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Ithaca, NY, 14850
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Bulletin 11.13.17

Parent News

Bulletin 11.13.17

Arabez Smith

My soul’s radiant thought heals like the sun

Greetings on a beautiful autumn day. The recent snowfall has resulted in an energetic shift in the school body – there is an excitement and an anticipation, for which I hope there is some real promise of snow . . .

And we can also anticipate the very near completion of our school addition. The walls are complete, the lights are on, the floor will go in this week, and finally, over the Thanksgiving Holiday, the dividing wall will come down and we can joyfully help our first middle school class expand into that space. We are all so excited about celebrating our upcoming Advent Spiral and Winter Assembly in the new Great Room!

Upcoming Events & Activities

Wed November 15th                       Diversity Committee Inaugural Meeting 11 am

Friday November 17th                 Display of Work (Grades) 2:15 pm

                                                            Community Market 1 – 3:30 pm

Monday November 20th                IWS Board Meeting 5 pm

                                                            Skating at Cass Park (ongoing Mondays 3:30 – 5 pm)

November 22nd – 24th                    Thanksgiving Holiday NO SCHOOL

Tuesday November 28th               Giving Tuesday!

Friday December 1st                      Winter Spiral (during school hours for all children)

Display of Work & Community Market

On Friday, November 17th at 2:15 parents are invited to take in a presentation of the grades students’ work in the foyer. There will be finger food and beverages supplied by the Parent Council and a Community Market supplied by the Youth Farm Project:

The Youth Farm Project is happy to offer you some great deals on produce on November 17th from 1-3:30 in the school lobby. We are taking pre-orders until Wednesday night, 11/15. Place your pre-order by emailing with the items and quantity you would like! Your produce will be ready to pick up on Friday! Produce will also be available without pre-ordering! All produce is grown with love and care by YFP staff and many youth in our community. IWS students have had their helping hands on a lot of this produce as well! We do not use synthetic fertilizers or pesticides/herbicides. We instead rely on cover crops and composts for soil health and crop rotations for pest and disease management. All of your purchases are a direct contribution to support the farm! Thank you and let me know if you have any questions! 


Leeks- 2$/#

Curly Kale- 2$/bunch

Dino (Lacinato) Kale- 2$/bunch [limited quantity]

Norland Red Potatoes (red skin, white flesh)- 5$/5# or 9$/10#

Adirondack Red Potatoes (pink inside! drier consistency)- 5$/5# or 9$/10# 

Adirondack Blue Potatoes (purple inside! drier consistency)- 10$/5# or 20$/10# [limited quantity]

Yellow Onions (storage)- 5$/5# bag 

Red Onions- 8$/5# bag [limited quantity]

Brussel Sprouts (loose)- 3$/# [limited quantity]

Fresh Baby Tumeric- 5$/ half # or 10$/# [limited quantity]

Celery- 2$/bunch

Parsley- 2$/bunch

Jalepeno Peppers- 2$/#


Giving Tuesday – November 28th

On Tuesday, November 28th our community opens its (online) doors to donations to support our ongoing growth. Giving Tuesday is an opportunity for us to match a generous anonymous contribution, with a goal of $10,000! The link is already live.


Photo Forms are Here

Please remember to pick up a Photo Order Form from the table inside our front entrance. You may place your orders with Life Touch School Portraits anytime! I am working on providing proofs to families so that we can preview the portraits.

Evergreen Boughs for Advent?

We are soliciting donations of evergreen boughs for our Advent Spiral, which takes place on Friday, December 1st. Please bring them in that week, beginning November 27th if you have some. Thank you!

Community Events and Announcements

·         Grades 5/6 Food Drive begins immediately after Thanksgiving weekend.

·         The IWS Diversity Committee will meet for the first time this Wednesday, the 15th at 11 am. All are welcome to attend.

·         Emily Butler and Christina Mead will perform with the Ithaca Community Orchestra on November 18th at 4pm:


"The Ithaca Community Orchestra, under the direction of Dr. Madeline Schatz-Harris, will present a Fall Concert at 4PM on November 18th at the Hangar Theatre. This concert will feature two young artists and is in collaboration with Opus Ithaca. The first soloist, Noam Ginsparg, will be performing Paganini’s Moses Variations for Solo Cello and Strings. The second featured soloist, Maya Johnson, will be performing the third movement of Bruch’s Violin Concerto in G minor. In addition, Dr. Schatz-Harris will lead the third and fourth movement of Beethoven’s Symphony No. 5 and Elgar’s Nimrod from The Enigma Variations.The program will also feature Sibelius’ Finlandia and Copland’s Fanfare for the Common Man, both under the direction of assistant conductor, Aaron Burgess. The public is invited to attend a reception held directly after the concert. A recommended donation of $7 will be accepted at the door, and children are admitted free of charge."


·         Artist Talk with Brian Cohen, who will discuss his series of etchings at The Ink Shop on November 25th at 4 pm:

·         An invitation from Community Solar:


Please join us at the Space at Greenstar on November 28th to learn more about local community solar! There will be local cheeses, beer and wine as well as free give aways!

We are very excited to offer community solar and can’t wait for people of all walks of life to receive clean, affordable solar power!

If you’d like to learn more or sign up, visit: or

 Or feel free to contact Annalise Kukor at personally to discuss your solar options.