School Wide Morning Meeting Message 11/27/2017

Dear EVCS students,

Welcome back!  I hope you had a restful and fun holiday weekend with your families!

This year we have an extra focus on our core value of self awareness.  Your teachers, your parents and I think it’s important that you strive to know yourselves, that you learn to reflect on your work, your words and your actions.  We want you to always try to improve and do your personal best.  One of the most important skills you can learn in elementary school is how to think about your thinking.  There are three things you can do practice thinking about your thinking: Plan, reflect, and evaluate.

First, plan.  This might mean making an outline, a mental map, or rehearsing what you are going to do in your mind before starting a task.

Then, reflect throughout each step of the task.  Sometimes we may need to change our plans a little once we have started.

Finally, evaluate.  Was this your best effort?  What could you have done differently?  What are your next

steps, or goals for the next time?

This year we are using a portfolio platform called Seesaw to help our students learn to think about their thinking, and become more self aware as learners.  I’m looking forward to seeing how you use Seesaw to reflect on and evaluate your great work!


I want to make sure everyone knows – this Friday our school will be having a movie night for kids!  We will be screening 4 different films: Sing, Boss Baby, Moana and a mix of short programs for our youngest students.  There will be popcorn and other treats, and pajamas are encouraged. It’s a fund raiser for the Parents Association, but it’s also an opportunity for parents to go out for a few hours, so please consider signing up.

Let’s finish with our candle breathing exercise. On the first breath make a wish for yourself.  On the second breath make a wish for someone you love.  On the third breath make a wish for someone who needs some extra love today.

Thanks very much to the amazing EVCS SWMM House Band!  And thanks to everyone who joined us today and sang loud and proud.  Have a great day.



School Wide Morning Meeting Message 11/13/2017

Dear EVCS Students,

Welcome back to another week!  I hope you all stayed warm and cozy this weekend.

Our core value is social action.

Social action involves identifying things that are wrong in our world and then taking steps to make them better.  One of the best ways we can make a difference in the world is by making an impact right here in our own community.  Every year our school collects cans and boxes of food for our annual Harvest Festival.  This food is donated to a local soup kitchen that helps to feed people in our neighborhood who don’t have enough to eat.  This is a form of social action! When we visit the soup kitchen next week, please say a big “Thank you!” to the kind women and men who work there.  They are also doing a kind of social action by preparing the donated food for our hungry neighbors.


Last week when students had a day off for Election Day, teachers came to school to learn new things together.  One of the things we spent time exploring last Tuesday was breathing exercises and other things we can all do to help promote mindfulness, calm and focus in our classrooms.  Before we all go up upstairs to get to work, let’s try one of these breathing exercises together!  This one is called “Candle Breathing”.

Thanks very much to our 1st graders for hosting today!  Thanks, as always to the amazing EVCS SWMM House Band!  And thanks to everyone who joined us today and sang loud and proud.  Have a great day.



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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School Wide Morning Meeting Message 10/16/2017

Dear EVCS Students,

Our core value is social action.

Just like we sang this morning in Free to Be you and Me, we are committed to doing all we can and making a change in the world.  One way we can do that here at school every single day is by recycling, composting, and reducing the amount of trash we produce.  You may have noticed that our cafeteria has three different bins to throw your garbage in.  Different stuff belongs in each one and it’s really important that we all try our best to learn how to do it correctly.


There are separate bins for food scraps which are composted, recyclable materials such as plastic, metal and glass, liquids which are poured down the drain, and trash which ends up in a landfill.  Our goal is to put as little trash as possible into the landfills!  

Learning how to recycle our plastic, metal and paper, compost our food scraps, and reduce the amount of stuff that goes into landfills will make us better stewards of our planet.

My good friend Jacob Pearleman in the 3rd grade has also brought something to my attention that he is concerned about.  Jacob has noticed that a lot of kids are throwing away perfectly good food!  While we work to reduce the amount of garbage that goes into landfills let’s also please try to reduce our food waste.  Thanks for looking out, Jacob.

Big thanks to our second grade hosts, to all of the parents who came this morning, to the SWMM house band, and thank you to everyone who sang loud and proud this morning.  Have a great day and great week everyone.



School Wide Morning Meeting Message 10/2/2017

Dear EVCS Students,

Welcome back!  It’s great to be with all of you again for our second School-Wide Morning Meeting of the year.  Our weeks get so busy, it’s really nice to spend this time, all of us together as one community, singing joyful songs and reflecting on our core values.

Last week we visited many of your classes with our school comfort dog, Lola.  Give me a quiet thumbs up if we visited your class with Lola.  If we haven’t visited with Lola yet, we will this week for sure!  Lola really seems to love meeting all the students in our school, and I think she is starting to love her new job as EVCS comfort dog.  Now, I have a request for all of you.  You will see us with Lola in the hallways very often.  We know you will want to say hi to Lola but we need to ask that you do that by waving a quiet hello.  Please don’t leave your class line to pet Lola! Continue reading

School Wide Morning Meeting Message 10/5/2015

Dear EVCS Students,

Welcome to School-wide morning meeting!

October’s Habit of Mind is persistingWhen we persist we keep trying and don’t give up easily. When we persist while solving a problem, we think about which strategy will work best.  If the strategy we start with doesn’t work, we know how to back up and try another.  When things don’t work out like you expect them to right away it can be be very frustrating, but people who know how to persist have a high tolerance for frustration.  People who persist understand that when the going gets tough, the tough get going.

Picture1The picture we associate with persisting is of a tall mountain, with a flag at the top, indicating that someone has succeeded In climbing it.  This reminds us to stay focused on our goal and not give up when things get hard.

“I walk slowly, but I never walk backward.”       – Abraham Lincoln



Continuous effort – not strength or intelligence – is the key to unlocking our potential.”

 – Black Elk








“Satisfaction lies in the effort, not the attainment.  Full effort is full victory.”

-Mahatma Gandhi





Do not think of today’s failures, but of the success that may come tomorrow.  You have set yourself a difficult task but you will succeed if you persevere, and you will find a joy in overcoming obstacles.”

– Hellen Keller



All of the most successful people in history have had to apply persistence to achieve their goals.  Another word for persistence is grit.  Your teachers and I will be thinking and talking about persistence and grit throughout the month of October.  Try practicing being gritty!  I’m interested in hearing how it goes.

Have a fantastic day everyone!



School Wide Morning Meeting Message 9/21/2015

Dear EVCS Students,

Welcome to the first School-wide morning meeting of the year! It’s so good to be back here with you in our auditorium, singing loud and proud!

This year all the classes in our school will be exploring a different Habit of Mind every month. September’s Habit of Mind is managing impulsivity. When we manage our impulsivity we think before we act, we stay focused on our goals and stop ourselves from saying or doing things that don’t help us achieve those goals. Managing impulsivity is having self control and being able to self regulate. Sometimes this can be really hard! But people who can manage their impulsivity often achieve great things.

The picture we associate with managing impulsivity is a traffic light with the yellow light shining.


This reminds us to slow down, think and be deliberate. The great artist Vincent Van Gogh said,
“Great things are not done by impulse, but by a series of small things brought together.”

There is a Chinese proverb that says, “If you are patient in one moment of anger, you will avoid one hundred days of sorrow.” What do you think this means?
You will be learning more about this Habit of Mind throughout the month of September. But the truth is you will be practicing this Habit of Mind and getting better and better at it throughout your life.
Have a fantastic day everyone!