School Wide Morning Meeting Message 10/30/2017

Dear EVCS Students,

It was so much fun to see so many of you in your costumes on Saturday at our annual Fall Ball!  Somehow the Fall Ball continues to get better and better every year, and it’s all thanks to the amazing parents of the East Village Community School.  So much effort goes into this event, and I want to recognize some of the people who worked very hard to make it happen. So many parents volunteered their time, too many to name all of them, but it could not have happened without the following individuals: Sharon Blumenkranz, Marta Polo, Catharine Lyons, Marla Rosenthal, Pippa Barak, Anne Buovolo, Tazeen Raza, Julie Lansky, Crystal Perry, LaraLipof, Buzz Evers, Emily Goodman, Ron Bromberg, Gunti Singh, Cresta Kruger, Tristan Waldroop, Alessandra Carbone, and Nina Ablan.  A Huge shout out to Erik Frank for the amazing Haunted Hallway, and to Hagit Schwartz and Noel Saltzman for orchestrating the entire event.
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District 1 Diversity Initiative

Our core values are inclusion, kindness, social action, self-awareness, and joy of learning.

Dear EVCS Family,

Yesterday afternoon the Chancellor officially announced the details of the District 1 Diversity in Admissions Initiative. This initiative is by far the boldest step ever taken to desegregate schools in the history of the New York City public school system. I firmly believe that classrooms and schools are better when they include a range of students and families and authentically reflect their communities, and I know this is the right move at the right time for District 1. You can read about it in today’s NY TimesChalkbeat (with a nice pic of yours truly), Wall Street Journal and Politico.

Here are the headlines from the plan:

Students who qualify for free or reduced price lunch, students who live in temporary housing, and students who are learning English will be given priority for 67% of the Pre-K and Kindergarten seats at every District 1 elementary school.
Students who do not meet any of those criteria will be given priority for 33% of the Pre-K and Kindergarten seats at every District 1 elementary school.
Within each of these two priority groups, an additional priority will be given to students who have IEPs for a percentage of seats near the District average.
Priority for siblings of students currently enrolled, and for students continuing on from Pre-K to Kindergarten will remain.

If you have any questions about how this admissions protocol will work, or how it will impact your family or our school, please don’t hesitate to reach out. I’d be happy to talk about it in greater detail.

Apropos, one part of our school instructional focus this year is to implement anti-racist curriculum and pedagogy. We are united in our commitment to raising, not just non-racist, but anti-racist citizens of this country. One way we are embarking on that endeavor as a whole staff is by reading together the outstanding book, The New Jim Crow. I would like to invite and encourage any and all of our parents to read it along with us. We will have two gatherings in December, one in the morning and one in the evening, for parents and staff to discuss the book together. Pick up your copy of the book and be on the lookout for more info about the book clubs in December.

Today, even more than usual, I am proud to be a District 1 educator and parent, and I am looking forward to what the future brings for our community.

As ever,


EVCS Weekly Oct 30 – Nov 3

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Dear Parents and Guardians,

Don’t forget to bring and enter your pre-carved pumpkin to the annual Pumpkin Carving Contest at the Fall Ball! Prizes and Glory are on the line!
And if you want to volunteer on Saturday, please reach out to the events team for details: Whether volunteering or just joining in the fun, we hope to see you there.


This Weekend:

Saturday, October 28
EVCS Annual Fall Ball
12:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.
Enter through the Cafeteria!

Saturday, October 28
Speed of Light Track Meet
Cheer on our EVCS Runners!

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Helping Dear EVCS staffmember’s Family in Puerto Rico

Dear EVCS Families,

We wanted to thank everyone for all of their efforts in donating to the Hurricane Relief Collection for Puerto Rico. So many families were affected by Hurricane Maria. One such family is that of our beloved Pre-K Paraprofessional, Yolanda Ferra. We would like to help.

While Yolanda’s uncle and cousins lost their homes completely, her mother’s home is intact, but without necessities such as running water and electricity. Finding and preparing food and securing needed medicine and water has been and continues to be very problematic. And since there is no electricity, it has been difficult for Yolanda and her sister to communicate with her family to ensure that her mother, who is older and requires medications, is safe in these conditions. Yolanda’s family is working on getting their mother here to New York where they could provide better care for her.

It is clear that a lot of the relief efforts are not making their way to Yolanda’s home town of Bayamon, and we felt the need to do something to support Yolanda, who has been so generous with all of us, in helping her family as soon as we could.

Donate Now

Please considering donating via the above PayPal Button which we’ve put together to help raise money for Yolanda’s family during this difficult transitional time. The moneys will go directly to the PA and then right into Yolanda’s hands. No donation is too small!

Thank you so much for your kindness and please feel free to share.

In solidarity,
The Community Action Committee of the EVCS PA

Reminder – October General PA meeting tomorrow evening Inbox

Hello EVCS PA Members,

Tomorrow, Wednesday (10/25) evening is our October General PA meeting. Please join us at 5:30pm in the lobby, the meeting will begin at 6pm. Child care is available in the cafeteria (for current EVCS students only) with pizza ($5 suggested donation) please RSVP by Wed. 10AM. On the agenda, capital expense ideas, EVCS community book read, the Fall Ball….

While we’ve got your eyes and we’re talking about it, The Fall Ball is this Saturday! (10/28)! This is our huge, fun, parent-run event and we dearly need volunteers and donations. There are shifts to fill all over the event; Set-up Friday night and Saturday, Food and Dessert tables, Crafts, Games, Bounce-house, Trick-or Treat Course , Clean-up and more. We also need donations of bags of candy for Trick-or-Treating, baked goods for the Dessert table, undecorated cupcakes and snacks for the Cantina. Please Sign yourself up on the google sign up sheet.

Also, don’t forget to bring and enter your pre-carved pumpkin in the annual Pumpkin Carving Contest! Prizes and Glory are on the line!

Thanks, can’t wait to see what you’re wearing Saturday,

The PA Executive Board

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Donation based Pilates Mat Class @ EVCS


We are happy to introduce a new parent-led activity with ALL proceeds going to the EVCS PA!

LuAnn Leonard-Johns, EVCS parent and certified Pilates instructor, has offered to teach a weekly Pilates Mat class on Tuesday mornings after drop off. Our first class will be Tuesday October 24 from 8:30-9:15 in the movement room (Room 412) on the 4th floor.

LuAnn has 14 years of teaching experience in the Joseph Pilates technique and will lead us through a series of core strengthening and muscle lengthening exercises. No prior experience necessary.

The suggested donation for the class is $10 and ALL proceeds will go to the EVCS PA. What a great way to start your day and get fit with friends while supporting EVCS. Please bring a yoga mat if you have one (we also will have some on hand).

Brought to you by the EVCS Fundraising Committee

PS – If you have a great idea like this, want to lend a hand or have questions please drop us an email at


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Dear Families,

The school year finally feels underway, kids are adjusted, routines have been established and the Fall weather has arrived. We hope you have had a chance to make it to a School Wide Morning Meeting, if not, please consider making some time to come to the next one because there is really no better way to start your week, the calendar is HERE.

We also want to let you know that the EVCS Parent Association is in the middle of our biggest fundraiser of the year. It’s not an event. You don’t have to get dressed up or find a babysitter or get on stage and sing (that is coming later).

Please contribute today

But YOU do need to take action. Right now.

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