Learning Bridges: Information & Overview

Free Child Care Option for Students Enrolled in Blended Learning

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On behalf of The Office of Community Schools,
NYCDOE The Department of Youth and Community Development (DYCD)

The DOE and the Department of Youth and Community Development (DYCD) are collaborating to launch Learning Bridges – a new program that will provide free child care options for children from 3-K through 8th grade from 8:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m. on days when they are scheduled for remote learning.

Students must be enrolled in blended learning/hybrid schedules to qualify for this program. (100% remote students are NOT eligible)

The program will be available when in-person classes start, and all students at our school who are enrolled in blended learning are eligible and encouraged to apply. Our site location is hosted by University Settlement Society of New York, located at 611 East 13th Street, one block north of our school building.

See flyer for more information in multiple languages HERE.

To enroll in Learning Bridges, families should fill out the application available here: www.schools.nyc.gov/learningbridges.

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Return to school 2020: Blended or Remote Learning, Deadline August 7

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This fall, New York City schools will offer a combination of in-person and remote learning. You can choose from two basic options:

1. 100% Remote Learning: Opt-in to have your child learn 100% remotely (all online, from home). To choose this option for your child, fill out and submit the form below. If you are having difficulties completing this form online, call 311.

OR

2. Combination of In-Person and Remote Learning: Your child can follow their school’s schedule, a mix of in-person days at school, and remote learning days from home. To choose this option, no action is needed. We will be in touch about the EVCS schedule and programming plans in the coming weeks.

For more information on the DOE’s plans for blended learning, please visit the Return to School 2020 pages on the DOE website.

Please note:
– The deadline to opt in to 100% remote learning is August 7.

– You will have the ability to switch from blended learning to 100% remote learning, or vice versa, on a quarterly basis once the school year starts.
– Many of the details of what the 100% remote option will entail are not known yet, including whether the students in this category will be taught be EVCS teachers, or teachers from a central pool. We are hoping that these details will be made clear well before the August 7 deadline, and we will make sure to turnkey this information to parents as soon as we know, so you can make an informed choice.

Complete this form to opt in to 100% remote learning this fall.

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The next EVCS PA Meeting is currently scheduled for Tuesday, July 28.

Details, including the link to join, will come from the Parent Association.
To read the minutes from the most recent Parent Association meeting with Bradley, please click here.

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You can also register for a virtual citywide information session
for students and families from 6:30-8:00 PM on the following dates:

Tuesday, July 28, 2020

Wednesday, August 12, 2020

Thursday, August 27, 2020

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As more information becomes available we will be sure to keep you posted.

Kind regards,
EVCS Re-Entry Team

EVCS FOOD DRIVE 2020 kicks off this week!

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EVCS FOOD DRIVE 2020!

This year, our annual EVCS Harvest Festival may be less “festive” – but it is incredibly important to continue helping our community!

We will begin to collect food items for Trinity Church to support their Food for the Homeless program. We will deliver these items before the Thanksgiving holiday. Collection Bins will be located on the second floor. Classes will pass by to drop off their contributions on their way to class. Remote students can contribute by dropping off cans on Wednesday at the Lending Library Table details below.

This is more important than ever, as food insecurity has reached a high in NYC. It is also an opportunity to teach our children about food equity.

The EVCS Food Drive gives our students the chance to take action and learn that sometimes in life we are in a position to share, and when we are, it is important to do so. See the attached flyer for more details.

Blended Learning Students
– bring in nonperishable food items to the school – 2nd floor drop off area
between November 2 and November 24.

Fully Remote Learning Students
– bring in nonperishable food items to the Leveled Lending Library
on the first three Wednesdays in November (11:30am – 1:00pm)

Parents/Guardians
– let us know if you can help transport food to the church located on 9th Street and B. We plan to drop off each Friday from now thru November 24 specific dates and folks with a car or bike cart would be ideal and walking carts also work! Many thank in advance if you would like to help with transporting!

Make A Poster!

Calling all Students to help us promote this important community event!
We need Creative Posters for the 2020 Food Drive!
Create your own image and message. Please submit finished pieces by next week Thursday, November 12 to James. Kids posters will be displayed! Encouraging food equity, reminding everyone to give and help when they can!Be Creative and make it your own!

