EVCS Weekly • Winter Recess! Dec 24 – Jan 1

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Dear Parents and Guardians,

It was a packed house on Wednesday morning at the Festival of Lights – all of our kids were shining bright! A big shout out to Terry for a wonderful performance with every class and for the continued staff support around this event! Thank you also to our family band for bringing it once again!

In case you missed the Festival Performances, A big thanks you to Bonnie, (Neil and Ivan’s mom), for sharing these files with all of us! FOL photos and videos for everyone to enjoy!

Let’s check out what is happening this weekend and upon our return…

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PA meeting (Thursday 12/13) recap and other updates

Hello EVCS Families,

Almost there, Just 3 more mornings to get through until Winter Break!

Last Thursday (12/13) was our December General PA meeting, here’s the recap:


AfterSchool at EVCS is Green Apple Kids

Liza from Green Apple Kids After School came to the meeting to talk about the program and answer questions.
Here are some highlights:

GAK is an Environmental, Science and Art based program for PreK-5th graders hosted at EVCS. Enrollment is “rolling”. Billing is done monthly, the full fee is $400 per month for 5 days a week, or about $20 a day. Kids can enroll for 1 day to the full 5 days a week. They offer a sliding scale for families who need it. Applications are with James in the school office (rm 205), there is no online application, so you’ll need to come into school to sign up. The program has been running at the Earth School for the past several years. The schedule follows the DOE calendar with optional 1/2 day bridge for an additional fee. The philosophy and approach to kids is quite comparable to EVCS’ so you can expect a kind, happy, safe and familiar after-school experience. They do a “digital check-in”, so you’ll get an email when your child has been transitioned from day-school to after-school.

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EVCS Weekly Dec 17 – 21

Dear Parents and Guardians,

The week was full of energy in the yard and we were outside every day!
Terry and the students have all been working very hard preparing for the Festival of Lights next Wednesday morning. It promises to be a magical morning! More details will go home in backpacks Monday.

Let’s check out other activities coming up next week and beyond…



Monday, December 17
Winter Coat Drive Ends
Monday will be the last day to donate a winter coat to NYCares.
Please bring any gently used coats to the main lobby and add them to the labeled bin.

Wednesday, December 19
Festival of Lights
The Festival of Lights will be held in the East Side MS/HS Auditorium
Guests attending please enter on 11th Street northside,
between Ave A and 1st Ave
. The show starts at 9:00 a.m. – we leave from the yard at 8:40 a.m. together! We are asking everyone to leave the backpacks at home this day. Only bring lunch if you pack one.

Thursday, December 20
Reminder: The school Lost and Found will be cleaned out! If you are missing any items please stop in and check out the L&F located in the lobby any day before items are packed up and donated!


December 24, 2018 – January 1, 2019
Winter Recess, School is Closed


L Train Affinity Group at EVCS

If you would like to be added to this L Train Group to discuss plans during the train shut-down, please reach out to communityaction@evcsnyc.org.


Sunday, December 16
EVCS Chess Play Date, K-5
1-30 to 3-30
The Roost, 222 Avenue B
for details click here


Family Events

Tuesday, December 18
12.18.2018 | 7:30PM |Carnegie Hall
Stern Auditorium/Perelman Stage
Foundation for the Revival of Classical Culture presents
125th anniversary Concert of “Dvorak at Carnegie Hall”
Sponsored Tickets for Students and Chaperones
Complimentary Concert at Carnegie Hall – A Holiday Gift
RSVP for Free Tickets Here –



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


D1 Family Resource Center Events


Have a great weekend. See you in the yard Monday!

All best wishes,

EVCS Weekly Dec 10 – 14

Weekly Dec 10

Dear Parents and Guardians,

We had a sunny week in the yard and everyone enjoyed it! The EVCS Winter Coat Drive has started. Over the next two weeks we will be collecting coats in the main lobby. The collection will continue through Monday, December 17.

Please remember to catch the EVCS Holiday Makers Fair happening this Monday in the main lobby, doors open at 8:00 a.m. and stay open until 4:00 p.m. (as long as they have shoppers)! Shop before and after SWMM! There will be hand made items for sale, hot beverages and treats for all to enjoy! Hope to see you there.

Let’s check out other activities coming up next week and beyond…

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School Wide Morning Meeting Message 12/10/2018

December 10, 2018

Dear EVCS Students,

I hope everyone had a great weekend.  As you might remember from the last time we were together for SWMM, our school had our Quality Review last week.  I’m happy to report that it went very well!  Over two days the reviewer visited almost all of our classrooms and met with groups of teachers, students and parents.  In every aspect of the review she saw high quality teaching and learning, evidence of our core values, and a strong school community.  Thanks to everyone for making it a success!  A special thanks to all of the students who were called upon to talk about their work and their school experience: Lena Jones, Sylvan Garrelts, Otis Bartlett, Oona McGinty, Soraya Gibbs, Sebastian Askew, Leo Rosenberg,  Declan Resch, Chloe Parsons, Amelia Mirsky, Teo Stabler, Gianna Delgado, Aiman Nurhadiat, Tenzin Phenthok, Emma Waldroop and Jacob Perleman!

We all know that Joy of Learning is a top priority at EVCS.  If you can stick around after today’s SWMM you will see joy of learning on full display, as our 5th graders share work from their Alvin Ailey West African dance residency.  All are welcome to watch.

Finally, make sure you stop by the EVCS holiday craft sale in the lobby today!

Big thanks to our Kindergarten 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.



