January Updates

Dear EVCS Families,

If you haven’t had a chance to do so yet, please take a moment to fill out our survey on remote learning at EVCS. We are planning professional learning for all of our staff to further develop our remote teaching practices together, so it is important for us to hear from you about how things are going, what is working well for your child and what needs to be improved. There are separate pathways in the survey for blended learning students and fully remote students, and though it’s an anonymous survey we ask that you identify your child’s grade level so we can understand the survey data as it relates to each group of students and their unique experiences. If you have more than one student at EVCS please fill out a survey for each of them separately, but please fill out only one survey for each student in the family. Thanks so much for your feedback and support. The survey will close on Friday afternoon.

A note about the daily emails from the Situation Room – These emails are automatically generated and scheduled to go out every day to all parents who have signed up for a MyStudent account whenever there is a confirmed case within our community. I know that the emails are confusing and redundant. Please know that whenever there is a confirmed case and/or a classroom or building closure I will also email directly to all families to explain in direct terms what is happening and what to expect, and if anything is ever unclear or confusing you can contact me any time for more information. Thanks for your patience and understanding!

Cohort D families – tomorrow is Wednesday, which means the lending library will be open from 11:30 – 1:00. Come get leveled books for your kids to read independently, or books to read together. We will also have extra materials to refresh your child’s supply kit, including crayons, markers, pencils, notebooks, etc. If your schedule allows please bring your kids with you. It’s so great to see our Cohort D students who we miss so much, and I think it’s helpful for them to get to visit school, albeit briefly and outside. We’ll be set up outside on the sidewalk in front of the schoolyard gate.

An update on classroom air quality and climate control – We received the air purifiers we requested from the DOE, so every classroom now as at least one air purifier in it! This is great news as it now allows us to open the windows slightly less-wide and still have more than adequate ventilation and good quality air in the classrooms. And our wonderful Parents Association purchased oil-filled space heaters for every classroom at EVCS, so that will be a big help in making our rooms a more comfortable temperature for our students and staff to work in each day. It’s still a good idea to send your child in with layers, but we’re making progress. Thanks to the PA for that generous donation.

I hope everyone is staying healthy and sane. Hang in there folks!

Yours,
Bradley

Dear EVCS Families,

Welcome back to school! We hope everyone is off to a strong start!

EVCS Parents are hosting an informal book swap at Joseph C. Sauer Park
(E. 12th Street between Ave A & B) next week on Thursday, January 14 from 2:00 – 3:00 to help refresh your home libraries! Bring 5 books, take 5 books! No books to swap this time, no worries – Everyone is welcome to join and peruse the books. Details below.

Let’s see what else is coming up…

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Next Week

Gates open for K-5 students at 8:20 a.m. & for PreK students at 8:45 a.m.

Monday, January 11
Cohort B

Tuesday, January 12
Cohort A

Wednesday, January 13
Cohort B
Cohort D: Leveled Lending Library Resumes 11:30 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.
All fully-remote students encouraged to pick up books each and every week!
In front of the schoolyard (on the sidewalk)

Thursday, January 14
Cohort A

Informal Book Swap at Sauer Park, after school 2:15 – 3:00 p.m.
See flyer for details!

Friday, January 15
Cohort B

Save the Dates

Monday, January 18
No School – Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Day

Tuesday, January 19
Deadline for Kindergarten Applications

Wednesday, January 27
PA General Meeting 5:00 – 6:30 p.m.

Friday, February 12
No School – Lunar New Year

February 15 – 19
Mid-Winter Break

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Tuesday, January 6th Events

Dear EVCS Families,

I know many of you, like me, watched the footage of yesterday’s violent mob in our nation’s capitol in a state of shock and horror. Even considering all the ways in which our democratic ideals, values and institutions have been threatened and compromised over the last four years, this was truly a new low for our country. Most disturbing for me, like so many other people I know, was to witness the contrast in the way the police and law enforcement responded to and treated these violent insurrectionists and rioters as compared to peaceful Black Lives Matter protesters over the summer, and innocent, unarmed BIPOC every single day. I know that many of our students also witnessed these terrible scenes, and whether they are expressing it outwardly or not, they may be confused, scared and deeply upset by what they saw.

