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Dear Parents and Guardians,

It is Friday, 19th – Juneteenth! – and Day 60 of remote learning!

Thank you for your SWMM contributions this past Monday! Loved seeing everyone singing loud and proud!

Happy “beach” spirit day today! The bathers were out in full glory!
We hope it was fun for all! Get ready for the final spirit day 2020,
Wednesday, June 24
, wear school colors: yellow and blue as a spirit nod to everyone moving up and to our fabulous 5th grade classes moving on to Middle School. Let’s all wish them the best & good luck in the years ahead!

THANK YOU for the Real Books

A Big Shout out to our Parent Association and parent volunteers Abby Rubin and Tricia Davies who were instrumental in setting this up.

Re: Real Book PA Initiative Follow-Up and Acknowledgments: The PA has successfully ordered 975 fiction and non-fiction books for 195 of our EVCS students to keep them reading over the summer! We hope kids enjoy the books delivered to their door in a few weeks. Thanks to the Executive PA Board for funding this project and for buying books for anyone who asked. If you’d like to see more of this over the summer, please reach out to Tricia Davies here. We have more ideas to share.
Be well and stay safe,
Tricia & Abby

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Next Week
Let’s see what happens the last week of school ….

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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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EVCS Weekly June 1 – 5

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Dear Parents and Guardians,

It is Friday, May 29 – Day 50 of remote learning!

Although this last week of May was short it was very productive! Students are uploading and sharing more than ever. We cannot thank parents enough for the continued support. Teachers have been hosting office hours and students have been able to pop in to live meetings and share or ask questions directly with teachers. Please remember to reach out to us if there is anything we can help you with.

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Congratulations to the cast and creative team of EVCS Players Willy Wonka Kids with their movie-musical premiere! It was absolutely fabulous. We were moved and delighted by each and every one of you. Way to go! Thank you to Child’s Play NY for pushing the limits and making it work!

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A big thanks to the Parent Association for the “real book initiative”. Orders have been placed for families to receive books just in time for summer!

Next week we are going to have an evening Parent Association meeting on Wednesday, June 3rd at 5:00 p.m. State Senator Brad Hoylman (who represents the East Village area) will be joining the first part of the meeting and parents will be able to ask questions and raise any concerns. We recommend sending your questions ahead of time to papresident@evcsnyc.org. The Zoom meeting link will go out from the PA President – please keep an eye out for the email. We hope you can join us. Minutes from last week are HERE.

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Hello June!
Let’s see what is coming up….

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EVCS Weekly May 18 – 22

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Dear Parents and Guardians,

It is Friday, May 15 – Day 40 of remote learning!

We see some amazing things happening in classrooms! Keep of the great work everyone, you are doing a wonderful job!

And we’ve starting Spring “Parent Teacher Conferences”! So if you haven’t scheduled a check-in with your child’s teacher yet, please reach out to them to schedule one before next Friday!

Let’s see what else is coming up….

Monday, May 18
School Wide Morning Meeting
Check your child’s Google Classroom for the next SWMM!
Sing loud and proud along with the newest recording.

Wednesday, May 20
Parents Association Meeting at 10:00am
Zoom meeting information will come straight from the PA shortly!

Friday, May 22
Willy Wonka Kids
5:30 p.m showtime
Join the cast and creative team of EVCS Players Willy Wonka Kids for
a movie-musical premiere! Stay tuned for link information next week!

Sunday, May 24
Extended Deadline EVCS Talent Show !
Pull your act together and share it with us! You still have time to be part of the first ever EVCS virtual talent show! Think extra creatively about your talent this year. Videos should be a maximum of around 4 minutes long. Videos should be sent to talentshow@evcs.me. No talent is too small!

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And Save the Dates for Upcoming Parent Association Meetings
– Wednesday, May 20 at 10:00am
– Wednesday, June 3 at 5:00pm
– Wednesday, June 17 at 10:00am
All Zoom information will be sent to parents directly from the PA!

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EVCS Weekly April 20 – 24

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Dear Parents and Guardians,

We hope everyone discovered something new this week and had fun exploring on our virtual field trips! **

It is Friday, April 17 – Day 20 of remote learning!

Next Week

Monday, April 20 – Friday, April 24
Remote Learning Continues – remember, our start time is 9:30am
Please be sure to make contact with your teachers daily either through the Google Classroom or via email.

Thursday, April 23
3:00pm – SLT Meeting

Attendance Reminders
Each day in Google Classroom, remember to start off by answering the morning question. Answering the question is one way teachers take attendance! If you turn in your work in Google Classroom they will also be able to see that you are successfully interacting. If anyone is still having issues logging in, please reach out to us and we will help you troubleshoot any issues.

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EVCS Weekly April 6 – April 10

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Dear Parents and Guardians,

It is Friday, April 3 – Day 10 of remote learning!

Attendance
Each day in Google Classroom, remember to start off by answering the morning question – Answering the question is one way teachers take attendance! If you turn in your work in Google Classroom they will also be able to see that you are successfully interacting. If anyone is still having issues logging in, please reach out to us and we will help you troubleshoot any issues. I can see there has been a ton of activity on and off line. Keep up the great work and continue to share!

