May’s Focus: Making Good Choices

In the month of May, the weather gets warmer and our learning and playtime at school  become more active in many ways. And so, it is the perfect time to emphasize the importance of making good choices as a school community. At our recent H.E.A.R.T. Assembly, we examined how the skill of making good choices connects very closely to self-control, a habit we introduced in September and worked hard to practice all year.

We also discussed how the work of showing self-control and making good choices is challenging and it’s important to rely on helpful tools (like H.E.A.R.T.) and other strategies to guide us.  In the month of May, we will focus on asking ourselves three important questions – Is it safe? Is it respectful? Is it kind? – before making a choice.

This month’s schoolwide read-aloud for making good choices is What Should Danny Do? by Ganit and Adir Levy. In this book, students will meet a boy named Danny who makes a lot of poor choices across the day, but then reflects, “I wonder what I could have done to make my day better?” It will be up to our thoughtful students to help him find the answer! It is our goal that as the children examine how Danny’s choices impacted his day, they will also learn a great deal about their own power to choose.

NYS Mathematics Exam

Please keep in mind that state testing in mathematics will take place in grades 3-5 on Wednesday and Thursday of next week. 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 mathematicians to “show what they know” and we wish them the best of luck on next week’s exam!

Faculty and Staff Appreciation Luncheon

Thank you to our ever generous PTA for providing such a delicious luncheon for our faculty and staff this week! We deeply appreciate our families’ amazing support of teaching and learning at Anne Hutchinson School.

Special Opportunities for Learning and Good Deeds

As you know, Anne Hutchinson School is focusing on our responsibility to the Earth during the month of April. We are thrilled to share two relevant events that the children may enjoy attending on upcoming weekends!

The 11th Annual Eastchester Earth Day Event will take place tomorrow, April 27th, from 11 am – 2 pm at the Girl Scout Cabin Grounds. Click here for more information about this exciting event!
On Saturday, May 4th at 2pm there will be a reading at the Rye Nature Center to celebrate Nick Katsoris’s new book, Loukoumi Saves A Park. After the event, children may visit with the center’s animals, enjoy the grounds, and participate in environmental projects. Click here for more information about this special opportunity!

Upcoming Spring Concert

We are pleased to share that we will be presenting our spring concert alongside the art exhibition on the evening of Monday, May 13th in the auditorium of Anne Hutchinson School!

To accommodate our audience, we will have two separate concerts on that evening. At 6:30 pm, the orchestra and band will perform and at 7:30 pm, the chorus will perform.

The art exhibition will be available for viewing before the concert and during the intermission between concerts!

6:30 Concert (featuring Orchestra and Band)

Orchestra members.

  • Arrive at 6:00 pm. Go to Ms. Zohar’s art room to drop off cases and then report to the stage.
  • Dress to impress!
  • After the performance, you will go back to the art room and stay there until the concert is over.

Band Members

  • Arrive at 6:00 PM and report to the gym. You will stay there until you go to the stage.
  • Dress to impress (white on top, black on the bottom, long ties encouraged)!

Band and orchestra members who are also in chorus can wait in the art room between concerts.

7:30 Concert (featuring Chorus)

Chorus members

  • Arrive at 7:15 PM and report directly to the risers in the auditorium. Give your coat to your parent to hold during the performance.
  • Dress to impress!  

We look forward to seeing you on May 13th!

April’s Focus: Responsibility

This month of April, during which we celebrate Earth Day, our school community will focus on our responsibility to the Earth. At Anne Hutchinson School, 5th grade teacher Mr. O’Neil works diligently with teachers and students to lead an extensive recycling program and to maintain our school garden. Our Good Deed of the Month for April will be ColorCycle, in partnership with Crayola, and with this deed we aim to take our recycling  efforts one step further by collecting and repurposing old, dried out markers!

Throughout the month of April, we are also encouraging students to research and share strategies for living greener lifestyles outside of school too! At our recent H.E.A.R.T. assembly, we asked ourselves 3 questions that might also be helpful to discuss as a family this month: How can I cut back on the amount of trash I make? Can I find a new way to use trash so that I don’t have to throw it out? Can I use trash to make new goods that can be sold again?

Anusha, a 3rd grader in Mrs. Serra’s class, also shared information about her Little Critters Club, through which she studies insects, does special projects based on insects, and learns about native plants. If your child has similar interests, they are invited to join her for a recruitment meeting on Saturday, April 13, 2019 from 10-11 am at the Eastchester Library!

Important Information from the Nurse’s Office

Families of students currently in grades 2 and 4, please note that upon entrance to third and fifth grade, all students are required by state law to submit results of their physical examination to the school nurse. A dental examination is recommended. All physical and dental examinations must be within one year of the start of school (dated on or after September 1, 2018). Please have your physician fill out the NYS School Health Exam Form and your dentist fill out the Dental Health Certificate. Additional copies of these forms can be found on the district website under “Health Office”.  Please return the forms to the nurse’s office by October 1, 2019. Families of students currently in grade 5, please note this Immunization Requirement Form must be submitted upon entrance to 6th grade.

Family Conferences and Report Cards

Don’t forget to log into Home Access Center to access your child’s report card on Friday, April 5th! Anne Hutchinson School will dismiss early at 11:30 am on Thursday, April 25th and Tuesday, April 30th for family conferences.  

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.