We are thrilled to announce that due to generous grants from Council Member Rosie Mendez, Manhattan Borough President Gale Brewer, and the The Trust for Public Land, the shared schoolyard at 610 East 12th Street will be getting a renovation. The Trust for Public Land’s NYC Playgrounds Program staff will begin working with the three schools and community members this fall to design a new school and community playground on the schoolyard.
Established in 1972, The Trust for Public Land (TPL) is a nonprofit organization that is committed to bringing open space and recreational resources to communities under-served by parks. TPL’s NYC Playgrounds Program has designed and/or created nearly 190 new playgrounds in NYC over the past 20 years. One of the unique features of TPL’s Playgrounds Program is that students, parents and community members design the new park.
TPL gave an introduction to the project in the school auditorium this morning and kids are pretty excited! TPL will then be leading design sessions with a design team made up of school representatives, students, parents, and community members on four Wednesday mornings in October and November: October 19, 26, November 9 and November 23. The meetings will begin at 9am in the library and usually run for about two hours.
We are very excited about this project that will benefit hundreds of children and their families in our community. More information, including updates from the design team, soon.
Dear EVCS family,
In light of recent, scary events here in our great city I thought it is a good time to review our building-wide procedures for emergency preparedness. None of us likes to ponder the unimaginable scenarios where we would have to execute these procedures outside of a drill, but we all recognize the importance of knowing what to do, and being able to do it quickly and safely. Continue reading
Dear EVCS Family,
It’s that bittersweet time of year. Summer is rolling to a close and school is just right around the corner. Depending on who you ask it may be more bitter than sweet, but one thing is for sure – we’re all getting very psyched here at EVCS to welcome in the new school year!
There are so many things I am looking forward to this year. Our mission to provide opportunities for our kids to experience wonderment and awe every single day takes a big leap forward this year with expanded and new partnerships, residencies and enrichment programs. We are deepening our partnership with the South Street Seaport Museum, including in-school residencies for urban archaeology (2nd grade), print-making (3rd grade) and sea shanties (5th grade), as well as walking tours and amazing sailing trips through New York Harbor aboard a 19th Century schooner. We are continuing our weekly chess instruction for 2nd and 3rd graders with the great Coach Stephanie Ballom. We have a brand new STEM program for our 2nd-5th graders that includes an introduction to computer programming as well as robotics. We will have a range of special dance programs for all of our students that will include residencies in hip hop, ballet, African dance and ballroom dancing. We are continuing our very popular electives program for 4th and 5th graders with options for rock band, choir, chess, STEM and 3-D art. We’ve planned so many amazing field trips for our students, including overnight trips for 4th and 5th graders, as well as gardening for K and 1st grade with Ruth, environmental science with Solar 1, DreamYard Project, STAR… and there’s so much more to inspire and ignite curiosity. Continue reading
Dear EVCS Families,
Hold on to your hats – June is a whirlwind. Sometimes people refer to the school year “winding down” but the truth is it feels like we wind up all spring, especially in June, and hurtle towards the last day with a head of steam. Suffice it to say, it’s a busy time! But it’s very important that we take the time at the end of the year to reflect on our work and experiences.
One of the most resonant themes explored this year, not only within our own school community but throughout District 1 and the city as a whole, has been diversity. EVCS is a truly diverse community in many senses, but our demographics are quite dissimilar to the District averages. Unfortunately there is a trend in our district, which uses a system of “pure choice” in the admissions protocol, of clustering according to race, ethnicity and socioeconomic status. For some powerful infographics that help illustrate this clustering take a look here. Continue reading
Dear EVCS families,
Spring is here, and with it so many new initiatives at EVCS. I’ll be sending out updates over the next couple of weeks to inform folks of all the exciting things we have planned, but I’d like to start by describing an initiative the SLT has taken on this year to formalize and codify our school’s response to bullying.
After exploring various anti-bullying resources, the SLT decided to move forward with the Olweus Bullying Prevention Program. This program will be fully implemented in September of 2016 with teacher training and classroom curriculum. However, this spring we will begin the process by asking students in grades 3-5 to complete an anonymous survey about bullying at EVCS. Prior to administering the survey, the students will be introduced to the definition of bullying as defined by this program: