May 2, 2016

Hello Earth School Families,

One of the big events this week is Saturday’s Spring Party & Auction. This is the last big fundraiser of the year and it’s VERY IMPORTANT that we support the school and the incredible team of parents that is pulling it together. Please attend, bring friends, sell tickets, volunteer to set up, clean up, donate finger food!! Sadly, the PA has raised less money than in years past and we need to make up some ground. For much more info, click on SPRING PARTY! Your help makes possible the other big event this week, the third grade Camp Speers trip, and more!! Thanks!

We are pleased to host an information session and academic forum about University Neighborhood Middle School on May 3 from 8:30 - 10:00 a.m. in the 2nd floor library. Though not a widely-known school, UNMS has graduated many Earth School alumni. The Principal Laura Peynado is a dynamic school leader, a supportive colleague, and a frequent speaker at educational forums, such as The Metropolitan Center for Research on Equity and the Transformation of Schools at NYU. Families can meet the faculty and hear about their excellent academic programming and child-centered philosophy. There will be time for Q&A and to sign up for school tours.

I was in school on Friday and our custodian Chris confirmed that workers were scheduled to install the new PreK-K bathrooms this weekend. Stay tuned for the grand opening celebration!

After a recent staffing change, we will once again be hosting services through our University Settlement School-Based Mental Health Clinic. Counseling services for children are available in school and scheduled conveniently to complement your child’s class schedule. This program is paid for by your insurance provider (Medicaid, Health First, etc.) not the Department of Education and does not require a school referral. For more information or to find out if they accept your insurance, please reach out to

Did you know the three schools in our campus all share the second floor library? Did you know that we have contributed a portion of our City Council Technology grant for state of the arts computers and A/V equipment for the library?! Did you know that most Earth School students rarely, if ever, work in the school library. If would like to help turn the library into another vital and vibrant learning environment for our children, please join the Inter-School Library Committee. The first meeting is on May 10th at 8:35 a.m. in the library!

All for now! 


Third Street Music School is hosting its annual open house on Sunday, May 22nd, 
from 1:00 to 4:00 p.m. at its building on 235 East 11th Street near 2nd Avenue. Partner 
School Students ages 6 (by December 31, 2016) to 14 will be able to meet teachers, try out 
instruments, and apply for free and reduced-rate group classes for the fall. 
A $40 non-refundable application fee per family, paid by cash or check, is due at the time of 
application. Interested children must attend the event and must be accompanied by a parent or 
guardian. The program is open to children age six (by December 2016) to fourteen, who have 
never been enrolled at Third Street. Parners@3rd classes are tuition-free for students during the 
first year of instruction at Third Street. Second year instruction is discounted, and financial aid is 
available for years three and beyond.

Kids Talk Back to BrainPOP on LGBT Rights

Earth School Students take action! Please help!!

Please watch and share links!!!

A group of students at The Earth School are taking action against the exclusionary practices of a popular educational website, BrainPOP. They have been working on a video and website to convince BrainPOP to include the LGBT rights movement in their menu of topics where it is conspicuously absent! The project emerged from last year's Rights & Responsibilities curriculum during which they each were assigned to research a "rights movement." To learn the full story, watch this video and visit their website!

This Week

Tues, May 3. University Neighborhood Middle School Parent Presentation, 2nd Fl Library

Wed, May 4. Graduation Planning Meeting: “It takes a village to graduate an Earthling.”

Wed – Fri, May 4 - 6. Third Grade to Camp

Thurs, May 5. Maya’s Class Dinner Party

Sat, May 7. Spring Auction and Party!!

Upcoming Events

Mon, May 9, 9:00 a.m. First and Second Grade Music and Dance Performances, Third Street Music School Program, Auditorium

Tues, May 10, 8:35 a.m. Inter-School Library Committee Meeting

Thurs, May 12, 9:00 a.m. PreK-K Music and Dance Performances, Third Street Music School Program, Auditorium

Fri, May 13. Half Day for Professional Development. Dismissal 11:50.

Did you know?

On THIS Website (, you can find out about Summer Programs, Standardized Testing, Diversity and Social Justice Resources, the Parent Handbook, the School Calendar, and much more! Please have a look!

Help Wanted

Open Mic at Night Photos Wanted. Students had an opportunity to show off their personal interests and talents at the Annual Open Mic. They bravely stood in front of the audience to share a part of themselves. It was a great success. We are currently reaching out to families and attendees who may have taken photos or videos of the event. If it is possible, please email them to

Third Graders in front of their rainforest mural!

Summer Programs & Learning Fun