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February 12, 2017

Dear Earth School Families,

This week is devoted to Family Conferences. Please make an appointment by signing up in front of the classroom or emailing your teachers. Please bring your child’s Narrative Report if there are areas that you want to discuss.

Did you know that ALL teachers and service providers are available and eager to meet with you to discuss your child’s progress? Don’t forget to meet with Patrice (Art), Emmy (Science), or Tim (Cooking). Individual appointments and drop-in times are available. Schedules are posted in the lobby. You can also meet with any of your child’s special service providers: Julie and Melissa (Speech), Rachel (English as a New Language), Robyn (Occupational Therapy), Shirley (Guidance), and Chris (Physical Therapy), and Jen T (Support Team Coordinator). I try to get around to conferences as well and can be available at specific times with advance notice. Need help signing up? Please reach out to Jocelyn ( for assistance. Parent-teacher partnership is an essential component of children’s success in school. We hope to see all families!

Annual Town Meeting is on Sat, March 18, from 10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. ATM is a special event when parents and educators gather to explore topics of relevance to our school. It is a time to learn more about the school’s history, its mission, and the challenges that we face. It is a time for parents to join with our educators to dream, plan, and review various aspects of school life. We also line up a terrific day of activities for the children (Earth School students only, please) with Coach Vince, Frankie and more. But, the most important ingredient is you! Please come and bring an ES parent friend who might be new to school events!! We hope to see some new faces, to hear from diverse voices, and to expand our active parent community.

Thanks to all parents for attending our weekly Town Meeting on Friday mornings in the Playspace! Please remember to dispose of your cups and other trash when you leave so the space is ready for the gym class right after.

On Monday, we will be distributing “New Middle School” Applications to fifth graders. Your application to these new schools does not take affect your chance of admission elsewhere.



This Week

2/13 – 2/16. Family Conferences by appointment

Mon, 2/13, 8:30 – 10:30 a.m. Last Parent Corps Session!, Room 106

Tues, 2/14. PA Meetings (8:30 a.m. & 5:45 p.m.)

Wed, 2/15. Evening Conferences

Thurs, 2/16. Half Day for Conferences. Dismissal 11:55 a.m.

Thurs, 2/16, 8:30 – 9:00 a.m. Science & Art Exhibit by Maya & Jessica/Jia’s classes, Rooms B1 & B4

Fri, 2/17, 8:30 – 9:00 a.m. Science & Art Exhibit by Theresa/Rob & Cathy/Colin’s classes, Rooms B1 & B4

Looking Ahead

2/20 – 2/24. Mid-Winter Vacation. Schools closed

2/24. Last day to apply for Pre-K for 2017 – 18 at

Fri, 3/10, evening. Magic Show. Auditorium. HOLD THE DATE!

Sat, 3/18, 10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. Annual Town Meeting. Awesome activities for kids, too. HOLD THE DATE!

3/28 – 3/30. State English Language Arts Testing. Grades 3 – 5

Help Wanted

Mystery Art Show: 
4/3, 5:00 – 8:00 p.m. 

Have you noticed those mysterious question marks splashed along the walls of our hallways? Have you wondered what they meant? Well, wonder no longer, we are going to fill you in. The PA is planning a grand and extra-fun fundraising event. It’s called the Mystery Art Show. And to make it a success, the PA needs the whole community to be involved. Here are the facts:

  • What? An awesome upcoming ES art event where the beautiful artwork of our children, teachers, artists, and a celeb or two, is curated and nicely displayed at a local gallery owned by an ES parent. You won't know whose artwork you're buying--is it a kid's, teacher's or a professional artist’s? Therein lies the mystery.
  • Why? The Mystery Art Show is a fantastic opportunity to buy this very affordable artwork and support our school's essential programing as well as to foster our children's creativity and pride in their artistic efforts. 
  • When? Monday, April 3rd from 5 to 8 pm 
  • Where? The Fuentes Gallery on Delancey St between Allen and Eldridge

To help with the event, the PA is asking the children to contribute a piece of art. We will be sending home the art paper and instructions before the winter break. We would like the kids to work on their masterpieces over the break and bring them back in when we come back. Let your kids know that they will have a show just like professional artists - their artwork will be displayed in a real art gallery. How cool! Adults are welcome and encouraged to contribute as well. Do not worry about your level of expertise - just have fun!!! Follow your child’s lead...


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