EVCS Weekly Feb 10 – 14

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Dear Parents and Guardians,

Thank you all for your support this week around Black Lives Matter at Schools Week of Action. It was wonderful having parents come in and read to the students. There were many discussions on relevant topics including structural racism, black identities, black history, and anti-racist movements. Our volunteer readers did a great job – thank you!!!

Please read our updated Birthday and Holiday Celebration policies HERE.

And check out the EVCS Podcast if you haven’t heard it yet! It is getting rave reviews… https://soundcloud.com/user-863581297/evcs-podcast-january
A big shout out to Coach Eric! Bravo!

STAY HEALTHY

Reminders from the DOE health & wellness: “Stay Home When Sick”
If your child has shown signs of feeling ill the evening before school or if they have a fever please keep them home. Rest can help you and your child get better sooner, and it helps prevent the spread of germs. Wash hands often to help stay healthy.

Help us Stop the Spread of Germs See Flyer Here

Simple Steps

Next Week

Monday, February 10
How to Grow A Reader – A FREE parent workshop!
8:30 – 9:30 a.m. in the Art Room (413)
Learn strategies for supporting your child as a reader at home. This workshop, hosted by Liz, will focus on ways to encourage reading and the love of books.

Wednesday, February 12
5:30 – 7:00 p.m. in the auditorium
A Parent Talk About Testing
Childcare will be provided, details to follow.

MID-WINTER BREAK
February 17 – 21, 2020
President’s Day/Midwinter Recess – Schools Closed

School Wide Morning Meeting Message 02/03/2020

February 3, 2020

Dear EVCS students,

This week in cities all across the United States, schools are participating in the Black Lives Matter at School Week of Action. EVCS is proud to be a part of this national event. Black Lives Matter is a movement that is working to create a world where Black people, and all people, are valued and treated equitably. Black Lives Matter continues the struggle of the Civil Rights Movement, because even though some things have changed over the years, the lives of black people aren’t always treated as equal in our society.

Our core values at EVCS are kindness, inclusion and social action, so EVCS is a school where Black lives matter, and this week we are taking the time to recognize this.  Every day this week we will be thinking and talking about different guiding principles of the Black Lives Matter movement, and special guests (EVCS parents) will be coming into your classrooms to read books that will shine a light on the Black Lives Matter at School principles. We hope this week will spark rich conversations between all the members of our EVCS community in and out of the classroom!

Thanks as always to the SWMM house band. A very special thanks to all the parents who have volunteered to come in this week to read books to our classes.  And thanks to everyone who came this morning and sang loud and proud!

Have a great day and a great week.

Love,
Bradley

EVCS Weekly February 3 – 7

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Dear Parents and Guardians,

Spring Metrocards are here!
Students who had Fall Metrocards should have received a new one for the Spring by today – please check backpacks! If your child requires a Metrocard, is eligible, and did not receive one, please email requests to Sharon at Sharon@sblumenkranz@schools.nyc.gov .

For transportation eligibility requirements
https://www.schools.nyc.gov/school-life/transportation/bus-eligibility

Corona virus
Please read this letter from the Office of School Health about the “novel coronavirus”. There are currently zero diagnoses in New York City, and the risk to New Yorkers is low. EnglishSpanishChinese • For more information please visit Health Department’s Website

Let’s see what is happening next week…

Next Week

Monday, February 3
Bake Sale hosted by PreK 8:00-8:30 a.m.

School-Wide Morning Meeting – Black Lives Matter, no class will be hosting
8:50-9:15 a.m. in the auditorium

Week of February 3 – 7
Black Lives Matter at Schools Week of Action
During the week, we will shine a light on the principles of the Black Lives Matter at Schools Week of Action through picture books (including some led by EVCS parents), discussions in class, and more.

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Wednesday, February 5
4th & 5th Grade Electives Share 1:45 – 2:45 p.m. In the Auditorium
(Rock Band, Chorus, Clarinet Ensemble, & Martial Arts)

Friday, February 7
Movie Night! Kids Night in, Parents Night Out • 5th Grade Fundraiser!
RSVP & Buy Tickets Now! Space is limited.

