Dear Pelham Parents and Community Members,
Each evening in my neighborhood, people come out onto their balconies or into their doorways to applaud the health care workers and first responders that are doing so much to save lives and keep us safe during this pandemic. It is a gesture of unity and appreciation that reminds us all that we are in this together and that we owe a great debt of gratitude to these heros. There is no doubt that these individuals, who risk their lives each and every day, deserve far more than our praise. I hope that this nightly ritual reminds them how much they are appreciated and encourages them as they endure these most difficult of circumstances.
Routines like this also remind us all of the need to maintain or even reignite relationships with neighbors, friends and family and I encourage everyone to consider taking part in the Pelham 1-2-3 campaign organized by Pelham Together and the PTA Council. This program asks residents to reach out virtually or with a note to those whom they haven't been in contact with to check in and spread joy to others. More information is available on the Pelham Together website.
In closing, I want to remind everyone that the District's COVID-19 webpage continues to be updated and has a variety of resources that parents might find helpful, including articles, videos, and activity suggestions for all age groups. If you have not done so recently, please take a moment to check it out.
Thank you again for your continued support and I hope that tomorrow brings another meaningful day of distance learning.
Social Distancing Guidelines
- Stay home as much as possible, even if you feel healthy
- Refrain from congregating in groups and maintain a distance of at least 6 feet between yourself and others
- Refrain from social gatherings, playdates and sleepovers with friends
- Do not visit public playgrounds
- Use caution when visiting grocery stores/pharmacies and consider delivery services for food and groceries.
- Consider covering your nose and mouth with a cloth or mask when you leave home.
- Wash your hands frequently for at least 20 seconds.
- Avoid touching your face, especially your mouth, nose, or eyes.
Contact Information for Social Workers and Student Assistance Counselor
Our social workers and student assistance counselor continue to be available to support those who are experiencing hardships and need assistance. Please feel free to contact:
- Kristin Quintano, Social Worker, 914-738-3434 x1295
- Sharon Charles, Social Worker, 914-738-8190 x1218
- Kelley-Anne Lonergan, Student Assistance Counselor, 914-738-8182
Information on Community Organizations Offering Assistance
Additionally, organizations such as Pelham Together, the Junior League of Pelham and our faith community have offered their assistance with those families with a variety of needs, including food, child care, and other demands of day-to-day life. The Pelham Civic Association is also available for families that have fallen on hard times due to this pandemic. Please feel free to reach out in confidentiality for potential assistance to Richard Davidian, Vice President, Community programs at Richard.Davidian1@gmail.com (914-552-0872) or Dr. Stan Trocchia, Chairman, Good Neighbors program Goodneighbors@pelhamcivics.org.