March 22, 2015

Hello Earth School Families,
We only have one more week to complete our DOE Parent Surveys. Not only do your responses count towards our school's rating, but we are evaluated by the response rate. (Please do them!) Here's how: A dark green envelope was sent home a few weeks back. That envelope contains directions and your access code for submitting your annual School Survey. Jocelyn can help you on a school computer. If you have already submitted your survey, thank you! (And please excuse all the reminders.) If parents lose their surveys or are having technical difficulties with the online survey, they should call the Survey Hotline at 1-800-690-8603. The Survey Hotline will be able to provide eligible parents with survey access information to take the survey online.
Spring has arrived! Time to start gearing up for gardening season. If you would like to be involved in school gardening, please come to a planning meeting of the Fifth Street Farm Committee this Friday in Tim's Room. If you are interested, but can't attend this week, please drop me an email.
The resistance to Cuomo's plan to change teacher evaluation-- giving principals less input and test scores more weight-- is continuing to grow with no sign that he is backing down. Here's a short Vimeo by Brooklyn New School educators. 

For Emmy's latest curriculum letter, click here.
All for now!

Mar 24, 8:30 - 10:30 a.m. Parent Corps, Room 111.
Mar 26, 3:30 p.m. SLT, Jia's Room
Mar 27, 8:30 a.m. Fifth Street Farm Committee Meeting (our rooftop), all welcome! Tim's Room 135.

Mar 31, 8:30 a.m. PA Meeting, Emmy's Room B1
April 1, 8:30 a.m. 2015 - 2016 PreK & K Parents Meeting (current PreK parents and parents of incoming siblings)
April 3 - 12. School closed for Spring Recess
April 14 - 16. NYS English Language Arts (ELA) Testing for Grades 3 - 5
April 22 - 24. NYS Mathematics Testing for Grades 3 - 5

Every four years, New York City creates a plan called PlaNYC to help chart our course forward as a city. This year, the City is asking New Yorkers to share their ideas on how to make New York City a better place to live. To help with this effort, and to ensure that the voices in your community are heard, you are encouraged to place this link to a brief PlaNYC survey on your school's website and to share it through other communications with your school community. The deadline to complete the survey is April 22, and it will be offered in seven languages. Responses to personal information on the survey will be optional and responders will be asked permission to share their responses publicly.

THE SPRING AUCTION is around the corner.  It's time to solicit those donations! We currently have 32 donations but we need more that 200! It's easy. Just go to your favorite store or restaurant and ask. Help make this annual fun fundraiser another smashing success by soliciting donations before April 17th.  Check the PA bulletin board for details or visit . Everyone wins at the Spring Auction!

Urban Farmers wanted to help with school gardening projects! Come to Fifth Street Farm meeting on Friday!

Upcoming Events
Be sure to also visit the Events section on this site and the calendar page.
To view the calendar below in whole-month view, click the Month view tab.

Join us at the 2015 Spring Auction Party Sat. May 2, 6–10pm!
Click here to see auction items and other details
Download donation forms and donor request forms here.

You can download donation forms and donor request forms here.

NEW! Cellphone policy! Read all about it. 



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Click here to shop at Amazon AND contribute to Earth School!

For January's School Leadership (SLT) Minutes, click here.

Emmy's Earth Studies January Newsletter 

Frequently Asked Questions about The Earth School!     

Back to School Tips & Tricks: Online resources for helping children make a smooth transition to school day routines.

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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 <> 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