More Coming up in February

Monday, February 10
How to Grow A Reader – A free parent workshop!
8:30 – 9:30 a.m. in the Art Room (413)
Learn strategies for supporting your child as a reader at home. This workshop, hosted by Liz, will focus on ways to encourage reading and the love of books. If interested in how our schools teach kids to read, check out the District-Wide Early Literary Workshops throughout the school year.

Wednesday, February 12, ⋅ 5:30 – 7:00 p.m.
A Parent Talk About Testing
Childcare will be provided, details to follow.

February 17 – 21, 2020
President’s Day/Midwinter Recess – Schools Closed

Wednesday, February 26
PA General Meeting
8:30 – 10:30 a.m., Begins in the Cafeteria then shifts to the Auditorium
We hope to see you there! Bring questions, ideas & consider joining a committee to get involved. We encourage and welcome everyone to the conversations.

“How to Be an Anti-Racist” Parent Book Discussion with Bradley
6:00 – 7:30 p.m. Location TBD.

Save the Dates

Sunday, March 8
District 1 Battle of the Bands • Bowery Ballroom
More information to follow!

Wednesday & Thursday, March 25 – 26
New York State ELA Testing

Wednesday & Thursday, April 22 – 23
New York State Math Test

Saturday, May 2
Spring Sting – Biggest Annual Fundraiser of the year!
The Parent Association will be reaching out soon with more detail, stay tuned!

Sunday, May 17
East River District 1 Spring Chess Championship
Free, More details at https://chessquarter.com/chess-tournaments
Registration opens in March.

Monday, May 25
Memorial Day – No School

Saturday, May 30
FleaVCS – An annual fleamarket event in the EVCS school yard!

February Menus
Remind me, what’s for lunch?

Breakfast / Lunch

SchoolFood Menu Apps: OS or Android

DRINK MORE WATER EVERY DAY. Please be sure to remind your kids, as a daily habit, to fill up their bottles at lunch using the refill bottle station in the cafeteria.
Write your child’s name and EVCS on the water bottles.

Family Resources & Events – Save the Dates

Saturday, February 1
Chess Play Date (EVCS Community)
Tompkins Square Library
1:00 to 3:30 p.m. K-5 students
For Details Click Here!

Saturday, February 1
Asia Society rings in the Year of the Rat with performances and traditional craft activities inspired by Lunar New Year traditions across Asia.
Moon Over Manhattan! Celebrate Lunar New Year — Upper East Side
1:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. • Age: All ages • Price: $12 Adults, $5 Children
725 Park Avenue, New York, NY

Sunday, February 9
Manhattan Lunar New Year Parade and Festival — Chinatown
Arrive early—by noon at the latest—if you want to snag a good spot. It’s a festive, loud affair that’s way too crowded for strollers, so it’s probably a bit much for the preschool set. FREE

Tuesday, February 25
Free Literacy Workshop: Vocabulary
Meet Universal Coaches & learn more about supporting your child(ren) at home!
PS20 166 Essex St room 340
8:30-9:30 a.m. Please RSVP Here.

February 21 – March 15
New York International Children’s Film Festival
Festival tickets on sale: January 22

D1 FREE Early Literary Workshops
Consider the topics: Fluency, Vocabulary, Comprehension, and Writing
Please Join Us / RSVP Here Any one or all of the workshops listed!
We are looking for EVCS Families to attend and to represent our school!
Interested? RSVP or reach out to D1 Family Coordinator Celsa Pacheco cpacheco5@schools.nyc.gov or call 212-353-2949 or contact James.

Tuesday, February 4
Museum of the City of New York
Cultivating Culture in NYC 6:30 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.
1220 Fifth Avenue @ 103rd St. Ramp access @ 104th St. NY 10029.
Map It.

January Events in NYC – Time Out

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LOST & FOUND

Located in the main lobby, be sure to stop by to find lost items!

