Thursday, February 15th, we will celebrate our 100th day of school!

GO RED- TODAY!

Dear Waverly Families,

 

Prepare to go red… TODAY!

As mentioned in previous correspondences from the PTA and myself, today is a special day at Waverly as we will be engaging in a schoolwide project for our first graders. I would encourage ALL Waverly students to wear their red Waverly shirt (or ANY red shirt) to school today.

Thursday, February 15th, we will celebrate our 100th day of school! This is an exciting day for us, and we invite you to celebrate too! You may wish to take this opportunity to discuss:

  • the growth you’ve seen in your child over the past six months- physically, cognitively and socially
  • the friends your child has made and what drew them to those classmates
  • their favorite time of the day/ subject/ special in school

 

Below please find a link for some special activities to do at home in honor of the 100th day!

http://www.scholastic.com/parents/resources/slideshow/parent-child/100-days-school-activities?slide=10#refresh

 

Also, please be mindful of where you park during dismissal,  and be kind to our neighbors. Kindly observe all traffic and parking rules when arriving at dismissal.  

 

Don’t miss Tip #4, from our psychologists!

Have a great week!

Warmly,

Mari Doyle

@MariKDoyle

Waverly Wellness- Tips from our Psychologists

                         

Tips for when your child feels anxious…

Tip#4: Respect your child’s feelings but don’t empower them. It is important to understand that validation does not always mean agreement. If your child is terrified about going to the doctor for a shot, you don’t want to belittle the fear but you also don’t want to amplify it. You want to listen and be empathetic, help your child understand what he or she is anxious about and encourage your child to feel that he or she can face the fear. The message you want to send is “I know you’re scared, and that’s ok, and I’m here, and I’m going to help you get through this.

(Source: Clark R. Goldstein, Ph.D., the founder of Growth Psychology, P.C.)

 

Eastchester Schools Kindergarten Registration for 2018-2019 School Year

 

Kindergarten Registration is open for children who turn five years of age on or before December 1, 2018.

 

If you have a school age child (or know of a neighbor who does), please encourage them to register soon! Registering now guarantees that families will be able to attend Kindergarten Screening and Orientation. Many of their questions will be answered about life for a kindergarten student at Waverly and children will get a chance to play in our classrooms.

Kindly click on the link below. Once you have completed the application and all registration requirements, please contact registration to make an appointment: 793-6130, ext. 4777.

 

http://district.eastchesterschools.org/m2/mod/dataform/view.php?d=1&view=1&eids=80&ret=9

We are working on mindfulness and wellness at Waverly!

Dear Waverly Families,

As you are aware, we have been working on mindfulness and wellness at Waverly. This has taken many forms:

  • Coach Okie pushes into all classrooms every other week and shares lessons on the topics of mindfulness and wellness. These lessons have been designed based on the four categories described in Foundations for Emotional Intelligence by Daniel Goleman and Richard Boyatzis. The categories are:
    • Self-Awareness
    • Self Management
    • The Empathy Compassion Connection
    • Leadership

The lessons specifically look to promote understanding and awareness of:

    • the lungs and respiratory system
    • breath awareness and different types of ways of breathing
    • fitness and yoga
    • the heart and heart rate
    • mindfulness and meditation
  • A Family Yoga and Mindfulness session was conducted in October and another is slated for April 24th, 2018. (Mark your calendars now!)

 

This coming week, we will continue our study with a visit from Crystal McCreary of Little Flower Yoga. (Link for LFY is below.) I would encourage you to discuss these important sessions with your children, and look for pictures on my Twitter account.

 

Below please find links as mentioned above:

 

http://littlefloweryoga.com/about/

 

https://www.edutopia.org/daniel-goleman-emotional-intelligence

 

Don’t miss Tip #3, from our psychologists!

Have a great week!