Whenever we experience some horrific or traumatic event in our society our school response has always been to think about how we might leverage this as a teachable moment for our students, but more importantly we recognize the need for all of our teachers and staff to be extremely sensitive to the fears, concerns and questions our students may bring to the classroom. Our most basic role as elementary school educators is to help our students make sense of the world – and yesterday’s events challenged most of the mental models we have for what makes sense in our society. I know that many of our students are going to come to school with questions, confusion, frustration and outrage in the coming days – in large part because of the blatant reminder that was on display yesterday, that we live in a country where people are treated profoundly differently – with the greatest of consequences – in large part because of their race and ethnicity. I am still processing what happened yesterday, and have not yet moved beyond my initial reaction of shock and sadness. But while we make sense of these events for ourselves, the teachers, staff and I will also make sure that we are there for our students. If they ask a question, make a comment, or open the door for processing together what happened in our capitol yesterday we will be responsive to them and allow space for this meaning making in our classrooms, and we will be extra sensitive and attuned to our students’ feelings and emotional wellness. Please reach out if your child seems distressed and you would like additional support. We’re here for you, too.

Our core values are kindness, inclusion, social action, self-awareness and joy of learning. They are always at or just below the surface of everything we do at EVCS, and right now is a great time to hold fast to them and remember what we are all about so we can rise up, learn from and move past this terrible moment in our country’s history together.

As ever,

Bradley

Welcome Back

Dear EVCS Families,

I hope you had a restful and joyous holiday, and that your new year is starting out in good health. I’m looking forward to getting back into the swing of things and want to remind everyone that school begins again tomorrow for remote and blended learning. Tomorrow will be an A day for in-person learning.

Please note that although the New York State guidelines for quarantining after travel or exposure to an individual who has tested positive were recently updated to be consistent with CDC guidelines, the NYCDOE guidelines currently remain as they were before the break. In short:

Anyone who has tested positive for COVID-19 must quarantine for 10 days.
Anyone who has been in close contact with someone who has tested positive for COVID-19 must quarantine for 14 days.
Anyone who has travelled internationally, or to a state other than New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Connecticut, Massachusetts, or Vermont must either quarantine for 14 days, OR have a negative COVID test within 72 hours PRIOR to arrival in New York, quarantined for at least three days upon arrival in New York, and took a second COVID test on the 4th day AFTER arrival.

Families of students coming in person must fill out the health screener before entering the building every single day, certifying that all of the criteria for safely attending in-person are met. We will be taking absolutely every precaution in the building and will remain hypervigilant in following our safety protocols, but we need your cooperation to keep everyone as safe as possible.

Many thanks,

Bradley

EVCS Weekly, Wednesday, Dec 23

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Dear EVCS Families,

Today is Wednesday, December 23.

Each class now has a parent representative! Thanks to our volunteers for stepping up and into this important role. If you are not sure who your class parent contact is, please reach out to Nina Ablan at classparents@evcsnyc.org

Our EVCS Winter Coat Drive will extend to January 6.
There will be a table set up outside on the sidewalk Monday and Tuesday morning January 4 and 5 from 8:15 – 9:00 a.m. for anyone interested in looking through the items (or for any last-minute drop off to the collection!)
We thank you again for your generous contributions.

Now, let’s take a look at what is coming up when we return in the new year…

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Returning from Break

Gates open for K-5 students at 8:20 a.m. & for PreK students at 8:45 a.m.

