Reminder: Sign up for Blind Cinema!

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Dear families of 3rd, 4th and 5th grade students,

If you haven’t already, please take time to consider signing your child up to participate in this unique opportunity. If we don’t get enough students from EVCS to participate we will open it up to other schools, but we want to make sure EVCS students get priority. If you are interested, please fill out this brief form:

Blind Cinema Student Participation Sign Up

Let me know if you have any questions!

Bradley

BACKGROUND:

EVCS along with PS122 will be working with Belgian-based artist Britt Hatzius to bring her film/performance experience called Blind Cinema to New York City this winter as part of their Coil Festival. EVCS kids will play a very important role in the experience of this film, and any interested 3rd, 4th or 5th grade students from EVCS are invited to participate. Here’s a statement from the artist about the project:

In the darkness of a cinema space, the audience sits blindfolded. Behind each row of audience members is a row of children who in hushed voices describe a film only they can see. Accompanied by the soundtrack (which has no dialogue), the whispered descriptions are a fragile, fragmentary and at times struggling but courageous attempt by the children to make sense of what they see projected on the screen.

The screenings of the film will be on January 9, 10, 11 and 12 at 5:30 PM, at the SVA Theatre – 333 West 23rd Street. EVCS staff will escort all kids who are participating to the theater from school, and back again when it’s finished. Each child who volunteers will participate in only one screening. To learn even more about Blind Cinema, please check out Britt Hatzius’ website.

Performance Space 122.

BLIND CINEMA POSTER

TICKETS ARE ON SALE HERE

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EVCS Playground Results

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Thank you to all who voted for our new school yard! From all three schools, seven hundred thirty one kids, parents, and teachers voted for the new yard plan! After tallying all of the votes, 153 people voted for Option 1 (larger track and field but smaller, new play structure) and 578 people voted for Option 2 (smaller track and field but larger, refurbished play structure). While the winner was clear, there was still a lot of great suggestions put into our ballot box as well. The fourth graders working on the planning committee met one final time to look at the comments and make adjustments. Above is the final plan for the yard. (It’s hi-res, so you can zoom in closer to see details.)

This plan is Option 2, but includes a few changes based on the feedback that design received. The playhouse designed for the younger students will now be on the new play mats near the playground equipment. By making this move, we were able to incorporate the outdoor classroom space near the 12th Street fence so many people wanted from the initial Option 1 design. The four-square and the basketball shooting station is also now co-located, allowing that space to be more multi-purpose and keep the larger playing area less structured. This final design also now includes our students’ designs for artwork to be painted on the ground! The theme the students in our building voted on was “outer space” and so the artwork reflects that theme.

Now comes the fun part – waiting for approvals and permits from the city! We’ll keep everyone posted as to the timeline for the work to begin, but our fingers are crossed for summertime construction!

Planning Meeting for Winter Jubilee

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Dear Parents

Calling all bartenders and caterers – this is your chance to shine!
We need your help to make this event a success, please let us know your ideas

The EVCS Events Team needs you!

Planning Meeting for Winter Jubilee
Thursday December 15
8:30 a.m. – 10:00 a.m. in the cafeteria…

we have the space,
we have the live band, BACK BY POPULAR DEMAND!
get those vocals warmed up!

WHAT NEXT?
we need folks to help make calls for the online camp auction
we still need donations for beer, wine, and spirits!
we are need food donations for light fare

we want to plan a raffle if we can procure a great prize- any ideas?

Can’t make the meeting, no problem, email us with any ideas you have.

Thank you in advance for your continued support.

EVCS EVENTS TEAM
events@evcs.nyc.org

Blind Cinema

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Dear families of 3rd, 4th and 5th grade students,

You know what’s one of the very best salves in trying times? Art. Making art, looking at art, talking about art, and participating in art happenings can do wondrous things for the soul. Well, we have a unique opportunity this year for our kids to get involved in something very cool through a new partnership with Performance Space 122.

PS122 will be working with Belgian-based artist Britt Hatzius to bring her film/performance experience called Blind Cinema to New York City this winter as part of their Coil Festival. EVCS kids will play a very important role in the experience of this film, and any interested 3rd, 4th or 5th grade students from EVCS are invited to participate. Here’s a statement from the artist about the project:

In the darkness of a cinema space, the audience sits blindfolded. Behind each row of audience members is a row of children who in hushed voices describe a film only they can see. Accompanied by the soundtrack (which has no dialogue), the whispered descriptions are a fragile, fragmentary and at times struggling but courageous attempt by the children to make sense of what they see projected on the screen.