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This is a time when knowing that we are connected is vital and helps to relieve some anxiety of “not knowing” where our friends are. By all means, reach out to each other if you have not already! Students can use their @evcs.me accounts to “Hangout” if a parent helps set that up as a virtual playdate. We recommend keeping them private within your own classes, also try to practice core values including “inclusion” whenever possible. We are pulling together some info/resources to share soon that will help.

In the meantime, Let It Shine!

Before you unplug for the weekend…

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EVCS Weekly March 30 – April 3

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Dear Parents and Guardians,

It is Friday, March 27.
I heard someone say “by now we might all realize this remote learning is becoming a marathon.” EVCS completed the first lap and from our end you are all looking great. Keep it up, you got this. This has been a doozy for many to say the least. Way to go parents, students, heroic teachers, & admin for pulling it together – it is remarkable and everyone deserves a big reward.

Before we all collapse into the weekend…

There are a few updates and new resources to note below…

New York State Tests for ELA and MATH
Exams are Suspended for grades 3-8 due to COVID-19

School Food
FREE meals for all kids under 18!
View the list here to find the nearest pick up location. Hrs: 7:30 a.m. – 1:30.p.m.
Kids may pick up from any participating school location on the list. Check for the closest open school near you. All kids can pick up 3 bags each day. If you need help finding additional food resources in the community, please reach out to James.

Tips that might help in setting your child up for success:
Try to create a dedicated workspace for each of you sharing the home. Everyone needs a space they can call their own work area. Keep it organized and comfy, everyone will work better if they feel comfortable and tools are in order. Provide privacy if possible. It may never be “ideal” at home so do the best you can. Support and motivate, think about setting up a gallery area to feature any work they produce. If you have any questions or concerns, please reach out and we will do our best to support you.

The kids’ “start time” is 9:30 a.m.

Go easy on yourselves and do what you can. Adjusting to this new norm is different for every family – remember how hard it could be to get out of the house, it might be even tougher some days staying in the house and redirecting the focus. Try to create a regular schedule – kids thrive more often than not with a routine in place. If you need support coming up with a schedule, reach out. Posting the schedule where everyone can see it will go a long way. You can refer to it when you need to get back on track.

NYC School Survey
Our response rate is very low at 19% for EVCS.
We know there is a lot going on but it only takes a few minutes.
Only one survey per family is needed. PLEASE do let your voices be heard and fill out the survey today! Thank you in advance!
Take the Parent Survey (available in Arabic, Bengali, Chinese, English, French, Haitian Creole, Korean, Russian, and Spanish – click here to select your language. )

Attendance
Remote attendance may look and feel a bit different than when we all met at school. With remote learning we encourage all students to participate and engage with the materials, lessons and information presented in google classroom and by the teacher(s). We also understand the juggle that is happening at home and that it looks different for everyone. Our hope and expectation is that you do your best and let us know where the struggles are. We are here to support you 100%.

The Virtual Yard
Thinking about a class hang out? Ask your teacher to help set something up. The upper grade levels encourage regular hang out time using Google Hangouts. Practicing with protocols like “keeping your microphone on mute” and allowing each one to speak and hear one another. Kids miss each other, and this is one way perhaps everyone can share and connect.

IMPORTANT NOTICE

If you are a first responder, health care provider, or transit worker
whose child is a NYC resident and you have no other child care option, complete this FORM to begin the enrollment process for the city childcare & enrichment centers

Devices and Wifi Connections.
If you or some you know is still in need of a device to connect your child to Google Classroom, fill out this form for a device, on loan, from the Department of Education: https://coronavirus.schools.nyc/RemoteLearningDevices
Your student ID is required, reach out to teachers or me if you need it.
EVCS is located under The East Village Community School.
If your device is not working please reach out to Liz first to decide if we need to request another device – liz@evcs.me.

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EVCS Weekly March 23-27

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Dear Parents and Guardians,

The past days have been very different (to say the least!), as we weather some major changes to our daily routines. I hope everyone is staying safe and calm, while finding a little joy in the midst of it all. Teachers are actively preparing for the resumption of school, albeit of the online variety.

A few things to note below…

School Food
FREE meals for all kids under 18!
View the list here to find the nearest pick up location. Hrs: 7:30 a.m. – 1:30.p.m.
Kids may pick up from any participating school location on the list. Check for the closest open school near you. All kids can pick up 3 bags each day. If you need help finding additional food resources in the community, please reach out to James.

Devices and Wifi Connections.
If you or some you know is still in need of a device to connect your child to Google Classroom, fill out this form for a device, on loan, from the Department of Education:

https://coronavirus.schools.nyc/RemoteLearningDevices
Your student ID is required, reach out to teachers or me if you need it.
EVCS is located under The East Village Community School.

If you are not set up yet, don’t worry, we will take it one day at a time…

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EVCS Weekly, Monday, March 16

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Dear Parents and Guardians,

Surviving the time change was an easy hurdle compared to conquering our preoccupation with news & this coronavirus. We are aware this is heavy on many minds and affecting your daily routines and decisions. We hope that everyone is doing what they can and need to, to stay healthy, feel safe and stay calm. The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) is a great resource here.

