Happy Thanksgiving

Whisper for the Week of November 20th, 2017

 

Dear Waverly Families,

 

On behalf of the Waverly Staff, I would like to wish you and yours a very Happy Thanksgiving.

 

Please be mindful of the following:

 

-On Tuesday, November 28th, all students will depart at 11:45 a.m., as we will have parent teacher conferences. There will be no lunch served.

 

-Please continue to check the Waverly calendar on our website for updates:

November

https://wv.eastchesterschools.org/m2/calendar/view.php?view=month&course=1&cal_d=1&cal_y=2017&cal_m=11

 

December

https://wv.eastchesterschools.org/m2/calendar/view.php?view=month&course=1&cal_d=1&cal_y=2017&cal_m=12

 

-The Lost and Found is overflowing with clothing. If your child is missing a sweater or hat, please take a look in our lost and found. (The bin is located just inside the walker entrance near the cafeteria.)

 

Have a great week.

Warmly,

Mari Doyle

 

The Home-School Relationship

Whisper for November 13th, 2017

 

Dear Families,

 

During the next couple of weeks, you will all have the opportunity to meet with your child’s teacher. Conferences provide an excellent opportunity to learn more about your child’s experience at school, and how we can strengthen the home-school relationship. With that in mind, please see an abridged version of the the tips from

http://www.parenting.com/article/parent-teacher-conferences.

  1.  Be on time!  
  2.  Be prepared!  Really there’s only one question you need to ask your child’s teacher:  How can I best help YOU help MY child?  Have these other questions in mind, however, and be ready to LISTEN to your teacher’s answers, suggestions, and recommendations.
  • What would you say are my child’s strengths & learning opportunities?
  • Are there examples of my child’s work? What do the samples tell us about the child’s level and needs?
  • Do you have suggestions for things we can do at home to better support my child’s learning? What types of books and educational games do you recommend for my learner?
  • How is my child developing socially? And do you have any suggestions for him or her when it comes to friends?
  • What am I not asking or noticing that I should be?
  1.   Write it down!  Don’t hesitate to take pen and paper and write down important notes your child’s teacher makes regarding your child’s learning successes and areas of improvement.  Digest the discussion and refer to your notes at a later time to refresh.
  2.  Share with your child!  Let your child know what YOU learned about his or her classroom successes and behaviors.  Note some of your favorite aspects of the classroom and what you liked most about the teacher.

Please note: First grade families will be able to access interim reports from Home Access on Tuesday, November 14th, 2017. Please make sure you have your account set up, so that you may see your child’s grades.

 

We look forward to seeing you soon.

Warmly,

Mari Doyle

November may well have earned the moniker “Cultural Arts” month at Waverly

Whisper for November 6th, 2017

 

Dear Families,

 

November may well have earned the moniker “Cultural Arts” month at Waverly. During this month, our students have the opportunity to be engaged in a number of exciting cultural experiences.

 

Kindergarten:

-Students go on their first trip to the Greenburgh Nature Center, where they learn how apples can be pressed into cider. They even get to try some fresh cider!

-We have a visit from Lou DelBianco, who presents a history lesson about Thanksgiving through song.

 

FIrst grade:

-Children travel to the The Hudson River Museum, where they learn about the mysteries of the sky. As you may have noticed, students are learning about the moon, so this trip is aligned with our Science curriculum.

-We have a visit to each class by Ms. Margaret, who shares information about Native Americans using texts, manipulatives and realia.

 

These are your Cultural Arts dollars at work! If you haven’t joined the PTA, please do. When you do, 80% of your membership fee goes towards Cultural Arts, so families are only paying for transportation for these great experiences.

 

A few other notes of importance:

-Please be sure to check the calendar, as we have a number of days when students are not in attendance in November. https://wv.eastchesterschools.org/m2/calendar/view.php?view=month&course=1&cal_d=1&cal_y=2017&cal_m=11

-First grade parents will now be able to access interim reports on November 14th at 3 p.m. Kindly note that this is a revised date.

