EVCS Weekly May 25 – 29

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Dear Parents and Guardians,

It is Friday, May 22 – Day 45 of remote learning!

If you haven’t had a Spring “Parent Teacher Conferences” yet, please check-in with your child’s teacher(s), and set something up.

A big thanks to everyone who led us in the sing-a-longs this week at SWMM!
It’s posted in your child’s Google Classroom Stream, so if you missed it on Monday, go back and check it out! And for those who want to sing along here is the EVCS Song Book for reference!

It was wonderful to see so many faces Monday at the remote PA meeting!
If you missed the community meeting this week, you can read the minutes hereand join us next time on Wednesday, June 5 at 5:00 p.m. The Zoom meeting link will go out from the PA President – please keep an eye out for the email. We hope you can join us.

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School Wide Morning Meeting Message – May 18, 2020

Dear EVCS Students,

How great was that to see so many different people contributing to School-Wide Morning Meeting today!  I want to give a massive shout out and THANKS to Yaeli, Yonatan, Yuval, Manuel, Annabel, Ellie, Craig and Terry for sending in videos to use in this week’s SWMM.  Our next SWMM will be on June 1 – and then we will have one every Monday until the last week of school.  If you would like to be included please record yourself singing and/or playing any of the SWMM songs and send the video to bradley@evcs.me.

And if you would like to participate in this year’s talent show, the deadline to submit performances has been extended to this Sunday, May 24.  We have so many talented students at EVCS – I can’t wait to see what you do.  Submissions should be sent to talentshow@evcs.me.  

Keep up the incredible work everyone!  You’re doing great and I’m so proud of all of you for staying focused and staying positive throughout this unusual time.  Don’t forget, whatever happens… 

Thanks again to everyone who led us in the singalong today, and a big thank you to everyone who sang loud and proud from their homes! Have a great day and great week everyone.  

Love,
Bradley

EVCS Weekly May 18 – 22

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Dear Parents and Guardians,

It is Friday, May 15 – Day 40 of remote learning!

We see some amazing things happening in classrooms! Keep of the great work everyone, you are doing a wonderful job!

And we’ve starting Spring “Parent Teacher Conferences”! So if you haven’t scheduled a check-in with your child’s teacher yet, please reach out to them to schedule one before next Friday!

Let’s see what else is coming up….

Monday, May 18
School Wide Morning Meeting
Check your child’s Google Classroom for the next SWMM!
Sing loud and proud along with the newest recording.

Wednesday, May 20
Parents Association Meeting at 10:00am
Zoom meeting information will come straight from the PA shortly!

Friday, May 22
Willy Wonka Kids
5:30 p.m showtime
Join the cast and creative team of EVCS Players Willy Wonka Kids for
a movie-musical premiere! Stay tuned for link information next week!

Sunday, May 24
Extended Deadline EVCS Talent Show !
Pull your act together and share it with us! You still have time to be part of the first ever EVCS virtual talent show! Think extra creatively about your talent this year. Videos should be a maximum of around 4 minutes long. Videos should be sent to talentshow@evcs.me. No talent is too small!

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And Save the Dates for Upcoming Parent Association Meetings
– Wednesday, May 20 at 10:00am
– Wednesday, June 3 at 5:00pm
– Wednesday, June 17 at 10:00am
All Zoom information will be sent to parents directly from the PA!

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May Parent-Teacher check in

Dear EVCS Families,

First, I want to thank you for your collaboration throughout each stage of the process of updating our remote learning framework. From the survey you filled out in April to the grade level Q&A sessions last week, your voices were heard and I think the plans that were developed through this process represent this collaborative effort well. If you weren’t able to participate in the Q&A in real time and would like to see the recording, they are all archived here. And as a reminder, you can read the overview of our remote learning plan for the next two months here.

Ordinarily at this time of the year we would be organizing our annual evening open house, when families get the chance to meet the teachers in the next grade level and get a preview of the classrooms, curriculum and expectations for next year. Given all the ways that we are restricted in our ability to do that now, not to mention the unknowns about exactly what next year will bring, we are instead going to use this as an opportunity for parents to have an individual check-in with their child’s teacher. Think of it as an abbreviated version of the parent-teacher conferences we just held at the beginning of March. The intention is to make sure we have clear, actionable goals and next steps for every student, so that we can finish this school year strong. Your child’s teacher will be reaching out this week to schedule a time for your check in, which will happen via phone or video conference.

I hope you are all feeling and doing well. I miss our school so much, your kids most of all. You’re all very much in my thoughts and I just can’t wait until we are all back together again. Please give your kids a squeeze for me.

As ever,
Bradley

EVCS Weekly May 11-15

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Dear Parents and Guardians,

It is Friday, May 8 – Day 35 of remote learning!

