EVCS Weekly, Friday, September 24

Dear EVCS Parents and Guardians,

Week 2 was energized! We hope everyone is getting settled, organized and feeling good about coming to school.  Remember to write your child’s names, class, and school on personal belongings that are near and dear, we are setting up a lost and found bin to live in the lobby.

There are important forms we need everyone to complete, if you have done them already, thank you. If not,  we need everyone to do so. We are sharing the links again below and thank you in advance for taking the time to fill them out.

  1. Emergency Contact Blue Cards 
    https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSecIcx6AmktEftTatmvk-UfBatFB444r8_H1wdlE9nPeSzhLA/viewform?usp=sf_link
  2. Residency Questionnaire 
    https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSc5ubLGCmh8ecLrqaSImwRG9RFQf-XKLSTWdbtJ-aPqut2uFw/viewform?usp=sf_link
  3. Media Release Form 
    https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSftmm-gsoTIhnvgymTl3O50Q5vx-iTypVdux6fSGaz_1EV7Vw/viewform?usp=sf_link
  4. Income Inquiry Form
    https://www.myschoolapps.com/
    – If needed, info Letters are in MyStudent.NYC.
    – Our DBN is 01M315.
    – If you need your child’s OSIS # please ask their teacher, or the office. Paper copies were sent home to most families, but the preferred method is via the electronic link above
  5. Covid Consent
    MyStudent.NYC 
    – Log into your MyStudent.NYC account and update your consent
    – At the top right, click “Manage Account”
    – Then select “Consent Forms”
    – Click that you have read and agree to consent to in-school testing for your child
    – At the bottom of the screen, click “Resubmit”
    – If you do not have an account creation code from your school, you can STILL provide your consent right away by clicking “Manage Consent” under “COVID-19 Testing” and filling out your and your child’s information to provide consent.
    – printable PDF file is available in ENGLISHSPANISHCHINESE other languages here.

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Home Devices & Internet Access
In the event of a school closure, we want all students to be ready to learn online. Please make sure you have wifi and a working device to access google classroom. If you currently have a DOE or EVCS device on loan, please make sure it is up and running. If you are in need of a device, please reach out to James.
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Daily Health Screening
Everyone must complete the Health Screening Form and take their child’s temperature before leaving for school prior to entering the school yard each day. If you need a thermometer, please let me know!
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COVID Testing
COVID testing is a crucial part of our layered approach to keeping our community safe and healthy.  Every week the DOE will be conducting random testing of 10% of our 1st-5th graders who have provided consent.  If your child is in the 1st through 5th grade and you have not already done so, please give your consent now at your child’s NYC Schools Account.  But regardless of your child’s grade, we strongly encourage all of our families to have their children tested regularly.  Please note that testing is free and easy at NYC Health and Hospitals locations.
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SAVE THE DATES
Tuesday, September 28
Parent Association – First Meeting!
Held Remotely from 7:00 – 8:00 p.m.
https://us04web.zoom.us/j/72495413714?pwd=d3I3dXZrMFNJQW9KSU1zUzhxZ002UT09
Meeting ID: 724 9541 3714
Passcode: Zf7bFj

Parent involvement is essential. We will meet on a monthly basis and meeting dates will be posted on the PA calendar. Anyone with a child at EVCS is automatically a member of the PA. We hope to see you there!

Wednesday, September 29
Curriculum Night
Held Remotely at 5:30 p.m.
You should have already received a link from your teacher(s).  Reach out to them directly if you have not!

Monday, October 11 
Indigenous Peoples’ Day
No School

Thursday and Friday, October 14 and 15
EVCS Annual Picture Days
Flyer with details coming soon!

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After-School Resources
EVCS On-Site Programming: greenapplekidsny@gmail.com /
Registration forms & further information: www.greenapplekidsny.com
347.497.0732

Additional Resources: Please reach out directly to James.
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If you believe your child is entitled to 504 accommodations, be sure to read here for important information.
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2021–22 DOE School Year Calendar

SCHOOL MENU
Early Childhood Breakfast / Pre-K–8 Lunch

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The yard will be open at 8:00 a.m. on Monday – see you then!

Don’t hesitate to reach out with any questions.

Have a restful weekend.

Best,
James

Arrival/Dismissal

Dear EVCS Families,

The first day of school is right around the corner – we can’t wait to see all of you on September 13! Here are a few important announcements you need to know before the big day:

