Fall Ball and PA meeting Recap

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Hello EVCS PA Member Families,

Once again, we parents stepped up and showed what a creative, fun, generous and devoted bunch we are. The Fall Ball was a huge success! There are way way too many people to thank, really, nearly every EVCS family and many of the staff, in some way, had a hand in this. From the planning, building, baking, cooking and decorating, to the crafts, games, trick-or-treating, dance party and the incredible haunted house, to serving food, manning tables, selling tickets, and cleaning up the whole thing, we certainly came through! Everybody who contributed deserves a giant thank you! We, especially, need to call out Hagit and Noel, our Events Co-Chairs, for taking the reigns on the entire beast. The kids had a blast, thank you, All!

We also thank MFTA, Material For The Arts Located in LIC.
MFTA is a recognized leader in waste reduction. Supporting non profits throughout the city. We are tremendously grateful for their work and support. Our event decor and detail could not happen without them!

A great group of pumpkins were entered in the Carving Contest. The 1st prize went to Nina in 4th Grade with her rat infested jack-o-lantern. 2nd place went to Alex Yakov in 5th Grade with his zombie pumpkin. Adele in 2nd grade and her sister Anna in K made a lit up jack-o-lantern and Yan from 3rd grade’s pumpkin had a giant spider crawling on top. Thank you so much to the contestants and to all the children and families that voted!

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Help us reach our goal!

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Dear All,

Thank you to everyone who made a donation. Our thermometer is moving… but we still have a long way to go!

For those who have not yet donated, we want to remind you of a few things to provide some motivation:

1. For the past several years class parents were asked to raise funds for their classroom, this was called Sponsor a Classroom. The result was that some classrooms were routinely over funded and others struggled. This seemed unfair so starting this year all classrooms will receive $1,000 from the PA. That means, no more asks after shares. It also means that donating to the PA will directly support pipe cleaners and googly eyes and field trips for your child.
2. Were you pleasantly surprised when you got the welcome letter from teachers in August and saw that there were very few supplies you needed to purchase? That is because the supplies were purchased in bulk for each class. And even though August seems like a million years ago at this point, we hope you will pay forward these savings to the PA.
Please contribute today

Need more motivation? Click HERE to check out all the awesome enrichment programs that the PA provides for your kids every day.

Thank you for your support,
Nina & Nandi

EVCS Weekly Nov 6 – 10

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Dear Parents and Guardians,

Save the Date for the EVCS Harvest Festival on Tuesday, November 21,
from 8:50-10:00 a.m. as the culmination of our annual food drive!

The EVCS Harvest Festival is an annual tradition at East Village Community School and is an opportunity to teach our children about food equity.


Next Week

Monday, November 6
Order Deadline for School Photos
To place an order, refer to an email from coolforschoolphoto.com with a personal link to your child’s photos. All orders placed by the deadline will ship to the school by the beginning of December. Late orders will not ship before the holidays. Support our school – a portion of the proceeds will benefit EVCS!
Please contact info@coolforschoolphoto.com with any questions.

Tuesday, November 7
Election Day. No school!

Thursday, November 9
EVCS Green and Wellness Committee Meeting
8:40 a.m. in the Cafeteria

Saturday, November 11
2017 CIS Veterans’ Day Chess Tournament at PS 11M
Check-in: 8:15 a.m. to 9:30 a.m.

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School Wide Morning Meeting Message 10/30/2017

Dear EVCS Students,

It was so much fun to see so many of you in your costumes on Saturday at our annual Fall Ball!  Somehow the Fall Ball continues to get better and better every year, and it’s all thanks to the amazing parents of the East Village Community School.  So much effort goes into this event, and I want to recognize some of the people who worked very hard to make it happen. So many parents volunteered their time, too many to name all of them, but it could not have happened without the following individuals: Sharon Blumenkranz, Marta Polo, Catharine Lyons, Marla Rosenthal, Pippa Barak, Anne Buovolo, Tazeen Raza, Julie Lansky, Crystal Perry, LaraLipof, Buzz Evers, Emily Goodman, Ron Bromberg, Gunti Singh, Cresta Kruger, Tristan Waldroop, Alessandra Carbone, and Nina Ablan.  A Huge shout out to Erik Frank for the amazing Haunted Hallway, and to Hagit Schwartz and Noel Saltzman for orchestrating the entire event.
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District 1 Diversity Initiative

Our core values are inclusion, kindness, social action, self-awareness, and joy of learning.

