School Wide Morning Meeting Message 4/15/19

Dear EVCS students,

Our core value is Joy of Learning – and one of the places that we see this core value on display regularly is in chess class with Stephanie and Yuri.  

We love chess because it’s not only fun, but it helps us exercise our brains in really important ways.  When we play chess we have to start with a plan for how we are going to move the pieces, but then depending on how our opponent moves we need to update our plan throughout the game.  This is complex problem solving, because the information is constantly changing.

Chess is also really great practice with persistence, because we need to stay focused throughout the game, sometimes for a long time.  And it’s a great way to practice good sportsmanship. Sometimes you win, and sometimes you don’t! As long as you tried your best and had fun you can feel proud.  

We just finished our second ever EVCS chess tournament, and I am happy to say that almost twice as many kids participated this year than last year!  We were so impressed with the intelligence, sportsmanship, and heart our kids demonstrated throughout the tournament.  And now to tell us more about the tournament and officially announce the results is our PE teacher and chess tournament organizer, Coach Eric.

Congratulations again to all the chess tournament participants.  Thanks to the 3rd grade for hosting SWMM today, thanks as always to the SWMM House Band, and thanks to everyone who sang loud and proud this morning.   

Have a great day and a great week.



EVCS Weekly April 15 – 18


Dear Parents and Guardians,

The EVCS Gala-xy was spectacular. Thank you Gala Team! Another amazing effort and a record turnout! Congratulations to every winner, every parent, child, and donor! You know who you are! Thank you, teachers and staff, for being part of the NEW raffle this year and creating the life experiences and memories for our kids! We want to thank Performance Space New York for supporting EVCS and sharing an amazing room for our event. The Parent Association will be reaching out soon with more detail, stay tuned!

Gala Winners: Please be sure to reach out to the Gala Team at with any questions and to collect your prizes!

What could possibly top the Gala? You guessed it, the Multicultural Share!
This is one of our favorite events because it involves adults AND kids!

The Multicultural Share Event will be on Friday, May 3 this year!
The deadline to sign up for the performance part of the share is today at 5:00 p.m.! please be sure to get an online form in now if your child or family hopes to be considered for a performance spot. See details below!

We hope the cooks in our crowd will consider making something for the Multicultural Share Potluck portion of this event! Bring your favorite family dish! More information went home in backpacks this week. We will have free disposable aluminum pans available in the yard the week of the share or you can pick one up in the office anytime! Details and sign-up links are below.

And in case you missed the Town Hall Safety Meeting this week, Our Building Response Team (BRT) presented the following information: Building-Wide Safety Roles and Procedures. Any questions may be emailed directly to Liz Wanttaja at

Take a look at dates and mark our calendars…

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FleaVCS Needs You!

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FleaVCS Needs You!

Dear EVCS Families,

Do you have a bag of clothes waiting to be donated? Have you gotten out the summer clothes only to realize they no longer fit? Did you get on a Marie Kondo kick recently and empty out your wardrobe? Good news….

On May 18th we will be holding FleaVCS, an adult and kids clothing swap as well as a bike and scooter swap! Free to enter, $10 to fill a bag with clothes – all are welcome and proceeds go to the EVCSPA. We will also have the EVCS drum line, recycled art projects and puppets and food vendors!


We realize that there may be a lot of questions, see the FAQ below.

Sparking Joy,
The Fundraising Team


Where and when is this event taking place?
In the EVCS yard on 12th street between Ave B and Ave C on Saturday May 18th at 12 noon – 4PM

What donations are you looking for?
Clean kids and adult clothes, belts and hand bags in good shape. Also scooters and bikes of all sizes (better if they work, if they need small repairs bring them and we will try to have them fixed on the spot).

How will the bike and scooter swap work?
It’s like that change bowl you see at the register sometimes that says “have a penny, leave a penny, need a penny, take a penny”. So, it’s not a perfect one to one swap, only bring bikes and scooters you want to get rid of. If you are looking for something you can let us know and we will try to find it for you but no guarantees.

