Wrap Up With Wellness!

June 1st, 2020

Dear Waverly Families,

As we begin the last month of school, we encourage students  to take a moment to focus on wellness, using mindfulness as a tool to calm their bodies and minds. Please participate in this Elementary Wellness Challenge “Wrap Up with Wellness” for students and families during the month of June.

Click on the calendar below to get started with Shark Fin breathing today!


This month we will focus on being and becoming independent. We will discuss ways in which we have gained independence in our work habits, and application of skills. I encourage you to discuss with your child the ways in which they have grown this year. Which tasks did they used to need assistance with that they can now do all on their own? This is an opportunity to celebrate successes and set goals for the future!

Did you know that we have a few end of year experiences that we are planning for our students? Take a look at what we have planned!

  • Kindergarten Alphabet Parade- Submit by Wednesday, June 17th

(Video will be distributed on Friday, June 19th)

Kindergarten students will be invited to participate in creating a short video of their child displaying a “costume” related to their assigned letter. For example, if your child receives the letter “Rr,” they can dress up as a rabbit, a race car driver or a rainbow! Using items from home is surely best! It can be a wonderful example of recycling, another R word! Be on the lookout for a letter from your child’s kindergarten classroom teacher this week.

  • First Grade Moving Up Concert- Monday, June 22nd, at 10, 10:45 & 11:30 a.m.

Get your red Waverly shirt ready! Another Waverly tradition, this concert marks the culmination of two years of musical experiences. Families are invited to join in and sing songs with their first grader that they have learned with Mrs. Ness. In addition to the special songs we’ll sing, we will also share videos crafted by our teachers especially for our rising second graders. A link for the event will be provided. We have divided the group into three in an attempt to create a more personal experience. 

We will sing the following songs, and utilize the schedule below:

  • America The Beautiful
  • I Like Waverly
  • This Land is Your Land
  • Word of the Month Medley
  • S.O.A.R. Song- Moving Up Edition

§  Group 1: 10 a.m.

Borowsky, Chiappelli, Demos, first grade Arita, and Rosenkranz students

§  Group 2: 10:45 a.m.

Schwartz, Vaughan, Zuzolo, first grade Cavalli students

§  Group 3: 11:30 a.m.

Garrett, Saraco, Kelly, and Koller

  • Waverly Wave! -Thursday, June 25th, starting at 9:15 a.m. for First Grade and 10:30 a.m. for Kindergarten

This final sendoff for our students will provide children and staff an opportunity to safely say farewell to one another. Staff will line up and you will be able to drive through the Waverly bus circle and receive cheers from us! Additional details, including a route and schedule will be sent to you this week. 

While there will be many staff members in attendance, and all are invited to join in, we ask that you note that not all staff members will be able to attend. Please honor and respect the needs of our staff at this time.

For our first graders, this will be a great time to wear your “Quarantine” t-shirt sponsored by the PTA. For our kindergarten students, we encourage you to wear your Waverly shirt, or another red shirt. We ask that there be one car per family, and that all families arrive by car and remain in their car for the entire route. Additional details will follow regarding the route and schedule. 

We look forward to seeing you for the “Waverly Wave!”

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

Eastchester Schools Kindergarten Registration for 2020-2021 School Year

Registration is open to all children who reside in Eastchester and will turn five by December 1, 2020.  If your child’s 5th birthday is after September 1, 2020 and you have any concerns regarding your child’s readiness for kindergarten, you are strongly encouraged to contact Ms. Doyle.

You can register your child for kindergarten now.  Registration information and forms are available here

If you have a school age child (or know of a neighbor who does), please encourage them to register! Kindly tell your friends and neighbors that we are currently engaging in virtual screening of students, and thus the time to get children registered is now!  Information on virtual orientation will be shared in the coming weeks.

It has been an honor to work with Ms. Garrett, Mrs. McArdle, and Mrs. Saraco. Please join me in celebrating the upcoming retirement of these distinguished educators.

-6/17: Kindergarten Alphabet Parade video submission (See above)

-6/19: Kindergarten Alphabet Parade video link shared (See above)

-6/22: First Grade Moving Up Concert (See schedule above)

-6/25: “Waverly Wave” Send off (See above- Schedule and route will be forthcoming)

Warmly,

Mari K. Doyle

You Are Enough.

April 27th, 2020

Dear Waverly Families,

As I share this message, we are beginning the seventh week since our departure from school. We know that this time has been one of great change and we have all had to be flexible as we adjust to what’s become the new normal. 

I came across an article on the PBS website and its message was one that truly resonated with me. The article, entitled, “Parenting during Coronavirus: You are enough” by Rebecca Parlakian, can be found in the Book Corner. I encourage you to read it and give yourself a moment to absorb its message. 

We know the struggles you are facing, as many of us are facing them as well. From health concerns and childcare struggles while working from home, to finances and what’s been dubbed “crisis schooling,” we are right there with you. Please remember that. We’re all in this together.

