Exciting news…

Dear All,

We are so close to our goal but we need your help to get all the way there. And from now until the end of the year we have an amazing incentive – a generous anonymous donor has offered to match all donations through Dec 31st up to $4,000. So when you donate $250, our school gets $500. Donate $50 and we get $100. This is the moment – If you haven’t made a donation yet or haven’t passed it on to your family now is the time!


It is our generous family community that makes it possible to have a marching band lead the way at the Harvest Festival, to have our kids dancing with Alvin Ailey and singing at Carnegie Hall. And there is so much more…. like did you know that it’s the Parent Association that pays for periodic school-wide lice checks? We do and trust us, you want that. So make your donation today!

Thank you,
EVCS Fundraising Committee

EVCS Weekly Dec 3-7

Dear Parents and Guardians,

It was a busy week again, including our school’s Quality Review! Many thanks to the teachers, students, and parent representatives for your support and participation!

There is still space for a few more vendors to participate in the
Holiday Makers Fair coming up, if you are interested, please contact: Lara Levine Lipof at llevinelipof@gmail.com There will also be a special baked goods table, see more details about how to participate and help out below!

Let’s see what next week has in store and save the dates…


December Menus
For those students who eat school lunch, please remind them that there are additional options to the hot lunch for students including: PB&J sandwiches, cheese sandwiches, or hummus with pretzels! For our K-5 students, there is a daily fresh salad bar with local ingredients to add to any school lunch.

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EVCS Holiday Makers Fair • Monday, December 10

Join us for the EVCS Holiday Makers Fair!

Monday, December 10 • Hours: 8:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.

Holiday Market Fair V2 18

Calling all makers and creators!

If you are still interested in hosting a table to sell your goods, or certificates for services, secure a table while they last!

Please contact: Lara Levine Lipof, llevinelipof@gmail.com



If you’re a Baker instead of a Maker – or just can’t resist Buying store-made baked goods this time of year – please consider donating some to be sold at the PA HOLIDAY BAKE SALE that will be taking place during the Holiday Makers Fair on Monday, December 10th. *Sign up here to volunteer by Baking, Bringing, Setting-up or Selling on December 10th. For more info reach out to: Marla at marlajrosenthal@gmail.com


– Brought to you by the Fundraising Committee

EVCS General PA meeting is tomorrow

Hi EVCS Parents,

Sending you a quick reminder that our Nov. General PA meeting is this Wed. 11/28 at 8:45am in the auditorium.

We will have a special guest representative from the District 1 Family Resource Center at this meeting to talk to us about all the great things they have to offer. Such as.. variety of public services, info on DOE partnering Community Based Organizations, help with MiddleSchool and HighSchool applications, PreK, Kindergarten Applications, G&T test sign-up, workshops, vouchers for after-school and more.

We also need to vote to approve a capital expense: new Water Fountains! (yes again, come and learn how this time it’s different.)

So looking forward to seeing you!

The PA Exec

PS. Coffee and Other Fun Stuff included with Admission**.

* New! Raffle prize given out at this meeting.
** Admission is free.

Please follow last meetings minutes

School Wide Morning Meeting Message 11/26/2018

November 26, 2018

Dear EVCS Students,

Welcome back!  I hope everyone had a terrific Thanksgiving.  As I was reflecting this weekend on all of the things I am thankful for, I need to tell you that I am especially thankful to be a part of this school community that values kindness, inclusion and social action.  I’m so proud of the effort that all of you put into making this year’s Harvest Festival the best one yet.  Did you know that we collected around 2000 cans and boxes of food?  That’s more than we have ever collected before!   Thank you to everyone who helped make it a success – and special thanks to the EVCS Marching Band Drumline for leading the procession.

We have another important event coming up this week!  On Wednesday and Thursday our school will have something called a Quality Review.   On those two days a guest from the Department of Education will be coming to visit our school to see firsthand all of the great things at EVCS that she’s heard so much about.  Let’s do what we can to welcome her to our school and show her what we are all about.  I have no doubt that we will shine!

Big thanks to our 1st Grade friends for hosting, thanks to all of the parents who came this morning, huge thanks to the SWMM house band, and thank you to everyone who sang loud and proud. Have a great day and great week everyone.



EVCS Weekly Nov 19 – 25

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Dear Parents and Guardians,

The Harvest Festival lifted spirits today.

We collected nearly 2000 cans this year, it may be a record! Thank you to all of our parent volunteers, to Georga for leading us in song, and to Terry and the EVCS Drumline who helped set the tempo and led everyone to the soup kitchen in time!

