EVCS Weekly March 30 – April 3

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Dear Parents and Guardians,

It is Friday, March 27.
I heard someone say “by now we might all realize this remote learning is becoming a marathon.” EVCS completed the first lap and from our end you are all looking great. Keep it up, you got this. This has been a doozy for many to say the least. Way to go parents, students, heroic teachers, & admin for pulling it together – it is remarkable and everyone deserves a big reward.

Before we all collapse into the weekend…

There are a few updates and new resources to note below…

New York State Tests for ELA and MATH
Exams are Suspended for grades 3-8 due to COVID-19

School Food
FREE meals for all kids under 18!
View the list here to find the nearest pick up location. Hrs: 7:30 a.m. – 1:30.p.m.
Kids may pick up from any participating school location on the list. Check for the closest open school near you. All kids can pick up 3 bags each day. If you need help finding additional food resources in the community, please reach out to James.

Tips that might help in setting your child up for success:
Try to create a dedicated workspace for each of you sharing the home. Everyone needs a space they can call their own work area. Keep it organized and comfy, everyone will work better if they feel comfortable and tools are in order. Provide privacy if possible. It may never be “ideal” at home so do the best you can. Support and motivate, think about setting up a gallery area to feature any work they produce. If you have any questions or concerns, please reach out and we will do our best to support you.

The kids’ “start time” is 9:30 a.m.

Go easy on yourselves and do what you can. Adjusting to this new norm is different for every family – remember how hard it could be to get out of the house, it might be even tougher some days staying in the house and redirecting the focus. Try to create a regular schedule – kids thrive more often than not with a routine in place. If you need support coming up with a schedule, reach out. Posting the schedule where everyone can see it will go a long way. You can refer to it when you need to get back on track.

NYC School Survey
Our response rate is very low at 19% for EVCS.
We know there is a lot going on but it only takes a few minutes.
Only one survey per family is needed. PLEASE do let your voices be heard and fill out the survey today! Thank you in advance!
Take the Parent Survey (available in Arabic, Bengali, Chinese, English, French, Haitian Creole, Korean, Russian, and Spanish – click here to select your language. )

Attendance
Remote attendance may look and feel a bit different than when we all met at school. With remote learning we encourage all students to participate and engage with the materials, lessons and information presented in google classroom and by the teacher(s). We also understand the juggle that is happening at home and that it looks different for everyone. Our hope and expectation is that you do your best and let us know where the struggles are. We are here to support you 100%.

The Virtual Yard
Thinking about a class hang out? Ask your teacher to help set something up. The upper grade levels encourage regular hang out time using Google Hangouts. Practicing with protocols like “keeping your microphone on mute” and allowing each one to speak and hear one another. Kids miss each other, and this is one way perhaps everyone can share and connect.

IMPORTANT NOTICE

If you are a first responder, health care provider, or transit worker
whose child is a NYC resident and you have no other child care option, complete this FORM to begin the enrollment process for the city childcare & enrichment centers

Devices and Wifi Connections.
If you or some you know is still in need of a device to connect your child to Google Classroom, fill out this form for a device, on loan, from the Department of Education: https://coronavirus.schools.nyc/RemoteLearningDevices
Your student ID is required, reach out to teachers or me if you need it.
EVCS is located under The East Village Community School.
If your device is not working please reach out to Liz first to decide if we need to request another device – liz@evcs.me.

LINKS TO STAY INFORMED AND UP TO DATE

NYC Health website: visit NYCHealth.gov

NYS Department of Health: https://coronavirus.health.ny.gov/home

CDC, The Centers for Disease Control website.

Text “COVID” (“COVIDESP” en español) to 692-692 for regular COVID-19 updates from Notify NYC – your standard texting rates may apply.

The DOE will continue to communicate and we encourage you to visit the NYC DOE website: https://www.schools.nyc.gov/school-life/health-and-wellness/coronavirus-update

FOOD

Find a grab-and-go meal location listing for children here:
https://www.opt-osfns.org/schoolfoodny/meals/default.aspx
Parents can pick up without children present and not ID required.