I’d like to send a hearty note of thanks to families who have tuned in for our Morning Meeting videos. I appreciate the emails and photos I’ve received of students joining in! Keep up the good work!

The word of the month is UNIQUE. Through our virtual Morning Meeting videos, we’ve shared ideas about how being unique means being “special and different.” 

For our Good Deed this month, you are encouraged to have your child create a unique card for a patient at Lawrence Hospital. Please either mail or drop off cards the local address below:

83 North Road

Eastchester, New York 10709

We will celebrate Good Deed Day on Wednesday, April 29th!

Please join me in celebrating our teachers who received tenure this past week:

  • Mrs. Amanda Falcone
  • Mrs. Molly Koller
  • Mrs. Dawn Rubbo (shared with Anne Hutchinson School)

Did you know that In the coming months, we will begin the process of placing students in their new classes for next year? It  is quite an arduous task! We strive to achieve heterogeneous groups and balanced classes. We consider a number of factors, some of which include: social emotional development, academic program needs, language proficiency, and even future school. Our placement teams work hard to create the best learning environment for all Waverly youngsters. Given the thought put into this process on our end, you can surely appreciate why we do not take parent requests. That being said, if you would like to forward information you have about your child’s specific placement, please do so by Friday, May 8th, 2020. (This deadline has been extended from May 1st.)

Kindly note:

  • Requests for a specific teacher will not be honored.
  • Do not consider discussions with teachers regarding placement to be a substitute for this letter writing endeavor. 
  • Younger siblings will not necessarily have the same teacher as the elder sibling.
  • Information for incoming second graders to Anne Hutchinson and Greenvale should be sent directly to Waverly.
  • Letters received after the May 8th deadline can not be taken into consideration. 
  • As in the past, you will be able to view your child’s placement via Home Access in late August, after we have screened any new students.

Did you know that Waverly School has been included on a list of New York State Recognition Schools?

We are thrilled to receive this honor as an acknowledgement of the hard work our staff puts in each and every day. As we approach Teacher Appreciation Week, please join me in thanking all of our staff members for their creativity, persistence, and dedication- to their craft, and most importantly, to our students.

Throughout our extended closure the staff has been teaching and learning. Learning new software, means of presentation and new ways in which to be connected. We remain committed to our students and families. We are… Waverly. 

In celebration of Poetry Month

Concordia Conservatory presents a

“virtual” Musical Adventures at the Libraries

to enjoy from the comfort of your home!

Featuring books by Nobel Prize Laureate Bob Dylan

“Forever Young”

“If Dogs Run Free”

“If Not for You”

Performed by Conservatory faculty

Matt Van Brink, storytelling

and Lee Metcalf, guitar

To Access the video, click here: https://youtu.be/7Y0RPr9WExM

This program is made possible by a grant from The Community Fund

and with the help of the Bronxville, Eastchester and Tuckahoe Public Libraries

Eastchester Schools Kindergarten Registration for 2020-2021 School Year

Registration is open to all children who reside in Eastchester and will turn five by December 1, 2020.  If your child’s 5th birthday is after September 1, 2020 and you have any concerns regarding your child’s readiness for kindergarten, you are strongly encouraged to contact Ms. Doyle.

You can register your child for kindergarten now.  Registration information and forms are available here

If you have a school age child (or know of a neighbor who does), please encourage them to register now! Please tell your friends and neighbors that we are exploring ways in which to connect incoming families with our school. More news will follow regarding screening and a virtual orientation. 

-5/8: Last day to submit a letter regarding placement (See above)

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/?

Warmly,

Mari K. Doyle

The Waverly Whisper

March 16th, 2020

Dear Waverly Families,

I would like to share a hearty thanks to families for your patience, support, and partnership as we navigate the Covid-19 virus in our area. As you are aware, we will be closed on Monday, March 16th through Wednesday, March 18th. Superintendent of Schools, Dr. Rob Glass, will continue to keep Eastchester families informed of any updates.

Teachers have been actively engaged in preparing activities for students while school is not in session. You will receive an email from me in the upcoming days with links for activities you can utilize to keep your child engaged during the dates of school closure. Make note that these activities are suggestions, and you can pick and choose as you deem appropriate. Your child will NOT be required to hand any of the activities in to teachers.  As always, continued reading and discussing books at home is a most helpful habit.

Little Flower Yoga, the organization that conducted our technology workshop for parents back in January, has shared tips for helping children cope with concerns over recent Covid-19 developments. I encourage you to take a look at the resources. (There is a comic strip for children that I would use with some caution, as the information contained is now outdated as events have been changing rapidly.)

My thoughts are with all of you as we navigate this challenging environment together.

The word of the month is HONEST. Students from Eastchester High School will visit us this week in celebration of World Read Aloud Day and read a beautiful story about honesty. They will also share some of their own stories about the importance of being honest. 

We will be collecting old, dry markers to be donated to the Crayola Recycling Program. We’ll collect markers throughout the month of March, and celebrate Good Deed Day on Tuesday, March 31st.

