Abbe's Letter

posted Mar 11, 2018, 7:19 PM by Designer Vanessa Lemonides   [ updated Mar 11, 2018, 7:20 PM ]

March 11, 2018

Dear Families,

This Friday is a half day for Professional Development. The staff will continue its work with the group Border Crossers. Border Crossers’ mission is to train and empower educators to dismantle patterns of racism and injustice in our schools and communities. At Border Crossers, we envision a world where all young people learn and thrive in racially equitable, liberating, and empowering educational spaces.”

All Earth School staff have done basic Border Crossers training and have expressed interest in continuing to expand their competencies in this important area. On Friday, we will be practicing our responses to hypothetical situations based on those that have come up in our own classrooms, such as when a young child says, “I don’t want to hold her hand because she is dirty,” or an older student expresses, “You always take the White kids’ side!” For adults, these remarks can trigger feelings of offense, anxiety, guilt, or defensiveness. It is important to unravel our own feelings in order to compose careful and educative responses to students. Border Crossers also offers these workshops for parents. Please let me know if you are interested.

There are only 13 days left to complete your DOE School Survey! This survey gathers information about your overall satisfaction with our school. The results are used (along with test scores) to determine our school’s rating and to compare us with other schools. Each student received a green envelope containing the survey and postage-paid envelope. You can also complete the survey online at home or in the PA Room. It’s easy and it takes less than 5 minutes. Jocelyn is happy to help!!

We are already working on admissions for next year! Please give us a heads up if you are not returning for next year by completing this quick form.

For many middle and high school students, March 14 will be a walk out to commemorate the 17 victims of the Parkland, Florida school shooting. After careful consideration, we have decided not to participate in the March 14th event. In short, the staff feels that the range of development and awareness of our students is too great to meaningfully respond at this time. We will, however, continue to fortify our efforts to make sure that all children are safe, supported, and learn skills for resolving conflict nonviolently.

Open Mic at Night is on March 21 at 5:30 p.m. in the auditorium. “First-come-first-serve” sign-ups and permissions slips are going out Monday (3/12). It’s not too late to sign up for Girls on the Run (Grades 3 – 5). See attached flier.

All for now!

Love, Abbe