Staff Update

Monday, December 14th - Friday, December 18th

Monday, December 14th

  • Last Studio in a School Session before exhibition

Tuesday, December 15th

  • Maples go to the Whitney Museum

8:30 AM - 9:30 AM: School Tour for Prospective families

Wednesday, December 16th

1:15 - 5:15: Wednesday Planning and Professional Development

Thursday, December 17th

11:15 AM - 12:15 PM: Kindergarten CST

Friday, December 18th

  • Michelle Leaves at 3:00 PM

This Week's Events

First School Tour on Tuesday, December 15th

The first school tour for prospective 2016-2017 families will be on Tuesday, December 15th from 8:30 AM - 9:30 AM. The group will meet in the community room to begin with and will quickly tour the classrooms as unobtrusively as possible. Please make sure to preview the idea of a tour with your class so they expect to see unfamiliar adults around the building and in their classrooms, and to go about their business as usual.

Thursday Meetings with the Learning Supports Team

Save the Date! Every Thursday (when you don't have a CST!), the Learning Supports team (Amanda, Elizabeth, Lila) is available to meet with classroom co-teachers and/or grade level teams on specific students or concerns (that don't come up in a CST or grade level planning meeting). Please send us an e-mail by Monday of the week you'd like to meet so we can arrange our schedules accordingly.


Holiday Party Tuesday, December 22nd

We will be having our winter party on Tuesday, December 22. You and a guest (and your children) are invited to come relax, imbibe, eat some good Italian food, and celebrate our success this fall. Maple parent, Tom, is again hooking us up with access to the back space of his Clinton Hill spot, Emerson Bar.

Pizzas from Graziella's will be served and their will be drink specials at the bar on us. Also, Emerson has a DJ booth (iPod and turntables <bring your own needles>) that Tom has given us access too. More details below and please RSVP by Tuesday, 12/15, so that we know how much food to order. You will need to type in yourself and your guest separately (you can make up an email address for these purposes).

Email Todd with questions.

FSA/HRA Account Reminder from Little Bird

As the year's end rapidly approaches, we wanted to remind everyone that if you have a Health Reimbursement Account (HRA), the funds in that account for 2015 are only available until December 31, 2015. Any leftover funds left in the HRA account after December 31st will be forfeited. You can view your account balance and submit receipts for reimbursement by logging in or by calling 888-868-3539.

If you currently have a health Flexible Spending Account (FSA), you are allowed to carryover up to $500 from that account into 2016. Please remember to submit any receipts for reimbursement by December 31st via the Ameriflex website (

You can find out if an item or service qualifies as an eligible FSA or HRA expense by clicking the link below:Check out the website, where you can purchase various items using your FSA or HRA account.

Please feel free to reach out to the Little Bird Benefits Concierge if you have any questions about your account or for any other benefits-related inquiries. Thye can be reached at 877-227-9994 or via e-mail

Interesting Events and Reads

Math in the Garden

by Nadra Kareem Little

  • For schools that can afford it, a backyard garden provides community benefits and a new take on learning.

When Rich and Poor Learn Together, Kids Win

by Rebecca Klein

  • A North Carolina study proves again that economic diversity across students in a school is a really good idea.

Dear Justice Scalia: Here's What I Learned as a Black Student Struggling at an Elite College

by Afi Odelia-Scruggs