EVCS FamiliesConnect

Families new to the East Village Community School can connect with existing EVCS families through EVCS FamiliesConnect, a new program sponsored by the EVCS Diversity Committee. Through this program, you can ask questions, find resources and
meet for a coffee or playdate with another family who can help welcome you to the school community.
To sign up, fill out and hand in this form, or email your information to diversity@evcsnyc.org

 

EVCS GRADUATION Monday, June 23

Graduation email image

Dear Parents

Graduation is nearly here!
The Ceremony will be Monday, June 23 at 9:30 am.

The Pre-K and K classes will not be performing or attending the ceremony due to space issues.

SEATING PRIORTIES
There will be reserved seating for the Fifth Grade Graduates, Fifth Grade Parents, and the performers including First, Second and Fourth Grade students.

If you are free, everyone is welcome to attend.
It will be standing room only and we anticipate a big crowd!

Following the ceremony, the graduates will join their families.
All other attending students will return to class to finish out as a
regular school day.

Enjoy the weekend.

All the best,
James Bromberg, Parent Coordinator

Centennial Celebration

CentennialView Centennial Meeting invitation

Dear All Families of East Village Community School, the Children’s Workshop School, and the Spectrum School Community:
Did you know that our school building is 100 years old?
Named for Anna Howard Shaw (1847-1919), a doctor, minister and leader in the struggle for women’s voting rights, what was PS 61 opened its doors in September 1913. By 1919, PS61 had 2550 students! During World War I, the school was an induction center and in World War II, it was a community center. The private school Little Red Schoolhouse got its start in PS61 classrooms in 1928. In 1952, PS 61 was featured in a Life magazine article as the most overcrowded school in New York City–2011 students in 1470 seats! With journalists present to document its safety, the Salk polio vaccine was tested in PS61 kids in 1954…
This is just some of the rich history we will celebrate this coming fall!

Continue reading

EVCS BOOK SALE

IMG_0024

FINAL EVCS BOOK SALE WILL BE HELD NEXT WEEK! MONDAY, TUESDAY AND (PROBABLY) WEDNESDAY, JUNE 16, 17 AND 18. MORNINGS ONLY, IN THE YARD.

BOOK DONATIONS WILL BE COLLECTED THIS FRIDAY MORNING AND AFTERNOON IN THE YARD AS WELL AS DURING THE SALE.

THANK YOU!

Final PA Event June 18 Teacher Appreciation

downloadIt is hard to believe we are in the final days of what I hope was a wonderful year at EVCS. Our teachers have worked hard all year and here is our chance to show appreciation for everything they do for our children.
Please join us for our final Parents Association event of the year next Wednesday, June 18, 5-7pm at ROOST, on Ave B. between 13th and 14th St. Food will be free with a cash bar available.

Thank you,
EVCS PA

free childcare and pizza in the cafeteria will be provided, please RSVP to PaPresident@EVCSnyc.org

PA meeting minutes 5/21/14 [DRAFT]

Elections

  • Jennifer Kronenfeld of Nominating Committee read current nominees

    • Presidents, Boryana Yakova and Allison Gordon

    • Vice President, Deirdre Sheridan

    • Treasurer, Jeremy Sherber

    • Secretary, Melissa Shiffman

  • No objections or further nominees from group

  • Motion made to vote, unanimous vote for new Executive Board, 2014-15 as written above

Principal’s Report – Robin

  • Thoughts of budget priorities for next year (have not received yet). SLT discussed discretionary funds to align with goals of school

    • Literacy

      • hoping to work more closely with Teachers College (TC).

      • if we are not aligned financially, teachers can’t attend their Professional Dvpts.

    • Math

      • receive support through network

      • have math coach to align common core with our curriculum

    • Wilson

      • piece of Literacy; decoding

      • have had training in past

        • teachers want to revisit

        • bringing in new teachers

    • Theater Arts

      • Kelli not returning due to school

      • will have replacement for her program

    • Opening new class

      • we have two clusters (art/dance), want ½ cluster – chorale music

      • looking for salaried full time teacher from Dept. of Ed

        • hoping for Mr. Rob, teachers chorus in 3th-5th

      • not working with S’cool Sounds any longer

      • want to keep Miles program so preK/K may have 3rd St. come in

    • Responsive Classroom

      • already committed to summer workshop to train teachers

    • STAR program

      • 4th and 5th peer health education program (sex ed)

      • June 2nd – 4th/5th parents to come in for session

      • assess continuation of program

    • Mighty Miles

      • track program associated with NY Roadrunners K-5

      • free

    • OTHER PROGRAMS

      • Solar One science program

        • looking into what it would cost.

        • had con ed grant last time – probably can’t get it again

      • Children’s Museum of Arts

        • funding?

      • NY City ballet

      • Technology support

        • Robin brought up to network

        • Question with city city council about getting computers

      • Parent asked about Foreign Language

        • parent came to SLT re: French

        • funding not available to school

        • ACTION: Marcella to look into French Embassy

        • maybe do as after school to test interest

        • question about value of once/week and time in schedule

  • Common Core (CC)  Implementation

    • Math and literacy are Common Core aligned

    • Professional Development surrounding it

    • math test was aligned to CC taught throughout year. Will not change

    • teachers are asking for additional support for CC literacy

  • Staffing for 2014-15

    • Hiring committee assembled

    • New classroom (a second 5th grade class next year)

    • Leslie Soha retiring

    • goal is to have 2 ICT teachers full time in classroom

    • Losing main office for classroom. Office to be split between 2nd and 5th floors

    • parent brought up Interest in parents being trained to help out in classroom

      • ACTION: Robin to ask teachers their thoughts

  • Building

    • started taking down scaffolding

    • staging will be last to leave

    • soundproofing cafeteria update

      • Robin says must go through school construction authority

      • all schools must approve

President report

  • vote to start morning PA meetings next year at 8/8:15am

    • vote approved for 8:15am

    • kids can be dropped off in yard with supervisor

Treasurer Report

  • must vote on new budget for next year

    • $60,000 in expenses

    • small surplus for next year

    • new expenses

      • put in $3000 to support after-school for next year

      • $1500 for Building Centennial with other schools

    • voted on budget – APPROVED

Committees

  • Fundraising

    • Stephen Garrelts to chair again

    • grassroots effort to reach out and diversity

  • Class Parent Chair

    • Julie Harwood to take over

  • Green Committee

    • Naumi Feldman to take over

  • Arts in School

    • vacancy with Martha leaving

  • Events

    • James and George to continue

  • Buildings

    • Leighton Mitchell is a maybe

  • Marcella Durand interested to start a Diversity Committee for matters within the school

    • separate from Diversity talks as part of Community Action committee

New Business

  • parents asked if there is any ability to assess dance program

    • many people and children dissatisfied and thought there would be an opportunity for discussion

    • discuss with administration

 

Next meeting is teacher appreciation on June 18th

Meeting adjourned