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September General PA Meeting Recap


Hello EVCS PA Families,

On Wednesday we had our first General PA meeting of the year. Thank you to all who were able to come! For those who couldn’t make it please keep reading for a brief re-cap. You can view the full meeting minutes HERE.

SLT Election
We had 7 fantastic parents volunteer to be our PA reps on the School Leadership Team, each of whom would be a great addition to the SLT! There were 3 vacant seats and Shabnam Faruki, Crystal Perry and Dave Dorrier will be joining PA co-President Heather Hubbs, Abby Rubin, and Craig Harwood on the SLT this year for a 2 year term. Thank you to all who offered their time and ran!

SLT is a DOE mandated committee made up of teachers, admin and parents that meets once a month to discuss school policies. SLT meeting minutes and membership list are posted outside the school office, room 205.

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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

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

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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