Dear Pelham Parents and Community Members,
Since the beginning of our extended closure, we have been fine-tuning and adapting our distance learning efforts to better meet the needs of our students. As you may already know, Governor Cuomo has now extended the state-wide shutdown and school building closure until at least May 15. In preparation for what will minimally be another month of distance learning, we want to hear from parents, students, faculty and staff about how these efforts are going. To that end, I ask that you take a few moments to complete the appropriate surveys below by the end of the day on Wednesday, April 22. The feedback gleaned from these surveys will help us as we continue planning over the next several weeks.
Yesterday evening, the Board of Education met virtually to receive an update from Jim Hricay, Assistant Superintendent for Business, regarding the District's efforts to produce a balanced, tax-cap compliant 2020-21 budget in light of the changing fiscal climate caused by the pandemic. Mr. Hricay and our construction manager also reported that progress on the new Hutchinson School is ahead of schedule with concrete footings expected to be completed within the next few weeks and steel slated to arrive in about one month. Additionally, the new synthetic turf at the Glover Complex is on target to be completed within the next 2-3 weeks and we look forward to putting it to good use whenever athletics are able to resume. This meeting is available for viewing on the District website and discussions on both topics and more will continue at the Board's next meeting on April 22.
Lastly, I continue to be thankful for our incredible partners in the Pelham community and am thrilled to share that our science department is collaborating with the Junior League of Pelham on a virtual Earth Day STEAM celebration at 4:30pm on Wednesday, April 22. This event will include a variety of activities for K-5 families and I encourage you to log-on and participate. More information is available on the District website.
Please stay healthy and enjoy a restful weekend.
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.