School Wide Morning Meeting Message, September 24, 2019

Dear EVCS Students,

Welcome to the first School-Wide morning meeting of the new school year!  It’s so great to be with all of you, singing loud and proud together again.  We will gather here in the auditorium every other Monday morning to sing together, share our work, and connect as a whole school community.  Parents are always welcome and encouraged to join and sit with their kids.  

Each time we get together at SWMM we reflect on one or more of our core values.  Does anyone think they can name all five of our core values?  

Our Core Value is Social Action

This past Friday millions of people around the world, including hundreds of thousands of people in New York City, left their schools or their jobs to demonstrate against climate change.  Many of our own students and families attended the march.   

People marched with signs and chanted slogans to urge our government and corporations to take greater responsibility for the environment and adopt policies that would slow the effects of climate change, which is maybe the most important challenge we are facing today.  This is a youth led movement, organized by kids like you! Never forget how powerful your voice can be, when you stand up for what you believe in. 

The East Village Community School stands in solidarity with our youth activists who are leading the way on this critical issue.

This coming Saturday we will have a potluck picnic and playdate in the schoolyard, from 10 to 2.  Everyone is invited! It’ll be a nice opportunity to parents and kids reconnect with old friends and make some new ones.  I hope to see you there.

Finally, for our parents: This Wednesday morning we will have our very first Parents Association meeting of the year.  It’s a packed agenda, including voting in new parent SLT members. It’s a great way to get involved in the school – please try to make it if you can.  

Big thanks so much to all of the parents who came this morning, huge thanks to the SWMM house band, and thank you to everyone who sang loud and proud. Have a great day and great week everyone.  


PA General Meeting and SLT Elections

Dear EVCS families,

This Wednesday, 9/25/19 (25.9.19) we will have our first general meeting of the Parent Association in the school cafeteria right after drop off (there will be coffee and tea). The two main items on the agenda for this meeting are: voting on the proposed operating budget for the school year and electing 3 new parents to the SLT (School Leadership Team).

Operating Budget
The proposal includes funding for Curriculum Support for our children including Chess, Gardening, Dance, Music, Recess enhancement and more. It also includes funding for School picnic T-shirts, appreciation for school staff members, lice checks, contribution to 5th grade graduation and parent workshops among other things. The full budget proposal will be presented at the meeting.

SLT (School Leadership Team)
We will hold elections for 3 SLT (School Leadership Team) spots. So far, there are 5 parents who have shown interest in joining but every parent can nominate themselves at the morning meeting. This year, in addition to all the great work SLT volunteers are putting into shaping and leading the school, they will also get a chance to take part in preliminary meetings with DOE staff members and PS 34 PTA and SLT members regarding the proposal to merge the two schools.

Meet our SLT nominees:

Luis Cruz
My name is Luis Cruz and I have two children of which the oldest, Maximilian, is currently in 1st grade, and on his 3rd year at EVCS.

It’s been a few decades since I was a NYC public school student myself. While I engineer complex data delivery networks, I am relatively new to the multiplex system of a public school.
For me, the most rewarding aspects of becoming a SLT member is, to be actively involved in the collaboration, discussions, and explorations as means of continuing to improve the EVCS experience for our young learners, parents, and staff.

Erica Fontana
My name is Erica Fontana. I am a mother to a 2nd and 4th grader at EVCS and a proud New York City public school educator of over 15 years. I was born and raised in The East Village and have taught at East Side Community High School (District 1) for over a decade as a 6th grade reading and writing teacher, SLT member, teacher mentor and grade team leader. My life loves are my own children, other people’s children, and education. They are what bring me joy and purpose. As an SLT member at EVCS, I believe I can bring valuable insights to the leadership team and engage in the dialogue from several different perspectives. This is the best way I believe I can give back to EVCS.

