Collecting Smiles!

for our Good Deed!

September 16th, 2019

Dear Families,

I’d like to send a hearty thanks to families who came out for Open House and the PTA Welcome event last Friday evening. I hope you had a chance to stop by the photo booth! (Thank you to the Ways and Means Committee for putting together such a great event.)

As I shared last week, our character development word of the month is COMMUNITY. We will be discussing how a community is a place where people live, work and play. In our community, we strive to help one another. Please ask your child about some of the things we discussed as a school about being a member of our community.  

As our first Good Deed of the month, we are asking all children to submit a single 4X6 picture of themselves smiling. (Please don’t send larger photos as we want to accommodate everyone’s picture.) We will create a board of smiles outside of the library. All members of our community will be greeted with smiles each and every time they walk down the hallway and visit the library or art room for the entire year! On 9/27, we’ll have our very first Good Deed Day. Please have your child wear their red Waverly shirt (or any other red shirt). We will sing songs and celebrate the simple gift of sharing a smile as collective.

Some reminders regarding arrival and dismissal:

  • “Walkers” in the morning: Please allow us to escort your child out of the car in the morning. If they are having a hard time separating (which happens at the beginning of the school year), feel free to pull all the way to the front of the line and we’ll work with you to escort the child into school. 
  • Bus students in the afternoon: The instructional day ends at 3:05 p.m. Students begin entering the gym at that time. Thus, it takes time to get 350-400 students (depending on the day) lined up to begin boarding buses. This takes approximately 8-10 minutes to get all students into the gym at the beginning of the year, but gets much faster as the year goes on. We then begin to board the buses individually. Please be patient as we work diligently to ensure everyone gets where they need to go.

Thank you in advance for your support!

Warmly,

Mari K. Doyle

-9/27: First Good Deed Day- wear your red shirt (see above for more information)

-9/30 and 10/1: No School in observance of Rosh Hashanah

-10/2 – 10/4: First grade clubs begin

-10/11: Picture Day

-10/14: No school in observance of Columbus Day

-10/31: Halloween Parades (9:30 for K, 10:30 for First Grade)

Warmly,

Mari Doyle

This newsletter is best read on a computer. However, if you are reading this newsletter on a smartphone, be sure to click on the link below for the Scavenger Hunt, Book, Nurse, and PTA Corners! We want you to remain in the loop!

https://wv.eastchesterschools.org/m2/?

The Waverly Community welcomes you to Open House!

…. Is this Thursday evening!

September 9th, 2019

Dear Families,

We will begin our Morning Meeting as a school this week. During this eight-minute daily meeting, we will join as a school community to engage in character development, share news, promote school spirit, and celebrate our students’ birthdays. (Remind your child to pick up their birthday pencil!) Given our focus on “community” it was only fitting that this be our first word of the month. 

We will be discussing how a community is a place where people live, work and play. In our community, we strive to help and support one another. I encourage you to discuss ways in which you and your family are contributing members of this community. As our first Good Deed of the month, we are asking all children to submit a single 4X6 picture of themselves smiling. (Please don’t send larger photos as we want to accommodate everyone’s picture.) We will use these photographs to create a board of smiles outside of the library. In this way, all members of our community will be greeted with smiles each and every time they walk down the hallway and visit the library or art room. Kindly send in the 4X6 picture of just your child’s smiling face by Thursday, September 26th. Then, on 9/27, we’ll have our very first Good Deed Day. Please have your child wear their red Waverly shirt (or any other red shirt). We will sing songs and celebrate the simple gift of sharing a smile as collective.

I’d like to send a hearty thank you for the PTA for hosting a lovely breakfast for the staff.

I look forward to seeing all parents at Open House on Thursday, 9/12. Remember, this event is just for adults! Kindly see details below.

-Open House, 9/12, 7-8 p.m.: 

  • This event is for parents only! Let the children rest for a great day of school ahead!
  • Kindergarten parents, please go to the classroom at 7 p.m. 
  • First grade parents, join us in the gym at 7 p.m. 
  • At 7:30 p.m., we will switch. Kindergarten parents will visit the gym, while first grade parents will report to their child’s classroom for the same greeting from the superintendent, principal, and PTA.
  • Parents in small classes (Cavalli, Myers-Rosencranz, Zanzano-Arita), will follow the kindergarten schedule.
  • Out of respect for your child’s privacy, our teachers and other parents, please address individual concerns specific to your child at another time.
  • Once again, parking is extremely limited! Please make every effort to walk, carpool, or arrive early. 

-PTA event, 9/13, 4:30-6 p.m., See PTA Corner

-PTA Club sign-up, 9/9 – 9/13, See PTA Corner

I look forward to seeing you all at Open House. Thank you for helping to make this a great year for all of our children!

Warmly,

Mari Doyle

This newsletter is best read on a computer. However, if you are reading this newsletter on a smartphone, be sure to click on the link below for the Book, Nurse, and PTA Corners! We want you to remain in the loop!

https://wv.eastchesterschools.org/m2/?

A Waverly Welcome!

September 2nd, 2019

Dear Families,

Tomorrow is a big day, as we’ll welcome (or welcome back) your child to Waverly! Please make sure they get a good night’s rest and a great breakfast! Here are just a few things happening around Waverly!

  • Be sure to check Home Access and confirm teacher and  bus information prior to the start of school.
  • For the first day, 9/3/19:
    • K parents/guardians or caregivers accompany the new kindergarten student to school during their assigned time. There is no transportation for kindergarten students on the first day. (Remember, parking is limited, so plan to carpool or arrive very early.)

