December 4, 2016

Dear Earth School Families,

December is a busy month of workshops and other school events!

On 12/9 Earth School teachers Suzanne, Jennifer, and Jia will present a Community Workshop entitled “Assessment at the Earth School.” Come and find out how and why teachers at the Earth School assess children throughout the whole school year.

On 12/16, Early Childhood Social Worker, Alice Auth, will lead a workshop on “Supporting Young Children’s Growing Independence in Pre-K and K.” Zipping? Buttoning? Unpacking your own bookbag?… How much “independence” and self-care is reasonable to expect from 4 – 6 year olds? Find out why the development of independence is such an important foundation for school success!

Get ready for the holidays while supporting the Earth School! The Book Fair starts on Wednesday, 12/14 and goes through Saturday, 12/17. Saturday is also our Holiday DIY Craft Fair. Join other Earth School families and bring friends to create amazing homemade gifts and cards! And if you are an Amazon shopper, don’t forget to log onto Amazon Smile so all purchases benefit the ES Parents Association.

The Kindergarten application process has begun. Current Pre-K families must fill out an application for next year’s Kindergarten. As in the past, District 1 residents and siblings will be given priority for admission. Jocelyn is ready with everything you will need in order to fill out the application. Kindergarten application booklets went home last week. Please return the application before January 14th! If you have any questions on admission, please email Jocelyn at:  or come see her in Room 126.

Did you know School Leadership Team information and meeting minutes can be found on the SLT page of the school website? Our next SLT Meeting is Thursday, December 8, from 3:30 – 5:30 p.m. in Room 114. Agenda items include Principal’s Report, Staff Report, and Diversity Initiative Updates. A reminder that all SLT Meetings are open to all members of the Earth School Community and the public. Agendas are posted in the lobby in advance of the meetings.



This Week

Mon, 12/5, 830 – 10:30 a.m. Parent Corps, Room 106.

Thurs, 12/8, 3:30 – 5:30 p.m. SLT Meeting, Room 114.

Fri, 12/9, 8:30 – 9:30 a.m. Community Workshop: Assessment at The Earth School, Emmy’s Room B1

Fri, 12/9. Half day for Professional Development. Dismissal at 11:55

Looking Ahead

Mon, 12/12. Oral Health Dental Screening, Grade 3. Please return forms.

Wed,12/14 – Sat, 12/17. Book Fair, lobby.

Fri, 12/16, 8:30 – 9:45 a.m. “Supporting Your Young Child’s Growing Independence in Pre-K and K” with Alice Auth. Emmy’s Room B1.

Sat, 12/17, 12 – 5:00 p.m. Holiday DIY Craft Fair. Bring friends.


Purchase Beautiful Frost Valley Prints by Timor Online!

Profits go to Earth School PA!


Department of Education Policy on Outdoor Play

“Children benefit from vigorous exercise and should be given the opportunity to play outside whenever possible. Unless it is snowing, there is ice on the playground, or the wind chill factor creates an effective temperature below zero degrees Fahrenheit (-18 degrees Celsius), temperature alone should not be a barrier to outdoor play. You are encouraged to work with your staff to maintain outdoor play periods, and you should take precautions to keep students warm and to ensure that they are appropriately dressed on very cold days. When outdoors, please ensure that your students and staff cover exposed skin, wear warm clothing, and use multiple layers to maintain warmth. For more information, see this guide to staying warm outdoors.”

Admissions and Tours
Class Pages
Promoting Diversity & Social Justice
Sixth Street Community Center’s Community Supported Agriculture (CSA)