News You Can Use-From Your A.H. Library

A database is a collection of information organized to provide efficient retrieval.

There are several databases that your children may use at home to help
with their school assignments, or just for fun. While many children go to
Google or another search engine, databases, which are frequently paid for
by subscription, have reviewed information that generally does not have
the accuracy problems that occur on the open web. We encouraged our
students to use these sources! ALL OF THE DATABASES ARE ACCESSIBLE
THROUGH THE H.S. SCHOOL WEB SITE. USE THIS LINK:

If you are asked for a password, use: look

WE RECOMMEND THE FOLLOWING DATABASES FOR OUR STUDENTS

Britannica–encyclopedia
World Book—encyclopedia—has info. for children of ALL ages
Culturegrams—states and countries/cultures
Kids Info Bits—general everything-can be used by a younger audience
Middle School (Gale)—general everything-older
Opposing Viewpoints—a Pro/Con way of looking at topics-older
Science Flix-something for everyone
Sirs Discoverer –general everything-older
Teaching Books—author/illustrator information
Trueflix—New True ebooks

Email Ms. Daitch at mdaitch@eufsdk12.org if you’d like help using any of these resources.

From the Anne Hutchinson Library

We thank the following people who have given birthday book donations!

Ryuto Totsuka Dog Man- For whom the Ball Rolls

Mario Ljucovic     Dog Man- For whom the Ball Rolls

Jake Michalak How Technology Works

Kaitlyn Suelto I am Marie Curie

Lorenzo Caruso Your Fantastic Elastic Brain

Shusuke Nakamura Klawde: Evil Alien Warlord Cat

Reagan Leddy Mac B. Kid Spy

Sarah Nakamura I am Love

Sean O’Neill The Bacteria Book

Rohan Farmer No More Poems

Chris Song The 117-Story Treehouse

Risa Uchida Frida Kahlo and Her Animalitos

Kosei Nakamura The Crayon Man: The True Story of the Invention of Crayola Crayons

Michael Suarez Don’t Touch My Hair!

Andrew Fernandez Big Cats

Merrie Daitch Bake It

Stella DiMatteo Spy School Goes South

Merrie Daitch, Your Anne Hutchinson Librarian

Student Spotlight

 Anthony Cozza , a student council member of the 5th grade, led the January Good Deed of the Month fundraiser for The Ronald McDonald House.  This organization gives families with critically ill children a place to stay while their child receives  the care they need.  He was inspired by his grandma, who volunteers at the House.  We will be collecting travel size toiletries and snacks till January 31st.  Thank you for supporting this cause.

Eastchester Schools Kindergarten Registration for 2020-2021 School Year

Registration is open to all children who reside in Eastchester and will turn five by December 1, 2020.  If your child’s birthday is after September 1, 2020 and you have any concerns regarding your child’s readiness for kindergarten, I encourage you to contact Ms. Doyle.You can register your child for kindergarten now.  Registration information and forms are available at https://district.eastchesterschools.org/m2/mod/dataform/view.php?d=1&view=1&eids=80&ret=9

Providing tools parents need to help our children become mindful of technology and screen-time

Please mark your calendars for our next Waverly PTA meeting!  

When: Thursday, January 30, 2020 @ 7:15PM (Note time change)Where:  Waverly School Cafeteria

The meeting will kick-off at 7:15 with an important update on the State Aid advocacy efforts from PTA Council President-elect Mary Dubitsky 

Immediately following this update, we are pleased to bring you a special presentation from Mayuri Gonzalez* from Little Flower Yoga on the topic of:

Providing tools parents need to help our children become mindful of technology and screen-time

Children and young people today are increasingly surrounded by technology—parents on mobile phones for work and social lives, voice agents responding to questions and commands, Chromebooks and iPads in the classroom, electronic games, smart toys, and robots. 

How can we best support ourselves, our partners, our children, tweens, and teens in growing the skills needed to participate creatively and make healthy choices in the digital realm? 

In this interactive presentation, we’ll explore how to: 

• Craft a family mission statement to help you navigate the constant challenges technology presents 

• Model creative and healthy use of digital devices 

• Create a better balance of friendship, play, connection, nature, and technology 

• Help young people grow the essential ability to reflect on and self-monitor their digital lives

Please spread the word! ALL PTA’s are welcome to attend! 

This presentation is part of the Waverly PTA’s Health and Wellness Initiative, made possible by funds collected through prior year Boosterthon proceeds.

