Spring at Waverly!

The Keychain Dilemma

(Please read below!)

March 18th, 2019

Dear Families,

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 concerns you have about your child’s specific placement, please do so by Friday, May 3rd, 2019.

Kindly note:

  • Requests for a specific teacher will not be honored.
  • Younger siblings will not necessarily have the same teacher as the elder sibling.
  • Letters received after the May 3rd 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.

The Keychain Dilemma

We have noticed an uptick in the number of tiny toys and keychains students are bringing to school. While these may be wonderful items to play with at home, they are causing a bit of stir with our young students. Children get upset when their toy is lost, and teachers are finding the items to be a great distraction during learning time. A Shopkin or Pokemon card in a student’s desk can prove quite disruptive to a room full of five and six-year-olds. With this in mind, we ask that you refrain from allowing children to bring in toys and keychains to school. If your child has a special item to share for show and tell, please remind them to leave the item in their backpack until the teacher tells them to take it out. Thanks in advance for your cooperation!

Our Good Deed of the month will be collecting old, dry markers to recycle via the Crayola recycling program.

Keep sending in those dry markers! We will collect old markers throughout the month of March, until Good Deed Day, Friday, March 29th.

To learn more about this program through Crayola, click on the link below:


Did you know that our monthly Good Deed program will be honored at the 5th annual Loukoumi Make a Difference Dance Party on Sunday, May 19th, from 5-9 p.m. at Mulino’s at the Lake Isle Country Club. Please consider joining us! For information and tickets, please visit: WWW.LOUKOUMIFOUNDATION.ORG

Please join me in congratulating Ms. Kelly Soares, who will be recommended to the Board for tenure. On Tuesday, April 9th there will be a reception from 7:30-8:00 p.m. prior to the Board meeting.

Kindergarten Spring Concert- Wed., April 10th

Classes will perform at the following times:

9:30 a.m. Dragonetti, Tine/O’Reilly, Mastocciolo, Batz, Tortorella, Cavalli (K students)

10:30 a.m. Engborg, Falcone, Torres, Ullrich, Soares, Zanzano and Myers (K students)

As you are planning, please make note 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!

On the concert day, children can wear festive attire of any color with comfortable, flat shoes (sneakers if they have P.E. that day). Please do not include hats or large hair accessories.

The Third Annual Eastchester Sakura Festival, sponsored by the Eliza Scidmore Cherry Blossom Society and the ESF

Saturday, March 30th, Noon – 3 p.m.

Eastchester Middle School Cafeteria

There will be Japanese treats, crafts, games and activities. I look forward to seeing you there!

Eastchester Schools Kindergarten Registration for 2019-2020 School Year

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

Registering now guarantees that families will be able to attend Kindergarten Screening and Orientation. Many of their questions will be answered about life for a kindergarten student at Waverly and children will get a chance to play in our classrooms.

Kindly click on the link below. https://district.eastchesterschools.org/m2/mod/dataform/view.php?d=1&view=1&eids=80&ret=9

Once you have completed the application and all registration requirements, the registrar will review the application. Upon approval of the application, you will receive an email to schedule a 10 minute appointment with the Registrar to provide the original version of the supporting documents. Please register today!

Once March hits, children often begin to shed their winter gear. Please be mindful of the temperature when your child comes to school. Make sure your child wears 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!


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

Most Sincerely,

Mari K. Doyle

-Friday, March 29th- Good Deed Day (Wear your red Waverly shirt and bring in those old markers!)

-Saturday, March 30th- The 3rd Annual Eastchester Sakura Festival, Noon – 3 p.m. (See above)

-Wednesday, April 10th- Kindergarten Spring Concert (See above)

-Friday, April 26th- Yearbook Deadline (See PTA Corner)

-Friday, May 3rd and 10th- Kindergarten students are dismissed at 11:40 a.m. for Incoming Kindergarten Orientation (Students in the K/1 small classes: Cavalli, Myers and Zanzano, will be dismissed on 5/3 at 11:40 a.m. They have regular dismissal on 5/10.)

-Thursday, May 9th- Art Show, 4:30-6:00, 6:15-7:45 (Mark your calendar! More information to follow)
-Sunday, May 19th- Loukoumi Dance Party and Make a Difference Awards (Waverly is being honored! More information to follow.)