I Spy Squirrels!!

Squirrels? See Echo’s Scavenger Hunt for details!

November 11th, 2019

Dearl Waverly Families,

ELA Night Recap

On Thursday, November 7th, well over 100 of our students and their parents joined us for English Language Arts Night. I’d like to send hearty thanks to Mrs. Conrad, Mrs. Falcone, Mrs. Koller, Mrs. Mastocciolo, Ms. Santos, Ms. Soares, Mrs. Torres, and Mrs. Ullrich for their hard work in crafting great presentations for parents, Ms. Tortorella for her help with organizing, Mrs. Chester for her on-site assistance, and the PTA for supporting the author visit with your membership dollars!

Kindly note that copies of handouts from the event are available on our website under “Announcements,” and are accessible here: 

Kindergarten ELA Night

First Grade ELA Night

We are continuing our discussion of how it makes us feel when we are both respectful and respected. Please ask your child about our morning discussions. Our Good Deed for the month will be to support a former Waverly student, Nicholas DiMarzo, and his family, as he is undergoing treatment. Please consider purchasing a gift card for the family to one of the following stores:

  • Whole Foods
  • Fresh Market
  • Trader Joe’s

We’ll celebrate Good Deed Day on Friday, November 22nd. Please send in all gift cards by that day. Don’t forget your child’s red Waverly shirt! 

We will also have our annual collection for ECAP. You can also access a copy of this flyer on our website, under “Announcements.” Some of the non-perishable food items that are needed can be found below:

Canned Tuna, Salmon, Ham, Chicken & Beef Rice

Canned Fruits and Vegetables Pancake Mix and Syrup

Dry or Canned Beans Macaroni & Cheese

Pasta and Pasta Sauce Hot and Cold Cereal

Peanut Butter & Jelly 

Juice

We will collect non-perishable foods until November 27th.

Mark your calendars! The First Grade Winter Concert will be held on December 13th (with a snow date of 12/16/19). Visit our website for an invitation from Mrs. Ness (under “Announcements.”)

Concert times are as follows:

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9:30am- Chiappelli, Garrett, Kelly, Koller, Saraco, Zanzano-Arita and Rosenkranz (1st grade students)

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10:30am- Borowsky, Demos, Schwartz, Zuzolo, Vaughan, and 

Cavalli (1st grade students)

-11/11: No school in observance of Veteran’s Day

-11/13 and 11/19 are 11:40 a.m. dismissal days for conferences with parents (no lunch)

-11/21: Evening conferences with parents (regular school day)

-11/22: Photo retakes (Good Deed Day! See above)

-11/27: 11:40 a.m. dismissal (Final day for the ECAP food drive.)

-12/13: First Grade Winter Concert (see schedule above and on our website)

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 is Mindful!

Waverly…

November 4th, 2019

Dear. Families,

This past week, we had the wonderful opportunity to have Argos Gonzalez from Little Flower Yoga visit all of our classrooms. He worked with students on strategies for mindfulness and refocusing. I encourage you to ask your child about it! To learn more about why Waverly has made this commitment to wellness, check out the link below:

We encourage you to try out three of the chair-based mindfulness activities we enjoyed in classrooms:

Coach Caridi has prepared her October newsletter to keep you in the loop about lessons during PE Wellness. 

Finally, mark your calendars, as we will have two upcoming Family Yoga and Mindfulness events on January 8th, and April 22nd in the evening. We send our thanks to the PTA members for supporting this effort. These are your Boosterthon funds at work!

First grade students enjoyed a chair-based mindfulness activity.

English Language Arts Night will be held this Thursday, November 7th, 6:30-7:30 p.m. We have a few remaining seats for FIRST GRADE parents. 

We encourage you to register TODAY! https://www.signupgenius.com/go/5080444a4ae28a5fa7-elanight2

Parents can join us for an hour of presentations from Waverly teachers on strategies to help your child develop as a reader, and Waverly students (and older siblings) will be able to enjoy a special performance from the singing author, Tish Rabe. This special event is brought to you by the  PTA, supported by your Cultural Arts dollars. Please note that we can not accommodate younger children.

Mark your calendars! The First Grade Winter Concert will be held on December 13th (with a snow date of 12/16/19). Visit our website for an invitation from Mrs. Ness (under “Announcements.”)

