EVCS 11/23 – 11/27 week and more

Dear Families,

A few reminders for next week before we break for Thanksgiving:

Building Wide Wellness Meeting
8:45 – 9:30 am
Library Conference Room
located on the 4th floor
Hope to see you there!

5th Grade Bake and Book Sale
Support the 5th Grde Camping Trip!
Enjoy a healthy snack in the morning or a sweet treat in the afternoon!


TUESDAY, NOVEMBER 24: EVCS Harvest Festival

The Harvest Festival is a tradition at East Village Community School. The Harvest Festival is a beloved event by kids, staff and families. It is a celebratory gathering in the yard complete with community, songs and a school-wide walk to Trinity Lutheran Church, located o Avenue B and 10th Street, we all physically deliver the cans to the shelter. It is a beautiful morning. Families are all welcome to participate in the festivities and to walk with the students to the church.

DETAILS FOR TUESDAY November 24th in the morning
Students will go up as usual at 8:30am. by the bell. There is a select group of 5th Graders,
they will know who they are – helping tote cans.

PARENTS If you would like to participate – Students and staff will be assembled by 9:30 am
Following a brief opening ritual, we will all proceed to the church. We will finish up by 10:30 am.

If you own a cart, please bring it to the yard Tuesday morning near the ramp to fill with cans.

If you offered to drive some of the cans to the church, we hope to see you near the west gate at the yard for loading. Hopefully a few parents can help with loading. We will cart and carry some of the cans as well.


Thursday, November 26 / Friday November 27

Saturday, December 12
Parent Math Workshop / RSVP
The intention is to help parents better understand the progression of concepts in the Common Core standards, and the models and strategies used to teach these concepts.

Kindergarten Applications
Applications Open Between December 7 and January 15
Offers Sent to Families in Mid-March – a Month Earlier Than Previous Years
Current families in PreK that plan to stay at EVCS will need to file an application for Kindergarten.

HOLIDAY FAMILY PHOTO SHOOT, $20 for 10 digital photographs- make you own holiday cards in time for the New Year! HATS FOR SALE – samples & custom hats! Just in time for holidaze? 30% TO GO TO EVCS , DID SOMEONE SAY KARAOKE at EVCS? EQUAL EXCHANGEgreat gift items and a % to benefit EVCS! STAY TUNED FOR MORE DETAILS.

Next Friday, AVA, Apple Village Arts offers its annual one-day Workshop:

COLORFUL FRIDAY at Apple Village Arts, November 27, 2015
Apple Village Arts announces… Colorful Friday!

We wanted to share more Fall Ball Photos with everyone!
THANK YOU LARA and THANK YOU JOSEPHINE for capturing the moments. Enjoy.

Families are invited to join the EVCS FaceBook Page, where you can share your news and information. Visit evcsnyc.org to get to the link and to keep up on the calendar. All committee meetings and school events are listed on the scrolling calendar for reference!

Have a wonderful weekend and we will see you in the yard on Monday morning!

All the best,


Screen Shot 2015-11-03 at 10.53.53 AMDear Families

We have collected 381 cans so far.

Our goal is 1000 cans!
How many more cans do we need?
We have 302 students…

Go for it

We are collecting cans every day from now until Tuesday!

Please remember, if you have a cart, bring it to the yard on
Tuesday, November 24 to help push cans to the church.

We need cloth bags on Tuesday to tote cans down the stairs, if you have any please bring them in the morning!

PA meeting: Please join us TOMORROW, Wednesday, Nov 18 in the morning

Please join us TOMORROW, Wednesday, Nov 18 in the morning for our General Parent Association Meeting

8:30am – 9:30am: PA business and news. Also we will be voting on the 5th Grade Support, let your vote be counted.

9:30am: Please Welcome our Guest, CHEF NIKI from SchoolFood She will Talk about what School Food is. Niki will give us a bit of history, show and tell about Grab’ngo Breakfast, the Alternative Menu, and share information about Nutritional Guidelines. There will also be a tasting! We hope to see you there.

