Recap of Wednesday PA Meeting

Hi EVCS Families,

Thank you to everyone who came yesterday morning’s PA meeting! For those of you who couldn’t make it, here is a brief re-cap. The full meeting minutes will be posted to the website in the next few days.

The next “Between the World and MeCoffee with Bradley” will be next Tuesday,1/24, 5:30pm.

It will be an open conversation about the book Between the World and Me by Ta-Nehisi Coates. This #1 New York Times Best seller is written as a series of letters to the author’s teenage son as an examination of race in America. Reading the book is encouraged but by no means necessary to be a part of this discussion.

Pre-K Application process for 2017-18 school year has begun.

Pre-K Application process for 2017-18 school year has begun.

Mosholu After School

The representative and site director from Mosholu, Lenora Sealey was at the meeting to introduce herself and answer questions about this Spring’s After-School Program. In a nutshell:

• The Spring class schedule will be available Feb. 6th.
• Registration will begin the following week and will be open 7-9 days
• FinancialAid applications are available and being accepted now, contact Camille at for more information.
• AfterSchool will be about $20 per day. Sibling discount is 10% off for additional siblings.
• The hours of after-school will be 2:50 – 6:00pm for all participants.
Basic Daily Schedule for 1st- thru 5th graders:
2:50 – 3:20 Dimissal from EVCS, snack, homework, hang time
3:30 – 4:30 Activity #1
4:30 – 5:30 Activity #2
5:30 – 6:00 Dismissal
• Each day the program will be composed of two different 1 hour classes/ activities.
• PreK -K will have a modified version of after-school program- also with 2 different activities like the older grades, but each will run 35-45 minutes, with more “choice time” incorporated. They will continue to be kept somewhat separate to the older kids and transitions will be reduced.
• 1st-5th grade students will choose and register for the 2 classes in which they will participate on the particular day, for the semester.
• For PreK-K, there will only be one “set” of activities per day in which all PreK-K-ers will participate on that day.
• Kindergarteners may be able to opt-out of the PreK/K program and 1st graders may opt-in to the PreK/K program, on a case by case basis
• Program will have many of the same instructors and programs in the current after-school.
• Current A/S families should fill out the survey sent out by Camille (closes Thursday – noon) All suggestions welcome at After-School’s virtual suggestion box on EVCS website.


Valentine Mixer, Pop-Up Mixology Class

Pop-Up fundraiser – Sunday Feb. 12th EVCS Cocktail Mixology Class! held at Fresh Salt.

Spring Gala will be April 29th

Weekly planning meetings start next week, Thursday Jan 26, after drop-off. Please start soliciting donations for the Auction!

Wellness committee reported

1) the Water fountain replacement project is still being pursued, Bradley is following-up.
2) A 3-school letter is being drafted to send to School Food to ask that processed meats to be removed from our alternative menu.
3) The lunch room director is researching the cost of making the salad bar available to all kids, including those who do not buy the school lunch.

Information for the Women’s March this Saturday in NYC and DC.

For those planning or interested in going to either of these marches and would like to go with EVCS families here are the details:

For the NYC March:

The march is organized to have groups start in staggered time slots to ensure a steady flow of marchers. A group of EVCS families will be joining the Rude Mechanical Orchestra at 12 pm at 47th Street between 2nd and 3rd Avenues (in the little park on the north side of the street across from the Y). The Orchestra is scheduled to march at 12:45 pm. They invite everyone to bring musical instruments, especially horns, kazoos, other fun wind instruments if you have them! No musical training required!
General info for the NYC march here

The weather in NYC is looking good at about 50 degrees, but make sure you bring comfortable walking shoes, charged cellphone, water and snacks, warm-enough clothes and whatever else you need (sunglasses, medication).

Sign Making: Fourth graders are hosting sign making in Elana and Maia’s classroom (room 405) on Friday, 3:15 – 4 pm, which will include a large EVCS Families banner. If you would like to join the poster-making, please let us know by Thursday so that we have enough materials. Also, keep in mind that NYC does not allow signage on poles, sticks or handles -cardboard tubes are okay.

For the DC march:

EVCS families are also welcome to join and march with The Rude Mechanical Orchestra

They plan to meet 8:30-9AM on the steps of the American History Smithsonian, at 1300 Constitution Ave., and then they will join RAHA and Gabriela, Iranian and Filipino feminist collectives, elsewhere around 9:30. Contact Jen Nessel

Next month’s PA meeting will be 2/15, It will be a morning meeting.