Celebrating diversity in all its forms! October 16 @ 8:45am

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EVCS Diversity & Inclusion Committee first meeting- Oct 16

All parents are invited to join the EVCS Diversity & Inclusion Committee for our first meeting of the year!
Tuesday, October 16 8:45am in the cafeteria after drop-off. BYOCoffee!
We want to hear your thoughts and ideas for making our school community continue to feel warm and welcoming to all families.
A few things to be discussed:
* Starting affinity groups – for kids? for parents?
* Monthly diversity classroom book share
* Updates on District-wide diversity initiatives

If you’d like to join the on-line conversation to help with planning any activities, please email Diversity@evcsnyc.org so we can add you to the Google list.

Thanks, Tricia & Crystal

District 1 Diversity Initiative

Our core values are inclusion, kindness, social action, self-awareness, and joy of learning.

Dear EVCS Family,

Yesterday afternoon the Chancellor officially announced the details of the District 1 Diversity in Admissions Initiative. This initiative is by far the boldest step ever taken to desegregate schools in the history of the New York City public school system. I firmly believe that classrooms and schools are better when they include a range of students and families and authentically reflect their communities, and I know this is the right move at the right time for District 1. You can read about it in today’s NY TimesChalkbeat (with a nice pic of yours truly), Wall Street Journal and Politico.

Here are the headlines from the plan:

Students who qualify for free or reduced price lunch, students who live in temporary housing, and students who are learning English will be given priority for 67% of the Pre-K and Kindergarten seats at every District 1 elementary school.
Students who do not meet any of those criteria will be given priority for 33% of the Pre-K and Kindergarten seats at every District 1 elementary school.
Within each of these two priority groups, an additional priority will be given to students who have IEPs for a percentage of seats near the District average.
Priority for siblings of students currently enrolled, and for students continuing on from Pre-K to Kindergarten will remain.

If you have any questions about how this admissions protocol will work, or how it will impact your family or our school, please don’t hesitate to reach out. I’d be happy to talk about it in greater detail.

Apropos, one part of our school instructional focus this year is to implement anti-racist curriculum and pedagogy. We are united in our commitment to raising, not just non-racist, but anti-racist citizens of this country. One way we are embarking on that endeavor as a whole staff is by reading together the outstanding book, The New Jim Crow. I would like to invite and encourage any and all of our parents to read it along with us. We will have two gatherings in December, one in the morning and one in the evening, for parents and staff to discuss the book together. Pick up your copy of the book and be on the lookout for more info about the book clubs in December.

Today, even more than usual, I am proud to be a District 1 educator and parent, and I am looking forward to what the future brings for our community.

As ever,


District 1 Diversity in Admissions Proposal

The New York City Department of Education is committed to supporting
learning environments that reflect the diversity of New York City. We believe
all students benefit from diverse and inclusive schools and classrooms where
all students, families and school staff are supported and welcomed. This work
is essential to our vision of Equity and Excellence for all NYC students.

Learn more: Family information session presentation

Workshop About Gender Expression and Identity – Saturday, June 3


Parent / Guardian Workshop About Gender Expression and Identity

Saturday, June 3 9:45 am – 12:00 am

Dear Parents and Guardians

Please join us as we welcome the Gender & Family Project to learn how to foster an inclusive, safe environment for gender expansive youth in our school community. Experts from the Ackerman Institute for the Family will engage parents on best practices to ensure safety and respect for all students. Children will explore and celebrate the diversity of identity with a guided art project.

Come together to support our young people and to help send the message that all are welcome in our schools.

We will explore the role of gender in our children’s journey of self-discovery, the impact of gender stereotypes on kids’ emotional and social development, how our own habits of language may influence our children’s experience of gender identity, and much, much more.

As we strive to raise children who take care of themselves and the people around them, who understand viscerally the value of inclusivity, and who have the tools to think critically about their highly mediated world, we are very eager to consider this issue with all of you.

Please RSVP here, especially if you will bring children (currently enrolled students only please): https://goo.gl/Xi5Oer

Warm Regards,
EVCS Diversity Committee

ICT CLASSROOM – Parents Workshop

ICT Classrooms – Do they benefit ALL Learners?

EVCS and Inclusive Education

One of the Core Values at EVCS is Inclusion. That means that all families, all children and all types of learners are included. This core value is seen in many facets in our school, one of which is through our inclusive classrooms (ICT). All of our students are part of this inclusive learning experience during their journey at EVCS. Join the discussion.

