Dear Pelham Parents and Community Members,
As we enter our first full week of April, the weather is turning nicer and our longing to be outside and enjoy the spring season is being felt more than ever. It however remains vital that we all continue to practice social distancing each and every day. The more we can stay apart and prevent the spread of COVID-19, the quicker we will all be able to return to our regular lives.
The spring is usually a harbinger of many traditional rites of passage for our students. These events, such as prom, awards ceremonies, culminating projects and presentations, moving-up ceremonies and graduation mean the world to our students and their families and we share the frustration about what these uncertain times will mean for these annual events. Please know that we are committed to doing everything we can to acknowledge the incredible achievements of our students and safely provide them the experiences they want and deserve at some point in the future. In the coming weeks, we hope for more guidance from the state regarding when we will return to school, and what that means for these events. We look forward to connecting with students, parents, and teachers about these matters.
Finally, as we embark on our fourth week of our buildings being closed, I want to remind parents that the District's meal service is available for any child in need, whether or not they qualify for free or reduced lunch. Both breakfast and lunch are available for pickup at Hutchinson School between 8 and 10am, Monday-Friday.
I hope you have enjoyed a restful weekend and are ready for the week ahead. Thank you all for your continued support.
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.