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January 22, 2017

Dear Earth School Families,

At Friday’s Town Meeting, students shared their visions of good leadership. I was very inspired by the wisdom of these young citizens! What would you add to the list?

 A good leader…           

…is inspiring.                                   

…helps people.

…doesn’t yell in people’s face.

…is a person who cares about lots of people.

…should be a good teacher!!

…is not a racist.

…is a person that listens to people!!!

…is someone who doesn’t “bystand.”

 You can read more of the collection on display in the halls!

In the spring, standardized tests are offered to students in grades 3 – 5. In recent years, we have had a large number of parents who have “opted out” of the state tests. Children who are not testing continue regular classwork and projects during the six days of testing. Please begin considering your decision as it will important that we know to organize staffing and programming. Once you have made up your mind, please let your classroom teacher know in writing so we can plan accordingly. We would like to know by the first week in March.

If you live in District 1 and are over a half mile away from the school, you may be eligible for transportation by school bus providing there are at least 11 other riders to our school. Please see Carmen G. if you are interested in exploring this option.

The Pre-K Application period for the 2017–18 school year opened on January 17, and will close on February 24. All NYC children born in 2013 are eligible to apply online at, over the phone by calling 718-935-2067, or in person at a Family Welcome Center.



This Week

Mon, 1/23, 8:30 – 10:30 a.m. Parent Corps. Room 106.

Mon, 1/23, - Wed, 1/25. Traffic Safety Workshops for Grades PreK – 2.

Mon, 1/23, 6:30 pm. Jamaal Bowman, Middle school principal and author of The Tyranny of Standardized Testing and Holistic Schools, will speak at 6:30pm at The Neighborhood School (121 E. 3rd St.)

Thurs, 1/26, 10:00 – 11:00 a.m. Rod Rogers Professional Dance Performance, auditorium. Families welcome.

Fri, 1/27. Half Day for Professional Development. 11:55 a.m. dismissal.

Looking Ahead

2/9, 3:30 – 5:30 p.m. SLT Meeting, Room 113

2/13 – 2/16. Family Conference Week by appointment

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

2/15. Evening Conferences

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

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

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

Sat, 3/18, 9:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. Annual Town Meeting, Library. Awesome activities for kids, too. HOLD THE DATE!

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

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