Betsy DeVos would be bad for public education

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Dear EVCS Family,

I feel compelled to share with you my deep concerns about President Trump’s nominee to lead the US Department of Education, Betsy DeVos. As Secretary of Education she would be in a position to create policy that would directly affect our school and all public schools. Please consider these actual facts (and a few personal opinions).

Betsy DeVos has absolutely no experience in public schools – not as a student, not as a parent, and not as a teacher or administrator. She has no background in education whatsoever and would not meet the baseline criteria to qualify for a job as a teacher in New York State, let alone a school or district leader. How can she possibly be qualified to lead the United States Department of Education?

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EVCS Food Drive • Harvest Festival, You CAN do it, let’s get going!

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Dear Parents and Guardians

Save the Date for the EVCS Harvest Festival on TUESDAY, NOVEMBER 22
from 8:50-10:00am as the culmination of our annual food drive!

But the food drive is on now!

The EVCS Harvest Festival is a tradition at East Village Community School and is an opportunity to teach our children about food equity. For those of you who are new to the school, the Harvest Festival is a beloved event by kids, staff and families. Not only do the students learn all about giving to people less fortunate, conceptually, but they do so in a celebratory gathering complete with songs and a school-wide walk to Trinity Lutheran Church to deliver the food. The soup kitchen is located on Avenue B and 9th Street. We’ll begin in the auditorium at 8:50am and will then process to the soup kitchen around 9:15am.

We will be collecting non-perishable items from now through Tuesday, November 22.
Please bring items directly to your classrooms. If everyone brought one item each day for the next week, we would have over 2,000 items! You CAN do it, let’s get going!!

We ask that anyone with a cart to please bring it to the auditorium on the morning of
the Harvest Festival to help transport the cans to the soup kitchen! Our kids will carry cans and boxes too, but hopefully we’ll need lots of carts to bring the rest.

RAIN DATE is Wednesday, November 23.

We sent home this flyer in backpacks!

Non perishable foods can include:

Canned fruit, cereal, pasta, rice, lentils, soups, canned tomatoes, canned vegetables, sauces, beans, peanut or almond butter in plastic jars, boxed and packaged dried goods. Please be sure to check the expiration dates!

Thank you in advance for your contributions!

All best wishes,
James

From Jen, Community Action Committee Chair – Opting Out of Testing (again)

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For those who may have missed an earlier email…

As you know if your child is in 3rd-5th grades, we are coming up on the weeks of school devoted to the New York State tests. If your child will be taking the tests, we wish you luck!

Last year, 20 percent of students in grades 3-8 refused to take part in New York State’s 2015 Common Core assessments.

While the PA as a body has not taken an official stance on this enormously complicated issue, many parents remain concerned about standardized, sometimes high-stakes testing, including ways in which it can reshape other methods of learning. Some of us also continue to have serious concerns about how these tests may continue or again be used to assess both teachers and students here and across the country, though it is clear that the conversation in New York State has begun to take a more positive turn. Below is a link to a letter from Jen Nessel, the co-chair of the Community Action Committee, on the movement to opt out of the tests and what to do if you want to opt your child out. This is a letter that represents a point of view, but also tries to provide accurate information. Please direct all inquiries to Jen at jennessel@yahoo.com.

Letter from Jen Nessel, Please read!

OPT OUT “FORM LETTER”

Jen Nessel

Community Action Committee Chair

“Controlled Choice” admissions policy, EVCS Recap, CEC Meeting Tomorrow

Dear EVCS families,

Following two town hall meetings, a school wide survey and much discussion, EVCS leadership, which includes the SLT and the PA Executive Board, have decided to move forward with a statement that we feel best expresses our position as a community on the proposed resolution to support a “Controlled Choice” admissions policy in NYC School District 1. The resolution was developed by the CEC, or Community Education Council, to present to Chancellor Carmen Farina at the Town Hall meeting this coming Tuesday, Feb. 23. (For more information on attending the meeting, which offers childcare, visit the CEC website at cecd1.org.)

A total of 134 people took our survey, and while more families than not supported signing the resolution, and particularly supported the goals of “Controlled Choice” toward providing a high-quality integrated education for District 1 students, many parents expressed questions and doubts about the resolution and how it best supported a workable roll-out of the proposed policy. These were considered substantial enough that EVCS leadership decided to not sign the resolution in its current form, but instead developed the alternate statement below:  Continue reading

Reminder – please take the survey on controlled choice

Dear EVCS families,

This is a quick reminder to please take this short survey about the CEC’s resolution on controlled choice. Our school’s PA and SLT are being asked to weigh in with our point of view on this particular resolution and on the concept and principles of controlled choice in general, so it’s important that we understand where our school community stands.

The survey was developed collaboratively by members of the Diversity Committee and the School Leadership Team and will be used by our Parent Association and SLT to inform our next steps. The survey is 100% anonymous and will remain open until Monday evening, February 8. Thanks again for your participation.

Yours,

Bradley

CEC Resolution on Controlled Choice

Dear EVCS families,

I want to thank everyone who came to one (or both!) of our open forum meetings yesterday to discuss the Community Education Council (CEC) resolution on controlled choice. At both the morning and evening meetings there was honest, open and principled discourse, and I left yesterday feeling energized by our community’s enthusiasm for engaging with this important issue.

The next step in our school’s process is for folks to take a short survey, so we can better understand where our school community stands on this particular resolution, and on the concept and principles of controlled choice in general. The survey was developed collaboratively by members of the Diversity Committee and the School Leadership Team and will be used by our Parent Association and SLT to inform our next steps. The survey is 100% anonymous. Please click here to go to the survey.

Also worth noting is that on this very day a long time ago – February 3, 1964 – students, parents, educators and political leaders across New York City staged what was the largest civil rights protest in US history, against school segregation. It’s poignant that 52 years later we are still grappling with the same issue. Read/listen about the 1964 NYC school boycott here.

The survey will remain open until Monday evening, February 8. More information regarding our school’s position on the resolution and our next steps will follow soon. Thanks again for your participation.

As ever,

Bradley

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It’s Harvest Festival Month: Start Bringing Cans to EVCS!

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TUESDAY, NOVEMBER 24

EVCS Harvest Festival

Dear Families

The Harvest Festival is a tradition at East Village Community School. For those of you who are new to the school, the Harvest Festival is a beloved event by kids, staff and families. Not only do the students learn all about giving to people less fortunate, conceptually, but they do so in a celebratory gathering in the yard complete with community, songs and a school-wide walk to Trinity Lutheran Church, located o Avenue B and 10th Street, to actually deliver the cans to the shelter. It is a beautiful morning. Families are welcome to participate in the festivities and walk with the students to the church.

We ask that anyone owning a cart, please bring it to the yard in the morning on Tuesday, November 24th to help us transport the cans!

We sent home a flyer in backpacks!

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Discussion about the current state of racial equity in education

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Join Border Crossers and a renowned panel of racial justice experts as we discuss the current state of racial equity in education and  necessary steps to ensure racial  justice  in our schools.

Panelists include

Joe Brewster
Martha Haakmat

Ali Michael
Pedro Noguera
Howard C. Stevenson

“Creating Racially Equitable Schools” A Border Crossers Fundraiser and Panel Discusssion 

 Thursday, June 18, 2015

6:00-9:00 pm
Brooklyn Heights Montessori School

 Networking reception will follow at 8:00 pm.

Wine and hors d’oeuvres will be provided.

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