My closets are literally busting at the seems, when can I drop donations off?
We are sorry, ours are too, just a bit longer… drop offs will begin on May 13th in the yard – you can donate during school drop off and pick up for the entire week or you can bring donations on the day of the event.

Will this be a free event?
Yes, free to enter and $10 to fill a bag to the brim with clothes. We will be selling recycled paper bags or you can bring your own bag to fill. All proceeds go to the EVCS PA.

Can I bring shoes?
Um, no – that just gets too complicated and heavy. Sorry. But please recycle your shoes.

Can I bring toys or furniture or other stuff?
No, please leave that at home too.

What will the kids do during the day of the event?
They can help find and sort clothes, play on the playground, work on recycled art projects, listen to the drum line, interact with large paper mache puppets,… will be fun!

What if it rains?
It still happens, we will just move it indoors to cafeteria, auditorium and lobby.

Can people outside of EVCS donate and come?
Yes, we want this to be a community event! Please help us spread the word.

This is so cool, can I help?
Yes, we will need lots of volunteers starting at 10AM to help us sort the clothes on the morning of the event – please email to let us know if you can help.

Order this year’s Gala Class Art Project

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Hello EVCS Families and Child Art Collectors/ Appreciators,

11” x 14” Prints of this year’s Gala Class Art Project are for sale until April 18th- (delivery in May) $15.00

Order it now

All of the Stars
Whole-School Collaborative Mural. Acrylic on Canvas.

There is no such thing as an extra planet in the Universe. Each
student and staff member adds their own special planet to our
galaxy that is the East Village Community School. Each and every
one, uniquely important to making our universe and school shine.

Individual classes and the staff created their own galaxy “quadrants” on 14” x 18” canvases. Together these canvases make this Galaxy Mural. The individual canvases were auctioned off during the Spring Gala event.

11” x 14” Photo prints available for delivery in May.

Kind regards,
the Gala team

How do you organize a space party? You Planet!

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Hi EVCS Families and Space Rangers,

Our own Big Bang is happening this Saturday!

Come join us April 6th at PSNY (150 1st Ave, 4th Floor) 7-11:30pm. For our 2019 Spring Auction Gala-xy.

RSVP HERE and entrance is FREE. Or walk up and pay $10 at the door. RSVP for and bring along your most fun 21+ Friends and Family.

The Silent Auction is absolutely brimming with fantastic items. Get cozy and read it HERE

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This year all of our glorious Teacher Playdates as well as the Principal for the Day are going to be raffled off. Tickets are $5 and For Sale one more day in the yard (drop-off and pick-up) Friday, as well as at the Gala. See the super-nova-fun raffle list and descriptions HERE.

The Events Committee and Gala Team have been working their suns and moons off and can’t wait to celebrate all our hard work. There is still time to help us out.

Set-up/ Clean-up / Help-out during
Bartending Shifts
Donate Desserts
Sign-up Here

Can’t wait to see everyone there!

The Gala Team

PS- How do you organize a space party? You Planet!

School Wide Morning Meeting Message 4/1/19

Dear EVCS students,

Let’s put our hands together for everyone who participated in the jump rope demonstration this morning!  Jumping rope is a great way to exercise and take care of your body. It’s also very important that we eat healthy food and start the day with a good breakfast.  We always have breakfast available for all of our students in the cafeteria in the morning. If you do want to have breakfast at school we ask that you try to arrive early enough that you can finish before 8:30 when our classes go upstairs.  We have noticed that a lot of our students have been bringing breakfast trays up with them in the morning, which can be distracting and also messy in the classrooms. Let’s try to do better at finishing breakfast before 8:30 in the cafeteria.  

I’m happy to announce that we will be holding a raffle again this year to become Principal for the Day!  Whoever wins the raffle will have special privileges and responsibilities on one day, including sitting in with the SWMM House Band and reading the morning message, creating one special rule for the day, and going out to a special lunch with me.  The Principal for the Day and l will also visit every classroom and read your favorite book to the Pre-K and Kindergarten classes. Tickets are $5 and will be on sale in the schoolyard every day this week at arrival and dismissal. The raffle drawing will be at the spring gala on Saturday night.  

