Dear Pelham Parents and Community Members,
As another week comes to a close, I want to express my sincere admiration for our teachers and their unwavering commitment to our students during these challenging days. We recognize that our distance learning system is far from perfect and know that if we find ourselves having to pivot back to a distance learning model -- be it in full or in part -- next school year, a more robust and interactive framework will be necessary. With that said, it is important to highlight the hard work that our teachers have been engaging in beyond live classroom sessions, specifically at the elementary level.
When the camera turns off, our teachers have had to re-envision everything about the delivery of instruction and reinvent learning tasks in new ways using new tools, techniques, and resources. They have been meeting in teams across the District to create and re-write lessons, curate and vet virtual learning resources, and develop assignments and activities that are effective in moving students' learning forward. They have been meeting as buildings, grade levels, and departments to align efforts, problem solve, and recreate systems and processes for virtual management of the school program. Throughout the building closure they have engaged directly with our technology staff to become well-versed in a variety of programs including Google classroom, slides, meet, forms, etc., Screencastify, Jamboard, Padelet, Flipgrid and Raz Kids among others. Without question, this comes with challenges, glitches and frustration, but over the course of the past few months, I believe we have made tremendous progress that will continue to pay off in the years ahead.
Also, perhaps most important to note, they have also been taking time to work with individual students or small groups, and communicate directly with parents to address the emotional and unique academic needs that present all the more in this unnatural and separated environment that we are all experiencing. This shift has been difficult on all involved and we are forever grateful to our parents who have done their best in so many ways to support their children's learning.
As we head into Memorial Day weekend, I wanted to close by sharing with you a video of our Pelham Middle School jazz band showcasing their growth throughout the year. Even in the toughest of times, our students are resilient, creative, and inspiring. Please enjoy the long weekend and stay safe.
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.