Dear Pelham Parents and Community Members,
As we look ahead toward next week, families should be receiving learning activities through Google Classroom from your teachers. These activities will provide continuity of learning and are designed to deepen students' skills and mastery next week. This time can also be used for students to catch up on lessons and assignments that are outstanding. Teachers will be available throughout the week via email to answer questions and help in any way that they can.
Predictably, the first few days of this new phase of distance learning provided us with insight into how things are working for our students, parents and teachers. We are already incorporating feedback from these first implementation days and will make adjustments to improve the experience beginning on Monday, April 13.
Throughout next week our meal service will continue for any child in need as will our childcare program for first responders and essential health care workers. Additionally, the New York State Office of Family and Children's Services and the Regional Child Care Centers are seeking information about childcare needs beyond what is currently offered and have asked parents to complete a Parent Need Survey, if applicable. The survey will help with their planning and outreach.
Please enjoy a restful weekend and join me in keeping those who are ill, their families, and our incredible health care workers in your thoughts and prayers.
Cheryl H. Champ
Superintendent of Schools
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.
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.