Michael Kim
I am a Detroit-born, SoCal-raised, 20+ year New Yorker. I work as a television director for ABC News. My son Otis is a 2nd grader in Rebecca and Marlo’s class. Our family is a bilingual (English and German) and biracial (white and Korean) household. We live in Chinatown but were turned off by achievement/performance-focused schools; instead, we were drawn to EVCS’ mission and core values. After one year of getting acquainted with EVCS (Otis went to kindergarten at Little Mish) I am excited to get more involved in our school’s pedagogy and culture.

Shabnam Faruki
My name is Shabnam Faruki, and my son is in Kindergarten at EVCS. I am running for a position on the SLT because I am passionate about education policy and dedicated to equity and diversity in our public schools. I work as a social justice lawyer at Brooklyn Legal Services. My office provides free legal representation to low-income New Yorkers, and I am the director of our foreclosure prevention unit, which represents people who are facing abusive or discriminatory practices by banks and other powerful corporate entities. Like most of you, I love EVCS’s core values, and my work has me thinking daily about kindness, inclusion, and social action.

I am committed to striving for high standards, fairness, and continued improvement for our amazing school. I have lived in District 1 for over ten years and am eager to see our school and neighborhood provide a stable and joyful environment for our children. As an advocate and manager, I would bring strong writing, problem-solving, and organizational skills to the SLT. As a supervisor and team leader, I am experienced at identifying internal trends and areas for improvement, and striving for better performance and outcomes. I love working with others to brainstorm new ideas and approaches, and I am always happy to advocate internally and externally for good ideas.

Finally, I believe the SLT is interested in diversifying its team. Having just joined the school, I don’t yet know how well it represents the school body, but I believe that I would add ethnic and cultural diversity to the SLT. I am a progressive Muslim, born and raised in New York, of Indian and Pakistani descent. My husband and I are from different countries and religious backgrounds. Our family praises multiculturalism and difference of all kinds. It is this value, along with a deep commitment to social equity and inclusion, that I will bring to the SLT.

Crystal Perry
Mother of Alissa in 4th grade will be on hand in person to present herself at the meeting Wednesday morning.

See you Wednesday at the meeting and Saturday at the picnic,

Carol, Catharine, Choresh, Heather, Marla, Nina, Nina, Travis, Wes, Yuri
PA Executive board

EVCS Weekly Sept 23-27

Dear Parents and Guardians,

It was great to see so many families out at curriculum night.

Let’s see what is coming up:


Monday, September 23
Our first School-Wide Morning Meeting of the year will be at 8:50 a.m. in the auditorium. All parents and guardians are welcome to sit with your child’s class and sing along!

Wednesday, September 25
First Monthly General Parent Association Meeting
8:45 a.m. in the cafeteria. All parents and guardians are welcome and encouraged to attend. Come out to learn more about our Parent Association, events & goals for the year. Join a committee and get involved! This will also be the School Leadership Team (SLT) Elections. Hope to see you there.

Important CEC Evening Meeting Wednesday September 25
PS20 Anna Silver 166 Essex Street
6:00 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.
Representatives from the DOE Office of District Planning will be there to present on District 1 data and needs, including updates on the idea to potentially merge EVCS and PS 34. For more information click here.

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EVCS Weekly Sept 16 – 20

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Dear Parents and Guardians,

Our first full week of school and everyone seems to be settling in.
Some of us may still be working out the kinks, so please be sure to let your teacher(s) know where your child goes each day for dismissal so that we can be sure everyone is safe and accounted for.

And PLEASE write your child’s name and school on all lunch boxes, jackets, sweaters, water bottles, and any other special or important items that you care about! This will help to reunite items that do get misplaced. The Lost and Found is located in the main lobby on the west side. Please check it occasionally for any items you may be missing. Each quarter, unclaimed items are donated to an up-cycling project or charitable organization. We will send out reminders before the items are cleared out.

