Wishing Our Waverly Family a Healthy Summer!

June 22nd, 2020

Dear Waverly Families,

As this is our final Whisper for the 2019-2020 school year, I’d like to thank you for all you’ve done to support your child this year. I wish you all a healthy and happy summer filled with health and joyful family memories. 

I encourage you to visit your child’s Google Classroom (as it will remain open for the summer months) and utilize the resources provided by our teachers. These resources will be posted on GC and on our website by the end of the week.

Please be on the lookout for school supply lists. These too will be listed on our website. Kindly note that these supply lists may change based on guidance we receive from the State regarding the opening of school. The district will surely communicate with all families as details of the reopening of school emerge. 

This morning is the First Grade Moving Up Concert! A link for the concert was sent to all first grade families for the times listed below. Get your red shirt ready! Please join us! 

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

Get your red Waverly shirt ready! Another Waverly tradition, this concert marks the culmination of two years of musical experiences. Families are invited to join in and sing songs with their first grader that they have learned with Mrs. Ness. In addition to the special songs we’ll sing, we will also share videos crafted by our teachers especially for our rising second graders. You should have received a link on Friday for this concert on Zoom. Please check your email.

§  Group 10 a.m.

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

§  Group 2: 10:45 a.m.

Schwartz, Vaughan, Zuzolo, first grade Cavalli students

§  Group 3: 11:30 a.m.

Garrett, Saraco, Kelly, and Koller

Our final event of the year, The Waverly Wave will be held on Thursday, June 25th. Be sure to join us for this special send off during your scheduled time below. A pass was sent to all email addresses on file. Kindly print the pass and display on your dashboard.

Important notes:

  • Families will enter the Immaculate Conception School (ICS- 53 Winter Hill Rd, Tuckahoe, NY 10707) upper parking lot from White Plains Road at the times shared below.
  • The Eastchester Police Department will escort us from the upper parking lot to the route along Main Street and into the Waverly bus circle. 
  • We ask that there be one car per family, and that all families arrive by car and remain in their car for the entire route. 
  • Be sure to print out the pass for your time and place it in on your dashboard.

For our first graders, this will be a great time to wear your “Quarantine” t-shirt sponsored by the PTA. For our kindergarten students, we encourage you to wear your Waverly shirt, or another red shirt. 

As noted above, cars will enter the upper ICS parking lot from White Plains Road during the following times: 

(DO NOT line up at Waverly as Main Street will be closed.)

FIRST GRADE and students from Arita, Cavalli and Rosenkranz

§  Group 1: 9:15 a.m. (Cars begin lining up at ICS at 9 a.m.)

Borowsky, Chiappelli, Demos, Garrett, Saraco, Arita, and Rosenkranz 

§  Group 2: 10 a.m. (Cars begin lining up at ICS at 9:45 a.m.)

Kelly, Koller, Schwartz, Vaughan, Zuzolo, Cavalli

KINDERGARTEN

§  Cohort 1: 10:45 a.m. (Cars begin lining up at ICS at 10:30 a.m.)

Batz, Dragonetti, Engborg, Falcone, and Torres

§  Cohort 2: 11:30 a.m. (Cars begin lining up at ICS at 11:15 a.m.)

Mastocciolo, Soares, Tine, Tortorella, Ullrich

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

PICKING UP CLASSROOM ITEMS, ARTWORK AND MEDICATION

(DROPPING OFF LIBRARY AND CLASSROOM BOOKS)

Parents who indicated that they would like to pick up classroom items will be able to do so using the schedule below. Even if  you did not indicate that you would like to retrieve your child’s items from school, you will have a chance to do the following:

  1. Pick up any artwork your child completed throughout the school year.
  2. Drop off any library books or guided reading books for a teacher.
  3. Pick up medication previously left with the Health Office.