Crayola offers an innovative program called ColorCycle that converts old markers into energy as well as wax compounds for asphalt and roofing shingles. The process repurposes the entire marker, regardless of the different kinds of plastics or how they are assembled. You can learn more about this program and all of Crayola’s other environmental initiatives at https://www.crayola.com/colorcycle

Did you know that In the coming months, we will begin the process of placing students in their new classes for next year? It  is quite an arduous task! We strive to achieve heterogeneous groups and balanced classes. We consider a number of factors, some of which include: social emotional development, academic program needs, language proficiency, and even future school. Our placement teams work hard to create the best learning environment for all Waverly youngsters. Given the thought put into this process on our end, you can surely appreciate why we do not take parent requests. That being said, if you would like to forward information you have about your child’s specific placement, please do so by Friday, May 1st, 2020

Kindly note:

  • Requests for a specific teacher will not be honored.
  • Do not consider discussions with teachers regarding placement to be a substitute for this letter writing endeavor. 
  • Younger siblings will not necessarily have the same teacher as the elder sibling.
  • Information for incoming second graders to Anne Hutchinson and Greenvale should be sent directly to Waverly.
  • Letters received after the May 1st deadline can not be taken into consideration. 
  • As in the past, you will be able to view your child’s placement via Home Access in late August, after we have screened any new students.

POSTPONED……

It’s time to order your Waverly Yearbook!

Please note these very important facts to ensure your child gets a yearbook.

**YEARBOOK ORDER & PARENT AD DEADLINE: APRIL 6, 9:00 PM **

Standard Yearbook price: $25 each

Personalized Yearbook: $30 each

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

Click to order

School Code: 095143

Parent Ads: $30 each (1/4 page only)

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 Pre-Designed Templates for quick creation or Blank Templates which allow full customization. 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 April 6th.

Please see the linked PDF below for guidance in ordering.

IF YOU HAVE ANY QUESTIONS PLEASE FEEL FREE TO CONTACT SAMANTHA OR MARIA.

Eastchester Schools Kindergarten Registration for 2020-2021 School Year

Registration is open to all children who reside in Eastchester and will turn five by December 1, 2020.  If your child’s 5th birthday is after September 1, 2020 and you have any concerns regarding your child’s readiness for kindergarten, you are strongly encouraged to contact Ms. Doyle.

You can register your child for kindergarten now.  Registration information and forms are available here

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

-3/16 -3/18: Schools Closed 

-3/31: Good Deed Day

-4/1: Kindergarten Spring Concert, postponed)

-4/6: Deadline for parent ads and yearbook ordering, 9 p.m. (See above)

-4/22: Earth Day Evening Family Yoga Event  (Mark your calendars! We will provide an update if this needs to be postponed)

-5/1: Last day to submit a letter regarding placement (See above)

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/?

Warmly,

Mari K. Doyle

Waverly Whisper

March 9th, 2020

Dear Waverly Families,

Below you will find more details about our building level plan for Waverly School as it relates to Coronavirus. Please note that further information was shared with all parents from Dr. Glass and Dr. Urso earlier in the week. 

Here are some videos that you can share with your child:

Cover Your Cough and Sneezes (We will watch this at Morning Meeting on Monday as a school as well.) Encourage your child to use their “elbow” for coughing or sneezing.

Wash Your Hands (This is the same video we’ve shared previously. Please practice at home.)

Please note additional information:

  • We will promote:
    • handwashing* (or sanitizing) before snack, before and after lunch, after recess, and as needed, (ie. after using a tissue) 
    • children avoiding touching their eyes, nose, mouth especially with unwashed hands
    • increased signage in toilet rooms and by classroom sinks for hand washing
    • increased classroom cleaning, clear desks and tables every day 
    • increased electro-static spraying throughout day, including playground 
  • We will also utilize a screening and reporting/travel questionnaire (China, Iran, Italy, South Korea, and Japan) when a student presents to the Health Office with fever, persistent cough, and/or shortness of breath.

Additional information is presented in the Nurse’s Corner. 

*Handwashing is preferred over sanitizing, whenever possible.   

The word of the month is HONEST. Students from Eastchester High School will visit us this month in celebration of World Read Aloud Day later this month. They will share a beautiful story about honesty, and share some of their own stories about the importance of being honest. (The book will be shared later in the month in the Book Corner.)

For our Good Deed this month, we will be collecting old, dry markers to be donated to the Crayola Recycling Program. We’ll collect markers throughout the month of March, and celebrate Good Deed Day on Tuesday, March 31st.

Crayola offers an innovative program called ColorCycle that converts old markers into energy as well as wax compounds for asphalt and roofing shingles. The process repurposes the entire marker, regardless of the different kinds of plastics or how they are assembled. You can learn more about this program and all of Crayola’s other environmental initiatives at https://www.crayola.com/colorcycle

Here is the link for the P.E. Wellness Newsletter from February.

