The rest of this week, and more, at EVCS Sept. 27, 2012

Dear Families,

I hope everyone was refreshed by the midweek day off, and the cooler, fall weather. We’ve got a lot going on in the next month, so without further delay, here’s what’s up:

CLICK HERE FOR A PRINTABLE EVCS OCTOBER CALENDAR (all the dates on the printable calendar are also on the PA website google calendar–visit evcsnyc.org to link to that version)

CURRICULUM NIGHT…
We look forward to seeing the parents of 2nd through 4th grade students next Wednesday, Oct. 3, and the parents of PreK through 1st graders the following evening, Thursday, Oct. 4 (Mike and Victoria’s 5th grade parents, and Lenore and Leslie’s 2nd grade parents, will meet on Oct. 4 as well).

AND CURRICULUM NIGHT CHILDCARE…
Childcare will be available for EVCS students only (sorry–we cannot accommodate younger siblings!) and we are asking for $5 per child to help cover the cost of childcare providers. In order to use the childcare, you MUST fill out the attached request form and return it with payment to your teacher by the end of the day, Monday, Oct. 1 to reserve a spot. We will only hire as many childcare providers as is necessary based on your responses. If you show up on curriculum night with a child who has not been signed up, s/he will not be able to use the childcare, for safety and insurance reasons. Click here to download the sign-up sheet.

CONSTRUCTION AND ASBESTOS CONCERNS…
A number of families have asked for further information about the asbestos abatement portion of the construction work that will be undertaken in our building. Robin and Bradley have participated in many meetings with the School Construction Authority (SCA), where the protocols for asbestos removal have been explained and they are confident that The measures taken by the SCA employees and consults actually exceed in stringency the federal regulations for asbestos removal safety, and there are numerous phases of clean-up and testing that take place after each removal session. The test results will be made public when we have them. All removal takes place when no staff or children are in the building–that is, AFTER the after school programs are dismissed.

That said, this is a 100-year-old building, and like all old buildings in the city, it contains materials such as asbestos and lead paint that are now known to be hazardous, and they must be removed. Many other local schools have gone through the same process, including the Neighborhood School. If you have further questions about the process and safety measures involved in the building renovation, please call the project manager who wrote the letter I sent out last week: Michael Mirisola at (718) 472-8082 or email him at MICHAELMIRISOLA@SCA.ORG.

RAINY DAY ARRIVAL AND DISMISSAL PROCEDURES…
One of these days, it will rain, and we want to remind everyone of drop up and pick up procedures: unless you must drop off your child early for breakfast in the cafeteria, please try to arrive no earlier than 8:25 a.m. on rainy days as there is not much space for congregating and children will be going directly to class.

* PreK and K students:
Students will be dropped off and picked up from their classrooms as usual.

* First and second graders:
AM drop off: Students may go up to their rooms unaccompanied or with a family member at 8:30 a.m.
PM pick up: Students may be picked up from the east end of the cafeteria (closest to the school yard).

* Third through fifth graders:
AM drop off: Students will go directly to their classrooms via “Stairway A,” the staircase closest to the school yard at 8:30 a.m.
PM pick up: Students may be picked up from classrooms or leave on their own if the school has been given written permission allowing them to do so.

AFTER SCHOOL CLUBS STARTING MONDAY…
Oct 1 is the first day of the new EVCS Parent Association-organized after school clubs. If you have any questions about the schedule or your child’s registration, please email afterschool@evcsnyc.org.

EXTENDED DAY FOR MANDATED STUDENTS…
Some of you have been contacted by your child’s teacher about extended day extra help sessions. If you have any questions about whether your child should attend, please contact your teacher directly.

NO SCHOOL MONDAY, OCTOBER 8 FOR COLUMBUS DAY

NO SCHOOL FOR PRE-K STUDENTS WEDS OCT 17

EVCS PICTURE DAYS WEDS OCT 17 AND THURS OCT 18…
Stay tuned for picture day forms. Second-5th graders will be photographed on Oct 17, Prek-1st graders on Oct 18.

That’s probably enough to take in for now. Call or email with any questions. With all best wishes,

Mary Talbot
Parent Coordinator
212-982-0682 x4056