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March 19, 2017

Dear Earth School Families,­

Thanks to all who attended our 20th Annual Town Meeting on Saturday. The Parents vs. Teachers Relay Races were a blast!!! We are still tallying the results, but it looks like a re-match will be in order at next year’s meeting. ATM is a unique event where parents and educators get to know each other while learning about the school’s history, its mission, and the challenges that we face. Big thanks to organizers, coach-referees, workshop presenters, panelists, and the team who ran the children’s activities.

For the second year in a row, our school is being recognized as a “Respect for All School.” This award honors our ongoing commitment to social-emotional learning as demonstrated by professional development initiatives and to social justice through curriculum, school policy, and self-review. To find out resources for promoting social justice in school, visit our website’s Integration, Diversity, and Social Justice page.

From Last Issue:

As many of you have already noticed, the adult bathrooms are now being locked and require a key from the Office, as is procedure in other schools. To accommodate the scooter parking and high use at drop off and dismissal, we will open the bathrooms in the Earth School lobby during those times as well as late in the day when the office is closed.

I am pleased to announce that University Settlement, our on-site mental health clinic, is increasing its days at our location. Counseling services for children are available in school to suit your child’s class schedule. This program is paid for through your own insurance (currently only Medicaid accepted). It does not require a school referral or evaluation. It’s a healthy way to support a child through a family transition or rough patch. For more information, please reach out to Ali Kander ( or


Please complete the DOE’s Annual Parent Survey. This short survey gathers information about your overall satisfaction and the results are published and used (along with test scores) to determine our school’s official rating. Please note that, in addition, our SLT conducts its own “in-house” survey to get more detailed and specific feedback to inform next year’s planning. Each student received a green envelope containing a hard copy of the survey to fill out along with postage-paid envelope. You can also complete the survey online using your access code (in the green envelope).



This Week

3/21, 8:35 a.m. and 5:45 p.m. PA Meeting and Testing Forum (Note: DATE CHANGE)

3/23, 8:45 – 9:45 a.m. Arts Connection Student Performances, Grades 3 – 5

3/24, 8:40 a.m. Spring Equinox observance

3/24. Half day for Professional development. Dismissal 11:55 a.m.

Looking Ahead

3/28 – 3/30. State English Language Arts Testing. Grades 3 – 5

Mon, 4/3, 5:00 – 8:00 p.m. Mystery Art Show, James Fuentes Gallery
4/10 – 4/18. School closed for Spring Recess

Help Wanted


What? An awesome art show and sale of beautiful artwork by our children, teachers, parents, professional artists, and a celeb or two, at the James Fuentes Gallery. All the work will be for sale to benefit The Earth School, BUT you won't know whose artwork you're buying! A kid's? A teacher's? A parent’s? An artist’s? Therein lies the mystery.

Why? The Mystery Art Show is a fantastic opportunity to buy very affordable artwork to benefit our school as well as to foster our community’s creativity.

When? Monday, April 3rd , 5 - 8 p.m.

Where? The Fuentes Gallery, 55 Delancey St, btw Allen and Eldridge

How to help: The PA is asking the children to contribute a piece of art. Art paper and instructions were sent home before the vacation. Kids and adults will work on their masterpieces and bring them back to school by March 29.


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