Did you know that reading to your child every day has benefits that extend far beyond those related to academic success? In this article, posted on the PBS parent website, the author describes the benefits of reading at home to help children describe feelings that “are otherwise difficult and this enables (children) to better control their behavior when they have challenging feelings like anger or sadness.” 

It’s time to order your Waverly Yearbook!

Please note these very important facts to ensure your child gets a yearbook.

**YEARBOOK ORDER & PARENT AD DEADLINE: APRIL 6, 9:00 PM **

Standard Yearbook price: $25 each

Personalized Yearbook: $30 each

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

Click to order

School Code: 095143

Parent Ads: $30 each (1/4 page only)

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 Pre-Designed Templates for quick creation or Blank Templates which allow full customization. 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 April 6th.

Please see the linked PDF below for guidance in ordering.

IF YOU HAVE ANY QUESTIONS PLEASE FEEL FREE TO CONTACT SAMANTHA OR MARIA.

EASTCHESTER LITTLE LEAGUE 2020 T-BALL SPRING SEASON

Registration for the Eastchester Little League (ELL) spring T-Ball season is in full swing!  Here’s the registration link.  Please contact Marty Geagan at mgeagan@winston.com if you have any questions about the T-Ball spring season.  Thanks!

Eastchester Schools Kindergarten Registration for 2020-2021 School Year

Registration is open to all children who reside in Eastchester and will turn five by December 1, 2020.  If your child’s 5th birthday is after September 1, 2020 and you have any concerns regarding your child’s readiness for kindergarten, you are strongly encouraged to contact Ms. Doyle.

You can register your child for kindergarten now.  Registration information and forms are available here

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

-3/11 Safety, Security & Infrastructure Bond Meeting – Anne Hutchinson Auditorium – 7 p.m.

-3/13: Early Dismissal – 11:40 a.m.- no lunch in school

-3/16: Schools Closed for Students, Professional Development for faculty

-3/31: Good Deed Day

-4/1: Kindergarten Spring Concert, 9:30 a.m. & 10:30 a.m. (See above)

-4/6: Deadline for parent ads and yearbook ordering, 9 p.m. (See above)

-4/22: Earth Day Evening Family Yoga Event  (Mark your calendars!)

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/?

Warmly,

Mari K. Doyle

Waverly’s Book Fair is This Week!


March 2nd, 2020

Dear Waverly Families,

The word of the month is HONEST. Throughout the month, we’ll talk about how being honest makes us feel good and strengthens our relationships with family and friends. Students from Eastchester High School will visit us this month in celebration of World Read Aloud Day. They will share a beautiful story about honesty, and share some of their own stories about the importance of being honest. (The book will be shared later in the month in the Book Corner.)

For our Good Deed this month, we will be collecting old, dry markers to be donated to the Crayola Recycling Program. We’ll collect markers throughout the month of March, and celebrate Good Deed Day on Tuesday, March 31st.

Crayola offers an innovative program called ColorCycle that converts old markers into energy as well as wax compounds for asphalt and roofing shingles. The process repurposes the entire marker, regardless of the different kinds of plastics or how they are assembled. You can learn more about this program and all of Crayola’s other environmental initiatives at https://www.crayola.com/colorcycle

Did you know that reading to your child every day has benefits that extend far beyond those related to academic success? In this article, posted on the PBS parent website, the author describes the benefits of reading at home to help children describe feelings that “are otherwise difficult and this enables (children) to better control their behavior when they have challenging feelings like anger or sadness.” With Waverly’s Book Fair this week, it may be a great time to get a book to share at home. Here is the final schedule. Join us!

Did you know that Waverly will be collecting can tops and old markers at the Loukoumi Good Deed Celebration this Saturday, March 7th? You are invited to the event at Holy Trinity Greek Church, from 6-10 p.m. Check out the flyer for the celebration and join in on the fun!

The Board of Education voted to place a bond referendum on the ballot for this spring. Parents are encouraged to click on the link on the district’s website to provide information. Community informational forums will be held on each campus, all beginning at 7 p.m.:

Feb. 26 at MS/HS Auditorium

March 2 at AH Auditorium

March 10 at GV All Purpose Room

March 19 at Waverly Cafeteria

Any family, staff member, or community member may attend any meeting at any school. Each meeting will have the same content. 

It’s time to order your Waverly Yearbook!

Please note these very important facts to ensure your child gets a yearbook.

**YEARBOOK ORDER & PARENT AD DEADLINE: APRIL 6, 9:00 PM **

Standard Yearbook price: $25 each

Personalized Yearbook: $30 each

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

Click to order

School Code: 095143

Parent Ads: $30 each (1/4 page only)

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 Pre-Designed Templates for quick creation or Blank Templates which allow full customization. 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 April 6th.

Please see the linked PDF below for guidance in ordering.

IF YOU HAVE ANY QUESTIONS PLEASE FEEL FREE TO CONTACT SAMANTHA OR MARIA.