Last names A-L: 9:30 a.m. – 10:00 a.m., M-Z: 10:30 – 11:00

  • Small class K/1: (Cavalli, Myers-Rosencranz, and Zanzano-Arita) 11:40 a.m. dismissal
  • First Grade- full day!
  • For Kindergarten, 9/4-9/5: 11:40 a.m. dismissal; 9/6 is a FULL Day of school
  • For regular school days thereafter: 
    • Please help in setting your child up for success by having them arrive on time each day! For “Walkers,” our doors open at 8:20 a.m. every day, and close at 8:38 a.m. Students arriving after that time are late, and will need to enter through the main entrance and get a pass to bring to their classroom. Children feel most prepared when they arrive with their classmates. 
    • Dismissal begins at 3:10 p.m. Parking is extremely limited! We ask that you be considerate of our neighbors. Please remember not to block driveways around Waverly, and avoid parking on the corner of Hall Avenue and New Street, as this presents a hazard as fire trucks (and buses) can’t pass through. 
    • As a note of clarification, if you need to change your child’s dismissal, please send a note to the teacher on the date of the change. IF you need to change dismissal AFTER the start of the school day, kindly send a fax to the office, 914-779-0237 by 11 a.m. 

The Waverly PTA is excited to offer Fall after-school Clubs for first grade students. Please take a look at the link for additional information: https://waverlypta.asapconnected.com/ 

-Open House, 9/12, 7-8 p.m.: This adult only 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 and parents in our small K/1 classes: Please head directly to your child’s classroom at 7 p.m. 

First grade parents: Kindly join us in the gym at 7 p.m.

At 7:30 p.m., we will switch. Kindergarten parents will head to the gym, while first grade parents will visit their child’s classroom. Out of respect for your child, our teachers and other parents, please address individual concerns specific to your child at another time.

Once again, parking is extremely limited. Please make every effort to walk, carpool, or arrive early. 

-PTA “Welcome to the Jungle” Event on 9/13: Come and join other Waverly families from 4:30-6:30 p.m. This is such a fun evening for our students! There will be crafts, dancing, food and fun! If you have any questions, please reach out to waverlywaysandmeans@gmail.com

-Eastchester 5K Run/Walk, 9/29, 9 a.m.: Runners and walkers of all ages, join us for a fun morning, with all proceeds going to Eastchester HS Cross Country and Track and Field, and Matthew DeMarco Memorial for Paws Project. If you register prior to 9/13, you will be guaranteed a t-shirt!

https://runscore.runsignup.com/Race/NY/Eastchester/Eastchester5k

-Be sure to check the Waverly calendar frequently for updates: https://wv.eastchesterschools.org/m2/mod/page/view.php?id=100

I look forward to seeing you all at Open House on 9/12/19. Thank you for helping to make this a great year for all of our children!

Warmly,

Mari Doyle

This newsletter is best read on a computer. However, if you are reading this newsletter on a smartphone, be sure to click on the link below for the Book, Nurse, and PTA Corners! We want you to remain in the loop!

https://wv.eastchesterschools.org/m2/?

Wishing you a Happy Summer!

Wishing you a Happy Summer!

June 24th, 2019

Dear Families,

TODAY is our final Good Deed Day of the school year!

Make sure your child is wearing their Waverly shirt!

Today will be our final day of collecting snacks for the Ronald McDonald House.  Be sure to mark any items as donations, so they are not confused with classroom snacks.

Focusing on a specific word of the month and a good deed was new for Waverly this year. We have received a great deal of positive feedback from the children, who have shared ways in which they have put the words into action at home. I’d like to thank all Waverly families for the support all year!

Fancy is not just for Nancy!

“Fancy Day” will be held TOMORROW, June 25th!

In appreciation of your fundraising efforts through the Boosterthon Fun Run this year, our Morning Meeting will be a little fancy! Encourage your child to wear his or her favorite fancy attire to school. We will cheer on our students as they embark on their next academic adventure in first or second grade. Don’t forget a snack. Students will enjoy their snack on a special “Fancy Day” placemat. (There will be an 11:40 a.m. dismissal.)

Wellness Survey- Final day to participate is Wednesday, June 26th!

Here is the link to participate in a follow-up survey regarding our Wellness Program: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/Q3RJSY2

If you missed the Whisper last week, here is a recap of the initial survey data:

The survey asked for your feedback in three main areas:

  • Your awareness of our Wellness Program
  • Signs of anxiety that your child may exhibit at home
  • Strategies that your child utilizes at home from our program

Survey data indicated that 80% of the responding parents were aware of Waverly’s Wellness Program. We found this data to be encouraging, and we are working with the PTA Wellness Committee to explore ways to involve more parents next year.

We found a strong relationship between parents who were aware of the program and those who saw signs of anxiety in their children. We are interested in exploring this further to determine if parents who already saw signs of anxiety in their children were more likely to make note of our program and the strategies shared, or perhaps the opposite, once parents were aware of our program, they were more likely to identify signs of anxiety in their children. This is important information, as it will help us to plan more effectively for future work with children and their families.

Finally, many parents shared that they observed their child using some of the breathing techniques that have been shared at school. We were thrilled to see the carryover of skills from school being employed at home, and are excited to continue to work.

To that end, I am asking parents to take the survey again, as we wrap up this school year. Please complete the survey using the link below. It will be available from today through the last day of school, so please do take a moment to complete it. It takes only a few minutes, but the information we glean will help us to improve our programming for the upcoming school year.

https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/Q3RJSY2

I thank you for your partnership!

Nurse Kaessler will be retiring this year, after 43 years as a nurse, 28 of which were spent at Waverly. Please join me in thanking her for her dedication to the children and families at Waverly and wishing her health and happiness in the years ahead!

 If you will be moving and your child will no longer be attending Eastchester schools, please be sure to write a letter to inform our office as soon a possible. Thanks!