Monthly Menus

You have heard from the Parent Associaton and Bradley about how important the School Leadership Team (SLT) is for schools. You may nominate yourself by sending an email to the PA President at The positions will be voted on at the first General Parent Association Meeting (PA) on Wednesday, September 25 at 8:50 am in the cafeteria.

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Welcome (Back)!

Hello EVCS Parent Association Members,

The Parent Association would like to extend a big huge warm welcome (back) to all our members. As a person with a child attending EVCS, you are automatically a member of the Parent Association. You’re in! Congratulations! We are thrilled you are all here and have lots of great things to share with you.

We’ll start with some important upcoming dates. Please mark your calendar!

Sept 18th Wed: Curriculum Night 5:30-7:30pm
School organized event to meet your teachers and hear about the year ahead. For parents and caregivers.

Sept 23rd Mon: School Wide Morning Meeting
In the auditorium 8:45-9:15am

Sept 25th Wed: The First General PA Meeting and Elections for Parent Members of the SLT (School Leadership Team)
Lots to get done at this important meeting, including approving this year’s operating budget, approving a few capital purchases and electing members to the SLT. Plus there are committee chair vacancies that need to be filled.

There are 3 parent seats on the School Leadership Team that need to be filled. The SLT is a DOE mandated committee made up of an even number of parents and school staff that meets monthly to discuss school policies and budgeting. The SLT meets on the last Thursday of every month from 3:30-5:30pm. Members are expected to attend all meetings (10 total). Each member is elected to a 2-year term. More info HERE.

If you interested in SLT or if you would like to nominate yourself, please email Nominations accepted during the meeting as well.

Sept 26th Thurs: First SLT meeting 3:30-5:30pm
In the EVCS Library Conference Room

Sept 28th Sat: School-wide Family Picnic 10am to 2pm
In the school yard.
You bring a dish, we bring the cutlery and the lemonade. More details to come.

Become a Class Parent!
The easiest and most direct way to get involved with your kid’s school life is to become a class parent. Each classroom needs at least 1-2 CP’s. But the more who volunteer the easier the job! email with questions.

That’s all for now, believe us, much more to come.
Looking forward to seeing you all in the yard some time soon!

Your Lovin’,
PA executive board

EVCS Weekly Sept 9-13

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Dear Parents and Guardians,

Stellar Day 2! We are all looking forward to an amazing year full of fun events, community building, and support for our kiddos.

You are automatically a member of our Parent Association and the members of the Executive Committee will be reaching out soon to welcome you and share the meeting schedule for the year. You will find these and other important dates on the EVCS calendar located on our website at

Some of you may have heard the term class parent mentioned in your teacher welcome letters or seen the recent email today about becoming a class parent. Once we have a volunteer for each class, the CP’s will be given a class list including names with email addresses. If for any reason you are not comfortable sharing your email address with the class parent, please reach out to me directly. Click here to learn more about the role of the class parent.

Water Fountains
Thanks to the generous support of our Parents Association we have
new water fountains installed in the building – but they have not yet been turned on. We are waiting for them to be tested and cleared by the Division of School Facilities (DSF). In the meantime, please send your children with full water bottles.

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After School Opportunities

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Dear EVCS Families,

There was an amazing energy in the yard this morning! We’re so happy to be back in action.

In the event that you missed the initial after school email or you are still figuring it all out, please take a look below:


An EVCS Production of The Lion King!

In partnership with Child’s Play NY

Meet Fridays from 2:50p-4:45p / Begins September 13 – December 13
The African savannah will come to life on our own stage at EVCS!

Spaces are going quickly – snag your spot today!

Register here!


EVCS After School Programs Information

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Dear EVCS Families,

We’re looking forward to welcoming you and your children in a couple of weeks! As you prepare and plan for this year we wanted to share some useful information about after school activities and school food.


On-Site Afterschool Programming

Green Apple Kids @ EVCS

Our on-site program partner, Green Apple Kids (GAK) is a fee-based program that can be utilized between 1-5 days a week from 2:50 until 6:00 p.m.