June 22June 23June 24
Time


9:00 – 10:00BatzTorres & AritaGarrett
10:15 – 11:15DragonettiSoares, Tortorella & CavalliKelly & Koller
11:30 – 12:30EngborgUllrich & RosenkranzSaraco & Schwartz
12:45 – 1:45FalconeBorowsky & DemosVaughan
2:00 – 3:00Mastocciolo & TineChiappelliZuzolo

Parents picking up classroom items and or artwork/ books are asked to come to the front of the school. There will be a table set up with a label for each class at the time of pick up. Please be sure to wear a face covering and practice social distancing. There will be a box to drop off any library or classroom books that were borrowed or to leave anything for the teacher.

Parents picking up medication are asked to come to the side door near Main Street during the same allotted time period. A staff member will greet you and provide the medication we have been housing for your child. Once again, if there is a line, we ask that you wear a mask and maintain social distancing as you wait.

Be sure to follow the date and time above for pickup, as we will not be able to have items available if you arrive at a different date and/or time. We thank you in advance for your cooperation. 

The Wrap Up with Wellness Calendar will be available for the entire summer. You are encouraged to check out these resources. 

Click on this link to get started today with an opportunity to explore Mindfulness with Simon Says.

Each year we focus our character development instruction around words that we feel exemplify the traits we want to nurture in our students. I mentioned these words many times during the Morning Meeting videos. They are listed here for your reference as well:

  • Community
  • Safe
  • Courageous
  • Honest
  • Respectful
  • Responsible
  • Kind
  • Unique
  • Determined
  • Independent

If you’d like to learn more about why we consider character education to be of such importance, I encourage you to check out the article, “Character Education: As important as academics?” Below you will find an excerpt from the article that I thought was of particular value. 

In his book, The Educated Child, William J. Bennett writes, “Good character education means cultivating virtues through formation of good habits.” According to Bennett, children need to learn through actions that honesty and compassion are good, and that deceit and cruelty are bad. He believes that adults in schools and parents should strive to be models of good character.

I also shared the following poem during one of our last Morning Meeting videos, and it bears repeating. It is written by Shel Silverstein and was shared with me by Mrs. Saraco.

The Voice

There is a voice inside of you

That whispers all day long,

“I feel that this is right for me,

I know that this is wrong.” 

No teacher, preacher, parent,  friend

Or wise man can decide

What’s right for you- just listen to

The voice that speaks inside.

Did you know that the PTA Yearbook Committee will be distributing yearbooks in July when they are received? Check out their message below:

We hope this message finds you well. We wanted to reach out in regards to the Yearbook distribution.  We will be able to distribute yearbooks once we have a plan from the district in correlation with the current social distancing measures provided by NYS. The yearbook date of delivery is anticipated to be the first week of July, which is later than normal due to the COVID-19 delays. Once the order is received, the Yearbook Committee will work with the district to safely enter the school in order to unbox, sort/organize, and distribute, while following the current guidelines. We appreciate your understanding and patience while we work through the logistics. We will keep you informed with our distribution strategy once the date comes closer. Again, the Yearbook committee thanks you for the continued support in making this a memorable yearbook that our Waverly students can look back fondly at the memories made in school and at home. Stay well.  

Did you know that you can order school supplies for your rising second grader?

The PTAs of Anne Hutchinson and Greenvale PTA have once again partnered with AHartz to order school supplies for the 2020-21 school year. This quick, no-hassle process will have your children’s supplies sent directly to the school.  Orders can be placed by clicking the link and selecting either elementary school. 

Ordering has already begun. Due to this time of uncertainty, the ordering deadline is extended this year to July 24, 2020.  Once you place your order, you will receive an email confirmation. 

This year some household items needed such as tissues and antibacterial wipes will need to be purchased separately and are unable to be included in the packets at this time. This will be explained on the website and from the school for those who choose to buy supplies on their own. 

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

Eastchester Schools Kindergarten Registration for 2020-2021 School Year

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

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

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

-6/22: First Grade Moving Up Concert (See schedule above. This is TODAY!)

-6/22-6/24: Picking up classroom items, artwork and medication (see above)

-6/25: “Waverly Wave” Send off (See above)

Wishing our Waverly dads a Happy Belated Father’s Day!

Warmly,

Mari K. Doyle