Dear Pelham Parents and Community Members,
I want again express my deepest gratitude to Mrs. Clark for her tireless efforts in securing a drive-in graduation, allowing the PMHS Class of 2020 to be celebrated and recognized in a special and memorable way. Without her hard work and our incredible partnership with the high school PTA, this event would simply not be possible. To be clear, the drive-in graduation at SUNY Purchase on June 27 will be held instead of our previous plans for a July ceremony. Though we had hoped a "normal" ceremony could take place later in the summer, the reality is we do not know if that would have ever been possible. Instead, we believed taking advantage of this opportunity now - allowing our graduates to be together via cars in accordance with the recently released state guidance, on the actual graduation day was the best path forward. We look forward to sharing more details as plans are finalized.
As a school District, we tend to focus on the emotional health and well-being of our students, but it is important that parents also have resources to deal with the difficulties this pandemic has presented. I am pleased to share that Pelham Together is offering virtual discussion groups for parents to talk challenges and concerns with other parents. Groups, ranging from parents of nursery to college-aged youth, will be available to cover a variety of issues, such as unstructured summer days, challenges of distance learning, work-parenting balance, children's social and emotional issues, and family dynamics. Please visit the Pelham Together website for additional information and to register.
Please enjoy a restful weekend.
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.