Monday, January 4
Cohort A
In-person School Resumes

Tuesday, January 5
Cohort A

Wednesday, January 6
Cohort B
Cohort D: Leveled Lending Library Resumes 11:30 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.
All fully-remote students encouraged to pick up books each and every week!
In front of the school yard (on the sidewalk)

Thursday, January 7
Cohort A

Friday, January8
Cohort B

Save the Dates

Monday, January 18
No School – Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Day

Thursday, January 21
Deadline for Kindergarten Applications

Wednesday, January 27
PA General Meeting 5:00 – 6:30 p.m.

Friday, February 12
No School – Lunar New Year

February 15 – 19
Mid-Winter Break

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Season’s Greetings

Dear EVCS Families,

This morning we shared the latest School-Wide Morning Meeting with our students, including a beautiful presentation of the song Peace, which Terry stitched together and synched up from dozens of individual contributions (thank you Terry!). I’ve really missed our IRL (in the parlance of our tweens) School-Wide Morning Meetings and I really missed gathering in the auditorium for our annual Festival of Lights winter celebration this year. These pre-recorded videos may not be a substitute for the real thing, but hopefully they can provide some of that SWMM/FOL feeling until we can all be together again. If your child missed it this morning, or if you would like to watch it with your kids, you can find it here.

I sincerely hope that all of our families have a wonderful and safe holiday, and that you find time to relax, restore and enjoy. Here’s to a new year and a renewed sense of hope!

Yours,

Bradley

EVCS Weekly, Friday, Dec 18

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Dear EVCS Families,

Thank you for bringing coats this week for the EVCS Winter Coat Drive.
In order for our families to benefit from the coat drive before donating to NY Cares, there will be a table set up outside on the sidewalk Monday and Tuesday mornings from 8:15 – 9:00 a.m. for anyone interested in looking through the items (or for those who would like to make a last minute drop off to the collection!) So if you found yourself in need for a new coat for your child or self this weekend, please check the table this week!

It was great to see some of you on the Parent Association Zoom Call this week. The next meeting will be Wednesday, January 27 at 5:00 p.m. The PA President sends out a link each month for everyone to join the meeting. You can catch up with what is happening via the minutes posted on our website following each meeting. Join when you can, this is one way to get to know some of your community members in these isolating times.

Let’s see what else is happening before we break …

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Next Week

Gate opens for K-5 students at 8:20 a.m. & for PreK students at 8:45 a.m.

Monday, December 21
Cohort B

Tuesday, December 22
Cohort A

Wednesday, December 23
Cohort B
Cohort D: Leveled Lending Library 11:30 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.
All fully-remote students encouraged to pick up books each and every week!
In front of the school yard (on the sidewalk)

Thursday, December 24 – Sunday, January 3
Winter Break – No School

Monday, January 4. 2021
School Resumes
Cohort A

Monday, January 18
No School – Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Day

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EVCS Weekly, Friday, Dec 11

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Dear EVCS Families,

We had another great week at EVCS – remote and blended learners are going strong! Keep up the great work families, you are doing an amazing job. Even though temperatures have dropped we still encourage kids to get outside. Please be sure to layer up this time of year.

And if you have a child born in 2016, the application for Kindergarten is now open! If you’re currently enrolled in our PreK program, you need to apply for Kindergarten as well. The application deadline is January 29, 2021.

Remember to catch the EVCS Speech Festival today at 5:00!
Join this Google Classroom: https://classroom.google.com/c/MTg0Nzc3ODEyMzA1?cjc=uucga4m

Let’s see what’s coming up…

Next Week

Gate opens for K-5 students at 8:20 a.m. & for PreK students at 8:45 a.m.

Monday, December 14
Cohort A
Kick off for The EVCS Winter Coat Drive! Start bringing any gently used items!
For Blended Learners, drop off at the yard during arrival and dismissal. For Remote Learners, there is a labeled bin in the Lobby from 9:00 a.m – 1:30 p.m.

Tuesday, December 15
Cohort A

Wednesday, December 16
Cohort B
Cohort D: Leveled Lending Library 11:30 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.
All fully-remote students encouraged to pick up books each and every week!
In front of the school yard (on the sidewalk)

General Monthly Parent Association Meeting – 5:00 p.m.
please look for meeting details from papresident@evcsnyc.org and send along any questions you have before the meeting.
Meeting Calendar Dates • Minutes are posted on the EVCS website.

