Dear Pelham Parents and Community Members,
I hope that despite the dreary weather, you and your children had a productive day of learning and are beginning to settle into this new routine as much as you can. We continue to be in touch with our teachers, principals and administrative team daily to reflect on and evolve our distance learning plan in real time so that we can make the best of these unusual circumstances. We know that the office hours for elementary specials classes present particular challenges due to the sheer volume of students involved and ask for extra patience as we work out the kinks in those areas.
As a reminder, all afterschool activities and special events through April 10 have been cancelled or postponed. This includes the state ELA and Math tests for grades 3-8, the Sock'n'Buskin performances, and many other activities. We remain hopeful that once we are through the worst of this health crisis, we will be able to reschedule some of these events that have become so customary over the years.
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
We also ask that everyone continues practicing social distancing, including:
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.
Once again, I want to extend my sincerest thank you to all of you for doing what you can to support this shift in learning and making it possible for our teachers to educate your children during this difficult time.
Cheryl H. Champ
Superintendent of Schools
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.