Thank you for the flood of love to teachers this week! We know how much they appreciate hearing from you and receiving extra warm wishes that recognize their hard work. The week flew by with many new read alouds posted. Please be sure to check the stream in your google classroom to catch up if you missed anything! We also hope everyone enjoyed the Parent Q & A meetings.
If you missed your class meeting, you are in luck, Liz recorded each one.
Please find your class meeting here.

Fun reminder, a virtual talent show is in the works!
If you have something to share with our community please be sure to work on your piece, practice and prepare to share! Details to follow.

2020-21 Kindergarten at EVCS
EVCS PreK Families: Please remember to Accept Your Kindergarten Offers here at myschools to secure your child’s seat.

Remote Attendance Reminders
Each day in Google Classroom, remember to start off by answering the morning question. Answering the question is one way teachers take attendance! If you turn in your work in Google Classroom they will also be able to see that you are successfully interacting. If anyone is having issues, please reach out to us and we will help you troubleshoot.

If you are an essential worker and need child care, complete this FORM to begin the enrollment process for the city childcare & enrichment centers. From doctors to grocery store workers, you all are essential to keeping our city going!

Requesting Device and Distribution
Click HERE for access to the Device Request Form
Your student ID is required – reach out to teachers or me if you need it.
EVCS is located under The East Village Community School.
Click HERE for information on Device Distribution

Resources

Find a Free Meal Hub Near You:
Click for locations to find “Grab & Go” meals for all New Yorkers.
Meals Hubs will operate for children and families from 7:30 am to 11:30 am, and for adults from 11:30 am to 1:30 pm, Monday – Friday. Everyone can pick up three meals at one time, and parents may pick up meals for their children. No registration or ID is required – no one will be turned away.

Free Crisis Counseling
Free Crisis Counseling as well as additional tips to support parents with managing anxiety and other mental health concerns. Call 844-863-9314 to receive free and confidential emotional support. This link is additional stress and anxiety management techniques during this time.
https://omh.ny.gov/omhweb/guidance/covid-19-managing-stress-anxiety.pdf

Let’s Learn, NYC – NYC DOE TV Program
This daily, 1-hour TV program on PBS 13 is for kids in PreK-2nd grade featuring NYC DOE teachers. One-hour lessons include literacy, math, music, movement, science and social studies.

New, Local CSA
Click here for more information. A sliding scale payment structure offers low-cost shares to households receiving food stamps. A local beekeeper Ray Sage hived 3 new bee colonies from Georgia on the Sixth Street rooftop and the bees are active and thriving. Honey will be available for CSA members this summer!

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STAY CONNECTED

Follow us on Instagram – @eastvillagecommunityschool

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.

Get a Library Card
To gain access to an array of digital resources, New York residents can apply for a New York Public Library card through SimplyE to gain access to an array of digital resources, including e-books and audiobooks, as well as databases available from home during our period of closure.
Information link to apply is here.

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Please reach out to us if you need anything.

To all the moms out there, hope it’s a special day on Sunday!
Enjoy your weekend.

James

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

School Wide Morning Meeting Message 05.04.2020

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May 4, 2020

Dear EVCS Students,

It’s been 7 weeks since we were all together at school, and I miss you guys so much!   I’ve also really missed our School-Wide Morning Meetings, and even though it was fun to sing the songs by myself for you, I really want to hear your voices and share the music – because that’s what SWMM is all about.  So, for the next SWMM I would like to ask YOU to please video yourself singing one of our SWMM songs – it can be alone, with your family, with instruments or acapella (just singing voices).  Of course it’s optional – but if you send me a video of you singing a SWMM song, I will try to include it in next Monday’s School-Wide Morning Meeting!   

And I have some exciting news to share.  Even though our Multicultural Share was cancelled this year, we are still going to have a talent show!  Any EVCS student who wants to participate will be able to share a 3-4 minute video recorded performance.  We will be sending an email home this week with the details of how it will work and when you have to submit your video by, but please start thinking about if/what you would like to share.  Fun!

Also I will be starting a read aloud this week of one of my all-time favorite chapter books, Jenny and the Cat Club.  I will place a link in everyone’s Google Classroom starting this Wednesday, so look out for that.

I can’t wait until the time that we can be together again.  I’ve been visiting your remote classrooms and I see how hard you are working, and I feel so proud of all of you for your persistence and determination.  I know it hasn’t been easy, and that nothing compares to being in school together, but it won’t always be like this.  Stay focused and keep up the great work, and we’ll be back at school one day soon! 

I want to say a big thank you to everyone who sang loud and proud from their homes! Have a great day and great week everyone.  

Love,
Bradley

EVCS Weekly May 4 – 8

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Dear Parents and Guardians,

It is Friday, May 1 – Day 30 of remote learning!

I hope everyone is finding ways to stay active and healthy.
We want to thank you for being supportive partners and helping your children do the best they can every single day!

