From Family Contributions to Read-a-Thon pledges, Fall Ball ticket sales to Spring Gala auctions, EVCS parents are being asked this year to raise a lot of money for our small school — more than ever before. Parents may wonder what it’s all for. The short answer is that nearly all of the PA budget goes to pay for enrichment programs that the school budget no longer covers: music, Spanish language, and theater arts.
If it weren’t for parents providing all or most of the funding for these classes, they simply would not be available to our children.
Grades K-2 receive weekly music instruction for half a year from Nina Stern of S’cool Sounds.
Grades 3-5 receive weekly music instruction for the full school year.
PA funding for 2011-2012: $11,625
Note: Nina will be hosting a music share about her Kenya project on Wednesday March 14th in the auditorium at 10:30. Parents are encouraged to attend.
On Wednesday, February 29, parents and children were treated to a great music share by the 1st and 2nd grade students who had completed their music program provided by S’cool Sounds. Nina Stern, who taught the classes, explained to the audience that the children had been learning about the basic skills all musicians need to be able to play together whether using percussion, their voices, or recorders.
Nina has just returned from Kenya where she is part of a team of educators building a school in Nairobi. She shared our EVCS CD “Songs from the East Village” (Amazon, Amazon MP3, iTunes) with the children there and has brought some of their songs back with her to share with our children. Her hope is to establish a long-term relationship between the two schools where the children can learn about each other’s cultures and traditions through music.
The older children at EVCS — 3rd, 4th, and 5th graders — have had weekly group violin classes with Sam Marchan from Third Street Music Settlement, the oldest community music school in the country. The children are being taught using the Suzuki method which was devised especially for groups of children and is used all over the world. We heard the 4th and 5th graders perform at the Festival of Lights and will hear all three grades at our year-end music share.
Third Street Music Settlement has many levels instructions for children and adults. Every EVCS student 6 years and older is eligible for their MILES program which gives two years of free classes at Third Street. Sign-up is at the end of May for classes beginning the following fall. Keep your eye out for information if you are interested in taking advantage of this program.