We are very excited to start another great year with all of you next week!
The first day of school is Thursday, September 8th.
PreK and Kindergarten arrival and dismissal on the first and second days of school (Thursday, 9/8 and Friday, 9/9):
Dear EVCS Families,
I hope you are all having a relaxing summer. In a few weeks we will welcome back another school year! I’d like to introduce myself and extend a warm hello to our new families. I am Jenny Kronenfeld, and my twins Alex(andra) and Jesse will both be entering 4th grade this fall.
I serve as the Class Parent Chair on the Parent Association and would like to make a pitch to all of you about volunteering to be a class parent. Class Parents support your child’s teacher and serve as a liaison between your teacher and the other families in your class.
This support can take many different forms, including organizing snack schedules, planning class trips and parties, writing a class newsletter and organizing teacher celebrations for the holidays. You also can help organize the Sponsor-a-Classroom fundraising effort to ensure that each classroom has the funds the teachers need for special projects and other activities. Being a Class Parent is an excellent way to volunteer for school, especially for those of you limited on time — it is up to you how much time you are able to contribute. Most classes have between 2-3 class parents to share the responsibility.
If you decide to volunteer, contact your teacher and please drop me an email so I can put you on the Class Parent Google Group, where I will share important information from the PA to distribute to your classes, as well as provide a place for class parents to talk to each other, share ideas, and ask questions.
We interrupt this fabulous summer …
Dear EVCS Parents and Guardians,
We hope everyone is enjoying this time away and getting re-energized!
As summer begins to wind down and we start to prepare ourselves for September,
EVCS MAIN OFFICE HAS MOVED
If you need AfterSchool to be free, it’s free.
But please pay as much as you can!
AfterSchool fees are going up again this year in order to support raising Class Assistant salaries to $15 per hour and to bring back full scholarships for families that need them.
Since starting the AfterSchool program in 2012, we have struggled to find the right fee structure to pay for our dual goals: providing high quality, enriching classes with experienced instructors while making the program available and affordable for any family at EVCS who wants to participate.
In 2015, the costs of continuing AfterSchool@evcs were mounting. New York State denied our request to pay instructors as contractors and required us to pay thousands in back unemployment insurance. Securing a license from the DOH added costs to our liability insurance. And running this small business entirely with volunteer administrators was problematic, so professional fees were added for payroll management, HR services, and registration software. We raised fees slightly and eliminated the full scholarship for low-income families, asking everyone to contribute at least 15% of the full rate.
Eliminating full scholarships has had consequences for some EVCS families who have no means to pay for AfterSchool, and has added to the perception that EVCS is a high-end school not open to everyone in the community. As our school staff and parents have embarked on several diversity initiatives, it has become clear that some prospective families won’t consider EVCS unless our AfterSchool program is free. But without Title 1 subsidies that other schools in the district receive for their after-school programs, we need to find a way to keep AfterSchool from losing money all on our own.
A commitment to inclusion was a founding principle of our AfterSchool program, and this spring the AfterSchool Advisory Committee reaffirmed this commitment to provide a free option for families who need it. For EVCS, for our neighborhood, and for public education in general, how we approach inclusion for AfterSchool is inseparable from the broader conversation around these issues. To that end, we are re-adjusting our fee structure to give families more autonomy in determining their own capacity to pay.
This year, there are five price points for AfterSchool:
Full price: $ 27.50 per class session
It’s up to you to decide how much to pay. Please pay as much as you can.We are relying on most families to pay full price, as you have before. These other payment options are available if you need them. And if you need AfterSchool to be free, it’s free, no questions asked.
PS. AfterSchool class registration will begin Friday at noon. Note that there will be no AfterSchool on the first two full days of school. AfterSchool will begin on Tuesday, September 13.
Dear Parents and Guardians:
We hope this email finds everyone well.
If your child took the New York State ELA and Math tests,
their scores have been released.
In order to gain access to your child’s test results
you need to create A NYC Schools Account.
If you have a Schools Account,
you can login at: https://mystudent.nyc/, and follow the prompts.
You are given the option to change your password in the event that you have forgotten it.
If you need to create an account, please reach out to me directly the week of August 8th
and I will send you a temporary password. I can be reached by replying to this email.