Thank you for your continued support,

Waverly PTA  

*About the Presenter:

Mayuri Gonzalez, E-RYT, RCYT, is a nationally recognized presenter, trainer, and instructor in mindfulness and children’s yoga, leading teacher trainings and continuing education seminars throughout the country. She has more than 25 years of experience practicing yoga and mindfulness, including 17 years as an instructor and trainer.

Mayuri has taught thousands of children’s yoga and mindfulness classes in schools and community settings and hundreds of professional development workshops and speaking engagements. She has completed extensive training and holds certifications in a variety of yoga styles (Yin, Anusara, vinyasa), meditation, mindfulness, and children’s yoga.

For the last 8 years, Mayuri has worked with Little Flower Yoga as the director of the School Yoga Project. She supervises teaching staff, directs internal staff development, and coordinates direct service yoga and mindfulness classes for school children, professional development trainings, and family engagement programs.

Mayuri has also presented on yoga and mindfulness for children and adolescents at multiple conferences, including the Bridging Hearts and Minds of Youth Conference in CA, National Kids Yoga Conference in Washington, DC, Coalition of Schools Educating Mindfully: Conference in IL, The Yoga Service Conference at Omega, and the Women of Tomorrow Conference in New York City.

She is a contributing author to Best Practices for Yoga in Schools, a white book published by the Yoga Service Council and Omega Institute, and co-author of Yoga and Mindfulness for Teens Card Deck and Mindful Chair Yoga Card Deck.  As an active member of the Yoga Service Council and the International Association for Yoga Therapists, she maintains a strong community of support and a commitment to continuous learning.
Mayuri is also a local mom raising two children of her own, navigating her way through the challenges of balancing technology and screen time right along with the rest of us!

News from your Anne Hutchinson Library

Beginning on Monday, January 27th, the library and technology classes will flip. Students will be going to technology for the third quarter.  

However, each class will have a 15 minute check out period approximately every 2 weeks with their classroom teacher and Ms. Natalie Bochenski, our library clerk,  so that students can select new books. Please remind your child to bring his/her books on the appropriate day so that he may participate in the check out period.  The EXACT library checkout dates for the 3rd quarter will be:

Monday:  2/3;  2/24; 3/9; 3/30  Panico  Keane Locatelli  Schur Santoro
Tuesday: 2/4; 2/25; 3/10; 3/31 D.  O’Neil   Spaziante  Dunleavy Ross  Orlando 
Wednesday:  2/5; 2/26; 3/11; 4/1 Farley  Neas Chin   Rogan   
Thursday: 2/6; 2/27; 3/12; 4/2 Greene  Collins Rivera  Curry
Friday:  2/7; 2/28; 3/13; 4/3    Crug   Leff Serra   A. O’Neill Cartolano 

Please put these dates on your calendar.   I will be back at Anne Hutchinson for 4th quarter beginning on Monday, April 20.  In the interim, should you have any questions/concerns, please don’t hesitate to contact me via email at:  mdaitch@eastchester.k12.ny.us   Merrie Daitch, Your Anne Hutchinson Librarian

JANUARY’S GOOD DEED OF THE MONTH

Our Good Deed of the Month, led by our 5th Grade Student Council, is to collect travel-sized toiletries and a variety of individual snacks for the Ronald McDonald House of the Greater Hudson Valley in Valhalla, NY. These may include, but are not limited to: chips, cookies, granola bars, fruit snacks/cups, shaving cream, feminine products, deodorant, and tissues. The Ronald McDonald House provides shelter, care, and resources to the families of ill or injured children in a home close to the hospital. Click here for more information about how the Anne Hutch community can support this wonderful organization!

JANUARY’S FOCUS: TOLERANCE

In our school today and in their future places of employment, our students will meet and work alongside people from a variety of cultures, backgrounds, ethnicities, and religious beliefs. The explicit teaching of tolerance guides our children to embrace diversity and prepares them well for our increasingly complex and global world.

Throughout the month of January, our school community will continue to explore the concept of tolerance as seeking to identify, understand, respect, and appreciate differences in people and we are quickly coming to realize that the only thing we all truly have in common is that we are all different.

As a schoolwide read-aloud, we are enjoying Just Ask, written by U.S. Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor. Across the story, Sotomayor introduces us to differently abled kids (including herself as a child!) using their strengths to make the world more interesting and richer. As a school community, we are coming to understand the power of asking friendly questions to learn more about our differences and appreciate what makes each of us so special.