 

Warmly,

Mari Doyle

@MariKDoyle

 

             Waverly Wellness- Tips from our Psychologists            

Tips for when your child feels anxious…

Tip#3: Express positive-but realistic-expectations.  You can’t promise children that their fears are unrealistic-that they won’t fail a test, that they’ll have fun ice skating, or that another child won’t laugh at them during show and tell.  You can express confidence that they will be okay, they will be able to manage it, and that, as they face their fears, the anxiety level will drop over time.  This gives them confidence that your expectations are realistic, and that you are not going to ask them to do something they cannot handle.

(Source: Clark R. Goldstein, Ph.D., the founder of Growth Psychology, P.C.)

 

Order your WAVERLY YEARBOOK online

April 19th deadline to purchase a Yearbook

March 16th deadline to CREATE YOUR OWN Booster/Parent Ad

 

UPDATED THIS YEAR!! CREATE YOUR OWN Booster/Parent Ad

 

Parent Ads are $25 per 1/4 page ad

Deadline:  March 16

All yearbook orders must be processed ONLINE by April 19th  

Please CLICK HERE to order your Waverly Yearbook today!

https://online-pay.memorybook.com/parent

Use Pay Code: 86891

Yearbook Price is $25

Foil Personalization is an additional $5

Questions? Contact: mia.riad@gmail.com

 

Eastchester Schools Kindergarten Registration for 2018-2019 School Year

 

Kindergarten Registration is open for children who turn five years of age on or before December 1, 2018.

 

If you have a school age child (or know of a neighbor who does), please encourage them to register soon! Registering now guarantees that families will be able to attend Kindergarten Screening and Orientation. Many of their questions will be answered about life for a kindergarten student at Waverly and children will get a chance to play in our classrooms.

Kindly click on the link below. Once you have completed the application and all registration requirements, please contact registration to make an appointment: 793-6130, ext. 4777.

 

http://district.eastchesterschools.org/m2/mod/dataform/view.php?d=1&view=1&eids=80&ret=9

Thank You Waverly Families

 

Dear Waverly Families,

 

I would like to extend a hearty thank you to all parents who joined us for English Language Arts Night, last Thursday evening. We appreciate your supportive feedback. If you missed the event, please be sure to see the “Announcement” section on our site later this week for a copy of the resources that were distributed during the event.

 

I would also like to thank families who attended the Harlem Wizards vs. the Eastchester Staff game  benefiting the Eastchester School Foundation last Friday evening. Please join me in thanking Waverly’s own group of good sports:

Coach Okie “BLOCK SHOT” Bernabo

Kathy “DUNK IT” Dragonetti

Kathy “KOBE” Engborg

Amanda “FAST BREAK” Falcone  

Sara “MAGIC” Mastocciolo

Nicole “KNICKERBOCKER” Ullrich  

 

Tomorrow evening, January 30th, there will be a very informative PTA meeting at 7 p.m. in the Waverly cafeteria. The topic will be Wellness and Nutrition. A panel will present on making healthy food choices and we’ll even share some recipes that may help you encourage healthy eating habits in your little ones.

 

Speaking of healthy food choices, the US Department of Agriculture has developed a website specifically geared towards healthy kids. There are suggestions and games aimed at helping families make better food choices. And by the way, January 31st is National Brussel Sprouts day, so consider giving them a shot!

 

https://www.choosemyplate.gov/kids

 

http://www.wfre.com/2017/01/31/its-national-eat-brussel-sprouts-day-are-you-celebrating/

 

Please be sure to check out the second tip from the Waverly psychologists below, and the Nurse and Book Corners on the side of this message.

Warmly,

Mari Doyle

@MariKDoyle

Waverly Wellness- Tips from our Psychologists

                         

Tips for when your child feels anxious…

Tip#2: Don’t avoid things just because they make your child anxious. Helping children avoid the things they are afraid of will make them feel better in the short term but it reinforces the anxiety over the long run. If children in an uncomfortable situation get upset, start to cry-not to be manipulative, but just because that’s how they feel-and their parents whisk them out of there or remove the thing they are afraid of, they learned that coping mechanism, and that cycle has the potential to repeat itself. For example, if your child is fearful of starting a new activity, such as karate class, and on the first day, he/she cries and expresses not wanting to go, encouraging them to go despite nervous feelings, allows them to feel the success and teaches them to work through it.

