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

Parting Words

Dear Families,

This will be our final Whisper for the 2016-2017 school year. I have some important reminders and parting words.

-Please be absolutely certain that your child’s hearty snack and second snack are nut free as children will be eating their snacks in the classroom all four days this week.

-If your first grader will be a walker for your family to attend the PTA Moving Up picnic on Tuesday, 6/20, please be sure to send a “walker” note on Tuesday morning. Dismissal will begin at 1:45 p.m. and you’ll be able to immediately join in on the picnic.In the event of rain, we will have a contingency schedule that will involve use of the gym and cafeteria. Please stay tuned as we follow the weather reports.

-Please encourage your child to wear his or her favorite dress-up attire to our final school assembly for all students on Thursday, June 22nd. This assembly is just for the children, and celebrates their accomplishments at Waverly with a story and songs. We end with a little bit of dancing, just for fun. Remember, sneakers are still required for safety!

-Your child’s report card will be available on Home Access as of Friday, June 23rd at 3 p.m. Please be sure to view and print your child’s report card by July 12th. After that time, report cards will no longer be available as preparations are made for the new school year.

In addition, kindly make note of the following:

  • You will receive an email in August with important documents for the new school year.
  • In late August, you will be able to go on Home Access and learn about your child’s placement for the new school year.
  • Upon learning of your child’s placement, you can go on our website and find the welcome letter from your child’s new teacher.
  • Supply lists for kindergarten and first grade will be available on our website throughout the summer. (Additional supplies will be listed on the welcome letter mentioned above.)
  • Suggestions for summer activities to keep your child “engaged” are available on our website under “Announcements.”

Finally, I would also like to take this opportunity to thank you for making this year such a memorable one. Whether you attended a workshop, chaperoned a class trip, volunteered for a PTA event or class party, reinforced our school expectations at home or read a story every night to and with your child, (or all of the above) your partnership has been pivotal to making Waverly the magical place it is for our children.

I wish you all a happy and healthy summer.

Warmly,

Mari Doyle

JPA Letter

Dear Japanese Parents Join The Japanese Parents’ Association (JPA)!

日本人保護者の皆様へ Waverly JPA ご加入のご案内

As we begin a new school year, we invite Japanese parents to become members of the Waverly school Japanese Parents’ Association (JPA).

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The JPA has been organized in close cooperation with Waverly school in the hopes that Japanese children will be able to have an active, enjoyable and meaningful school life. Joining the JPA is voluntary, however, we would like to ask you to seriously consider participating, especially if your child will receive ESL services (English as a Second Language). The majority of Japanese students receive ESL services, and so ESL teachers really appreciate your support for their work through ESL sponsored workshops. Through your membership with the JPA, you will receive information that will help you to participate in school events, even if you may have some difficulty communicating in English. It is our sincere hope that you and your child will have a great relationship with the students and staff at Waverly and you really enjoy this experience. Please join us! If you’d like to join JPA, please feel free to contact us by e-mail shown below.

Warm regards,

Waverly JPA waverlyjpa@gmail.com

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Waverly ご入学、ご進級おめでとうございます。新年度にあたり、JPA へご加入いただきたくご案内 いたします。

JPA は Waverly に通う日本人の子供たちがより楽しく、充実した学校生活が送れることを願い、学校 側の協力のもと、組織されています。

JPA の参加は任意ですが、ESL クラス(英語を母国語としない生徒のための語学授業)を受講される お子様の保護者様にはぜひご参加いただきたいと思います。Waverly ではほぼ全員の日本人生徒が ESL を受講しており日本人のための授業といっても過言ではありません。そのため、ESL の先生方も ESL ワークショップなどを通じて保護者側の協力を期待しています。

もちろん JPA 活動を通じて、英語に不慣れな保護者様も学校情報をスムーズに入手できたり、イベン トに参加することができます。JPA で親子とも親睦を深め、Waverly で楽しい学校生活が送れることを 願っています!

JPA への参加をご希望される場合は、下記アドレスまでご連絡ください。

JPA 役員一同 waverlyjpa@gmail.com