Earth School Calendar
October 4, 2015


Hello Earth School Families,
Thanks for the great turn out at last week's Classroom Kick-Offs. If you missed it, there are handouts from each class available. Please check in with teachers to be sure we have Class Parents in every classroom. 

I have been invited to meet with Deputy Chancellor Phil Weinberg on Monday to share our PROSE Teacher Evaluation work. The DOE is negotiating with the State and the UFT regarding the State Teacher Evaluation Requirements and this may be our chance to squeeze in a true Authentic Assessment provision. 

All for now!

This Week
Thurs, Oct 8. Earth School welcomes Progressive Education Network (P.E.N.) conference participants. Classroom visits in a.m. Rooftop Farm workshop with Abbe in p.m. (Parents welcome to this!)

Fri, Oct 9, 8:30 - 9:30 a.m. Middle School Information Meeting
Earth School Guidance Counsellor, Shirley Suares, will be holding an information meeting about the Middle School Application process this Friday, October 9, at 8:30 a.m. in the 2nd Floor School Library. We are inviting some former Earth School parents whose children are now in Middle School to answer questions and share their experiences. If you cannot attend at this time, please contact Shirley directly if you need assistance ( 

Click here for additional Middle School updates, events and online resources.

Looking Ahead
Mon, Oct 12. NO SCHOOL - Columbus Day.
Sat, Oct 17, 12-5 pm. Fall Fair at Tompkins Square Park. Our most fun seasonal event!! Don't miss it!

Help Wanted
What is COW? C.O.W. (Community Open Work) is a unique time at the Earth School. C.O.W. occurs every Wednesday from 1:50- 2:40 p.m. It is when all Earth School classes simultaneously have Open Work periods where students choose their own work. Activities are wide-ranging from developing projects to building with blocks, creating a play, or working in other classrooms. The community aspect of C.O.W. is part of what makes it such an anticipated part of the school week. Students, teachers, and parents also run special “C.O.W. clubs” at this time. C.O.W. clubs are groups of students who gather together around a common interest or activity. Please consider volunteering to run a C.O.W. Club in your child's class. It is a way for you to share your own interests with the school community, to get to know students, and to contribute diverse and rich experiences for our children. If you are interested in running a C.O.W club, please contact or
Past C.O.W. Clubs include Sports Club, 
Japanese Club, Sewing Club, Garden Club, School Newspaper.

Class Parents wanted for each classroom. Find out more and sign up at the Class Kick-Off on Thursday.

Grant Writers wanted for the Grant Writing Committee. If you are interested, please send email to:

Gardeners needed for helping in school gardens and rooftop farm. Experience helpful, but not required. Please email: Colin ( or Abbe (, if interested.

Be sure to also visit the Events section on this site and the calendar page under the For Parents tab.

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