Songs from the East Village

Dear EVCS families,
What a wonderful, uplifting morning of song and cheer our children (and the parent band) gave us this morning.  At times like these, it is heartwarming to see the talent and passion in our school community.  After watching our kids sing their hearts out, we want to let you know about, especially our newer families, a timeless collection of songs that our student and parent body created just a few years ago, Songs from the East Village. Some of you may have seen the Parent Association selling the CD this morning and at other events and wondered what it is.

Thursday Night’s EVCS PA Meeting Topic: High Stakes Testing

Dear Parents:

In case you haven’t heard, the PA has formed a Community Advocacy Committee to bring to light issues that affect our school community. Far and away the biggest issue we are pondering right now is the enormously complicated issue of testing. We are deeply concerned at the implications of increased high-stakes testing and the ways in which it’s reshaping the learning environment and potentially threatening EVCS’s proudly progressive, civic-minded curriculum.

Please join us this Thursday, at the next PA Meeting, as we discuss our questions, concerns and develop a common understanding of the issues. Childcare will be provided.


New mandates affect our K through 2 students as well. Please make every effort to join us! To get you started, please click here for FAQ on high stakes testing with many links to more info.

CAC Committee

FAQ – High Stakes Testing and Teacher Evaluation

Question: What elementary grades are currently being tested and when?

A:  Since 2003, students in grades 3-8 have taken exams in the spring (April/May) – usually over the course of 6 days. Last year, the amount of total time for the tests jumped up dramatically. In 2011, third graders took 250 minutes of tests; in 2012, they sat for 540 minutes – 90 minutes a day for 6 days. For 3rd graders with IEPs granting double time accommodations, that became three hours a day for 6 days.

Question: When and how are the test grades available?

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Kidzine (After School Club) – Fall and Winter Issues


Dear Families,

The students have been working diligently on their ideas, stories, illustrations, poems and other interests.

Click to view the digital PDF copies of the Winter Issue and the Fall Issue.

We will be putting copies in the library as well. We hope you enjoy.

Thank you to the students for all of their hard work and playful attitudes.

Best wishes for a happy, healthy holiday.



kidzine team:

Atomu Hicks
Nico Greenberg
Jesse Gordon
Carys Mesinai
Valentina Marcilio
Amza Levrat
Mia Rose Nelson
Marley Striem
Darius Lamport
Violet Bishop-Young
Eliana Vargas




Over more than a decade at EVCS, Mary Talbot has brought her passion for education, for free thinking, for the life of the mind and the spirit, for creativity, for kindness, and for the art of smiling cheerfully in the face of bureaucracy and then carrying on with the important business of listening to individual children and creating vibrant community among them. We have been beyond lucky to have Mary as our Parent Coordinator, and we will miss her dearly.

Please join us on Thursday, December 19, at 5:15pm in the school lobby to send Mary off on her next adventure with much love and a big Huzzah!

See you there!

(general PA meeting to follow in the auditorium at 6:30pm)

A few more things before the weekend, Dec. 12, 2013

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December 12, 2013

Dear Families,

A couple of things that didn’t make it into yesterday’s letter and shouldn’t wait for next week:

First, LOST AND FOUND: We have a box of lovely items here on the fourth floor that someone must be missing. Please come check by end of day tomorrow. After that, they will go to Goodwill.

POP-UP SHOP FEATURING EVCS CD AND OTHER MERCH: The former deli on the south-eastern corner of our block, at 12th and Ave. C, has been converted into a holiday pop-up shop called “Specials on C” and they are carrying our world music children’s CD, “Songs from the East Village,” as well as totes and t-shirts with EVCS children’s art. They also have a lot of other delightful stuff. Click here to read about it.

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TONIGHT- PA Meeting – Testing



5:15 Farewell reception for our beloved parent coordinator, Mary Talbot
6:00 General PA meeting
6:30 HOT TOPIC- Testing in our schools with featured speaker Jia Lee

Mary Talbot has worked tirelessly for EVCS for over 10 years and will be greatly missed. Please join us to wish her well in all her future endeavors. Refreshments will be served IN THE LOBBY.

Please stay for a brief general PA meeting IN THE AUDITORIUM and hear about all the important updates about school and what is coming up next.

Then, join the discussion led by Jia Lee, parent and teacher at Earth School, about high stakes testing in our schools.



Click here to read last PA meeting minutes


This week and beyond at EVCS, Dec. 11, 2013

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Dear Families,

Your children are rehearsing with their classes for next Wednesday’s Festival of Lights—it promises to be a joyful, radiant morning, and we hope you’ll be able to join us at 9:30 in the auditorium. Pre-K families will be holding a bake and coffee sale in the lobby beforehand, and the Parent Association will be selling EVCS CDs and t-shirts. And if you’ve never experienced the chops of the EVCS Family Band’s, you are in for a serious treat.

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