Waverly Wellness

January 14th, 2019

Dear Families,

As you are aware, we had a visit from Little Flower Yoga last week in all classrooms. This visit, as well as our evening event last Thursday, are just part of our wellness programming at Waverly.

In our quest to better educate the whole child, we are looking for your feedback in terms of how our program is helping your child cope with anxiety. Kindly complete the survey below by the end of the day on Monday, January 21st. Your feedback is essential to the continuous improvement of our program. Please respond today!

https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/D3XS2CP

For this month’s Good Deed, please send in a picture of your child smiling! The preferred sizes are 4×6 or 5×7. (No larger, please!) We will post them on a bulletin board for all to see. We will collect photos through Friday, January 25th. (Don’t forget to have your child wear their red Waverly shirt on 1/25/19.)

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.

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

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. Please register today!

Help Support The Eastchester School Foundation!

Please join us for the annual faculty vs. Harlem Wizards charity basketball game on  Friday, January 25th, at 7 p.m. We have five Waverly faculty members playing, so come and cheer them on! Tickets are available from the ESF  website: www.eastchesterschoolfoundation.org The ESF supports us each year through generous grants.

PTA/JPTA Annual SweetHeart Dance

SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 2nd, 2019

(snow date: February 9th, 2018)

Tickets are $45 per family

Attendees are limited to Waverly Students and their guest (mom, dad, family member and/or family friend) only.

No siblings please.

**Includes souvenir photo**

Enjoy music, crafts and food, while creating a special memory with your Valentine!

Please register by Monday, January 28th. Advanced registration is required.

Indicate the # of Adults & Children in your registration.

SESSION A: 10:30AM – 12:00PM  

SESSION B: 12:30PM – 2:00PM

Register & Purchase Tickets here: https://www.signupgenius.com/go/30E0D4AADA92BABF94-2019

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.

The Eastchester Little League T-Ball winter instructional clinic

The T-Ball winter clinic will be held on Sunday mornings from 10:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. in the Eastchester High School gym. Contact Marty Geagan mgeagan@winston.com for more information. Registration information and sign-up can be found below.

https://www.eastchesterll.org/page/show/2984123-registrations

https://eastchesterll.sportngin.com/register/form/533631844?_ga=2.9670069.184432234.1542125686-1205982890.1541123602

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

If you are reading this newsletter on a smartphone, be sure to click on the link below for the Book, Nurse, and PTA Corners and scroll down. We want you to remain in the loop!

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

Most Sincerely,

Mari K. Doyle

– Good Deed Day: Friday, January 25th. Send in a photo of your child smiling now through January 25th! (All students should wear their red Waverly shirt on the 25th.)

– ESF Faculty vs. Harlem Wizards Annual Charity Basketball Game: Friday, January 25th at 7 p.m.

– PTA/JPTA Sweetheart Dance: Saturday, February 2nd (see details above)-County Executive Latimer’s Reading Challenge- Look under Announcements for the flier.

Simply Smile!!

Dear Families,                                                                January 7th, 2019

Reminders for the New Year:

  1. Please be sure to send dismissal notes with your child on the DAY of the dismissal change. If the note is forgotten, be sure to fax it to the main office: 914-779-0237 by 11 a.m. Many parents continue to email the classroom teacher directly. Please make note that teachers are teaching and are not checking email throughout the day. We want to ensure that each and every one of our students gets home correctly and we really need your cooperation. (Thanks!)
  2. We’ve created a new absence form to make it easier for you to inform the nurse about your child’s recent absence. It will be attached to this week’s Whisper, and placed on our website. You are welcome to continue to write your own notes, but this form may make it easier for you.
  3. Make sure you read the “corners” related to each week’s Whisper. We share book recommendations, notes from the nurse and the PTA. We have been sharing a website each week for the past several weeks. Check it out!

Special Board of Education Meeting regarding TRANSPORTATION- Monday, January 7th, 8 p.m. (TONIGHT!)

Please join us on Monday, January 7 at 8PM in the Eastchester High School Cafeteria for a Special Board of Education Transportation Meeting. The upcoming ballot proposition governing transportation of students in our school district will be discussed.

All are welcome to attend.

Family Yoga Night- Thursday, January 10th, 2019

5:30-6:15 p.m. or 6:30-7:15 p.m.

