Final reminder: changing learning preferences

Dear EVCS Families,

Please be reminded that today is the last day to change your child’s learning preference from fully remote to blended learning. You can do that here.

The first day of the new cycle will be on November 30. However, we are keeping a close eye on the slow but steady increase in the COVID test positivity rate in New York City and are aware that the DOE may take the entire school system remote at any time. If this should happen before our planed switch over to the new cohorts on November 30 we will hold off on regrouping students until we can provide in-person learning again. In other words, if we all go fully remote before November 30 students will continue to work with the primary teachers and groups they have been in, even if you indicated a change in their learning preference, and we would launch the new cycle when we are clear for in-person learning again. Fingers crossed that we can continue to safely work with students in person and proceed as planned for November 30!

If now is not the right time for your family to switch from fully remote to blended but you may be interested in doing that down the road, we will do everything we can to accommodate families on an individual basis throughout the year, as long as there is space. And if your child is currently enrolled in blended learning you can of course switch to fully remote learning at any time this year. If you are not changing your child’s learning preference you do not need to fill out this survey.

Please reach out to me directly if you have any questions or would like to discuss your own family’s situation. Thanks again for your understanding and support.

Yours,

Bradley

EVCS Weekly, Friday, October 16

Dear EVCS Parents and Guardians,

We had a short, sweet week here at EVCS. In spite of the times we see a lot of joy in the daily learning and activities both online and off with each grade level. Keep up the good work everyone! You are doing great.

Please help to complete all requested forms below and let’s see what else is coming up:

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Important Documents

All parents/guardians must complete:

If you have completed these five essential forms, thank you! If you are not sure, please click the link below to complete and submit.
(note: #5 is only for Blended Students)

1. Emergency Contact Blue Card
2. Media Release Form
3. Housing Questionnaire
4. Income form (Use “01M315” to find EVCS as your school)
5. NEW, COVID-19 Testing Consent Form Online – Return the paper form or log into your New York City Schools Account (NYCSA). Click here for more information. And if you need help please reach out to me.

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And don’t forget the Daily Health Screener every day!

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Daily Health Screening/Some News

Dear EVCS Families,

We had a fantastic day today – our first day with students from every grade learning in the building in seven months. Everything went off without a hitch, and the excitement among our students to be back together in our classrooms was inspiring! I’m looking forward to another great day tomorrow, the first for our B Cohort students.

A quick note on how we can make the arrival routine go quickly and smoothly. Every student learning in-person needs to do the DOE Health Screening every day before coming to school. If you forget to do it at home I will ask you the questions at the gate, but it definitely saves lots of time if you can do it in advance. Pro tip: If you are able to do so, please bookmark the Health Screener on your phone, then you can just flash the green check mark on your screen at the gates. It’ll take a few days for us to get the new arrival routines down pat, but we’ll get there.

Also, I have some very good news to share, albeit tinged with a bit of frustration. Remember how I reported to you a little more than a week ago that a staff member tested positive for COVID-19? Well, it turns out that the test was a false positive (!). I know, unbelievable. There was definitely a lot of avoidable stress and aggravation that resulted from this erroneous lab report, but I am just so incredibly grateful that our staff is healthy and doing well. And if nothing else, it was a wakeup call that we need to be ever vigilant and a good rehearsal for what to do if we do have a confirmed case. And the fact that we have all of our staff present for these first couple of weeks of in-person leaning is the icing on the cake.

Thanks everyone for all of your support, patience and understanding as we, slowly but surely, get our school year off the ground.

Kind regards,

Bradley

EVCS Reminders: Dismissal in the yard, Rain or Shine

Parents and Guardians,

Please be prepared for any weather
arrival and dismissal is in the schoolyard, rain or shine!

Staggered Dismissal will take place in the school yard:

1:45 for Kindergarten, 1st, and 2nd grade

1:55 for 3rd, 4th, and 5th grade

2:00 for Pre-K – In the Tree of Knowing Garden

Best,
James

James Bromberg, Parent Coordinator
(212) 982-0682 x 2053 / (605) 646-EVCS (3827)
evcsnyc.org

 

Daily Health Screener & Attendance

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Dear EVCS families,

First, I want to thank you for all of your support this summer and fall as we launched the 2020-21 school year. We appreciate your flexibility and patience as we planned, and replanned, for our school community. Please be sure you are receiving emails from your child’s teacher and have been added as a guardian in their Google Classroom. If you need any help with connecting to your teacher or Google Classroom, please reach out! Below, please find information regarding attendance as well as some required forms to start off our year. As always, please reach out if you have any questions.

Daily Health Screener
In person learning will begin for Cohort A on Tuesday, September 29th. Cohort B will begin on Wednesday, September 30th. All students will have remote learning on the days they are not in person. You can check the in-person learning calendars here. On in-person days, you should check your child’s temperature before coming to school. We ask that you will then complete the Health Screening daily here: https://healthscreening.schools.nyc/ (online application) or using this questionnaire template found here. For the health of our entire community, if you answer “yes” to any of the questions – or you notice your child coughing, sneezing, or having a hard time breathing – please keep your child home and have them learn remotely that day. If a child comes to school with any of those symptoms, they will be sent home to learn remotely.

If your child is scheduled to come to school, they will be marked Present if they attend class that day. They will also be marked Present if they attend live, synchronous instruction remotely that day – even if they were scheduled to be in the building. If you know you are keeping your child home to participate remotely rather than come into the school building, please email the teacher and our team at attendance@evcs.me as soon as possible.

Remote Learning Attendance
Online learning will take place daily for the children who are not learning in person that day. Students are expected to log into their Google Classroom daily to see their schedule for the day, access links to live instruction, and complete assignments. Attendance will be taken at morning meetings and live instruction. If you are having a challenge accessing Google Classroom, Google Meet, or updating your device, check out this document.

Needed Documents
If you haven’t already done so, please fill out the Blue Card Emergency Form: HERE.

We are also asking all families to complete the Media Release Form: HERE.

We cannot wait to see you soon – whether in the yard or in the Google Classrooms!

Best,

Liz Wanttaja
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Assistant Principal
East Village Community School

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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

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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