Dear Parents and Guardians,
It was a packed house on Wednesday morning at the Festival of Lights – all of our kids were shining bright! A big shout out to Terry for a wonderful performance with every class and for the continued staff support around this event! Thank you also to our family band for bringing it once again!
Let’s check out what is happening this weekend and upon our return…
Hello EVCS Families,
Almost there, Just 3 more mornings to get through until Winter Break!
Last Thursday (12/13) was our December General PA meeting, here’s the recap:
AfterSchool at EVCS is Green Apple Kids
Liza from Green Apple Kids After School came to the meeting to talk about the program and answer questions.
GAK is an Environmental, Science and Art based program for PreK-5th graders hosted at EVCS. Enrollment is “rolling”. Billing is done monthly, the full fee is $400 per month for 5 days a week, or about $20 a day. Kids can enroll for 1 day to the full 5 days a week. They offer a sliding scale for families who need it. Applications are with James in the school office (rm 205), there is no online application, so you’ll need to come into school to sign up. The program has been running at the Earth School for the past several years. The schedule follows the DOE calendar with optional 1/2 day bridge for an additional fee. The philosophy and approach to kids is quite comparable to EVCS’ so you can expect a kind, happy, safe and familiar after-school experience. They do a “digital check-in”, so you’ll get an email when your child has been transitioned from day-school to after-school.
Hi EVCS PA Members,
Please make note! This is New!
The Venue for the Festival of Lights this year will be East Side HighSchool!
Wednesday 12/19, 9-10:30AM
In an attempt to have more seats for everybody, The Festival of Lights – Dec 19th -will be held in the East Side MS/HS Auditorium, 420 E. 12th between Ave A and 1st Ave. Look for more details to come from school.
D1 Family resource center is there for us.
We had a guest speaker from the District 1 Family Resource Center,166 Essex, located in PS 20 next to the District Superintendent’s office. Families should feel free to reach out to them for all things education AND more. They can help navigate all kinds of DOE and City services, including public school enrollment questions- PreK through HighSchool, vouchers for after-school and early child- care and even guidance for finding subsidized children’s health/dental services. They might not know the answer to your question right away, but they will help you find it. They are a great asset for our district and, again, they are there for ALL families not matter what your circumstances. Look for a listing of events and workshops in James’ weekly.
Now don’t go rolling your eyes at us, but we are one step closer to getting new bottle-filling water fountains installed. We approved buying and have ordered 6 bottle filling/ bubbler units and have been assured that the DOE’s Dept of facilities will install them once they arrive. There is no clear timetable for installation, but hope springs eternal…
(There are currently 11 bubblers in the building. CWS has received a grant from the city enough for the other 5 units, which will hopefully be installed before or during ’19-20 school year.)
Holiday Maker’s Fair This Monday, Dec. 10th, 8am-4pm
All day (8am-4pm) Monday EVCS is hosting a Maker’s Fair. Great gifts for everyone on your holiday list including yourself! Bring friends and family! A share of the proceeds goes to the PA. A few vendor tables are still available- contact Lara: firstname.lastname@example.org . Also, items and volunteers needed for the PA bake sale table. Bring items directly to the table… Healthy options in the AM, sweeter treats for the afternoon. Contact email@example.com with questions.
Fundraising Committee next meeting is Friday, 12/14 at Roost 8:40-9:15am
Come join! All welcome! Fundraising has lots going on, there are many ways to help out, both big and small. If you can’t make the meetings, but are interested in joining, sign up for the committee emails: firstname.lastname@example.org
Also Big News- All direct family donations from now until the end of the year will be matched up to $4000 by a generous anonymous donor, that means $50 from you becomes $100 for the kids! Whoot Whoot!
L-Train Riders getting organized
A group is being formed for those in our community- families and staff – who will be affected by the L-train closing. This group will also connect with CWS and District 1 L-train using families. If you would like to join, please reach out to email@example.com for more information.
Diversity Committee Classroom Book Share Readers and Affinity Groups
The Diversity Committee continues to facilitate two great initiatives. First parent/ caregivers are invited and encouraged to come read something that reflects their unique culture or perspective to their children’s classes. Help foster insight, understanding, and empathy for all the different people and experiences at EVCS. Also Affinity Groups of families with a shared experience are forming. Contact firstname.lastname@example.org with inquiries! Next meeting will be early 2019.
PreK mom Trinidad wins our first PA meeting Attendance Raffle!!
This month’s raffle prize was a gift card to the local coffee spot, and friend to EVCS, 9th Street Espresso, congratulations Trinidad and thanks to everyone for coming to the meeting and sharing your voice!
Click here for full meeting minutes. And as a reminder the SLT minutes are posted on the main office bulletin board.
Next General meeting, Thursday, Dec. 13th 8:30AM
With Guest Speaker Liza from our after-school program Green Apple Kids.
See you in the yard!
Hi EVCS Parents,
Sending you a quick reminder that our Nov. General PA meeting is this Wed. 11/28 at 8:45am in the auditorium.
We will have a special guest representative from the District 1 Family Resource Center at this meeting to talk to us about all the great things they have to offer. Such as.. variety of public services, info on DOE partnering Community Based Organizations, help with MiddleSchool and HighSchool applications, PreK, Kindergarten Applications, G&T test sign-up, workshops, vouchers for after-school and more.
We also need to vote to approve a capital expense: new Water Fountains! (yes again, come and learn how this time it’s different.)
So looking forward to seeing you!
The PA Exec
PS. Coffee and Other Fun Stuff included with Admission**.
* New! Raffle prize given out at this meeting.
** Admission is free.
And the winner is… Anna Zuzolo!
Thank you to everyone who donated. While we still haven’t raised the full amount of what we need to in order to meet our annual commitments, this incentive has been a huge success!