$15 per family

Sign-up Today!

https://www.signupgenius.com/go/30e0d4aada92babf94-family5

If you haven’t signed up already to join us, please do. This session, co-facilitated by our own Coach Okie, and Lauren, of Little Flower Yoga, will focus on yoga movements and breathing techniques used in the classroom.

Throughout the year, Coach Okie has exposed the children to a number of coping strategies and breathing techniques which will be discussed in further detail at the event. After the workshop, I’ll be sharing a link to a survey to help us better understand how your child is using these strategies at home. Please be on the lookout for it!

We hope to see you on Thursday, January 10th!

Good Deed Day will be Friday, January 25th. Please have your child wear their red Waverly shirt that day.

Our word of the month is KIND, and one of the kindest things you can do is SMILE. We encourage you to join your child in… smiling!

For this month’s Good Deed, please send in a picture of your child smiling! We will post them on a bulletin board for all to see. We will collect photos beginning this week and concluding on Friday, January 25th.

Supporting our Troops

Each year, the Eastchester Teachers’ Association hosts a stocking filling effort to support US troops serving overseas. A number of classes participate in filling the stockings with items generously donated by Waverly families. Ms. Garrett’s class received the attached photo of two Marines holding cards they received from her students! They were so happy to receive the cards and jam-packed stockings! We shared the photo during Morning Meeting, and the children were thrilled to see the fruits of their labor.

Help Support The Eastchester School Foundation!

Please join us for the annual faculty vs. Harlem Wizards charity basketball game on  Friday, January 25th, at 7 p.m. We have six Waverly faculty members playing, so come and cheer them on! Tickets are available from the ESF  website: www.eastchesterschoolfoundation.org The ESF supports us through each year through generous grants.

PTA/JPTA Annual SweetHeart Dance

SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 2nd, 2019

(snow date: February 9th, 2018)

Tickets are $45 per family

Attendees are limited to Waverly Students and their guest (mom, dad, family member and/or family friend) only.

No siblings please.

**Includes souvenir photo**

Enjoy music, crafts and food, while creating a special memory with your Valentine!

Please register by Monday, January 28th. Advanced registration is required.

Indicate the # of Adults & Children in your registration.

SESSION A: 10:30AM – 12:00PM  

SESSION B: 12:30PM – 2:00PM

Register & Purchase Tickets here: https://www.signupgenius.com/go/30E0D4AADA92BABF94-2019

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.

The Eastchester Little League T-Ball winter instructional clinic

The T-Ball winter clinic will be held on Sunday mornings from 10:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. in the Eastchester High School gym. Contact Marty Geagan mgeagan@winston.com for more information. Registration information and sign-up can be found below.

https://www.eastchesterll.org/page/show/2984123-registrations

https://eastchesterll.sportngin.com/register/form/533631844?_ga=2.9670069.184432234.1542125686-1205982890.1541123602

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

If you are reading this newsletter on a smartphone, be sure to click on the link below for the Book, Nurse, and PTA Corners and scroll down. We want you to remain in the loop!

https://wv.eastchesterschools.org/m2/?redirect=0https://wv.eastchesterschools.org/m2/?redirect=0

Most Sincerely,

Mari K. Doyle

– Special Board of Education Meeting regarding transportation: TONIGHT! (see details above)

– Family Yoga and Mindfulness Event: Thursday, January 10th, 2019 (see link above for registration)

– Good Deed Day: Friday, January 25th. Send in a photo of your child smiling! (All students should wear their red Waverly shirt.)

– ESF Faculty vs. Harlem Wizards Annual Charity Basketball Game: Friday, January 25th at 7 p.m.

– PTA/JPTA Sweetheart Dance: Saturday, February 2nd (see details above)

-County Executive Latimer’s Reading Challenge- Look under Announcements for the flier.

Happy New Year! 2019!

January 2nd, 2019

Dear Families,

Happy New Year! As a new year begins, many start off by making resolutions. This cartoon exemplifies how many adults feel about resolutions.

With our young students, resolutions are less about promises to ourselves and more about celebrating our successes and making plans on how we can tackle our next challenge.. Consider taking time to look through your child’s reading books, journals or written work from the beginning of the year and engage them in a discussion about how much they’ve grown from September to today. What are the words they couldn’t write before and can now? How has their understanding of sentence structure changed? Pointing out their successes helps the young student to gain the confidence needed to take risks in their own learning.