EASTCHESTER LITTLE LEAGUE 2020 T-BALL SPRING SEASON

Registration for the Eastchester Little League (ELL) spring T-Ball season is in full swing!  Here’s the registration link.  Please contact Marty Geagan at mgeagan@winston.com if you have any questions about the T-Ball spring season.  Thanks!

Eastchester Schools Kindergarten Registration for 2020-2021 School Year

Registration is open to all children who reside in Eastchester and will turn five by December 1, 2020.  If your child’s 5th birthday is after September 1, 2020 and you have any concerns regarding your child’s readiness for kindergarten, you are strongly encouraged to contact Ms. Doyle.

You can register your child for kindergarten now.  Registration information and forms are available here

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

-3/5 and 3/6: Book Fair Students and volunteers only – Here’s the schedule

-3/7: Loukoumi Good Deed Event, Holy Trinity Church, 6-10 p.m.  (See above)

-3/13: Early Dismissal – 11:40 a.m.- no lunch in school

-3/16: Schools Closed for Students, Professional Development for faculty

-3/31: Good Deed Day

-4/1: Kindergarten Spring Concert, 9:30 a.m. & 10:30 a.m. (See above)

-4/6: Deadline for parent ads and yearbook ordering, 9 p.m. (See above)

-4/22: Earth Day Evening Family Yoga Event  (Mark your calendars!)

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/?

Warmly,

Mari K. Doyle

Be Courageous!

Good Deed Day is this Friday!

February 24th, 2020

Dear Waverly Families,

Welcome back! I hope you and your family had a great week off. 

As you are aware, we are discussing being courageous this month. Students were asked to vote, and they opted to collect can tops for The Ronald McDonald House.

The Ronald McDonald House relies solely on donations. RMH turns aluminum caps into cash to support their programs, please help us!!  https://rmh-ghv.org/

We’ll celebrate Good Deed Day THIS Friday, February 28th, so don’t forget your child’s red Waverly shirt.

Did you know that on any given day students can be seen in the hallway checking out a couple of exciting visuals we have posted to share?

Earlier in the school year, many staff members participated in a “Guess Who?” activity and throughout this year, children have relished the opportunity to read about their teachers and other staff members at Waverly. Here, first grade students try to “guess who” by the stated favorite books, hobbies and colors written on numerous colorful sheets.

Students can also be found lining up to take a turn being the “i” in kind. While kindness was our word of the month last month, we continue to promote ways in which students can be kind each and every day.

The Board of Education voted to place a bond referendum on the ballot for this spring. Parents are encouraged to click on the link on the district’s website to provide information. Community informational forums will be held on each campus, all beginning at 7 p.m.:

Feb. 26 at MS/HS Auditorium

March 2 at AH Auditorium

March 10 at GV All Purpose Room

March 19 at Waverly Cafeteria

Any family, staff member, or community member may attend any meeting at any school. Each meeting will have the same content. 

It’s time to order your Waverly Yearbook!

Please note these very important facts to ensure your child gets a yearbook.

**YEARBOOK ORDER & PARENT AD DEADLINE: APRIL 6, 9:00 PM **

Standard Yearbook price: $25 each

Personalized Yearbook: $30 each

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

Click to order

School Code: 095143

Parent Ads: $30 each (1/4 page only)

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 Pre-Designed Templates for quick creation or Blank Templates which allow full customization. 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 April 6th.

Please see the linked PDF below for guidance in ordering.

IF YOU HAVE ANY QUESTIONS PLEASE FEEL FREE TO CONTACT SAMANTHA OR MARIA.

EASTCHESTER LITTLE LEAGUE 2020 T-BALL SPRING SEASON

Registration for the Eastchester Little League (ELL) spring T-Ball season is in full swing!  Here’s the registration link.  Please contact Marty Geagan at mgeagan@winston.com if you have any questions about the T-Ball spring season.  Thanks!

Eastchester Schools Kindergarten Registration for 2020-2021 School Year

Registration is open to all children who reside in Eastchester and will turn five by December 1, 2020.  If your child’s 5th birthday is after September 1, 2020 and you have any concerns regarding your child’s readiness for kindergarten, you are strongly encouraged to contact Ms. Doyle.

You can register your child for kindergarten now.  Registration information and forms are available here

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

-2/28: Good Deed Day (Don’t forget your child’s red Waverly shirt)

-3/5 and 3/6: Book Fair

-3/6: Book Fair/Story Time 6:00-6:45 p.m; 7:00-7:45 p.m. (See the PTA Corner for more information and sign up)

-3/13: Early Dismissal – 11:40 a.m.- no lunch in school

-3/16: Schools Closed for Students

-4/6: Deadline for parent ads and yearbook ordering, 9 p.m. (See above)

-4/22: Earth Day Evening Family Yoga Event  (Mark your calendars!)

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/?

Warmly,

Mari K. Doyle

We Are 100 Days Brighter!

Red shirts for TOMORROW, February 11th. It’s a secret!

February 10th, 2020

Dear Waverly Families,

We will be celebrating our first graders tomorrow, February 11th, with a special top secret event. We would like ALL Waverly students to wear their red Waverly shirt (or another red shirt) for our surprise! (Details will be revealed in June!)

