EVCS Weekly, Friday, October 23

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Dear EVCS Parents and Guardians,

It was great to see some of you at the Zoom PA meeting this week.
The EVCS Parent Association elections were successful, and I am happy to report that we have a full working board. They will share out notes and details soon. If you missed this month, no worries there will be more! We are still learning how to do this Zoom business and it takes time. You can find PA General Meeting dates posted on the EVCS Calendar here.

Monthly minutes are historically posted to the website here. Please give it some time for the info to get compiled and posted from the recent meeting.

Standing Committees
The executive board includes, as well, the chairs of our standing committees which are Communications, Fundraising, Events, Diversity & Inclusions, Social Action, Green and the Class Parent Liaison. If you are interested in or have questions about joining -or being a chair- for any of these committees please email papresident@evcsnyc.org. We need your continued support!

Remember every parent and/or guardian of an EVCS student is automatically a member of the Parent Association. There is a monthly General PA meeting. This is the one risk free way we can stay connected as a community. The next General PA Meeting will be Wednesday, November 18, save the date!
Monthly meeting details arrive from the papresident@evcsnyc.org.

Grade Directory & Class/Grade Parents
Our PA is gathering contact information for a Grade Directory!
Please respond to this survey, it’s really short, if you want to be included AND if you are interested in being a class parent this year.

We need at least one volunteer from each class on-a-grade to help by being a Class/ Grade Parent. More details around this will be forthcoming from the PA.

The job and responsibilities of Class/Grade Parents will be a little different this year, but at the core they will be the same and are vital for our school community. Class Parents will work together to set up a means of communicating amongst class families (who opt in) on their grade level.
Class parent volunteer sign-up is within this directory survey here!

Let’s see what is coming up…

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Next Week

NEW! EVCS Leveled Lending Library
Starting next Wednesday, October 28 we will be setting up books for
Fully-Remote (Cohort D) kids to pick up and take home every week!. This is a school initiative to get real books on individual reading levels, into all students hands! We hope you’ll take advantage of this.
Wednesdays, 11:30am – 1:00pm
In front of the school yard (on the sidewalk)

Gate opens for K-5 students at 8:20 a.m. & for PreK students at 8:45 a.m.

Monday, October 26 – Tuesday, October 27
Cohort D School Pictures 12:00 p.m. – 1:30 p.m.
Remote Students – Sign Up Here
Click HERE for more information!

Monday, October 26
Cohort B
School Picture Day

Tuesday, October 27
Cohort A
School Picture Day

Wednesday, October 28
Cohort B

Leveled Lending Library
Books for Fully-Remote kids to take home
11:30 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. in front of the yard

Thursday, October 29
Cohort A

School Leadership Team Meeting
4:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m.

Friday, October 30
Cohort B

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Important Documents

All parents/guardians must complete:

If you have completed these five essential forms, thank you! If you are not sure, please click the link below to complete and submit.
(note: #5 is only for Blended Students)

1. Emergency Contact Blue Card
2. Media Release Form
3. Housing Questionnaire
4. Income form (Use “01M315” to find EVCS as your school)
5. NEW, COVID-19 Testing Consent Form Online – Return the paper form or log into your New York City Schools Account (NYCSA). Click here for more information. And if you need help please reach out to me.

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And don’t forget the Daily Health Screener every day!

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Important Dates

Wednesday, October 21
PA General Meeting 5:00 – 6:30 p.m.
A meeting link will follow from PaPresident@evcsnyc.org
Elections for the EVCS Parent Association are coming up soon!!!
Learn more about the EVCS PA here!
Please submit any questions/thoughts/ideas before the next meeting.

Thursday, October 29
SLT, School Leadership Team Meeting

Monday, November 2 – Friday, November 6
Parent Teacher Conference Week
Be sure to sign up to meet with your teachers.

