Announcing FleaVCS: Saturday, April 25, flea market!

Hello EVCS Community,

The FleaVCS Flea Market is set for
Saturday, April 25th, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Clean out your apartment and sell old stuff (clothes, toys, books, games, anything else). If you are an artist who wants to sell your new crafts (jewelry, hats, clothing, whatever) please come
April 13 to secure your spot!

Table reservations are open to all EVCS families, staff, and local businesses.


If you know a local business that would like to have a table,
please contact Jenifer at!

So far Global Goods Vendors, ROOST, and Sigmund’s Pretzels
will be participating.

Tables are 6 feet by 30 inches. Full table rental costs $20, half table is $12. We ask that you give 35% of your proceeds to the school
(after you recoup the cost of the table).

Your EVCS CLASS can share a table and sell things as a fundraiser for your sponsor-a-class fund. Please organized Class Tables through your Class Parent.

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Opting Out of Testing

Dear Families,

As you know if your child is in 3rd-5th grades, we are coming up on the weeks of school devoted to the State tests. If your child will be taking the tests, we wish you luck!

optWhile the PA has not, as a body, taken an official stance on this enormously complicated issue, we are deeply concerned about the implications of high-stakes testing and the ways in which it is reshaping more organic methods of learning and assessing both teachers and students across the country. Below is a letter from Jen Nessel, the chair of the Community Action Committee, on the movement to opt out of the tests and what to do if you want to opt your child out. This is a letter that represents a point of view but also tries to provide accurate information. Please read it!

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2015 Multicultural Share!

It’s time to start getting ready for the

2015 EVCS Multicultural Share!

WHEN: Thursday April 30th, 2015
WHERE: EVCS Auditorium, 610 East 12th Street
Time: 5:30 PM – 8:30 PM

This is your chance to showcase your cultural heritage and your talent! If your children (and you) would like to share a 3-minute musical, dance, theatrical or other performance on stage, please fill out this survey below before April 15th indicating what you would like to do and who will be involved . No late requests will be honored!.

It’s also your chance to show off your favorite family recipe! Please bring a dish to share with the school community at the pot-luck dinner. The meal starts at 5:30, so we ask that if you are bringing a dish to please bring it in at 5:15 or earlier so we can set up in time. Please bring food in either a disposable container or labeled Tupperware. Please please fill out this survey below if you plan to share in the potluck.

Please also note that in the interest of keeping the share to a reasonable length there are limited performance slots and every child who turns in a form with a performance idea may not get to participate this year. We will be selecting performances based on several criteria in the hopes that our program will feature a variety of acts from kids representing a range of ages. We will also be giving preference to children who have never performed at the multicultural share before, and to children performing in a group with other students or family members. Forms turned in after April 15th will not be considered for a performance slot!

Next Week at EVCS, March 30 – April 3


Dear Parents

There is a lot of exciting activities going on at EVCS in the next few months, with Family Shares, the FleaVCS, our annual Multi-Cultural Share, the biggest fundraiser of the year: the EVCS Spring Gala in May, and the annual spring picnic! Spring Break is just around the corner, arriving just in time to re-charge batteries and get motivated for
April, May and June!
Coming up next week:

Parent Survey Deadline
The deadline to participate in the NYC School Survey is April 2nd.
We encourage all families to take a moment to complete the survey.
If you have done so already, thank you! Did you get your raffle ticket?

You can return the paper survey in the postage-paid envelope that was included in you green survey envelope, or you can complete the survey online at and using your personal access code that is on your paper survey.

If you wish to take the survey online but you can’t find your survey access code please call the 24 hour survey help line at 1-800-690-8603 to get your code.

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Join us THIS SATURDAY to #ProtectOurSchools!

Time is critical:  Governor Cuomo is threatening to withhold state funds for DOE – public schools and funded Afterschool programs in order to force through is policies of more charter schools and more threats to our teachers!
We have until April 1 – when the Governor and state Legislature must pass the budget-  to let them know that NYC public school parents do not agree with his priorities and tactics of punishing kids and teachers!
EVCS families, meet up across the street on the SW corner of Third Ave and 41st St at noon. We will gather there, then cross the street to join the demonstration in front of the governor’s office! If you come late, just find us!
Also, bring signs and noisemakers!

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Dear Parents,

Day after day, NYC is losing its small businesses. They are being priced out, chased out, and gentrified out of places where they’ve been for DECADES.  We are seeing it happen all over the EV and LES.  The unique cultural fabric of the city is being destroyed, replaced with bland national chains.  Right now there is a bill called the SMALL BUSINESS JOBS SURVIVAL ACT just sitting there waiting to be voted on.  This bill has been in the Council since 1984, was supposed to come up for a vote and Christine Quinn killed it and it had to be reintroduced this past June.

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Reminder: Parent Math Workshop, Saturday, March 28 PLEASE RSVP by 3/20!

photo-19Dear Parents and Caregivers,

Saturday, March 28, 2015 10am – 12pm
We will gather in the School Auditorium

We extended the reservations of this Saturday workshop…

If you would still like to sign up for the EVCS Parent Math Workshop,
please be sure to do it by the end of today!
Childcare will be provided if you need it, please indicate this on the form.

Parents will be doing math for 2 hours
while the kids are watched by other teachers!

Come out to learn more about the progressions in mathematical understanding from Kindergarten through Fifth Grade!

Announcing FleaVCS: our fundraising flea market!

FleaHello EVCS Community,

The FleaVCS Flea Market is set for
Saturday, April 25th, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Clean out your apartment and sell old stuff (clothes, toys, books, games, anything else). If you are an artist who wants to sell your new crafts (jewelry, hats, clothing, whatever) please come join!

Reservations will be open to local businesses after this Friday.

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Nominations for Parent Association Officers Due April 23

Anyone with a child at EVCS is automatically a member of the Parent Association, welcome to come to monthly meetings, and responsible for approving the PA’s annual budget. But much of the event organizing and fundraising — as well as decisions about what programs to fund — is spearheaded by the PA Executive Board, including elected officers and standing committee chairs.
Elected officers are the president, treasurer, and secretary. A vice-president may also be elected, or two people may be elected together as co-presidents. Other offices can be shared, as well. Each officer serves a one-year term, starting July 1; the term limit for each officer position is two consecutive one-year terms.
Here’s how the process works. Nominations for PA officers are being accepted now through the next general PA meeting on Thursday, April 23rd at 6pm. You can nominate any EVCS parent for any position — and you can even nominate yourself. Nominations will be officially closed during the April 23rd meeting, and elections will take place one month later at the May 20th PA morning meeting.
You can submit nominations using the form that will be distributed in the coming weeks; in person at the April 23rd PA meeting; or go to this online form.

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