2021 School Survey

Dear EVCS Families,

Every year we ask all of our families to take the DOE School survey in order to gather critical feedback on all aspects of your and your child’s experience at our school. The information captured in this survey is so important to us and is used to make important planning decisions for EVCS, so we can maintain and expand the things we are doing well and develop the things that need improvement. To access the survey please go to this secure link, and enter “f” followed by your child’s nine-digit student identification number (OSIS) . A student’s OSIS number can be found on their midyear report or in the family’s NYCSA account. If you are having any issues finding your child OSIS number, please contact James at JamesPC@evcs.me.

Thank you so much for participating in this important process. We appreciate it!

Bradley

EVCS Weekly, Friday, May 14

Dear EVCS Families,

We had an energized week at EVCS! The wheels are turning and progress is happening on all fronts. Keep up the good work. Thank you all for being diligent each morning by checking in on your child’s health and keeping them home when they are not feeling 100%.

Our core value is social action! Our 5th graders have been doing a virtual residency with the Service Learning Project, which works with students to identify an issue, research and learn about it, and then choose an action to take. Ruth’s class chose to address issues of sexism and the gender wage gap, Jenna’s class chose the issue of LGBTQ+ rights, and Lauryn’s class chose climate change. Each class worked together to develop an action, and they would love your support! Please have a look at their projects and support their initiatives by signing their petitions, buying a T-shirt and deepening your own awareness.

Ruth’s class: Gender Wage Gap Petition

Jenna’s class: LGBTQ+ Rights Petition and Tshirt Fundraiser

Lauryn’s class: Climate Change Newsletter

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Daily Health Screening.
Please continue to take the daily health screening seriously and pay attention to the questions, as they update when information and guidance changes. Smart phone or link to the URL is here. Thank you in advance for continuing to practice safe measures. If you are having any trouble signing in, please reach out to us. We remind everyone to stay vigilant!

What is happening next week…

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Next Week

Gates open for K-5 students at 8:00 a.m. & for PreK students at 8:45 a.m.

Monday, May 17
In-Person and Fully Remote Learning

Tuesday, May 18
In-Person and Fully Remote Learning

Wednesday, May 19
In-Person and Fully Remote Learning

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

Thursday, May 20
In-Person and Fully Remote Learning

Friday, May 21
In-Person and Fully Remote Learning

PA EVCS Endless Summer Shop Launch!
Keep an eye out for an email from the fundraising and events team!

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Important announcements

Dear EVCS Families,

Three important announcements:

Please note that there is no school this Thursday, May 13 in recognition of Eid Al Fitr. To all those who celebrate, Eid Mubarak! We will return to school on Friday, May 14th.

Registration for Summer Rising is open now! Our school is partnering with PS 110 and PS 134 for the summer program, which will run from July 6 to August 20 at the PS 110 site. You can register for the program here: https://www.schools.nyc.gov/enrollment/summer. If you have any trouble registering please let us know. There will be an information session for all three schools with our CBO partner University Settlement on Wednesday May 19th at 4:00 – please save the date.

Finally, Please note that the DOE school survey is now open for families. We greatly value the feedback you provide through this survey and use it to make our school even better. To access the survey you will enter “f” followed by your child’s nine-digit Student Identification (OSIS) Number. Note that “f” must be lowercase. A student’s OSIS number can be found on their report card, student ID card, or in the family’s NYCSA account. If you are still having issues finding your child OSIS number, please contact James at JamesPC@evcs.me.

Thanks very much,

Bradley

EVCS Weekly, Friday, May 7

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Dear EVCS Families,

“School is Rockin!”

We hope everyone had a chance to watch the EVCS Talent Show!
Thank you Eric, for pulling together and hosting with PreK student Jaan. The two of you make a terrific team! In case you missed it or wanted to watch again, it can be accessed here on FlipGrid using your child’s evcs.me email address – https://flipgrid.com/fcc2b228. Bravo EVCS!

Daily Health Screening.
Please continue to take the daily health screening seriously and pay attention to the questions, as they update when information and guidance changes. Smart phone or link to the URL is here. Thank you in advance for continuing to practice safe measures. If you are having any trouble signing in, please reach out to us. We remind everyone to stay vigilant!

If your child is not feeling well (such as has a cold or a runny nose) we ask that you keep them home. You may also familiarize yourselves with the list and if your child is showing symptoms, we encourage getting a test.
Corona Virus FACT SHEET & Symptoms List

Breakfast
We encourage those who want to eat breakfast to arrive early enough to do so. The gates open at 8:00 a.m. Students eat outside before school begins at 8:30 a.m. Please give yourselves enough time when you can.