Tuesday, November 3
Election Day, Fully Remote Instruction for ALL students

Thursday, November 5
Half Day of School for ALL students!
Cohort A, dismissal is at 11:00 a.m. in the school yard!
Cohorts B & D, remote school will end at 11:00 a.m. as well

Wednesday, November 11
Veterans Day, schools closed

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Fall EVCS Schedules

Cohort A

Cohort B

Cohort D

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Fully Remote Learners: Pick Up Academic Materials

Our fully remote (cohort D) students have important academic materials that need to be picked up at EVCS for their continued success in remote learning. Please reach out to James if you have not picked up your materials!

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Parent Resources

Helpful technical links:
How to fix the internet on NYC DOE iPads / Cómo arreglar Internet

Report Issues you’re having with NYCDOE iPads/devices, access to applications, or other technical problems here.

Link for families to submit a device request:
https://coronavirus.schools.nyc/remotelearningdevices

Dial A Teacher
https://tutor.dialateacher.org
Get help working with your child. Reading ☎ Math ☎ Writing ☎ Science
We also speak Spanish, Italian, Chinese, French, Haitian-Creole, Greek, Hebrew, Korean and Russian

Translating Google Docs
Traducción de documentos de Google

New York Public Library
Getting e-books in Different Languages:
SimpyE
The New York Public Library’s free e-reader app to borrow e-books.
It is available on iPad, iPhone, iPod touch, and Android devices.

More about testing in schools as a precautionary health & safety protocol
See the Frequently Asked Questions about the testing program

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Remember to Identify your personal belongings
Please be sure to clearly identify all items including backpacks, water bottles, lunch bags, jackets etc. Write Name & School to help us reunite items to their rightful owners. (a Sharpie works well for most material!)

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VOTING INFORMATION

Early voting info here: https://vote.nyc/page/early-voting-information

For friends & family who live outside of NY:
Everything You Need to Vote Vote.org

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We will see Cohort B in school on Monday, October 26th!

If you have any questions, please reach out to us any time.

Have a restful weekend.

Warm regards,
James


James Bromberg, Parent Coordinator
East Village Community School610 East 12th Street, Room 205
New York, NY 10009(212) 982-0682 x 2053 / (605) 646-EVCS (3827)
evcsnyc.org

Due to COVID-19, for important dates, links, and information.check the DOE’s website regularly at schools.nyc.gov/returntoschool2020

Hand Washing

October Updates

Dear EVCS Families,

I hope everyone is doing well and getting used to the new routines in this unusual school year. A few brief announcements as we head into our week.

This Wednesday at our Parent Association meeting there will be an election for the two open seats on the School Leadership Team (SLT). Our SLT has twelve members – six parents and six staff. Each member serves a two-year term, and the terms are staggered so each year we welcome new parent and staff members to the team. We meet once a month for two hours to discuss a wide range of topics related to school – everything from academic and social-emotional learning to school culture and parent involvement. We look at our school data to identify trends and look for disproportionality, and we create surveys and evaluation tools to check in on how things are going. We also work together at the beginning of every school year to develop annual goals that make up the heart of an important document called the Comprehensive Education Plan (CEP). The School Leadership Team is one of the most important ways that parents are involved in the life of our school – I hope you will consider running!

Though it seems like we just got started, we are somehow approaching the end of the first quarter and so there will be an opportunity to switch learning preferences from fully remote to blended learning at some point next month. The DOE had originally scheduled the enrollment period for the second quarter to be the last week of October, and the first day of the new quarter to be November 16. Given that we had a delayed opening it seems likely that these dates will also be pushed back a bit, but I want to make sure it’s on everyone’s radar. Our numbers in the first quarter have supported a 2-cohort model for blended learning, where each student who comes to school in person is able to come on half the days. If our numbers swing dramatically in either direction in the next quarter we will adapt our model to accommodate the preferences in our school. It’s going to be a lot to reprogram the school each quarter – and for families to potentially have to adjust to new schedules – but being adaptive and flexible is clearly the name of the game this year. As I know more information about the timeline and process for switching learning preferences I will surely let everyone know.

