• Abbe's Letter

  • Abbe's Letter

    February 11, 2018

    Dear Families,

    This week is devoted to Family Conferences. Please make an appointment by signing up at the classroom or emailing your teachers. Bring your child’s Narrative Report if there are areas that you would like to discuss. Please remember to complete the Narrative Response form. I've attached the form here in case it’s been misplaced.

    Did you know that ALL teachers and service providers are available and eager to meet with you to discuss your child’s progress? Don’t forget to meet with Patrice (Art) and Emmy (Science). You can also meet with any of your child’s special service providers: Julie, Shav, and Melissa (Speech), Rachel (English as a New Language), Carmen and Marissa (Occupational Therapy), Shirley (Guidance), and Chris (Physical Therapy). I try to get around to conferences as well and can be available at specific times with advance notice. We hope to see all families!

    Ever wonder why the Earth School gets less funding than many other public schools? Ever wish that the Parent Association wasn't strapped with raising so much cash every year? A big factor is that the Department of Education only gives us 87% of our Funding, while other schools randomly get 100% or more. Our PA and SLT want your help in demanding 100% of our funding. This Thursday, 2/15, there will be a Town Hall with Chancellor Farina. See attached poster for links to submit questions and RSVP. Refreshments and childcare. Here's how you can help: 

    1. Submit a question about "Fair Student Funding," such as, "How is it "fair" to give some schools all of their full "Fair Student" funding and others only a percentage of it resulting in losses of over $200,000 per year!?" 

    2. RSVP and attend the Town Hall Meeting on Thursday to show our concern. 

    In preparation for standardized testing season, parents of students in Grades 3 - 5 are asked to let teachers know if you intend to have your child sit for the tests or "opt out." Our policy is to respect each family's decision and to support children to have positive experiences whether testing or not. To learn more, find out your rights, and get answers to frequently asked questions, please reach out to the PA or your child's teacher. 

    All for now! 

    Love, Abbe

    Posted Feb 11, 2018, 8:57 AM by Designer Vanessa Lemonides
  • A Letter from Jocelyn


    Hello Earth School Families,

    The application process for Pre-K will begin Monday February 5th  and goes through March 30th, 2018. All children born in 2014 are eligible for the 2018 – 2019 Pre-Kindergarten. Following to District 1 policy, siblings of current Earth School students are given priority admission to our Pre-Kindergarten.

    Below is a link to the Department of Educations online application for your convenience (goes live Monday February 5th,2018). Also fine the digital version of the District 1 directory which provides more information about the application process and D1 priorities, including siblings.

    When filling out the application online please remember the following:

    • Enter Earth School to your list only (for families with siblings)
    • If your Pre-K child has a sibling in the upper grades at Earth School, please make sure to add them to the application!
    • Please email me if you need your child's Student ID (OSIS) number.
    • Email me if you have any further questions: Jocelyn@theearthschool.org 

    Some helpful links below:

    Link to Pre-Kindergarten Application: Beginning February 5th, 2018


    Earth School's Code, DBN:


    Digital version of Pre-K Directory for Manhattan:




    Earth School Parent Coordinator

    Room 126


    Posted Feb 3, 2018, 10:14 AM by Designer Vanessa Lemonides
  • Abbe's Letter

    January 28, 2018

    Dear Families,

    We will be distributing Winter Narrative Reports on Friday at dismissal. Teachers prefer handing the Reports to an adult for privacy and safekeeping. If you cannot pick up the report personally, it will be backpacked. Please read your child’s report carefully and consider how you will share it with them. When talking with your child about the report, we encourage discussing both strengths, growth, and areas for improvement. Please make note of your thoughts using the enclosed Response Form. Family Conferences begin February 12 by appointment (see individual classrooms for sign-ups). Please bring the report to your conference so you can refer to it in your discussion. Narrative reports are a unique feature of progressive public schools like ours. Teachers have worked many long hours on each one. Your comments and feedback are greatly appreciated. Teachers try to use plain language and not “teacher-speak.” That said, we occasionally slip into school jargon or educational terminology. If you need clarification about anything in your report, we are happy to help.

    From the Parent Handbook:

    Narrative Reports

    Narrative Reports are written in January and June. Based on data collected by the teachers, these reports document each child’s development, interests, and progress in school subject areas. The process of creating these reports ensures careful reflection on each individual child’s growth. To prepare for writing, teachers spend time reviewing the student’s work and written observations and records. They synthesize this data in detailed summaries. Individualized goals are created for each child to prioritize their next steps. Though labor intensive, we feel that Narrative Reports and the reflective process that they require are far superior to “letter grades” or checklist report cards. Please read the report carefully and share it with your child. If you have questions, your teacher is available to review the report with you. Your written feedback is also greatly appreciated and lets the teachers know that the report has been read. 

    Love, Abbe    

    Posted Jan 28, 2018, 6:05 PM by Designer Vanessa Lemonides
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This Week

Read-A-Thon continues all month!!

2/12 - 2/15. Family Conference Week

2/14, 6:00 - 8:00 p.m. Evening Conferences

2/15, 6:00 - 8:30 p.m. Town Hall with Chancellor. Childcare. Marte Valle HS, 145 Stanton St

2/16 - 2/25. Lunar New Year and Mid-Winter Recess. Schools closed

Upcoming Events

3/1. Half Day for Family Conferences. Dismissal 11:55 a.m.

3/4, 7:00 p.m. District 1 Battle of the Family Bands, Bowery Ballroom

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