-Kindergarten students will be able to purchase lunch once a week on their assigned day, beginning on November 13th.

-There are no first grade clubs this week.

 

Have a great week.

Warmly,

Mari Doyle

ELA Night, Halloween (part 2)  and Ah-choo! It’s Flu Season

Whisper for October 30th, 2017

 

ELA Night, Halloween (part 2)  and Ah-choo! It’s Flu Season

 

Dear Families,

 

ELA NIGHT

Thank you to so many Waverly parents who signed up for ELA Night this Thursday, 11/2/17. Due to unforeseen circumstances, we are going to have to postpone this evening event. I’d like to extend my apologies in advance for any inconvenience this may cause. We will surely be in touch as soon as we have a new date.

 

HALLOWEEN PARADE

The tradition continues… Please join us as students and staff strut their Halloween stuff around Waverly on Tuesday, October 31st, 2017.

 

9:30 a.m.  Kindergarten & Mrs. Cavalli, Mrs. Cinquemani and Mrs. Walsh’s classes

10:30 a.m.  First Grade & Mrs. Cinquemani’s class

 

In the event of rain, the outdoor parade will not take place.

For many families, Halloween is an exciting time to expand the limits of our imaginations.  In the early childhood environment, nearly everything is a “teachable moment!” Below please find some ideas to consider as you embark on your adventures on Tuesday afternoon:

-Choose two similar character costumes and discuss how they are alike and how they are different

-Craft a bedtime story with both of those characters

-Count about how many costumes you see that represent storybook characters (I’ll be one!)

-See if you can find the books associated with those characters and share them as a family

-Determine categories for your candy and see which category has the most (ie. chocolate, round, sour, etc.)

-Play a game of “Guess which candy I have…” where each family member hides a piece of candy in their hand and gives clues to help you guess the type of candy (ie. My candy has three colors, and is shaped like a triangle.)

Check out these sources for additional information about Halloween safety.

https://www.safekids.org/tip/halloween-safety-tips

http://www.halloween-safety.com/halloween_safety_kids.html

THANK YOU!

Thank you to families who came out to join the first ever Yoga and Meditation Night. If you’re interested in joining the Wellness Committee, please reach out:

Sarah Derise: sarah.derise@gmail.com or myself, mdoyle@eastchester.k12.ny.us

 

UPDATE FROM THE HEALTH OFFICE

It’s Flu Season. Please read the attached information from the Health Office.

https://docs.google.com/document/d/1OBStn19LTXdenOPa6MnXzEjy782nZY8GrYc2y-SoFYs/edit?ts=59f9f0f9

 

BE “IN THE KNOW”

Consider following me on Twitter. I post photos and anecdotes frequently about life at Waverly. @MariKDoyle

 

Have a great week!

Warmly,

Mari Doyle

 

Yoga Night Reminder, ELA Night and the Halloween Parade!

Whisper for October 23rd, 2017

 

 

 

Dear Families,

 

If you haven’t noticed, October has been an eventful month at Waverly. We had our first ever Family Night; we will have our first ever Family Yoga and Meditation Event this coming Tuesday, and the staff and I are hard at work preparing for ELA Night. Please read the information below to keep you informed.

 

PTA MEETING

The PTA will host its first official general meeting of the year this evening in the cafeteria at 7 p.m. Please join us! It is a great way to be “in the know” and get involved at Waverly.

 

FAMILY YOGA AND MEDITATION EVENING

Tomorrow evening we will host Little Flower Yoga, an organization dedicated to teaching educators, children and families how to use yoga to reduce stress and achieve balance in a hectic world.

As a reminder, if you signed up already, please bring a yoga mat (or towel) and a bottle of water. We will welcome K families at 6 p.m. and first grade families at 7 p.m.

