Midwinter Recess

Dear EVCS Families,

This afternoon you should have received your child’s midyear report, emailed to you directly by their teacher. These reports provide a comprehensive overview of your child’s progress and performance so far this school year in all subject areas. Our kids have worked hard this year and made real progress, despite significant challenges. I hope you find these reports helpful and affirming, and that they provide a good starting point for the conversations that we will have at our upcoming parent teacher conferences, where we will set goals and chart a course for the second half of the year.

I hope everyone has a restful and lovely break this next week. I know that many of us may have less planned for this week than we ordinarily might, so if the kids start to get a little stir crazy and you’re looking for some wholesome content to keep them entertained, please invite them to check out my archive of the read alouds I did last spring, as well as last year’s remote School-Wide Morning Meetings. You can find it all in my Google Classroom. And in case you missed it, here’s the most recent School-Wide Morning Meeting. I would love for our next SWMM to have more contributions from students and their families! If you’re interested in putting something together you can find the lyrics and chords to most of the songs in our repertoire in the EVCS SWMM Songbook. You can submit videos to me directly by email.

Happy Lunar New Year to all! Here’s to better days ahead in the Year of the Ox. Have a wonderful and safe week.

Yours,
Bradley

EVCS Weekly, Friday, Feb 11

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Dear EVCS Families,

It’s been a short bustling week at EVCS! Today you will receive your child’s mid-year reports. If you have questions or concerns please reach out directly to your teachers. Conference sign ups will take place once we return from break!

Important: If anyone has a Chromebook or iPad on loan from the school that is no longer needed, please reach out to me about returning items after the break!

For those looking for resources or guidance around travel at this time, you can review recommendations from the CDS or visit the NY state web site.

Reminder, No School tomorrow, Friday, February 5, – Lunar New Year

Before we leave to recharge our batteries over Mid-Winter Break,
let’s see what is happening beyond the break and mark your calendars with important dates.

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Next Week

Monday, February 15 – Friday, February 19
No School – Midwinter Recess

The Week following Break

Gates open for K-5 students at 8:20 a.m. & for PreK students at 8:45 a.m.

Monday, February 22
Cohort B

Tuesday, February 23
Cohort A

Wednesday, February 24
Cohort B

General Parent Association Meeting 5:00 p.m.
Meeting Link will be emailed out by Choresh, papresident@evcsnyc.org

Cohort D: Leveled Lending Library 11:30 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.
All fully-remote students encouraged to pick up books each and every week!
In front of the schoolyard (on the sidewalk).

PreK Application Process Opens, the deadline to apply is April 7
Apply for any child born in 2017 Read about the details at this link

Thursday, February 25
Cohort A
SLT meeting

Friday, February 26
Cohort B

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EVCS Weekly, Friday, Feb 5

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Dear EVCS Families,

If you haven’t had a chance to do so yet, please take a moment to fill out
the Fall 2020 School Experience Survey. More information is here.

A shout out to everyone that made it to the PA meeting Wednesday to help approve the budget and support our 2021 author series! For details and more information about the visits, please see the flyer. Our appreciation goes out to Melanie Kletter and Nicole Robson for helping to set this up and to the PA for funding these events.

A PA Bookswap is happening today from 2:00 – 3:00 p.m. in Sauer Park if you are in the area and want to stop by to check it out.

Let’s see what is happening next week…

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Next Week

Gates open for K-5 students at 8:20 a.m. & for PreK students at 8:45 a.m.

Monday, February 8
Cohort A
Visiting Author Oge Mora (for PreK & K)

Tuesday, February 9
Cohort A

Wednesday, February 10
Cohort B

Cohort D: Leveled Lending Library 11:30 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.
All fully-remote students encouraged to pick up books each and every week!
In front of the schoolyard (on the sidewalk). Reminder: Cohort D 3rd & 4th Graders – stop by to pick up your Poetry Publications from last year!

Thursday, February 11
Cohort A

Mid-Year Reports will be sent to families

Friday, February 12
No School – Lunar New Year

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EVCS Weekly, Friday, Jan 29

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Dear EVCS Families,

We hope everyone had another great week of school!

Thank you to those who made it out to the Monthly PA meeting this past week! A timely request was sent out from the PA about a vote needed to approve author visits for all of our kids this year. You should have received the meeting link from the papresident@evcsnyc.org – please attend to vote on this updated budget line. This PA Meeting will be on Wednesday, February 3 at 5 p.m at this link. For details and more information about the author visits, check out the flyer here. Thank you to Melanie Kletter and Nicole Robson for helping make this happen – and to all of you, in advance, as part of our wonderful PA.