Below you will find two links to interesting articles on generating resolutions with young children. I hope you find them useful as you help your child plan what they want to accomplish during the balance of this school year and beyond.

https://www.parents.com/holiday/new-years/resolution/8-ways-to-help-kids-make-new-years-resolutions/

https://www.verywellfamily.com/new-years-resolutions-for-kids-p2-2634000

 

Our word of the month is KIND. Please ask your child about ways in which they show kindness in school.

Our Good Deed of the Month will be shared in next week’s Whisper.

 

 

Family Yoga Night- Thursday, January 10th, 2019

5:30-6:15 p.m. or 6:30-7:15 p.m.

$15 per family

Sign-up Today!

https://www.signupgenius.com/go/30e0d4aada92babf94-family5

In a blog post by Steve Ettinger entitled, Why Yoga is Good for Kids (link below), the author shares the following:

The simplest way I explain yoga to kids and not-yet-yogis is: yoga is a series of movements connected to breathing.  Cut out the fancy poses, peaceful studios, expensive yoga pants, etc. and that’s what you’re left with.  Which is one of the reasons yoga is so wonderful for kids (and everyone else)- it’s simple.  While mats are a staple of yoga, you don’t need one to practice, nor do you need the straps or blocks or bolsters.  All you need to practice yoga is your body in any form, shape or size.  And that’s a great place to start.  Because whether or not your child excels in sports, yoga is guaranteed something they can do.

https://www.superhealthykids.com/yoga-good-kids/

We encourage you to join us on Thursday, January 10th. Our partner, Little Flower Yoga, will co-present with our own, Coach Okie. This event is for families, and is well suited for school-age children.

 

Help Support The Eastchester School Foundation!

Please join us for the annual faculty vs. Harlem Wizards charity basketball game on  Friday, January 25th, at 7 p.m. We have five Waverly faculty members playing, so come and cheer them on! Tickets are available from the ESF  website: www.eastchesterschoolfoundation.org

 

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.

 

The Eastchester Little League T-Ball winter instructional clinic

The T-Ball winter clinic will be held on Sunday mornings from 10:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. in the Eastchester High School gym. Contact Marty Geagan mgeagan@winston.com for more information. Registration information and sign-up can be found below.

https://www.eastchesterll.org/page/show/2984123-registrations

 

https://eastchesterll.sportngin.com/register/form/533631844?_ga=2.9670069.184432234.1542125686-1205982890.1541123602

 

We hosted our third annual Silly Sweater Contest during the last week of December. Waverly staff dressed up in their silliest holiday attire and your children had a chance to vote! (Please ask your child about it!) The winner was announced at our final Morning Meeting of 2018. Coach Okie came in second place with his shark sweater, and Ms. Batz took first prize for her Rudolph sweater.

 

A few notes of gratitude:

The Waverly family that was the recipient of the gift cards you so generously donated in December is overwhelmed by your thoughtfulness.

They are thankful for your thoughts, prayers, and support.

 

Thanks to Mrs. Ness for crafting such an amazing Winter concert for our first graders. The children sang beautifully! Be sure to see the “Book Corner” for a recommendation from Mrs. Ness.

 

Thank you to the PTA for the wonderful breakfast on December 18th for all Waverly faculty and staff.

 

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

Most Sincerely,

Mari K. Doyle

If you are reading this newsletter on a smartphone, be sure to click on the link below for the Book, Nurse, and PTA Corners and scroll down. We want you to remain in the loop!

https://wv.eastchesterschools.org/m2/?redirect=0https://wv.eastchesterschools.org/m2/?redirect=0

 

– Family Yoga and Mindfulness Event: Thursday, January 10th, 2019 (see link above for registration)

-ESF Faculty vs. Harlem Wizards Annual Charity Basketball Game: Friday, January 25th at 7 p.m.

-County Executive Latimer’s Reading Challenge- Look under Announcements for the flier.

HAPPY HOLIDAYS!

 

December 17th, 2018

Dear Families,

I’d like to send a hearty note of thanks to the families who attended our first grade winter concert.

 

Family Yoga Night- Thursday, January 10th, 2019

5:30-6:15 p.m. or 6:30-7:15 p.m.

