Reopening Schools Redux

Dear EVCS Families,

The Mayor and Chancellor announced on Sunday that elementary schools across the city will resume in-person learning on December 7. Since schools first opened in September we have demonstrated that we can offer in-person learning safely and responsibly, and we know that many of our students really depend on coming into school for blended learning, so this policy shift comes as welcome news (whiplash notwithstanding). We are ready and looking forward to opening our doors again on Monday morning.

The Mayor’s announcement included some confusing messages however, about “phasing out blended learning” and students coming in for in-person learning 5 days a week. Given that schools must continue to maintain social distancing requirements in classrooms, many schools – including EVCS – will not be able to phase out blended learning due to the number of students enrolled in blended learning and limitations on space and staffing. Therefore, on Monday we will continue blended learning in our 2-cohort model. We will also be creating opportunities for a very limited number of students on each grade level to come in for in-person learning more frequently. These opportunities will be offered individually according to need, based on a range of criteria.

As an additional safeguard to keep our schools safe the DOE will be ramping up the COVID testing program in schools. Consent for COVID testing will be mandatory for all students and staff coming into school buildings, and a randomly selected group of students in grades 1-5 and staff from each building will now be tested each week.

Additionally, the DOE has updated it’s policy on travel outside of the city to be in line with New York State policies. Students and staff who have recently traveled outside of New York to a place on the State’s travel advisory list must quarantine for 14 days or test out of the 14-day quarantine based on the State’s guidance, which can be found here. Staff and students should continue to complete the health questionnaire daily.

Monday December 7 is a B Day, in case you were wondering, and here is the blended learning calendar for January – June.

Thank you for your patience and understanding. I hope you and your families remain in good health and good spirits.

As ever,
Bradley

EVCS Weekly, Wednesday, November 25

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Dear EVCS Families,

We hope everyone was able to sit in on the class level curriculum meetings and you were able to learn a bit more about priority standards – how they support the goals in reading, writing, and math and what the year looks like overall. If you missed it, reach out to your child’s teacher to receive a recording of the meeting.

Although we don’t have information about exactly when we will be returning to blended learning, we can tell you that we will continue to work hard and do all that we can to keep the school days robust and engaging. And remember – there are free grab and go meals for anyone who wants to pick them up each day at any public school between 9:00 a.m. and 12:00 p.m.

Let’s see what else is happening before we go offline for a safe long weekend…

Next Week

Fully Remote Learning for all K-5 students.

Monday, November 30
School Resumes – Fully Remote until further notice.
Meal pick up at any NYC Public School every school day!
9:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
Free for all students – grab & go 3 meals per day

Wednesday, December 2
All Cohorts: Leveled Lending Library 11:30 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.
All students are encouraged to pick up books each and every week!
In front of the school yard (on the sidewalk)
If there are any urgent items you need from the school building, please reach out directly to James and we will do our best to locate the items and bring them to the table on Wednesday.

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Important Dates

Wednesday, December 16
General Monthly Parent Association Meeting – meeting details forthcoming!
Meeting Calendar Dates • Minutes are posted on the EVCS website.

Thursday, December 17
School Leadership Team Meeting
2:20 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.

Thursday, December 24 – Sunday, January 3
Winter Break

Monday, January 4, 2021
School Resumes

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

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EVCS Weekly, Friday, November 20

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Dear EVCS Families,

A group of volunteers joined us this afternoon with more food, to help deliver donations and to sort items outside the Trinity church. The EVCS Food Driveis more critical than ever this year and it was wonderful to have your support. We collected over 500 cans. Thanks again to everyone for this effort. Helping others is part of our core value of social action.
If you would like to make a monetary donation to Trinity to support their food services, please do so directly at this link: safhnyc.org

Parent Curriculum Meetings are happening next Tuesday, November 24.
Learn more about what a typical day looks like, curriculum for the school year and more about priority standards in reading, writing, and math. There will also be some time for Q and A. We hope everyone will plan to attend this informative virtual share with your child’s teacher. Please be sure to connect with them for the meeting details if you have not done so already.

The EVCS Speech Festival deadline is fast approaching – take this opportunity to let your voice and your topic be heard! What a great way to practice your public speaking skills and share ideas. Please remember to upload your speeches on or before Wednesday, November 25th to Flip Grid. The details are posted in your Google Classrooms from Eric. If you have any questions, please email Eric directly at eric@evcs.me. Check the flyer here for more information!