This newsletter is best read on a computer. However, if you are reading this newsletter on a smartphone, be sure to click on the link below for the Book, Nurse, and PTA Corners! We want you to remain in the loop!

https://wv.eastchesterschools.org/m2/?

Thank You!

As this is our final Whisper for the 2018-2019 school year, I’d like to thank you for all you’ve done to support your child this year. Whether you volunteered with the PTA, attended a workshop, participated in a school event, or read each night with your child (or all of the above), your partnership is invaluable to making Waverly the magical place it is. If your child is moving on to another school, I wish them all the best, and look forward to seeing them around town. Be sure to download, save and print your child’s final report card. (This document may be required in order to register for fall sports.)

Wishing your family health and happiness,

Mari K. Doyle

-Monday, June 24th- Good Deed Day! (Wear your red shirt!)

-Tuesday, June 25th- Fancy Day! (See above)

-Wednesday, June 26th- Last day of school! And the final day to respond to our wellness survey! Here’s the link: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/Q3RJSY2

More information can be found above. (We have a 9:38 a.m. dismissal!)

Waverly Wellness… We need your help!

June 17th, 2019

Dear Families,

A few months ago, I requested your feedback regarding our Wellness Program through the completion of an on-line survey. Essentially, we were looking at three areas:

  • Your awareness of our Wellness Program
  • Signs of anxiety that your child may exhibit at home
  • Strategies that your child utilizes at home from our program

Survey data indicated that 80% of the responding parents were aware of Waverly’s Wellness Program. We found this data to be encouraging, and we are working with the PTA Wellness Committee to explore ways to involve more parents next year.

We found a strong relationship between parents who were aware of the program and those who saw signs of anxiety in their children. We are interested in exploring this further to determine if parents who already saw signs of anxiety in their children were more likely to make note of our program and the strategies shared, or perhaps the opposite, once parents were aware of our program, they were more likely to identify signs of anxiety in their children. This is important information, as it will help us to plan more effectively for future work with children and their families.

Finally, many parents shared that they observed their child using some of the breathing techniques that have been shared at school. We were thrilled to see the carryover of skills from school being employed at home, and are excited to continue to work.

To that end, I am asking parents to take the survey again, as we wrap up this school year. Please complete the survey using the link below. It will be available from today through the last day of school, so please do take a moment to complete it. It takes only a few minutes, but the information we glean will help us to improve our programming for the upcoming school year.

https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/Q3RJSY2

I thank you for your partnership! If you are looking for ways to address your own wellness, be sure to check out the Book Corner. There is a suggestion for a text for parents as well with a special book signing and discussion at Barnes and Noble this Friday, 6/21. Be sure to check it out!

First Grade Legacy Rocks

First graders have been engaged in painting rocks during their art class to adorn our new outdoor classroom. Thanks to the PTA and Mrs. Larrea for supporting this effort. We are all looking forward to seeing how the rocks beautify our outdoor space.

The rocks will be installed once our boiler project is complete. I’ll be posting photos on Twitter over the summer. (@MariKDoyle)

Throughout the month of June, we have begun exploring all of the ways in which your child has become more independent over the course of the year. We played a game called, “Just Like Me.” Students were encouraged to point to themselves if they were able to engage in the activities presented without adult assistance. This included packing and unpacking their backpacks, buckling their seat belts, cleaning up toys, and writing their first and last name- without being reminded!

We will continue to collect snack items for the Ronald McDonald House through June 24th. Be sure to mark any items as donations, so they are not confused with classroom snacks. As always, thanks for your support.

First Grade Concert- THIS

Thursday, June 20th, 9:30 and 10:30 a.m.

On the day of the concert, families will be able to enter from the Bellew Avenue entrance (through the parking lot), just as you did for the Winter Concert. We will not use the main entrance. Doors will open at 9:15 a.m. for the first session, and 10:15 a.m. for the second. As you are aware, parking will be very limited, and thus it is recommended to carpool.

Apart from the concert, this is still a day of instruction for us until 11:40 a.m. There will be a PTA picnic celebration on Thursday, June 20th as well, starting at 3:00 p.m., when families are formally celebrating “moving up.”

With that being said, if you intend to pick up your child from school after either session of the concert, please follow the guidelines below to ensure the safety of all students at Waverly:

  • Send a note to your child’s teacher via the Backpack Express on the morning of the concert, indicating that you will pick your child up. (Last minute dismissal changes are not only very difficult for us, they are upsetting to the children.)
  • At the end of the concert, kindly depart from the gymnasium and walk around to the main entrance of the building.
  • At 10:10 a.m./11:10 a.m., we will reopen the doors to allow parents from each session to pick up any “walkers” who will leave early.
  • Children who have brought in change of dismissal letters will be signed out and may leave for the day.
  • You are encouraged to return at 3 p.m. for the PTA first grade picnic.

Don’t forget to have your child wear his/her Waverly shirt, or any red shirt!

9:30am group:

Garrett

Chiappelli

Koller

Borowsky

Demos

Saraco

10:30am group:

Kelly

Zuzolo

Schwartz

Vaughan

Dachik

Cavalli, Zanzano, and

Myers (1st gr students only)

The PTA will be hosting a picnic for First Grade Families on Thursday, June 20th, from 3-5 p.m. on the Waverly field

This will be a great send-off for our families. Join us in celebrating with music, fun and an ice cold treat! Please bring your own chair, blanket and picnic food, if you wish. There will be one free Kona ice provided for each first grader. Additional Kona ice will be available for purchase. (Cash only.) Reach out to waverlywaysandmeans@gmail.com with any questions.

Fancy is not just for Nancy!

“Fancy Day” will be held on June 25th!

