February 22, 2015

Hello Earth School Families,
I hope you enjoyed the school vacation despite the extreme weather in these parts. Looks like another interesting week in that department with a good possibility that the kids won't be going outside for recess for much of it. Fortunately, Parkour, our next gym cycle, is starting which will definitely provide some serious exercise! (If you want to try running up the side of a wall, you will see what I mean.) What? Never heard of Parkour, watch this! 

On March 3, we will be visited by an evaluator for our annual Quality Review. Safiyah Satterwhite has been assigned to spend the day visiting classrooms, talking to us, and reviewing evidence of our work with students. We look forward to this opportunity to show off the great stuff that we do and also to get some constructive feedback on our work. After the review, we will be receive an "Area of Celebration" and an "Area of Focus" as well as ratings aligned with the Department of Education's Quality Review rubric. 

Another way that the Department of Education gauges our school quality is through the a parent survey. This survey gathers information about your overall satisfaction with our school and results are published on the DOE's public website. Completion rates are also important as they reflect the level of parent involvement. The SLT (School Leadership Team) also collects an in-house parent survey to get feedback more specific to our school. Please reach out to me, your PA team, or Jocelyn with any questions. To complete the survey, you will need the access code listed on the notice that your child will bring home. Please keep your eye out for it!

Please save Saturday, March 14 from 9:00 - 1:00 p.m. for our Annual Town Meeting, The Earth School: Seeds, Roots, and Shoots. This community event is a chance for parents and staff to come together to explore the school's mission and collaborate on fulfilling our goals. There will be speakers and workshops led by parents and staff members on a wide variety of topics, a potluck lunch, and activities and childcare for children. I hope you can join us for this important community event.

A few reminders: 
Please check the Lost and Found bins in the main lobby and in the phone booth bay (6th Street entrance). 
Please return your Narrative Response Forms or complete one online.

All for now!

Tues, Feb 24, 8:30 - 10:30 a.m. Parent Corps
Tues, Feb 24, 8:30 - 9:25 a.m. Parents Association Meeting, Emmy's Room B1
Thurs, Feb 26, 8:45 - 10:30 a.m. School Tour
Thurs, Feb 26, 6:00 - 7:00 p.m. Camp Speers Info Meeting
Fri, Feb 27. Professional Development Half day, 11:50 a.m. dismissal 

Mar 3. Quality Review
Mar 6, 6:00 p.m. The Amazing Cardone Magic Show
Mar 14, 9:00 - 1:00 p.m. Annual Town Meeting
Mar 16 - Mar 20. Family Conference Week
Mar 18, 5:30 - 8:00 p.m. Family Conference Evening
Mar 19. Half day for Family Conferences

Please spread the word about next week's fabulous, not-to-be-missed, fantastical Magic Show featuring the Amazing Cardone (and the most adorable sidekick)!! Tell neighbors, bring friends-- flyer attached for convenient posting/emailing! (And, if you can, bring something that can be sold at the food table.) Our most spellbinding fundraiser of the year!! Be there or... Adam will turn you into a bunny rabbit!! 

Upcoming Events
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Share Your Earth School PHOTOS and VIDEOS to <photos@theearthschool.org>

We know many of you have been snapping amazing pictures at the Open Mic, Maya's Class Play, the Spring Auction, Roof-Roaring Fundraiser, Graduation, the Solstice/Flashmob, Ice Cream Social, Alison's BBQ and AfterParty -- not to mention class trips, breakfasts, and all the other normal but memorable goings on here at Earth.

Please email your pictures, share your photo links/Dropboxes, and online picture  and video libraries to us here at this <photos@theearthschool.org> eddress.

Typing additional identifying information about the pictures you send us -- who you are, when and where the pictures were taken, who took them (if not you), etc. -- will be helpful in archiving and using the pictures or reaching out in the future.

Thank you for helping share and document our events and time together!

What's New at Earth?

  • EarthSchoolMath, a new channel on YouTube created by Earth School teachers, has short videos that explain math strategies used in our classrooms. Read more about it here