posted Aug 16, 2018, 9:15 AM by Designer Stevie Remsberg   [ updated Aug 16, 2018, 9:17 AM ]


July 2018

Dear Earth School Students and Families,

I begin by sending out a warm welcome to our new students and families! Attached you will find your child’s class placement. The staff worked long and hard to create the class groupings for the 2018 - 2019 school year. We aimed to place each child in a class with some old and some new friends and to make groups that will best support children’s social and academic development. Whether you are just starting your Earth School journey or you have been around for a while, we are here to help your child get settled and to find friendships in their new class.

Most Earth School teachers will be back in the fall, but we do have a few changes. As planned, last year’s Pre-K children and their teachers, Ashley and Michelle, are “looping up” into Kindergarten. This practice allows our youngest children and their teachers to work together for two years. Shonelle and Jennifer will be co-teaching Kindergarten in Room 136.

Last year’s Kindergarten teachers are beginning a new “loop” to work with our incoming Pre-K youngsters. I am very pleased to welcome, Beth Petrenko, who will teach one of the Pre-K classes. Beth is an experienced pre-school teacher who loves to sing, play the guitar, and to share stories!! Carole Scott is returning to support our youngest students and their teachers until her retirement at the end of the October.

This year, we are pleased to offer special classes in Science, Creative Movement, Art, Cooking, and Gardening. Emmy will continue as our science teacher. Coach Vince is leading movement and physical education. Patrice is continuing as an art teacher until her retirement in November. Tim is teaching cooking and gardening. Pre-K through Grade 2 will continue to work with Third Street Music School and Movement Research. Grades 3 – 5 is starting a new arts partnership with Battery Dance.

Each year, the Department of Education collects information about family income in order to determine federal subsidies that support schools to serve students who are economically disadvantaged. The Family Income Inquiry form (previously called the School Meals Application or “Lunch Form”) can be completed online over the summer. If you prefer, paper forms will be distributed in September. Whichever way you choose, we need to collect one per family. The good news is that it only takes five minutes and it could lead to increased school funding!

There are lots more details and updates, but it’s summer vacation!!!! Be safe. Have fun. See you soon.