On behalf of the faculty, staff and students of Waverly, I’d like to extend a hearty THANK YOU! Due to your support, we were able to exceed by raising $20,000 to support our Wellness program at Waverly. In appreciation of your fundraising efforts, we will make our next to last day of school a little fancy! Please encourage your child to wear his or her favorite fancy attire to school. We will cheer on our students as they embark on their next academic adventure in first or second grade. Don’t forget a snack. Students will enjoy their snack on a special “Fancy Day” placemat. (There will be an 11:40 a.m. dismissal.)

Ba
Sheryl G. Ziegler

Author Discussion , Special Event, Author Event (Self Improvement, Local Interest)

Friday June 21, 2019 7:30 PM

Join us for a conversation with Dr. Sheryl Ziegler, author of Mommy Burnout. Dr. Ziegler has been treating parents and children for over 20 years and has devised a prescriptive program for addressing the epidemic of stress and anxiety facing our families. Organized and presented in affiliation with Nurish, a new app launching in Fall of 2019 that will connect families and grow communities.

Special Instructions

Author discussion and signing.

 If you will be moving and your child will no longer be attending Eastchester schools, please be sure to write a letter to inform our office as soon a possible. Thanks!

Visiting Waverly’s Playground

We are fortunate to have a great playground on which Waverly students are able to play during recess, as well as some of their physical education classes. With this in mind, please refrain from using the playground during school hours. This is particularly tempting when waiting for dismissal, so we appreciate your cooperation.

This newsletter is best read on a computer. However, if you are reading this newsletter on a smartphone, be sure to click on the link below for the Book, Nurse, and PTA Corners! We want you to remain in the loop!

https://wv.eastchesterschools.org/m2/?

I encourage you to follow me on Twitter- @MariKDoyle. I post frequently about life at Waverly.

Most Sincerely,

Mari K. Doyle

-Thursday, June 20th- First Grade Moving Up Concerts, 9:30 and 10:30 a.m. (See above)

-Monday, June 24th- Good Deed Day! (Wear your red shirt!)

-Tuesday, June 25th- Fancy Day! (See above)

-Wednesday, June 26th- Last day of school! And the final day to respond to our wellness survey! Here’s the link!

https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/Q3RJSY2

June at Waverly!

Help us support the Ronald McDonald House!

June 10th, 2019

Dear Families,

Our Final Workshop of the Year… Keeping your Children Engaged over The Summer

THIS THURSDAY!

June 13th, 6:30-7:30 p.m.

Parents often ask how they can help keep their child from falling victim to the “Summer Slide.” This is when students lose many of the important skills they have been working so diligently to develop throughout the school year. If this is a question for you, we encourage you to join us for our final workshop of the school year. During this important hour, you will hear from our teachers about ways to keep your child motivated and learning throughout the sunny days of summer. (Hint: It’s not only about reading and writing!) You’ll also receive a calendar jam packed with activities. Mark your calendars to attend this workshop! It’s one not to be missed! We will even have a representative from the Eastchester Library on hand to share information about summer programming.  (The workshop is followed by a PTA meeting.)

The Kindergarten Alphabet Celebration was a hit!

(In this photo kindergarten students are getting ready for the “runway.”)

Students in kindergarten spent the day celebrating their knowledge of the alphabet on Friday, June 7th. The day began with cheers for the alphabet during our school wide Morning Meeting with all kindergarten and first graders. There was then a “runway” of letters, as children from different classes cheered on their friends as they paraded with their letter’s representation. A dance party was held after lunch, and the day continued with a variety of alphabet related activities. (If you have a first grader, this would be a great time to reminisce about the fun they had last year.) Special thanks to Mrs. Ullrich and our kindergarten teachers for planning this special day, and to Mrs. Burke for being a great party leader.

We have begun exploring all of the ways in which your child has become more independent. We’d encourage you to discuss this with your child and continue the trend at home.

Our Good Deed for this month will be to collect snack items for the Ronald McDonald House. We will collect items from now until Monday, June 24th. Be sure to mark any items as donations, so they are not confused with classroom snacks. Thanks in advance for your support!

First Grade Concert-

Thursday, June 20th, 9:30 and 10:30 a.m.

Our first graders are moving on up! Please join us in the Waverly gym as they share what they have learned in music over the past two years. Children should wear their Waverly t-shirt or another red shirt. Kindly note the times below. Lyrics can be found on our website, under “Announcements.”  The PTA will host a first grade family picnic that afternoon, beginning at 3 p.m. (See below for details.)

9:30am group:

Garrett

Chiappelli

Koller

Borowsky

Demos

Saraco

10:30am group:

Kelly

Zuzolo

Schwartz

Vaughan

Dachik

Cavalli, Zanzano, and

Myers (1st gr students only)

The PTA will be hosting a picnic for First Grade Families on Thursday, June 20th, from 3-5 p.m. on the Waverly field

This will be a great send-off for our families. Join us in celebrating with music, fun and an ice cold treat! Please bring your own chair, blanket and picnic food, if you wish. There will be one free Kona ice provided for each first grader. Additional Kona ice will be available for purchase. (Cash only.) Reach out to waverlywaysandmeans@gmail.com with any questions.

Fancy is not just for Nancy!

“Fancy Day” will be held on June 25th!

On behalf of the faculty, staff and students of Waverly, I’d like to extend a hearty THANK YOU! Due to your support, we were able to exceed by raising $20,000 to support our Wellness program at Waverly. In appreciation of your fundraising efforts, we will make our next to last day of school a little fancy! Please encourage your child to wear his or her favorite fancy attire to school. We will cheer on our students as they embark on their next academic adventure in first or second grade. Don’t forget a snack. Students will enjoy their snack on a special “Fancy Day” placemat. (Reminder: There will be an 11:40 a.m. dismissal.)

