You may have noticed that our school building is now completely enveloped in scaffolding and safety netting, and that the yard area just to the east of the cafeteria is filling up with building materials and dumpsters. This signals the beginning of real renovation—up to now, most of the construction activity has been prep work, which is finally complete. We will keep you updated on the restoration and, we hope, you’ll be able to see the progress as it unfolds.
Another sign of positive forward motion is the city’s settlement with the yellow bus workers, which brought the strike to an end. Our students who come and go by bus are back on schedule, and the many field trips our teachers have planned are on track again: this and next week alone, EVCS kids are going to the “Swim for Life” program at Asher Levy pool (for all 2nd graders), the Queens Farm Museum, historic Richmondtown on Staten Island, the African Burial Ground downtown, the Rubin Museum of Himalayan Art, and the city’s Parks Department offices. Not bad for the doldrums of winter.
PARENT WORKSHOP, NEXT TUESDAY, MARCH 5 atn 8:45 a.m.…You should have received a flyer for the next parent workshop, “Raising Thriving Boys” with Alex Kopelman and Mark LaRiviere. Hope to see you in Kelli’s room, 205—there will be coffee and breakfast goodies, too!
HEADS UP FOR THE READ-A-THON! If you were at EVCS last year, you may remember the all-school Read-a-thon which inspired many of our students to read a lot of books (or have books read to them) for donations from sponsors. We will kick off this year’s Read-a-thon on Monday, March 18, along with a book drive. Families are invited to bring in gently used books to donate. Students will sell the books (hard-covers $2 and paperbacks $1) to raise money for our theater and music programs.
All students who take part in the Read-a-thon will receive a prize, with special prizes going to the classes with the most enthusiastic participation. Look for more information in the next couple of weeks.
TIME TO GET MOVING AGAIN…Cold and gray though it may be, it’s never the wrong time to get your kids running around and listening to Brazilian music. Loisada Youth Soccer is starting up a winter session of “futsal” (a combo of indoor soccer and music) in the Neighborhood School’s gym; for details and registration, click here.
CHILDREN’S THEATER IN MARCH… Phoenix Theatre Ensemble’s Grimms-n-Giggles children’s theater (Phoenix brings us Kelli!) is presenting their take on Aesop’s Fables for three Saturdays in March. Reserved tix are $9, or pay-what-you-can at the door. Click here for info and here to reserve seats..
Hope you’re all having a good week. Oh, and if you need to get in touch with the office, we’re receiving incoming calls (but can’t make outgoing ones) so you should be able to use the landlines: 212-982-0682/0966.
With all best wishes,