Stay Healthy

Help us Stop the Spread of Germs that make people sick: Flyer

Reminders from the DOE health & wellness: “Stay Home When Sick”
If your child has shown signs of feeling ill the evening before school or if they have a fever please keep them home. Rest can help you and your child get better sooner, and it helps prevent the spread of germs. Wash hands often to help stay healthy.

LICE
It is all about the combing and the paste!

NYC Department of Education

Lice, Get them outta here!

Geographic distributions and origins according to the Journal of Parasitology

CHESS

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EVCS Chess AfterSchool – Open for Spring Enrollment
Stephanie is now accepting registrations for the EVCS after-school chess club starting March 2 through June 15, 2020. Link to online registration here.

Saturday, January 25
Come join the EVCS chess team in competing in a scholastic chess tournament at PS 56K- 170 Gates Ave., Brooklyn, NY 11238.
Visit the registration link here.

Are you enthusiastic about Chess?
Visit the Marshal Chess Club this year sometime!
Grandmaster Frank J. Marshall founded this historic chess club in 1915.
Find out more here.

Social Action

Remember to follow us and share your news!

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EVCS Core Values

Social Action • Kindness • Joy of Learning • Self Awareness • Inclusion

EVCS School Website

Remember you can always check the calendar for EVCS events.
View the full calendar in a new window. Or subscribe to the calendar in your own calendar application when you visit the web site.

Visit the Principal’s Corner located on our website to view the previous
School-Wide Morning Meeting messages here.

Do you ever wonder what happens at the EVCS PA meetings?
Parent Association Minutes

What is the SLT? School Leadership Team

What is the CEC? Community Education Council

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Does EVCS Tote Bag? Why, yes! Happy you asked!

Please reach out to parents@evcsnyc.org to let the Parent Association know you want to buy a bag or 2!
Calling on volunteers to help sell merchandise at the next Parent Association Meeting on Wednesday, February 26th! reach out to fundraising@evcsnyc.org to offer your support.

Keep washing those hands often, covering the cough and drinking water!
Enjoy the weekend and I hope to see you around the yard next week.

All best wishes,
James

James Bromberg, Parent Coordinator
JamesPC@evcs.me / 212 982 0682 Ext 2053
Website/School Calendar: evcsnyc.org

EVCS Weekly Jan 27-31

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Dear Parents and Guardians,

We had a great 4-day week at EVCS! This week, the Parent Association approved a budget for an author visit, a new shed, and confirmed dates for the second annual FleaVCS for March 30th!

And be sure to save the date of Sunday, March 8 for the 3rd Annual District 1 Battle of the Family Bands! This is an event you will not want to miss! There will be more competition this year in the line-up. Come out and support our EVCS Family Band to cheer them in support of bringing home the trophy! Doors open at 6:00 p.m., details and ticket sales will follow.

December PA Meeting Minutes are posted here in case you missed it.

Let’s take a look at what else is coming up and beyond!

Next Week

Wednesday, January 29
5th Grade Fundraising Bake Sale
8:00 – 9:00 a.m. In the yard!

Parents and Guardians, Come Read To Our Classes!

During the Black Lives Matter At School Week of Action, starting Monday of February 3, we are inviting families to come in to read to our classes again this year, which takes 20-30 minutes. If you are available to read during the week of 2/3-2/7, please share your availability HERE by Wednesday, January 29th.

The books we will be reading this year are All the Colors We Are by Katie Kissinger,The Story of Ruby Bridges by Robert Coles, and Milo’s Museum by Zetta Elliott. These three books each focus on different principles of the Black Lives Matter At School and are interesting and engaging books for all of our kids, grades PreK through five.

The books will be in the main office next week if you want to look through them.

Coming up in February

Monday, February 3
Bake Sale hosted by PreK!
School-Wide Morning Meeting – BLM, no classes hosting

Week of February 3 – 7
Black Lives Matter at School Week of Action
During the week, we will shine a light on these principles through picture books (including some led by EVCS parents), discussions in class, and more.

Wednesday, February 5
4th & 5th Grade Electives Share 1:45 – 2:45 p.m. In the Auditorium
(Rock Band, Chorus, Clarinet Ensemble, & Martial Arts)

Friday, February 7
Movie Night! Kids Night in, Parents Night Out • 5th Grade Fundraiser!
RSVP & Buy Tickets Now! Space is limited.

