Order your School Photos by this Friday, 10/28, in time for the Holidays!

Screen Shot 2016-10-07 at 3.54.45 PMReminder:

Place your school photo order by Friday, October 28.

Remember to order your photos by Friday, October 28 to get free shipping to the school. All orders placed by the deadline will be delivered to the school by November 18.
A shipping and handling fee applies to orders placed after the deadline.

Your school photos are here: www.coolforschoolphoto.com/evcs

Please remember that the School Photos are also a fundraiser for our school and a portion of the proceeds of orders placed by the deadline benefits EVCS!

Any questions? Please contact Cool for School Photo directly atinfo@coolforschoolphoto.com or (212) 941 5502

Putting the final touches on the Fall Ball 2016

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Dear EVCS Families,

The Events Committee is hard at work planning and organizing the biggest family event of the year! Fall Ball is a tradition at EVCS and the kids look forward to this fun, family, school-wide costume party. This event is happily funded and organized by the EVCS Parent Association. All suggested donations received will go directly to benefit our kids at EVCS.

You can expect the return of such favorites as hand-made crafts, games, and a haunted house! There will also be a few new surprises.

The Fall Ball Carnival is being held this year on Saturday, October 29th. 12:00 – 4:00p.m. in the yard, the cafeteria, and the auditorium.

We invite the PreK – 1st Graders to arrive at 12:00 and 2nd to 5th Graders to arrive at 1:00. But if you have more than one child, by all means arrive any time you like. Families arrive in costumes, play games, do crafts, trick or treat, get spooked, enjoy good food, listen to music and have loads of fun.

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Diversity in Admissions

Dear EVCS Family,

I am pleased to announce that our school has been accepted into the Chancellor’s Diversity in Admissions pilot program. In next year’s admissions cycle, priority will be given to students who qualify for free or reduced price lunch or students who are learning English for 50% of our Pre-K and Kindergarten seats. Students who attend EVCS for Pre-K will still be given priority for K seats, and sibling status will continue to be honored as a top admissions priority.

If you came to School-Wide Morning Meeting a couple of weeks ago you heard me talk about one of our core values: kindness. Another principle that is essential in our school culture and central to all we do, is inclusion. Our mission statement reads: “It is our priority to provide an environment where all children and all families are valued, welcomed, cared for and supported.” Yet over the last several years our school has become significantly less diverse. There is a growing trend in District 1, which has used a system of “pure choice” in the admissions protocol, of clustering according to race, ethnicity and socioeconomic status. Our demographics at EVCS have become increasingly dissimilar to other District 1 schools and the neighborhood we serve, and many in our community have become uncomfortable with this. I am hopeful that the Diversity in Admissions pilot program will represent a significant step in the right direction to correct this trend. We’ll be joined in this pilot by our District 1 friends the Children’s Workshop School, the Earth School and the Neighborhood School. You can read a bit more about the pilot program in today’sNYTimes and Chalkbeat.

I’m looking forward to working shoulder to shoulder with our amazing school community to usher in this exciting and important initiative.

As ever,


EVCS Weekly, October 24

Dear Parents and Guardians,

We have had an exciting week with the launching of our Playground renovation! The Trust for Public Land’s staff led the first of several design sessions this week with the three schools! Our kids are thrilled to be a part of the process. Examples of completed projects are posted on the bulletin boards in the lobby.


Relief for people in Haiti.

A huge thanks goes out to everyone who contributed to the EVCS collection effort for Haiti. We collected over 5 generous boxes full of products. EVCS parents have identified and partnered with organizations who have the capability to ship supplies and get these items directly to groups on the ground. Our contributions will be greatly appreciated. Thank you.


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EVCS Costume Exchange

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Dear Families,

The costume exchange is tomorrow!

If you were thinking about bringing in something in or to check out the swap, tomorrow is the day! Go through your costume pile tonight and bring in any lightly used items to the yard in the morning. If you left items off earlier- they will be added to the table.

