Abbe's Weekly Letter

posted Nov 18, 2017, 6:51 PM by Designer Vanessa Lemonides   [ updated Nov 18, 2017, 6:52 PM ]

November 19, 2017

Dear Families,

Thanks to all who organized and attended the Fall Town Meeting. It was a beautiful day of appreciating the school’s work and what makes the Earth School unique. Teachers shared some of the ways that they work with students and think about education. It was a special day, full of thought, love, and thankfulness.

At the last SLT, staff members did a presentation about the work that we do on “Professional Development” days. Staff members gather frequently to work on growing their teaching practice, to plan, and to consider important matters that arise. The topics are far-ranging from teaching a particular concept in mathematics to discussing how to talk with students about a terrifying news event. Sometimes we work with consultants, such as last year’s work with Border Crossers, and often we lead ourselves in inquiry, where we present and review student work, a classroom activity, or a curriculum. We read books and articles, share ideas with teachers from other schools, and attend conferences and workshops. We learn from children because each is unique and brings something new to consider. Earth School educators are lifelong learners, inquirers, and discoverers. For your interest, the SLT and I will be sending updates about what staff is working on during professional development meetings.

I found a mistake on the School Days Calendar that I sent home earlier in the year. (It contained an extra half day in December.) I have corrected the error and am sending home bright orange updated ones for your fridges or bulletin boards (attached). You may also refer to the website calendar that contains other important school events.

I wish you a wonderful long weekend with family and friends. I send my thanks for all you do, for your tremendous support of this school, and for being you.

Love, Abbe