NYC Chancellor’s Parent Conference and UFT Free Parent Workshops

Dear Families

To help us build stronger schools, it takes our help and participation!
I am sending along information from the Chancellor and the CEC, The Community Education Council for District 1!

NYC Chancellor’s Parent Conference for Elementary School Parents

Division of Family and Community Engagement

Saturday, October 17, 2015 from 8:00 AM to 1:00 PM (EDT)
New York, NY


FREE Workshops

Offered by the UFT Manhattan Borough Office.

• Parent Workshops on Budgets and School Leadership Teams.

Dates and Times on the Flyer
Offered by the UFT Manhattan Borough Office.

You can also register for the

• UFT’s November Parent Conference.

Date: Saturday, Nov. 14, 2015
Time: 8:30 a.m.–3:30 p.m.

If anyone is interested in receiving CEC email updates, sign up here!

[email protected]
CEC District One
PS 20 Anna Silver
166 Essex Street
New York, NY 10002
Room 126
M-F 10am – 5pm

CEC1 – Join the SIPP Planning Team! (Posted: September 18, 2015)

Dear Community,

You are invited to join the Socioeconomic Integration Pilot Program (SIPP) Grant Planning Team by signing up to be a part of one of the 4 planning work groups listed below:

Work Group Descriptions
(Click on the links below for more information about each work group):

PS 15 Enrichment Planning Work Group
primarily made up of staff, teachers, administrators, parents, and family members of students from the PS 15 school community, with focus on school-based engagement and the educational enhancement and magnetization of PS 15;
Family Resource Center Planning Work Group:
a diverse, representative group of family and community members, teachers, staff and administrators from the CSD 1 community, the work group will create a community-wide Family Resource Center that will facilitate the equitable implementation of the SES integration-conscious student assignment and choice-based school admissions policy; with particular focus on the types of families the Resource Center support will target;
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Tompkins Square Middle School PTA and The Earth School PA Invite ALL

Screening of “RISE ABOVE THE MARK”
Thursday March 19 5:30-7pm Auditorium (600 E 6th St)

Hear why Earth School parent and author Todd Farley (Making the Grades: My Misadventures in the Standardized Testing Industry) won’t allow his kids to take the tests and doesn’t believe yours should either.
on Tuesday March 24 5:30-7pm Auditorium (600 E 6th St)

The Community Education Council District 1 Invites you to a Panel on Accountability, high Stakes Tests and the current status of Education Policies
Wednesday March 25 6:00-7:30pm PS 20

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Charter schools, high-stakes testing, Common Core and more!


Dear Families,

The Community Action Committee’s first topic will be organizing with the Community Education Council (CEC) against the opening of a Success Academy Charter School in our district that would take space from actual public schools. More info can be found here. We’ll be meeting this coming Tuesday after drop-off in the lobby, possibly moving to Roost for some good coffee.

Meanwhile, for more information on the Common Core– not so much how it is interpreted in our school, which Bradley did a good job of explaining at the PA mtg this week, but what the national context is, some of the criticisms of how it affects at-risk schools and kids and how it relates to high-stakes testing, corporatization of education, teacher scapegoating, and sharing our children’s personal data — read this speech by Diane Ravitch reprinted in the Washington Post.

If you’re interested in these issues or have others you’d like to work on, please join the CAC and come to the meeting Tuesday!



PS If you can’t make it but want to be kept in the loop, just respond to this email and I’ll put you on the list.

Support diversity and equity in our schools

Come to the Community Education Council (CEC) District 1 School Diversity Town Hall meeting next Wednesday, Sept. 17, at 6 pm to show our support for diversity and equity in our schools. This is a great chance to meet Chancellor Farina, who will be there in person, and learn about diversity-related issues in District 1.

Email the Diversity Committee of the EVCS Parent’s Association at [email protected] for more information or to get involved.


Next week and more at EVCS…

Dear Families

It was very nice to see everyone last week – as we start to get into the year please make note of 5 important dates:

1) NEW Family Breakfast this Thursday…
Thursday, September 11 8:30-10:00am
Tree of Knowing Garden. Please enter through the cafeteria,
Stairwell near Auditorium. Look for signs to guide you there.
Refreshments will be served.

2) Curriculum Night
Tuesday, September 16th 5:30-8:30 pm In the Auditorium.
Child care and Pizza will be provided.

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CEC Meeting Recap

We had a really great turnout from EVCS parents at last night’s Community Education Council (CEC) meeting. Robin and Bradley led the charge, with over a dozen other parents speaking to the success of our school, our need for more space, and the inadequacy of the proposed move to a building on Henry Street.

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Tonight at 6pm: Important District Meeting for EVCS Parents

Tonight’s CEC meeting is a must for all parents interested in the future of EVCS (that’s you, right?).

6:00 pm – 7:30 pm
at PS 20 (Essex Street just below Houston)

This is a public meeting to discuss the space constraints within our building. A strong showing by EVCS parents will help make it clear that we strongly support keeping our school in its present location, but we need additional space.

Childcare will be provided at the meeting.

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