Food Pantries https://www.foodpantries.org/st/new_york

MORE SUPPORT from UNIVERSITY SETTLEMENT FAMILIES THRIVING

https://docs.google.com/document/d/1mV1wxaQNri3-cnKcJ5P542FAwC7otVM8yWJTOuiprwU/edit?usp=sharing

SAFETY and SOCIAL DISTANCING

If you do go food shopping, take extra precaution with packages etc…
Tips for Safer Grocery Shopping in COVID-19

Family Resource List & Online Events

TECH

Parents’ guide to Google Classroom:
Is your child’s teacher using Google Classroom for remote learning?
Take a look at this online presentation about how to set and what it “looks” like

SOCIAL EMOTIONAL

Emotional Support for Parents
This is a resource that provides FREE crisis counseling.
Site also offers tips to support parents & staff with managing anxiety.
Call (844-863-9314) for free confidential emotional support.
https://omh.ny.gov/omhweb/covid-19-resources.html

Working from home with kids feels unsustainable. Read more

Working from Home? Weirded Out by Working From Home?
7 Tips to Make It Easier. Psychology Today

Take Care of Yourself Coping with Stress

PBS Kids: How to Talk to Your Kids About Coronavirus
https://www.pbs.org/parents/thrive/how-to-talk-to-your-kids-about-coronavirus?fbclid=IwAR26F2Tmdj3pJN3iv6yAtRyTQoC-AH0P3H1D5QgEqQneurbBPnE_L6Omv30#.XmqzisKG7LA.facebook

HOME

Working with a Limited Supply of Food
How to Ration Limited Food Supplies

Soughdough Starter – Learn to make your own yeast!
Sourdough Starter Recipe

SHARE YOUR TALENT

Looking to share ideas, projects, resources with EVCS families?
Remember to join the EVCS Facebook page where you can post anytime.
This is a closed community page and a great place to share.
Please reach out to [parents@evcsnyc.org (mailto:parents@evcsnyc.org)
with any issues.

ACTIVITY POSTS

Thank you all for continuing to share great resources, projects, & ideas!

Fococcia Demo has been postponed. Details will follow. TBD

Instagram Posts
Movement: https://www.instagram.com/p/B9-IkVQJwKz/
Craft: https://www.instagram.com/p/B9-K4WnJED3/

DIY Playdough in 10 Minutes with Ceci!

Explore Live Nature Cams
Powered by EXPLORE.org Visit & Explore Africa Live – Learn more

Music Week Days at 11:00 a.m. with Papa Tom, Tom Chapin
https://www.tomchapin.tv/

Stories Help https://stories.audible.com/start-listen access free audiobooks for preschoolers through teens. No catches, no credit cards.

Story Time from Space! Yes space, go to the link below, it’s wild.
While in space, astronauts are videotaping themselves reading these books to the children of Earth. Check it out here.

Museums Offer Virtual Tours Interesting for all of us stuck at home

Battle of the Family Bands: D1 Battle of the Family Bands Live

GENERAL

Family Resources During CoronaVirus

Social Action

Citizens Committee For New York City

How is COVID-19 (Coronavirus) Impacting Your Community?
Citizens Committee for New York City would like our feedback. They will use the information you share to help guide and support the grassroots groups in the coming weeks and months. Thank you for taking the time to answer questions and share your voice with your community! Take the Survey here.

Reading Olympics Update

PLEASE HOLD ON TO COLLECTED DONATIONS & SPONSORSHIP FUNDS – CONTINUE READING & LOGGING!!!

Questions?, please kindly reach out to Ariel at arieldeva@gmail.com.
Remember, all students who read books and hand in a reading log, whether or not donations are collected, will get a prize for their wonderful efforts!
Keep reading!! The forms are not due back until we meet back up at school!

New* Share your favorite titles here!

NYC Schools Account (NYCSA) Account

We want everyone of our families to have a School Account set up so if you still need help with this, please remember to reach out to James if you are having any issues or need a new code to log in.

Continue to share and more importantly, do not hesitate to reach out with any concerns, questions or needs, we look forward to hearing from you.

Get some extra rest if you can and stay safe,
James

James Bromberg, Parent Coordinator
JamesPC@evcs.me
Website/School Calendar: evcsnyc.org