Concert times are as follows:

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9:30am- Chiappelli, Garrett, Kelly, Koller, Saraco, Zanzano-Arita and Rosenkranz (1st grade students)

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10:30am- Borowsky, Demos, Schwartz, Zuzolo, Vaughan, and 

Cavalli (1st grade students)

We are welcoming in November with a new word of the month: respect! This month, we’ll explore ways in which we can show respect for each other, and ourselves. I encourage you to ask your child about our lessons, and the gratitude tree we’ll make as a school community. 

You too can get involved! Our good deed for the month will be to support a former Waverly student, Nicholas DiMarzo, and his family, as he is going through treatment. Please consider purchasing a gift card for the family to one of the following stores:

  • Whole Foods
  • Fresh Market
  • Trader Joe’s

We will also have our annual collection for ECAP. You can also access a copy of this flyer on our website, under “Announcements.” Some of the non-perishable food items that are needed can be found below:

Canned Tuna, Salmon, Ham, Chicken & Beef Rice

Canned Fruits and Vegetables Pancake Mix and Syrup

Dry or Canned Beans Macaroni & Cheese

Pasta and Pasta Sauce Hot and Cold Cereal

Peanut Butter & Jelly

Juice

We will collect non-perishable foods until November 27th.

-11/5: Professional Development Day – NO STUDENTS

-11/07: ELA Night (Families MUST be signed up for this event.)

-11/08: Home Access opens for report cards for first grade

 Family Movie Night RESCHEDULED from October (See PTA Corner for more information)

-11/11: No school in observance of Veteran’s Day

-11/13 and 11/19 are 11:40 a.m. dismissal days for conferences with parents

-11/21: Evening conferences with parents

-11/22: Photo retakes

-11/27: 11:40 a.m. dismissal

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

Halloween is an exciting time to expand the limits of our imaginations!

October 28th, 2019

Join us for English Language Arts Night, with a twist! We have a few seats left!

We encourage you to register TODAY! https://www.signupgenius.com/go/5080444a4ae28a5fa7-elanight2

 On Thursday, November 7th, from 6:30-7:30 p.m. we invite parents to join us for an hour of presentations from Waverly teachers on strategies to help your child develop as a reader. 

Now to the twist… You can bring your Waverly child! (Older siblings are okay.) While you are hearing a presentation from our teachers, your child will be able to enjoy a special performance from the singing author, Tish Rabe. This special event is brought to you by the  PTA, supported by your Cultural Arts dollars. 

Waverly’s Annual Halloween Parade- Thursday, October 31st

Kindergarten- 9:30 a.m.

First Grade- 10:30 a.m.

In the event of rain, the outdoor parade will not be held

  • Reminders: 
    • There are no pets allowed on Waverly’s property.
    • No masks or weapons are permitted.
    • No candy will be distributed for students to take home. 

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

  • Choose two similar character costumes and discuss how they are alike and how they are different.
  • Craft a bedtime story with both of those characters.
  • Count the costumes you see that represent storybook characters. 
  • See if you can find the books associated with those characters and share them as a family.
  • Determine categories for your candy and see which category has the most (ie. chocolate, round, sour, etc.)
  • Incorporate math vocabulary such as greater than, less than and equal to, when discussing your treats.
  • Try using a five or tens frame to count your candies. (Materials are available from Family Math Night on our website.)
  • Play a game of “Guess which candy I have…” where each family member hides a piece of candy in their hand and gives clues to help you guess the type of candy (ie. My candy has three colors, and is shaped like a triangle.) 
  • Check out these sources for additional information about Halloween safety.

Mark your calendars! The First Grade Winter Concert will be held on December 13th (with a snow date of 12/16/19). Visit our website for an invitation from Mrs. Ness (under “Announcements.”)

Echo is in the building! Sending a hearty thanks to Ms. Batz for adorning a wall of the cafeteria with her painting of Echo, our school mascot. We hope that children will enjoy this painting for many years to come. 

Our school nurse, Nurse Kristy, is promoting the Teal Pumpkin Project. 

Given that many popular Halloween candies contain nuts, milk, egg, soy or wheat (some of the most common allergens in children and adults), the Teal Pumpkin Project offers an alternative for kids with food allergies, as well as other children for whom candy is not an option. Visit the Nurse’s Corner or TealPumpkinProject.org  for more information.

We collected 321 cards for the St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital Literacy Room. Thank you for your support! Stay tuned for the new word of the month in the next Whisper!

You are also invited to help support a local Girl Scout troop in their sock drive… The final day is Halloween!