(Source: Clark R. Goldstein, Ph.D., the founder of Growth Psychology, P.C.)

 

Order your WAVERLY YEARBOOK online

April 19th deadline to purchase a Yearbook

March 16th deadline to CREATE YOUR OWN Booster/Parent Ad

 

The yearbook is an exciting way to preserve your child’s memory of

their Kindergarten and 1st grade experience.

It’s a beautifully bound, full-color collection of candid photos of classroom activities,

school events, as well as individual and class photos. It’s a memento that your children will cherish for years to come.

 

UPDATED THIS YEAR!! CREATE YOUR OWN Booster/Parent Ad

See your child smile with their very own ad!! Our Student Dedication/Booster section will now be created by YOU when you order your yearbook. The yearbook staff will no longer be facilitating booster ads.

To create a ¼ page dedication to your child, you will select “Ad” and add it to your cart as you order your yearbook online then follow the simple MemoryBook instructions to design and purchase your Parent Ad. Parent Ads can be purchased for any Waverly student and are a lovely way to encourage or congratulate your child on a great year. MemoryBook provides Template Ads pre-designed for quick creation or Custom Ads which allow full personalization. In either case, you may upload photos to accompany your text. Multiple ads may be purchased in case siblings or grandparents wish to make an additional dedication. Or, if you are a business owner, please take the opportunity to help promote your business to our Waverly families. Please note that the Parent Ad fee is in addition to yearbook base price and ads must be completed by March 16 (prior to the yearbook deadline of April 19).

 

Parent Ads are $25 per 1/4 page ad

Deadline:  March 16

All yearbook orders must be processed ONLINE by April 19th  

Please CLICK HERE to order your Waverly Yearbook today!

https://online-pay.memorybook.com/parent

Use Pay Code: 86891

Yearbook Price is $25

Foil Personalization is an additional $5

PERSONALIZATION runs along the bottom outside cover of the yearbook and is a charming way to distinguish your child’s book as well as differentiate it from others at school and on the bus.  

You must purchase your personalization online as you order your yearbook – just select and add to your cart!

Questions? Contact: mia.riad@gmail.com

 

Eastchester Schools Kindergarten Registration for 2018-2019 School Year

 

Kindergarten Registration is open for children who turn five years of age on or before December 1, 2018.

 

If you have a school age child (or know of a neighbor who does), please encourage them to register soon! Registering now guarantees that families will be able to attend Kindergarten Screening and Orientation. Many of their questions will be answered about life for a kindergarten student at Waverly and children will get a chance to play in our classrooms.

Kindly click on the link below. Once you have completed the application and all registration requirements, please contact registration to make an appointment: 793-6130, ext. 4777.

 

http://district.eastchesterschools.org/m2/mod/dataform/view.php?d=1&view=1&eids=80&ret=9

January is “Reaching your potential” month

Dear Waverly Families,

 

Did you know that January is “Reaching your potential” month? While we hope that our students feel this way every day, the midway point in the school year presents a great opportunity to check-in and discuss learning goals with your child. Consider having a discussion about all that your child has accomplished thus far in the school year, and what else they would like to learn.

You may wish to consider engaging in some of the following:

  • Review: Take a look at some of the work or books sent home since September and discuss how much he/she has grown since the beginning of the year in the following areas:
    • Drawing and letter writing
    • Math
    • Reading
    • Science!
    • When do they feel best about themselves as a learner?
    • (This is a fantastic opportunity to discuss facing challenges with perseverance!)

 

  • Looking ahead:
    • What do they hope to become more proficient in?
    • What’s one thing they want to do more of?
  • Hit the Books!
    • The Eastchester Library is a fantastic resource to find books on a variety of topics, from baseball to ballerinas, and hurricanes to hiccups. You can learn about it at your public library!

On Friday, January 26th, you will be able to access your child’s report card. You may wish you the information you receive to help guide your conversation.

