School Wide Morning Meeting Message 10/16/2017

Dear EVCS Students,

Our core value is social action.

Just like we sang this morning in Free to Be you and Me, we are committed to doing all we can and making a change in the world.  One way we can do that here at school every single day is by recycling, composting, and reducing the amount of trash we produce.  You may have noticed that our cafeteria has three different bins to throw your garbage in.  Different stuff belongs in each one and it’s really important that we all try our best to learn how to do it correctly.


There are separate bins for food scraps which are composted, recyclable materials such as plastic, metal and glass, liquids which are poured down the drain, and trash which ends up in a landfill.  Our goal is to put as little trash as possible into the landfills!  

Learning how to recycle our plastic, metal and paper, compost our food scraps, and reduce the amount of stuff that goes into landfills will make us better stewards of our planet.

My good friend Jacob Pearleman in the 3rd grade has also brought something to my attention that he is concerned about.  Jacob has noticed that a lot of kids are throwing away perfectly good food!  While we work to reduce the amount of garbage that goes into landfills let’s also please try to reduce our food waste.  Thanks for looking out, Jacob.

Big thanks to our second grade hosts, to all of the parents who came this morning, to the SWMM house band, and thank you to everyone who sang loud and proud this morning.  Have a great day and great week everyone.



Costume Swap and Fall Ball Reminders

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Hello EVCS Families,

Our Annual Costume Swap starts tomorrow in the lobby!

Bring in gently used costumes for young and old And/ Or pick out a new-to-you disguise to take with you!

The swap table will be in the lobby Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday mornings. (10/16-10/18)

In addition, Monday, there will be a bake sale before the SWMM so don’t forget a few extra bucks for coffee and treats!

Only 12 days until Fall Ball and volunteers are urgently needed!

We need volunteers to help Set-up, Run all the different kinds of fun at the event, and Clean-up. Also we need donations of desserts, candy and supplies.

It’s a massive endeavor and there are no kidding, 1 MILLION ways to help!

Click here to sign up for shifts and jobs

Your Classroom Parents will be contacting you regarding shifts, food and candy donations.

See you at school!

The PA Exec and Events Committee

EVCS Weekly Oct 16 – 20

Dear Parents and Guardians,

Monday we will kick off a 3-day costume exchange! Please bring in any gently used items to the lobby. The Fall Ball is coming up fast. Your class parents will be reaching out to you. There are many ways to get involved and you can sign up here to volunteer.


Monday, October 16
School Wide Morning Meeting – Hosted by 2nd Grade
8:50 a.m. – 9:15 a.m. in the auditorium

4th Grade Bake Sale
8:00 a.m. – 8:50 a.m. in the lobby

Monday, October 16 – Wednesday, October 18
Halloween Costume Exchange
Clean out your old costume bag and find something new (to you) for this year!

Wednesday, October 18
Joseph C. Sauer Park Public Input Meeting
6:30 p.m. at East Side Community High School in the auditorium
420 E. 12th St between 1st Ave & Ave A
Everyone who uses the park is encouraged to attend.
Please come to share your ideas on how to improve the park.
Refreshments served.
English Flyer • Spanish Flyer

Thursday, October 19 – NEW Date
D1 Community Meeting
Learn more about the District 1 Diversity in Admissions proposal and the Family Resource Center (FRC) at this FINAL information meeting. Hope to see you there!
6:30 p.m. at P.S. 20 166 Essex St, New York, NY 10002
English Flyer • Spanish Flyer • Mandarin Flyer


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EVCS Weekly Oct 9 – 13

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Dear Parents and Guardians,

Two full loads of goods were collected from EVCSers this week and delivered to the Firehouse on East 2nd Street for the Puerto Rico Relief effort. Thank you for your generous contributions! A shout out to Jenny, Ron and the EVCS students for helping organize and transport the goods to the firehouse. We are looking for more ways to help. Our school staff has been brainstorming short term and long term goals for further ways to support Puerto Rico. If you have an idea to share with us, please reach out to us.

Re: Arrival
Please remember to keep the flow of traffic moving in the morning! We ask that you take conversations, bikes and strollers to the west side of the main entrance, allowing families to get into the building easily in the morning.