Dear EVCS Family,

Yesterday afternoon the Chancellor officially announced the details of the District 1 Diversity in Admissions Initiative. This initiative is by far the boldest step ever taken to desegregate schools in the history of the New York City public school system. I firmly believe that classrooms and schools are better when they include a range of students and families and authentically reflect their communities, and I know this is the right move at the right time for District 1. You can read about it in today’s NY TimesChalkbeat (with a nice pic of yours truly), Wall Street Journal and Politico.

Here are the headlines from the plan:

Students who qualify for free or reduced price lunch, students who live in temporary housing, and students who are learning English will be given priority for 67% of the Pre-K and Kindergarten seats at every District 1 elementary school.
Students who do not meet any of those criteria will be given priority for 33% of the Pre-K and Kindergarten seats at every District 1 elementary school.
Within each of these two priority groups, an additional priority will be given to students who have IEPs for a percentage of seats near the District average.
Priority for siblings of students currently enrolled, and for students continuing on from Pre-K to Kindergarten will remain.

If you have any questions about how this admissions protocol will work, or how it will impact your family or our school, please don’t hesitate to reach out. I’d be happy to talk about it in greater detail.

Apropos, one part of our school instructional focus this year is to implement anti-racist curriculum and pedagogy. We are united in our commitment to raising, not just non-racist, but anti-racist citizens of this country. One way we are embarking on that endeavor as a whole staff is by reading together the outstanding book, The New Jim Crow. I would like to invite and encourage any and all of our parents to read it along with us. We will have two gatherings in December, one in the morning and one in the evening, for parents and staff to discuss the book together. Pick up your copy of the book and be on the lookout for more info about the book clubs in December.

Today, even more than usual, I am proud to be a District 1 educator and parent, and I am looking forward to what the future brings for our community.

As ever,


EVCS Weekly Oct 30 – Nov 3

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Dear Parents and Guardians,

Don’t forget to bring and enter your pre-carved pumpkin to the annual Pumpkin Carving Contest at the Fall Ball! Prizes and Glory are on the line!
And if you want to volunteer on Saturday, please reach out to the events team for details: events@evcsnyc.org Whether volunteering or just joining in the fun, we hope to see you there.


This Weekend:

Saturday, October 28
EVCS Annual Fall Ball
12:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.
Enter through the Cafeteria!

Saturday, October 28
Speed of Light Track Meet
Cheer on our EVCS Runners!

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Helping Dear EVCS staffmember’s Family in Puerto Rico

Dear EVCS Families,

We wanted to thank everyone for all of their efforts in donating to the Hurricane Relief Collection for Puerto Rico. So many families were affected by Hurricane Maria. One such family is that of our beloved Pre-K Paraprofessional, Yolanda Ferra. We would like to help.

While Yolanda’s uncle and cousins lost their homes completely, her mother’s home is intact, but without necessities such as running water and electricity. Finding and preparing food and securing needed medicine and water has been and continues to be very problematic. And since there is no electricity, it has been difficult for Yolanda and her sister to communicate with her family to ensure that her mother, who is older and requires medications, is safe in these conditions. Yolanda’s family is working on getting their mother here to New York where they could provide better care for her.

It is clear that a lot of the relief efforts are not making their way to Yolanda’s home town of Bayamon, and we felt the need to do something to support Yolanda, who has been so generous with all of us, in helping her family as soon as we could.

Donate Now

Please considering donating via the above PayPal Button which we’ve put together to help raise money for Yolanda’s family during this difficult transitional time. The moneys will go directly to the PA and then right into Yolanda’s hands. No donation is too small!

Thank you so much for your kindness and please feel free to share.

In solidarity,
The Community Action Committee of the EVCS PA

Reminder – October General PA meeting tomorrow evening Inbox

Hello EVCS PA Members,

Tomorrow, Wednesday (10/25) evening is our October General PA meeting. Please join us at 5:30pm in the lobby, the meeting will begin at 6pm. Child care is available in the cafeteria (for current EVCS students only) with pizza ($5 suggested donation) please RSVP by Wed. 10AM. On the agenda, capital expense ideas, EVCS community book read, the Fall Ball….

While we’ve got your eyes and we’re talking about it, The Fall Ball is this Saturday! (10/28)! This is our huge, fun, parent-run event and we dearly need volunteers and donations. There are shifts to fill all over the event; Set-up Friday night and Saturday, Food and Dessert tables, Crafts, Games, Bounce-house, Trick-or Treat Course , Clean-up and more. We also need donations of bags of candy for Trick-or-Treating, baked goods for the Dessert table, undecorated cupcakes and snacks for the Cantina. Please Sign yourself up on the google sign up sheet.

Also, don’t forget to bring and enter your pre-carved pumpkin in the annual Pumpkin Carving Contest! Prizes and Glory are on the line!

Thanks, can’t wait to see what you’re wearing Saturday,

The PA Executive Board

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