Waverly Wellness- Tips from our Psychologists

                         

Tips for when your child feels anxious…

Tip #1: The goal is to help a child manage anxiety, not to eliminate it. Often our instinct is to try to remove the stressors that trigger anxiety. It is more beneficial to help them learn to tolerate their feelings and function as best as they can, even when they feel nervous. Consequently, this may help to decrease or eliminate anxious feelings over time. For example, when your child is exhibiting nervous feelings, you can help him/her by listening and helping to identify and label the feeling.

(Source: Clark R. Goldstein, Ph.D., the founder of Growth Psychology, P.C.)

 

Elementary School Start/End Times

The Board of Education will examine and discuss options for adjusting elementary school starting/ending times for the 2018-2019 school year at its meeting on Tuesday, January 23rd at 8:00 p.m. in the High School Library Media Center.  

Adjustments are needed to comply with New York State Education Department requirements for daily instructional time and to be eligible for Eastchester’s state aid allocation.  Transportation costs, needs, and efficiencies will also be examined.

Order your WAVERLY YEARBOOK online

April 19th deadline to purchase a Yearbook

March 16th deadline to CREATE YOUR OWN Booster/Parent Ad

 

The yearbook is an exciting way to preserve your child’s memory of

their Kindergarten and 1st grade experience.

It’s a beautifully bound, full-color collection of candid photos of classroom activities,

school events, as well as individual and class photos. It’s a memento that your children will cherish for years to come.

 

UPDATED THIS YEAR!! CREATE YOUR OWN Booster/Parent Ad

See your child smile with their very own ad!! Our Student Dedication/Booster section will now be created by YOU when you order your yearbook. The yearbook staff will no longer be facilitating booster ads.

To create a ¼ page dedication to your child, you will select “Ad” and add it to your cart as you order your yearbook online then follow the simple MemoryBook instructions to design and purchase your Parent Ad. Parent Ads can be purchased for any Waverly student and are a lovely way to encourage or congratulate your child on a great year. MemoryBook provides Template Ads pre-designed for quick creation or Custom Ads which allow full personalization. In either case, you may upload photos to accompany your text. Multiple ads may be purchased in case siblings or grandparents wish to make an additional dedication. Or, if you are a business owner, please take the opportunity to help promote your business to our Waverly families. Please note that the Parent Ad fee is in addition to yearbook base price and ads must be completed by March 16 (prior to the yearbook deadline of April 19).

 

Parent Ads are $25 per 1/4 page ad

Deadline:  March 16

All yearbook orders must be processed ONLINE by April 19th  

Please CLICK HERE to order your Waverly Yearbook today!

https://online-pay.memorybook.com/parent

Use Pay Code: 86891

Yearbook Price is $25

Foil Personalization is an additional $5

PERSONALIZATION runs along the bottom outside cover of the yearbook and is a charming way to distinguish your child’s book as well as differentiate it from others at school and on the bus.  

You must purchase your personalization online as you order your yearbook – just select and add to your cart!

Questions? Contact: mia.riad@gmail.com

 

Eastchester Schools Kindergarten Registration for 2018-2019 School Year

 

Kindergarten Registration is open for children who turn five years of age on or before December 1, 2018.

 

If you have a school age child (or know of a neighbor who does), please encourage them to register soon! Registering now guarantees that families will be able to attend Kindergarten Screening and Orientation. Many of their questions will be answered about life for a kindergarten student at Waverly and children will get a chance to play in our classrooms.

Kindly click on the link below. Once you have completed the application and all registration requirements, please contact registration to make an appointment: 793-6130, ext. 4777.

 

http://district.eastchesterschools.org/m2/mod/dataform/view.php?d=1&view=1&eids=80&ret=9

 

Warmly,

Mari Doyle

Waverly Wellness

 

Dear Waverly Families,

 

We still have spots open for FIRST GRADE parents who would like to join us for English Language Arts Night. Please sign-up by tomorrow, 1/16/18. Kindly note that all Kindergarten slots have been filled. (Thanks! We look forward to seeing you there!)