School Photo Orders need to be in before Sunday, November 22,
to receive free delivery to the school. Details below.

A short week is coming up, let’s see what is happening before we break…

Next Week

Fully Remote Learning for all K-5 students.

Monday, November 23 – Wednesday, November 25
Meal pick up at any NYC Public School every school day!
9:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
Free for all students – grab & go 3 meals per day

Tuesday, November 24
Parent Curriculum Meeting
Hear from your child’s teacher about this years standards, curriculum, schedules, and more! Be sure you have the link and meeting details directly from your child’s teacher.

Wednesday, November 25
All Cohorts: Leveled Lending Library 11:30 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.
All students are encouraged to pick up books each and every week!
In front of the school yard (on the sidewalk)
If there are any urgent items you need from the school building, please reach out directly to James and we will do our best to locate the items and bring them to the table on Wednesday.

Thursday, November 26 – Friday November 27
No School – Thanksgiving

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IMPORTANT: School Buildings Temporarily Closed

Dear EVCS Families,

By now you may have heard that the Mayor and Chancellor announced that all school buildings will be temporarily closed for in-person learning. Beginning tomorrow November 19, and until further notice, all students in New York City public schools will learn remotely. You can read the Chancellor’s letter to families here.

EVCS students should log on to Google Classroom in the morning to access their agendas for the day, as they would on any remote learning day. We know that even though we all saw this coming it still feels disruptive and many of our students who have been coming in to the building for blended learning may feel really upset at this change in plans. All of our teachers and staff will be extra sensitive and vigilant in the coming days to make sure that our students feel taken care of and that there is minimal interruption to their academic and social emotional learning. We will be in touch soon with more details about our plans for this time.

Thanks for your understanding and support.

Yours,

Bradley

School-Wide Morning Meeting

Dear EVCS Families,

Today we shared our first School-Wide Morning Meeting of this school year. Of course nothing compares to gathering in the auditorium and singing loud and proud together, and hopefully we will be able to do that again one day soon. In the meantime, we will put together and share a SWMM video roughly every other week that will feature different classes and community members. This week’s SWMM features our A and B cohort 3rd graders playing ukulele and singing and also includes cameos from some of our 2nd graders. I hope creating and watching these videos will help us to feel connected to our community and that it can be a way for all of us to be together in spirit.

Our School-Wide Morning Meeting House Band will continue to kick out the jams, but we’d like to include a range of our community members in these videos as well. Please consider creating a video of your family performing one of our SWMM songs and send it to me so I can share it in a future presentation. And if you’d like to listen to iconic versions of some of the songs in our SWMM repertoire, I’ve put together this playlist.

Let it shine,

Bradley

Final reminder: changing learning preferences

Dear EVCS Families,

Please be reminded that today is the last day to change your child’s learning preference from fully remote to blended learning. You can do that here.

The first day of the new cycle will be on November 30. However, we are keeping a close eye on the slow but steady increase in the COVID test positivity rate in New York City and are aware that the DOE may take the entire school system remote at any time. If this should happen before our planed switch over to the new cohorts on November 30 we will hold off on regrouping students until we can provide in-person learning again. In other words, if we all go fully remote before November 30 students will continue to work with the primary teachers and groups they have been in, even if you indicated a change in their learning preference, and we would launch the new cycle when we are clear for in-person learning again. Fingers crossed that we can continue to safely work with students in person and proceed as planned for November 30!

If now is not the right time for your family to switch from fully remote to blended but you may be interested in doing that down the road, we will do everything we can to accommodate families on an individual basis throughout the year, as long as there is space. And if your child is currently enrolled in blended learning you can of course switch to fully remote learning at any time this year. If you are not changing your child’s learning preference you do not need to fill out this survey.

Please reach out to me directly if you have any questions or would like to discuss your own family’s situation. Thanks again for your understanding and support.

Yours,

Bradley

EVCS Weekly, Friday, November 13

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Dear EVCS Families,

This week flew by and today it felt very good to make our first drop of donated food items to Trinity’s Services And Food for the Homeless today. We are doing this in stages this year to space it out and practice social distancing. We took over 75 cans in this first round, and I know we can do much more next week! Please keep bringing more physical contributions to school. We only have one more full week to collect. The last day to donate is Tuesday, November 24th. Please bring in nonperishable food items all of next week!
If you would prefer to make a monetary donation directly to Trinity to support their food services, please do so directly at this link: safhnyc.org

Class Parents and Grade Directories
If you want to be included in your class contact list, please sign up to opt in. The information is for communication only and will not be shared outside the school community. The school cannot share your information – you must sign up through the PA at this link to be included. Class parents will be reaching out soon and they hope to share information with all families. Thank you in advance for being part of the PA and for all that you do as parents, we appreciate you!