Learn more about D1’s Summer Rising!
In case you missed the conversation last night, below is a link to the video of last night’s Summer Rising Event. https://youtu.be/FAhMqoj6cxI And again, as we receive more information, we will be sure to share it with you.

Lets take a look at what is happening next week…

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Next Week

Gates open for K-5 students at 8:00 a.m. & for PreK students at 8:45 a.m.

Monday, May 10
In-Person and Fully Remote Learning

Tuesday, May 11
In-Person and Fully Remote Learning

Wednesday, May 12
In-Person and Fully Remote Learning

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

Thursday, May 13
No School – Eid Al-Fitr

Friday, May 14
In-Person and Fully Remote Learning

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EVCS Weekly, Friday, April 30

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Dear EVCS Families,

There has been a “magical buzz” all week at EVCS! Thanks to our resilient staff and hardworking students this shift into 5 days of in-person learning has gone incredibly smooth – what an amazing week for everyone.

If you’re learning in person, please be sure to send water bottles to school – and be sure to write names on all personal belongings so that we can return items to their rightful owner! Thanks to parents for joining the PA general monthly meeting this week. This Zoom meeting is one place you can connect to hear updates and share thoughts with other parents.
The next PA meeting is an important one: Wednesday, May 26 and we will need you to step up and participate in the elections for next year! If you have questions, please reach out and we will fill you in!

Breakfast
Please remember gates open at 8:00 a.m. We encourage those who want to eat breakfast to arrive early enough to do so. Students eat outside beforeschool begins at 8:30 a.m. Please give yourselves enough time when you can.

Daily Health Screening.
Please continue to take the daily health screening seriously and pay attention to the questions, as they update when information and guidance changes.
Smart phone or link to the URL is here. Thank you in advance for continuing to practice safe measures. If you are having any trouble signing in, please reach out to us. We remind everyone to stay vigilant!

Reminder: TODAY
PA is swapping books after school in Saur Park! 2:00 – 3:00 p.m.

Let’s see what else is coming up…

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Next Week

May 3 – 7 Staff Appreciation Week!

Gates open for K-5 students at 8:00 a.m. & for PreK students at 8:45 a.m.

Monday, May 3
In-Person and Fully Remote Learning

Tuesday, May 4
In-Person and Fully Remote Learning

Wednesday, May 5
In-Person and Fully Remote Learning

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

Thursday, May 6
In-Person and Fully Remote Learning

District 1 Summer Rising Conversation – Join Zoom Meeting (5:30pm-7pm)
https://us02web.zoom.us/j/8449017663

Friday, May 7
In-Person and Fully Remote Learning

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Summer Rising Program 2021

Dear EVCS Families,

Monday the DOE opened up the application portal for Summer Rising program. We have not received much detail on exactly what the program will consist of yet – though we do know that it will be Monday – Friday, from July 6 – August 20, and the plan is for academics from 8:00 a.m. -12 noon, and then social and enrichment activities with a CBO partner organization from 12 noon – 6:00 p.m. We will be collaborating with PS 110 and PS 134, and our program will be located at the PS 110 building on Delancey Street.

You can find more information and apply to the program on the Summer Rising page of the DOE website, though you will notice that our school’s program is not yet listed on the site yet. We have been assured by the DOE that it will be added soon. In the meantime, you should take these key steps in preparation for summer school enrollment:

· Complete this Summer Rising interest survey, which will allow someone to contact you to let you know when the PS 110 site has been added and to help you through the registration process; and

· Create an account on the discoverDYCD site. This will allow you to receive weekly emails from DYCD letting them know which programs have been added.

As we receive more information, we will be sure to share it with you.

All the best,
James

EVCS Weekly, Friday, April 23

Dear EVCS Families,

Our in-person learners will be coming into the building 5 days a week starting this Monday, April 26th! We are making safety a priority and trying to be mindful of the needs of all students as we do our best to make this a smooth transition.

Arrival
If your child is going to eat breakfast, please know the gates will be open at 8:00 a.m.* so that kids can eat outside before school begins at 8:30 a.m.

Dismissal takes place in the school yard:
1:45 for Kindergarten, 1st, and 2nd grade
1:55 for 3rd, 4th, and 5th grade
2:00 for PreK
We ask that you arrive 5 minutes early to meet your child and promptly depart to minimize traffic and congestion in the yard. Thank you in advance

Town Hall virtual meeting today Friday, April 23, starting promptly at 4:00 p.m. here. If you have questions, please bring them, hope to see you there.