We will continue to share information as we get it. You can also get the most current information and recent letters that have come from the DOE about Coronavirus here. Please continue to lookout for regular updates from the Chancellor’s office that we receive.

As of Now, School will be Open Monday.
The bus will be running as usual.
Families who choose to keep their children at home, we ask that you send an email to attendance@evcs.me with your child’s name, teacher and reason for staying home. If your child stays home for any Coronavirus-related reasons, please tell us this in the mesasge and the absence will be excused.

In light of all that is happening the Multicultural Share will be postponed.
We are will let you know what the rescheduled date is once things settle down.

A huge thanks to our recycling volunteers who came in this week: Camila
Nina, Paola, Jesse , Nyurca, Shannon, Olympia, Angelica, Cristina, and Sakinah for taking time out of their day to join us at lunch. Home lunch packers are very close to being ZERO waste and with a few small steps every packer could be 100% waste-free!See images below for more inspiration on how to eliminate baggies, or remind kids to bring them home to reuse them.

Let’s take a look at next week and keep in mind that information on the school calendar may be updated as we move through this pandemic.

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Next Week

Monday, March 16
Deadline to apply to Pre-K for all children born in 2016!
Apply Online Questions? Email ESEnrollment@schools.nyc.gov

Please bring book donations to the yard for the book exchange/sale table.

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NY School Survey

We are going for 100% Parent/Guardian Participation! Due 3/31.

For information about the survey click here.

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FREE PICNIC Tee-SHIRT – We need to know your child’s size!
In preparation for the school-wide picnic on June 19th,
please tell us your child’s tee shirt size HERE!

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EVCS 2020 Reading Olympics

Keep reading!! The forms are due back Monday, March 30!
Bring Books Monday, March 16 to the “Book Exchange” table in the yard.
Donations and swapping will continue through the month of March on Mondays. For more information about books or the Reading Olympics, please kindly reach out to Ariel at arieldeva@gmail.com.

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ATTENDANCE

Reminder:
Please be sure to reach out with details to your teacher(s) and the EVCS attendance team NEW! attendance@evcs.me to let them know when & why your child will not be at school. (No need to email Freddy, Sharon, or others individually anymore!) We value your children and believe their time at school is important! We also need to know where all of our students are every day. Thank you in advance for your continued support.

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Check Your Child’s NYC DOE School Account Today!

Your child’s Student ID (also known as an OSIS Number) can be found on the letter from Bradley you received as part of your child’s MidYear Report.

NYC SCHOOLS ACCOUNT

March Menus

Breakfast / Lunch

SchoolFood Menu Apps: OS or Android

DRINK MORE WATER EVERY DAY. Please be sure to remind your kids, as a daily habit, to fill up their bottles at lunch using the refill bottle station in the cafeteria. (Write your child’s name and EVCS on the water bottles too!)

HOME LUNCHERS • Try going for ZERO waste, you are nearly there!

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Family Resources & Events

Congratulations to the EVCS Family Band for bringing home the D1 Battle of the Family Bands trophy! Way to rock the house and win the battle! It was less than a week ago, but seems like forever. Simpler times…
D1 Battle of the Family Bands – Live Recording!

Interesting for kids (and also adults stuck at home)

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Social Action

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Public Food Scrap Drop-off Site Near School
Located on the southeast corner of 12th Street and Avenue B.
Find More Drop off locations here.
NYC Compost Project Brochure

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Social Action

Remember to follow us and share your news!

 

EVCS Core Values

Social Action • Kindness • Joy of Learning • Self Awareness • Inclusion

 

Continue to practice good hygiene, avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands, I know it is not easy.

Stay informed with facts, and try to make it a restful weekend.
Be safe and stay sane.

As always,
James

James Bromberg, Parent Coordinator
JamesPC@evcs.me / 212 982 0682 Ext 2053
Website/School Calendar: evcsnyc.org

EVCS Weekly March 9 – 13

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Dear Parents and Guardians,

Monday was a magical day for all of us with special guest Tom Chapin at School Wide Morning Meeting! It doesn’t get much better than that!
If you missed it or have been wishing for a replay, check out the videos here!
A huge thanks to Bonnie, Ivan’s mom for providing the link and again to Sierra, Ceci’s mom for helping make the connection happen.

We are bookin’ it with the March Reading Olympics! Please check your child’s backpack for sponsor sheets & information also linked here. See details below.

Reminder!
This Sunday is (not only Battle of the Family Bands) also Daylight Saving Time 2020! In New York it will begin at 2:00 a.m. on Sunday, March 8.
Remember to set your clocks one hour ahead Saturday night!

THIS WEEKEND

Don’t miss this one of a kind event!
Sunday, March 8
3rd Annual District 1 Battle of the BandsBowery Ballroom

Tickets Online here or at the door!
Prepare for an incredible show! Hope to see you there!

NY School Survey

We are going for 100% Parent/Guardian Participation! Due 3/31.

For information about the survey click here.

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