Dear Pelham Parents and Community Members,
This evening marks the first night of Passover, a holiday celebrating the Jewish people's escape from slavery in Egypt. The story of Passover is one that resonates especially strongly during these troubled times. In the face of oppression, and against all odds, the Jewish people persevered and sought a better life for themselves. They made the best of their situation with what little they had and found hope amidst their darkest hour. We as a community and as a country now face our own dark hour in the form of a pandemic that has uprooted our lives, separated us from family and friends, and stripped us of our normal way of life. But we too must find hope, remain united and believe that our best days are ahead of us.
As we turn the corner to the second half of this week, I want to remind everyone that we must continue to practice social distancing. Data are showing that the curve may be flattening in our area, but this is not the time to let up. We must continue to stay apart so that in time we can be together again. As a supplement to this week's learning activities, below is a list of some activities that you and your children may find fun and interesting as you seek to engage not just the mind, but the body, and spirit as well:
Read independently, aloud or listen to an audiobook
Listen to a podcast or watch a documentary
Do a puzzle or word search
Write a story or keep a journal
Draw a map of your neighborhood
Stretch, do yoga, meditate
Work in the garden
Listen to music
Color, draw, paint
Write a letter to someone special
Build a fort and tell stories in it.
I hope that everyone enjoys a pleasant afternoon, and I wish a Happy Passover to all those celebrating this evening.
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.
- 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.