Daily Health Screening.
Please take the daily health screening seriously and pay attention to the questions, as they update when information and guidance changes. If you have not done so already, you can make it easier on yourself by adding the application directly to your smartphone or save the URL to access this important daily screening: Daily Health Screening smart phone or link to the URL here. We need parents and guardians to fill this out for each child. Thank you in advance for continuing to practice safe measures. If you are having any trouble signing in, please reach out to us. We remind everyone to stay vigilant!

Summer Rising
Earlier this week the City announced a bold plan for summer programming called Summer Rising. This summer program will be free and available to all students in grades K-8, and will include a balance of academic classes and enrichment opportunities. It will run Monday-Friday from 8:00 am to 6:00 pm, from July 6 to August 20. Registration opens on April 26th.
More information can be found at the DOE website: https://www.schools.nyc.gov/enrollment/summer

EVCS Parent Association Elections for 2021-22 are next month!
If you are interested please reach out to me. We need a few parents to be on the Nominations Committee. This is not the time to be shy, let me know if you can help out- if you are on the nomination committee you cannot run for an executive seat!

What’s for Dinner?!, Sunday, April 25
Live EVCS Food Workshop with Chef Danny Bowien! 5:00 – 6:00 p.m.
Flyer RSVP Here!

Let’s see what else is happening…

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Next Week

Gates open for K-5 students at 8:00 a.m. & for PreK students at 8:45 a.m.

Monday, April 26
In-Person learning begins 5 days a week!

Tuesday, April 27
In-Person and Fully Remote Learning

Wednesday, April 28
In-Person and Fully Remote Learning

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

SLT Meeting 2:20 – 4:00 p.m.

General Parent Association Meeting
5:00 – 6:00 p.m. Keep an eye out for a link from our PA President!
If you are interested in being more involved next year – please join us for this meeting to find out more. Getting involved with the PA is one of the of the best ways you can give back to your school. We hope to see you there!
Elections are next month!

Thursday, April 29
In-Person and Fully Remote Learning

Friday, April 30
In-Person and Fully Remote Learning
Book Swap in Sauer Park after school – bring a book take a book!
Directly following dismissal. 2:00 – 3:00 p.m.

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Important Update: 3 Feet/5 Days

Dear EVCS Families,

This afternoon we received confirmation from the Chancellor’s office that the “3 foot Rule” for physical distancing in classrooms can go into effect this coming Monday, April 26. This means that we will be able to collapse our A and B cohorts into one group, and that all blended learning students will start attending in-person 5 days a week. I am very glad that our blended learning students will finally be able to have the consistency and continuity in their learning that has been absent this year. I also know that our blended learning and fully remote students and teachers will miss seeing each other and working together, and our teachers will be helping everyone to process this change and have closure on this significant chunk of the year before transitioning for the final quarter next week. Please note that beginning Monday there will no longer be a “hybrid” option of remote and in-person learning. All students will either be in the fully remote D cohort, or the in-person A cohort.

We purchased new tables for our classrooms so our students in each class will be able to spread out safely and use the space more efficiently. Our students will be in closer proximity than they have been up until now, and our classrooms will have double the number of students overall – but our safety protocols will remain firmly in place. Use of the daily health screening, mask wearing, good ventilation, 3 feet of physical distancing, frequent hand washing and weekly random COVID testing are the cornerstones of our safety plan, and implementing each of these components with integrity will be essential. Perhaps the most important of these components is the daily health screening. If we are all extremely vigilant in only sending our children to school if they meet the specific criteria in the screening we will do a lot to keep everyone in our community safe. It’s on all of us and we ask for your continued support with this!

A few other logistics for making this shift: Since children need to be at least 6 feet apart when eating lunch, all classes will eat lunch outside every day unless it’s raining, in which case we will use large indoor spaces such as the cafeteria and auditorium. We will continue to have breakfast available for any student who needs it every day, but breakfast will no longer be eaten in classrooms. Students who want to eat school breakfast must eat it downstairs in the schoolyard before heading upstairs.

Our arrival routine will also shift slightly. In order to allow enough time to conduct the health screening for twice the number of students each day we will start welcoming K-5 students in the schoolyard at 8:00. Teachers in K-5 will bring their classes up at 8:30, and students can arrive any time between 8:00 and 8:30. Pre-K will continue to have arrival between 8:45 and 9:00.

