posted Sep 10, 2017, 6:21 PM by Designer Vanessa Lemonides   [ updated Sep 11, 2017, 3:02 AM by Abbe Futterman ]

Dear Families,


My heart goes out to those affected by the extreme weather conditions and the earthquake! I hope you and yours are safe and sound. Please keep us informed if your child has experienced a traumatic event or loss so we can arrange some additional support.


We got off to a great start last week with just a few tearful goodbyes and many, many smiling faces. Overall, I think it was a very smooth opening for children and families!


This is the time when the entire school is focused on establishing clear structures and routines for being together as a community. From where to keep one’s things to “good listening” or cleaning up after oneself, rules and routines are what make school run smoothly. Once internalized, these structures are hard to notice and look "easy." When routines are not carefully established, classrooms appear chaotic and children feel off-balance. I invite you to consider some of the routines you have at home-- for bedtime or bath, or nightly reading-- to see if you have designed predictable structures for your child to work within. As children grow, their routines and responsibilities must be adjusted. Please come to Monday’s “Have a Great Day!: Smooth Transitions and Relaxed Routines” for much more on this!


Important: BLUE FOLDER Back-to-School Paperwork

Each student receives a blue folder of IMPORTANT Back-To-School forms that need to be returned by September 15. These forms must be completed each year. Sending your forms back on time is GREATLY appreciated by teachers and office staff. We will be sending home 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.


One of these forms is the Lunch Application. Even though school lunch this year is FREE for all students, all families MUST complete a Lunch Form application. The income data on these forms is used to calculate school funding (so don’t exaggerate;). Families will receive a hard copy, but it easy to complete online here instead (https://www.myschoolapps.com). You will need your child’s birth date. Child’s ID# is not required. If you receive SNAP benefits, you do not need to complete the lunch form.


I am pleased to announce a fantastic opportunity for learning and thinking together. Join me for an open exploration into issues of diversity and difference. Explore the importance of diversity for the education of children. Consider the challenges and rewards of being a parent in a diverse community. The Diversity & Difference Study Group is an opportunity for dialogue with other parents and Abbe on this important topic. We are pleased to welcome Cecelia Traugh, Dean of Bank Street College, as facilitator. We will meet 9/29, 10/27, 12/1 from 8:45 a.m. – 10:00 a.m. RSVP


All for now! 

Love, Abbe