 

http://www.signupgenius.com/go/5080444a4ae28a5fa7-elanight

 

The next installment in the District’s Wellness series will transpire tomorrow evening, Tuesday, January 16th at 7:00 p.m. in the Eastchester Middle School Cafeteria.

 

Join us for an hour of demonstrations, tips and interactive fun!  This event in the ongoing wellness initiative is for families – and children of all ages are welcome.

 

There will be a healthy baking demonstration, and stations for:

  • Meeting Eleanor, a therapy dog, who visits students in our schools.
  • Sampling healthy snacks from Trader Joe’s.
  • Doing yoga poses, demonstrating that yoga is for kids.
  • Meeting your DARE officer.
  • Trying out some fitness moves.
  • Checking out some health and wellness books from the Eastchester Library.
  • Learning about treatment in the drug abuse field.

 

Be sure to scroll down to the “Announcement” section on our website to learn more about these upcoming events:

 

  • The Augie Nardone Scholarship basketball game- Friday, 1/19/18
  • The Waverly Sweetheart Dance- Saturday, 2/3/18
  • Joining Girl Scouts flier

 

There are also tickets still available for the Friday, January 26th Harlem Wizards benefit basketball game.. It’s a great event for a great cause! https://harlemwizards.thundertix.com/orders/new?performance_id=1857139

 

Waverly Wellness… Helping Kids Learn to Cope

                         

As part of the district’s wellness initiative this year – focusing on student stress, Waverly Psychologists will be featuring tips for what to do when your child feels anxious.  Please look out for Waverly Wellness updates in the Whisper starting next week, for suggestions on how to respect your child’s feelings without empowering their fears.  

 

Warmly,

Mari Doyle

“Talk to your kids (a lot)”

Dear Waverly Families,

 

What do the three pictures above have in common? They all display families involved in conversations.

When parents ask how they can help their child at home, one answer that nearly all educators will share is reading. I’d like to offer an additional well-aligned suggestion: engage your child in conversation. A 2015 blog from a Reading Rockets contributor, selected this very notion as their third most important strategy to help a child read, stating “Talk to your kids (a lot).”

 

Having discussions with your child about their day, toys, friends, writing, building, craft projects, hopes, concerns, and stories read is a phenomenal way to develop your relationship with your child, and his/her understanding of texts.

 

Would you like to hear more? Join us for ELA Night on Thursday, January 25th. RSVP using the link below:

http://www.signupgenius.com/go/5080444a4ae28a5fa7-elanight

Kindly sign-up soon! The window will close on 1/16/18, to allow time to prepare materials.

 

And… consider reading the blog referenced above in its entirety:

http://www.readingrockets.org/blogs/shanahan-literacy/11-ways-parents-can-help-their-children-read

 

Stay warm.

Have a great week.

 

Warmly,

Mari Doyle

 

Best Wishes for a Happy and Healthy 2018!


Dear Waverly Families,

As our first official correspondence of the New Year, please accept our best wishes for a happy and healthy 2018 for you and your family! I look forward to continuing to work together.

If you would like to learn more about how you can help your child develop his/her reading skills at home, have we got a workshop for you! On Thursday, January 25th, 2018, from 7-8 p.m., Waverly staff will present at English Language Arts Night. This hour-long event will focus on strategies that you can use at home to promote your child’s development of literacy skills that are pivotal to becoming readers, writers and thinkers. You may sign-up using the link below:
http://www.signupgenius.com/go/5080444a4ae28a5fa7-elanight
Kindly sign-up before Tuesday, January 16th, to ensure we have ample handouts for parents. Please note that this event is just for adults.

As a helpful reminder for the New Year, if you need to change your child’s dismissal for any reason, kindly follow the guidelines below:
Send a note to the teacher in the morning.
You may use the Change of Dismissal form, or any other note.
Be sure to date the letter!
Inform your child of the change. It’s important for the children to know how they are getting home, and with whom. It makes them feel more secure.
If plans change after your child has left for school, kindly send a fax to the main office, 914-779-0237 before 11 a.m. (Teachers are not checking email throughout the day, and thus this is not an effective way to ensure the staff is aware of the change.)

