Abbe's Weekly Letter

posted Nov 9, 2017, 5:44 AM by Designer Vanessa Lemonides   [ updated Nov 9, 2017, 5:44 AM ]

November 5, 2017

Dear Families,

Last week, we welcomed a new staff member, Amy Soffer, to join Emily as a third grade co-teacher. Amy comes with lots of experience and is very excited to join our community.

Next Saturday is our first Fall Town Meeting. By popular demand, we are offering a day of fun and learning for families and children. The day begins with a special exhibit of past and current students along the main hallway. Don’t miss it!! Wondering about how we teach math? Not sure why many teachers oppose standardized testing? Still haven’t been to the rooftop farm? Find out why The Earth School chooses a different path from many of the schools that we went to as children. For the adults, there will be a panel of alumni and parents and workshops about teaching and learning at the Earth School. Children will enjoy fun games and special activities. Refreshments provided by the PA. We hope you will come to this day of sharing the work of our school.

Storyteller in the house! Renowned storyteller Laura Simms will be doing a series of classes with our third graders. Laura will share stories and help students learn the art of storytelling. She will also lead a COW Club for future storytellers.

To accommodate students with severe food allergies, The Earth School is peanut-free. Please do not pack lunch or snack items that contain peanuts or peanut products (oil, butter, etc.). Many children and adults are also allergic to tree nuts and other foods. Individual classrooms will post additional food policies to accommodate their class members. Please be careful! Food allergies can be dangerous or life threatening! Please remember school and classroom policies when bringing snack, class breakfast foods, potluck, and bake sale items. When bringing food to share, it is a good idea to label homemade foods as “nut free” and “gluten free” or to list ingredients.

It’s only November and we have two giant bags of Lost and Found items: coats, lunch boxes, sweaters, and more! The custodians bag up lost and found items. Lost and Found bags will be kept in Room 126 and displayed during Coffee Fridays. We can only hold lost items for a few weeks. Unclaimed items will be given away or put on the street for the taking.

All for now!

Love, Abbe