Thank you for being part of this important effort.

Please see the flyer below for more details and information!

Detailed Flyer

THANK YOU IN ADVANCE FOR YOUR SUPPORT!
EVCS Food Drive Committee

Start bringing in items to school everyday !!!

Black Lives Matter at School

Dear EVCS families,

Happy Martin Luther King Jr. Day! I sincerely hope that you and your kids have had an opportunity this weekend to not only have an extra day to chill (so important!), but to reflect on the meaning and significance of this national holiday – not just from a historical perspective but as it relates to the ongoing urgency for racial equity and justice in our society today. It’s been 56 years since Martin Luther King delivered his beautiful I Have a Dream speech on the steps of the Lincoln Memorial, and yet his call to action is just as salient today as it ever was.

We have committed ourselves at EVCS to doing what we can to support our students – your children – in becoming a generation of anti-racist people. In service of that commitment, we understand the important of teaching about civil rights and racial justice in America from the point of view of past, present and future – not just as a historical event. In that spirit, I am proud to let you know that for the second year EVCS will again be endorsing the national Black Lives Matter at School Week of Action on February 4-8. The 13 principles of the Black Lives Matter at School movement are ones that overlap significantly with our school’s core values, and we aspire to weave these principles into our curriculum in ways explicit and implicit throughout the school year. During the week of action we will shine a light on these principles through read alouds from picture books (including some led by EVCS parents), discussions in class on relevant topics including structural racism, black identities, black history and anti-racist movements, writing prompts in the upper grades and other focused lesson activities. We will gather as a whole school community on Wednesday morning February 6 for a special SWMM, followed by a short march around the block led by the famous EVCS marching band drum line because as MLK Jr. put it so perfectly so many years ago, Hate cannot drive out hate. Only love can do that. and that’s what we intend to do. Students will continue to get regular academic instruction in all subject areas that week, in addition to these special activities and events.

If you’re interested in learning more about our plans for the Black Lives Matter at School Week of Action or if you’d like to get involved please plan on sticking around in the auditorium after School-Wide Morning Meeting on Monday January 28th where we can share books, materials and lesson ideas, brainstorm activities together and answer any questions you have.

I always feel grateful to be a part of the EVCS community. But it’s times like these, when we set our intentions to be a force for what is right and we teach our kids that they can be agents of change in an imperfect world, that I am reminded of just how special this community is. Thank you for your support of this initiative.

As ever,

Bradley

EVCS Weekly Jan 21 – 25

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Dear Parents and Guardians,

It was a great week at EVCS!
Take a peek into the Joy of Learning – happening Wednesday at the assembly with Jazz at Lincoln Center! Swing dancing to live Jazz.

Our main line is still not working and we are not sure when it will be back up.
Please use this number until further notice 212-844-4900 –
Dial 3 to reach the main office at EVCS.

Let’s see what’s happening next week…

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This Weekend

Sunday, January 20
EVCS Chess Play Date, K-5
The Roost, 222 Av B, 1-3- to 3-30
More Details

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Next Week

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EVCS Weekly Jan 14 – 18

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Dear Parents and Guardians,

Our phones have been down for some time now,
and we are not sure when the main line will be back up.
Please use this number until further notice
212-844-4900 – Dial 3 to reach EVCS.

We had a great week and played outside every day!
Be sure to layer up and dress warm on cold days – we still go outside!
Remember to label all items so that we can reunite them with your kids.
These are terrific labels, or use a Sharpie on the inside tags!

Let’s see what is coming up next week…

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Saturday, January 12
Special Education Conference (CEC 1)
Join this free conference to learn, inquire and inform you and your family further on Special Education services, supports and advocacy
Hosted by the Community Education Council of District 1
PS 20 Anna Silver School 166 Essex Street 8:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.
To Register Click Here

NEXT WEEK

Monday, January 14
Kindergarten Application Deadline
Current EVCS Pre-K students will be given priority for a Kindergarten seat at EVCS, but you must apply before the deadline.
Please submit your application online here if you have not done so already.

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