posted Oct 28, 2018, 11:10 AM by Designer Stevie Remsberg


October 29, 2018

Dear Earth School Families,

Halloween is coming. For those who partake in this tradition, it's an exciting time as children look forward to festivities, treats, and costumes. All the excitement can make it hard for children to focus and to behave calmly at school. We kindly request that you wait until after school to celebrate Halloween. Please do not send costumes, candy, or sweets to school. Please remind children not to bring their candy to school on the following days.

Last week, The Earth School was reviewed by an evaluator from the School Quality Office of the Department of Education. The reviewer spent two full days observing classrooms, meeting with parents, students, and faculty, and reviewing school documents. At the end, we received ratings in 10 areas. The Earth School received the highest rating (Well Developed) in 9 areas and was found Proficient (next best) in one. I was very proud to represent the school during the Quality Review. Throughout the review, it was evident to me how years of intentional and thoughtful collaboration has kept the Earth School both strong and responsive. In approximately 8 weeks, we will receive the full report which will also be posted on the DOE website.

This Thursday from 6:00 - 8:00 p.m. is the next 3Rs (Reflect, Represent, Respect) parent event. The first 3Rs meeting was very powerful and those that attended had a great experience. It is a wonderful opportunity for community members to share their real world experiences and to learn about each other. Hosted by the Representation Team. Dinner and childcare provided.

The New York State Board of Regents is scheduled to vote on a set of proposals that will punish schools--and disproportionately high poverty schools--if parents choose to exercise their legal right to opt out of state exams. The public comment period for those proposals ends soon (November 2). We know that the last time that the Regents voted on regulations of this nature, public comment played an important role in the Board's decision to reject those proposals. Like the earlier proposals, those now coming up for a vote do nothing to advance our children’s educations or improve the quality of our schools. If you commented on the initial set of regulations, please comment again--your voice made a difference! If you didn’t comment that time, now is your chance! You can send a pre-written letter with just a few clicks from here or you can send in your own comments directly to ESSAregcomment@nysed.gov (Both will be counted but your own letter may have slightly more impact.) Here is the link: https://actionnetwork.org/letters/regents-reject-proposals-to-punish-schools-when-parents-opt-out?clear_id=true&source=email-urgent-regents-need-to-hear-from-you-before-nov-2

With love, Abbe