General PA Meeting 3/22 Re-Cap

Hi Good People of EVCS – In case you couldn’t be at the last PA meeting, here are the highlights – the full meeting minutes are posted on the school’s website.

Refugee Support Project announced.
Students have embarked on a special Syrian Refugee Project. 4th and 5th graders are learning about the plight of refugees and will be spear-heading fundraising efforts to be donated to a yet-to-be-chosen charity. A special storyteller who tells Middle-Eastern folktales will visit with the younger grades. At the culmination of the project the entire school community-parents, too- is invited to a performance by the New York Arabic Orchestra.

PA will fund a New Recess Pilot Program to start after Spring Break!

The SLT (School Leadership Team) has been discussing the two connected subjects of how to increase physical activity of our students and how kids are experiencing and using their recess time. The SLT created a school-wide (K-5th) recess survey and a few members of the team observed different recess periods. According to the survey, most students enjoy recess, but there are 18-20% of the kids who for different reasons either don’t enjoy the time or are struggling to find something to do. The SLT proposed, as a pilot program, having “recess enhancement”. This basically is a physical education specialist on the playground during recess, 2 days a week, organizing voluntary games and activities for any student who wants to join in. The hope is that the kids who are more sedentary during recess will chose join and be more active and those who are feeling shut out or unable to join an activity, but want to, will be taught games and rules, thus perhaps opening a door for them to participate on other days.

The PA unanimously voted to fund the fees (estimated at $1800) for 12 weeks with the instructor and Bradley said the school budget will pay for any additional playground equipment needed. The program is set to start after spring break with former EVCS parent and track coach Aswad as the instructor!

We will soon announce whether the PA will need to do additional and separate fundraising to cover these instructor fees.

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Did you forget to hand in your READING OLYMPICS forms and donations?

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Thank you so much to everyone who has turned in sponsor sheets and donations to your teachers for the READING OLYMPICS. If you have not handed yours in IT’S NOT TOO LATE! You can include cash in the envelopes or if you prefer to write a check, you can make it out to EVCS Parents Association, OR you can use this link for online donations:

http://evcsnyc.org/2017/03/sponsor-a-student-for-reading-olympics/

We would like to collect all forms and donations before the vacation and will be giving out certificates and prizes upon our return.

With appreciation,
The Reading Olympics Team

EVCS Weekly, April 3

Welcome spring!

Tomorrow Saturday, April 1 9:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.
Join us for a Family Dance Workshop

Parents and children are invited to take part in a dance-making workshop with the dancers from the Amanda Selwyn Dance Theatre! Dance together, learn together, and share your dances as a school community. Bagels and coffee will be served.

This program is free to families and is brought to you by the East Village Community School and Notes in Motion Outreach Dance Theatre www.notesinmotion.org

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April Menu
Breakfast
Lunch

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This Weekend

Tonight
Friday, March 31 6:00p.m. – 7:30 p.m.
FREE Fire Safety Education Workshop
Campos Plaza Community Center
The FDNY firefighters are giving a workshop on how to keep your family safe:
Learn about: Kitchen cooking safety, candle safety, electrical safety, Smoke /CO alarms and more.

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LAST WEEK OF THE READING OLYMPICS!

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We hope everyone has enjoyed reading books for this year’s READING OLYMPICS! We are so proud of all our wonderful readers. This is the last week to complete reading logs and collect donations from sponsors. Maybe use this week to post (or email) a picture or video of your child telling all about the books they have read and ask for donations to support our PA. The link below can be used to collect donations online:

http://evcsnyc.org/2017/03/sponsor-a-student-for-reading-olympics/

Remember, please give sponsor sheets and donations to your child’s teacher by Monday, April 3.

Thanks so much!
The Reading Olympics Team

REMINDER: family dance workshop tomorrow!

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Saturday, April 1, 2017 – 9:30 am – 12:30 pm

Parents and children are invited to take part in a dance-making workshop with the dancers from the Amanda Selwyn Dance Theatre! Dance together, learn together, and share your dances as a school community. Bagels and coffee will be served.

This program is free to families and is brought to you by the East Village Community School and Notes in Motion Outreach Dance Theatre www.notesinmotion.org.

Reading Olympics – Send online link to your sponsor

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I hope you are all enjoying reading with your kids or watching them read independently for the 2017 READING OLYMPICS!

Sometimes getting sponsors is the hardest part. Consider sending emails to family and friends or posting in Facebook. Maybe have your child make a video about the books they are reading and explain how sponsors can donate $1 per book or hour of reading. Here is the link you can give to anyone who would like to sponsor your child. The money will go straight to the PA and your child will get credit for the donation.

http://evcsnyc.org/2017/03/sponsor-a-student-for-reading-olympics/

Two weeks to go!

Happy reading,
The Reading Olympics Team