Dear Pelham Parents and Community Members,
Today marks the 50th anniversary of Earth Day and while we could not celebrate in the same way we have in years past due to the pandemic, I hope that many of you were able to participate in the virtual STEAM celebration hosted by our science department and the Junior League of Pelham. I am extremely thankful to the organizers of this great event for their hard work to provide students and families engaging activities and highlight the importance of protecting our environment.
Tonight, as part of the Board of Education meeting in which we will continue to discuss the 2020-21 budget and capital projects, I am thrilled to recommend that Mark Berkowitz be appointed as the next Principal of PMHS. I believe Mr. Berkowitz is well positioned to build upon our high school's already strong program and lead us into the next chapter starting in July. Following his expected appointment this evening, we will be announcing various ways for Mr. Berkowitz to meet the community, albeit virtually, in the coming weeks and we hope to hold a formal, in-person reception once it is safe to do so.
In closing, I want to remind the Pelham community that the Distance Learning parent surveys will close at midnight tonight, so if you have not already done so please be sure to provide your feedback by using the links below. Additionally, I hope that everyone has your pots, pans, bells and other noise-making devices ready for this evening's kick-off of the "Tell 'Em You're From Pelham @ 7" campaign, which starts tonight at 7pm. I look forward to hearing how loud Pelham can be in support of our local heroes!
Cheryl H. Champ
Superintendent of Schools
Distance Learning Parent Surveys
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.