Dear Pelham Parents and Community Members,
As we continue to explore ways to appropriately and safely honor the Class of 2020 and provide a memorable graduation ceremony, we appreciate the efforts of our parents who are coming up with a variety of ways to celebrate our seniors. Tomorrow night, residents are encouraged to decorate the front of their homes with lights and Pelham swag as seniors drive the streets in decorated cars to see just how much they are appreciated. We hope that many of you will participate to give our graduates the recognition they deserve, but ask that everyone do so safely and keep social distancing in mind. I thank the many parents who have worked hard to organize and spread the word about this special evening. Please see the graphic below for more information.
Speaking of recognition, many PMHS students were recently inducted into World Language Honor Societies for their incredible achievements in French, Chinese, Italian, Latin and Spanish. A full list of inductees is available on the District website. It is important to point out that this was the first year that PMHS students were inducted into the Chinese Honor Society and we are incredibly proud of our Mandarin teacher, Daisy He, for her dedicated leadership in growing the program over the past several years. Please take a few minutes to view a video of the Chinese Honor Society Induction.
Finally, I would like to remind residents that a dropbox to return absentee ballots for the school budget vote and school board member election will be available from 9am-5pm tomorrow, Friday, June 5, Monday, June 8, and Tuesday, June 9 outside of the Main Entrance of Pelham Memorial High School. All ballots, including those returned via the dropbox, MUST be enclosed in the envelope marked "Election Materials Please Expedite, Official Ballot, Absentee Voter" with the Statement of Absentee Voter signed and dated. Please be sure to follow all instructions listed on the ballot, which may also be viewed on the District website and contact District Clerk Millie Bonilla with any questions.
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.
- When maintaining social distancing is not possible, cover 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.