▪ Our school day starts at 8:30 every day. Students can arrive to our schoolyard any time between between 8:00 and 8:30. Breakfast will be available for those students who need it at the tables outside. Similar to last year, parents will be asked to say goodbye their kids at the gate to avoid crowding inside.
▪ Every student will need to have a completed Health Screening before entering the schoolyard. For those students arriving with their parents or care givers, you can show us the completed screening on your phone as your child is entering the gate. For children who take the school bus or walk to school on their own, we ask that parents please complete the screening online before your child leaves. It is a critical part of our plan to keep our community safe that every parent attest each and every day that their child is symptom free and has not been in close contact with someone who has tested positive for COVID. You can access the screening at this link: https://healthscreening.schools.nyc/. I recommend bookmarking it on your phone now!
▪ Another essential part of our safety plan involves random COVID testing of our 1st-5th Grade students that will be conducted in our building twice a month. We ask that every parent of students in Grades 1-5 please give consent for their children to be tested at school, if you haven’t already. You can do that at your child’s NYC Schools Account. Remember, it’s on (all of) us!
▪ Dismissal is at 2:50 in the schoolyard, every day for all of our grades, rain or shine. It’s very important that we know exactly what your child’s dismissal plan is for each day of the week, so we can make sure everyone gets where they are supposed to go. Please take a few minutes to fill out this form before the first day of school to provide us with your regular plan. If things change we can always update our records.
▪ Finally, we are planing a Curriculum Night event to be held remotely via Google Meet, on Wednesday September 29 at 5:30 PM. More information will be coming soon from your child’s teacher, but please mark your calendars.

That’s all for now! Enjoy these last precious days with your kids, and see you very soon in the schoolyard.

As ever,

Bradley

EVCS Weekly, Last Day of School, Friday, June 25

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Dear EVCS Families,

Way to go everyone! We did it! Congrats, again, to the class of 2021!

I hope you have a chance to recharge over the next two months. Welcome letters will be sent by teachers in mid-August.

Free Meals This Summer!
紐約市免費暑期餐 / Comidas de Verano gratuitas en NYC

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You can start planning ahead with the 2021–2022 School Year Calendar now!

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If anyone needs anything at all this summer, please feel free to reach out to me at any time and I will get back to you as soon as possible.
Email: JamesPC@evcs.me
Phone: (605) 646-EVCS

Have a wonderful summer! We will see everyone on September 13th!!!

All best wishes,
James

Have a great summer!

Dear EVCS Families,

It’s hard to believe, but here we are on the penultimate day of school, and I think we can all finally begin to exhale! It’s been a strange and super challenging year for all of us, but I am so incredibly proud of our school for how we have made our way through this time. I have to hand it to our kids for the heroic resilience and positive attitudes they have demonstrated all year. Their enthusiasm, joy, and commitment to learning online and in-person lifted all of us up and sustained us through the most difficult moments. I also want to thank you, our parents, for your patience, understanding and support throughout this tumultuous time. Our parents have always been our partners in this work, but this last year that partnership has taken on a whole new dimension! Thank you for being there with us every step of the way. And I need to give a major shout out to our teachers, paras and service providers. Their already very hard jobs became immeasurably harder these last 16 months, but they showed up for our kids every day with integrity, creativity, and most of all, with heart. The EVCS staff is the best there is and I am so grateful to them for all of the effort that went in to making this year as successful as it was.

Tomorrow is our last day of school before the summer break – please note that it is a full day of school. We are encouraging all of our kids to wear their new EVCS t-shirts! For our students coming in-person, we will have a celebratory sendoff at dismissal, with a “last day of school” photo backdrop, popsicles and other fun stuff. The closure of each school year is a big deal – but this one deserves extra recognition. There’s a chance (slim I am told, but still a possibility) that the Chancellor of Schools Meisha Porter will stop by dismissal to help us say goodbye and wish our kids well for the summer.

Finally, I just want to say that I consider it the privilege of a lifetime to be the principal of our fantastic school. Thank you for trusting me with this great responsibility. Have a wonderful, safe and relaxing summer. See you in September!

As ever,

Bradley

EVCS Weekly, Friday, June 18

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Dear EVCS Families,

On Monday, wear blue and yellow! In honor of EVCS’s graduation, dress in our school colors!

EVCS Elections: Wednesday, June 23 5:00 p.m.
We cannot hold the elections without you! Seriously. The PA brings us together and creates the energy to help make our community stronger.
Please keep an eye out for an email from the PA President! See you there!

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Next Week

Gates open for K-5 students at 8:00 a.m. & for PreK students at 8:45 a.m.

Monday, June 21
EVCS 5th Grade Graduation Ceremony in the yard at 9:30 a.m.

Tuesday, June 22

Wednesday, June 23
Please bring back any books you’ve borrowed!
Remote Learners pick-up Spirit T Shirts!
Stop by any time between 11:30 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.

Parent Association Elections & final meeting
Look for Zoom Link from PA President 5:00 p.m.

Thursday, June 24
SLT meeting
2:20 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.

Friday, June 25
Wear your New EVCS T-Shirt!
Last Day of School

Happy Summer!

Saturday, June 26
First Day of Summer Public Pools Open!

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If you would like to request to view the monthly minutes from the EVCS School Leadership Team (SLT), please enter your request here.

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Happy Juneteenth! And happy Father’s Day!

Please feel free to reach out with any questions.
Enjoy the weekend.

Best,
James

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EVCS Weekly, Friday, June 11

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Dear EVCS Families,

Great job showing your EVCS spirit today on Pajama Day!
An epic day once again and the kids had a blast!