I can imagine that some of our parents may have questions about how this will work. I will be conducting a town hall meeting to address any questions that parents may have on Friday afternoon, 4 pm. You can join the meet at this link: https://meet.google.com/ypy-hbje-sqi

This has been a very challenging year, one that has required an incredible amount of flexibility and adaptability from our teachers and staff, parents and students. It hasn’t been easy but I am so proud of us for how we have not only persevered but shined. Huge thanks to all of you for your patience, understanding and support throughout. Onward!

As ever,

Bradley

EVCS Weekly, Friday, April 16

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Dear EVCS Families,

It was great to see students digging into school this week online and off.
We are proud of your efforts to continue to find ways of being successful in these challenging times. Keep up the good work and motivation!

Daily Health Screening.
Please take the daily health screening seriously and pay attention to the questions, as they update when information and guidance changes. If you have not done so already, you can make it easier on yourself by adding the application directly to your smartphone or save the URL to access this important daily screening: Daily Health Screening smart phone or link to the URL here. We need parents and guardians to fill this out for each child. Thank you in advance for continuing to practice safe measures. If you are having any trouble signing in, please reach out to us. We remind everyone to stay vigilant!

All New Yorkers age 16 and up are now eligible to receive
the COVID-19 vaccination! You can go here to help find a vaccine appointment: nyc.gov/vaccinefinder.

EVCS Elections for our Parent Association are next month! If you are interested please reach out to me. We also need a few parents to sit on the Nominations Committee. This is not the time to be shy! Contact us today and help us strengthen our community. We need you!

TODAY – Friday, April 16
Talent Show Submission Deadline
Upload to Flipgrid here.
View Flyer

Save the date Sunday, April 25, What’s for Dinner? EVCS to host a live cooking workshop with parent and chef Danny Bowien, Mino’s dad, and owner of Mission Chinese. See flyer below. The Events Committee is building some excitement around a couple exciting end-of-year activities! They will be reaching out soon for donations and volunteers. An online shop will need donations, please be on the make and get ready to share some hand crafted items! Wanna help? Contact Nina Ablan at events@evcsnyc.org – she will fill you in on the details!

Let’s see what else is happening…

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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, April 19
Cohort A

Tuesday, April 20
Cohort A

Wednesday, April 21
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).

Thursday, April 22
Cohort A

Friday, April 23
Cohort B

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Spring Updates

Dear EVCS Families,

Welcome back – I hope everyone had a lovely and relaxing week. Here are a few important updates:

The DOE has updated the daily health screening to be aligned with New York State and CDC guidelines. The questions about experiencing symptoms of COVID and close contact with an individual who has tested positive remain effectively the same, but as of today individuals who have traveled domestically are no longer required to quarantine or be tested upon their return. People who have traveled internationally however, are still required to quarantine. Please make sure that you read the health screening questions carefully and answer them honestly every day your child attends school in-person. If you have any questions about how to access or fill out the screening, please let me know. https://healthscreening.schools.nyc/

The window to change your child’s learning preference from fully remote to blended learning has been extended to this Friday April 9. You can access the Learning Preference Survey here. Please note that in order for your child to return to in-person learning, you must submit a consent form for in-school COVID-19 testing.

Just before the break the Mayor and Chancellor announced an upcoming shift in the DOE’s policy for reduced classroom capacity and physical distancing. We still do not know when this new policy will take effect and are awaiting guidance on other key concerns such as how we will arrange student lunch on days when we need to eat indoors, but when it does take effect we will be able to fit more students in our classrooms and hopefully increase the amount of time our blended learning students have in-person. The mayor also announced today that the city will be updating the policy that determines when entire school buildings close, to be a less sensitive trigger. As I learn more about each of these developments I will keep everyone informed.

The State Education Department is moving forward with plans to administer the standardized tests in ELA and math to students in grades 3-5 this spring. This year the tests will be shortened to just one day each, all multiple choice questions. Students will only be permitted to take the assessments if they are in the school building – the tests will not be administered remotely. The testing windows are April 19 – April 29 for ELA and May 3 – May 14 for math. Once we have more specific dates during those windows, we will let you know. Our fully remote students will default to opting out of taking the tests. Families of Cohort D students who are interested in having their child come into the building to take the tests can opt in by completing this form. Our blended learning students will default to opting in to take the tests. If you wish to opt your child out please email Liz: liz@evcs.me. If you are on the fence and would like to discuss or have any questions about the state tests please let me know.

Finally, If you have a child born in 2017 who will be eligible for Pre-K next year, please note that the window to apply is open now, and the deadline has been extended to April 19.

Thanks very much for making it to the bottom of this email! Please let me know if you have any questions or would like to discuss any of the above.

Yours,

Bradley