**Due to parking concerns, if you attend the 6 p.m. session, please depart promptly as to allow parking for families attending the first grade session at 7 p.m.

 

ELA NIGHT

This annual event provides parents with a wealth of information about our English Language Arts curriculum and strategies that parents can use at home to reinforce essential reading and writing skills. You may use the link below to sign-up, and kindly note that ELA Night is just for adults. Please leave the children at home for this event. We will accept responses through October 31st, so we can prepare materials accordingly.

 

RSVP Here for ELA Night

 

HALLOWEEN PARADE

A Waverly tradition, the Halloween parade invites our ghosts and goblins to share their costumes with families as we walk around outside during the following times:

 

Kindergarten- 10/31 at 9:30 a.m.

First Grade- 10/31 10:30 a.m.

 

In the event of rain, the outdoor parade will not take place.

Below you will find some important reminders. We ask for your careful reading of the items below to ensure the safety and enjoyment of all of our students.

  • Students should not have costumes with masks or weapons of any kind.
  • Make sure your child can safely walk in the costume. (Long dresses and capes can often get caught under little feet and cause tripping.)
  • Children should not bring any candy to school for consumption or distribution. These bags will have to be returned home unopened.
  • Parents/spectators should not be wearing masks to our Halloween parade.
  • If your family does not celebrate Halloween, please reach out to the classroom teacher.

 

MAKE A DIFFERENCE

In partnership with The Loukoumi Make A Difference Foundation, Waverly School is joining many organizations and schools across the country by making caring cards for patients at St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital. Optional donations of $1 will also be collected to fund a treatment/literacy room at St. Jude. Kindly send in your cards and donations by Wednesday, October 25th. You are also encouraged to visit Waverly’s site http://fundraising.stjude.org/site/TR?fr_id=64176&team_id=215891&pg=team to make a donation.

We’d encourage you not only to make a card, but to discuss how making a caring card for a child (and family) dealing with illness can brighten their day and provide encouragement. Make a difference today!

Some thanks…

  • To parents who came out for the PTA’s Fall Movie Night, and to the PTA for creating such a fun night for our children.
  • To families for your generous donations to the Band of Parents Organization. We raised $173 for this amazing group. Thanks to Mrs. Hendrie for bringing word of this fundraiser and organization to us.
  • And thanks to seven-year-old Gia Gentile, who has been battling Neuroblastoma and was recently found to have NED- No Evidence of Disease! (Her mom sits on the Board of Band of Parents.) Thank you for showing us what courage looks like! Rock on!

Have a great week!

Warmly,

Mari Doyle

Waverly’s busy month of October continues…

October 16th, 2017

Dear Families,

Waverly’s busy month of October continues…

-The District’s Wellness Initiative kicks off on Wednesday, October 18th with a presentation on reducing student stress. It will begin at 7 p.m. in the EHS Library. I look forward to seeing you there!

-The PTA will host Movie Night on October 20th, beginning at 6:30 p.m. Please see more information about this event on our website. (We will also be raffling off some exciting prizes, with all proceeds benefitting Band of Parents, https://www.bandofparents.org,).

-Plan to attend the first PTA meeting of the year on Monday, October 23rd at 7 p.m. in the cafeteria.

-Please plan on joining us for our first PTA & Waverly Wellness Committee  Family Yoga and Meditation Night with Little Flower Yoga on Tuesday, October 24th. Please see the flyer on our website and and RSVP through the link, www.waverlypta.com.

Kindergarten Session: 6 – 6:40 p.m.

First Grade Session: 7:00- 7:40 p.m.

This event is for Waverly students and parents. While older siblings are okay, please leave the little ones at home. Make sure to bring a yoga mat or towel and a bottle of water.