Finally, the Multicultural Share will be on Friday, May 3.  If you want to sign up to perform you must submit a request online before next Friday, April 12.

Big thanks to all of our students and staff who jumped rope this morning!  Thanks as always to the SWMM house band, and thanks to everyone who came this morning and sang loud and proud!

Have a great day and a great week.



EVCS General PA meeting – This Wednesday after drop-off

Hello EVCS Families,

This Wednesday (3/27) morning we have our March General PA meeting. 8:45am in the Lunch Room.

Come for the coffee, stay for the awesome agenda!

Also coming up…

The Spring Gala!! April 6th 7PM

Only 11 days to go until our biggest fundraiser of the year. 7-11:30 PM. This is an adults-only event. Bring your friends, a truly blast-of-a-night, all benefitting our kids and EVCS. RSVP for yourself and guests here. Free to enter if you RSVP, $10 at the door. Volunteers and Desserts needed Sign-up here. See the partial auction catalogue – growing everyday- here

EVCS Diversity and Inclusivity Meeting -April 16th 6PM

The Diversity/ Inclusivity meeting will be holding a friendly gathering/ check-in 6-7PM. All parents/ caregivers of EVCS children are welcome to this informal and open discussion. Come share your thoughts, experiences, ideas and opinions about our school and classroom culture –particularly in terms of diversity (however you want to define it) and inclusion. Childcare will be provided for current EVCS students.

Screenagers Movie at ICE- April 17th 6PM

Our families are invited to a documentary screening of Screenagers. Wednesday April 17th, 6-8PM, at the Institute of Collaborative Education (ICE) M/S-H/S (345 E.15th ). Tickets $10/adults and $5/kids. This film brings a view into growing up in the digital age. A great film to see for both parents and older (4th/5th grade) kids. A brief discussion session to follow the screening.

Buy Tickets here:

See you Wed. Morning!

The PA Exec.

The Gala is 2 weeks away!

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Calling all Space Fans –

It’s the final stretch, our Annual Spring Gala- or this year, Spring Gala-xy- is less than two weeks away!

Please enjoy this sneak peek at a small selection of all the out-of-this-world items we have up for bid in our Silent Auction. We especially encourage you to preview the Summer Camp Deals, so you can research and come ready to bid!

Entrance is Free! Bring your Friends and Family! But don’t forget to RSVP before April 5th. It’ll be $10 at the door if you don’t.

Volunteers still needed! Sign-up here:

• Check-in Volunteers

• Ticket Sales and Raffle Monitors

• Bartenders

• Clean-up Crew

• Dessert Donations

More fabulous items are being added to the Auction everyday. You are NOT going to want to miss out! If you can’t make it this year, find your proxy bidder ASAP!!

The sky is NOT the limit this year!!

-The Gala Committee

PS. Please Log any Auction item Donations – here- so they make it into the final catalog!

PPS- Again Don’t Forget to RSVP

EVCS Weekly March 25 – 29

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Dear Parents and Guardians,

We had a great week at EVCS and everyone enjoyed the sunshine!
The temperatures are slowly rising and so are the bins in the lost and found!
Please be sure to pass by the main lobby to look through the bins and rack for any items that may belong to you!

There is still time to add to your Reading Olympics form or start a new one! Please bring everything to your teachers on Monday! Every participant will receive a certificate! If you need additional sponsor sheets, click here!
See the Principal’s Challenge for more inspiration! Happy Reading!

Let’s take a look at what is coming up next week…

By now you have received a green envelope from your Teacher(s)
It is our hope that every family will take the time to fill out this survey.

We want to reach 100% participation – Right now we are at only 23%!.
There are still surveys to fill out! Thank you for taking this seriously.


Next Week

Monday, March 25
Book Sale 8:00 in the yard. We have plenty of books for this one!

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