This week and next at EVCS, February 26, 2013

Dear Families,

You may have noticed that our school building is now completely enveloped in scaffolding and safety netting, and that the yard area just to the east of the cafeteria is filling up with building materials and dumpsters. This signals the beginning of real renovation—up to now, most of the construction activity has been prep work, which is finally complete. We will keep you updated on the restoration and, we hope, you’ll be able to see the progress as it unfolds.

Another sign of positive forward motion is the city’s settlement with the yellow bus workers, which brought the strike to an end. Our students who come and go by bus are back on schedule, and the many field trips our teachers have planned are on track again: this and next week alone, EVCS kids are going to the “Swim for Life” program at Asher Levy pool (for all 2nd graders), the Queens Farm Museum, historic Richmondtown on Staten Island, the African Burial Ground downtown, the Rubin Museum of Himalayan Art, and the city’s Parks Department offices. Not bad for the doldrums of winter.

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Workshop: Raising Thriving Boys — Tuesday at 8:45 am

The most commonly used words in toy advertisements targeted at boys — the bigger the word, the more often it appears in ads.

The most commonly used words in toy advertisements targeted at boys — the bigger the word, the more often it appears in ads.

A special workshop for EVCS parents with Alex Kopelman and Mark LaRivieri

When: March 5, 2013 @ 8:45 am
Where: Room 205 (2nd floor)

A growing body of evidence shows that traditional gender socialization can stand in the way of children’s healthy development. Boys suffer the consequences of outdate cultural norms and gender expectations as much as girls do. As adults — parents, teachers, school staff — we need to examine what our role in this may be, and what our boys need most from us.

Alex Kopelman and Mark La Rivieri founded the Children’s Arts Guild, an organization that helps children — especially boys — develop a healthy sense of self-worth through active exploration of creativity and the arts. They will lead us in a discussion of activities that focus on how we can best support our sons and daughters as they grow.

School Bus Strike Ends Today

This letter from Schools Chancellor Dennis Walcott should be coming home today in our kids’ backpacks. Here’s the pertinent info:

  • If you or your child received a MetroCard from your child’s school for use while bus service was interrupted, please note that the card will expire today, Wednesday, February 20. The Department of Education will receive a credit for the pro-rated dollar amount for any cards that are returned. Please help the DOE limit costs by returning these MetroCards to your child’s school.
  • If your family worked with private transportation providers to transport your child to school, or incurred transportation costs due to the strike (whether by taxi, car service, or use of your personal vehicle), please note that reimbursements and assignment-of-payment accommodations are no longer in effect. Please submit any reimbursement requests by Friday, March 22. Reimbursement forms will remain available on our web site at for the next 30 days.
  • If your child has an IEP and missed instruction or related services because of the strike, your child’s school or Committee on Special Education (CSE) will reach out to you in the coming days to discuss possibilities for additional supports.
  • If you have any outstanding issues or questions, you can continue to access up-to-date information by calling our Office of Pupil Transportation hotline (718) 392-8855 and by visiting the route finder online at

Let the class trips begin!

Parent Association Meeting this Wednesday at 6pm: What’s the Big Idea?

whats the big idea logoIn addition to regular committee reports, we’re going to follow up on last month’s discussion of BIG IDEAS and figure out if there’s a way to make a school-wide effort — parents, teachers, and students — to figure out what BIG IDEAS we can pursue. Come help us brainstorm and get the ball rolling …

Wednesday, February 13
6:00 – 7:30 pm
school lobby

Please email if you are need of childcare during the meeting.

All parents and guardians of EVCS students are members of the Parent Association and are encouraged to attend our monthly membership meetings.

February Construction Update

Regarding the construction taking place next door:

Site developer Jared Lustbader made sure that the trash along the Avenue A safety barriers was removed as soon as they were back on the job. We are also eagerly awaiting the return of our sidewalk, which the Avenue B construction site is temporarily using to store equipment until just after February break. He also assures us that the worst of the vibration and noise has come to a close with the most recent stage of pile installation having been completed (as of 1:00 PM on January 30th). Robin requested that any future noisy work be completed as close to 3:00 PM as possible. Meanwhile, excavation and foundation work should commence during the early part of the week of February 4th. Meanwhile and on behalf of EVCS parents, an explicit request for a community meeting was made to Mr. Lustbader in the hopes that any issues arising going forward can be addressed as quickly as possible.