Dear EVCS Families,
I hope you are all having a relaxing summer. In a few weeks we will welcome back another school year! I’d like to introduce myself and extend a warm hello to our new families. I am Jenny Kronenfeld, and my twins Alex(andra) and Jesse will both be entering 4th grade this fall.
I serve as the Class Parent Chair on the Parent Association and would like to make a pitch to all of you about volunteering to be a class parent. Class Parents support your child’s teacher and serve as a liaison between your teacher and the other families in your class.
This support can take many different forms, including organizing snack schedules, planning class trips and parties, writing a class newsletter and organizing teacher celebrations for the holidays. You also can help organize the Sponsor-a-Classroom fundraising effort to ensure that each classroom has the funds the teachers need for special projects and other activities. Being a Class Parent is an excellent way to volunteer for school, especially for those of you limited on time — it is up to you how much time you are able to contribute. Most classes have between 2-3 class parents to share the responsibility.
If you decide to volunteer, contact your teacher and please drop me an email so I can put you on the Class Parent Google Group, where I will share important information from the PA to distribute to your classes, as well as provide a place for class parents to talk to each other, share ideas, and ask questions.
We interrupt this fabulous summer …
Dear EVCS Parents and Guardians,
We hope everyone is enjoying this time away and getting re-energized!
As summer begins to wind down and we start to prepare ourselves for September,
EVCS MAIN OFFICE HAS MOVED
If you need AfterSchool to be free, it’s free.
But please pay as much as you can!
AfterSchool fees are going up again this year in order to support raising Class Assistant salaries to $15 per hour and to bring back full scholarships for families that need them.
Since starting the AfterSchool program in 2012, we have struggled to find the right fee structure to pay for our dual goals: providing high quality, enriching classes with experienced instructors while making the program available and affordable for any family at EVCS who wants to participate.
In 2015, the costs of continuing AfterSchool@evcs were mounting. New York State denied our request to pay instructors as contractors and required us to pay thousands in back unemployment insurance. Securing a license from the DOH added costs to our liability insurance. And running this small business entirely with volunteer administrators was problematic, so professional fees were added for payroll management, HR services, and registration software. We raised fees slightly and eliminated the full scholarship for low-income families, asking everyone to contribute at least 15% of the full rate.
Eliminating full scholarships has had consequences for some EVCS families who have no means to pay for AfterSchool, and has added to the perception that EVCS is a high-end school not open to everyone in the community. As our school staff and parents have embarked on several diversity initiatives, it has become clear that some prospective families won’t consider EVCS unless our AfterSchool program is free. But without Title 1 subsidies that other schools in the district receive for their after-school programs, we need to find a way to keep AfterSchool from losing money all on our own.
A commitment to inclusion was a founding principle of our AfterSchool program, and this spring the AfterSchool Advisory Committee reaffirmed this commitment to provide a free option for families who need it. For EVCS, for our neighborhood, and for public education in general, how we approach inclusion for AfterSchool is inseparable from the broader conversation around these issues. To that end, we are re-adjusting our fee structure to give families more autonomy in determining their own capacity to pay.
This year, there are five price points for AfterSchool:
Full price: $ 27.50 per class session
It’s up to you to decide how much to pay. Please pay as much as you can.We are relying on most families to pay full price, as you have before. These other payment options are available if you need them. And if you need AfterSchool to be free, it’s free, no questions asked.
PS. AfterSchool class registration will begin Friday at noon. Note that there will be no AfterSchool on the first two full days of school. AfterSchool will begin on Tuesday, September 13.
Dear Parents and Guardians:
We hope this email finds everyone well.
If your child took the New York State ELA and Math tests,
their scores have been released.
In order to gain access to your child’s test results
you need to create A NYC Schools Account.
If you have a Schools Account,
you can login at: https://mystudent.nyc/, and follow the prompts.
You are given the option to change your password in the event that you have forgotten it.
If you need to create an account, please reach out to me directly the week of August 8th
and I will send you a temporary password. I can be reached by replying to this email.
Dear Parents and Guardians
Wishing you all a safe and relaxing summer with plenty of play time!
Feel free to drop us a post card, we love hearing from you!