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EVCS Weekly, December 5

Dear Parents and Guardians,

A huge thank you goes out to all of the EVCS students and staff for your Social Action with Harvest Festival! The Trinity Church soup kitchen and pantry and all of our neighbors who benefit are all very thankful for our contributions. Great work everyone! In keeping with our Social Action efforts, we will continue to collect coats this week. The last day to being in coasts will be this Friday, December 9 (all sizes welcome).

December Menus:
Breakfast
Lunch

This Week

Tuesday, December 6 – After School Advisory Committee meeting
5:30 p.m. – 7:30 p.m. Room 204
If you have not already signed up for childcare (with pizza),
please email Moses at adminafterschool@evcsnyc.org to do so.

Wednesday, December 7 – No school for Pre-K

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5th graders will be hosting a book sale this Thursday and Friday

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Hi Parents,

The 5th graders will be hosting a book sale this Thursday & Friday in the school yard during drop-off to help support their end-of-the-year camping trip. All books will be $1-$2, so please let your kids know & send them to school with a few bucks. Also, for parents, there will be coffee for $2.

Thanks so much for your support & we hope to see you there!

Parent Workshop for Emotional Intelligence (EQ)

Parents and Guardians,

To mark the United Nation’s International Children’s Day this year, Six Seconds, the largest global organization dedicated to the development of emotional intelligence, will be facilitating a half-day workshop at EVCS aimed at raising awareness of children’s rights and our responsibilities in supporting them. This workshop will take place from 9am-12:30pm on Saturday, December 17th in our auditorium.

This workshop will be divided into three parts:

1. Self-Awareness
What are children’s rights, and how being more aware of our own Thoughts, Feelings and Actions can help support our children

2. Relationships
What makes for healthy relationships, and how does our “Brain Style” help or hinder them

3. Being Aware, Intentional and Purposeful
What are children’s rights and our responsibilities, and how can we use the 3-step process of being Aware, Intentional and Purposeful to fulfill these rights

This all-morning workshop is for up to 40 adults and will help us explore our own emotional intelligence so that we can help better support our children. Much like you’re instructed to do with an oxygen mask on an airplane – we need to take care of ourselves before we can take care of those around us. We hope you can join us for this workshop – Free child care will be provided!

Use THIS FORM to sign up by Friday, December 9th. We are capping this workshop at 40 people, so please sign up today!

If you have any questions, please contact Liz

EVCS Weekly, November 28

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Dear Parents and Guardians

If you are missing any clothing items please check the Lost and Found in the main lobby.There are 3 large boxes full of items. A water bottle collection is also growing! We will be taking all unclaimed items to the Goodwill early Friday, December 9. Be sure to stop by to check it out before Friday the 9th.

Next Week

Monday, November 28
SWMM, Hosted by 2nd Grade

Monday, November 28
EVCS Community Coat Swap – Get your coats ready!
Please bring lightly used coats to the yard Monday morning.
We will have tables set up for swapping coats. Bring one, take one.
Any coat left behind will be added to the Annual Coat Drive outlined below.

Collecting Winter Coats for the Annual Drive!
Following our community swap Monday, we will continue to collect Winter Coats as part of an annual Winter Coat Drive. The Coat Drive we are supporting is a city-wide effort run by New York Cares which aims to collect 125,000 coats each year and distribute them to New Yorkers who need them most in the colder months. The Coat Drive has been running for 27 years and counting, thanks to generous New Yorkers like you!
We revised our collection dates: from Tuesday, November 29 through Friday, December 9. Please reach out to James if you have time to help out. Coats will be collected in the yard daily and stored until we donate them.

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Harvest Festival Tomorrow!

Dear EVCS Family,

Tomorrow is the Harvest Festival! If you haven’t already brought in cans of food, it’s not too late. You can bring them tomorrow morning directly to the auditorium.

Apropos, our fifth grade students have been learning a song in Spanish with the help of parent Anna Cordero. It’s a beautiful song by Danny Rivera with a message that resonates deeply as we prepare for our Harvest Festival. The words in Spanish are:

Tu gente es mi gente, tu hambre es mi hambre _
Tu rabia es mi rabia, que no importa nadie _
Y mis ilusiones por querer ser alguien _
Y a estar separados, aquí entre dos calles._

It can be translated as:

Your people are my people, your hunger is my hunger _
Your anger is my rage, that nobody matters _
And my dreams of being someone _
And to be separated, here between two streets._

I’m so proud that we are teaching our students that we won’t let the streets we happen to be on, or anything else separate us in our community! The fifth graders will be sharing this song at a School-Wide Morning Meeting soon.

We’ll get started right at 8:50 with a little singing, and then we’ll march down to the Trinity Church soup kitchen and pantry by 9:15. I sure hope you can join us.

Yours,

Bradley