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FOOD DRIVE UPDATES
We need more contributions. This is more important than ever, as food insecurity has reached a high in NYC. It is also an opportunity to teach our children about food equity.

ALL FAMILIES
are invited and encouraged to bring food items every day next week.

Blended Learning Students
– bring in nonperishable food items to the school – 2nd floor drop off area
between November 2 and November 24.

Fully Remote Learning Students
– bring in nonperishable food items to the Leveled Lending Library
– any other day drop between 9:00 a.m. and 1:00 p.m., in a bin in the lobby
– Save the Date: Friday, November 18 Keep an eye out for an invite from James to help walk to deliver items to the church, details forthcoming.

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EVCS, OUR SCHOOL PHOTOS ARE READY!

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YOUR SCHOOL PHOTOS ARE READY!

Please look out for the email you received from Cool for School Photo with a link to your gallery. (Please also check your spam folders.)

Order Deadline for Free Shipping: November 15
Place your order by the deadline for free shipping to the school.
Missed Photo Day at EVCS? Need a retake? Want sibling photos?
Please sign up at www.coolforschoolphoto.com/evcs and book a appointment at the Cool for School Photo studio.

Questions:
If you have any questions regarding your school photos, please contact Cool for School Photo directly at info@coolforschoolphoto.com

Reminder: Changing Learning Preferences

Dear EVCS families,

I hope your parent-teacher conferences over the last week have been meaningful and informative. If you have not had a chance to meet with your child’s teacher for a conference yet, please contact the teachers directly to schedule one. While the parent-teacher conferences are an essential opportunity to talk with your child’s teachers about their strengths, progress next steps and goals, it is certainly not the only one. All of our teachers have open office hours to talk or email with parents every day from 2:00 – 2:20. Parents are our most important partners in our students’ learning, this year especially, and communication is key to having a strong partnership.

Please be reminded that the window to change your child’s learning preference from fully remote to blended learning closes this Sunday November 15. According to the latest guidance form the DOE this will be the last official enrollment period for families to opt in to blended learning this school year. However, please note that if your child remains in remote learning now and you decide to change their learning preference later this year, we will do everything we can to accommodate your requests on an individual basis as long as there is space. If you are not switching your child’s learning preference there is no need to fill out the survey.

The new cycle for blended and remote learning will begin on Monday November 30. If you have changed your child’s learning preference you will be notified of their new schedules, teachers and groups before our curriculum share events on November 24. For students not changing their learning preferences, we will make a great effort to keep the schedules and groups consistent. More on the curriculum share coming soon, but please mark your calendars for November 24 from 2:20 to 3:00.

Enjoy the balmy November weather and the day off today!

Yours,

Bradley

EVCS Weekly, Friday, November 6

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Dear EVCS Families,

I am inspired by our students and all of you every day! Despite the challenges and distractions this week we had a successful and energized week. Many families had a chance to speak directly with teachers for conferences. If you still need to set a time to meet and talk about your child, please reach out and do so, there is still time.

Class Parents and Grade Directories
The PA is still gathering information to build directories to be shared!
If you want to be included please respond to this survey click here,
AND class parents are still needed! If you are curious about being a class parent volunteer this year make note on the survey. Thank you in advance!

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To change from Fully Remote to Blended Learning,
the enrollment period begins Monday November 2 and closes Sunday, November 15. Click here for the link to changing your child’s Learning Preference.

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YOUR SCHOOL PHOTOS ARE READY!

Please look out for the email you received from Cool for School Photo with a link to your gallery. (Please also check your spam folders.)

Order Deadline for Free Shipping: November 15
Place your order by the deadline for free shipping to the school.
Missed Photo Day at EVCS? Need a retake? Want sibling photos?
Please sign up at www.coolforschoolphoto.com/evcs and book a appointment at the Cool for School Photo studio.

Questions:
If you have any questions regarding your school photos, please contact Cool for School Photo directly at info@coolforschoolphoto.com

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