December Updates

Dear EVCS Families,

As you may know EVCS had a Quality Review the week before last. We worked hard to prepare for it, and the two days of the review were super intense, but I am happy to report that the review went very well. The reviewer did observations in most of our classrooms, met with two groups of students in grades 3-5 to discuss their work and school experiences, met with groups of teachers to understand the professional culture at EVCS, and met with a group of 8 EVCS parents to hear their point of view. And of course Liz and I spent a lot of time with the reviewer describing our systems, processes and protocols and sharing many reams and gigabytes of artifacts and evidence of our work. In all aspects of the review our school vision for high quality teaching and learning, our core values, and our strong community were clear to see. It’s not at all surprising to me that we performed as well as we did, but it is really nice to have our work recognized and validated! Congratulations and THANKS to all of our teachers and students for letting their light shine always, and on these two days in particular.

Is there anything better for bringing a community together than music? I think the answer is no, and one of the ways we like to do this at EVCS is through the Family Band. Not to be confused with it’s sister outfit the illustrious School Wide Morning Meeting House Band, the EVCS Family Band is a super group of parents, teachers and principals who put together a killer set of music every year to be performed at our annual spring gala. Last year we started a new tradition called the District 1 Battle of the Family Bands, where we challenged all of the other schools in the District to put together their own bands for an honest-to-goodness throwdown, involving celebrity judges, a beautiful trophy, and hosted at the world famous Bowery Ballroom. The event was a huge success and so much fun – and we are doing it again! Please mark your calendars for the evening of Sunday March 3, 2019. More information to follow – BUT the EVCS band is just starting to get our act together and we want to put out a call for new members. Any closet horn players out there? Shower singers looking for a bigger audience? Looking to finally put all those years of piano lessons to good use? If you are interested in rocking out with us, please contact me directly.

Finally, you may be aware of the City’s effort since Hurricane Sandy to put a coastal resiliency project in motion. The current proposal would involve shutting down East River Park for at least 3 1/2 years in order to create a sea wall and raise the entire park to an 8 foot elevation. If you are interested in learning more and adding your voice to the discussion, please note that there is a public meeting tonight at 6:30 at the Hunter-Brookdale Rotunda, 425 East 25th Street (between First Avenue and the FDR Drive).

If I don’t see you before we break at the end of next week, happy holidays!



PA meeting recap and other updates

Hi EVCS PA Members,

Please make note! This is New!

The Venue for the Festival of Lights this year will be East Side HighSchool! 

Wednesday 12/19,  9-10:30AM

In an attempt to have more seats for everybody, The Festival of Lights – Dec 19th -will be held in the East Side MS/HS Auditorium, 420 E. 12th between Ave A and 1st Ave. Look for more details to come from school.


D1 Family resource center is there for us.

We had a guest speaker from the District 1 Family Resource Center,166 Essex, located in PS 20 next to the District Superintendent’s office. Families should feel free to reach out to them for all things education AND more. They can help navigate all kinds of DOE and City services, including public school enrollment questions- PreK through HighSchool, vouchers for after-school and early child- care and even guidance for finding subsidized children’s health/dental services. They might not know the answer to your question right away, but they will help you find it. They are a great asset for our district and, again, they are there for ALL families not matter what your circumstances. Look for a listing of events and workshops in James’ weekly.


Water Fountains!

Now don’t go rolling your eyes at us,  but we are one step closer to getting new bottle-filling water fountains installed. We approved buying and have ordered 6 bottle filling/ bubbler units  and have been assured that the DOE’s Dept of facilities will install them once they arrive. There is no clear timetable for installation, but hope springs eternal

(There are currently 11 bubblers in the building. CWS has received a grant from the city enough for the other 5 units, which will hopefully be installed before or during ’19-20 school year.)


Holiday Maker’s Fair This Monday, Dec. 10th, 8am-4pm

All day (8am-4pm) Monday EVCS is hosting a Maker’s Fair. Great gifts for everyone on your holiday list including yourself! Bring friends and family! A share of the proceeds goes to the PA. A few vendor tables are still available- contact Lara:  llevinelipof@gmail.com . Also, items and volunteers needed for the PA bake sale table. Bring items directly to the table… Healthy options in the AM,  sweeter treats for the afternoon. Contact marlajrosenthal@gmail.com with questions.


Fundraising Committee next meeting is Friday, 12/14 at Roost 8:40-9:15am

Come join! All welcome! Fundraising has lots going on, there are many ways to help out, both big and small. If you can’t make the meetings, but are interested in joining,  sign up for the committee emails: fundraising@evcsnyc.org

Also Big News- All direct family donations from now until the end of the year will be matched up to $4000 by a generous anonymous donor, that means $50 from you becomes $100 for the kids! Whoot Whoot!


L-Train Riders getting organized 

A group is being formed for those in our community- families and staff – who will be affected by the L-train closing. This group will also connect with CWS and District 1 L-train using families. If you would like to join, please reach out to diversity@evcsnyc.org for more information.

Diversity Committee Classroom Book Share Readers and Affinity Groups

The Diversity Committee continues to facilitate two great initiatives. First  parent/ caregivers are invited and encouraged to come read something that reflects their unique culture or perspective to their children’s classes. Help foster insight, understanding, and empathy for all the different people and experiences at EVCS.  Also Affinity Groups of families with a shared experience are forming. Contact diversity@evcsnyc.org with inquiries! Next meeting will be early 2019.


PreK mom Trinidad wins our first PA meeting Attendance Raffle!!

This month’s raffle prize was a gift card to the local coffee spot, and friend to EVCS, 9th Street Espresso, congratulations Trinidad and thanks to everyone for coming to the meeting and sharing your voice!


Click here for full meeting minutes. And as a reminder  the SLT minutes are posted on the main office bulletin board.


Next General meeting, Thursday, Dec. 13th 8:30AM 

With Guest Speaker Liza from our after-school program Green Apple Kids. 


See you in the yard!


PA Exec.