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

(Last day for Soctober collection.)

-11/08: Family Movie Night RESCHEDULED (See PTA Corner for more information)

Looking ahead to November:

-11/5: Professional Development Day – NO STUDENTS

– 11/7:ELA Night with a Twist! (See above)

-11/08: Home Access opens for report cards for first grade

 Family Movie Night RESCHEDULED (See PTA Corner for more information)

-11/11: No school in observance of Veteran’s Day

-11/13 and 11/19 are 11:40 a.m. dismissal days for conferences with parents

-11/21: Evening conferences with parents

-11/22: Photo retakes

-11/27: 11:40 a.m. dismissal

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 Spreads Happiness!

“Happy Cards” for Good Deed Day, Friday, October 25th! We currently have 41 cards.

October 21st,  2019

Dear Families,

I am thrilled to announce we have added a twist to English Language Arts Night. On Thursday, November 7th, from 6:30-7:30 p.m. we invite parents to join us for an hour of presentations from Waverly teachers on strategies to help your child develop as a reader. 

Now to the twist… You can bring your Waverly child! While you are hearing a presentation from our teachers, your child will be able to enjoy a special performance from the singing author, Tish Rabe. This special event is brought to you by the  PTA, supported by your Cultural Arts dollars. 

Space will be limited! We encourage you to register TODAY! https://www.signupgenius.com/go/5080444a4ae28a5fa7-elanight2

In addition, you can purchase books from the signing author. Be sure to check out the order form to purchase a personalized book by Ms. Rabe. The order form will be available under “Announcements” on our website. 

Here are a few key details:

  • The author event is for Waverly students only! We will not be able to accommodate siblings. 
  • Parents will enter through the main door and leave students in the gym to go to their assigned classroom to begin the workshop. 
  • You will be able to order books written by Ms. Rabe. Personalization is available on the order form. 
  • You do not need to purchase a book to attend the event, nor do you need to attend the event to purchase a book!

In case you missed this last week…

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. 

https://docs.google.com/document/d/12U3leB9R8tQaqPwQApPCJDGrcqaXjMEVzj5ZLGMgTdk/edit?usp=sharing

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

Waverly’s Annual Halloween Parade- Thursday, October 31st

Kindergarten- 9:30 a.m.

First Grade- 10:30 a.m.

We leave via the front door and loop around the building twice. The parade lasts approximately 10-15 minutes.

Parents often congregate in the front of the school. We encourage families to spread out and use space near the playground as well. In that way, students encounter friendly faces all along our route!

In the event of rain, the outdoor parade will not be held.

Our Good Deed for the month will be to create a “happy card” at home for a child at St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital. We have collected 41 cards so far. You still have time! Encourage your child to create a “Happy Card” and attach a single dollar to the card. (Tape is okay! No envelopes are necessary!) We will donate all of the dollars and cards to the hospital for the Loukoumi Foundation Literacy Room, as described below.  Our Good Deed Day will be on Friday, October 25th. (Please have your child wear their red Waverly shirt.) I encourage you to read this excerpt from the Loukoumi Foundation:

http://www.loukoumifoundation.org/

You are also invited to help support a local Girl Scout troop in their sock drive! 

-10/25: Good Deed Day (Hand in those “happy cards”) Don’t forget your Waverly shirt!

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

(Last day for Soctober collection.)

-11/08: Family Movie Night RESCHEDULED (See PTA Corner for more information)

Looking ahead to November:

-11/5: Professional Development Day – NO STUDENTS

-11/7: ELA Night, 6:30-7:30 p.m. (See above)

https://www.signupgenius.com/go/5080444a4ae28a5fa7-elanight2

-11/08: Home Access opens for report cards for first grade

 Family Movie Night RESCHEDULED (See PTA Corner for more information)

-11/11: No school in observance of Veteran’s Day

-11/13 and 11/19 are 11:40 a.m. dismissal days for conferences with parents

-11/21: Evening conferences with parents

-11/22: Photo retakes

-11/27: 11:40 a.m. dismissal

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

Being Safe at Waverly

October 14th, 2019

Dear Families,

This month is all about safety at Waverly. We have already completed quite a few fire drills and held our first lock down drill. With all of our drills, we focus on three rules at Waverly:

These three rules look different based on the drill we are having. In the case of a fire drill, we expect students to keep their eyes forward and follow their teacher. We also expect children to move quickly. This isn’t easy for many of our young students, who are learning how to navigate a big school with large staircases. Finally, we model leaving the building with minimal sound. We review these three rules at every drill, so students are clear about our expectations. 

