Dear Parents and EVCS Community,
At drop off tomorrow morning, Friday June 8th, 8:05-8:30 am, teachers are gathering to rally outside of the school, as a “walk in” demonstration to educate about and demand family leave from New York State. Please feel free to join them to show your solidarity and support the fight for family leave as this is something that affects all families and together we can make change for the better. As public workers, teachers do not currently receive the same sets of protections as non-public workers, including the rights to paid family leave.
Here are a few points that organizers and our teachers have highlighted:
* Paid family leave does not exist for NYC public school teachers and other unionized public workers in NYS.
* The new NYS law affording paid family leave to NYS residents does not apply to unionized public workers.
* Teachers are required to exhaust their bank of sick leave days in order to get paid for caring for a newborn or newly adopted child, or to care for a sick relative.
* No sick days? Teachers must borrow against their sick days to take a so-called maternity leave. They are required to take a leave of 6 weeks after the birth of a child, but cannot take more than 12 weeks leave without losing health insurance for their family.
Please consider standing with teachers, ask questions, and find out how you can support the fight for paid family leave. The event is an this is an action organized by the social justice arm of the UFT, called the MORE caucus (standing for Movement of Rank and file Educators). Our children’s teachers provide vital services to our children and our communities, let’s support them in their work to gain the right of paid family leave.
Chair, Community Action Committee
EVCS Parents Association
Yesterday a full large bin of goods were collected from EVCSers and delivered to the Firehouse on East 2nd Street. The EVCS collection along with many other boxes of donations were set to be picked up from the firehouse and brought to a big warehouse for sorting, and ultimately sent to Puerto Rico. We will repeat this TODAY- so please bring diapers, first aid supplies, feminine hygiene products, batteries and baby food if you would like – collection will be by the double doors at the east end of the (closed) school yard from 8 to 8:45 am.
There are many people and places organizing many efforts, collecting goods and money for Puerto Rico and other areas affected by the recent devastating weather events. While most collections are done with only the best of intentions, there are unfortunately scams that arise in times like these, so make sure you have trust in the places you choose to donate. In addition to what has already been sent out, the following are some sites, events and resources with various ways you can participate:
https://giving.cityharvest.org/emfy1809pr1 – collecting money so they can continue to deliver food boxes to Puerto Rico in the days and weeks to come.
http://lesready.org/hurricane-relief-2017/ – Lower East Side Ready! is a local organization that has gathered some information on relief efforts being organized by other local agencies.
And a variety of charities are listed here in the New York Times: https://www.nytimes.com/2017/09/22/world/americas/hurricane-maria-donate-charity.html?mcubz=0&_r=0
Lastly – Party for the Cause, cause sometimes you just need to sweat out the angst:
Pa’ Puerto Rico
Popular event venue SOB’s will host “A Party Called Rosie Perez” on Thursday, October 5 from 7 p.m. to 12 a.m that will feature special guests. The event requires a minimum donation of $10 and also encourages donations of water, batteries, flashlights, lanterns, water filters, and school supplies which all can additionally be dropped off at one of five different locations.
For those who may have missed an earlier email…
As you know if your child is in 3rd-5th grades, we are coming up on the weeks of school devoted to the New York State tests. If your child will be taking the tests, we wish you luck!
Last year, 20 percent of students in grades 3-8 refused to take part in New York State’s 2015 Common Core assessments.
While the PA as a body has not taken an official stance on this enormously complicated issue, many parents remain concerned about standardized, sometimes high-stakes testing, including ways in which it can reshape other methods of learning. Some of us also continue to have serious concerns about how these tests may continue or again be used to assess both teachers and students here and across the country, though it is clear that the conversation in New York State has begun to take a more positive turn. Below is a link to a letter from Jen Nessel, the co-chair of the Community Action Committee, on the movement to opt out of the tests and what to do if you want to opt your child out. This is a letter that represents a point of view, but also tries to provide accurate information. Please direct all inquiries to Jen at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Letter from Jen Nessel, Please read!
OPT OUT “FORM LETTER”
Community Action Committee Chair