Monday, February 10
How to Grow A Reader – A free parent workshop!
8:30 – 9:30 a.m. in the Art Room (413)
Learn strategies for supporting your child as a reader at home.
Open to all parents, PreK-5

Wednesday, February 12, ⋅ 5:30 – 7:00 p.m.
A Parent Talk About Testing
Childcare will be provided, details to follow.

February 17 – 21, 2020
President’s Day/Midwinter Recess – Schools Closed

Wednesday, February 26
PA General Meeting
8:30 – 10:30 a.m., Begins in the Cafeteria then shifts to the Auditorium
We hope to see you there! Bring questions, ideas & consider joining a committee to get involved. We encourage and welcome everyone to the conversations.

“How to Be an Anti-Racist” Parent Book Discussion with Bradley
6:00 – 7:30 p.m. Location TBD.

Beyond February – Save the Dates

Sunday, March 8
District 1 Battle of the Bands • Bowery Ballroom
More information to follow!

Wednesday & Thursday, March 25 – 26
New York State ELA Testing

Wednesday & Thursday, April 22 – 23
New York State Math Test

Sunday, May 17
East River District 1 Spring Chess Championship
Free, More details at https://chessquarter.com/chess-tournaments
Registration opens in March.

Monday, May 25
Memorial Day – No School

Saturday, May 30
Spring Sting – Biggest Annual Fundraiser of the year!

January Menus
Remind me, what’s for lunch?

Breakfast / Lunch

SchoolFood Menu Apps: OS or Android

Please be sure to remind your kids to DRINK MORE WATER as a daily habit and to fill up your bottles at lunch using the refill bottle station in the cafeteria. Write your child’s name and EVCS on the water bottles.

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Family Resources & Events – Save the Dates

Saturday, January 25
Chess Play Date (EVCS Community)
Tompkins Square Library, 2nd floor 10:00 to 11:30 a.m. K-5 students
For more details click here.

February 21 – March 15
New York International Children’s Film Festival
Festival tickets on sale: January 22

D1 FREE Early Literary Workshops
Consider the topics: Fluency, Vocabulary, Comprehension, and Writing
Please Join Us / RSVP Here Any one or all of the workshops listed!
We are looking for EVCS Families to attend and to represent our school!
Interested? RSVP or reach out to D1 Family Coordinator Celsa Pacheco cpacheco5@schools.nyc.gov or call 212-353-2949 or contact James.

Tuesday, February 4
Museum of the City of New York
Cultivating Culture in NYC 6:30 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.
1220 Fifth Avenue @ 103rd St. Ramp access @ 104th St. NY 10029.
Map It.

January Events in NYC – Time Out

Stay Healthy

Reminders from the DOE health & wellness: “Stay Home When Sick”
If your child has shown signs of feeling ill the evening before school or if they have a fever please keep them home. Rest can help you and your child get better sooner, and it helps prevent the spread of germs. Wash hands often to help stay healthy.

LICE
It is all about the combing and the paste!

NYC Department of Education

Lice, Get them outta here!

Geographic distributions and origins according to the Journal of Parasitology

CHESS

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EVCS Chess AfterSchool – Open for Spring Enrollment
Stephanie is now accepting registrations for the EVCS after-school chess club starting March 2 through June 15, 2020. Link to online registration here.

Saturday, January 25
Come join the EVCS chess team in competing in a scholastic chess tournament at PS 56K- 170 Gates Ave., Brooklyn, NY 11238.
Visit the registration link here.

Are you enthusiastic about Chess?
Visit the Marshal Chess Club this year sometime!
Grandmaster Frank J. Marshall founded this historic chess club in 1915.
Find out more here.

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EVCS Core Values

Social Action • Kindness • Joy of Learning • Self Awareness • Inclusion

EVCS School Website

Remember you can always check the calendar for EVCS events.
View the full calendar in a new window. Or subscribe to the calendar in your own calendar application when you visit the web site.

