Abbe's Letter

posted Feb 11, 2018, 8:56 AM by Designer Vanessa Lemonides   [ updated Feb 11, 2018, 8:57 AM ]

February 11, 2018

Dear Families,

This week is devoted to Family Conferences. Please make an appointment by signing up at the classroom or emailing your teachers. Bring your child’s Narrative Report if there are areas that you would like to discuss. Please remember to complete the Narrative Response form. I've attached the form here in case it’s been misplaced.

Did you know that ALL teachers and service providers are available and eager to meet with you to discuss your child’s progress? Don’t forget to meet with Patrice (Art) and Emmy (Science). You can also meet with any of your child’s special service providers: Julie, Shav, and Melissa (Speech), Rachel (English as a New Language), Carmen and Marissa (Occupational Therapy), Shirley (Guidance), and Chris (Physical Therapy). I try to get around to conferences as well and can be available at specific times with advance notice. We hope to see all families!

Ever wonder why the Earth School gets less funding than many other public schools? Ever wish that the Parent Association wasn't strapped with raising so much cash every year? A big factor is that the Department of Education only gives us 87% of our Funding, while other schools randomly get 100% or more. Our PA and SLT want your help in demanding 100% of our funding. This Thursday, 2/15, there will be a Town Hall with Chancellor Farina. See attached poster for links to submit questions and RSVP. Refreshments and childcare. Here's how you can help: 

1. Submit a question about "Fair Student Funding," such as, "How is it "fair" to give some schools all of their full "Fair Student" funding and others only a percentage of it resulting in losses of over $200,000 per year!?" 

2. RSVP and attend the Town Hall Meeting on Thursday to show our concern. 

In preparation for standardized testing season, parents of students in Grades 3 - 5 are asked to let teachers know if you intend to have your child sit for the tests or "opt out." Our policy is to respect each family's decision and to support children to have positive experiences whether testing or not. To learn more, find out your rights, and get answers to frequently asked questions, please reach out to the PA or your child's teacher. 

All for now! 

Love, Abbe