 If you will be moving and your child will no longer be attending Eastchester schools, please be sure to write a letter to inform our office as soon a possible. Thanks!

Visiting Waverly’s Playground

We are fortunate to have a great playground on which Waverly students are able to play during recess, as well as some of their physical education classes. With this in mind, please refrain from using the playground during school hours. This is particularly tempting when waiting for dismissal, so we appreciate your cooperation.

This newsletter is best read on a computer. However, if you are reading this newsletter on a smartphone, be sure to click on the link below for the Book, Nurse, and PTA Corners! We want you to remain in the loop!

https://wv.eastchesterschools.org/m2/?

I encourage you to follow me on Twitter- @MariKDoyle. I post frequently about life at Waverly.

Most Sincerely,

Mari K. Doyle

-Thursday, June 13th- THIS THURSDAY! Our final workshop of the school year, Keeping Your Child Engaged, 6:30 – 7:30 p.m. (See above- This event is followed by a PTA Meeting.)

-Thursday, June 20th- First Grade Moving Up Concerts, 9:30 and 10:30 a.m. (See above)

-Monday, June 24th- Good Deed Day! (Wear your red shirt!)
-Tuesday, June 25th- Fancy Day! (See above)

June at Waverly!

It’s June!

June 3rd, 2019

Dear Families,

Our Word of the Month for June is Independent!

Good Deed Day will be on Monday, June 24th! Wear your red Waverly shirt!

Throughout this month, we will explore all of the ways in which your child has become more independent. We’d encourage you to discuss this with your child and continue the trend at home.

Our Good Deed for this month will be to collect snack items for the Ronald McDonald House. We will have this collection from now until Monday, June 24th. Suggested snacks include:

  • Granola bars
  • Protein bars
  • Fruit snacks
  • Trail mix
  • Chips
  • Popcorn

Be sure to mark any items as donations, so they are not confused with classroom snacks. Thanks in advance for your support!

Our Final Workshop of the Year… Keeping your Children Engaged over The Summer

June 13th, 6:30-7:30 p.m.

Parents often ask how they can help keep their child from falling victim to the “Summer Slide.” This is when students lose many of the important skills they have been working so diligently to develop throughout the school year. If this is a question for you, we encourage you to join us for our final workshop of the school year. During this important hour, you will hear from our teachers about ways to keep your child motivated and learning throughout the sunny days of summer. (Hint: It’s not only about reading and writing!) You’ll also receive a calendar jam packed with activities. Mark your calendars to attend this workshop! It’s one not to be missed! We will even have a representative from the Eastchester Library on hand to share information about summer programming.  (The workshop is followed by a PTA meeting.)

First Grade Concert-

Thursday, June 20th, 9:30 and 10:30 a.m.

Our first graders are moving on up! Please join us in the Waverly gym for our first graders’ culminating  performance, where they will showcase the skills they’ve been learning during their two years at Waverly. Children should wear their Waverly t-shirt or another red shirt. Kindly note the times below, and on our website, under “Announcements.” The PTA will host a first grade family picnic that afternoon, beginning at 3 p.m.

9:30am group:

Garrett

Chiappelli

Koller

Borowsky

Demos

Saraco

10:30am group:

Kelly

Zuzolo

Schwartz

Vaughan

Dachik

Cavalli, Zanzano, and

Myers (1st gr students only)

On the day of the concert, families will be able to enter from the Bellew Avenue entrance (through the parking lot), just as you did for the Winter Concert. We will not use the main entrance. Doors will open at 9:15 a.m. for the first session, and 10:15 a.m. for the second. As you are aware, parking will be very limited, and thus it is recommended to carpool.

Apart from the concert, this is still a day of instruction for us until 11:40 a.m. There will be a PTA picnic celebration on Thursday, June 20th as well, starting at 3:00 p.m., when families are formally celebrating “moving up.”

With that being said, if you intend to pick up your child from school after either session of the concert, please follow the guidelines below to ensure the safety of all students at Waverly:

  • Send a note to your child’s teacher via the Backpack Express on the morning of the concert, indicating that you will pick your child up. (Last minute dismissal changes are not only very difficult for us, they are upsetting to the children.)
  • At the end of the concert, kindly depart from the gymnasium and walk around to the main entrance of the building.
  • At 10:10 a.m./11:10 a.m., we will reopen the doors to allow parents from each session to pick up any “walkers” who will leave early.
  • Children who have brought in change of dismissal letters will be signed out and may leave for the day.
  • You are encouraged to return at 3 p.m. for the PTA first grade picnic.

Don’t forget to have your child wear his/her Waverly shirt, or any red shirt!

The PTA’s Annual First Grade Family Picnic will be held on Thursday, June 20th, from 3-5 p.m. on the Waverly field

This will be a great send-off for our families. Join us in celebrating with music, fun and an ice cold treat! Please bring your own chair, blanket and picnic food, if you wish. There will be one free Kona ice provided for each first grader. Additional Kona ice will be available for purchase. (Cash only.) Reach out to waverlywaysandmeans@gmail.com with any questions.

Little Critter Club will meet on Saturday, June 8th, from 10-11 a.m. at the Eastchester Library

Did you ever wonder how scientists study insects in a lab, or how maggots eat? If you have, then here is the club for you! Anne Hutchinson Third grader, Anusha, will share information about insects, and there will be an insect paper craft. There will be live black soldier fly larvae to examine! Please bring an insect poem or funny story to share during the “Show and Tell” segment. Refreshments will be served.

 If you will be moving and your child will no longer be attending Eastchester schools, please be sure to write a letter to inform our office as soon a possible. Thanks!