Visit the Principal’s Corner located on our website to view the previous
School-Wide Morning Meeting messages here.

Do you ever wonder what happens at the EVCS PA meetings?
Parent Association Minutes

What is the SLT? School Leadership Team

What is the CEC? Community Education Council

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Does EVCS Tote Bag? Why, yes! Happy you asked!

Please reach out to parents@evcsnyc.org to let the Parent Association know you want to buy a bag or 2!
Please volunteer to help sell merchandise at the next SWMM-

Stay healthy and enjoy the weekend. We will see you in the yard on Monday!

All best wishes,
James

James Bromberg, Parent Coordinator
JamesPC@evcs.me / 212 982 0682 Ext 2053
Website/School Calendar: evcsnyc.org

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EVCS Weekly Jan 20 – 24

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Dear Parents and Guardians,

Looking to support your young reader? The District 1 Elementary Team has developed a series of Free Early Childhood Literacy Workshops. Universal Literacy Coaches are there to provide an overview of foundational skills, specific tips, and activities to try at home. Don’t miss this opportunity; the next workshop is Wednesday, January 29 around “Fluency”. Additional details can be found on the linked flyer below. Our hope is that some of you will attend a workshop and share your notes with us! Please register with the D1 Family Coordinator Celsa Pacheco cpacheco5@schools.nyc.gov or call 212-353-2949.

Dr. Martin Luther King Day is this Monday. One way you might spend time is at the MLK Resource Fair, University Settlement Campos Plaza, 11:00 a.m. More below.

IMPORTANT NOTICE

A reminder to ALL families, to please be prompt when picking up your children.
To clarify, dismissal is at 2:50 p.m. – not after. Plan to arrive 5 -10 minutes early. We strongly encourage you to be here when the classes enter the yard. If the gate is closed when you arrive for pick up, you are welcome to open the gate and enter the yard! Thank you for taking this seriously and making every effort to be here to meet your child on time.

Let’s see what the 4-day week will bring us …

Next Week

Monday, January 20
Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Day – NO SCHOOL

Wednesday, January 22
PA General Meeting. 8:50 – 10:00 a.m. In the Auditorium
Please join us, everyone is welcome!

Thursday, January 23
SLT Meeting, In the Library Conference Room, 4:00 – 5:00 p.m.

Friday, January 24
EVCS Ice Skating Day! – be on the lookout for a permission slip & more info!

School Wide Morning Meeting Message 01/13/2020

January 13, 2020

Dear EVCS Students,

Welcome to the first School-Wide Morning Meeting of 2020!  Next Monday we will have a day off from school to observe Martin Luther King Day.  Every year at this time we like to remember who Martin Luther King Jr. was, what he accomplished and why he was so important.  Martin Luther King Jr. was a true hero of our country and someone who embodied all of our core values at EVCS.   Martin Luther King Jr. was a leader in the Civil Rights Movement in the 1950’s and 1960’s.  He fought to bring racial justice and equity to this country.

Martin Luther King Jr. lived during a time in America when people were treated very differently according to their skin color, but Martin believed that all people should be treated kindly, fairly and equally, no matter what color skin they have.  He fought very hard for civil rights in America, and he was a great leader who used non-violence to bring about change, social justice and racial equity. He was a great role model!  


Unfortunately, the fight for racial justice and racial equity in America is not over.  Our core values are kindness, inclusion and social action, and it is our hope that every member of the EVCS community learn how to become an anti-racist so each one of us can help carry on the work of Martin Luther King Jr in our own ways.  In that spirit, we are inviting every adult in the EVCS community – parents and staff – to read a book called How To Be an Antiracist, by Ibram X. Kendi.  We’ll have a gathering to discuss the book on the evening of  February 26th. More information on that coming soon!

Next week when we have the day off from school, let’s all try to honor Martin Luther King Jr. in some way.  I’d love to hear about how you choose to do it!  

]Thanks so much to our friends in the 3rd Grade for hosting today, thanks to all of the parents who came this morning, huge thanks to the SWMM house band, and thank you to everyone who sang loud and proud. Have a great day and great week everyone. 

Love,
Bradley