$15 per family

Sign-up Today!

https://www.signupgenius.com/go/30e0d4aada92babf94-family5

Karen Fabian, in her article entitled, Seven Ways Kids Benefit from Yoga, writes how difficult it is to be a child today. Facing challenges unknown to most adults when they were growing up, children today are constantly battling input from an abundance of sources and this can prove to be stressful. The seven benefits of yoga, as outlined below, are an integral part of our wellness program at Waverly. These include:

  1. Developing body awareness
  2. Learning how to use our bodies in a healthy way
  3. Managing stress through breathing, awareness, meditation and healthy movement
  4. Building concentration
  5. Increasing confidence and positive self-image
  6. Feeling part of a healthy, non-competitive group
  7. Having an alternative to tuning out through constant attachment to electronic devices

I encourage you to read the article in its entirety below:

https://www.mindbodygreen.com/0-15075/7-ways-kids-benefit-from-yoga.html

Please plan to join us on Thursday, January 10th. This event is for families, and is well suited for school-age children.

December’s Good Deed- THIS Friday, December 21st

(Last day of collection, 12/20/18)

Children should wear their Waverly shirt on Friday, 12/21/18.  (That the half day!)

If you are able, please purchase a gift card of ANY amount to one of the following stores:

  • Country Market
  • Mrs. Green’s
  • Acme

We will deliver these gift cards to a student who is experiencing a medical issue that has caused financial hardship for the family. We are grateful for all of you who have already donated so generously!

 

Help Support The Eastchester School Foundation!

Please join us for the annual faculty vs. Harlem Wizards charity basketball game on  Friday, January 25th, at 7 p.m. We have a number of Waverly faculty members playing, so come and cheer them on! Tickets are available from the ESF  website: www.eastchesterschoolfoundation.org

 

As you will see in the Nurse’s Corner, 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.

The Eastchester Little League T-Ball winter instructional clinic

The Eastchester Little League is running a T-Ball winter instructional clinic for four and five-year-old boys and girls (born between September 1, 2013 and August 31, 2015).

The T-Ball winter clinic will be held on Sunday mornings from 10:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. in the Eastchester High School gym. The clinic will have a total of eight sessions, and will start on Sunday, January 6th and end on Sunday, March 24th. The registration fee for the clinic is $100. The clinic will involve a series of high-energy and fun drills for the kids, and is a great way to get the kids out over the winter! The ELL registration links for the winter clinic are provided directly below if you’re interested. Please feel to contact Marty Geagan at mgeagan@winston.com if you have any questions about the clinic. Registration information and sign-up can be found below.

https://www.eastchesterll.org/page/show/2984123-registrations

 

https://eastchesterll.sportngin.com/register/form/533631844?_ga=2.9670069.184432234.1542125686-1205982890.1541123602

 

Wishing you peace, love and joy during this holiday season and in the New Year. I look forward to seeing you all back at Waverly in 2019!

 

Most Sincerely,

Mari K. Doyle

If you are reading this newsletter on a smartphone, be sure to click on the link below for the Book, Nurse, and PTA Corners and scroll down. We want you to remain in the loop!

https://wv.eastchesterschools.org/m2/?redirect=0https://wv.eastchesterschools.org/m2/?redirect=0

– Family Yoga and Mindfulness Event: Thursday, January 10th, 2019 (see link above for registration)

-ESF Faculty vs. Harlem Wizards Annual Charity Basketball Game: Friday, January 25th at 7 p.m.

-County Executive Latimer’s Reading Challenge- Look under Announcements for the flier.

Music is in the Air for First Graders!

Music is in the air for first graders!

December 10th, 2018

Dear Families,

 

Family Yoga

As you are aware, Coach Okie pushes into all classrooms every other week and shares lessons on the topics of mindfulness and wellness. These lessons have been designed based on the four categories described in Foundations for Emotional Intelligence by Daniel Goleman and Richard Boyatzis. The categories are:

    • Self-Awareness
    • Self Management
    • The Empathy Compassion Connection
    • Leadership

The lessons specifically look to promote understanding and awareness of:

    • the lungs and respiratory system
    • breath awareness and different types of ways of breathing
    • fitness and yoga
    • the heart and heart rate
    • mindfulness and meditation

We encourage you to embark on this adventure with us… On Thursday, January 10th, 2019, we will have a Family Yoga and Mindfulness session in the early evening. (Mark your calendars now!) A link to sign-up will be shared next week in The Whisper.