February is Black History Month and it will kick it off next week with Black Lives Matter Week of Action. We will be endorsing the national Black Lives Matter at School Week February 1-5. The books we will be reading this year are Hair Love by Matthew A. Cherry, illustrations by Vashti Harrison, Kamala Harris: Rooted in Justice by Nikki Grimes, illustrations by Laura Freeman, and Peaceful Fights for Equal Rights written by Rob Sanders and illustrated by Jared Andrew Schorr.

If you have not done so already, please take the Fall 2020 School Experience Survey. You can find more information about the survey here. To find EVCS in the drop-down, look for THE East Village Community School.

Let’s see what next week looks like…

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Next Week

Gates open for K-5 students at 8:20 a.m. & for PreK students at 8:45 a.m.

Black Lives Matter at School Week of Action

Monday, February 1
Cohort B

Tuesday, February 2
Cohort A

Wednesday, February 3
Cohort B

Cohort D: Leveled Lending Library 11:30 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.
All fully-remote students encouraged to pick up books each and every week!
In front of the schoolyard (on the sidewalk).

PA Meeting Wednesday, February 3 at 5 p.m at this link

Thursday, February 4
Cohort A

Friday, February 5
Cohort B

EVCS Family Book Swap! Joseph C. Sauer Park (E. 12th Street between Ave A & B) Everyone is welcome. After School between 2:15 and 3:00 p.m.
See flyer for details!

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Black Lives Matter at EVCS

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Dear EVCS Families,

I am proud to let you know that next week EVCS will once again join thousands of other schools across the country in recognizing the Black Lives Matter at School Week of Action. The universal goals of the Black Lives Matter at School Week of Action is to spark an ongoing movement of critical reflection and honest conversations in school communities for people of all ages to engage with issues of social justice. The content and level at which our students will be engaged in the Black Lives Matter Week of Action at EVCS will of course vary depending on the grade level, but we have planned certain anchor experiences that all of our students will participate in. As the centerpiece of the week we have selected three books that align with the Black Lives Matter at Schools guiding principles to be read aloud in all of our classrooms on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday. They are: Hair Love by Matthew A. Cherry, Kamala Harris: Rooted in Justice by Nikki Grimes, and Peaceful Fights for Equal Rights by Rob Sanders. On Monday and Friday our teachers will lead lessons that teach into and synthesize the big ideas of the week, and we will have a special pre-recorded School-Wide Morning Meeting to be shared during the week (day TBD).

Conversations about race are not always comfortable, but they are essential and necessary to have if we are serious about raising our students to be a generation of anti-racist people – and this work has never felt more relevant and important than it does right now. We expect that our students will have a range of responses to the activities we have planned, from piqued curiosity, to outrage or sadness, to empowerment and affirmation. Our teachers will of course be sensitive and responsive to all of the ways our students may react. Our core values are kindness, inclusion, social action, self awareness and joy of learning, and we will be putting those core values front and center, loud and proud next week. Thank you for your trust and support!

Stay warm and stay safe everyone.

Love,

Bradley

EVCS Weekly, Friday, Jan 22

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Dear EVCS Families,

We hope everyone had a great week learning remotely!

We have our monthly General Parent Association meeting next week Wednesday, January 27 at 5:00 p.m. We would love to see more folks come out and join us for the community aspect of the meeting and to see more of your faces. Online is better than nothing – we miss you! Keep an eye out for a meeting link from the PA president!

The DOE invites everyone to take the Fall 2020 School Experience Survey. Click to take the DOE’s feedback survey before February 5, 2021. You can find more information about the survey here. To find EVCS in the drop-down, look for THE East Village Community School.

Let’s see what is happening next week…

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Next Week

We will return to blended learning on Thursday, January 28
Gates open for K-5 students at 8:20 a.m. & for PreK students at 8:45 a.m.

Monday, January 25
All Students Fully Remote Learning

Tuesday, January 26
All Students Fully Remote Learning

Wednesday, January 27
All Students Fully Remote Learning

PA General Meeting
5:00 – 6:30 p.m.
Zoom link sent from the PA President

Thursday, January 28
Cohort A

Friday, January 29
Cohort B

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EVCS Weekly, Friday, Jan 15

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Dear EVCS Families,

We had a great week at EVCS! Chess has launched in 2nd and 3rd grade and we had a wonderful book swap at Joseph C. Sauer Park. It was full of energy and it felt good to share and see kids finding good books. This will be happening again next month! Save the date Friday, February 5, 2:00 – 3:00 (E. 12th Street between Ave A & B) Everyone is welcome to participate next time. If you would like to be more involved, let me know and I will connect you to the parent team initiating the effort! I did see some adult leveled books for parents in the mix as well for anyone interested.