Thursday, December 17
Cohort A

School Leadership Team Meeting
2:20 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.

Friday, December 18
Cohort B

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Winter Coat Drive

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GENTLY USED COATS WANTED
Has anyone outgrown a winter coat? Bring any gently used coats: Drop them off in a bin located in the yard or the main lobby marked EVCS COAT DRIVE! Kids and adult sizes are welcome. We invite our families to swap coats & peruse the collection.
Remaining items will be donated to New York Cares Coat Drive. We ask that items are clean before sharing and recommend washing before wearing.

Please start bringing items Monday, December 14!

Feel free to reach out with any questions. Share the warmth, help someone out in our own community and upcycle as another way to contribute.

The last day to bring coats will be Friday, December 18.

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Holiday Online Market

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Calling all creative makers, artists, jewelers, ornament/candlestick makers
as our PA Fundraising Committee is working on – a Virtual Holiday Market. Interested participants can SIGN UP to contribute items. All proceeds will go to the EVCS PA and every donor and buyer will be entered in our next raffle!

Please email fundraising@evcsnyc.org with any questions.

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Fall EVCS Schedules

Cohort A

Cohort B

Cohort D

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Winter & Spring Schedules

Cohort A

Cohort B

Cohort D

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Parent Resources

Helpful technical links:
How to fix the internet on NYC DOE iPads / Cómo arreglar Internet

Report Issues you’re having with NYCDOE iPads/devices, access to applications, or other technical problems here.

Link for families to submit a device request:
https://coronavirus.schools.nyc/remotelearningdevices

Translating Google Docs
Traducción de documentos de Google

Learning Bridges After School Sites – Explore the options by borough:
You can apply anytime to find out if there is a space for your child.
https://www.schools.nyc.gov/enrollment/enrollment-help/learning-bridges

UFT Saturday Student Enrichment
UFT’s free three-part enrichment classes will be held over the first three Saturdays in December. For more information visit this link.
To Register or Ask a question click here.

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We Speak NYC: Conversational English Classes for DOE Families

This course will focus on how families can access NYC services concerning career support,
education, and workers’ rights.

Learn English for free.
December 16   from 5:30–7:30 p.m., via Zoom.
Please see flyer for more information. Please sign up using this form.

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Resources
FREE – DECEMBER 2020
PARENTING WORKSHOPS
For more information click here.

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THIS WEEKEND
Saturday, December 12
Winter Wonderland Outside Event
Hosted by Henry Street Settlement

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DOE 2020-2021 Family Guide

The guide provides information and resources that families can use to support learning at home. Use the link above to access and explore the website and find resources to support your child, and view or print the Family Guide available in the 9 DOE languages

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If you would like to request to view the monthly minutes from the EVCS School Leadership Team (SLT), please enter your request here.

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Stay up to date via 311 or other news outlets.

MANHATTAN COVID TESTING SITES

Find a complete list of COVID testing sites here.

ADDITIONAL FOOD SUPPORT/RESOURCES

http://www.sixthstreetcenter.org/
food fridge for all! located in the side yard of 638 E 6th Street!

https://www.foodbanknyc.org/ they offer groceries, meals and SNAP support

https://www.invisiblehandsdeliver.com/ Volunteers are delivering groceries, medications $ other necessities to elderly & otherwise at risk residents for free

Feel free to reply to this email with any needs or questions that come up.

As always,
James


James Bromberg, Parent Coordinator
East Village Community School610 East 12th Street, Room 205
New York, NY 10009(212) 982-0682 x 2053 / (605) 646-EVCS (3827)
evcsnyc.org

And remember to check the DOE’s website regularly at schools.nyc.gov/returntoschool2020

Staying Safe

Dear EVCS Blended Learning Families,

We are so pleased to have our kids back in the building for in-person learning – and we really hope to keep it going without interruption for the foreseeable future. Given the slow but steady rise in test positivity rate in New York City we are doubling down on all of the safety measures we have in place at the school, and we are asking for your partnership in order to keep each other safe and keep our school building open.

