Workshop About Gender Expression and Identity – Saturday, June 3


Parent / Guardian Workshop About Gender Expression and Identity

Saturday, June 3 9:45 am – 12:00 am

Dear Parents and Guardians

Please join us as we welcome the Gender & Family Project to learn how to foster an inclusive, safe environment for gender expansive youth in our school community. Experts from the Ackerman Institute for the Family will engage parents on best practices to ensure safety and respect for all students. Children will explore and celebrate the diversity of identity with a guided art project.

Come together to support our young people and to help send the message that all are welcome in our schools.

We will explore the role of gender in our children’s journey of self-discovery, the impact of gender stereotypes on kids’ emotional and social development, how our own habits of language may influence our children’s experience of gender identity, and much, much more.

As we strive to raise children who take care of themselves and the people around them, who understand viscerally the value of inclusivity, and who have the tools to think critically about their highly mediated world, we are very eager to consider this issue with all of you.

Please RSVP here, especially if you will bring children (currently enrolled students only please):

Warm Regards,
EVCS Diversity Committee

Spring 2017 EVCS Open House

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Dear Parents and Guardians,

Transitions can be difficult for any child. To help everyone better anticipate what to expect in September, we hope you will join us for our Spring Open House on May 31, 2017. As a family, you’ll have a chance to experience the next grade level through some fun and engaging activities, talk with the teachers, and preview the classrooms. Drop in anytime between 4:30 pm and 6:30 pm to take a peek into the 2017-18 school year.

During this open house, you’ll have a chance to visit the classrooms for next year as you explore the writing, math, projects, and more! With your child, you can try some activities they’ll experience next school year as well as meet the teachers for the next grade level. While at EVCS, you can visit the art studio, music room, and the Tree of Knowing Garden to see the great work our students have been doing all year.

Hope to see you on May 31st between 4:30 and 6:30 pm!

All the best,

The Staff at EVCS

PA Meeting this Wednesday 5/24/17

Hello EVCS Families,

This Wednesday (5/24) 8:40 AM is our LAST regular General PA meeting for the school year and most importantly the Elections for our 2017-18 Executive Board!

The mandatory elected members of the Exec. Board are the President, Treasurer and Secretary*.

We aim to have two people in each position as “co-s” to share the workload, ideally participating in the position for 2 years.

CLICK HERE to nominate yourself or another interested parent. Please contact the nominating committee or reply to this email with any questions.

Wednesday we will also be voting 1. to approve the interim ’17-’18 budget, 2. on changes to the bylaws, and 3. to change to the way SAC accounts are funded.

Getting close to the homestretch… See you then!

Your Exec. Board

View last Exec meeting minutes
Link to all minutes so far

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EVCS Weekly, May 15

Dear Parents and Guardians

We hope everyone had a great week. We have some exciting activities coming up and we hope that everyone will be engaged!

It’s election time for our Parent Association! Our EVCS PA Needs You! Some committee chairs and leaders are looking to pass the torch.
Nominate any EVCS parent — even yourself — online right now
Descriptions of each officer position are here.

Next Week

Tuesday, May 16
School-Wide Lice Screening
I recommend that you “pre-screen” your child before Tuesday. This screening will help identify any currently undetected cases. We will follow-up with a letter recommending treatment if any eggs or lice are found. Live cases will result in a call home to pick up your child. Be prepared!

Wednesday – Friday, May 17-19
5th Grade Annual Camping Trip!

Thursday, May 18
School Leadership Team meeting (SLT)
3:30p.m. – 5:30p.m. in Library

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Reading Olympics 2017 Breaks Record!

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Thank you to everyone who participated in the 2017 Reading Olympics. This year we broke our fundraising record, raising about $7000 for our school! Every contribution helped and our children read so many great books!

Prizes and certificates are coming home this week. I want to congratulate our top earners who each won a Barnes and Noble gift card: Emma Waldroop, Cuin Waldroop and Emmett Sparks. Parents please look out for all the prizes in your kids’ backpacks. If your child turned in a reading log and did not get a prize bag and certificate, please let me know ASAP and I will correct the mistake. (

Thank you again to all our fabulous readers!
Allison Gordon and the Reading Olympics Team

EVCS 30th Anniversary Gala. This Saturday!

Gala Invite 2017

Help celebrate our schools 30th Anniversary!

This is our biggest, most glamorous fundraising event of the year!

Drinks, food, music, a silent auction and more.
All of the proceeds directly benefit the students at EVCS.

Date: April 29, 2017
6:30PM – 11:00PM
The Grand Hall, St. Mary’s Church
440 Grand Street

Check out the 2017 Silent Auction Catalog and prepare to bid!

Please be sure to submit an RSVP for each guest. Friends Welcome.


Spring Updates

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Dear EVCS Family,

It’s an exciting time of year! The plants in our Tree of Knowing Garden have all woken up from their winter slumber and the Kindergartners and First Graders are busy planting spring vegetable crops. Our Second Graders are getting ready to go sailing in New York Harbor next week on the 19th Century schooner Pioneer, and our Fifth graders are getting ready for their overnight camping trip in the Catskills. And of course our parents are getting very psyched to party down this Saturday at our annual gala. It’s spring time at EVCS!

Our core value is social action.

I’m very excited to tell you about a project our older students have been working on recently. Our Fourth and Fifth graders have been learning about the crisis unfolding in Syria. They learned a bit about the history of the crisis and the forces at play, but we have kept the majority of the focus away from the politics of the region, which are very complicated, and more on the plight of the many displaced citizens who are victims of the crisis. Our students have been struck by the abject human suffering and the numbers of people who have been affected, and have felt determined to do something that might help. You should expect awareness raising and fund raising efforts to come from these classes soon! And we have planned a very special event for the entire school community – a concert of traditional Syrian music performed by the New York Arabic Orchestra, right in our school auditorium. The concert will be on May 11th at 1:30 PM and all family members are invited!

Our core value is joy of learning.

I have great news to report! We recently found out that we received a grant from the DOE to have a fully funded Physical Education teacher at our school next year, and subsidized funding over the following few years. This means our children will have regular PE opportunities next year and beyond, which is something that we have been needing and wanting. Now we just need to hire an excellent PE teacher — if you have any leads please let me know.

That’s all for now. See you on Saturday!

Kind regards,