For lockdown drills, we keep it simple. Students are informed that we conduct drills to keep everyone safe. We quickly lock our doors and move into a more secure area of each learning space.

During this month of safety, our PTA will arrange a visit from the Eastchester Fire Department.The focus of Echo’s Scavenger Hunt this week will be finding signs and symbols intended to keep us safe. I encourage you to ask your child about all of these activities.

I’m sending a hearty note of thanks to all families who attended Waverly’s Math Night. Handouts will be posted on our website under “Announcements.”  Please join me in thanking Ms. Chiappelli, Mrs. Conrad, Ms. Kelly, Mrs. Koller, Mrs. Mastocciolo, Mrs. Saraco, Ms. Soares, and Mrs. Woodrow, for their time and dedication, and  Mr. Blair and Dr. Glass for their support! 

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. 

https://docs.google.com/document/d/12U3leB9R8tQaqPwQApPCJDGrcqaXjMEVzj5ZLGMgTdk/edit?usp=sharing

Please note, that these are strategies that will be presented over the whole school year. The items relevant for this time of year are highlighted in yellow. Additional examples of activities are posted on our website, under “Announcements.”

Westchester Loves to Read Program

County Executive Latimer is launching the “Westchester Loves to Read” initiative to promote the benefits of reading at a young age. Open to students County-wide in grades Pre-K through 5, this reading initiative asks students to log their reading time beginning October 1, 2019 and ending on April 30, 2020. Students who read at least 300 minutes per month from October to April, or roughly 10 minutes a day, will receive a free pass to Playland Park’s Opening Day.

It’s as simple as that. Read. Log. Win. For more information, send an email to: Communications@WestchesterGov.com

Our Good Deed for the month will be to create a “happy card” at home for a child at St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital. If possible, please have your child attach a single dollar to the card. (Tape is okay! No envelopes are necessary!) We will donate all of the dollars and cards to the hospital for the Loukoumi Foundation Room, as described below.  Our Good Deed Day will be on Friday, October 25th. (Please have your child wear their red Waverly shirt.) I encourage you to read this excerpt from the Loukoumi Foundation:

http://www.loukoumifoundation.org/

You are also invited to help support a local Girl Scout troop in their sock drive! 

Ms. Quigley will be moving on from her position as a monitor at Waverly at the end of this week, after having worked at Waverly for the past several years. Please join me in wishing her well in her future endeavors! 

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

-10/17: PTA Meeting, 7:30 p.m.

-10/25: Good Deed Day (Hand in those “happy cards”)

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

(Last day for Soctober collection)

Looking ahead to November:

-11/5: Professional Development Day – NO STUDENTS

-11/08: Home Access opens for report cards for first grade

 Family Movie Night RESCHEDULED (See PTA Corner for more information)

-11/11: No school in observance of Veteran’s Day

-11/13 and 11/19 are 11:40 a.m. dismissal days for conferences with parents

-11/21: Evening conferences with parents

-11/22: Photo retakes

-11/27: 11:40 a.m. dismissal

-11/28 and 11/29: No school in observance of Thanksgiving

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

Family Math Night is This Week!!

October 7th, 2019

Dear Families,

Thursday, October 10th, 6:30-7:30 p.m.

There are a few open spots for Family Math Night – THIS THURSDAY!

We encourage you to join us on Thursday, October 10th, for our third annual Family Math Night. During this hour-long evening event, from 6:30 – 7:30 p.m., we invite you to come with your school age child to experience the games and strategies of Waverly mathematics. 

https://www.signupgenius.com/go/5080444A4AE28A5FA7-family1

Kindly help us honor the time with your Waverly child and leave your babies and toddlers at home for this active hour-long event.

As you may be aware, Mrs. Tracy Mitchell in our main office has moved over to Eastchester Middle School, where she will have a full-time position in the main office. Please join me in thanking Mrs. Mitchell for her 11 years of service at Waverly. We wish “Ms.Tracy” the best! 

Mrs. Xenia Kokkodis will be helping us in the office for the immediate future. Kindly welcome “Ms. Xenia” to Waverly.  

