¡Fiesta! Next Saturday Night

¡Ay Caramba!
¡Que Fiesta!
¡Que Subasta!

(Translation: OMG! What a party! What an auction!)

Just one week ’til the gala event of the year!

Be sure to get your tickets by clicking here or visiting the ticket table in the yard at drop-off next week.

The proceeds from the EVCS ¡Fiesta! fund the programs that make our school as exciting and enriching for our kids as it can be — Theater with Kelli! Spanish! Music! And so much more!

And for a tantalizing taste of the auction items that will be available for your bidding enjoyment, read on …

A one-night stay at the glamorous Standard Hotel East Village, conceived by André Balsaz, the genius behind Chateau Marmont, the Mercer and other fabulous destinations of the rich and famous. It’s a $450 value, but could be yours for … less!

A Bowery Lane Bicycle — the height in simplicity and cycling elegance, this baby will change your life (and reduce your Metrocard and parking ticket expenditures immeasurably). A $595 value, yours for … less?
The Kate Spade Liberty Island Quinn bag — imagine this swanky tote in the basket of your Bowery Lane bike! Divine! A $318 value, yours for … less!
And this is just the tip of the iceberg. So get your tickets, line up your sitters, iron your clothes, and get thee to the EVCS ¡FIESTA! Hasta el Cinco de Mayo!

An Urgent Letter from Robin re: High Stakes Testing

Just want to make sure everyone got to see this important email from Robin:

April 26, 2012

Dear Families,

In light of the on-going administration of high stakes tests to our 3rd, 4th, and 5th graders, and to other children throughout New York State, I urge parents to read the attachments enclosed and to become informed and vigilant in opposing the high stakes testing that continues to negatively impact our lives. I’ve signed and submitted my name to the attached open letter, adding to the list of educators who consider the letter to be an accurate portrayal of the incompetence and mayhem that is filtering down from the offices of decision-makers who are making poor choices that affect children, teachers and administrators.

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InFlight at EVCS

Anyone wondering why the Parent Association has been so aggressive this year trying to raise funds need look no further than this video put together by our intrepid InFlight program coordinator, Kelli Holsopple:

Nearly all of the PA budget goes to pay for enrichment programs that the school budget no longer covers: music, Spanish language, and theater arts. If it weren’t for parents providing all or most of the funding for these classes, they simply would not be available to our children.

To make sure that we can continue to provide this kind of programming at EVCS, we have one last fundraiser for the school year, the EVCS ¡Fiesta! on May 5. Please consider buying your tickets online right now and volunteering for the event.

Meeting Minutes March 2012

Official minutes from the March PA meeting are now available here.

Why are these minutes always a month late? Because each meeting’s minutes are not officially approved until the following month’s meeting. So these March minutes were only approved by the PA last night.

Greening Our Schools

A coalition of East Village and Lower East Side schools want to share resources and make a bigger impact on our children’s community and environment.

Come learn how others are changing their schools — composting, green roofs, community gardens, CSAs, healthy lunch options, and even solar power. Bring your examples and ideas about what more we can do together.

Thursday, April 19, 5:30 to 7:30 pm
The Neighborhood School Auditorium
121 East 3rd Street, between 1st Ave. and Ave. A.

This event is free and open to the public. Children are welcome. If you have any questions, please contact Amy Richards.

For more information, see this flyer.

¡Fiesta! Silent Auction Meeting on Tuesday

The EVCS ¡Fiesta! is coming up on May 5 (your invite is in the mail — look out for a bright pink envelope!).

This Tuesday, after drop off, we will hold a meeting for anyone interested in helping out with the event’s Silent Auction. We’re already off to an exciting start with some wonderful items tricking in, but a few more folks out there soliciting donations will make all the difference.

Please join Jayne to brainstorm donation ideas and/or to sign up to solicit donations from local businesses. Meet her in the school yard, and please RSVP to events@evcsnyc.org to let us know you’re coming.

EVCS Fiesta on May 5

Purchase tickets now using your PayPal account or credit card:

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Volunteer to help make the Fiesta a success:

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Our big spring Fiesta will take place on May 5 — Cinco de Mayo — from 6pm to 10pm. We’ll have a DJ, dancing, and silent auction at shootdigital, 23 East Fourth Street, 8th Floor.

Tickets include dinner and a festive cocktail. You are more than welcome to invite friends and family to join you at this event.

Even if you are unable to attend, please consider making a donation at one of the support levels listed above. All proceeds go to the EVCS Parent Association, to make sure that programs like music, drama, and Spanish language will continue to be available for EVCS students.

Open Nominations for PA Officers Due April 18

Anyone with a child at EVCS is automatically a member of the Parent Association, welcome to come to monthly meetings, and responsible for approving the PA’s annual budget. But much of the event organizing and fundraising — as well as decisions about what programs to fund — is spearheaded by the PA Executive Board, including elected officers and standing committee chairs.

Elected officers are the president, treasurer, and secretary. A vice-president may also be elected, or two people may be elected together as co-presidents. Each officer serves a one-year term, starting July 1; the term limit for each officer position is three consecutive one-year terms.

Because all four of the current PA officers are either reaching their term limit or moving on from EVCS, there is a great opportunity this year for parents who have not been a part of the Executive Board before to become much more involved in the Parent Association.

Here’s how the process works. Nominations for PA officers are being accepted now through the next general PA meeting on Wednesday, April 18 at 6pm. You can nominate any EVCS parent for any position — and you can even nominate yourself. Nominations will be officially closed during the April 18 meeting, and elections will take place one month later at the May 16 PA meeting.

You can submit nominations using the form distributed last week to all students; in person at the April 18 PA meeting; or using the online form below. (Descriptions of each officer position follow the nomination form.)

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Preliminary Read-a-thon Report: Success!

Participation in last month’s read-a-thon was a success, with an unofficial tally of $4,000 being raised for the continuation of EVCS enrichment programs: music, drama, and Spanish.

This fundraiser was conceived and organized by Allison Gordon, so a big thank-you to her for her time and energy. It’s the first year the PA has tried a read-a-thon, so the money raised gives a big boost to our 2011-12 budget. But also that means we’d love your feedback: what do you think worked, what didn’t? Should we try to run this same event again next year, and, if so, what would you suggest we change? Send your comments to parents@evcsnyc.org.

If you still have your child’s sponsor sheet and donations at home, please please please remember to bring that all in to school when we get back from break.

We’ll have a full report on the read-a-thon at this month’s PA meeting, next Wednesday evening at 6pm. As always, all parents are invited to come. (Childcare will be provided.)