Reminder: Please take the 2018 NYS Parent Survey! LET YOUR VOICE BE HEARD


Dear Parents and Guardians,

Our Schools, Our Voices

The NYC School Surveys were handed out at Parent Teacher Conferences and we would like every family to participate. So far, only 5% of our families have completed the survey! We can do much better than that.

DEADLINE: Friday, March 23!

The information captured through the survey helps school leaders understand what key members of the school community say about the learning environment at each school. It also collects important information about a school’s ability to improve student achievement and can support a dialogue among all members of the school community about how to make the school a better place to learn. EVCS is committed to democratic processes in our school, and this is one of the most direct ways to get involved.

Let’s see if we can get every family to take the NYC School Survey.

You can fill out the paper survey and mail it in or use the link below for the online survey using the unique code found on the form in your green envelope.


You are in luck! you can click here to look up your survey access code or call the hotline at 1-877-819-2363.

To Take the 2017 NYC School Survey online, click below:

Parents & Guardian Survey

Take the 2018 NYC School Survey online, click here..
The survey is available in ten languages.

العربية | বাংলা | 中文 | English | Français | Kreyòl Ayisyen | 한국어 | Русский | Español | اردو

Thanks very much for your support and involvement.


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Hi EVCS families!

We are now entering our third week of the Reading Olympics. I hope your kids are all excited about reading and filling out their logs and getting sponsors. Remember to look at the Principal’s Challenge about diversity in our book choices. There are special prizes for anyone who completes the Principal’s Challenge!

Reaching out to family and friends online is a great way to get sponsors. Here is the link for online donations.

Happy Reading,
Allison Gordon (mom of Elias- 4th grade)

EVCS Spring Gala 2018 – You’re Invited!


Join us for our biggest, most glamorous fundraising event of the year! A night out with drinks, food, music, raffle prizes and an exciting silent auction. All of the proceeds directly benefit the students at EVCS.

Saturday, April 28
7:00 PM – 11:30 PM
The Grand Hall, St. Mary’s Church
440 Grand Street

See map

Be sure to RSVP (even if right now, you’re not sure you’ll make it). RSVP in advance will save you $10 at the door.


See you there! 
The Events Committee and the Spring Gala Team

PS – Share this email and Facebook Event with your friends (as long as they are 21 years or older)

EVCS Weekly March 19 – 23

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Dear Parents and Guardians,

It’s been an energized week at EVCS! We hope everyone had a productive parent-teacher meeting and that our students have set new personal goals – there is time to reach them – if we make every day count! Remember to keep up the reading with EVCS Reading Olympics – running now through Monday, April 9. We set up a table in the lobby with free books!! Help yourself and feel free to swap if you have a good read to share! We will continue to add books daily through next week. Stop by any day.

Let’s take a look ahead to see what’s coming up …

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Last Chance: This Sunday – Community Nights at Char Sue

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Dear All,

We are so excited to let you know about a new way to support our school AND a recommendation for a great new restaurant!

On Sunday Nights, get 20% off your bill at Char Sue or opt to donate the discount to the EVCS Parent Association. This fundraiser is open to all local residents, so tell your neighbors and spread the word!

Char Sue is an EVCS parent-owned restaurant that serves modern Asian Cuisine. You may have tried their food already because they donated two dishes to the EVCS Fall Ball which were crazy delicious – it was the Five Spice Short Ribs and Black Bean Pork in case you want to order it on Sunday.

Here are the rules:

1 – take 20% off or donate it to the PA
2 – open to residents of 10002, 10003 and 10009
3 – must bring proof of residence
4 – happy hour items NOT included
5 – every Sunday through March 18
6 – open at 5:30 PM

Download Flyer

Char Sue ( is located at 119 Essex St between Rivington & Delancey, right across the street from Essex Market.

See you there,
Fundraising Committee

Math at EVCS

Dear EVCS Family,

Every day, within our walls and out in our community, our kids are learning to do so much! And whether your child is in Pre-K or in 5th grade – or anywhere in between – one thing they’re doing is exploring numbers and mathematical concepts each and every day. As adults, we work with math so often we often don’t even realize it: From paying the bills to modifying a recipe, from figuring out whether a new chair will fit in the room to figuring out the change at the deli, we all are mathematicians. So often I hear from parents, though, that they don’t understand how we are teaching math – that it’s not how they learned math as children. And it’s true! It’s certainly not how I learned math growing up, but our kids are thinking flexibly about numbers in ways high above what was expected of us years ago. The work is messier now than it once was – we value conceptual understanding of big ideas over computational fluency, and we prefer incorrect answers with high-level thinking over rote completion of an algorithm. You may not hear our teachers instructing students to “carry the one” – but it’s rich and meaningful work happening across our school.

Just today I visited one of our second grade classrooms. Students were working in pairs to solve addition and subtraction problems. These kids could talk about their mathematical thinking in such an impressive way. But their work didn’t look anything like how I learned to solve problems! I’d like to share these problems and solutions with you to highlight the sort of ways our kids are thinking about math and how it might not be the way you feel prepared to help support your kids. In a few days we’ll be having a workshop for parents and kids to talk about just that!

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Talking to children about trauma, tragedy and disturbing news

Dear families,

The links below are some resources for talking to children about trauma, tragedy and disturbing news. Of course, it is your decision about when and if to speak to your children about these types of subjects.

A suggested guide for helping you make these decisions is as follows:

If…Child/family/immediate community directly experiences the trauma/tragedy: Talk about it! Follow developmentally appropriate guidelines. Assure children of safety and care that’s in place. Follow up, stay on it.

If…Child is talking or asking questions about direct or indirect trauma/tragedy: Answer questions. Follow developmentally appropriate guidelines. Assure children of safety & care that’s in place. Follow up, stay on it.

If…No direct experience, child not aware: Take time to consider – age, development, temperament, personal history, cognitive ability, access to emotional support, emotional intelligence, other present stressors, etc. If deciding to expose, follow developmentally appropriate guidelines. Assure children of safety & care that’s in place. Follow up, stay on it.

Some helpful links:

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School Walkout Tomorrow, March 14

Dear EVCS Family,

Tomorrow morning at 10 AM students, parents and educators all across the country will be walking out of their schools for 17 minutes as a symbol of their solidarity with the victims of the Marjory Stoneman Douglas school shooting, and to protest gun violence in schools. Given the wide range among our students in terms of their age and readiness to process the context for this event, we will not be doing anything school-wide to recognize the walkout. If any parents want their child to participate in the walkout they will need to sign them out of school. If you plan to participate, with our without your kids, I invite you to join me in front of the school at 9:45. We can walk over to Tompkins Square Park and have a moment together under the elm trees.

And if you haven’t already seen it, there is an apropos piece in the New York Times today that ponders the question How Young is Too Young to Protest? A National Gun Violence Walkout Tests Schools.

Be safe, see you soon.


KEEP ON READING! (plus the link for online sponsors)

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Just a friendly reminder to keep on reading and logging and getting sponsors for the READING OLYMPICS! A great way to get sponsors is to email friends and relatives or post on social media. Here is the link you can send to people so they can sponsor your kids online:

Happy Reading!

Happy Reading,
Allison Gordon (mom of Elias- 4th grade)