Join us for our biggest, most glamorous fundraising event of the year! A night out with drinks, food, music, raffle prizes and an exciting silent auction. All of the proceeds directly benefit the students at EVCS.
Saturday, April 28
7:00 PM – 11:30 PM
The Grand Hall, St. Mary’s Church
440 Grand Street
Be sure to RSVP (even if right now, you’re not sure you’ll make it). RSVP in advance will save you $10 at the door.
See you there!
The Events Committee and the Spring Gala Team
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The links below are some resources for talking to children about trauma, tragedy and disturbing news. Of course, it is your decision about when and if to speak to your children about these types of subjects.
A suggested guide for helping you make these decisions is as follows:
If…Child/family/immediate community directly experiences the trauma/tragedy: Talk about it! Follow developmentally appropriate guidelines. Assure children of safety and care that’s in place. Follow up, stay on it.
If…Child is talking or asking questions about direct or indirect trauma/tragedy: Answer questions. Follow developmentally appropriate guidelines. Assure children of safety & care that’s in place. Follow up, stay on it.
If…No direct experience, child not aware: Take time to consider – age, development, temperament, personal history, cognitive ability, access to emotional support, emotional intelligence, other present stressors, etc. If deciding to expose, follow developmentally appropriate guidelines. Assure children of safety & care that’s in place. Follow up, stay on it.
Some helpful links:
Dear EVCS Family,
Tomorrow morning at 10 AM students, parents and educators all across the country will be walking out of their schools for 17 minutes as a symbol of their solidarity with the victims of the Marjory Stoneman Douglas school shooting, and to protest gun violence in schools. Given the wide range among our students in terms of their age and readiness to process the context for this event, we will not be doing anything school-wide to recognize the walkout. If any parents want their child to participate in the walkout they will need to sign them out of school. If you plan to participate, with our without your kids, I invite you to join me in front of the school at 9:45. We can walk over to Tompkins Square Park and have a moment together under the elm trees.
And if you haven’t already seen it, there is an apropos piece in the New York Times today that ponders the question How Young is Too Young to Protest? A National Gun Violence Walkout Tests Schools.
Be safe, see you soon.
Dear EVCS Family,
We had a good turnout of parents, teachers and staff on Wednesday morning for our open forum on school safety. The conversation was positive and productive, as usual. And while it’s difficult to arrive at a place of absolute consensus around such a complex and emotionally charged issue as this, there were clear areas where we were all in agreement.
We all feel strongly that our kids should always feel safe at school. Any discussion, curriculum or action we take in response to this or other school shootings, should not only help kids make sense of the world we live in, but also instill or reinforce the idea that their parents, teachers, and school staff are in charge and taking care to keep everyone safe. It can also help them to feel empowered by the notion that they can use their voices to show support for victims and their families and change things in our world that are clearly not OK. Yet, many parents of students of all ages at our school feel unsure about their own children’s readiness to process a violent tragedy such as this. Most of the parents in attendance said that they either have not spoken to their children about school shootings, or they have done so very carefully. There was a common feeling among many in attendance that direct discussion of school shootings in school, or a large scale action such as a walkout might actually work against our goal of helping kids to feel safe, and cause them to feel scared and unsafe. The last thing we would want to do is contribute to the collective fear and anxiety our kids may already be experiencing.
To that end, EVCS will not be organizing any sort of unified action on March 14th during the national walkout. However, if any parents are interested in having their kids participate as individuals in the walkout they will be supported by our school. Parents would need to sign their kids out of the office if they want to participate. On a personal note I want to let you know that as an educator and as a father, I plan to walk out for the 17 minutes on Wednesday in honor of the victims of Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School, and in support of ending gun violence in schools. My daughter Roxy will stay in school with her teachers and classmates. If anyone wants to join me – with our without your kids – I’d love your company. We can meet in front of the school at 9:45 and walk to Tompkins Square Park, where we’ll sing This Little Light of Mine under the “Hare Krishna” elm tree.
There is also an interest in gathering a group to march together at the March for our Lives rally on Saturday the 24th. Be on the lookout for more information about that.
I always appreciate being a part of this wonderful community. But it’s moments like this, when we are confronted so directly with the violent and awful realities of our world, that I take tremendous solace in all the goodwill, kindness, fellowship and joy that we have here at EVCS. We are truly lucky.