Have a fabulous summer!
First Day of School: Thursday, September 8
See you then!!! All the best, James
East Village Community School 610 East 12th Street New York, NY 10009
It is tough to believe, but summer vacation is here.
Today, Tuesday, June 28th,
is a half day: 11:30am early dismissal!
Congratulations to our Fifth Grade Graduates!
Congratulations to PreK through 4th Grades for your hard work!
See you in the yard.
A FEW NOTES:
Re: EVCS AfterSchool 2016-17 Fall Session
Updates regarding EVCS AfterSchool registration
will become available in July.
Staff will be checking email on a reduced summer schedule,
please feel free to reach out with questions to email@example.com
SAVE THE DATE
Saturday Oct. 15, 2016 8:30 a.m to 3:30 p.m.
MANHATTAN UFT PARENT CONFERENCE
UFT headquarters 52 Broadway, New York, NY 10004 (Adults only) Join over 500 parents, grandparents and education activists for a free, fun-filled day of workshops, networking, exhibitors and raffle prizes. Program brochures will be available and registration will begin in the fall.
Nature in NYC!
Single Day Adventure Programs
Overnights Camping Custom Adventures Program
For more information,
please visit nyc.gov/parks/rangers or call 212.360.2768.
Dear Parents and Guardians,
Congratulations to our 5th Grade Class of 2016!
A few reminders to everyone …
RE: LUNCH MONEY
If you have an outstanding lunch bill- please be sure to stop in the office in Room 405 to see Stacy, Gloria or Freddy to settle the balance. If we have already spoken to you, please disregard the reminders. You are not alone, we have many loose ends to tie up the end of year and need your help to do so. Thank you.
Thursday, June 23
Musical Theatre Share 2:15 in the Auditorium
All Staff and Parents Welcome.
Thursday, June 23
Teacher Appreciation Happy Times at the Roost
All Staff and Parents Welcome.
5:30 – 7:30 The Roost 222 Avenue B (btw 13th /14th) In the back
RSVP for Childcare / Pizza
Friday, June 24
LAST EVCS AFTER SCHOOL DAY
Another spirit-filled and eventful year is drawing to a close. Thank you to everyone who completed the Family Survey. Although we started reviewing results in our last Advisory Committee meeting, we are look forward to sharing some of what we learned next Fall. Big bear hugs to each and every individual who has contributed to AfterSchool (you know who you are – smile). We are a living, breathing organization and we THANK YOU for choosing AfterSchool. We literally can not do it without you.
Look out for updates regarding regular and late registration dates and access to a brochure of classes (likely simultaneous) in July. We are not in session over the summer and concentrate on taking vacation ourselves so feel free to reach out but please be patient as we will be in touch intermittently.
Again, the last and final day of Spring AfterSchool’s semester is this Friday, June 24. Please make alternative arrangements, if you have not already, for childcare on Monday (full day) and Tuesday (**half day!!!**).
Please keep in mind participation in the AfterSchool Advisory Committee (ASAC) next Fall with its six meeting dates to be determined and published no later than October 2016. This is a viable means through which to engage in decision-making as AfterSchool continues to grow and evolve. In addition to treating programming issues, meeting infrastructural challenges, and incorporating feedback from the larger community; I have a feeling there are many exciting changes in the wind at EVCS and in our larger community! And ASAC is where we can weather them together!!!
Enjoy your precious summer days! See you this Fall.
Love and Llight,
Camille, Adriane and devoted instructors and class assistants
Dear Parents and Guardians,
Please join us tomorrow, Thursday June 23, for a Happy Hour at Roost to say thank you to our teachers for all of their hard work throughout the year!
All Staff and Parents Welcome
5:30pm – 7:30pm The Roost 222 Avenue B (btw 13th /14th)
Free Childcare and pizza will be provided. Please RSVP For Childcare by 6/22/16 at 5 PM.
For students currently registered with Thursday EVCS AfterSchool: Childcare begins at 5:00pm
ALL EVCS Parents are welcome to take advantage of the child care so that you may join the evening monthly meeting. Please be sure to RSVP Thank you.
Next PA meeting will be on Wednesday September 21.