Visiting Waverly’s Playground

We are fortunate to have a great playground on which Waverly students are able to play during recess, as well as some of their physical education classes. With this in mind, please refrain from using the playground during school hours. This is particularly tempting when waiting for dismissal, so we appreciate your cooperation.

This newsletter is best read on a computer. However, if you are reading this newsletter on a smartphone, be sure to click on the link below for the Book, Nurse, and PTA Corners! We want you to remain in the loop!

https://wv.eastchesterschools.org/m2/?

Please note that due to the large number of photos we have from the Fun Run (courtesy of Mrs. Maria Davino) a link for pictures will be shared in an upcoming correspondence from the PTA.

I encourage you to follow me on Twitter- @MariKDoyle. I post frequently about life at Waverly.

Most Sincerely,

Mari K. Doyle

-Tuesday, June 4th- Rising Second Grade GV Orientation (daytime visit for students, evening event for families)

-Wednesday, June 5th- Rising Second Grade AH Orientation (daytime visit for students, evening event for families)

-Thursday, June 13th- Our final workshop of the school year, Keeping Your Child Engaged, 6:30 – 7:30 p.m. (See above- This event is followed by a PTA Meeting.)

-Thursday, June 20th- First Grade Moving Up Concerts, 9:30 and 10:30 a.m. (See above)

-Monday, June 24th- Good Deed Day! (Wear your red shirt!)
-Tuesday, June 25th- Fancy Day! (More details to follow)

Every Hero has a Story……

Join us!

May 27th, 2019

Dear Families,

Our Final Workshop of the Year… Keeping your Children Engaged over The Summer

June 13th, 6:30-7:30 p.m.

Parents often ask how they can help keep their child from falling victim to the “Summer Slide.” This is when students lose many of the important skills they have been working so diligently to develop throughout the school year. If this is a question for you, we encourage you to join us for our final workshop of the school year. During this important hour, you will hear from our teachers about ways to keep your child motivated and learning throughout the sunny days of summer. (Hint: It’s not only about reading and writing!) You’ll also receive a calendar jam packed with activities. Mark your calendars to attend this workshop! It’s one not to be missed! We will even have a representative from the Eastchester Library on hand to share information about summer programming.  (The workshop is followed by a PTA meeting.)

The Fun Run was a success!

Good Deed Day is THIS WEDNESDAY, May 29th!

Throughout the month of May, we’ve explored how we can be more determined in our everyday lives. Our Good Deed this month was to engage in the Fun Run to support our school! It took a lot of determination to run those 35 laps!

We will celebrate Good Deed Day on Wednesday, May 29th! During this time, we’ll sing a special song with Mrs. Ness about never giving up! (Be sure to have your child wear their red Waverly shirt!)

First Grade Concert-

Thursday, June 20th, 9:30 and 10:30 a.m.

Our first graders are moving on up! Please join us in the Waverly gym for a delightful performance. Children should wear their Waverly t-shirt or another red shirt. Kindly note the times below, and on our website, under “Announcements.” The PTA will host a first grade family picnic that afternoon, beginning at 3 p.m.

9:30am group:

Garrett

Chiappelli

Koller

Borowsky

Demos

Saraco

10:30am group:

Kelly

Zuzolo

Schwartz

Vaughan

Dachik

Cavalli, Zanzano, and

Myers (1 gr students only)

 If you will be moving and your child will no longer be attending Eastchester schools, please be sure to write a letter to inform our office as soon a possible. Thanks!

Visiting Waverly’s Playground

We are fortunate to have a great playground on which Waverly students are able to play during recess, as well as some of their physical education classes. With this in mind, please refrain from using the playground during school hours. This is particularly tempting when waiting for dismissal, so we appreciate your cooperation.

This newsletter is best read on a computer. However, if you are reading this newsletter on a smartphone, be sure to click on the link below for the Book, Nurse, and PTA Corners! We want you to remain in the loop!

https://wv.eastchesterschools.org/m2/?

Please note that due to the large number of photos we have from the Fun Run (courtesy of Mrs. Maria Davino) a link for pictures will be shared in an upcoming correspondence from the PTA.

I encourage you to follow me on Twitter- @MariKDoyle. I post frequently about life at Waverly.

Most Sincerely,

Mari K. Doyle

-Wednesday, May 29th- Good Deed Day! (Wear your red shirt!)

-Tuesday, June 4th- Rising Second Grade GV Orientation

-Wednesday, June 5th- Rising Second Grade AH Orientation

-Thursday, June 13th- Our final workshop of the school year, Keeping Your Child Engaged, 6:30 – 7:30 p.m. More information to follow!
-Thursday, June 20th- First Grade Moving Up Concerts, 9:30 and 10:30 a.m. (See above)

Waverly is Determined!!

Thanks for your support!

May 20th, 2019

Dear Families,

The Fun Run was a success!

Good Deed Day is May 29th!

Throughout the month of May, we’ve explored how we can be more determined in our everyday lives. Our Good Deed this month was to engage in the Fun Run to support our school! It took a lot of determination to run those 35 laps!

We will celebrate Good Deed Day on Wednesday, May 29th! During this time, we’ll sing a special song with Mrs. Ness about never giving up! (Be sure to have your child wear their red Waverly shirt!)

Thank you for your support! We raised $20K to fund our Wellness Programs!

With donations pouring in from 24 states and five countries, we are humbled by your support of our wellness programs at Waverly. Our students had a blast! Photos will be shared in the next Whisper.

Waverly honored at Loukoumi event on May 19th

Our monthly “Good Deed” was recognized by the Loukoumi Foundation at their annual Make a Difference Dance Party. Several Waverly families attended. A summary of our good deeds is available on our website.

In the picture on the left, kindergarten students join hands to walk up and accept the award. On the right, Waverly children pose with Loukoumi, Ms. Doyle, Mr. Katsoris and his daughter, a Waverly alum.

