Nov. 26, 2013
HARVEST FESTIVAL: As you’ve surely heard, the forecast is for serious rain tomorrow, the day of our annual Harvest Festival. Your children have brought in an abundance of cans and other foods, but more is always welcome, and you can bring things in tomorrow morning for delivery to the soup kitchen following our celebration.
In the very likely event of rain, here’s what will happen:
Thanks for all your help with our food drive and festival. It’s one of my favorite EVCS events, and if your children don’t get the chance to be part of the procession and visit to the soup kitchen tomorrow because of the rain, there will be other authentic ways for our students to be of service to the community in the months and years to come.
AUTHOR! AUTHOR! ILLUSTRATOR! One of our alumnae, and kindergarten teacher Roberta Valentine’s daughter, Madeline, has just published a gorgeous, touching children’s book which she both wrote and illustrated (she’s been the illustrator on others, too). It’s called “The Bad Birthday Idea” and I won’t say any more so as not to spoil it. Here’s a link to the book, andanother to the glowing Kirkus review which ends with the affirmative line: “Reading this book is good idea.” Congratulations, Maddy!
HELMETS: As a fellow rider, I need to say this: I’ve seen many of our parents commuting to school and braving Avenue C and B traffic on their bikes, with their children well-helmeted and strapped in on the back. But often, the adult is not wearing a helmet. I used to do the same, until a dear friend was hit by a car and killed on his bike; his son survived, but it dawned on me that I wouldn’t be doing my kids much good if I don’t survive a crash, or suffer brain damage or other serious injury as a result of one. Forgive this in-your-face tirade, but please, folks, wear your adult helmets. It could make the kind of difference that shapes the rest of your lives.
And on that preachy note, I wish you a lovely, peaceful Thanksgiving. I am truly grateful for all of you—for your generosity and engagement with EVCS, for your friendships, and especially, for the opportunity to know your miraculous children.
With every good wish,
CALLING ALL MUSICIANS
This year the Festival of Lights will be back in our own Auditorium on Wednesday, Dec 18. The kids have already started working on their performances and for the last three years the parents have provided accompaniment for some of the classes as well as cheerful, incidental holiday music as the classes get on and off the stage. We’ve also had a sing-along of a couple of popular holiday tunes for the whole community.
If you have an instrument and would like to play you are more than welcome. I will schedule a couple of different rehearsals to try to accommodate everyone’s busy December – So please email me at email@example.com if you have any ideas, requests or hidden talents!
Look forward to hearing from you,
*** Pictures from the meeting are posted on our Facebook ***
Dance class presentation by Ana Fragoso
presented video – Dance Education Laboratory
using multicultural approach
videotape so students know what their bodies look like from the outside
Benchmarks of program (measured at 2nd and 5th grade) aligned with DOE
Ana feels classes are enjoying it and moving just as much as in healthy movements
Know more. Be involved: Community Education Council representing and supporting families and community members in NYC School District 1. http://cecd1.org/
General Parent Association meeting
October 24th, 2013
Auditorium, 6pm – 8pm
Please come join us at the PA meeting this Wednesday morning, right after drop off, in a new location, THE DANCE ROOM ON THE FOURTH FLOOR where our dance teacher and featured speaker,Ana Fragoso, will show video of her dance class and be available for questions. After 30 minutes we will relocate to the lobby for a short general meeting (with a couple of important issues to vote on).
Also, don’t forget to order your school photos!
See you Wednesday!
Over the past 2 years, we have been slowly building up ways to help fund our school without asking for direct contributions. As the holidays approach, I am sharing a couple of links that can make a real difference for the school—please use them, and share them with your friends and family as well!!
So…as the holidays approach…please visit these locations to make sure that your purchases will make a difference for our school!
And, as always, to make a direct contribution to your school, including monthly sustainer payments, please visit http://evcsnyc.org/donate
Thanks for your support!
Wednesday, Nov. 13, 2013
I hope you all heard from your children about the incredible assembly we had last Thursday in the auditorium with Brent Daniels, a musical wizard who introduced EVCS to the magic of digital sound production using the vocals, stomps and claps of our students. I’m not sure I have ever seen so many of our kids dancing at once—or experienced so much unbridled enthusiasm. We’re quite confident that a lot of your kids have a future in the music business. Click here to listen to the song Brent created with our students and here to check out his music technology program for schools.