December’s Good Deed- Friday, December 21st

(Last day of collection, 12/20/18)

(Children should wear their Waverly shirt on 12/21/18!)

In line with our word of the month “responsible,” we are collecting gift cards for one of our very own students who is undergoing treatment for a medical condition that has caused financial difficulty for the family. We are asking Waverly families who are able, to donate a giftcard of ANY amount to one of the following local stores:

  • Country Market
  • Mrs. Green’s
  • Acme

We thank you in advance for your participation!

First Grade Winter Concerts will take place on Friday, December 14 (snow date Dec 17th) in the gym, during two sessions:

 

9:30am- Chiapelli, Garrett, Zuzolo, Schwartz, Vaughan, Dachik, Cavalli (1st grade students)

10:30am- Saraco, Kelly, Koller, Borowsky, Demos, Myers & Zanzano (1st grade students)

 

Children are encouraged to wear festive attire of any kind. Please avoid large hair bows, however, as it prevents us from seeing the children standing behind them! For safety, sneakers are always the best choice!

 

Kindly be mindful of the following:

 

  • All parents will enter from the rear parking lot off of Bellew Avenue (near the gym). There will be no admittance from the main lobby.
  • As always, parking is extremely limited. Please consider walking or carpooling, if possible.

 

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

 

As you will see in the Nurse’s Corner, 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.

If you are reading this newsletter on a smartphone, be sure to click on the link below for the Book, Nurse, and PTA Corners and scroll down. We want you to remain in the loop!

https://wv.eastchesterschools.org/m2/?redirect=0https://wv.eastchesterschools.org/m2/?redirect=0

Most Sincerely,

Mari K. Doyle

-First Grade Holiday Concert: Friday, 12/14- Lyrics are now on our website!

9:30am- Chiappelli, Garrett, Zuzolo, Schwartz, Vaughan, Dachik, and Cavalli (1st gr. students)

10:30am- Saraco, Kelly, Koller, Borowsky, Demos, Myers and Zanzano (1st gr. students)

 

-Good Deed Day, Friday, December 21st, If you can, please send in a giftcard for a local family grappling with costly medical treatments  (see above) by Thursday, December 20th. Don’t forget your red Waverly shirt! (Friday, 12/21 is also a half day!)

– Family Yoga and Mindfulness Event: Thursday, January 10th, 2019

Mark your calendars, information to follow next week!

-County Executive Latimer’s Reading Challenge- Look under Announcements for the flier.

Do A Good Deed!

December 3rd, 2018

Dear Families,

I would like to send a hearty thanks to the parents who came to meet with our teachers for parent teacher conferences. Your partnership is pivotal to the success of your children as lifelong learners, so thank you!

As you are aware, we are participating in Loukoumi’s Good Deed of the Month this year. For each of our first three “Good Deeds,” we’ve been engaged in helping people in the larger community. For the month of December, we will be helping a family from our very own school.

At present, we have a student who is undergoing treatment for a medical condition and this has caused financial difficulty for the family. In line with our word of the month “responsible,” we are asking Waverly families who are able, to donate a giftcard of ANY amount to one of the following local stores:

  • Country Market
  • Mrs. Green’s
  • Acme

We will collect gift cards throughout the month of December, until Thursday, December 20th and present the gift cards to our student’s family. Our Good Deed recognition day will be Friday, December 21st.  Be sure to have your child wear their red Waverly shirt on this day.

Waverly’s Outdoor Classroom

After nearly two years of researching and planning, the Waverly Outdoor Classroom is getting roots! The bushes are in, and the benches will be installed in the spring.

Our Faculty and Staff are excited to use the space, and we are grateful for the support of the PTA and the Waverly/PTA Wellness Committee. This project has been made possible by the funds raised from our previous Boosterthon Fun Run. (Thanks for your support!)

