Waverly Grows Confident Readers!

The New Teacher Bench

See below for more information!

March 26th, 2019

Dear Families,

The Eastchester School District’s Literacy Committee has continued its work this year under the leadership of Mrs. Susan Chester. Members of the Committee, including Waverly’s own Mrs. Borowsky, Ms. Chiappelli, Mrs. Conrad, Ms. Kelly,  Mrs. Mastocciolo, Ms. Santos, Ms. Tortorella, Mrs. Ullrich, and myself, have been reading the book From Striving to Thriving, How to Grow Confident, Capable Readers, by Stephanie Harvey and Annie Ward. This book focuses on strategies to help strengthen students’ reading behaviors. There are several recommendations that resonated with the Committee. One specific practice that I’d like to share is the importance of reading series texts. On the surface, reading books in a series is just plain fun. The reader gets familiar with the characters and the repeating patterns in texts (like how the tree becomes “absolutely still” in the Magic Tree House series). It is that fun and familiar nature of these texts that students find so appealing and motivational. In Striving, the authors note that “Enthralled series readers swap books with friends, gossip about characters as if they were real, and commiserate together during the long wait for new releases.” (p. 102)

Interested in series texts for your children? Check out the website below for some popular choices:

Book series- 1st grade and beyond

Book series- Kindergarten and beyond

Remember, these series texts are great for parents to read to children, with children, or children can read them on their own, when they’re ready. Looking for more book choices for family read alouds? Check out the Book Corner on our website each week!

Outdoor Classroom Progress Continues…

Work on the outdoor classroom has continued. The teacher bench has been installed and the cushions are in!

Thanks to Mrs. DeRise and the members of the Waverly PTA/Wellness Committee.  We are looking forward to some sunny days to bring the children outside to explore.

First Graders Learned about Braille

As you may be aware, first graders have been learning about how some students use special technology to help them learn. This past week, all first grade classes were treated to a visit from Dr. Rebecca Renshaw, a Waverly parent and superintendent of the Lavelle School for the Blind in the Bronx.

Dr. Renshaw brought in her Braille writer and showed students how she wrote out all of our first grade students’ names. Be sure to ask your child to share their name in Braille! Dr. Renshaw also provided a Braille alphabet card, so students can practice on their own. Several books in Braille were donated to the Waverly library, so children can read at home.

Most importantly, Dr. Renshaw compared and contrasted students at her school with students at Waverly. We found that children have many things in common! While her students may read and write in a different way, they love to learn, make friends, play, have fun, read, write and do mathematics… just like us!

Our students were intrigued by this distinct form of writing and generated many thoughtful questions during the lesson. Checkout the website for the Lavelle School for the Blind for more information. https://www.lavelleschool.org/

Reaching Out!

If you have reached out to a teacher regarding your child, kindly note that they may take between 24 and 48 hours to return your email or phone call. It often takes time to collect information to best respond to your query. (Teachers are not checking email throughout the day; they are teaching! And for this reason emails to teachers with dismissal changes can not be accepted.) Thanks in advance for your patience!

We will collect old markers throughout the month of March, until Good Deed Day, This Friday, March 29th.

Don’t forget to have your child wear their Waverly shirt (or another red shirt) as well!

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

THIS 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!

We are so happy to be welcoming spring! As we all know, spring can bring some erratic weather patterns, so please be sure to have your child wear a jacket to school every day. We try to get students outside each day to play!

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.)

-Friday, May 3rd- The last day to submit information regarding your child’s placement for the upcoming school year.

-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! WWW.LOUKOUMIFOUNDATION.ORG)