The deadline to take the School Survey has been moved to Friday, June 18th! One more week to complete the survey! If you have more than one child, please take the survey for each child at EVCS. We use your feedback to make decisions about our school. Here is the link. And again, if anyone needs their child’s access code, let me know.

Third Street Music Virtual Open House 6/17 Interested families, please bring your questions to the online meeting being held Thursday, June 17th. Visit links below for details.

SAVE THE DATE: Wednesday, June 23 5:00 p.m.
June 23rd will be the final PA meeting of the year featuring the EVCS PA Elections. We need you to come out to vote. We cannot hold the elections without you. The PA brings us together and creates the energy to help make our community stronger. Keep an eye out for an email from the PA President! See you there!

Reminder BOOK SWAP TODAY! NOW!
There is a book swap in Sauer Park- bring a book, take a book!
Hope to see you there directly following dismissal! 2:00 – 3:00 p.m.
Questions or Volunteers, Please email Anissa, anissa.brock@gmail.com!

Note: Families who are returning to EVCS for September 2021 do NOT need to return any borrowed devices. Please keep them safe for next school year!

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Dear EVCS Families,

Students at EVCS know how to show their spirit! Today was monochromatic spirit day! Next Friday students are encouraged to wear their favorite PJ’s to school! Show your EVCS spirit and join the fun.

It was great to see some parents this morning! If you didn’t make it, there will be future opportunities. The EVCS Endless Summer Online Shop and 5th Grade Plant sale is ON! The in-person pop-up will be open today until 3:30, again tomorrow they open at noon! A shout out to all of our hardworking parents pulling this together! Huge thanks to Nina and Nikko for setting up the online piece, and to everyone who was able to contribute donations and creativity. More details below.

Third Street Music announced their “Virtual Open House” and shared an online application. It looks a little different this year than previous years.
Learn more from the flyers and website below. Space is limited.

EVCS PA Elections are on 6/23. Please keep an eye out for a meeting link in your inbox. There is still time to nominate others or yourself and we will need parents to vote on Wednesday, June 23rd. Please be there to vote!!

Take the Parent Survey! If you have more than one child, please plan to take the survey for each child at EVCS. We use your feedback to make decisions about our school and greatly appreciate your time to take the annual survey! Here is the link. If you need your ID, let me know.

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This Weekend

Saturday, June 5
EVCS PA Endless Summer Shop to support our school!
Open 12:00 pm – 3:30 pm
at 521 E. 12th Street – All The Kings Horses Café
Stop by the Plant Sale to support 5th Grade!

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Let’s take a look at next week…

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Town Hall Meeting June 9

Town Hall Meeting with Superintendent Carry Chan

Dear EVCS Families,

Please join us next Wednesday June 9 at 6:00 pm for a town hall meeting with Carry Chan. This will be an opportunity to reflect together on this monumental year and begin to envision our school and district in a post pandemic future. I hope to see many of you there – details below.

Yours,

Bradley

Town Hall with Carry Chan
Wednesday, June 9 · 6:00 – 7:00pm
Video call link: https://meet.google.com/zyg-tunv-quc
Or dial: ‪(US) +1 814-303-2348‬ PIN: ‪150 380 059‬#

EVCS Weekly, Friday, May 28

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Dear EVCS Families,

This time of year is always very exciting. We are all trying to reach our goals before the end of the year – working hard to fit everything in and doing our best! Remember to send (labeled) water bottles in to help keep everyone hydrated on hot days!

EVCS PA Elections have been pushed to June, so let us know if you are interested! There is still time now to nominate others or yourself and we will need parents to vote on Wednesday, June 23rd – hope to see you there!

Our fundraising committee plans to kick off the opening of the two day pop-up shop with a coffee (social-distanced) next Friday! Stop by to meet other EVCS parents and (re)join the community! An online version of the shop will launch soon as well! Need a plant for your house? Stop by the sale! More details below.

Check out Spirit Days for this year – June Fridays are sure to ignite some fun. See the details here!

Remember to Take the Parent Survey!
We really appreciate your help! If you did this already, great, thank you! It only takes a few minutes. Here is the link and if you need your ID, let me know.

Let’s take a look at next week…

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EVCS Weekly, Friday, May 21

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Dear EVCS Families,

The Wednesday lending library was hopping this week with more remote kiddos stopping by! It was great to see all of you! Remember we are out on the sidewalk every Wednesday, from 11:30 a.m.-1:00 p.m.

Our 5th grade class has a history of hosting Spirit Fridays and this year the themes for June Fridays are sure to ignite some fun. See the details here!

Your School. Your Child. Your Voice.
For the 5% who took the annual School Survey so far, thank you! The goal is to hear from every family and your feedback helps us do our jobs even better. Take the 2020-21 NYC School Survey Here! When prompted for an access code, enter lowercase “f” followed by your child’s nine-digit Student Identification (OSIS) Number to access the survey. Reach out to James if you need your child’s OSIS. Please share your feedback today!

Let’s take a look at next week…

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