Monday, October 9
Schools Closed, Columbus Day Observed

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School Wide Morning Meeting Message 10/2/2017

Dear EVCS Students,

Welcome back!  It’s great to be with all of you again for our second School-Wide Morning Meeting of the year.  Our weeks get so busy, it’s really nice to spend this time, all of us together as one community, singing joyful songs and reflecting on our core values.

Last week we visited many of your classes with our school comfort dog, Lola.  Give me a quiet thumbs up if we visited your class with Lola.  If we haven’t visited with Lola yet, we will this week for sure!  Lola really seems to love meeting all the students in our school, and I think she is starting to love her new job as EVCS comfort dog.  Now, I have a request for all of you.  You will see us with Lola in the hallways very often.  We know you will want to say hi to Lola but we need to ask that you do that by waving a quiet hello.  Please don’t leave your class line to pet Lola! Continue reading

Puerto Rico Relief Efforts

Yesterday a full large bin of goods were collected from EVCSers and delivered to the Firehouse on East 2nd Street.  The EVCS collection along with many other boxes of donations were set to be picked up from the firehouse and brought to a big warehouse for sorting, and ultimately sent to Puerto Rico.  We will repeat this TODAY- so please bring diapers, first aid supplies, feminine hygiene products, batteries and baby food if you would like – collection will  be by the double doors at the east end of the (closed) school yard from 8 to 8:45 am.

There are many people and places organizing many efforts, collecting goods and money for Puerto Rico and other areas affected by the recent devastating weather events.  While most collections are done with only the best of intentions, there are unfortunately scams that arise in times like these, so make sure you have trust in the places you choose to donate.  In addition to what has already been sent out, the following are some  sites, events and resources with various ways you can participate: – collecting money so they  can  continue to deliver food boxes to Puerto Rico in the days and weeks to come.  – Lower  East Side Ready! is a local organization that has gathered some information on relief efforts being organized by other local agencies.
And a variety of charities are listed here in the New York Times:

Lastly – Party for the Cause, cause sometimes you just need to sweat out the angst:
Pa’ Puerto Rico
Popular event venue SOB’s will host “A Party Called Rosie Perez”    on Thursday, October 5 from 7 p.m. to 12 a.m that will feature special guests. The event requires a minimum donation of $10 and also encourages donations of water, batteries, flashlights, lanterns, water filters, and school supplies which all can additionally be dropped off at one of five different locations.

General PA (and Fall Ball) meeting Recap

Hi EVCS Families,

In case you had to miss our General PA meeting last Wed. (and the quick Fall Ball meeting after) here’s a recap:

We approved our 2017-18 PA Budget!
This year the PA will be helping fund so many great things at school. The South Street Seaport Partnership, the Recess enhancement program, Dancing classrooms, Chess, Alvin Ailey, Rock Band and much more. Also a big change this year, the PA will be funding the individual Classroom Accounts (aka SAC) which will pay for each classroom’s in-class project work and field trips. In previous years these accounts were funded directly by the classes’ families, this year all classrooms will be funded equitably by the whole PA. This is lining up to be a great and exciting year for our kids!

That said, we, the PA, are called upon to raise these funds. We will do this through direct family contributions, grade-wide bake sales, our fun annual Events, grant applications and other smaller fundraising ventures. We discussed at the meeting that the best way to contribute directly to the Family Fund is by check (or online bank transfer), to save on fees.

We also want to remind families that whether or not you are able to contribute money, the PA always needs contributions of your input, time and sweat equity at all of our events and sales. There are many many ways to help support our school.

We elected 4 new members to our School Leadership Team and we voted in a Co-Treasurer.
Thank you to Anne Buovolo, Cresta Kruger, Melanie Kletter, and Katie Pawluk for joining the SLT this year and representing all of us parents. And thank-you to Kama Geary for stepping up to help with the PA book-keeping!

Help for Puerto Rico.
On Tuesday and Wednesday (10/3 & 10/4) of this week EVCS will be collecting much needed goods for Puerto Rico.
Please bring donations of Diapers • Baby Food • Batteries • First Aid Supplies • Feminine hygiene products. *Only new and unopened items can be accepted. Parent volunteers (Ron B. and Jenny K.) will be stationed with vehicles near the double gates at the end of the closed school yard, towards Avenue C. Once collected, donations will be brought to the Fire House on East 2nd Street.

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