Westchester Loves to Read Program

County Executive Latimer is launching the “Westchester Loves to Read” initiative to promote the benefits of reading at a young age. Open to students County-wide in grades Pre-K through 5, this reading initiative asks students to log their reading time beginning October 1, 2019 and ending on April 30, 2020. Students who read at least 300 minutes per month from October to April, or roughly 10 minutes a day, will receive a free pass to Playland Park’s Opening Day.

It’s as simple as that. Read. Log. Win. For more information, send an email to: Communications@WestchesterGov.com

Below is a video of the kickoff of the program:

During the month of October, we discuss safety and being safe at school. Please be sure to ask your child about our weekly lessons.

Our Good Deed for the month will be to create a “happy card” at home for a child at St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital. If possible, please have your child attach a single dollar to the card. (Tape is okay! No envelopes are necessary!) We will donate all of the dollars and cards to the hospital for the Loukoumi Foundation Room, as described below.  Our Good Deed Day will be on Friday, October 25th. (Please have your child wear their red Waverly shirt.) I encourage you to read this excerpt from the Loukoumi Foundation:

We are proud to announce that on October 21st we will open The Loukoumi Make A Difference Foundation Treatment Room and literacy program at St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital. In the Loukoumi Foundation room, while patients undergo their treatments, reading instructors will engage the children who often leave their schools for several months at a time so that when they return to their schools they will not fall behind. This project is supported by kids who each make cards for patients and donate $1 for this project. The Loukoumi Foundation is pledging $150,000 to fund this program for at least the next 10 years. 

http://www.loukoumifoundation.org/

You are also invited to help support a local Girl Scout troop in their sock drive! 

-10/9: No school in observance of Yom Kippur

-10/10: Family Math Night, 6:30- 7:30 p.m. (Sign up will be available on Wednesday morning)

-10/11: Picture Day

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

-10/17: PTA Meeting, 7:30 p.m. 

10/18: Family Movie Night POSTPONED! Future information will follow from PTA

-10/25: Good Deed Day (Hand in those “happy cards”)

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

Looking ahead to November: 11/13 and 11/19 are 11:40 a.m. dismissal days for conferences with parents

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

Family Math Night is Coming!

October 1st, 2019

Dear Families,

Thursday, October 10th, 6:30-7:30 p.m.

Parents often ask what they can do to reinforce the skills that are taught in all content areas. Our answer is fairly consistent: make it meaningful! There is no replacement for genuine conversation. We often associate language with reading and English Language Arts. However, this is absolutely true in mathematics as well. Nancy Gillenstein of Wright State University, shared in her article, “Children need to be provided with many opportunities to share their understandings at the transitional/pictorial level. Real objects, used in conjunction with pictorial representations, would assist learners during this transition.” In our classrooms, students often use manipulatives and drawings to display their understanding of mathematical concepts. I encourage you to check out the article. The article, entitled “Engaging Young Children in Science and Mathematics,” is shared below:

https://files.eric.ed.gov/fulltext/EJ798816.pdf

Do you want more? (We were hoping you’ll say YES!)

We encourage you to join us on Thursday, October 10th, for our third annual Family Math Night. During this hour-long evening event, from 6:30 – 7:30 p.m., we invite you to come with your school age child to experience the games and strategies of Waverly mathematics. 

https://www.signupgenius.com/go/5080444A4AE28A5FA7-family1

Kindly help us honor the time with your Waverly child and leave your babies and toddlers at home for this active hour-long event.

Former Waverly student, Anusha made a Call for Action at the Westchester Board of Legislators to reduce the plastic pollution including her suggestions like promoting zero plastic zones (livinggreenways.com) and building native landscapes to counter the decline in insect populations (saveinsects.com). To see video of her presentation, click on the link below: https://youtu.be/z19kYgIbio8

She was even interviewed on TV at Prime Time on 9/20 by News 12!

http://westchester.news12.com/story/41080074/eastchester-4th-grader-on-a-mission-to-save-insects-reduce-pollution

Last Friday, we celebrated our very first Good Deed Day. It was a sea of red, as students came to school adorned in their Waverly shirts. As you know, we were focusing on the word community, and talking about ways in which we can take care of each other. Mrs. Ness led first graders in singing, “I Like Waverly.” It was wonderful to see so many of our kindergarten students joining in! (It’s obviously a very catchy tune!) 

Two students looked for their photos on the Wall of Smiles. (There is still a little room if you hadn’t yet sent in your child’s photo.)

Help support a local Girl Scout troop in their sock drive! 

