Dear EVCS Family,
Every day, within our walls and out in our community, our kids are learning to do so much! And whether your child is in Pre-K or in 5th grade – or anywhere in between – one thing they’re doing is exploring numbers and mathematical concepts each and every day. As adults, we work with math so often we often don’t even realize it: From paying the bills to modifying a recipe, from figuring out whether a new chair will fit in the room to figuring out the change at the deli, we all are mathematicians. So often I hear from parents, though, that they don’t understand how we are teaching math – that it’s not how they learned math as children. And it’s true! It’s certainly not how I learned math growing up, but our kids are thinking flexibly about numbers in ways high above what was expected of us years ago. The work is messier now than it once was – we value conceptual understanding of big ideas over computational fluency, and we prefer incorrect answers with high-level thinking over rote completion of an algorithm. You may not hear our teachers instructing students to “carry the one” – but it’s rich and meaningful work happening across our school.
Just today I visited one of our second grade classrooms. Students were working in pairs to solve addition and subtraction problems. These kids could talk about their mathematical thinking in such an impressive way. But their work didn’t look anything like how I learned to solve problems! I’d like to share these problems and solutions with you to highlight the sort of ways our kids are thinking about math and how it might not be the way you feel prepared to help support your kids. In a few days we’ll be having a workshop for parents and kids to talk about just that!
Parent / Guardian Workshop About Gender Expression and Identity
Saturday, June 3 9:45 am – 12:00 am
Dear Parents and Guardians
Please join us as we welcome the Gender & Family Project to learn how to foster an inclusive, safe environment for gender expansive youth in our school community. Experts from the Ackerman Institute for the Family will engage parents on best practices to ensure safety and respect for all students. Children will explore and celebrate the diversity of identity with a guided art project.
Come together to support our young people and to help send the message that all are welcome in our schools.
We will explore the role of gender in our children’s journey of self-discovery, the impact of gender stereotypes on kids’ emotional and social development, how our own habits of language may influence our children’s experience of gender identity, and much, much more.
As we strive to raise children who take care of themselves and the people around them, who understand viscerally the value of inclusivity, and who have the tools to think critically about their highly mediated world, we are very eager to consider this issue with all of you.
“Needs, Wants, Wishes & Dreams”
Programs & Services that Bring Relief to Parents of Children with Special Needs or Disabilities
11AM – 1PM
888 E. 6th Street
New York, NY 10009
Life can be stressful when your child has a special need or disability. This interactive workshop will look at the various support services out there to bring you some needed relief. There are many programs, services, systems and strategies that will help you maximize the strengths, skills and talents of your child while helping with their special needs. Intervention programs, social skills groups, parent support groups, benefits and entitlements, laws that protect your rights, respite services, special developmental clinics, sources of sensory stimulation and much more will be explored. The goal of this workshop is to provide you with: information, motivation and inspiration.
(Walk-ins are welcome. RSVP not required.)
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ICT Classrooms – Do they benefit ALL Learners?
EVCS and Inclusive Education
One of the Core Values at EVCS is Inclusion. That means that all families, all children and all types of learners are included. This core value is seen in many facets in our school, one of which is through our inclusive classrooms (ICT). All of our students are part of this inclusive learning experience during their journey at EVCS. Join the discussion.
Stefanie Henze, Special Education Liaison & Learning Specialist
To have more voices be part of this conversation, we are offering the same workshop twice:
RSVP for either workshop at https://goo.gl/dd2Jmd
Sponsored by the EVCS Diversity Committee
Parents and Guardians,
To mark the United Nation’s International Children’s Day this year, Six Seconds, the largest global organization dedicated to the development of emotional intelligence, will be facilitating a half-day workshop at EVCS aimed at raising awareness of children’s rights and our responsibilities in supporting them. This workshop will take place from 9am-12:30pm on Saturday, December 17th in our auditorium.
This workshop will be divided into three parts:
What are children’s rights, and how being more aware of our own Thoughts, Feelings and Actions can help support our children
What makes for healthy relationships, and how does our “Brain Style” help or hinder them
3. Being Aware, Intentional and Purposeful
What are children’s rights and our responsibilities, and how can we use the 3-step process of being Aware, Intentional and Purposeful to fulfill these rights
This all-morning workshop is for up to 40 adults and will help us explore our own emotional intelligence so that we can help better support our children. Much like you’re instructed to do with an oxygen mask on an airplane – we need to take care of ourselves before we can take care of those around us. We hope you can join us for this workshop – Free child care will be provided!
Use THIS FORM to sign up by Friday, December 9th. We are capping this workshop at 40 people, so please sign up today!
If you have any questions, please contact Liz
District 1 Meetings, Parent Workshops and Resources
Tuesday, March 29th
Time: 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm.
Location: PS 20 which is 166 Essex Street. Childcare is being provided.
Meeting tomorrow night to discuss the SIPP Grant that is intended to help create equal education for all students in District 1.
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