Bradley shared updates to our Remote Learning Plan Wednesday and there will be an opportunity next week to meet with your teachers for live Q&A to hear more about the plans. Please find more details below.

Tomorrow, Saturday, May 2 is the second day of this extremely cool event: Everywhere Book Fest! Check it out.

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Updates to Remote Learning Plan

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Dear EVCS Family,

Over the last few weeks we have been engaged in a large-scale deliberative process, gathering feedback from our staff and families about their experiences with remote learning through surveys and meetings, with the intention of developing a cohesive vision that will carry us through the end of this school year. We think it’s essential that we take into account the voices and perspectives of our different constituency groups, the things we have learned about what our students and families need in this time of crisis, and also – as much as possible – preserve and center our school’s vision and mission and our shared beliefs about what makes high quality teaching and learning. We still have more than two months of school before we break for the summer, and we intend to make the most of it! Please have a look at our school-wide remote learning plan here.

I’m sure that after reviewing the principles and guidelines for remote learning in our framework that questions will emerge about how this plan will take form at specific grade levels, and we want to make sure that we are creating space for those questions to be asked and answered. Therefore, we will be hosting grade-level Q&A sessions for parents next week. Each session will last about 45 minutes and will include the classroom teachers, Liz and me. In order to use the time most efficiently we are suggesting that questions be submitted in advance in this form. The schedule for Q&A sessions can be found here, and please note that we will be recording the sessions so parents who were not able to attend can access later.

As an important sidebar to our remote learning plan, I want to highlight the fact that a significant amount of feedback we received from parents about their experience with remote learning was lamenting the fact that their children are now spending such a dramatically increased amount of time on screens. While we recognize that the digital interface is a necessary part of remote learning, we also want to make sure that we are encouraging our students to be learning in analog formats, whenever that is an option. Perhaps the most important way that we can create continuity for our kids’ learning and also get them off their devices is by encouraging reading of old fashioned books. Having said that, I know that families’ supply of grade-level books in their homes is limited and/or has already been exhausted and in need of refreshing. If you are able to order more books through booksellers that are currently shipping, please do so! If you need advice on what books would be on your child’s level, please reach out to their classroom teacher or consult the handy Scholastic Book Wizard. And if ordering anything is not possible at the moment, I am very pleased to tell you that our world class Parents Association is currently putting the finishing details on an initiative to get actual books in the hands of every EVCS student who needs them, at no cost to our families. Our PA is the best! More information on that initiative will be coming very soon.

I want to put in a plug for a few additional initiatives that we will be rolling out this spring, in order to keep things interesting and fresh. I enjoyed reading books to our kids so much over our “spring break” week, that I will be starting a new read aloud cycle from a magnificent, but somehow lesser known classic chapter book called Jenny and the Cat Club. Be on the lookout for links to that in Google Classroom next week – it’s great for all ages. And our Multicultural Share may be cancelled, but we will be hosting a school-wide talent show! It’s going to be great, and all will be welcome to share their special talents in pre-recorded 3 or so minute clips. Stay tuned for more information from our Master of Ceremonies Eric, but please tell your kids to start polishing up their acts. And finally, this Monday morning we will be posting a link to our first ever remote School-Wide Morning Meeting. Given our constraints with the permitted technologies, the first remote SWMM will be pre-recorded – and hopefully we can figure a way to do live SWMMs soon.

I hope you are all staying healthy, safe, and relatively sane. Hang in there folks!

With love,
Bradley

EVCS Weekly April 27 – May 1

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Dear Parents and Guardians,

It is Friday, April 24 – Day 25 of remote learning!

It was great to see and hear some of you this past Monday at the remote PA meeting. If you missed it, the meeting was recorded. The next PA Meeting is May 27, 2020 at 10:00am.

Next Week

Monday, April 27 – Friday, May 1
Remote Learning Continues!

Attendance Reminders
Each day in Google Classroom, remember to start off by answering the morning question. Answering the question is one way teachers take attendance! If you turn in your work in Google Classroom they will also be able to see that you are successfully interacting. If anyone is still having issues logging in, please reach out to us and we will help you troubleshoot any issues.

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EVCS Weekly April 20 – 24

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Dear Parents and Guardians,

We hope everyone discovered something new this week and had fun exploring on our virtual field trips! **

It is Friday, April 17 – Day 20 of remote learning!

Next Week

Monday, April 20 – Friday, April 24
Remote Learning Continues – remember, our start time is 9:30am
Please be sure to make contact with your teachers daily either through the Google Classroom or via email.

Thursday, April 23
3:00pm – SLT Meeting

Attendance Reminders
Each day in Google Classroom, remember to start off by answering the morning question. Answering the question is one way teachers take attendance! If you turn in your work in Google Classroom they will also be able to see that you are successfully interacting. If anyone is still having issues logging in, please reach out to us and we will help you troubleshoot any issues.

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