• Abbe's Letter


  • Abbe's Weekly Letter

    November 5, 2017

    Dear Families,

    Last week, we welcomed a new staff member, Amy Soffer, to join Emily as a third grade co-teacher. Amy comes with lots of experience and is very excited to join our community.

    Next Saturday is our first Fall Town Meeting. By popular demand, we are offering a day of fun and learning for families and children. The day begins with a special exhibit of past and current students along the main hallway. Don’t miss it!! Wondering about how we teach math? Not sure why many teachers oppose standardized testing? Still haven’t been to the rooftop farm? Find out why The Earth School chooses a different path from many of the schools that we went to as children. For the adults, there will be a panel of alumni and parents and workshops about teaching and learning at the Earth School. Children will enjoy fun games and special activities. Refreshments provided by the PA. We hope you will come to this day of sharing the work of our school.

    Storyteller in the house! Renowned storyteller Laura Simms will be doing a series of classes with our third graders. Laura will share stories and help students learn the art of storytelling. She will also lead a COW Club for future storytellers.

    To accommodate students with severe food allergies, The Earth School is peanut-free. Please do not pack lunch or snack items that contain peanuts or peanut products (oil, butter, etc.). Many children and adults are also allergic to tree nuts and other foods. Individual classrooms will post additional food policies to accommodate their class members. Please be careful! Food allergies can be dangerous or life threatening! Please remember school and classroom policies when bringing snack, class breakfast foods, potluck, and bake sale items. When bringing food to share, it is a good idea to label homemade foods as “nut free” and “gluten free” or to list ingredients.

    It’s only November and we have two giant bags of Lost and Found items: coats, lunch boxes, sweaters, and more! The custodians bag up lost and found items. Lost and Found bags will be kept in Room 126 and displayed during Coffee Fridays. We can only hold lost items for a few weeks. Unclaimed items will be given away or put on the street for the taking.

    All for now!

    Love, Abbe

    Posted Nov 9, 2017, 5:44 AM by Designer Vanessa Lemonides
  • Abbe's Weekly Letter

    October 22, 2017

    Dear Families,

    Huge thanks to the organizers and everyone who supported the Fall Fair!! It was another wonderful community event and a successful fundraiser for our school programs.

    This week is family conferences. All teachers and service providers are available to meet. Emmy and Patrice have drop in times that are indicated on posters in the halls. Other service providers have sign-ups and can be scheduled by email.

    Please see the attached letter about the school's Emergency Readiness Initiatives. Over the first two months of school, we teach and practice GRP safety protocols with all students, including Fire and Lock Down Drills. Teachers discuss these drills in developmentally-appropriate ways to promote a sense of readiness and safety. Please let us know if your child expresses any fears related to the drills so that we can follow up. A reminder that adults should only EXIT from doors where a Safety Agent is present. Using other exits will trigger alarms and require an investigation by staff.

    There are still a few open counseling slots with Ali Kander of University Settlement, our on-site mental health clinic. These services are 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 (alik@theearthschool.org) or Shirley@theearthschool.org.

    Halloween is coming. For those who partake in this tradition, it's an exciting time as children look forward to festivities, treats, and costumes. All the excitement can make it hard for children to focus and to behave calmly at school. We kindly request that you wait until after school to celebrate Halloween. Please do not send costumes, candy, or sweets to school. Please remind children not to bring their candy to school on the following days.

    All for now!

    Love, Abbe

    Posted Oct 21, 2017, 3:17 AM by Abbe Futterman
  • Abbe's Weekly Letter

    October 10, 2017

    Dear Families,

    Thanks to all who participated in the first Fall Potluck Picnic! It was lovely to see the children playing and so many of us enjoying the beautiful day together!! The next big thing is the Annual Fall Fair, Saturday, October 14, 12 – 5 p.m. We encourage everyone to get involved in some way! Please invite friends, and neighbors to this fun family event. To volunteer, please sign up on the notice board just outside The Earth School office. This is one of our biggest fundraisers and is great fun for the whole community. Plus, it supports Earth School programs, such as Rod Rogers Dance, Third Street Music, and the overnight camping trip for 4th/5th graders coming up November 1 – 3rd!

    Many have been wondering about the status of our Movement Program. Coach Vince has been absent because his certification is delayed and he cannot be hired without it. Though he is trying to expedite the process, we are not sure how long it will take. Substitute teachers have been working with Frankie for the last few weeks to “cover,” but it has not been the same without a professional coach. To continue providing a quality experience for our students, I have invited a trained physical education coach, Patrick Lindo, to lead our Movement Program. Coach Frankie will help him get started. Patrick comes highly recommended and is excited to be at our school. We warmly welcome him to our community. The SLT will be putting together a hiring committee to choose a permanent certified physical education teacher when we know more about Vince’s certification timeline.

    All for now!

    Love, Abbe

    Posted Oct 11, 2017, 3:56 AM by Abbe Futterman
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This Week

11/13, 8:30 - 10:30 a.m. Parent Corps

11/14, 8:30 – 9:30 a.m. PA Meeting, Library

11/17. Half day for Professional Development. Dismissal 11:55 a.m.

Looking Ahead

11/23 – 11/24. School closed for Thanksgiving

12/1. Middle School Applications due to Shirley


Professional Development: What Staff Members Are Learning

Election Day: Citywide Professional Development Day The Earth School staff participated in a variety of professional learning offerings. Most teachers met colleagues from other like-minded "sister" schools at Brooklyn New School. Our collective met to design performance assessment tasks as an alternative to standardized testing to demonstrate readiness for middle school. Others attended a Social Emotional Learning Symposium. A few went to the Biobase STEM PD!


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