Year-end thanks from the Events Committee

Dear EVCS community,

The Events Committee would like to say a giant year-end THANK YOU for the unprecedented engagement of our parent and faculty body at this year’s EVCS “fun-raising” events.

We know Halloween was a lifetime ago but just to recap: The Fall Ball raised over $3,000 in support of arts programming and we threw a great party for our kids. We cannot thank everyone enough for their dedication and generosity. Even an October snowstorm couldn’t stop this parent body from making this the most successful Fall Ball ever!

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PA General Meeting: Tuesday 6:00 pm

Our December meeting will be held Tuesday at 6:00 pm in the auditorium. There will undoubtedly be some more discussion on last week’s CEC meeting about use of classrooms in our building and the DOE’s offer to move EVCS down to Henry Street. In addition, there will be an update on PA fundraising (hint: we’re doing really well! thank you!) and a look ahead to the Spring Gala. Childcare will be available.

Please make sure to mark your calendar for all our general meetings — click here for the list of dates.

CEC Meeting Recap

We had a really great turnout from EVCS parents at last night’s Community Education Council (CEC) meeting. Robin and Bradley led the charge, with over a dozen other parents speaking to the success of our school, our need for more space, and the inadequacy of the proposed move to a building on Henry Street.

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Tonight at 6pm: Important District Meeting for EVCS Parents

Tonight’s CEC meeting is a must for all parents interested in the future of EVCS (that’s you, right?).

6:00 pm – 7:30 pm
at PS 20 (Essex Street just below Houston)

This is a public meeting to discuss the space constraints within our building. A strong showing by EVCS parents will help make it clear that we strongly support keeping our school in its present location, but we need additional space.

Childcare will be provided at the meeting.

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Global Goods for the Holidays

Big thanks for everybody who has shopped for Fair Trade gifts with Global Goods Partners, and has spread the word about this opportunity to raise funds for the classrooms.

If you didn’t have a chance to hand in the order form on Friday, you can still shop on-line: Make sure to select “East Village Community School” when checking out. You can get all the catalog items on the website, and select from everything else as well.

Scarves, alpaca mittens and super soft stuffed animals, jewelry, and everything else are hand-made by artisans in developing countries. Global Goods Partners fundraiser helps our EVCS kids, but also the women in poor communities to support their families in a sustainable way.

Each class is raising money for a special purpose, like a high-tech egg incubator, or a trip to a paper mill. Please help the kids to reach their fundraising goal! Email friends and relatives. Tell them about your child’s project. Here is the chance to support global communities and our community, and get gifts with a story behind them! Visit the website to learn who made your gift, and to learn more about the work that Global Goods Partners, a fair trade non-profit organization, is doing in over 20 countries.

Any questions regarding this fundraiser: email Johanna,

End-of-year Fundraising

Monthly subscriptions

It’s a busy time for parents as the holidays rush toward us, and there’s been a crowded push for fundraising at school — Jubilee, Global Goods, school photos, year-end teachers’ gifts, bake sales, and some reminders about your family contributions. So first, it’s important to note that every single one of these fundraising drives has been a resounding success. Challenged with funding a greater portion of more programs than ever before, EVCS parents have really come through.

To everyone who has already contributed in some way over the first four months of the school year: THANK YOU!

But there’s still one goal we have not yet reached. Our fundraising drives have been propelled by the contributions of less than one third of our parent community. In one respect, that’s not surprising, and no family at EVCS should feel pressured to give more than they can afford. The spirit of this school is reflected in the way we try to confront our challenges as a community.

Nevertheless, even a small donation can go a long way. Would you pay one dollar a day for Spanish, music, and drama programs for your child at EVCS?

What about 50 cents? 20 cents?

If you haven’t already made your family contribution to the Parent Association to support those extra programs, please consider making a monthly contribution of $10, $25, or $50 for the rest of the school year.

Please help us reach our participation goal by making a monthly contribution today:

Monthly subscriptions

Thank you!

Drive to 50%

Our family contributions drive was big success, but we can do better. How? We reached our $20,000 goal with contributions from only 27% of EVCS families. Even one of our fourth graders can tell you that means there are still a lot of us who have yet to contribute!

Our new goal is to reach 50% participation by December 13.

If you haven’t yet made your family contribution, please consider a monthly contribution for the rest of the school year — can you give $50 each month? $25? How about $10? Anything you can contribute will help us continue to commit to theater, music, and Spanish programs at EVCS.

You can charge your Family Contribution to your PayPal account or credit card:

Monthly subscriptions

Subscriptions will be charged for seven months, through June 2012.

If you’d prefer, you can make your full family contribution:

Family Contribution

You can also mail a check made out to
EVCS Parent Association
P.O. Box 1024
New York, NY 10009-1024.

And please check with your employer to see if they will match your contribution to EVCS!

Thank you!

Order Global Goods for the Holidays

Global Goods is a wonderful, not-for-profit craft company that helps employ women in poor countries around the world. By doing some of your holiday shopping through them, you’ll be able to help raise money for a specific project in your child’s class.

You can use the order form sent home last week, or you can shop their online catalog — just make sure to select our school and your child’s teacher when you check out.

Orders are due next week, December 9.