First EVCS Parent Association – This Wednesday (9/26)

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Hello EVCS PA Members,

This Wednesday (9/26) will be our first Parent Association meeting of the year! 8:45-10:15AM. Besides the free coffee and tea- Here’s what’s on the agenda, feel free to scroll on through, Cliff Notes are in BOLD:

• SLT Elections- 2 Parent Seats open.

Elections for the 2 open parent seats on the SLT will be held at the beginning of the meeting. Nominations are accepted by email or at the meeting. Each candidate will be asked to very briefly introduce themselves. If you have questions want to nominate yourself or are interested in being on the SLT but can’t make the PA meeting/ election please email papresident@evcsnyc.org.

The School Leadership Team is a DOE mandated committee of school staff and parents that meets once a month to discuss school policies and budgeting. EVCS SLT meets every 3rd Thursday from 3:30-5:30pm, the first meeting THIS Thursday 9/27. Members are expected to attend all meetings (10 total). Each member is elected to a 2 year term. From the DOE website: https://www.schools.nyc.gov/school-life/get-involved/school-leadership-team.

• Review and approval of our annual budget

At the start of each school year we must vote to approve our running budget. We will be reviewing this year’s PA fundraising goals and expenses.

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Welcome and Welcome back to EVCS from The Parent Association!

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Hello EVCS Parent Association Members,

Way to go to all of us who managed to get our kids to school in the loose vicinity of on-time, with clothing on, two shoes (matching or not), found our teachers and classrooms and bestowed our awesome kids to EVCS for what looks to be a dynamite year! It is not always easy, but we’re off to a great start!

The Parent Association would like to extend a big huge warm welcome (back) to all our members. As a person with a child attending EVCS, you are automatically a member of the Parent Association. You’re in! Congratulations!

You will be hearing more from us in the next weeks, but we would like to get a few important dates and ideas afloat.

Sept. 20th: First Exec Board Meeting. 8:45-10:00am

Sept 20th: Curriculum Night 5:30-7:30pm
School organized event to meet your teachers.

Sept. 26th Wed.: The First General PA Meeting. 8:45-10:00am
Lots of important stuff to get done at this meeting including approving this year’s operating budget, approving a few capital purchases and electing members to the SLT. Plus there are committee chair and executive board vacancies that need to be filled.

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This Thursday – Annual Staff Appreciation Party!

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Hello EVCS Families,

This Thursday 6/21, instead of our final PA General meeting, is our Annual Staff Appreciation Party! Please come help celebrate and thank our teachers, administration and support staff to salute their hard work and the fantastic year we’ve had at EVCS.

The Party will be held at The Roost, 222 Avenue B, 5:30-7:30pm in the back room. It’s a cash bar for beer and wine, we’ll have snacks (we, the PA, will be buying the staff’s well earned libations).

Childcare for current EVCS students is available, RSVP Here

Come toast our teachers and ourselves for a heck-of-a-year at EVCS!

See you there,

EVCS PA Exec. Board

Teachers “Walk In” for Paid Family Leave

Dear Parents and EVCS Community, At drop off tomorrow morning, Friday June 8th, 8:05-8:30 am, teachers are gathering to rally outside of the school,

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Dear Parents and EVCS Community,

At drop off tomorrow morning, Friday June 8th, 8:05-8:30 am, teachers are gathering to rally outside of the school, as a “walk in” demonstration to educate about and demand family leave from New York State. Please feel free to join them to show your solidarity and support the fight for family leave as this is something that affects all families and together we can make change for the better. As public workers, teachers do not currently receive the same sets of protections as non-public workers, including the rights to paid family leave.

Here are a few points that organizers and our teachers have highlighted:
* Paid family leave does not exist for NYC public school teachers and other unionized public workers in NYS.
* The new NYS law affording paid family leave to NYS residents does not apply to unionized public workers.
* Teachers are required to exhaust their bank of sick leave days in order to get paid for caring for a newborn or newly adopted child, or to care for a sick relative.
* No sick days? Teachers must borrow against their sick days to take a so-called maternity leave. They are required to take a leave of 6 weeks after the birth of a child, but cannot take more than 12 weeks leave without losing health insurance for their family.

Please consider standing with teachers, ask questions, and find out how you can support the fight for paid family leave. The event is an this is an action organized by the social justice arm of the UFT, called the MORE caucus (standing for Movement of Rank and file Educators). Our children’s teachers provide vital services to our children and our communities, let’s support them in their work to gain the right of paid family leave.

In solidarity,
Catherine Cook
Chair, Community Action Committee
EVCS Parents Association

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