OMG — It’s the Jubilee! Tomorrow! Saturday, Jan. 26 at 7-10 pm! Be there!


Edge Bar: 95 E. 3rd St.

So it’s just one day away! And to give you a taste of what’s in store, we present you with the evening’s program:

  • 7pm: Silent Auction Opens!
    • Plus: Buy Magic Playing Cards for your chance to win a basket of fabulous board games valued at $150! Just $5 a chance!
    • Plus, plus: Get your slice of exquisite Mystery Cake! $5 a piece for a chance to win a $45 gift certificate at Little Cupcake Bake Shop!
  • 8pm: Bubble Blowing Contest!
  • 8:30: Welcome and Trivia Contest!
  • 9pm: Announcement of winners of Magic Playing Card and Mystery Cake Raffles!
  • 9:20: Last call to bid on Silent Auction items!
  • 9:30: Silent Auction closes!

And to whet your bidding appetite, a few more of the incredible auction items that will be available …


Food Playdate with Kelli!
EVCS theater teacher Kelli Holsopple will take two children for a snack picnic in Central Park and then to “Our Global Kitchen” Exhibit at the American Museum of Natural History.


One week of kids’ gymnastics camp at Chelsea Piers! A $725 value!


One month unlimited Argentine Tango lessons at Triangulo Union Square! $150 value!

See you Saturday night!

Update on construction site violation

An excerpt from the fact sheet — The New York. City Department of Buildings/Environmental Control Board served the construction site with a “Stop Work Order” on December 18, 2012 citing failure “to safeguard all persons and property affected by the construction operations…” and a “vertical crack between buildings.” (ECB Violation/DOB Violation Number 121812CERDL01). The building affected is along Avenue B, likely building number 181/183.

The preceding was the construction site’s only open violation with NYC. As of January 17, 2013 Jared Lustbader, the construction site developer, reported that the sheet shoring around the entire perimeter of the grounds was completed on December 20, 2012. Since the cracks on the adjacent building were confirmed as being non-structural the next stage, involving the installation of piles on site was slated to commence Tuesday or Wednesday of this week with the DOB monitoring their progress on a daily basis. Any further delay is likely due to frigid temperatures (and frozen grounds). Once started, it is expected to take 3-4 days. This will require the use of an overhead crane replete with a hammer that will be utilized to drive the piles into the ground. Vibration and noise is associated with this work and once this has been completed they will move onto excavation and foundation work. Hopefully it still stands that the noisiest phase of the work will be completed sometime in February.

NYPD assigned to our school during bus strike

Two police officers have been assigned to our building resulting from the current bus strike. One is outside to observe safe traffic patterns while Officer Cruz (he seems to prefer Gabriel) is often in the lobby. Their assignments have included other school buildings, housing projects and museums throughout the city. Be sure to say hello and welcome before they’re on to a new assignment.

Buildings & Facilities Factsheet

As you know, there’s a tremendous amount of big work being done in and around our school. Our auditorium has been out of commission since the start of the school year, the building is now wrapped in scaffolding for brick work and window replacement, and there’s even a new building going up right next door.

Meetings are held weekly with the school administration, School Construction Authority (SCA), and parent representatives. EVCS PA Vice-President Camille Marlowe, in particular, has been keeping up on all the ins and outs and filing reports at our monthly PA meetings. Now she’s created a document to track progress and give us a look at some basic facts about these projects:
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January PA Meeting: Wednesday after drop-off

If you would like to find a way to make a big, long-term impact on your child’s experience at EVCS, please join us for this month’s PA meeting.

Wednesday, January 16
8:40 – 10:00 am
school lobby

Would you like to see a full physical education program at EVCS, with a roof-top gym or new indoor-outdoor structure in the schoolyard? Then we need your help!

How about more choices for after-school programs at half the price? Or a garden? Or science enrichment? Then please help identify and apply for grants!

Much of our attention is spent on the next event in front of us (Jubilee, January 26!), but our children are at this school for seven years, and those of you with two or three kids may be at EVCS for a decade or more. So we should make room for big ideas and long-term projects. We need forward-looking parents to think about what EVCS can become.

Is that you?

PS 61 (That’s Us) Featured in Town & Village

EVCS Parent Jason MacDonald, who is researching the history of our building for a 100th anniversary celebration next year, got a bit of news about us posted to the Town & Village newspaper (covering Stuyvesant Town, Peter Cooper Village, Waterside, Gramercy Park, Union Square, East Midtown Plaza, and Kips Bay).

T&V 1-11-13 web

The hope is that some alumni still in the general neighborhood might have some photos to share.