Come join us for an exciting meeting!

EVCS Parent Association

PS: Please view the last PA meeting minutes here

Calling All EVCS Musical Parents!

download-1If you are new to EVCS or just now coming around to the idea of getting back into your musical self…

Join the EVCS Parent Band! Everyone is welcome.

We’ll provide musical accompaniment to the Festival of Lights and the Multicultural Share, and it’s a lot of fun!

In order to get ready for the Festival of Lights coming up on December 16

The inaugural practice/jam session will be this week on Thursday November 19, 6-8pm in the auditorium.

There’s some sound equipment there, so no need to schlep amps
-just bring yourselves and your instrument.


What: Family Band Rehearsals
When: Thursday, November 19, Dec. 3 and Dec 10, 6-8PM
Where: The school auditorium
RSVP: Nantell Stephanie, SNantell@schools.nyc.gov

Reminder: The Food Drive is on for EVCS Harvest Festival 2015!

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EVCS has officially launched the Annual Harvest Festival.

What Now? It is time to start bringing items to school. Please bring what you CAN! It is easier to carry a couple cans at a time and the students get more out of it by physically bringing some of the items themselves and putting them in the collection bins and boxes on their own.

From Monday, November 16 – Tuesday, November 24.

Suggested items included and not limited to: canned soups and vegetables, beans, water, shelf-stable milk, peanut butter, almond butter, jams, proteins (canned tuna, chicken, salmon, sardines), cereal, granola/breakfast bars, jams and juice.


Questions? Email James at jamesevcspc@gmail.com

Speaking of cans…

CANSTRUCTION For more details, click here.
Took place in Brookfield Place in Battery Park City.
Images above illustrate some serious stacking.
Monday, November 16 is the last day, unfortunately.

Thank you in advance for your continued support!
The Harvest Festival Committee03-Leslie-E.-Robertson-Associates-Hungry-to-the-Core-MG-2

EVCS Next week and more 11/16 – 11/20

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Thanks to parents the plants made it in just in time! We appreciate the help of taking care of plants this winter! Keep an eye on the weather and be sure to dress your child accordingly! It keeps surprising us.


Monday, November 16
School Wide Morning Meeting Our Kindergarten classes will be hosting!
Save these dates:
SWMM on 11/30 will be 2nd grade, & on 12/14 it will be 4th grade  Continue reading

The Parents Association needs your help!

Dear EVCS Parent:

The Parents Association (PA) provides support to the students and teachers for in-school programs that would not be possible without your contributions. Traditionally, the biggest part of our budget has been for an enhanced arts curriculum, including music and theater. This year we’re thinking about chess electives, rock and roll equipment, dance partnerships and MakerState computer engineering equipment. We would also like to bring theater-arts social-studies to EVERY primary teacher at EVCS, rather than hiring stand-alone theater instructors as has been done in years past.

It’s easy to take for granted all of the things the PA supports, but imagine EVCS without the Fall Ball and Spring Gala, events that strengthen our community. Or what about the things that show our values, like biodegradable lunch trays or excursions with our wonderful teachers? Even some of the most utilitarian things, like hand sanitizer and regular lice checks come from the PA.

The PA is able to do all of this for EVCS because we have generous, engaged, fabulous parents who give what they can. Many of you have already given, and we are extremely grateful. But we need to raise more, so we ask first that you consider a family contribution of $500 for the year to kick off our fundraising efforts. If you can’t give that all at once, you can set up a monthly installment plan on your credit card at evcsnyc.org/donate. And of course all donations are welcome; how about $50, $25, or $10 a month? Can you give that amount for 10 months to keep all these important extras at EVCS?

We sincerely thank you for helping in all the ways that you do, through monetary contributions, participating in school activities and just being all-around awesome parents. EVCS is a great school built on the backs of great families and it always will be.


