New York State Tests in Grades 3-5

Please keep in mind that state testing in English Language Arts will take place in grades 3-5 next week on Tuesday, April 2nd and Wednesday, April 3rd. Families can help children prepare by making sure they are well rested and eat a healthy breakfast before school. This is an exciting opportunity for our young readers and writers to “show what they know” and we wish them the best of luck on next week’s exam! Please note that the Mathematics state tests will take place in grades 3-5 on Wednesday, May 1st and Thursday, May 2nd.

2019-2020 CLASS PLACEMENT CONSIDERATIONS


It is hard to believe that we will soon begin the process of placing students in classes for the 2019-20 school year! As a school community, we are very thoughtful about your child’s class placement. We consider his or her program needs, academic performance, and social emotional development. Classroom teachers, along with support staff, work hard to create optimal learning environments across the school.  Although placements are not done based on parent requests, we ask that you forward us any particular considerations about your child’s placement in writing no later than Friday, April 5, 2019. (An email to Dr. Keane at akeane@eastchester.k12.ny.us is preferred.) Please note that this does not include requesting a specific teacher. For planning purposes, requests will not be accepted after April 5th.  Student placement letters will be available in late August, following the screening of all new students.

Read Aloud Day at Anne Hutch

It was great fun to celebrate Read Aloud Day at Anne Hutchinson School today! Thank you to our ever supportive PTA, especially Alysse Jinete, for organizing so many community members to share a special story with classes at all grade levels.

The children were thrilled to welcome Dr. Moran, Scott Wynne, Susan Chester, Mari Doyle, Jonathan Heifetz, Steve DiLegge, Janet Calano, Tina Fernandez, Sally Veltidi, and Michele Castellano into our classrooms today. We appreciate you taking time out of your busy schedules to emphasize the power (and the joy!) of reading.


CULTURAL CELEBRATION

We were thrilled to welcome The Hendry School of Irish Dance to Anne Hutch this morning! As part of our annual tradition, the school performed traditional Irish dance and music for the school. We also learned a bit of Gaelic! Congratulations to our student performers, Caitlin Feeney, Molly Feeney, and Emma Gleeson.

Anne Hutchinson Musician Represents Eastchester at County Music Festival


On March 3rd 1 Anne Hutchinson fifth grader participated in the Westchester All County Orchestra at it’s performance at SUNY Purchase. 

Bassist Thomas Dorman was selected by audition from among hundreds of competitors to play with other advanced musicians at this prestigious festival.

After preparing for the audition, Thomas spent another 9 hours of rehearsals in order to prepare for the impressive performance in the Orchestra. Congratulations to Thomas on this impressive accomplishment!

MARCH’S FOCUS: PERSEVERANCE

At our school this month, through the Anne Hutch has H.E.A.R.T. program, we will focus on perseverance. We will study the importance of being patient and willing to work hard. We will recognize friends who stay with challenging tasks and do not give up. We will enjoy the pride and satisfaction of completing those tasks. We will appreciate that trying again and again and again is, in fact, learning.

When I was in elementary school, I was really inspired by the perseverance of a particular athlete, Michael Jordan. At our recent H.E.A.R.T. assembly, I spoke to our students about how Jordan’s perseverance helped him achieve so much in his basketball career. We discussed how, despite his undeniable talents, he didn’t flaunt his success or boast about his skills on the court. Instead, what he talked about most (and in this commercial), was how much hard work and how many failures are required in order to truly master a skill or subject and to excel in it.

Too often people – youngsters like Anne Hutch students and grown ups like you and me – think we are either naturally strong or weak in particular areas. What we will really examine and think deeply about this month is that – through the habit of perseverance – we can get better, we can improve, we can reach and exceed any goal we set for ourselves.

GOOD DEED OF THE MONTH

For this month’s Good Deed, in proud partnership with the Loukoumi Make a Difference Foundation, we are encouraging students to share their inspiring stories with others! Click here to learn more about this exciting opportunity and how you might support your child to enter this month’s writing contest!

4th Grade Living Wax Museum

On a snowy Friday morning, we were thrilled to welcome so many fourth grade families to our Living Wax Museum at Anne Hutchinson School! Our students worked diligently to prepare their biographical speeches and costumes and the event was beyond impressive! Thank you to our 4th grade teaching team for organizing this special celebration of student learning.

Is that President Kennedy or Sean O’Neill?

Assembly Member Amy Paulin Visits Anne Hutch

On Monday morning, 5th grade Student Council representatives – Cash Nargi, Jenna Rivera, Ava DiBenedetto, Julia Katsoris, and Lucy Skipper – joined Dr. Keane and Student Council Moderators Felicia Maladari and Bobbi Iacovelli in welcoming NYS Assembly Member, Amy Paulin and Founder of the Make a Difference with Loukoumi Foundation, Nick Katsoris to Anne Hutchinson School.

Students had the opportunity to speak with Ms. Paulin about their experiences of service learning through the Good Deed of the Month Club at Anne Hutch. The 5th graders did a remarkable job in sharing what inspires them to help others. Ms. Paulin was excited to spread the news about our work to other schools in the area, reminding our students that kindness truly is contagious!

4th Grade Living Wax Museum

Fourth grade families are welcome to join us in the classrooms on Friday, March 1st from 9:00 – 9:30 am for our Living Wax Museum! Our students have been working hard to prepare their speeches and costumes and are so eager to share their presentation with family and friends! Please mark your calendars and join us!