The Afternoon Break Down Schedule
2:50 Pick-up at dismissal
3-3:45 Supervised outdoor free playtime
3:45-4 Transition to homerooms
4-4:20 Snack (provided, or send additional items with your child)
4:30-5:30 Project time
5:45-6 Dismissal/ Lobby

GAK offers hands-on, child-centered science- and art-based after school programming that will enhance our students understanding of their own personal bodies, their immediate environment, and the larger world that we all inhabit. This program will encourage youth to become more insightful about who they are, the gravity of their actions, and how they can make positive choices for themselves, and the Earth. Each day we will be working on student-driven projects with teacher’s guidance.

Registration is now open!
Paper Forms are available to print below from the website or pick up paper copies in the lobby at EVCS located on our information bulletin board.
Return forms via email directly to
or drop forms off at the main EVCS office.

Registration Forms and Information can be found on our website:

If you have any questions, please feel free to call the Program Director:
Liza Mendel at 347-497-0732 or email her at


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TRU Movmnt Afterschool

Mission Statement

TRU Movmnt Afterschool is about allowing our children to explore, apply and play with Tangible, Relevant and Universal movement patterns. We’re about helping our children develop movement curiosity and creativity, understanding that they are only limited by their imagination. We at TRU Movmnt wish to foster a lifelong love for movement.

• Speed of Light Track Club (SOLTC)
• Sport Sword (Martial Arts)
• Fight Play (Fight Choreography)

Speed of Light Track Club
The goal of Track is to develop the athletic potential of your children through various activities and training methods. We want our young people to enjoy their athletic endeavors and to grow into strong, competent athletes. The focus will be on learning how to run properly, addressing running form, lower limb stability, and strength development. Furthermore, your children will develop a love for the art of running. Track is a semi-competitive as well as a recreational club. Throughout the season there will be events of various different levels that are open to all who wish to compete. No one is required to compete.

*SOLTC meets three days a week on Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday.

Sport Sword
Sport Sword is based on the Japanese art “Chanbara”, created nearly 50 years ago. Chanbara is heavily influenced by the traditional Japanese sword arts of Iaido and Kendo. In Sport Sword, we use foam swords to teach martial concepts such as focus, discipline, respect, technique, and confidence. The primary focus of Sport Sword is to teach your child the importance of self-control, and the proper and safe use of the soft swords, allowing students to train at full speed.

*Sport Sword meets twice a week on Monday and Friday.

Fight Play
Using swordplay the focus will be on learning how to stage a choreographed fight scene. Through Fight Play, students will learn how to work cooperatively with partners to tell a compelling movement story. Through this, they will develop greater awareness, timing, patience, and confidence in their spatial understanding of their surrounding environment. The skills your children will learn will culminate in an end-of-season performance piece that will be shared with the families.

*Fight Play meets twice a week on Monday and Friday.

Thanks, Coach Aswad

EVCS Weekly June 24-26 Last days of School!

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Dear Parents and Guardians,

Despite the rain, these kids had a blast on Tuesday this week with games, wacky hair and hat day, and swapping classrooms for fun with buddies.

We are winding down another amazing year!
Let’s see what the last 3 days of school will look like…



Monday, June 24

Pride Day at EVCS!
In celebration of Pride Month, a group of LGBTQ parents from EVCS are hosting a dedicated bake sale on Monday, June 24th. All proceeds go to an LGBTQ charity, New Alternatives Thank you in advance for the support!


Throughout the day. there will be classroom readings of this year’s school-wide book, Stonewall by Rob Sanders. For younger audiences, we will bring out the Pride Book again this year, a picture book on Harvey Milk.

Tuesday, June 25
Final day for Green Apple Kids (GAK) after-school programming.

Wednesday, June 26
Last Day For All Students. Early Dismissal. Pick up will be at 11:30 a.m.
Please be sure to pick up your child promptly at 11:30 a.m.