Our word of the month will be courage. We’ve decided to add an element of choice this month, as students will be voting for the Good Deed. The options for students to select from include:

  1. Collecting can tops for The Ronald McDonald House
  2. Writing letters to sailors in support of their courageousness
  3. Engaging in another activity with their Kindness Project buddies (from last month).

Stay tuned for the results in the next Whisper.

Whatever the chosen good deed, we’ll celebrate on Friday, February 28th.

For students buying lunch, as you discuss the menu choices with your child, please be sure to include the fresh fruit and vegetable options, as well as snacks for purchase. Children are allowed to purchase one snack, and we encourage them to eat the snack in the cafeteria. For the safety of all children, no food should be consumed on any buses. (If your child attends an after school program, please send a labeled snack in their backpack, and remind them not to eat it on the bus.)

We’ve been making some changes to the school lunch program. If you are interested in learning more about this, please reach out to Mrs.Deb Ryba, Chair of the PTA Wellness Committee. 

Thanks in advance for your cooperation.

Did you know that your PTA membership dollars support the amazing Cultural Arts programming we have at Waverly? This includes the “Around the World” presentation we had recently in kindergarten, and the upcoming Theater Works show. 

Did you know that 74% of our families are currently PTA members? In order to support our cultural arts programming, we’ll have a schoolwide pajama day when we reach 80% membership. So, please consider joining today! For more information, or to register, please reach out to ptamembertees@gmail.com

Here is the payment link:

https://squareup.com/store/waverly-pta

This is the link to create a schoolbee account:

http://formsmarts.com/form/1rsf

We will also celebrate both Valentine’s Day AND the 100th Day of school this week! Be sure to ask your child about the many festivities going on throughout the week. (I’ll be posting photos on Twitter- @MariKDoyle, as well.)

The Board of Education voted to place a bond referendum on the ballot for this spring. Parents are encouraged to click on the link on the district’s website to provide information. Community informational forums will be held on each campus, all beginning at 7 p.m.:

Feb. 26 at MS/HS Auditorium

March 2 at AH Auditorium

March 10 at GV All Purpose Room

March 19 at Waverly Cafeteria

Any family, staff member, or community member may attend any meeting at any school. Each meeting will have the same content. 

As temperatures have dipped, we have noticed an increase in the number of students being driven to school. Please be sure to take a look at the reminders above to ensure the safety of all students.

It’s time to order your Waverly Yearbook!

Please note these very important facts to ensure your child gets a yearbook.

**YEARBOOK ORDER & PARENT AD DEADLINE: APRIL 6, 9:00 PM **

Standard Yearbook price: $25 each

Personalized Yearbook: $30 each

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

Click to order

School Code: 095143

Parent Ads: $30 each (1/4 page only)

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 Pre-Designed Templates for quick creation or Blank Templates which allow full customization. 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 April 6th.

Please see the linked PDF below for guidance in ordering.

IF YOU HAVE ANY QUESTIONS PLEASE FEEL FREE TO CONTACT SAMANTHA OR MARIA.

EASTCHESTER LITTLE LEAGUE 2020 T-BALL SPRING SEASON

Registration for the Eastchester Little League (ELL) spring T-Ball season is in full swing!  The ELL T-Ball program is open to three, four, and five-year-old girls (born between January 1, 2014 and August 31, 2016) and boys (born between September 1, 2014 and August 31, 2016).  The ELL T-Ball spring practices/games will be on Saturday mornings, and will run from Saturday, April 25th through Saturday, June 20th.  The T-Ball practices/games will be held at one of Eastchester’s four available playing fields (Cooper, Chester, Garth, Leewood).  The registration fee for the T-Ball spring season is $100. Here’s the registration link.

Please spread the word about ELL’s T-Ball program if you have friends with young children who may be interested in playing baseball (ELL T-Ball spring season flyers attached).  We’re especially interested in increasing registration for our T-Ball girls, and we have a great group of experienced instructors lined up to coach our T-Ball girls and boys teams.  Please contact Marty Geagan at mgeagan@winston.com if you have any questions about the T-Ball spring season.  Thanks!

Eastchester Schools Kindergarten Registration for 2020-2021 School Year

Registration is open to all children who reside in Eastchester and will turn five by December 1, 2020.  If your child’s 5th birthday is after September 1, 2020 and you have any concerns regarding your child’s readiness for kindergarten, I urge you to contact Ms. Doyle.

You can register your child for kindergarten now.  Registration information and forms are available here

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

Our Lost and Found is overflowing with hats, jackets, water bottles and more! If you’re missing any items at home, please visit during dismissal and take a look. The Lost and Found bin is near the walker entrance.

Please have your child wear a coat, hat and gloves with grips each day. Our students relish the opportunity to play outdoors, but need to be dressed appropriately to fully enjoy the experience.

