EVCS Weekly, Friday, March 12

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Dear EVCS Families,

Thanks to all of you, we had another productive week at EVCS.
We can feel the energy building with the seasonal shift and hope everyone is feeling good these days, we know everyone is working hard & doing their best!

A big thanks again to our Parent Association for supporting the purchase of additional technology to be used at school. We have been able to successfully set up nearly 100 families with our own school devices this year and cannot thank everyone enough for this amazing support. We feel extremely fortunate. The next general PA meeting is March 17th, we hope you will try to join! Elections will be coming up soon, please consider running for an official position with the EVCS Parent Association, come to a meeting and learn more about what we do, we need your support! PA meetings are the one place right now where we can strengthen our school community and share ideas and brainstorm. Hope to see you soon. And remember – the Lending Library is every Wednesday from 11:30 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. rain or shine!

Let’s see what else is happening next week at EVCS…

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Next Week

Gates open for K-5 students at 8:20 a.m. & for PreK students at 8:45 a.m.

Monday, March 15
Cohort A

Tuesday, March 16
Cohort A

Wednesday, March 17
Cohort B

Cohort D: Leveled Lending Library 11:30 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.
All fully-remote students encouraged to pick up books each and every week!
In front of the schoolyard (on the sidewalk).

Next General Parent Association Meeting 5:00 – 6:00 p.m.
Watch out for an email from PApresident@evcsnyc.org

Thursday, March 18
Cohort A

EVCS Virtual Open House – for prospective families
5:30 – 6:30 p.m. RSVP

Friday, March 19
Cohort B

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Save the Dates

Thursday, March 25
Community Book Swap! Hosted by EVCS PA at Joseph C. Sauer Park
(E. 12th Street between Ave A & B) Everyone is welcome.
After School between 2:15 and 3:00 p.m.
Please contact Nina with any questions or if you’d like to volunteer.
Hope to see you there!

Monday, March 29 – Friday, April 2
SPRING BREAK, No School

Friday, April 9
Author Visit with Carole Lindstrom (Grades 1-2)

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School Menus

Breakfast and Lunch is free for all students whether
learning in-person or remotely.

– Every day there are cold options of PB&J, Cheese sandwich, and Hummus with Pretzels.
– Every day there is an additional cold option found here *subject to change
– Every day there is an additional hot option which is presented to students based on availability. Please be sure teachers are aware of food restrictions/allergies to support choices.
– Note: All menus are pork free. No fried food is offered or served in school meals. No artificial flavors, colors, or sweeteners are used in any school meal.

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The Pre-K Application is Now Open—Apply by 4/7/2021
Pre-K admissions is not first come, first served. All applications submitted by the April 7 deadline will be treated the same. Siblings at EVCS also need to put in an application. If you have questions please reach out to us.
You can apply to pre-K one of two ways:
• Online with MySchools. This option is available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, in English, Arabic, Bangla, Chinese, French, Haitian Creole, Korean, Russian, Spanish, and Urdu.
• By phone at 718-935-2009. Call Monday through Friday, 8am – 6pm. Language supports are available by phone in more than 200 languages.

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Parent Resources

Helpful technical links:
How to fix the internet on NYC DOE iPads / Cómo arreglar Internet

Report Issues you’re having with NYCDOE iPads/devices, access to applications, or other technical problems here.

Link for families to submit a device request:
https://coronavirus.schools.nyc/remotelearningdevices

Learning Bridges After School Sites – Explore the options by borough:
You can apply anytime to find out if there is a space for your child.
https://www.schools.nyc.gov/enrollment/enrollment-help/learning-bridges

EVCS Family Handbook 2021

DOE 2020-2021 Family Guide

Learning Pals
Learning Pals is entirely student-run! Aiming to support NYC elementary and middle school students by providing free academic, technological, and social support while also fostering a community between students, tutors, and families. Learn more here.

Promoting Positive Behaviors for Your Child
Click below to learn more and register.
Child Mind Institute’s FREE Workshop Series for Families

Beyond Access
The DOE launched a series of webinars for families of students with disabilities called the Beyond Access. Content experts will provide strategies and resources. Visit Eventbrite. Past webinars are available on YouTube

MARCH City Seekers
Free Family Program Activities

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If you would like to request to view the monthly minutes from the EVCS School Leadership Team (SLT), please enter your request here.

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Food Resources

https://www.foodbanknyc.org/: they offer groceries, meals, and SNAP support

https://www.invisiblehandsdeliver.com: Volunteers are delivering groceries, medications, necessities to elderly and otherwise at-risk -residents for free

P-EBT Food Benefits
If you have questions, call the P-EBT Food Benefits Helpline: 833-452-0096 or visit: P-EBT Information Form. Help Desk 888 328 6399, Hotline 888 452 0096

Text FOOD to 90847 to find free food near you. or call 844-995-0989

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Winners of the 2020 Battle of the D1 Family Bands

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Approximately one year ago this week (March 13) we all scattered to safety.
Our last major EVCS gathering before COVID was at the Bowery Ballroom. For those new to our community or for those who want to re-live an amazing moment or catch it for the first time, check out the recorded performance here.
It was an incredible show and a memorable night for D1 communities!
We WILL get there again. Keep the faith!

As always, please feel free to reach out to me with any issues or questions. Stay safe and enjoy the sunshine this weekend.

All the best,
James