First Grade Winter Concert

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

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

 

First Grade Winter Concerts will take place on Friday, December 14 (snow date Dec 17th) in the gym, during two sessions:

 

9:30am- Chiapelli, Garrett, Zuzolo, Schwartz, Vaughan, Dachik, Cavalli (1st grade students)

10:30am- Saraco, Kelly, Koller, Borowsky, Demos, Myers & Zanzano (1st grade students)

 

Kindly be mindful of the following:

 

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

 

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

 

If you are the parent of a kindergarten student, do not fret! There will be an amazing concert for kindergarten in the spring; our youngest learners will then showcase all that they have learned.

 

Our November Food Drive is complete!

Our boxes of food to ECAP were overflowing! Thank you to Waverly families for your generosity!

If you are reading this newsletter on a smartphone, be sure to click on the link below for the Book, Nurse, and PTA Corners and scroll down. We want you to remain in the loop!

https://wv.eastchesterschools.org/m2/?redirect=0https://wv.eastchesterschools.org/m2/?redirect=0

Warmly,

Mari K. Doyle

-First Grade Holiday Concert: Friday, 12/14- Lyrics are now on our website!

9:30am- Chiappelli, Garrett, Zuzolo, Schwartz, Vaughan, Dachik, and Cavalli (1stgr. students)

10:30am- Saraco, Kelly, Koller, Borowsky, Demos, Myers and Zanzano (1stgr. students)

 

-Good Deed Day, Friday, December 21st, If you can, please bring in a giftcard for a local family grappling with costly medical treatments  (see above) by Thursday, December 20th. Don’t forget your red Waverly shirt! (Friday, 12/21 is also a half day!)

 

-County Executive Latimer’s Reading Challenge- Look under Announcements for the flier.

Responsible Technology for Students

Responsible Technology for Students

November 26th, 2018

Dear Families,

At ELA Night on November 8th, I shared the importance of “responsible technology” for our young learners. I shared how over the past several years, Waverly teachers have observed changes in some of our students in the three key areas of focus, vocabulary, and making friends. In contemplation of our observations, I shared the following three recommendations:

1     Make a schedule:  Waverly students thrive in our structured environment. They enjoy knowing what to expect, and when. You may consider establishing a “schedule” for technology use at home, and adding use of technology to the family calendar. In that way, children will know when they will be permitted to use devices, and you can avoid the “Can I use it now?” question.

2     Monitor usage: Consider allowing your child to use a device in a more public part of your home. And be sure to ask questions (similar to those you’d ask when reading a book) after your child has completed an online game or activity.

3     Make it meaningful: Expose your child to the best of what technology has to offer. With this in mind, for the next several weeks, I’ll share a website or an app that our teachers have selected as being worthy of your attention. Be sure to look for the “Technology” addition to the Book Corner in the Whisper.

 

If you are reading this newsletter on a smartphone, be sure to click on the link below for the Book, Nurse, and PTA Corners and scroll down. We want you to remain in the loop!

https://wv.eastchesterschools.org/m2/?redirect=0https://wv.eastchesterschools.org/m2/?redirect=0

Warmly,

Mari Doyle

-PTA Vendor Fair, Thursday, November 29th, 6-9 p.m. (See PTA Corner)

-Good Deed Day, Friday, November 30th, please bring in one non-perishable food item for ECAP. (List of suggestions is on our website.) Don’t forget your red Waverly shirt!

-PTA Winter Wonderland, Saturday, 12/1, 11:15 a.m.-12:15 p.m./12:30-1:45 p.m.

Please see the PTA Corner for more information. Click here to sign up! https://www.signupgenius.com/go/30e0d4aada92babf94-waverly4

 

-First Grade Holiday Concert: Friday, 12/14- Lyrics are now on our website!

9:30am- Chiappelli, Garrett, Zuzolo, Schwartz, Vaughan, Dachik, and Cavalli (1stgr. students)

10:30am- Saraco, Kelly, Koller, Borowsky, Demos, Myers and Zanzano (1stgr. students)

 

-County Executive Latimer’s Reading Challenge- Look under Announcements for the flier.

 

Waverly is Thankful!

November 19th, 2018

Dear Families,

As we contemplate Thanksgiving, we often get swept away in the hustle and bustle of preparing “the meal.” I would encourage you to take a moment and take stock of all that we have. I came across this children’s poem by Kathleen M. Hollenbeck and thought it expressed this sentiment beautifully:

I’m Thankful

I’m thankful for the turkey.

I’m thankful for the pie.

I”m thankful for corn and bread

And squash I’m going to try.