A shout out to brothers Neil (5th Grade) and Ivan (2nd Grade) for their amazing help yesterday moving donations to the lobby! The beautiful signs on stage were made by Sehra, Michael (PreK) and Max’s (3rd Grade) mom. Sullivan (1st Grade) shared visual art works packed up as a gifts for the soup kitchen to share with members and guests who visit. Our Core Values were in full gear today.

Thank you to everyone for participating this year with your donations and taking action that benefits our community – that is what it’s all about.

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Photos: loading up cans; the drumline making the turn on 9th Street;
rough can count in green before todays contributions; Walking; The Trinity Soup Kitchen


Thursday and Friday, November 22 – 23
Thanksgiving Recess, school is closed.


Before we break for Thankgiving let’s see what’s coming up upon return…


Monday, November 26
School Wide Morning Meeting 8:50 a.m. – 9:15 a.m.
In the auditorium, hosted by 1st Grade

Bake and Book Sale 8:00 a.m. – 8:45 a.m.
In the yard, hosted by 3rd Grade

Wednesday, November 28
General Parent Association Meeting
8:50 a.m. in the Auditorium. October Minutes.
The D1 Family Resource Center will make a presentation.
They will share resources, public service info, CBO partnerships and more.
Hope to see you there!



Monday, December 10
EVCS Holiday Market – Calling all Creators
Brought to you by the Fundraising Committee
There is still space for a few more vendors to participate, please contact:
Lara Levine Lipof llevinelipof@gmail.com

Wednesday, December 19
Festival of Lights
Will be held at East Side Community School
9:00 – 10:30 a.m.

Details to follow!



Learn more and please sign up here to help!
We are holding items until after break.


Remember you can always check the calendar for EVCS events.
View full calendar in a new window.
Or subscribe to the calendar in your own calendar application
when you visit the web site.


I hope everyone can unplug a bit this weekend.
Have a safe and wonderful Thanksgiving.

All best wishes,

It Takes A Village

Dear Families,

There is so much to be thankful for – the amazing school our kids go to every day, the incredible arts programing and field trips, the generous community we are all a part of. And thanks to all of you, we are very close to our fundraising goal. But we still need to raise $8,000 to fully meet our mark of raising $40,000 from direct contributions by Dec. 31 in order to pay for all the programs listed below.


Please consider asking your family and friends over the holidays to help by making a donation. No donation is too small. $5, $10, $15, $25 – everything counts, everything matters, everything is appreciated. And all donations are tax deductible.

Have a great Thanksgiving and thank you and your village for the support!

-Heather, Nina and the PA Fundraising Committee


Everyone: Recess and PE Enhancement with Coach Aswad / $20,000
1st and 2nd grade: Musical Explorers with Carnegie Hall /$350
2nd and 3rd grade: Teachers and Writers Collaborative Poetry Writing Workshop /$3,000
2nd and 3rd grade PLUS 4th/5th Electives: Chess with Stephanie Ballom /$9,090
2nd, 3rd, and 5th grade: West African Dance in 5th Grade, Hip Hop in 2nd and 3rd Grade Alvin Ailey / $8,550
4th Grade 6-week arts-based residency for Social Studies: NY Historical Society / $1,300
4th grade: Ballroom Dancing with Dancing Classrooms / $4,800
4th and 5th Grade Electives AND 1st Grade trips: Materials for the Arts / $2,200
5th Grade “Trial of the Conquistadors”, Aztec role-playing program Child’s Play NY / $2,340
5th grade: The Best That I Can Be with STAR / $7,500
2nd-5th grade: South Street Seaport Museum / $12,000
2nd, 4th, and 5th grade Sail in the Spring
2nd grade Urban Archeology 6-week Residency plus field trip
3rd grade Simple Machines Tour of Tall Ship for Science
4th grade Social Studies and the Arts 6-week Residency
3rd grade Printing Press Arts-based 6-week Residency plus Field Trip to Bowne Printing Press

EVCS Weekly Nov 19-23

Dear Parents and Guardians,

Next week brings one of our favorite school events,
the Annual Harvest Festival complete with a walk to the soup kitchen!
We will collect donations through Wednesday morning! Please continue to send items with your child directly to your classrooms. If everyone brought one item each day for the few days, we would have over 1,000 items! Next week we will need your help. The more hands we have, the easier this big job is! Please see link below to volunteer!

The EVCS PA Holiday Market Committee is gearing up for another makers fair Monday, December 10. For those who would like to participate as a vendor please see the details below. This is the time to reserve a table!

Let’s take a closer look at the details and see what’s coming up…



Tuesday, November 20
Parents, please help us move cans from the classroom to the lobby at 2:50!

Wednesday, November 21
Harvest Festival 2018 Flyer

Thursday and Friday, November 22 – 23
Thanksgiving Recess, school is closed.


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