Important Information about the 2012-13 School Year

Principal Robin Williams has just sent out this email to all parents:

Summer Greetings EVCS Families!

I hope you’re enjoying many summer activities with family and friends. While school opening is still several weeks away, I hope too, that your child is excited and thinking about the first day of school on September 6, 2012.

If you haven’t already received a letter from the classroom teacher, you can expect one very soon. In that letter, teachers will welcome you and share important information to help you prepare for the upcoming school year.

School Procedures

This year, the three schools in our building will operate on the same bell schedule. This will allow us to maximize usage of the shared spaces (movement room, library, yard, etc.).

Please make note of these important schedule changes:
Breakfast: 7:45
Morning Recess* 8:00
Arrival/Official start time: 8:30
Lunch: 11:50 – 12:40
Dismissal: 2:50

*Morning Recess is an important time for students to move about and have free play time before the official school day begins, and I encourage students to participate. Historically, CWS arrival has been in the auditorium and we have had the yard space to ourselves for morning recess. However, due to the scheduled renovation of the auditorium, children from both schools will be allowed to play in the yard for Morning Recess. Staff from both schools will supervise students in grades 1 – 5. Pre-K and Kindergarten students must be accommodated by a parent for Morning Recess. All classroom teachers will greet students in the yard at 8:30!

Special Classes and New Teaching Assignments

There are exciting staffing changes at EVCS! To begin with, Roberta Valentine has decided to leave the art teacher position and she has accepted a role as kindergarten classroom teacher. Roberta successfully taught kindergarten, first, and second grades for many years before serving in her role as art teacher. She is very excited about her return to the classroom but says she will also miss working in the art program with the entire student body.

So, who’s teaching art at EVCS? Well, another huge staffing change is the assignment of Yadir Quintana to the art cluster position. With an extensive university and professional background in art — Yadir has an MFA from Yale University and is a working artist — Yadir is looking forward to applying his talents to a comprehensive art program with our students.

Thank goodness Velda is returning to teach our movement program! Velda has new and exciting plans to keep students happy and active. For the first time, we’re pleased to have Kelli Holsopple on a full-time basis, teaching the theatre arts program. So, with regard to our special classes, in the course of each week students will have two periods of art, two periods of movement, and one period in the theatre arts class.

There is yet another significant change in our program for the upcoming school year. The New York City Department of Education is requiring rigorous instructional shifts in mathematics and literacy. Teachers across the city are required to adjust their practice as they deepen and refine the instructional expectations overall. Teachers need time and space in their daily schedule to successfully implement these mandated changes, therefore, to make room for this while still preserving our arts programming, we will not offer Spanish classes for this school year. This spring we will revisit the decision to eliminate Spanish, with the hopes that the program will return September 2013. In the meantime, we will be offering Spanish instruction as part of our wonderful PA-run After-school program. More information on that program and the menu of exciting activities available will be coming soon.

2012-2013 Classroom Teaching Assignments

We have an incredibly strong teaching staff, and we have deepened our roster this year with several newly hired and experienced teachers. Our teacher assignments for 2012- 2013 school year are as follows:

Pre-K Team
Evelyn Rubio and Yolanda Ferrar
Georga Accola and Kofi Murray

Kindergarten Team
K- ICT /Clara Lin and David Smoke
K/Roberta Valentine

First Grade Team
Grade 1-ICT/Kristin Patafio and Caroline Rozdeba
Grade 1/Vivian Chang

Second Grade Team
Grade 2-ICT/Leslie Soha and Lenore Ogbor
Grade 2/Armatha Jordan

Third Grade Team
Grade 3-ICT/Kathleen Erickson and Stefanie Henze
Grade 3-ICT/Elizabeth Wanttajaand and Amanda Abrahams

Fourth Grade Team
Grade 4 ICT/Alexandra Beess and Chrostin and William Fong

Fifth Grade Team
Grade 5 ICT/Mike Murphy and Victoria Curry

K-5th Grade Paraprofessional Team
Estella Borges
Don Ferguson
Angie Gonzalez
Nellie Perez

I look forward to the 2012-2013 school year and envision a year filled with excitement about learning and many reasons to celebrate. Please look for more school communications from our Mary Talbot, Parent Coordinator. Be safe and enjoy the rest of this summer!

All the best,
Robin Williams, Principal