Please consider supporting The Eastchester Student Athletic Council as they have launched an online store. Most of the gear is Under Armour with our school athletic logos. This on-line only store will close on September 29th and all orders will ship to your individual homes. Thank you in advance for visiting the store and GO EAGLES!

Please visit the district website or the athletics web page and click on the online store link or simply click the link below!   

https://ehsac19.itemorder.com/

The items are custom made to order so there are no exchanges or refunds.

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

-9/29: Last day to purchase Eagles gear (see above)

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

-10/2 – 10/4: First grade clubs begin (Don’t forget change of dismissal notes!)

-10/9: No school in observance of Yom Kippur

-10/10: Family Math Night, 6:30- 7:30 p.m. (Sign up will be available on Wednesday morning)

-10/11: Picture Day

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

-10/17: PTA Meeting, 7:30 p.m.

-10/18: Family Movie Night (See PTA Corner for more information)

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

Looking ahead to November: 11/13 and 11/19 are 11:40 a.m. dismissal days for conferences with parents

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

Echo’s Scavenger Hunt

September 23rd, 2019

Dear Families,

We know that true learning takes place when we can connect what we are learning in one environment and apply it in another. As partners in your child’s education, this year we’ve created, Echo’s Scavenger Hunt. Each week, we’ll present a new focus and children are encouraged to go on a “hunt” to find a matching item on their way to school. Last week we asked students to identify how many “red things” they could locate on their trip to Waverly, either on foot, in their car or on the bus in the morning. Children delighted in the opportunity to share the red items they found while making their way to school. Students identified stop signs, traffic lights, and signs for local businesses. One first grader stopped me in the hallway to share that he didn’t need to look farther than his own sneakers to find two red items!

What will be the focus for this week? Be sure to check out Echo’s Scavenger Hunt by clicking on the icon on our website. (If you’re viewing this e-newsletter on a computer, you can scroll down to the picture of “Echo,” the Waverly Eaglet for more information.)

You are encouraged to ask your child about what their friends shared as their “finding” for the item of the week. They will likely have some creative discoveries.

As part of daily discussion about the Waverly community, we are encouraging students to be good members of our community by:

  • Using manner words such as “please” and “thank you”
  • Following rules in the cafeteria and hallways
  • Having friendly exchanges, and sharing their smile!

 Please ask your child about some of the ways in which they contribute to our vibrant Waverly community.

We are still collecting photos for our “Wall of Smiles.” Kindly send in a single 4X6 picture of themselves smiling. (Please don’t send larger photos as we want to accommodate everyone’s picture.) THIS Friday, 9/27, we’ll have our very first Good Deed Day. Please have your child wear their red Waverly shirt (or any other red shirt) and be sure to ask your child about the song we sang as a school on our very first good deed day of the year. 

The Eastchester Student Athletic Council has just launched an online store. Most of the gear is Under Armour with our school athletic logos. Council members selected items that they thought younger students, fans, faculty, parents, and alumni would like. The store is open for all! 

Here is your opportunity to purchase authentic Eastchester School apparel and show your EAGLE PRIDE! This on-line only store will close on September 29th and all orders will ship to your individual homes. Thank you in advance for visiting the store and GO EAGLES!

Please visit the district website or the athletics web page and click on the online store link or simply click the link below!   

https://ehsac19.itemorder.com/

The items are custom made to order so there are no exchanges or refunds.

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

-9/29: Last day to purchase Eagles gear (see above)

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

-10/2 – 10/4: First grade clubs begin

-10/9: No school in observance of Yom Kippur

-10/11: Picture Day

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

-10/17: PTA Meeting, 7:30 p.m.

-10/18: Family Movie Night (See PTA Corner for more information)

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

Looking ahead to November: 11/13 and 11/19 are 11:40 a.m. dismissal days for conferences with parents

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

Collecting Smiles!

for our Good Deed!

September 16th, 2019

Dear Families,

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

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

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

Some reminders regarding arrival and dismissal:

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

Thank you in advance for your support!

Warmly,

Mari K. Doyle

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

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

-10/2 – 10/4: First grade clubs begin

-10/11: Picture Day

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

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

Warmly,

Mari Doyle

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

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

The Waverly Community welcomes you to Open House!

…. Is this Thursday evening!

September 9th, 2019

Dear Families,

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

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

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

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

-Open House, 9/12, 7-8 p.m.: 

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

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

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

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

Warmly,

Mari Doyle

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

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