Facilitated by:

Stefanie Henze, Special Education Liaison & Learning Specialist
Anne Palmer, Senior Staff Developer with the Teachers College Inclusive Classrooms Project

To have more voices be part of this conversation, we are offering the same workshop twice:

Morning Workshop:
Monday, March 6th
8:30 AM – 10:00 AM
Room 413 (Art Room)

Evening Workshop:
Tuesday, March 14th
5:45 PM – 7:30 PM
Auditorium – Childcare Available*

RSVP for either workshop at https://goo.gl/dd2Jmd
RSVP for childcare will close Monday, March 13th at 5PM

ict workshop

Sponsored by the EVCS Diversity Committee

End of year update

Dear EVCS families,

It was wonderful to see so many of you at our Festival of Lights on Wednesday! The kids looked and sounded fantastic – big thanks to our music teacher Stephanie for putting the entire program together. Another big thanks goes out to the Family Band. Was that not the swingingest version of Greensleeves you’ve ever heard?

I wanted to touch base before we unplug for the holidays to update you on a couple of things, including our diversity in admissions initiative. Last month there was an article in the Times that led some to believe the initiative was on hold. I’m not sure if that piece qualifies as “fake news”, but it was misleading. I’m here to tell you that the initiative is most definitely not on hold. In the admissions cycle for the 2017-2018 school year, students who qualify for free or reduced price lunch, or who are English Language Learners, will be given priority for 50% of our Pre-K and Kindergarten seats. Students who have older siblings at EVCS and those who were here for Pre-K will still be given top priority for seats. I’m confident that this initiative will represent a positive and important step for our school, and I’m proud that we are a part of it. Continue reading

Save the Date! Diversity Committee Meeting 11/10/16

Hello everyone! Save the date for our first diversity committee meeting of the year. We will send out a flyer with the location once that is firmed up.

Diversity Committee Meeting
Thursday, 11/10/16 at 5:30 pm.

For childcare/pizza RSVP here: https://goo.gl/forms/0w8ehNdsfi5dZ2dr1
Please RSVP for childcare by Wednesday 11/9 at 5pm.
Update on DOE Diversity Initiative
Plan for reaching diversity goal 
Afterschool’s impact on diversity 
Planning for workshop on Special Education
We look forward to seeing you there!
Martha and Crystal

Diversity in Admissions

Dear EVCS Family,

I am pleased to announce that our school has been accepted into the Chancellor’s Diversity in Admissions pilot program. In next year’s admissions cycle, priority will be given to students who qualify for free or reduced price lunch or students who are learning English for 50% of our Pre-K and Kindergarten seats. Students who attend EVCS for Pre-K will still be given priority for K seats, and sibling status will continue to be honored as a top admissions priority.

If you came to School-Wide Morning Meeting a couple of weeks ago you heard me talk about one of our core values: kindness. Another principle that is essential in our school culture and central to all we do, is inclusion. Our mission statement reads: “It is our priority to provide an environment where all children and all families are valued, welcomed, cared for and supported.” Yet over the last several years our school has become significantly less diverse. There is a growing trend in District 1, which has used a system of “pure choice” in the admissions protocol, of clustering according to race, ethnicity and socioeconomic status. Our demographics at EVCS have become increasingly dissimilar to other District 1 schools and the neighborhood we serve, and many in our community have become uncomfortable with this. I am hopeful that the Diversity in Admissions pilot program will represent a significant step in the right direction to correct this trend. We’ll be joined in this pilot by our District 1 friends the Children’s Workshop School, the Earth School and the Neighborhood School. You can read a bit more about the pilot program in today’sNYTimes and Chalkbeat.

I’m looking forward to working shoulder to shoulder with our amazing school community to usher in this exciting and important initiative.

As ever,


EVCS Diversity Survey

Dear EVCS families,

Two reminders: If you haven’t already, please take our SLT survey on diversity. It’ll only take a few minutes and will really help us assess our work and plan forward. We are asking for just one survey per household, so if someone from your household has already taken the survey you’re off the hook.

Also, if you’re available/interested please join me tomorrow morning to chat about joining the Chancellor’s diversity in admissions pilot program. Please note we are changing the venue and will meet in the art room, 413. Coffee will be served!



EVCS SLT Diversity Updates

Dear EVCS Families,

Hold on to your hats – June is a whirlwind. Sometimes people refer to the school year “winding down” but the truth is it feels like we wind up all spring, especially in June, and hurtle towards the last day with a head of steam. Suffice it to say, it’s a busy time! But it’s very important that we take the time at the end of the year to reflect on our work and experiences.

One of the most resonant themes explored this year, not only within our own school community but throughout District 1 and the city as a whole, has been diversity. EVCS is a truly diverse community in many senses, but our demographics are quite dissimilar to the District averages. Unfortunately there is a trend in our district, which uses a system of “pure choice” in the admissions protocol, of clustering according to race, ethnicity and socioeconomic status. For some powerful infographics that help illustrate this clustering take a look here. Continue reading