-2/11: Special Event- Children: Wear your red Waverly shirt or another red shirt

-2/14: Early Dismissal – 11:40 a.m. – no lunch in school

-2/17-2/21: Winter Break – All Schools Closed

-2/28: Good Deed Day

-3/5: Book Fair

-3/6: Book Fair/Story Time 6:00-6:45 p.m; 7:00-7:45 p.m. (See the PTA Corner for more information and sign up)

-3/13: Early Dismissal – 11:40 a.m.- no lunch in school

-3/16: Schools Closed for Students

-4/6: Deadline for the parent ads and yearbook ordering, 9 p.m. (See above)

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/?

Warmly,

Mari K. Doyle

Did You Know?

February 3rd, 2020

Dear Waverly Families,

During Morning Meeting last week, we discussed hand washing as an act of kindness. After watching the video, CDC Video: Wash Your Hands, we practiced rubbing our hands together while singing the alphabet song. We encourage you to watch the video again at home, and practice proper hand washing. 

For more information on hand washing, and other topics of interest to your family’s health, I encourage you to visit the Nurse’s Corner.

I’ve added a new section to the Whisper each week. “Did You Know” will include an interest item that you won’t want to miss:

Did you know that we had a PTA meeting last week with a presentation on balancing technology use for ourselves and our children?  If you missed the meeting, I encourage you to check out the Digital Technology Use Questionnaire and the Technology and Screen Time document from the presentation. The presenter urged participants to use the survey to gauge our own comfort level with our responses, and make changes accordingly. Changes may include setting limits on screen time use and modeling the behaviors we wish to see in our children. 

You are encouraged to read January’s PE Wellness  newsletter from Coach Caridi.

Our word of the month will be courage. We’ll talk about taking chances with challenging tasks, and making mistakes and learning from them. Please ask your child about it. We’ll share our Good Deed in next week’s Whisper.

The Eastchester-Tuckahoe Chamber of Commerce is hosting a Parents Night Out event on Friday, February 14th. For more information, contact Theresa Nicholson

Eastchester Schools Kindergarten Registration for 2020-2021 School Year

Registration is open to all children who reside in Eastchester and will turn five by December 1, 2020.  If your child’s birthday is after September 1, 2020 and you have any concerns regarding your child’s readiness for kindergarten, I urge you to contact Ms. Doyle.

You can register your child for kindergarten now.  Registration information and forms are available here

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

Our Lost and Found is overflowing with hats, jackets, water bottles and more! If you’re missing any items at home, please visit during dismissal and take a look. The Lost and Found bin is near the walker entrance.

Please have your child wear a coat, hat and gloves with grips each day. Our students relish the opportunity to play outdoors, but need to be dressed appropriately to fully enjoy the experience.

-2/11: Special Event- Children: Wear your red Waverly shirt or another red shirt

-2/14: Early Dismissal – 11:40 a.m. – no lunch in school

-2/17-2/21: Winter Break – All Schools Closed

-3/5: Book Fair

3/6: Book Fair/Story Time 6:00-6:45 p.m; 7:00-7:45 p.m.

3/13: Early Dismissal – 11:40 a.m.- no lunch in school

3/16: Schools Closed for Students

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/?

Warmly,

Mari K. Doyle

Seeking Balance

Seeking balance: Providing tools parents need to help our children become mindful of

technology and screen-time

January 27th, 2020

Dear Waverly Families,

All parents are encouraged to attend the next PTA meeting THIS Thursday, January 30th, at 7:15 p.m. Below please find some information regarding the event. Join us, and bring a friend or neighbor, as this workshop is for everyone, K-12! For more information, see the flyer for the event. 

Speaking of Technology…

We have had a number of students wearing electronic smart watches to school each day, and we’ve found them to be quite distracting for students as they try to play games and take pictures during instructional time. Please refrain from sending your child to school with one of these devices. Any children found to be wearing a device of this kind will be asked to put it in their backpack. 

Thanks in advance for your cooperation.

Be the “I” in KIND.

In celebration of our month of kindness, first grade classes have been paired with a kindergarten class, and have been engaged in The Kindness Project. Children have had opportunities to share with their peers in a variety of ways, including: playing games, learning songs and making crafts. Classes will continue to meet throughout this upcoming week.  I encourage you to ask your child about it. 

The project will culminate on Friday, January 31st, with Good Deed Day. Be sure to have your child wear their red Waverly shirt and remind them to be the “I” in kind!

If you haven’t had a chance to read the article from the author of  Unseflie, Dr. Michele Borba, I encourage you to do so. Waverly staff have been reading her text this year, and the article, 50 Ways to Be a Great Example to a Child is a lovely accompaniment. 

Sending thanks to Waverly families who came out for the Eastchester School Foundation’s Harlem Wizards game last Friday evening. The ESF supports Waverly in a multitude of ways, and we appreciate the support. 

Please join me in extending a hearty thanks to Mrs. Kathi Dragonetti, who played valiantly in the  game on Friday. She is not only an outstanding athlete, she is also a good sport! She even had her very own cheering section!