Let’s see what is coming up…

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Next Week

Gates open for K-5 students at 8:20 a.m. & for PreK students at 8:45 a.m.

Monday, January 18
No School – Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Day

Tuesday, January 19
Cohort A
Deadline for Kindergarten Applications

Wednesday, January 20
Cohort B
Cohort D: Leveled Lending Library 11:30 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.
All fully-remote students encouraged to pick up books each and every week!
In front of the schoolyard (on the sidewalk). Cohort D 3rd & 4th Graders – stop by to pick up your Poetry Publications from last year!

Thursday, January 21
Cohort A

Friday, January 22
Cohort B

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January Updates

Dear EVCS Families,

If you haven’t had a chance to do so yet, please take a moment to fill out our survey on remote learning at EVCS. We are planning professional learning for all of our staff to further develop our remote teaching practices together, so it is important for us to hear from you about how things are going, what is working well for your child and what needs to be improved. There are separate pathways in the survey for blended learning students and fully remote students, and though it’s an anonymous survey we ask that you identify your child’s grade level so we can understand the survey data as it relates to each group of students and their unique experiences. If you have more than one student at EVCS please fill out a survey for each of them separately, but please fill out only one survey for each student in the family. Thanks so much for your feedback and support. The survey will close on Friday afternoon.

A note about the daily emails from the Situation Room – These emails are automatically generated and scheduled to go out every day to all parents who have signed up for a MyStudent account whenever there is a confirmed case within our community. I know that the emails are confusing and redundant. Please know that whenever there is a confirmed case and/or a classroom or building closure I will also email directly to all families to explain in direct terms what is happening and what to expect, and if anything is ever unclear or confusing you can contact me any time for more information. Thanks for your patience and understanding!

Cohort D families – tomorrow is Wednesday, which means the lending library will be open from 11:30 – 1:00. Come get leveled books for your kids to read independently, or books to read together. We will also have extra materials to refresh your child’s supply kit, including crayons, markers, pencils, notebooks, etc. If your schedule allows please bring your kids with you. It’s so great to see our Cohort D students who we miss so much, and I think it’s helpful for them to get to visit school, albeit briefly and outside. We’ll be set up outside on the sidewalk in front of the schoolyard gate.

An update on classroom air quality and climate control – We received the air purifiers we requested from the DOE, so every classroom now as at least one air purifier in it! This is great news as it now allows us to open the windows slightly less-wide and still have more than adequate ventilation and good quality air in the classrooms. And our wonderful Parents Association purchased oil-filled space heaters for every classroom at EVCS, so that will be a big help in making our rooms a more comfortable temperature for our students and staff to work in each day. It’s still a good idea to send your child in with layers, but we’re making progress. Thanks to the PA for that generous donation.

I hope everyone is staying healthy and sane. Hang in there folks!

Yours,
Bradley

Dear EVCS Families,

Welcome back to school! We hope everyone is off to a strong start!

EVCS Parents are hosting an informal book swap at Joseph C. Sauer Park
(E. 12th Street between Ave A & B) next week on Thursday, January 14 from 2:00 – 3:00 to help refresh your home libraries! Bring 5 books, take 5 books! No books to swap this time, no worries – Everyone is welcome to join and peruse the books. Details below.

Let’s see what else is coming up…

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Next Week

Gates open for K-5 students at 8:20 a.m. & for PreK students at 8:45 a.m.

Monday, January 11
Cohort B

Tuesday, January 12
Cohort A

Wednesday, January 13
Cohort B
Cohort D: Leveled Lending Library Resumes 11:30 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.
All fully-remote students encouraged to pick up books each and every week!
In front of the schoolyard (on the sidewalk)

Thursday, January 14
Cohort A

Informal Book Swap at Sauer Park, after school 2:15 – 3:00 p.m.
See flyer for details!

Friday, January 15
Cohort B

Save the Dates

Monday, January 18
No School – Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Day

Tuesday, January 19
Deadline for Kindergarten Applications

Wednesday, January 27
PA General Meeting 5:00 – 6:30 p.m.

Friday, February 12
No School – Lunar New Year

February 15 – 19
Mid-Winter Break

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