February 6, 2016

Hello Earth School Families,

Wow!! Incredible Magic Show! Incredible turnout! Incredible audience behavior! Incredible food! Incredible set-up and clean-up crew! Thanks to all of you for supporting this event. Of course, a special call out to the marvelous Adam Cardone for ten years of magic! Community events like the Magic Show and the upcoming Spring Auction bring us together while raising funds for camping trip scholarships, movement with Vince and Frankie, music, dance, and classroom supplies. We send thanks to those who gave their time and ask all parents to find a way of pitching in to fund our great programs!

You should have received a robot-voice call and an email to remind you about the Magic Show and the Monday holiday. Like other schools, we have subscribed to an automated “messenger” service to send important reminders and emergency notifications via voice, text, and email. We plan to use the service sparingly. If you did not receive these messages, please update your school contact information in the Department of Education online system (ATS) by stopping by or emailing Carmen Gunzl (back desk). Of course, you may opt out of Messenger, but keep in mind that we would activate this service in case of an emergency, such as a school evacuation.

Recently, parents have contacted me with questions and concerns regarding school policies, such as Attendance, Lateness, and Arrival Procedures. We do have a Parent Handbook where many of these policies are spelled out. However, since our community is ever evolving and adapting, procedures periodically change and some entries may not yet be updated.

There have been a number of concerns about the use of phones and tablets in the hallways before school. Students from Grades 4/5 held a debate to weigh both sides of the issues. After taking various opinions into account, I am asking that students limit the use of phones and before school to important communications with caregiver. I ask that students do not play games, browse web, use social media, or other apps in the hallways before school. We will discuss this topic at the next SLT Meeting so feel free to send comments and opinions that you want represented, if you haven’t already.

Don’t miss the Arts Connection dance performances by our Grade 3 – 5 students on Thursday and Friday at 9:00. The program was supported by our PA and through a grant from City Council Member Rosie Mendez who will attend Thursday’s performance!! Please come and say thanks!!

 All for now! Abbe


This Week

Feb 11, 9:00 – 9:45 a.m. ArtsConnection Student Dance Performance by Jia/Rob, Donna, and Maya’s Classes Carol/Colin’s Classes – Note class day change!

Feb 11, 3:30 p.m. SLT Meeting. Jia’s room.

Feb 12, 9:00 – 9:45 a.m. ArtsConnection Student Dance Performance by Theresa, Emily, and Carol/Colin’s Classes – Note class day change!

Upcoming Events

Feb 15 – 19. Mid-Winter Recess. School closed.

Sat, Mar 12, 9:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. Annual Town Meeting. Note time change!

Help Wanted

Are you a graphic designer willing to create eye-catching flyers for the school? We'd love to add you to our list so we can share the creative load. We also need help to create a staff photo wall. Awesome photos were taken by Jeffrey Lee in September. Now that the halls are freshly painted, we'd love to (finally) display them! Contact Vanessa at

From the Handbook

Arrival and Dismissal

Parents may bring their children for breakfast from 7:45 a.m. to 8:15 a.m. in the cafeteria, where they will be supervised by an Earth School staff member. Students who arrive before 8:20 a.m. must wait in the cafeteria. Children may not wait in the hallways before 8:20 a.m. without an adult. The school day begins at 8:30 a.m. Dismissal is at 2:50 p.m.

Gym and Library Before School

For students that prefer, we provide supervision in the gymnasium and the second floor school library starting at 8:00 a.m. Students wishing to play in the gymnasium with Coach Vince and Frankie must get a pass from Carmen in the cafeteria. 25 passes are distributed beginning at 8:00 a.m. and go fast. First come, first served.


It is important that healthy children come to school every day! When children are frequently absent, they miss important instruction in their classes. It may be difficult for them to catch up on projects and missed experiences.

If a child will not be attending school, parents should notify the office by phone between 8:00 and 9:00 a.m. When the student returns, a doctor’s note or written explanation of the absence should be submitted to Carmen Nieves in the main office. If the child’s absence was due to an infectious disease, a physician’s note is required for re-admission. Absences of three or more consecutive days without notification are subject to an attendance investigation by the Department of Education. Parents are required to notify in writing the classroom teacher and the office in the event of a planned absence (trip, funeral, etc.).

Please note that attendance patterns are an important consideration on most middle school applications. However, middle schools are aware that children get ill and that there are other important reasons that they may be absent from school. If you do not have chronic (10% or more), unexcused absences and/or latenesses, attendance will not play a big role in admissions.


One of the most important ways that parents can help their children succeed in school is by getting them to school on time. Teachers take attendance on forms that are sent to the office at 8:35 a.m. along with school lunch counts. Children arriving after 8:35 must stop in the office for a late pass. Failure to get a late pass may result in the child being marked absent for the day and their school lunch will not be ordered.

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