Hello Earth School Families,
Last week, we hosted a visit by Phil Weinberg, NYC Deputy Chancellor for Teaching and Learning. After my overview of ongoing and current work, we toured five classrooms and the Farm. We discussed his observations. I shared a summary of our professional development work, student assessments, and curricula. His critical questions attested to his fine reputation as a wise and insightful educator. I received this note on Friday:
As the year draws to a close, there is still a lot to do. Finding ways of supporting teachers during this busy time is greatly appreciated. If you have a little time this month, please reach out to your teacher or the office for ways you can help.
On the recommendation of teachers and recess supervisors who have witnessed the persistent use of inappropriate language by some students, I have suspended the use of the “far yard” during upper grade recess. I announced this decision to each class and invited the students to come up with solutions for fixing the problems. The teachers and I are poised to support the students to carry out plans for improving recess behavior so they can utilize both yards again.
PreK/K toilets are installed, but we are still waiting on the rest of the renovations, such as child-friendly door locks. The SLT continues to consider feedback from the community regarding the bathrooms and to discuss the issues affecting both children and adults.
Scooter and folding stroller parking is currently housed in the vestibule in front of the Women’s bathroom. Please do not store scooters or other belongings overnight. Unclaimed or abandoned items will be removed.
While ES families are widely diverse, our diversity is not adequately reflected in the make-up of our Parents Association Executives and School Leadership Team. These parent leadership positions impact decisions for our whole community. To best serve all of our families, it is important that the teams reflect a range of perspectives and priorities. Elections are this month and we are actively seeking some new parent leaders. If you are interested or want more information about joining, please reach out to your PA, Jocelyn, or me. Not ready to “make it official”? SLT Meetings are open to all parents. Please come and add your voice.
A group of students at The Earth School are taking action against the exclusionary practices of a popular educational website, BrainPOP. They have been working on a video and website to convince BrainPOP to include the LGBT rights movement in their menu of topics where it is conspicuously absent! The project emerged from last year's Rights & Responsibilities curriculum during which they each were assigned to research a "rights movement." To learn the full story, watch this video and visit their website!
May 25 – 27. Fourth Grade NYS Science Performance Test
May 30. Memorial Day. No School
June 3. Annual Picnic and Square Dance, East River Park
June 6. Fourth Grade NYS Science Written Test
June 6 – June 10. Family Conference Week
June 8. Evening Conferences
June 9. Chancellor’s Professional Development Day. No School for children
June 14. Clerical Day. No school for children
June 22. ESPA & SLT Elections
June 23. Earth School Graduation!
June 24, 3:00 – 5:00 p.m. Ice Cream Social for 4th & 5th Graders
June 28. Last day of school. Half day for students. Dismissal 11:50 a.m.
Third Street Music School is hosting its annual open house on Sunday, May 22nd, from 1:00 to 4:00 p.m. at its building on 235 East 11th Street near 2nd Avenue. Partner School Students ages 6 (by December 31, 2016) to 14 will be able to meet teachers, try out instruments, and apply for free and reduced-rate group classes for the fall.
A $40 non-refundable application fee per family, paid by cash or check, is due at the time of application. Interested children must attend the event and must be accompanied by a parent or guardian. The program is open to children age six (by December 2016) to fourteen, who have never been enrolled at Third Street. Parners@3rd classes are tuition-free for students during the first year of instruction at Third Street. Second year instruction is discounted, and financial aid is available for years three and beyond.
On THIS Website you can find out about Summer Programs, Standardized Testing, Diversity and Social Justice Resources, the Parent Handbook, the School Calendar, and much more! Please have a look!