To learn more about the foundation, or to support their efforts, you may visit their site, 

Eastchester School Foundation.

The PTA’s Sweetheart Dance is Coming! See the PTA Corner for more information, and to sign-up.

The Eastchester-Tuckahoe Chamber of Commerce is hosting a Parents Night Out event on Friday, February 14th. For more information, contact Theresa Nicholson

In case you missed this earlier in the school year…

First grade teachers have compiled a list of strategies and activities to help parents better understand the expectations we have for first graders in mathematics for the entire year. 

The items relevant for this time of year are highlighted in yellow. Additional examples of activities are posted on our website, under “Announcements.”

Eastchester Schools Kindergarten Registration for 2020-2021 School Year

Registration is open to all children who reside in Eastchester and will turn five by December 1, 2020.  If your child’s birthday is after September 1, 2020 and you have any concerns regarding your child’s readiness for kindergarten, I encourage you to contact Ms. Doyle.

You can register your child for kindergarten now.  Registration information and forms are available here

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

Please have your child wear a coat, hat and gloves with grips each day. Our students relish the opportunity to play outdoors, but need to be dressed appropriately to fully enjoy the experience.

-1/30: PTA/Wellness Committee, 3:10 p.m. (Please RSVP to Deb Ryba by 1/28; see PTA Corner)

PTA Meeting, 7:30 p.m. in the Waverly cafeteria (see above)

-1/31: Good Deed Day- Wear your red Waverly shirt 

-2/1: PTA Sweetheart Dance (Two sessions- see PTA Corner for details)

-2/8: Snow date for PTA Sweetheart Dance

-2/11: Special Event- Children: Wear your red Waverly shirt or another red shirt

-2/14: Early Dismissal – 11:40 a.m. 

-2/17-2/21: Winter Break – All Schools Closed

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/?

Warmly,

Mari K. Doyle

Kindness Starts With One…….

January 13th, 2020

Our word of the month is KIND. This month, we’ll focus on ways in which you can be kind to classmates, friends, family members and to ourselves. For this month’s good deed, we’re engaging in “The Kindness Project.” We’ve paired each class with another, and during the course of the month, each class will do something “kind” for their peers. We’ll highlight these activities throughout the month and during our culminating Good Deed Day, January 31st. Be sure to ask your child about it.

As I’ve mentioned previously, this year the staff at Waverly is reading the book, Unseflie, by Dr. Michele Borba. The author has also penned an article entitled, 50 Ways to Be a Great Example to a Child. I encourage you to check it out. 

Three cheers to Waverly families who came out to Family Yoga Night on a brisk evening last Wednesday, and to the PTA for supporting this event with funds raised from last year’s Boosterthon. Thanks for all of your support!

Mr. Argos Gonzalez, of Little Flower Yoga presented many strategies to help us to:

  • Connect
  • Breathe
  • Move
  • Focus
  • Relax

In addition, as you are aware, each month Coach Caridi shares a newsletter showcasing the work students are doing with her during PE Wellness sessions. I’d like to take this time to repost newsletters from the first few months of school, as we encourage you to use some of the strategies at home. I hope you find this information useful.

September, 2019

October, 2019

November, 2019

December, 2019

Eastchester School Foundation- Harlem Wizards Friday, January 24th,  7 p.m.

Come out and watch the Wizards take on an all-star team of Eastchester Teachers and Administrators in the craziest basketball match up you’ve ever seen! Best of all, proceeds will benefit the Eastchester School Foundation, which supports unique enrichment programming for our schools! A great night out for a great cause!

ACT FAST: THIS EVENT SELLS OUT VERY QUICKLY!!!

To Purchase your Tickets, and to learn more about the Eastchester School Foundation and how it benefits the EUFSD, go to:

Eastchester School Foundation

The PTA’s Sweetheart Dance is Coming! See the PTA Corner for more information, and to sign-up.

Eastchester Schools Kindergarten Registration for 2020-2021 School Year

Kindergarten Registration is open for children who turn five years of age on or before December 1, 2020. (If you have questions about whether your child is ready for kindergarten, I encourage you to reach out to Ms. Doyle.)

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

Please have your child wear a coat, hat and gloves with grips each day. Our students relish the opportunity to play outdoors, but need to be dressed appropriately to fully enjoy the experience.

-1/20: Martin Luther King, Jr. Day – All Schools Closed 

-1/24: ESF- Wizards Game, 7 p.m. (See above)

-1/30: PTA Meeting, 7:30 p.m. in the Waverly cafeteria

-1/31: Good Deed Day- Wear your red Waverly shirt 

-2/1: PTA Sweetheart Dance (Two sessions- see PTA Corner for details)

-2/8: Snow date for PTA Sweetheart Dance

-2/11: Special Event- Children: Wear your red Waverly shirt or another red shirt

-2/14: Early Dismissal – 11:40 a.m.

-2/17-2/21: Winter Break – All Schools Closed

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/?

Warmly,

Mari K. Doyle