Thank you in advance for your cooperation.
Have a great week.

Warmly,
Mari Doyle

Winter News

Dear Waverly Families,
I would like to extend my thanks to all first grade parents who attended the Winter Concert last Tuesday. Led by our amazing music teacher, Mrs. Ness, families were able to see the fruits of their children’s labor over the past year and half in music class. The children were magnificent performers!

As we approach a New Year, kindly read the reminder below for “walkers.”
Arrival:
-Doors open in the morning at 8:35 a.m. so we can greet the students and close promptly at 9 a.m.
-Students arriving after 9 a.m. are late.
-Arriving on-time helps the children start the day on the right foot!

Dismissal:
-Doors open at 3:05 in the afternoon and close promptly at 3:15 p.m.
-Please plan to arrive early as it is often difficult to find parking.

Finally, we have two new features to the weekly newsletter. The “Nurse’s Corner” will focus on important information and reminders from Mrs. Kaessler. The “Book Corner” will highlight worthy reads from our staff. These may include texts for children and parents. Be sure to check them out!

We wish you and your family a happy and healthy holiday, and best wishes for a fantastic 2018! School will be closed on Friday, 12/22/17 and resume on Tuesday, 1/2/18.

Warmly,
Mari Doyle

Waverly Events

 

Dear Waverly Families,

 

The Eastchester School Foundation will be hosting its annual Harlem Wizards vs. staff members game on Friday, January 26th. Tickets go on sale tomorrow, Tuesday, December 12th. Supporting the ESF helps support our school, so please consider attending this great evening event for families.

https://www.eastchesterschoolfoundation.org/

 

For First Grade families attending this week’s concerts, please be mindful of the following reminders:

 

 

  • All parents will enter from the rear parking lot off of Bellew Avenue (near the gym).

 

    • Children can wear festive attire of any color with comfortable, flat shoes (sneakers if they have P.E. that day). Please do not include hats or large hair accessories.

 

  • As always, parking is extremely limited. Please consider walking or carpooling, if possible.

 

  • If your child is singing during the first session, please be sure to leave promptly to allow someone a parking spot for the second session.
  • This is a regular school day for us!

 

Thank you to the PTA for hosting the first Holiday Vendor Fair. It was a huge success!

 

Warmly, 

Mari Doyle

Music is in the Air!

Music is in the Air!

 

Dear Waverly Families,

 

As the holiday season approaches, there is music in the air at Waverly! Our first graders have been working very hard in preparation for our annual winter concert. Have you heard about golden ribbons and flying like a snowflake? If not, please be sure to ask your first grader! You can also see the link on our website under “Announcements” for the lyrics of the songs that will be presented at our upcoming concert.

First graders will be highlighting what they have learned about keeping a steady beat, tuneful singing and moving with music. Please plan to be there!

 

First Grade Winter Concerts will take place on December 12 (snow date Dec 14) in the gym, during two sessions:

 

9:30 a.m. group- Koller, Dachik, Demos, Schwartz, Garrett

 

10:30 a.m. group- Zuzolo, Saraco, Borowsky, Vaughan, Cinquemani 1st graders

 

Kindly be mindful of the following:

 

  • All parents will enter from the rear parking lot off of Bellew Avenue (near the gym).
  • As always, parking is extremely limited. Please consider walking or carpooling, if possible.

 

  • If your child is singing during the first session, please be sure to leave promptly to allow someone a parking spot for the second session.
  • This is a regular school day for us!

 

If you are the parent of a kindergarten student, do not fret! There will be an amazing concert for kindergarten in the spring. We have chosen to host concerts for kindergarten in the spring to allow more time for our youngest learners to prepare and showcase all that they have learned.

We have more! The Holiday Vendor Fair will take place on Thursday, December 7th, from 6-9 p.m. There will be a multitude of offerings, from jewelry to skin care products, and tasty treats! Please plan to join us.

 

We look forward to seeing you all soon.

Warmly,

Mari Doyle