-We are already receiving cards and donations for St. Jude’s. Our card collection will continue through October 25th. All cards and donations will be sent to St. Jude’s on October 27th.  Please consider making a card with your child this week and donating $1 for this worthy cause! Kindly visit our website for guidelines and more details. You can also visit the St. Jude’s site if you would like to make a donation there. http://fundraising.stjude.org/site/TR?fr_id=64176&team_id=215891&pg=team

-A hearty thank you to all Waverly families for attending our first ever Family Math Night. We’d encourage you to play those math games at home!

-Be sure to review the Notes from the Nurse on our website. These contain important reminders from the Health Office.

And finally, during the month of October, we recognize Global Handwashing Day. Please practice washing hands with your child after using the bathroom. We don’t want to see dry hands exit our bathrooms! And we know that proper hand washing is our best defense against the spread of germs.

 

Have a great week.

Warmly,

Mari Doyle

We have a lot going on at Waverly!

October 2nd, 2017

Dear Families,

We have a lot going on at Waverly!

-Many families have already responded that they will join us for Family Math Night on Thursday, October 12th, from 6:30 – 7:30 p.m. Thanks! If you have not sent in your RSVP as of yet, please do so tomorrow. We appreciate your cooperation so we can plan appropriately.  

-In accordance with New York State regulations, we will have a total of 12 drills this year. Eight of the drills will be fire/evacuation drills and four will be lockdown /lockout drills. We have already completed four fire drills. The children have been quite successful at exiting the building “quickly, quietly and safely.” We will have our first lock out drill on October 3rd at 1:30 p.m. Please avoid visiting Waverly at this time, as we will not be admitting visitors in the building while the Eastchester Police Department checks our exterior windows and doors. The drill should last approximately 15 minutes and classes will be carried on as usual during this time.

-First grade PTA After School clubs begin this Wednesday, October 4th. Please be sure to send a note each and every day that your child attends a club that he/she will be a “walker.” Sending your child in with a dismissal note ensures that your child will be dismissed properly. (And it’s also helpful to share who will be picking your child up with the first grader.) It makes them feel more confident when they know who is signing them out! Thanks in advance for your cooperation.

-For the safety of all of our students, please avoid the front of the school during dismissal. If your child is a “walker,” kindly refrain from walking into the “circle” where our bus students are boarding their buses.  It is imperative that we are able to see all of our students as they get on their buses.

-The PTA will host Movie Night on October 20th, beginning at 6:30 p.m. Please see more information about this event on our website.

-Consider following me on  Twitter- @MariKDoyle. I frequently post information and photos related to life at Waverly.

Have a great week.

Warmly,

Mari Doyle

Mark Your Calendars

September 25th, 2017

Dear Families,

Mark your calendars! This week you will be receiving a flyer for our upcoming Family Math workshop. Please complete the tear-off and return it by Monday, October 2nd, 2017. This will allow us enough time to prepare materials for this exciting event. Please find the details below:

Family Math Night

Thursday, October 12th, 2017.

6:30 -7:30 p.m.

Kindergarten and First Grade Students and their parents or guardians

During this hour long event, you will have the opportunity to interact with your child using the strategies and games of the Kinder and First Grade classes at Waverly. Please plan to join us, and be sure to return the tear-off by Monday, 10/02/17.

A final note of thanks for all families who joined us for Open House last week. Your support means the world to us.

Warmly,

Mari Doyle

Open House and Dismissal Reminders

September 18th, 2017

Dear Families,

I would like to use this edition of the Whisper to provide some reminders:

OPEN HOUSE REMINDER Tuesday, September 9/19, 7-8 p.m.

On this evening, your child’s teacher will explain our curriculum and procedures of the classroom.  You will also hear from the Principal, Superintendent, Board of Education, and PTA.  

  • Kindergarten parents, please go directly to your child’s classroom at 7 p.m.  
  • First grade parents, please head to the gym at 7 p.m.  

At 7:30 p.m., we will switch. First grade parents will visit their child’s classroom, while Kindergarten parents will hear the same greeting in the gym. This is an evening to discuss the classroom and school as a whole.