One of the most important things we ask that you do every day is to fill out the daily health screening for your child. The screening consists of four questions:

Have you experienced symptoms of COVID-19, including a fever of 100.0 degrees F or greater, a new cough, new loss of taste or smell or shortness of breath within the past 10 days?
In the past 10 days, have you gotten a positive result from a COVID-19 test?
In the past 14 days, have you been in close contact (within 6 feet for at least 10 minutes) with anyone who tested positive for COVID-19?
Have you traveled to a state other than New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Connecticut, Massachusetts, or Vermont, OR internationally in the last 14 days?

We recommend you add this link to your home screen on your phone to make it simple to access in the morning. I know it becomes tedious to fill out the screening every day and our tendency is to rush through and habitually answer “no” to all of the questions, but please consider all of these questions carefully and thoughtfully each and every day. Our practice has been to take every child’s temperature before entering the building, but as the weather has gotten colder we are noticing that our contactless thermometers are becoming increasingly unreliable, so please check your child’s temperature and be extra vigilant in looking out for any potential symptoms before sending your child to school in the morning.

Last month we arranged our schedules to allow for every class to eat lunch outside every day, either in the schoolyard or in the Tree of Knowing Garden. Since lunch is the one time of the day when all of our students need to take their masks off, we want to make sure that we are doing this in the safest possible way, and outside is just safer than inside. Al fresco dining has been going great, but it’s getting cold out there, so please make sure to bundle your child up!

One more cold weather related item. Good ventilation is an essential part of our school-wide plan for keeping our students and staff safe, and so it is necessary to keep windows open throughout the day. This sometimes means that our classrooms can get a bit chilly, especially on the lower floors. We are working with our custodians to keep the heat pumping through the radiators all day long, and we have requested air purifiers for every classroom so we can open the windows slightly-less-wide. But please send your child in with layers, which you may consider leaving in the classroom for when they need it. I myself have adopted a Mister Rogers routine of throwing on a cardigan when I arrive at my office in the morning. 😉

Finally, as you know, all schools now have random COVID testing every week, and each time the testing staff comes we will test approximately 20 % of our students. All blended learning students are required to have signed consent from their parents to be tested – and if you previously gave consent the DOE is asking that you update your consent form to reflect the more frequent testing. We had testing in our school yesterday morning, and the parents all of the students who were tested have already been notified and should be receiving the lab results within the next day.

Thanks so much for trusting us with your children’s safety – we consider it the absolute most important thing – and than you for your partnership in keeping everyone in our community safe.

Yours,
Bradley

NYC School Account Creation Code Letters, Follow up 12/3

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NYC School Account

Dear Blended Learning Families,

A personalized Account Creation Code Letter was sent home in backpacks
to every blended learner. We hope everyone received their letter and followed the prompts. We need every family to set up an account.

If you already have a school account, we still need you to log in to re-activate
the account and be sure it is working. You may be prompted to reset the password if you have forgotten it.

SETTING UP NEW ACCOUNTS

Please use the activation code on your personalized letter along with the ID we shared with you also written on the letter to register for your account.

Use any computer or internet-connected device.
Visit https://mystudent.nyc

Follow the instructions on your letter.

We need all parents / guardians to set up this NYC Schools Account and we strongly encourage you to do this sooner than later.

Important citywide information will be communicated to families via this account. It will also give you access to your attendance records and to key information about your child’s progress.

Thank you for your prompt attention.

Please reach out with any questions or if you need help.

Warm Regards,
James

Note:
Please do not confuse this with the Application Process Account. (www.myschools.nyc/en/ ) used for applying to school at the entry, Middle and High School levels.