Open House + Holiday Concert Invite

Ladies and Gents,

 

First I want to extend a warm welcome to attend AfterSchool’s annual Low Key Open House all next week, December 19 – 23 from 4:30 – 5PM. We have extended this effort this year to the entire program. We understand that there are heavy demands on your time, especially at this time of year parents. Please do not put too much pressure on yourselves as we are, for the time being, planning on end of semester shares (circa mid February). Quick disclaimer – we are in an unprecedented moment. We have a great deal going on in preparation for a new partnership with MMCC (http://www.mmcc.org/) about which you have heard from Principal Bradley, at Parent Association, AfterSchool Advisory Committee and other meetings of late. **I promise to be in touch with more details about this soon.** But for now, I ask your understanding as we’ve been focused on making preparations and bracing ourselves for shifts and changes accordingly. Also, we are shooting for end of semester shares but are not completely certain what to expect as we approach the future.

Second, thanks to our own Moses St. Bernard, an invitation to a holiday concert at Carnegie Hall has been extended to our families. Moses writes…

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Changes to the after school program at EVCS

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Hello EVCS Families,

As you may be aware from the last PA meeting, there are imminent changes ahead for our After-School program. Beginning next semester (February) we will be partnering with an outside organization to administer the program, and it will no longer be a Parent’s Association run enterprise.

Our After School Advisory Committee has been working hard to find great replacement organizations that will, as closely as possible, match our current program in curriculum and mission. The committee is holding a meeting this Tuesday evening (11/15- 5:30pm) to discuss the two best and final contending programs. All are invited to come learn what each of these organizations can offer our kids and be a part of this discussion.

The ASAC, the PA and EVCS administration is making every effort to ensure this shift to new management is as seamless and low impact as possible. Many of the same people and faces will continue to provide the instruction and care of our kids after school. The variety and content of the classes will be kept similar or improved upon and, as a parent body, we will continue to have input into the classes offered. The pricing structure, however, will be changing. In both scenarios we are considering the full price fees will be reduced and scholarships will still be available, though the scholarships may be more limited than they currently are.

The goal is to provide a great, inclusive, valuable, on-sight after-school program that also is viable and sustainable; one that is fun, safe and worthy of our kid’s creativity and time.

Please join the ASAC Tuesday evening(11/15) 5:30pm. (Please RSVP For Childcare here or in Room 203 by Monday 11/14 12 noon)

And/Or learn more at the General PA meeting on Wednesday morning (11/16) 8:45am.

Best Regards,

Catharine
PA President

Please join the AfterSchool Advisory Committee — meeting this Thursday

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The future of AfterSchool@evcs is in your hands.

AfterSchool@evcs needs your help! We’re looking for parents, teachers, and instructors to ensure that AfterSchool continues to grow and meet the needs of all families at EVCS.

AfterSchool has become an integral component of EVCS and a top priority for the Parent Association. But the financial longevity of the program remains unclear, and it is essential that we continue to examine the program and make good choices about its future.

The AfterSchool Advisory Committee (ASAC) meets 5-6 times a year to guide AfterSchool’s programming, staffing, and budget. The first meeting of this year will be held this Thursday, October 13 at 5:30 pm. We have critical decisions to make and we welcome your input and support.

If you can join us this Thursday for this important advisory committee, please RSVP online here. (Free childcare will be provided at all meetings if you need it.)

If you have any questions, please contact Camille at afterschool@evcsnyc.org.

Thank you!

AfterSchool@EVCS Regular Weds Pick Up: 5PM

Hi Folks,

Hope all is well.

I am touching base exclusively about tomorrow. As you know, Curriculum Night is upon us. Those children regularly registered for AfterCare on Wednesday will have coverage until 5:55pm and parents should feel free to contact and confirm with us regarding any child meant to be  transferred from AfterSchool’s AfterCare session to Curriculum Night/PA provided childcare. (Although I have asked for access to their list, I would rather we be over-prepared.) The rest of us, however, will need to remember to pick up our kids at 5pm in the lobby per usual.

Neither AfterSchool nor the PA/Curriculum Night organizers will be providing bridge babysitting between the close of AfterSchool at 5pm and the official start of Curriculum Night/childcare at 5:30pm.

And anyone registered for Curriculum Night childcare will need to drop their child/ren at 5:30pm as instructed. (FYI the Curriculum Night childcare button is on the evcs website at; http://evcsnyc.org/)

See you tomorrow night,

Camille

Good Evening,

It’s magic. You’re part of the AfterSchool family now! So welcome (back) and look ahead. It was an intense summer spent sourcing and vetting instructors, offerings, class assistants and strengthening our existing programming. But we were in good stead to begin with. These are creative and curious practitioners in their chosen fields. So we’ve another fabulous semester in store.

The next few weeks promise to be demanding on our kids as they warm up to a new school, grade or both; a structured and longer day; new AfterSchool courses and instructors as well as each other. We should all support this transition as much as possible. Parents of PreK and K participants may find themselves making extra efforts in this arena. Scroll down for some pointed tips. 

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AfterSchool fall 2016 registration now open

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AfterSchool registration is now open!

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Click here to register online.

Registration will stay open for two weeks, ending on Friday, September 2 at noon.

Classes that do not meet minimum enrollment will be cancelled and you will be notified the following week. You will have the option of switching to a different class or receiving a full refund.

Some classes have limited enrollment and will be filled on a first-come basis, after which you can opt to be added to a waitlist for that class.

Remember, there is no AfterSchool on the first two days of school. AfterSchool begins Tuesday, September 13.

Late registration will be available the week of September 13, for classes starting Monday, September 19.

Questions? Please contact Camille at afterschool@evcsnyc.org.

Making AfterSchool available and affordable for all

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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
Retro price: 23.00 (same as last year’s price)
Half price: 13.75
Retro scholarship: 3.50 (same as last year’s scholarship)
Full scholarship: 0.00

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.

Thank you,
AfterSchool Advisory Committee

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.

Please Weigh-In on AfterSchool @ EVCS

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AfterSchool Family Survey

Help us make AfterSchool at EVCS even stronger!
Please complete the ONLINE SURVEY HERE TODAY

You may also take the survey in room 210
Tomorrow- Thursday, June 2 and Friday, June 3
following morning drop off or before pick-up between 2:00 – 2:30pm

All information is confidential and anonymous.
We really need and want to hear from you!

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Class Proposals: Open Call

If you know a professional that works well with elementary aged children, inspires, motivates and has an interesting and enriching activity to present to our community of kids, AfterSchool@evcs would like to hear more !

AfterSchool’s Request for Fall 2016 Class Proposals Online Here.
Printed versions are available for pick up during AfterSchool hours
(from Camille, Adriane or Brianne) or during school hours stop by
room 210 and see James. Please Share liberally.
Hard deadline for all class proposals: Monday, June 13th!!!
Multiple ways to submit class proposals are indicated in the
Request for Proposals Document. Thank you for your support.

~Camille & the AfterSchool Advisory Committee

AfterSchool@evcs Survey

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Dear EVCS families,

Please complete this survey to aid the AfterSchool Advisory Committee in identifying the varying child care needs and/or afterschool preferences of our community. All responses are anonymous. We are looking for input from families who use AfterSchool@evcs and from those who don’t.

Thank you,
AfterSchool Advisory Committee