The Eastchester School Budget Vote- Tomorrow, 5/21, at EMS, 6 a.m. – 9 p.m.

If you wish you submit an absentee ballot, please read below:

This is a two-step process. An Application for an Absentee Ballot must be filed first with the District Clerk, Jeanette Messina. Applications for absentee ballots may be obtained by contacting the District Clerk’s office at 580 White Plains Road, Phone: 793-6130, ext. 4211, Click here for the Application for Absentee Ballot.

Upon receipt by the District Clerk of a completed application, the voter will be given the actual ballot. If the actual ballot is to be mailed to the voter, the completed application for a ballot must be returned to the District Clerk no later than seven days before the vote date. If the actual ballot is to be given personally to the voter, it may be obtained up until 4:00 pm on the day before the vote (Monday, 5/20)

For 2019-2020, the absentee ballot application needed to be received by 5/14/19 if the ballot was mailed. (Please note this deadline has passed!) If picking up the ballot in person, it must be done by 5/20/19 at 4 p.m. Ballots must be returned to the District Clerk by 5PM on 5/21/19, the day of the vote.

District Clerk Phone: 793-6130, ext. 4211.

First Grade Concert-

Thursday, June 20th, 9:30 and 10:30 a.m.

Our first graders are moving on up! Please join us in the Waverly gym for a delightful performance. Children should wear their Waverly t-shirt or another red shirt. Kindly note the times below, and on our website, under “Announcements.” The PTA will host a first grade family picnic that afternoon, beginning at 3 p.m.

9:30am group:

Garrett

Chiappelli

Koller

Borowsky

Demos

Saraco

10:30am group:

Kelly

Zuzolo

Schwartz

Vaughan

Dachik

Cavalli, Zanzano, and

Myers (1 gr students only)

First Grade Students will visit AH and GV

On Tuesday, June 4th, rising second graders who will attend Greenvale School will participate in orientation with their classmates and teachers. Parents are invited to Greenvale that evening at 6:30 p.m.

On Wednesday, June 5th, rising second graders who will attend Anne Hutchinson School will participate in a similar orientation with their classmates and teachers.  Parents are invited to Anne Hutch that evening at 6:30 p.m.

 If you will be moving and your child will no longer be attending Eastchester schools, please be sure to write a letter to inform our office as soon a possible. Thanks!

Visiting Waverly’s Playground

We are fortunate to have a great playground on which Waverly students are able to play during recess, as well as some of their physical education classes. With this in mind, please refrain from using the playground during school hours. This is particularly tempting when waiting for dismissal, so we appreciate your cooperation.

We’d like to express our sincerest thanks to the parents who helped to put together the Art Show.

This newsletter is best read on a computer. However, if you are reading this newsletter on a smartphone, be sure to click on the link below for the Book, Nurse, and PTA Corners! We want you to remain in the loop!

https://wv.eastchesterschools.org/m2/?

I encourage you to follow me on Twitter- @MariKDoyle. I post frequently about life at Waverly.

Most Sincerely,

Mari K. Doyle

-Tuesday, May 21st- Annual Budget Vote

-Wednesday, May 29th- Good Deed Day! (Wear your red shirt!)

-Thursday, May 23rd- School is OPEN!

-Friday, May 24th – Tuesday, May 28th- school is CLOSED! We return on Wednesday, May 29th.

-Tuesday, June 4th- Rising Second Grade GV Orientation

-Wednesday, June 5th- Rising Second Grade AH Orientation

-Thursday, June 13th- Our final workshop of the school year, Keeping Your Child Engaged, 6:30 – 7:30 p.m. More information to follow!
-Thursday, June 20th- First Grade Moving Up Concerts, 9:30 and 10:30 a.m. (See above)

Be Determined…keep trying and never give up!!!

The Boosterthon Fun Run is this week!

May 13th, 2019

Dear Families,

The Fun Run is May 15th!

Good Deed Day is May 29th!

As you may have heard from your child, the word of the month for May is DETERMINED. We want to instill in our students the importance of trying, trying again, and never giving up! (Please check out the Book Corner each week for titles that emphasize this point.)

Our Good Deed of the month will be to support our Fun Run! It takes a lot of determination to run those laps! We are very excited to engage in the run on May 15th!

We will celebrate Good Deed Day on Wednesday, May 29th! During this time, we’ll sing a special song with Mrs. Ness about never giving up! (Be sure to have your child wear their red Waverly shirt!)

Art Show Thanks!

Thank you to Mrs. Larrea and Ms. D’Orazio for crafting a wonderful show with the children’s artwork. They worked diligently with the children to create a wonderful showcase of their students’ talents. Below please find a list of the books that were shared during the art show. Additional photos are posted on Twitter (@MariKDoyle).

Beautiful Oops! – Barney Saltzberg

Why Is The Dog Blue? – George Rodrigue

The Museum- story by Susan Verde art by Peter .H Reynolds

Maybe Something Beautiful- F.Isabel Campoy and Theresa Howell

The Cat And The Bird- Geraldine Elschner

Matisse’s Garden- Samantha Freidman

The Noisy Paint Box- Barb Rosenstock

Yayoi Kusama From Here To Infinity- Sarah Suzuki

First Grade Concert-

Thursday, June 20th, 9:30 and 10:30 a.m.

Our first graders are moving on up! Please join us in the Waverly gym for a delightful performance. Children should wear their Waverly t-shirt or another red shirt. Kindly note the times below, and on our website, under “Announcements.” The PTA will host a first grade family picnic that afternoon, beginning at 3 p.m.