Happy Swapping!

Fall Ball Planning Continues tomorrow following drop off:
Thursday, October 20 in the Cafeteria
Committee Chairs will head to the basement and closets to check inventory and supplies! Please Join us if you can.

NO TIME FOR MEETINGS? We understand.

Volunteer HERE For Fall Ball!

We need help on the day of with crafts, games,serving food, haunted house, bounce house chaperones, and if you want to help set up or decorate on Friday, October 28, let us know, we will be setting up from 6 – 10pm!

Make sure to SAVE THE DATE Saturday, October 29 and get to the Ball!!

Your Event Co-Chairs
Noel and James

Schoolyard Renovation

Dear Parents,

We are thrilled to announce that due to generous grants from Council Member Rosie Mendez, Manhattan Borough President Gale Brewer, and the The Trust for Public Land, the shared schoolyard at 610 East 12th Street will be getting a renovation. The Trust for Public Land’s NYC Playgrounds Program staff will begin working with the three schools and community members this fall to design a new school and community playground on the schoolyard.

Established in 1972, The Trust for Public Land (TPL) is a nonprofit organization that is committed to bringing open space and recreational resources to communities under-served by parks. TPL’s NYC Playgrounds Program has designed and/or created nearly 190 new playgrounds in NYC over the past 20 years. One of the unique features of TPL’s Playgrounds Program is that students, parents and community members design the new park.

TPL gave an introduction to the project in the school auditorium this morning and kids are pretty excited! TPL will then be leading design sessions with a design team made up of school representatives, students, parents, and community members on four Wednesday mornings in October and November: October 19, 26, November 9 and November 23. The meetings will begin at 9am in the library and usually run for about two hours.

We are very excited about this project that will benefit hundreds of children and their families in our community. More information, including updates from the design team, soon.



PA meeting tomorrow, Wednesday Evening 10/19

Hello Parents,

Join us this Wednesday evening, 10/19, for our 2nd General Parents Association Meeting.

Light Refreshments in the Lobby: 5:30pm

Meeting in the Auditorium: 6:00pm (ends by 7:30pm- plenty of time to be home for the debate!)

Childcare in the lunchroom: 5:30pm- Available for any current EVCS student,please register here. Pizza will be available, ($5 requested contribution)

Some of what’s in store:

• Exciting News and updates from Bradley- particularly about our playground!
• Vote to change the PA’s bylaws to include the Diversity Committee
• After-School Funding Update
• De-brief on curriculum night’s childcare
• Learn about “My School Account” and “My School Bucks” programs

We need your voice! We can’t do this without you!

See you Wednesday,

Your PA executive board

Coffee Talk with Bradley – Safety and Emergency Preparedness

I hope to see you at our first ever Coffee Talk with Bradley tomorrow morning where the topic for discussion will be Safety and Emergency Preparedness. The forecast calls for sun and unseasonably warm temperatures, so we’ll meet in the Tree of Knowing Garden right after drop off.

If you’re looking for some reading material to fertilize the conversation, here’s an article from The Atlantic, one from The Times, and one from The Washington Post.

Or just show up! There will be coffee. We’ll talk.


EVCS Weekly, October 17

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Dear Parents and Guardians,

It has been a productive, short week here at EVCS and it looks like a bright, sunny, fall weekend ahead of us! Before we break for the weekend, a few announcements and reminders:


A Nation Still Recovering

We have launched a collection: Humanitarian Relief for the people in Haiti.
If you would like to contribute, please bring items to the school yard. We will be collecting Monday – Friday next week. The last day for items will be Friday, October 21. Thank you in advance for your support.


Next Week

Monday, October 17, 8:50 a.m. – 10:00 a.m. Location TBD
5th Grade Business Meeting
We will go over 5th Grade Activities and Fundraising Needs

Monday, October 17 – Wednesday, October 19
Collecting for the EVCS Costume Swap
Bring lightly used costumes to the yard. We invite everyone to participate!

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