The Fundraising Team
Nandi Bosia, Njideka’s mom
Matt Hantz, Lola and Gracie’s dad

EVCS Next week and more 9/11 – 13/11

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EVCS School tours begin next week.
If you have any friends that would like to visit evcs, there is a link to RSVP online. Please feel free to share this link with friends:

RE: LUNCH FORMS We are going for 100% Completed Forms!
If you have done so already, Thank you! and disregard the reminders.
We need all families to do this regardless of your status.

Our School is listed under DBN 01M315
East Village Community School
SchoolFood Help Desk at (877) 363-6325
Many thanks for your prompt attention and action.


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Diversity Committee Guest Speaker: Children Are Not Colorblind

Guest Speaker Ama Codjoe – Topic: Children Are Not Colorblind

Ama explained that parents often state “My children are colorblind.” She asked the group what they thought the danger of this statement is, then explained that children miss out on struggles of others, empathy and activism. Part of our jobs as humans is social change. Parents in the group pointed out that the danger is also that children don’t appreciate the differences or nuances and may miss out on culture. And or they may choose to go to what is familiar – kids go to what they know. Ama explained that by age 9, racial attitudes are formed.  We need to be proactive about cultivation. She also stated that defining yourself is up to the individual, but how someone sees you is different. There is a system that is beyond self.  It is important to name it so kids don’t feel blame and guilt.

Ama then asked the group to think about when the last time they had had a discussion about race was.

The group then participated in role playing scenarios and discussed the interactions and communication that resulted. Ama recommended further resources on the topic:

The People’s Institute for Survival and Beyond: http://www.pisab.org (I think this is what she recommended, but am confirming)

Border Crossers – trains and equips educators to be leaders of racial justice  http://www.bordercrossers.org

Here is Ama Codjoe’s handout, with further reading and resources, from her workshop after the general PA meeting on Oct. 22.

Role Play East Village Community School / Facilitator: Ama Codjoe (ama_codjoe@hotmail.com)

Recommendations: adapted from Border Crossers


Affirm the child
Continue the conversation
Apply a racial equity lens


Educate yourself (see reading list below!)
Dialogue with other parents about race, the impact of systemic racism, and parenting
Analyze school structures through a racial equity lens (how is your school a partner in “undoing racism”?)
Partner with others, build alliances
Be proactive

Further reading:

  • Courageous Conversations About Race: A Field Guide for Achieving Equity in Schools, Glenn Singleton and Curtis Linton
  • Everyday Antiracism, edited by Mica Pollock
  • Other People’s Children, Lisa Delpit
  • Multiplication Is for White People, Lisa Delpit
  • Anti-Bias Education for Young People and Ourselves, Louise Derman-Sparks & Julie Olsen Edwards https://www.naeyc.org/store/files/store/TOC/254.pdf
  • Can We Talk About Race? And Other Conversations in an Era of School Resegregation, Beverly Daniel Tatum
  • Another Kind of Public Education: Race, Schools, the Media, and Democratic Possibilities, Patricia Hill Collins
  • When Affirmative Action Was White: An Untold Story of Racial Inequality in Twentieth-Century America, Ira Katznelson
  • Beyond the Whiteness of Whiteness: Memoir of a White Mother with Black Sons, Jane Lazarre
  • Deculturalization and the Struggle for Equality, Joel Spring
  • Educating Teachers for Diversity: Seeing With a Cultural Eye, Jacqueline Jordan Irvine


Scenario 1

Your white son Christopher is having a play date with a child from his school. You overhear Christopher say to Luis, a Puerto Rican boy, that he will play the good guy and Luis has to play the bad guy. When Luis asks why, Christopher says, “Because you’re black.”


Scenario 2

You attend an open house for your child’s school and on display are self-portraits. As you observe the portraits, you realize that your child, an African-American girl, has drawn herself as a blonde girl with blue eyes.


Role-play solutions.

What do you do (short-term and long-term)?


Get feedback.

Feedback Questions (from Border Crossers):
What worked? How do you know?
Was race directly addressed? If so, how?
What suggestions do you have for improvement?