I’m thankful for the toys I have,

The sun I feel and see.

And always for the family

Who gathers here with me.

I’d encourage you to discuss with your child what they are “thankful” for. What you hear may well surprise you. You may consider starting the conversation with this poem. You can model by replacing some of the words as seen below:

I’m Thankful

I’m thankful for the turkey.

I’m thankful for the rhubarb pie.

I”m thankful for corn and biscuits

And turnips I’m going to try.

I’m thankful for the books I have,

The wind I feel and see.

And always for the family

Who gathers here with me.

Ask your child how they would choose to replace the words and do a bit of detective work to probe why they’ve selected those particular words. It could prove to be a helpful way to begin the conversation.

Whatever you’re thankful for, we’d like to wish your family a wonderful Thanksgiving!

On Friday, I got a reminder of one of the things for which I am most thankful- the wonderful children at Waverly! A special first grader shared the book he wrote and illustrated all on his own. He displayed his amazing vocabulary in this, his very first work of fiction. I look forward to reading many more of his pieces in the future.

  • If you are changing your child’s dismissal, be sure to send a note in the morning. If you’ve forgotten to send a note, you will need to send a fax to the office: 914-779-0237. Many parents are emailing the teachers directly and the emails are not being received in time for dismissal. Teachers are NOT checking email throughout the day (they are teaching!) and thus, this is not an effective way to communicate changes in dismissal. We appreciate your cooperation.

  • Be sure to send your child to school with a proper coat, hat and gloves (with grips as seen in the photo). We try to get the children outside for some fresh air each day, and dressing properly ensures they will have a great experience.

Make sure each and every item is labeled!

 

Once again, from the Waverly family to yours, we wish you a wonderful Thanksgiving. (Our November food drive will continue through November 30th, so it’s not too late to make a donation.)

If you are reading this newsletter on a smartphone, be sure to click on the link  below for the Book, Nurse, and PTA Corners and scroll down. We want you to remain in the loop!

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Warmly,

Mari Doyle

-PTA Vendor Fair, Thursday, November 29th, 6-9 p.m. (See PTA Corner)

-Good Deed Day, Friday, November 30th, please bring in one non-perishable food item for ECAP. (List of suggestions is on our website.) Don’t forget your red Waverly shirt!

-PTA Winter Wonderland, Saturday, 12/1, 11:15 a.m.-12:15 p.m./12:30-1:45 p.m.

Please see the PTA Corner for more information. Click here to sign up! https://www.signupgenius.com/go/30e0d4aada92babf94-waverly4

(There are still slots available!)

 

-First Grade Holiday Concert: Friday, 12/14- Lyrics are now on our website!

9:30am- Chiappelli, Garrett, Zuzolo, Schwartz, Vaughan, Dachik, and Cavalli (1stgr. students)

10:30am- Saraco, Kelly, Koller, Borowsky, Demos, Myers and Zanzano (1stgr. students)

-County Executive Latimer’s Reading Challenge- Look under Announcements for the flier.

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A Busy November for Waverly!

..Continues through  November30th!

 

 

 

 

November 12th, 2018

Dear Families,

I would like to extend a hearty thanks to the parents who attended English Language Arts Night this past Thursday evening. If you were unable to attend the event, or would like to access some of the resources we shared, be sure to look on our website.

We were fortunate to have a student presenter join me for the keynote and share her work on saving insects. Below please find her website and a link to her presentation.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CDKJ-MHjtfY&feature=youtu.be

https://saveinsects.com/

Waverly P.E. joins Twitter!

Our P.E. teachers have joined Twitter. They plan to share what they are doing in physical education class and how you can extend your child’s learning at home. Please follow them- @Waverlype

On Election Day, educators throughout the district were involved in professional development. At Waverly, groups of teachers  focused on topics from Google and Thinking Maps, to curriculum projects in all areas. In line with our focus on wellness, we also had one session on teacher wellness, with special presentations from:

These local businesses generously donated their time (and products) for our faculty and staff. Thank You!

The Eastchester Varsity Baseball Team and Coaching Staff have worked with Metro Team Outfitters to provide the Eastchester community and Alums with authentic branded baseball field apparel and accessories. This is your chance to help support the team and show your Eastchester Baseball pride. The store is open now thru Sunday, November 18th. All orders will ship the week of 12/17/18. Here is the link to order your gear. We thank you for your support.

https://eastchesterbaseball18.itemorder.com/

If you are reading this newsletter on a smartphone, be sure to click on the link below for the Book, Nurse, and PTA Corners and scroll down. We want you to remain in the loop!