9:30am group:

Garrett

Chiappelli

Koller

Borowsky

Demos

Saraco

10:30am group:

Kelly

Zuzolo

Schwartz

Vaughan

Dachik

Cavalli, Zanzano, and

Myers (1 gr students only)

The Boosterthon Fun Run is Coming, THIS Wednesday, May 15th!

Boosterthon Fun Run- If you haven’t registered your child, it’s not too late! And then, help get pledges!

Register your child on funrun.com, using our school’s registration code 384-149 or by searching for our school name.  Our goal is to raise $15,000 f to continue enhancements to our outdoor classroom and wellness program! Please support us by asking friends and family to pledge your child for the Fun Run.

Here are a few reminders:

  • All students MUST wear sneakers on Wednesday for the run!
  • If the run is held outdoors, spectators are welcome to watch from the playground.
  • The outdoor schedule is posted on our website.
  • If the run is held indoors due to weather, we cannot accommodate spectators.
  • If we reach our $15,000 goal, we will celebrate with a Fancy Day during the last week of school. (This has become a Waverly tradition that we all look forward to!)
  • The Fun Run t-shirt your child wears receives on Wednesday is yours to keep!
  • Follow me on Twitter (@MariKDoyle) for photos posted throughout the day.

Scenes from Waverly’s Beautification Day on May 4th

Thanks to all of the families who came out to support our Beautification Day! Many children and parents were weeding, seeding, planting and painting. A hearty thanks goes out to Mrs. DeRise, The Waverly PTA, and The Facilities Department for the ongoing support! Check out additional photos under the PTA Corner.

First Grade Students will visit AH and GV

On Tuesday, June 4th, rising second graders who will attend Greenvale School will participate in orientation with their classmates and teachers. Parents are invited to Greenvale that evening at 6:30 p.m.

On Wednesday, June 5th, rising second graders who will attend Anne Hutchinson School will participate in a similar orientation with their classmates and teachers.  Parents are invited to Anne Hutch that evening at 6:30 p.m.

If you will be moving and your child will no longer be attending Eastchester schools, please be sure to write a letter to inform our office as soon a possible. Thanks!

Visiting Waverly’s Playground

We are fortunate to have a great playground on which Waverly students are able to play during recess, as well as some of their physical education classes. With this in mind, please refrain from using the playground during school hours. This is particularly tempting when waiting for dismissal, so we appreciate your cooperation.

Voter Registration

School District Registration

If you have an active voter registration on file with the county, then you are also registered for the school district.

If you are not registered with the county, you may register with the school district, in person, as long as you meet the following requirements. You must be:

• A citizen of the United States.

• 18 years old or more on the date of the vote.

• Lived in this school district for at least 30 days before the vote.

Please click here for the Eastchester School District Voter Registration Form. This allows a qualified voter to vote in school district votes only. Return forms to the District Clerk at 580 White Plains Road, Eastchester (Monday-Friday, 8am-4pm).

The deadline to register for the May 21, 2019 vote is Thursday, May 16, 2019 (by 4pm).

Westchester County Voter Registration

Qualified voters who register with Westchester County can vote in school district elections as well as other local and national elections. Registration applications are available locally in Eastchester Town Hall, Tuckahoe Village Hall, or go to http://www.elections.ny.gov/

Call 1-800-FOR-VOTE for additional information.

Absentee Ballots

This is a two-step process. An Application for an Absentee Ballot must be filed first with the District Clerk, Jeanette Messina. Applications for absentee ballots may be obtained by contacting the District Clerk’s office at 580 White Plains Road, Phone: 793-6130, ext. 4211, Click here for the Application for Absentee Ballot.

Upon receipt by the District Clerk of a completed application, the voter will be given the actual ballot. If the actual ballot is to be mailed to the voter, the completed application for a ballot must be returned to the District Clerk no later than seven days before the vote date. If the actual ballot is to be given personally to the voter, it may be obtained up until 4:00 pm on the day before the vote.

For 2019-2020, the absentee ballot application needs to be received by 5/14/19 if the ballot is to be mailed; by 4pm on 5/20/19 if picking up the ballot in person. Ballots must be returned to the District Clerk by 5PM on 5/21/19, the day of the vote.

District Clerk Phone: 793-6130, ext. 4211.

Eastchester Schools Kindergarten Registration for 2019-2020 School Year

Kindergarten Registration is open for children who turn five years of age on or before December 1, 2019. Tell your neighbors and friends!

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

Once you have completed the application and all registration requirements, the registrar will review the application. Upon approval of the application, you will receive an email to schedule a 10 minute appointment with the Registrar to provide the original version of the supporting documents. Be sure to schedule that appointment to complete your child’s registration!

This newsletter is best read on a computer. However, if you are reading this newsletter on a smartphone, be sure to click on the link below for the Book, Nurse, and PTA Corners! We want you to remain in the loop!

https://wv.eastchesterschools.org/m2/?

I encourage you to follow me on Twitter- @MariKDoyle. I post frequently about life at Waverly.

Most Sincerely,

Mari K. Doyle

-Wednesday, May 15th- Waverly Fun Run! (See above)

-Sunday, May 19th- Loukoumi Dance Party and Make a Difference Awards (Waverly is being honored! WWW.LOUKOUMIFOUNDATION.ORG)

-Tuesday, May 21st- Annual Budget Vote

-Wednesday, May 29th- Good Deed Day! (Wear your red shirt!)

-Tuesday, June 4th- Rising Second Grade GV Orientation (See above)

-Wednesday, June 5th- Rising Second Grade AH Orientation (See above)

-Thursday, June 13th- Our final workshop of the school year, Keeping Your Child Engaged, 6:30 – 7:30 p.m. More information to follow!
-Thursday, June 20th- First Grade Moving Up Concerts, 9:30 and 10:30 a.m. (See above)