Welcome (Back) to EVCS from the Parent Association!

We are excited to announce our first PA meeting on Wednesday September 16th at 8:30am In the “Tree of Knowing” Garden. All are enthusiastically encouraged to attend.

Anyone with a child at EVCS is automatically a member of the Parent Association. EVCS has a dynamic and ever increasing number of parents who understand that even a small involvement on their part can make a profound difference to the quality of the education their children receive. We invite all of you to find a way to contribute to our extraordinary school community.

The PA is where we come together and, in the interest of our children, consider, debate and activate on a wide range of issues, including after-school programming , curriculum , building safety, nutrition and environmental health, state testing, the emotional environment of the school, community relations, and more. As a school named for and rooted in the concept of community, we believe the PA must include all of our diverse voices and perspectives. This cannot happen without your involvement.

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Message From the Head of AfterSchool@EVCS

AfterSchool___evcsWelcome to AfterSchool Fall 2015 and the longest message you’ll get from me this semester.

Here’s how we work – students are escorted (younger grades) or dismissed (older grades) to AfterSchool by their day school teachers to the cafeteria where we gather for snacks. PLEASE PACK THE HEALTHIEST SNACKS EVER (no sugar “highs” or conflict inciting chips)! Children are taken to their classes by instructors and class assistants. Class time includes bathroom trip(s), water breaks (all classes) and dis/robing (some classes). Sometimes, class obsessed instructors ask willing parents and caregivers to help with the latter in order to maximize their face time with students.

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Getting Ready for School!

Dear Families,

We are very excited to start another great year with all of you next week! A few important announcements in the meantime:

The first day of school is Wednesday, September 9.

Pre-K/K arrival and dismissal on the first 2 days of school:
PreK Students will go directly to their classroom with their parents at 8:30. Dismissal for Pre-K only is at 11:30 from the classroom.

Kindergarten students will gather in the school yard and their parents may walk up with their children and their class to the classroom. Dismissal for Kindergarten is at 1:20 on Wednesday 9/9 only. Kindergartners will have regular dismissal time beginning Thursday 9/10.

1-5 Students will say goodbye to their parents in the school yard and walk up to their classrooms with their teachers at 8:30. Dismissal for grades 1-5 is at our regular time, 2:50 beginning the very first day of school.

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Emergency Readiness

The Ready New York Pocket Guide outlines the very basic steps all New Yorkers should take to prepare for an emergency, including making a disaster plan, assembling an emergency supply kit, and putting together a Go Bag. Download the guide (in PDF) in one of the languages below, or receive a hardcopy by calling 311 (TTY: 212-504-4115) or by contacting 311 online.

 


Preparing Kids for Emergencies – Children should know what to do in case of an emergency. Make them part of your household disaster plan.
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More Child Friendly Resources
Visit the Ready Sesame Workshop
Read the “Helping Children Cope With Disaster” brochure
Read “Making New Yorkers Stronger: Children” from NYC Deptartment of Health
Play a game with Sparky the Fire Dog
Visit DHS’s Ready Kids program
Play games at Con Edison for Kids online
Visit the READY Classroom for teachers

Be a Class Parent

Dear EVCS Families,

We hope you are all having a relaxing summer. In a few weeks we will welcome back another school year! We’d like to introduce ourselves and extend a warm hello to our new families. I am Julie Harwood, and I have two children at EVCS: Asher, who will be going into 3rd grade and Ellie, who will be entering 1st grade. And I am Jenny Kronenfeld, and my twins Alex(andra) and Jesse will both be entering 3rd grade this fall.

We serve as the Class Parent Co-Chairs 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.

Please read the brochure FOR MORE INFO and feel free to email us with any questions at classparents@evcsnyc.org.

If you decide to volunteer, contact your teacher and please drop us an email so we 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.

Warm regards,
Julie Harwood and Jenny Kronenfeld

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Dear parents, We’ve all received welcome letters from teachers in the past two weeks with suggested back-to-school lists for school supplies.

If you are planning to use Amazon for your shopping, please remember to start your order at amazon.evcsnyc.org to make sure .5% of your purchase is donated to the EVCS Parent Association.

Going to amazon.evcsnyc.org will link your Amazon account to EVCS through Amazon Smile. You can buy exactly the same things through Amazon Smile at exactly the same price — if you have a Prime membership, that works there too. The only difference is the chance to make a small automatic donation to EVCS.

In fact, use this link every time you shop at Amazon, and that little percentage will add up. Last year, the PA earned more than $2,000 from Amazon Smile contributions.

We’re not pushing you to use Amazon, but if you do already, please bookmark amazon.evcsnyc.org.

Thanks,
Brian Crowley & Jeremy Sherber, co-treasurers

Be a class parent

Dear EVCS Families,

We hope you are all having a relaxing summer. In a few weeks we will welcome back another school year! We’d like to introduce ourselves and extend a warm hello to our new families. I am Julie Harwood, and I have two children at EVCS: Asher, who will be going into 3rd grade and Ellie, who will be entering 1st grade. And I am Jenny Kronenfeld, and my twins Alex(andra) and Jesse will both be entering 3rd grade this fall.

We serve as the Class Parent Co-Chairs 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.

Please read the brochure FOR MORE INFO and feel free to email us with any questions at classparents@evcsnyc.org.

If you decide to volunteer, contact your teacher and please drop us an email so we 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.

Warm regards,
Julie Harwood and Jenny Kronenfeld