Also, please don’t forget that next week we are having picture days for all of our students in the Tree of Knowing Garden. Cohort B students will have their photos taken on Monday October 26 and Cohort A students will have their photos taken on Tuesday October 27. Cohort D students will have appointment slots on both of those days. If your child is learning fully remotely you can sign up for an appointment here. And please note that on Election Day, November 3, everyone will be learning remotely! Please look out for information from your child’s teacher about schedules for Election Day.

Take care everyone, stay safe and be well.

Bradley

EVCS Weekly, Friday, October 16

Dear EVCS Parents and Guardians,

We had a short, sweet week here at EVCS. In spite of the times we see a lot of joy in the daily learning and activities both online and off with each grade level. Keep up the good work everyone! You are doing great.

Please help to complete all requested forms below and let’s see what else is coming up:

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Important Documents

All parents/guardians must complete:

If you have completed these five essential forms, thank you! If you are not sure, please click the link below to complete and submit.
(note: #5 is only for Blended Students)

1. Emergency Contact Blue Card
2. Media Release Form
3. Housing Questionnaire
4. Income form (Use “01M315” to find EVCS as your school)
5. NEW, COVID-19 Testing Consent Form Online – Return the paper form or log into your New York City Schools Account (NYCSA). Click here for more information. And if you need help please reach out to me.

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And don’t forget the Daily Health Screener every day!

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EVCS: Important Documents, Action Required

Dear EVCS Families,

We need your help! Please take a moment now to complete any forms you have not yet turned in. Thanks to those of you who already filled them out.
We appreciate your continued support.

Please click the links below to complete and submit.
(note: #5 is only for Blended Students)

1. Emergency Contact – Blue Card

2. Media Release Form

3. Housing Questionnaire

4. Household Income form (Use “01M315” to find EVCS as your school)

5. NEW, COVID-19 Testing Consent Form Online – Return the paper form or log into your New York City Schools Account (NYCSA). Click here for more information. And if you need help please reach out to me.

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And remember to Bookmark the Daily Health Screener!

If you have any questions, please reach out to us any time.

Warm Regards,
James


James Bromberg, Parent Coordinator
East Village Community School610 East 12th Street, Room 205
New York, NY 10009 (212) 982-0682 x 2053 / (605) 646-EVCS (3827)
evcsnyc.org

Due to COVID-19, for important dates, links, and information.check the DOE’s website regularly at schools.nyc.gov/returntoschool2020

Hand Washing

EVCS Weekly, Friday, October 5

Dear EVCS Parents and Guardians,

This has been a beautiful week and the kids are beginning to get more familiar with routines both on and off line. Eric held physical education outdoors and practiced safe social distancing on the turf! Many students ate lunch outside and the kids had a great time building with the outdoor blocks in the Tree of Knowing Garden.

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Important Documents

All parents/guardians must complete:

If you have completed these five essential forms, thank you! If you are not sure, please click the link below to complete and submit.
(note: #5 is only for Blended Students)

1. Emergency Contact Blue Card
2. Media Release Form
3. Housing Questionnaire
4. Income form (Use “01M315” to find EVCS as your school)
5. NEW, COVID-19 Testing Consent Form Online – Return the paper form or log into your New York City Schools Account (NYCSA). Click here for more information. And if you need help please reach out to me.

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And don’t forget the Daily Health Screener every day!

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EVCS Weekly, Friday, October 2, 2020

Dear EVCS Parents and Guardians,

We hope everyone is off to a great start!

It was amazing to welcome back our K-5 students into the building and continue seeing everyone online too! You are all doing an amazing job navigating this new normal, and we appreciate the commitment. Thank you in advance for your partnership this year!

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Important Documents

All parents/guardians must complete:

If you have completed these five essential forms, thank you! If you are not sure, please click the link below to complete and submit.
(note: #5 is only for Blended Students)

1. Emergency Contact Blue Card
2. Media Release Form
3. Housing Questionnaire
4. Income form (Use “01M315” to find EVCS as your school)
5. COVID-19 Testing Consent Form – Paper forms were sent home

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And don’t forget the Daily Health Screener every day!

