posted Sep 3, 2018, 1:48 PM by Stevie Remsberg   [ updated Sep 3, 2018, 1:52 PM ]

Dear Earth School Families,

It’s time to get back to school!! The staff and I send everyone a warm welcome.

Returning to school brings up lots of feelings. Your child may be excited, nervous, shy, frightened, brave or, like me, a little of all of these. During the first few weeks, we know that many of our youngest students will experience some big feelings about separating from their families. Extra staff will be on hand to help calm nerves and ease the separation. Shirley, our Guidance Counselor, is also available to help support children as they get used to their classrooms and school. We have found that young children benefit from a more gradual transition to the school year so Pre-K and K have a shortened schedule on the first few days. The long weekend will interrupt the separation process so we can expect a few more tears at drop off on Wednesday.


There are lots of activities designed to get the year off to a great start. Pre-K, K, and all new families are encouraged to attend the Earth School Orientation meeting on Friday. Next Wednesday, 9/12, Shirley will lead an interactive workshop, "Have a Great Day: Tips for Smooth Transitions and Relaxed Routines." We hope you can attend.


There are lots of ways to stay informed about all things Earth School. Most information is sent out via email, however, we do provide hard copy “paper” notices (backpack mail) upon request. Please indicate your preference on the Authorizations form. We have several computers (in the library and PA room 126) that are available for your use. If you need help finding one or creating an email account, please ask Jocelyn. Did you know that the Earth School website contains lots of useful and up-to-date information? It has most items that are sent via email and paper such as my weekly BUZZ newsletter, the school calendar, the welcome letters and supply lists (see class pages), and more. Another great resource for getting to know us is the Parent Handbook. The latest version is coming soon in hard copies and on our website.


Important: BLUE FOLDER Back-to-School Paperwork

Each student will receive a blue folder of IMPORTANT Back-To-School forms. These forms must be completed each year. Sending your forms back on time is GREATLY appreciated by teachers and office staff. We will also be enclosing a paper School Day Calendar with school closures and early dismissals to post in your home. Please return completed forms to your classroom teacher in the BLUE FOLDERS by September 14.


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 or by using the paper copy in the folder. Whichever way you choose, we need to collect one per family. The good news is that it only takes 5 minutes and it could lead to increased school funding!


Love, Abbe