group, teachers gathered to closely read one student’s Individualized Education Plan (“IEP”). Since IEP’s follow a strict bureaucratic format, the language and structure can be opaque and narrowing. By looking closely at a sample document, the group explored ways to approach IEP writing and reading in keeping with the Earth School’s more personal and child-centered approach. The group then made recommendations for how to improve how IEPs are written and used.

    Love, Abbe

    Posted Dec 6, 2017, 5:12 PM by Abbe Futterman
  • Abbe's Weekly Letter

    November 19, 2017

    Dear Families,

    Thanks to all who organized and attended the Fall Town Meeting. It was a beautiful day of appreciating the school’s work and what makes the Earth School unique. Teachers shared some of the ways that they work with students and think about education. It was a special day, full of thought, love, and thankfulness.

    At the last SLT, staff members did a presentation about the work that we do on “Professional Development” days. Staff members gather frequently to work on growing their teaching practice, to plan, and to consider important matters that arise. The topics are far-ranging from teaching a particular concept in mathematics to discussing how to talk with students about a terrifying news event. Sometimes we work with consultants, such as last year’s work with Border Crossers, and often we lead ourselves in inquiry, where we present and review student work, a classroom activity, or a curriculum. We read books and articles, share ideas with teachers from other schools, and attend conferences and workshops. We learn from children because each is unique and brings something new to consider. Earth School educators are lifelong learners, inquirers, and discoverers. For your interest, the SLT and I will be sending updates about what staff is working on during professional development meetings.

    I found a mistake on the School Days Calendar that I sent home earlier in the year. (It contained an extra half day in December.) I have corrected the error and am sending home bright orange updated ones for your fridges or bulletin boards (attached). You may also refer to the website calendar that contains other important school events.

    I wish you a wonderful long weekend with family and friends. I send my thanks for all you do, for your tremendous support of this school, and for being you.

    Love, Abbe

    Posted Nov 18, 2017, 6:52 PM by Designer Vanessa Lemonides
  • Abbe's Weekly Letter

    November 5, 2017

    Dear Families,

    Last week, we welcomed a new staff member, Amy Soffer, to join Emily as a third grade co-teacher. Amy comes with lots of experience and is very excited to join our community.

    Next Saturday is our first Fall Town Meeting. By popular demand, we are offering a day of fun and learning for families and children. The day begins with a special exhibit of past and current students along the main hallway. Don’t miss it!! Wondering about how we teach math? Not sure why many teachers oppose standardized testing? Still haven’t been to the rooftop farm? Find out why The Earth School chooses a different path from many of the schools that we went to as children. For the adults, there will be a panel of alumni and parents and workshops about teaching and learning at the Earth School. Children will enjoy fun games and special activities. Refreshments provided by the PA. We hope you will come to this day of sharing the work of our school.

    Storyteller in the house! Renowned storyteller Laura Simms will be doing a series of classes with our third graders. Laura will share stories and help students learn the art of storytelling. She will also lead a COW Club for future storytellers.

    To accommodate students with severe food allergies, The Earth School is peanut-free. Please do not pack lunch or snack items that contain peanuts or peanut products (oil, butter, etc.). Many children and adults are also allergic to tree nuts and other foods. Individual classrooms will post additional food policies to accommodate their class members. Please be careful! Food allergies can be dangerous or life threatening! Please remember school and classroom policies when bringing snack, class breakfast foods, potluck, and bake sale items. When bringing food to share, it is a good idea to label homemade foods as “nut free” and “gluten free” or to list ingredients.

    It’s only November and we have two giant bags of Lost and Found items: coats, lunch boxes, sweaters, and more! The custodians bag up lost and found items. Lost and Found bags will be kept in Room 126 and displayed during Coffee Fridays. We can only hold lost items for a few weeks. Unclaimed items will be given away or put on the street for the taking.

    All for now!

    Love, Abbe

    Posted Nov 9, 2017, 5:44 AM by Designer Vanessa Lemonides
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This Week

12/4, 8:30 – 10:30 a.m. Parent Corps, Room 106

12/6. No School for Pre-K (only)

Looking Ahead

12/14, 3:30 – 5:30 p.m. School Leadership Team, Room 114

12/18 Picture Retake Day

FYI

Department of Education Policy on Outdoor Play

“Children benefit from vigorous exercise and should be given the opportunity to play outside whenever possible. Unless it is snowing, there is ice on the playground, or the wind chill factor creates an effective temperature below zero degrees Fahrenheit (-18 degrees Celsius), temperature alone should not be a barrier to outdoor play. You are encouraged to work with your staff to maintain outdoor play periods, and you should take precautions to keep students warm and to ensure that they are appropriately dressed on very cold days. When outdoors, please ensure that your students and staff cover exposed skin, wear warm clothing, and use multiple layers to maintain warmth. For more information, see this guide to staying warm outdoors.”

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