Please bookmark it on your phone & do the screening each day. There’s no need to print it out, just show us the confirmation on line each morning.

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Next Week

Gate opens daily for K-5 students at 8:20 a.m., PreK students at 8:45 a.m.

Monday, October 5
Cohort B

Tuesday, October 6
Cohort A

Wednesday, October 7
Cohort B

Thursday, October 8
Cohort A

Friday, October 9
Cohort B

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Important Dates

Monday, October 12
Indigenous Peoples Day, schools closed

Tuesday, November 3
Election Day, Fully Remote Instruction for all students

Wednesday, November 11
Veterans Day, schools closed

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Fully Remote Learners: School Supplies

If you have NOT picked up your supply bag, please reach out to James.

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Third Street Virtual Open House Info for the 2020-21

Apply for a year’s worth of FREE, online music and dance classes

English:
Third Street Music School. This offer is available for students grades 1-12 who attend a Third Street Partner School.
Click the link below for the application and additional details. There are only a limited number of spots available so don’t wait — APPLY TODAY!
https://www.virtualthirdstreet.org/openhouse

Spanish:
¡Third Street está teniendo una CASA ABIERTA VIRTUAL! Aplica por un año de clases GRATUITAS en linea de música y baile en Third Street Music School. Esta oferta está disponible para estudiantes de los grados 1 al 12 que asisten a una escuela asociada con Third Street.
Haga clic en el enlace abajo para ver la aplicación y detalles adicionales. Solo hay un número limitado de lugares disponibles, no espere, ¡APLICA HOY!
https://www.virtualthirdstreet.org/openhouse

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Remember to Identify your personal belongings
Please be sure to clearly identify all items including backpacks, water bottles, lunch bags, jackets etc. Write Name & School to help us reunite items to their rightful owners. (a Sharpie works well for most material!)

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We are here to help, if you have any questions, please reach out any time.

See Cohort B on Monday!

Enjoy the weekend,
James


James Bromberg, Parent Coordinator
East Village Community School610 East 12th Street, Room 205New York, NY 10009(212) 982-0682 x 2053 / (605) 646-EVCS (3827)
evcsnyc.org

Due to COVID-19, for important dates, links, and information.check the DOE’s website regularly at schools.nyc.gov/returntoschool2020

Hand Washing

Covid-19 Testing Consent Form


Important information for all Blended Learners

Dear EVCS families,

Today I am writing about an important element of our health and safety work: testing our students and staff for COVID-19. Keeping school buildings open depends on helping us stay aware of and take immediate action to address COVID-19 concerns in our buildings.

The Department of Education has partnered with multiple city agencies to arrange for the testing of students and staff for COVID-19 infection. These partners will test a randomly selected group of staff and students in schools once per month – approximately 20% of our school building will be selected each month. The test is easy, quick, and safe. Instead of the “long swab” that goes in the back of the nose, this test is a short, small swab (like a Q-Tip) that goes just in the front of the nose. Whenever possible, students will self-administer the test. And later this school year, it is possible that tests will be administered by collecting a small amount of saliva (spit).

But in order for us to administer a COVID-19 test to your child, we need your consent. We strongly encourage you to return the consent form as soon as possible. All in-person students will bring home a paper consent form after their next day of in-school attendance. Please check your child’s backpack this week and then sign the form and return in your child’s backpack.

You may have further questions, so in the below letter from NYC, there is an attached Frequently Asked Questions document. Please review this with your child. Testing in schools will begin in October.

We deeply appreciate your partnership and your commitment to keeping our school community safe and healthy.

Please read the full letter here which includes FAQ from the Department of Education, the Department of Health, and the NYC Test & Trace Corps.

Best,

Liz Wanttaja
Assistant Principal
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Daily Health Screening/Some News

Dear EVCS Families,

We had a fantastic day today – our first day with students from every grade learning in the building in seven months. Everything went off without a hitch, and the excitement among our students to be back together in our classrooms was inspiring! I’m looking forward to another great day tomorrow, the first for our B Cohort students.

