August 4, 2016

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 to create the class groupings for the 2016 - 2017 school year. We aimed to place each child in a class with some old and new friends and to make groups that will best support children’s social and academic development. 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. Shonelle is taking a leave after many years as Pre-K and K teacher. As a parent of two Earth School students, she will continue to be an important member of the community! Chelsea and her family have moved to New Jersey to be closer to their extended family. Though we are sad to lose such a warm and caring educator, we wish her well in her new home. Shannon has decided to extend her family leave to spend next year with her young one. Paraprofessional Rosemary Perez has transferred to a school closer to her home. 

I am very pleased to welcome two new teachers to our staff, Michelle Singh and Ashley Leone, both of whom will be teaching our Pre-K and K students. The hiring committee and I were tremendously impressed with the skills and experience of each of these two teachers. We are thrilled to have them join our faculty.

We have also re-organized some teaching partnerships for this year. Jia will be co-teaching 4th/5th graders with Jessica in Room 114. Theresa and Rob will teach 4th/5th grade in Room 169. Thuan will be working with the 1st/2nd graders in Room 136. Suzanne will be a shared co-teacher with both Thuan and Rebecca’s 1st/2nd grade classes. Jennifer T. will be co-teaching PreK/K with Carole in Room 109.

We have made some room changes as well. The Parent Room (a.k.a. Jocelyn’s Room) has moved to Room 126 next to the Nurse’s office. Rachel’s English as a New Language program will be housed in Room 101. Ali, our counselor from University Settlement, will use Room 104.

There is plenty more to be excited about, but I will let you get back to your summer fun.

Be safe. Have fun. See you soon.



Classroom Pages

Click here to see all the teacher welcome letters for Fall 2016, class supply lists and more!

Important Dates

Tues, Sept 6, 3:00 - 3:30 p.m. Lemonade Social. All invited to this optional event. Please feel free to stop by and get a sneak peak of your classroom. All students must be accompanied by an adult. Have a chat and a sip of lemonade. Drop off school supplies if you want. Lose some of those back-to-school jitters!!

Thurs, Sept 8, 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.

Thurs, Sept 8, 8:40 - 10:00 a.m. New Family Orientation. Library, 2nd floor. Earth School basics for new families. Hosted by Abbe, Jocelyn, Shirley (Guidance), and members of the Parents Association.

Fri, Sept 9. Day 2. Full day for all. Dismissal at 2:50 p.m. 

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

Check out the School Calendar for more information.

Useful Information 

The School Day 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. After 8:00 a.m., children can go down on their own, if preferred.

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.

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

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 She is available during the summer by appointment.

Summer Meals for Kids

Did you know that School Foods offers Free Meals for Kids throughout the summer? Click here to find out District 1 locations.


Join the Sixth Street Community Center’s Community Supported Agriculture (CSA)! Eat more organic fruits and veggies while supporting local farming. Sixth Street conveniently offers a fall only share for Earth School families. For more info, stop by Sixth Street Community Center or click here. Please consider donating a share to the Earth School’s Cooking Program! (Thanks to last year’s generous donors!)