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Dear EVCS Families,

The city of Chicago announced yesterday that the new school year will open remotely. They are joining Los Angeles, San Diego and Philadelphia who will offer online learning only.

NYC DOE is still working on Blended Learning reopening plans but all guidelines have not been issued yet, a first day of school date has not been announced.

The movement to demand the city to enable Outdoor Learning is growing: There will be a Town Hall meeting via Zoom tonight at 7PM, sponsored by Council Member Brad Lander calling the city to provide spaces for Outdoor Learning. Models and ideas will be shared with parents.

Register for the Town Hall Meeting HERE

Next Wednesday at 5pm we will hold another PA meeting dedicated to the unknowns of next school year. You can find the information for the meeting below.

See you all then,
EVCS PA Exec Board

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Topic: EVCS PA meeting
Time: Aug 12, 2020 05:00 PM Eastern Time (US and Canada)

Join Zoom Meeting HERE

Meeting ID: 753 5724 6242
Passcode: 6C4KA9

Reminder: Deadline to sign up for 100% remote learning this Friday, August 7

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 please fill out this form.

OR

2. Blended Learning – a 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.

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 this Friday, August 7.

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EVCS Summer Send-off 2020!

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Dear Parents and Guardians,

It is Friday, June 26, Day 65 of remote learning, and the last day school!

Congratulations to our graduates!

An amazing effort was made to honor and celebrate our 5th graders and their time at EVCS. We wish them all the best and good luck heading to middle school! Many thanks to everyone who contributed and made it extra special.

And to everyone – congratulations on making it to the last day of school!
Parents and students, you have done an amazing job all year long!

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Reports & Summer Resources
Today you should have received an email from your teachers with your child’s report as well as summer activities and resources.

The resource list includes academic work to continue practicing over the summer as well as ideas for the whole family in art, music, and physical education! And your Google Classroom content will be accessible over the summer to access at your leisure as well. We recommend reading and writing every day, as well as lots of other activities suggested in the grade-specific emails. Please reach out to Liz & Bradley if you did not receive an email.

In 1st-5th grade, a social classroom has been created for students to stay in touch with friends over the summer. They can join this classroom anytime and set up meet-ups to socialize and share with each other. I can see that many have figured it out already! If not, please be sure to mention this to them. Any questions, please reach out.

And click HERE for a letter from the DOE about some great reading resources for the summer too!

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Visual Art Slide Show 2020
Featuring an original work by every single EVCS student. Enjoy!

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September 2020 Updates
There will be an active team working on fall plans over the summer and we will be in touch to share updates – both school-wide and for your child’s upcoming grade and class. Please feel free to reach out as well with thoughts, ideas, and any questions that come up.

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Click here for past Weekly Emails for previously-shared resources.

Soak up a little sun and have a happy, healthy summer! I hope to see everyone in the fall.

As always,
James

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Dear Parents and Guardians,

It is Friday, 19th – Juneteenth! – and Day 60 of remote learning!

Thank you for your SWMM contributions this past Monday! Loved seeing everyone singing loud and proud!

Happy “beach” spirit day today! The bathers were out in full glory!
We hope it was fun for all! Get ready for the final spirit day 2020,
Wednesday, June 24
, wear school colors: yellow and blue as a spirit nod to everyone moving up and to our fabulous 5th grade classes moving on to Middle School. Let’s all wish them the best & good luck in the years ahead!

THANK YOU for the Real Books

A Big Shout out to our Parent Association and parent volunteers Abby Rubin and Tricia Davies who were instrumental in setting this up.

Re: Real Book PA Initiative Follow-Up and Acknowledgments: The PA has successfully ordered 975 fiction and non-fiction books for 195 of our EVCS students to keep them reading over the summer! We hope kids enjoy the books delivered to their door in a few weeks. Thanks to the Executive PA Board for funding this project and for buying books for anyone who asked. If you’d like to see more of this over the summer, please reach out to Tricia Davies here. We have more ideas to share.
Be well and stay safe,
Tricia & Abby

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Next Week
Let’s see what happens the last week of school ….

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Looking ahead to September

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Dear EVCS families,

Even though the beginning of this school year feels like ages ago, somehow it’s hard to believe that it’s finally actually coming to an end. And what a year it has been – surely one that none of us will ever forget. Our teachers will be working over the next week and a half to help all of our students arrive at a place of closure on their school year. Despite the challenges of the last few months, there have also been great achievements, joyful experiences and tons of academic and personal growth since September. It’s important that our kids get a chance to reflect on and celebrate their journey and finish the year with a sense of pride and accomplishment.

I know that even as we wrap up this school year, on the top of everyone’s mind is what to expect in September. It certainly occupies a lot of my thoughts these days. Although there is still a lot of uncertainty and many, many unanswered questions, we have received some information recently that gives a small window into what the start of next year might look like for us. According to the latest announcements from the Chancellor, schools will be using a “blended learning” approach in September, where all students will spend some of their time learning remotely at home and some of their time learning in person at school. The in person learning would be planned in shifts to allow for social distancing, and although it’s still not clear exactly how this will work, it seems like individual schools will be tasked with coming up with a model that works with the CDC guidelines, takes into account building capacity and enrollment numbers, and also makes sense for their school communities. One thing is for sure, it’s going to be complicated and challenging – but I expect also temporary and a step in the right direction.

If you can join tomorrow morning’s Parents Association meeting at 10:00 I will share whatever details I know about the DOE’s plans for blended learning and specifically how our school is gearing up for it – and I will of course do my best to answer any questions you have, though to be honest I have a million questions of my own. Sorting it all out will take a community effort, and I’m looking forward to beginning that with you tomorrow.

Kind regards,

Bradley

EVCS Weekly June 15 – 19

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Dear Parents and Guardians,

It is Friday, June 12 – Day 60 of remote learning!

What an amazing show, EVCS has talent! – big shout out to Eric! Thank you for putting your heart and soul into it! If you missed it, please check your classroom stream for the links to watch it or enjoy it again!

Happy “decades” spirit day! We had a spectacular turnout – and hope everyone had fun dressing up today! Get ready for the Beach next week!

Final School Wide Morning Meeting Coming up…
Take the Nature Anthem Challenge:
Submit your videos to Bradley (BGoodma4@schools.nyc.gov) by end of day tomorrow!! Sing loud and proud!

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Let’s see what else is coming up….

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