Notes of Importance:

  • Parking is extremely limited. Please make every effort to walk carpool, or arrive early.
  • Any concerns specific to your child should be addressed by reaching out to the teacher at another time.
  • The evening ends promptly at 8 p.m. Please be respectful of our custodial and teaching staff.
  • Be sure to visit the information tables set up by the Eastchester School Foundation, Music Boosters, SEPTA, the Waverly PTA, and Scouts.

DISMISSAL REMINDERS

As one might imagine, between 3:05 and 3:15 p.m. every day, we dismiss nearly 500 five and six year old students. Providing for the safe return home for all of our youngsters is an enormous task, and one we take very seriously. As such, last minute changes are extremely disruptive. We are asking for your help!

  • Send in any requests for dismissal changes with your child, in writing, in the morning.
  • If you need to change dismissal, please send a fax to the office by 11 a.m. (Changes must be in writing.)
  • Children who need to be picked up early for any reason (apart from illness) need to be picked up by 2:30 p.m.

Following these guidelines will help us to keep your children safe! On behalf of all of the staff at Waverly, we thank you in advance for your cooperation.

Finally, a hearty thank you to the Executive Board of the PTA for throwing such a wonderful event on Friday. The Wild West Welcome Event was phenomenal! It was great to see so many past and present Waverly students.

Warmly,

Mari Doyle

Welcome and Welcome Back Waverly Families

September 11th, 2017

Dear Families,

I’d like to use this first edition of the Whisper to welcome (and welcome back) all Waverly families. We completed our first week of school with an assembly to review expectations. Please ask your child about having a “Level 0” voice in the hallways, and the goals of our fire drills… Just a hint: We strive to exit the building “Quickly, quietly and safely.”

Here are just a few things happening around Waverly and beyond:

-PTA Welcome Back Wild West Event, 9/15: Come and join other Waverly families from 4:30-6:30 p.m. There will be crafts, dancing, food and fun!

-Open House, 9/19, 7-8 p.m.: This evening provides an opportunity for you all to meet your child’s teachers, and hear all about the wonderful happenings here at Waverly.  You will also hear from the Principal, Superintendent, Board of Education, and PTA.  Your child’s teacher will explain our curriculum and procedures of the classroom.  Kindergarten parents, please go directly to your child’s classroom at 7 p.m.  First grade parents, please head to the gym at 7 p.m.  At 7:30 p.m., we will switch. First grade parents will visit their child’s classroom, while Kindergarten parents will report to the gym for the same greeting. Please note that if you have concerns specific to your child, you should reach out to the teacher at another time.

(Be sure to visit the information tables set up by the Eastchester School Foundation, Music Boosters, SEPTA, the Waverly PTA and Girl Scouts.)

As you may be aware, parking is extremely limited. Please make every effort to walk carpool, or arrive early.

-Waverly is looking Spiffy! Waverly is a lovingly maintained school. We all know this! Over this past summer, however, it got a little more beautiful. Eastchester High School Seniors, Juliana Ibanez, Cara Jhang, and Katie Sidari, led by kindergarten teacher, Jen Batz, painted the letters of the alphabet and a corresponding picture on the Kindergarten wing’s walls modeled after the Reading Wonders Program. Please join me in thanking Ms. Batz and these amazingly talented students.

-The District’s Wellness Initiative is in full gear, with the first scheduled event on October 18th, and a discussion of reducing student stress. Please be sure to see the entire list of offerings on our website. You will hear more about Waverly’s commitment to this Initiative during Open House.

Today will mark the 16th anniversary of the terrorist attack on the World Trade Center. Given the age of our students, we do not mark the day as many others do. However, please know that our hearts go out to those who lost loved ones on this day and our flags will fly at half mast in their honor.

I look forward to seeing you all at Open House on September 19th.  Wishing you a great week two!

Warmly,

Mari Doyle