 

https://wv.eastchesterschools.org/m2/?redirect=0

Warmly,

Mari Doyle

-Home Access Center is open! Be sure to read your first grade child’s interim report card.

-PTA Vendor Fair, Thursday, November 29th, 6-9 p.m. (See PTA Corner)

-Good Deed Day, Friday, November 30th, please bring in one non-perishable food item for ECAP. (List of suggestions is on our website.) Don’t forget your red Waverly shirt!

(First graders in Mrs. Dachik’s class are “delivering” their food item to one of of our boxes.”

 

 

-PTA Winter Wonderland, Saturday, 12/1, 11:15 a.m.-12:15 p.m./12:30-1:45 p.m.

Please see the PTA Corner for more information. Click here to sign up! https://www.signupgenius.com/go/30e0d4aada92babf94-waverly4

 

-First Grade Holiday Concert: Friday, 12/14- Lyrics are now on our website!

9:30am- Chiappelli, Garrett, Zuzolo, Schwartz, Vaughan, Dachik, and Cavalli (1stgr. students)

10:30am- Saraco, Kelly, Koller, Borowsky, Demos, Myers and Zanzano (1stgr. students)

 

-County Executive Latimer’s Reading Challenge- Look under Announcements for the flier.

RESPECT

November 5th, 2018

Dear Families,

Camera Watches?

This year we have had a number of students wear camera watches to school. Please do not send your child to school with these devices. They can serve as a distraction for our young children and serve as no benefit to our students academically.

Our word of the month for November is respect! This is a very powerful word, but one that is difficult to define for young children. We envision the best way to help our young learners understand “respect” is to provide synonyms and examples. We will do this throughout the month of November. Please ask your child about it.

Our Good Deed of the month will be to bring in a non-perishable food item for the Eastchester Community Action Partnership, ECAP. We will be collecting items throughout the month of November. Our Good Deed Day (and final day of collection) will be Friday, November 30th. For a complete list of requested items, please visit our website. Thank you in advance for your support.

Last Saturday, I had the great pleasure of dropping off the “happy cards” you all made for St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital at the Loukoumi Good Deed event. Our final count is in: We collected $364 and 241 cards! Thank you all for your effort.

We use the two bulletin boards in the first floor hallway to showcase information about the character development word of the month. This past week, I “caught” some of our first grade students reading our character development reminders for “SAFE” as they walked into school to join our morning meeting.

It was so impressive to see our students stopping to share a look at our board. Kudos, Waverly first graders!

 

If you are reading this newsletter on a smartphone, be sure to click on the link below for the Book, Nurse, and PTA Corners and scroll down. We want you to remain in the loop!

https://wv.eastchesterschools.org/m2/?redirect=0

Warmly,

Mari Doyle

-English Language Arts Night, Thursday, November 8th, 7-8 p.m. If you didn’t sign up already, please be sure to reach out to: mdoyle@eastchester.k12.ny.us

-Good Deed Day, Friday, November 30th, please bring in one non-perishable food item for ECAP. (List of suggestions is on our website.) Don’t forget your red Waverly shirt!

-PTA Winter Wonderland, Saturday, 12/1, 11:15 a.m.-12:15 p.m./12:30-1:45 p.m.

Please see the PTA Corner for more information. Click here to sign up! https://www.signupgenius.com/go/30e0d4aada92babf94-waverly4

 

-First Grade Holiday Concert: Friday, 12/14

9:30am- Chiappelli, Garrett, Zuzolo, Schwartz, Vaughan, Dachik, and Cavalli (1stgr. students)

10:30am- Saraco, Kelly, Koller, Borowsky, Demos, Myers and Zanzano (1stgr. students)

 

-County Executive Latimer’s Reading Challenge- Look under Announcements for the flier.

-Kindergarten students will be able to buy lunch on their designated day, beginning on Monday, November 5th.

 

Finally, don’t forget to follow me on Twitter (@MariKDoyle). I post news and photos of life at Waverly

Warmly,

Mari Doyle