A quick note on how we can make the arrival routine go quickly and smoothly. Every student learning in-person needs to do the DOE Health Screening every day before coming to school. If you forget to do it at home I will ask you the questions at the gate, but it definitely saves lots of time if you can do it in advance. Pro tip: If you are able to do so, please bookmark the Health Screener on your phone, then you can just flash the green check mark on your screen at the gates. It’ll take a few days for us to get the new arrival routines down pat, but we’ll get there.

Also, I have some very good news to share, albeit tinged with a bit of frustration. Remember how I reported to you a little more than a week ago that a staff member tested positive for COVID-19? Well, it turns out that the test was a false positive (!). I know, unbelievable. There was definitely a lot of avoidable stress and aggravation that resulted from this erroneous lab report, but I am just so incredibly grateful that our staff is healthy and doing well. And if nothing else, it was a wakeup call that we need to be ever vigilant and a good rehearsal for what to do if we do have a confirmed case. And the fact that we have all of our staff present for these first couple of weeks of in-person leaning is the icing on the cake.

Thanks everyone for all of your support, patience and understanding as we, slowly but surely, get our school year off the ground.

Kind regards,

Bradley

EVCS Reminders: Dismissal in the yard, Rain or Shine

Parents and Guardians,

Please be prepared for any weather
arrival and dismissal is in the schoolyard, rain or shine!

Staggered Dismissal will take place in the school yard:

1:45 for Kindergarten, 1st, and 2nd grade

1:55 for 3rd, 4th, and 5th grade

2:00 for Pre-K – In the Tree of Knowing Garden

Best,
James

James Bromberg, Parent Coordinator
(212) 982-0682 x 2053 / (605) 646-EVCS (3827)
evcsnyc.org

 

Daily Health Screener & Attendance

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Dear EVCS families,

First, I want to thank you for all of your support this summer and fall as we launched the 2020-21 school year. We appreciate your flexibility and patience as we planned, and replanned, for our school community. Please be sure you are receiving emails from your child’s teacher and have been added as a guardian in their Google Classroom. If you need any help with connecting to your teacher or Google Classroom, please reach out! Below, please find information regarding attendance as well as some required forms to start off our year. As always, please reach out if you have any questions.

Daily Health Screener
In person learning will begin for Cohort A on Tuesday, September 29th. Cohort B will begin on Wednesday, September 30th. All students will have remote learning on the days they are not in person. You can check the in-person learning calendars here. On in-person days, you should check your child’s temperature before coming to school. We ask that you will then complete the Health Screening daily here: https://healthscreening.schools.nyc/ (online application) or using this questionnaire template found here. For the health of our entire community, if you answer “yes” to any of the questions – or you notice your child coughing, sneezing, or having a hard time breathing – please keep your child home and have them learn remotely that day. If a child comes to school with any of those symptoms, they will be sent home to learn remotely.

If your child is scheduled to come to school, they will be marked Present if they attend class that day. They will also be marked Present if they attend live, synchronous instruction remotely that day – even if they were scheduled to be in the building. If you know you are keeping your child home to participate remotely rather than come into the school building, please email the teacher and our team at attendance@evcs.me as soon as possible.

Remote Learning Attendance
Online learning will take place daily for the children who are not learning in person that day. Students are expected to log into their Google Classroom daily to see their schedule for the day, access links to live instruction, and complete assignments. Attendance will be taken at morning meetings and live instruction. If you are having a challenge accessing Google Classroom, Google Meet, or updating your device, check out this document.

Needed Documents
If you haven’t already done so, please fill out the Blue Card Emergency Form: HERE.

We are also asking all families to complete the Media Release Form: HERE.

We cannot wait to see you soon – whether in the yard or in the Google Classrooms!

Best,

Liz Wanttaja
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Assistant Principal
East Village Community School