• Abbe's Letter

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    THE SUMMER BUZZ.....

    July 2018


    Dear Earth School Students and Families,

    I begin by sending out a warm welcome to our new students and families! Attached you will find your child’s class placement. The staff worked long and hard to create the class groupings for the 2018 - 2019 school year. We aimed to place each child in a class with some old and some new friends and to make groups that will best support children’s social and academic development. Whether you are just starting your Earth School journey or you have been around for a while, we are here to help your child get settled and to find friendships in their new class.

    Most Earth School teachers will be back in the fall, but we do have a few changes. As planned, last year’s Pre-K children and their teachers, Ashley and Michelle, are “looping up” into Kindergarten. This practice allows our youngest children and their teachers to work together for two years. Shonelle and Jennifer will be co-teaching Kindergarten in Room 136.

    Last year’s Kindergarten teachers are beginning a new “loop” to work with our incoming Pre-K youngsters. I am very pleased to welcome, Beth Petrenko, who will teach one of the Pre-K classes. Beth is an experienced pre-school teacher who loves to sing, play the guitar, and to share stories!! Carole Scott is returning to support our youngest students and their teachers until her retirement at the end of the October.

    This year, we are pleased to offer special classes in Science, Creative Movement, Art, Cooking, and Gardening. Emmy will continue as our science teacher. Coach Vince is leading movement and physical education. Patrice is continuing as an art teacher until her retirement in November. Tim is teaching cooking and gardening. Pre-K through Grade 2 will continue to work with Third Street Music School and Movement Research. Grades 3 – 5 is starting a new arts partnership with Battery Dance.

    Each year, the Department of Education collects information about family income in order to determine federal subsidies that support schools to serve students who are economically disadvantaged. The Family Income Inquiry form (previously called the School Meals Application or “Lunch Form”) can be completed online over the summer. If you prefer, paper forms will be distributed in September. Whichever way you choose, we need to collect one per family. The good news is that it only takes five minutes and it could lead to increased school funding!

    There are lots more details and updates, but it’s summer vacation!!!! Be safe. Have fun. See you soon.

    Love,
    Abbe

    Posted Aug 16, 2018, 9:17 AM by Designer Stevie Remsberg
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    THE BUZZ....

    June 25, 2018


    Dear Families,

    Please join me in congratulating our graduates! It was wonderful to see the students present their work at last week’s graduation. Thanks to all the teachers, staff, and families who helped make it so great! June is always bittersweet as we say so long to our graduates. If you are a graduating or moving away, please stop in to the office for a few hugs before you leave and please stay in touch!

    We will be sending Class Welcome letters and supply requests in midsummer. We will email these unless you have requested paper notices. Please be sure to inform Jocelyn if your email or address changes. You can find letters and class supply lists on our website (once you know your class). For families that are not returning, please be sure to pick up your child’s portfolio and other possessions from your class before you leave. Likewise, let us know if plans change over the summer and you are not returning so we can update our registers and fill our seats. The best way to reach us over the summer is by email (abbe@theearthschool.org or jocelyn@theearthschool.org )

    PLEASE CHECK LOST & FOUND IN THE LOBBY AND SCOOTER ROOM BY WEDNESDAY. REMAINING ITEMS WILL BE DONATED.

    PLEASE RETURN BORROWED CLASSROOM MATERIALS AND BOOKS.


    Enjoy a wonderful summer!

    LOVE, Abbe
    Posted Jun 24, 2018, 1:15 PM by Designer Stevie Remsberg
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    THE BUZZ....

    June 17, 2018


    Dear Families,

    As we head into the last full week of school, I want to thank everyone for making it a great year. As I always say on school tours, it’s the community that makes the Earth School great! Thanks to all the families, teachers, staff and children who have worked so hard this year “learning and growing as community.”

    Graduation is this Thursday at 9:00 a.m. in the school auditorium. If you have ever attended an Earth School graduation, you know it is an amazing experience! Each graduate will share something about themselves and their time at the school. You may have already noticed the “portfolio displays” lining the hallways. Each graduate worked with an adult “mentor” to review and reflect on their work from their years in the school. Selections are displayed for the community to see. Please have a look around and enjoy!! 

    We will be sending Class Welcome letters and supply requests in midsummer. We will email these unless you have requested paper notices. Please be sure to inform Jocelyn of any email/address changes. You will also be able to find letters and class supply lists on our website (once you know your class). For families that are not returning, please be sure to pick up your child’s portfolio and other possessions from your class before you leave. Likewise, let us know if you something comes up and you are not returning in September so we can update our registers and fill our seats. Narrative Reports will be distributed on Friday. 

    PLEASE CHECK LOST & FOUND IN THE 6 TH STREET LOBBY AND SCOOTER ROOM. REMAINING ITEMS WILL BE DONATED TO HOUSING WORKS. 

    PLEASE RETURN BORROWED CLASSROOM MATERIALS AND BOOKS. Many of you have expressed concern about The Earth School’s funding challenges. Carmen Gunzl and I recently attended our annual budget meeting. We went through the complicated process of comparing our anticipated enrollment and funding sources against our staffing needs and expenses. For the first time in many years, our initial allocation of funding will cover basic staffing costs. While the budget is still very tight, we are relieved that we don’t have to endure a lengthy appeal process over the summer. I appreciate everyone’s support this year and we will continue to work for our fair share of funding! 

    LOVE, 
    Abbe
    Posted Jun 18, 2018, 4:08 AM by Designer Stevie Remsberg
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THIS WEEK

Tues, 6/26. Last day of school. Dismissal 11:55 a.m. Please check with your after school program as many are finished for the year.

LOOKING AHEAD

First Day of School: September 5th, 2018.
Visit the school calendar here for more information.

SUMMER MEALS FOR KIDS

Did you know that free summer meals are served in our schools from June 27 – Sept 1? Summer meals will also be available at hundreds of public pools, parks, libraries, and other locations around New York City. Visit the SchoolFood website (schoolfood.nyc.org) to access the daily menu and find a location near you; Call 311 or visit the 311 website: www.nyc.gov/311; www.nokidhungry.org; Text “nycmeals” to 877-877

Remember all events are on the school calendar here on our website!

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