August 2015

THE BUZZ

Dear Earth School Students and Families,


I know everyone is excited to hear about the new class placements. The teachers and I worked very hard putting together the class groupings for the 2015 - 2016 school year. We aimed to place each child in a class with some old and new friends and to make groups that will learn really well together. We will also be welcoming some new students and families to our community. Whether you are just starting your Earth School journey or have been around for a while, the teachers, staff, and I are here to help you to get settled and to begin finding friendships in your new classes.


Most Earth School teachers will be back in the fall, but we are saying a few hellos and goodbyes. Laryza, 4th/5th grade Co-Teacher, and Milagros, Social Worker, have both retired from the Department of Education after many years of dedicated service. We wish them well!


I am pleased to welcome two new teachers to our staff, Charlie Fabella and Rob McGowan. Charlie will be co-teaching with Maya and Jessica. Rob will be co-teaching with Jia. The hiring committee and I were tremendously impressed with the skills and experience of each of these teachers. We are thrilled to have them join our amazing faculty.


We are eagerly planning for the reconfiguration of our youngest classrooms into four PreK and K multi-age groups. Each room will have a mix of PreK and K students, a full-time teacher and paraprofessional. In addition, Shannon will be co-teaching with Chelsea and Carole.


There is plenty more to be excited about, but I will let you get back to your summer fun. My daughter Mirette’s ankle is mending nicely and she is back on two feet again. Elsabet is happy, excited, and nervous about starting Middle School. The three of us spent a week in Vermont. I attended the Institute on Descriptive Inquiry with seven Earth School colleagues while the girls attended pony camp!


Be safe. Have fun. See you soon. Love, Abbe


USEFUL INFORMATION

The first day of school is Wednesday, September 9th. It is a half day for PreK and K (11:50 dismissal). To ease their transition to the full day, Thursday, September 10th is also a half day for PreK.


School begins promptly at 8:30 a.m. Breakfast is available in the cafeteria from 7:45 - 8:15 a.m. Before 8:00 a.m., parents should accompany children to the cafeteria to find Carmen. From 8:00 a.m., children can go down on their own, if needed.


The school day ends promptly at 2:50 p.m. Please make sure your pick-up arrangements are made for 2:50 p.m. (not 3!) Half days end at 11:50 a.m.


We have several quality after school programs on-site. Please sign up early as space is limited!! Financial aid is available for all of the programs.


Please check our website for after school information, the calendar, copies of class supply lists, events, the school handbook, forms, etc.: www.theearthschool.org


As always, Jocelyn, our Parent Coordinator, is available to help you with any of this. She is reachable by phone (212 477-1735 x1041) and email jocelyn@theearthschool.org. She is in most days during the summer if you want to stop by or make an appointment.


Did you move? Has any of your contact information changed?? Would you rather paper notices or email?? Please keep us up to date!! jocelyn@theearthschool.org


UPCOMING EVENTS: SAVE THE DATE

Tues, September 8, 2:00 - 3:00 p.m. Lemonade Social.

All invited to this optional event. Please feel free to stop by and get a sneak peek at your classroom. All students must be accompanied by their parent. Have a chat and a sip of lemonade. Drop off school supplies if you want. Lose some of those back to school jitters!!


Wed, September 9, 8:30 a.m. First day of school! Dismissal for Pre-K and K is at 11:50 a.m. (half day). Dismissal for Grades 1 - 5 is at 2:50 p.m.


Wed, September 9, 8:40 - 9:30 a.m. New Family Orientation. Library, second floor.

Earth School basics for new families. Hosted by Abbe, Jocelyn, Shirley (Guidance), and members of the Parents Association.


Thurs, September 10. Day 2. Dismissal for Pre-K is at 11:50 (half day). Dismissal for K - Grade 5 at 2:50 p.m.


Thurs, September 10, 8:40 - 9:30 a.m. Have a Great Day!: Tips for Smooth Transitions and Relaxed Routines. Shirley will lead this collaborative workshop and share for parents. All families welcome!!


LOOKING AHEAD

September 14 - 15. Rosh Hashanah. School closed.


September, 17, 6:00 - 7:30 p.m. Annual Potluck: Variety is the Spice of Life. Staff and families will enjoy a multicultural meal together in the school cafeteria.


September 23. Yom Kippur. School closed.


September 24. Eid Al-Adha. School closed.


October 1, 6:00 - 7:30 p.m. Classroom Kick-Off for parents. Come meet other families, hear about the class schedule, curriculum, and studies. This is an important meeting for all families to attend.




Upcoming Events
Be sure to also visit the Events section on this site and the calendar page.
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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!