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  • Virtual Board of Education Meeting to be held Aug. 5, 6 p.m.

    Posted by Alicia Smith on 8/4/2020 1:00:00 PM

    Greetings Elmsford family,

     

    The district’s Board of Education meeting is scheduled to occur on August 5, 2020 at 6:00PM.

     

    Keeping with the guidelines for social distancing and following Governor Cuomo’s Executive Order 202.1, which was recently extended by Executive Order 202.48 our meeting will be held virtually via a Zoom platform. The meeting will be recorded and the video will also be posted to our website. 

     

    If you wish to view the live virtual session, we will post the link on our website prior to the meeting. 

     

    If you have any questions that you would like addressed by the Board, please email your question to the district clerk, questions@eufsd.org

     


    Saludos Familia de Elmsford,

    La reunión de la Junta de Educación del distrito está programada para el 5 de agosto de 2020 a las 6:00 p.m.

     
    Siguiendo las pautas para el distanciamiento social y siguiendo la Orden Ejecutiva 202.1 del Gobernador Cuomo, que fue recientemente extendida por la Orden Ejecutiva 202.48, nuestra reunión se llevará a cabo virtualmente a través de una plataforma Zoom. La reunión se grabará y el video también se publicará en nuestro sitio web.

     

    Si desea ver la sesión virtual en vivo, publicaremos el enlace en nuestro sitio web antes de la reunión.

     

    Si tiene alguna pregunta que le gustaría que la Junta le respondiera, envíe su pregunta por correo electrónico a la secretaria del distrito,questions@eufsd.org.

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  • Reopening Plan Update, July 31, 2020

    Posted by Alicia Smith on 7/31/2020 2:00:00 PM

    Greetings EUFSD family,

     
    I am writing to you as a follow up to my previous email regarding our reopening plans as we all prepare for September 2020.

     

    Over the past week, we have been planning for the reopening of our schools. We continue to plan for the significant challenges ahead - first and foremost the safety and well-being of our school community. As per Governor Cuomo, we may expect to receive a decision sometime during the first week of August. If we are allowed to open in an in-person or hybrid model current guidelines will require 6 feet of social distance and face coverings for everyone (with an exception for those who have a medical exemption).  

     

    As you know, the New York State Education Department (NYSED) requires that we plan for three models of learning. The three models include:

     

    1. In-person Instruction - This model will include plans for all of our students to return to our schools in September and will also include recommended guidelines.

    2. Hybrid - This model would include a schedule where one group of students are in-person, while another group is learning in a virtual model from home.

    3. Distance Learning Instruction - This model would plan for every student to learn remotely from home.

     

    Although NYSED provided up to a week extension, our plan is ready and will be submitted today, July 31st and posted to our website at eufsd.org/reopening, as originally planned.

     

    We recognize that the in-person and distance learning models are familiar; however, the hybrid model will be a new experience for everyone. The proposed hybrid model will assign students to two groups. Each group will have at least two days each week of in-person instruction to meet the current social distancing requirements in our schools and the other days will be in a virtual classroom from home. During each model, students will have daily interactions with their teachers and learning will be aligned to the standards. Attendance will be taken during each day and social-emotional needs assessments will be a priority.

     

    I know that the hybrid model leaves many questions unanswered. We hope to be able to provide more information next week and I will host a virtual Coffee & Conversation on Tuesday, August 4th at 6:00PM to discuss the reopening plan and answer any questions:

     

    Topic: Coffee & Conversation (Reopening)

    Time: Aug 4, 2020 06:00 PM Eastern Time (US and Canada)

     

    Join Zoom Meeting

    https://us02web.zoom.us/j/89892327048?pwd=b2tGYnJzL3ZOakEzRDh5NE90c1VYdz09

     

     

     As a gentle reminder, New York issued a travel advisory for 31 states and international destinations. This advisory requires a mandatory 14-day quarantine. If we return in-person or hybrid models in September, this will be a question for students and staff to return to school. Please be aware of the current places listed if you are planning summer travel during a period that is close to the opening of school.  

     

    I thank you for your patience and understanding as we work together through this challenging time.

     

    Yours truly,

     

    Dr. Marc Baiocco
    Superintendent of Schools

     

     

    Saludos familia de EUFSD,

    Le escribo como seguimiento de mi correo electrónico anterior con respecto a nuestros planes de reapertura mientras nos preparamos para septiembre de 2020.

     

    Durante la semana pasada, hemos estado planeando la reapertura de nuestras escuelas. Continuamos planificando para los desafíos importantes que tenemos por delante, en primer lugar, la seguridad y el bienestar de nuestra comunidad escolar. Según el Gobernador Cuomo, podemos esperar recibir una decisión en algún momento durante la primera semana de agosto. Si se nos permite abrir en un modelo en persona o híbrido, las pautas actuales requerirán 6 pies de distancia social y cobertura facial para todos (con la excepción de aquellos que tienen una exención médica).

     

    Como saben, el Departamento de Educación del Estado de Nueva York (NYSED) requiere que planifiquemos tres modelos de aprendizaje. Los tres modelos incluyen:

     

    1. Instrucción en Persona: este modelo incluirá planes para que todos nuestros estudiantes regresen a nuestras escuelas en septiembre y también incluirá pautas recomendadas.

    2. Híbrido - Este modelo incluiría un horario en el que un grupo de estudiantes está en persona, mientras que otro grupo está aprendiendo en un modelo virtual desde casa.

    3. Distance Learning Instruction - Este modelo planearía que cada estudiante aprenda de forma remota desde su hogar.

     

    Aunque NYSED proporcionó una extensión de hasta una semana, nuestro plan está listo y se enviará hoy, 31 de julio, y se publicará en nuestro sitio web en eufsd.org/reopening, según lo planeado originalmente.

     

    Reconocemos que los modelos de aprendizaje en persona y a distancia son familiares; Sin embargo, el modelo híbrido será una experiencia nueva para todos. El modelo híbrido propuesto asignará a los estudiantes a dos grupos. Cada grupo tendrá al menos dos días cada semana de instrucción en persona para cumplir con los requisitos actuales de distanciamiento social en nuestras escuelas y los otros días estarán en un aula virtual desde casa. Durante cada modelo, los estudiantes tendrán interacciones diarias con sus maestros y el aprendizaje se alineará con los estándares. La asistencia se tomará durante cada día y las evaluaciones de las necesidades socioemocionales serán una prioridad.

     

    Sé que el modelo híbrido deja muchas preguntas sin respuesta. Esperamos poder brindar más información la próxima semana y organizaré un Café y Conversación virtual el martes 4 de agosto a las 6:00 PM para discutir el plan de reapertura y responder cualquier pregunta:

     

    Tema: Café y conversación (reapertura)

    Hora: 4 de agosto de 2020 06:00 PM hora del este (EE. UU. Y Canadá)

     

    Unirse a la reunión de Zoom

     

    https://us02web.zoom.us/j/89892327048?pwd=b2tGYnJzL3ZOakEzRDh5NE90c1VYdz09

     

     

     

    Como recordatorio amable, Nueva York emitió un aviso de viaje para 31 estados y destinos internacionales. Este de aviso requiere una cuarentena obligatoria de 14 días. Si devolvemos modelos en persona o híbridos en septiembre, esta será una pregunta para que los estudiantes y el personal regresen a la escuela. Tenga en cuenta los lugares actuales enumerados si está planeando un viaje de verano durante un período cercano a la apertura de la escuela.

     

    Le agradezco su paciencia y comprensión mientras trabajamos juntos en este momento difícil.

     

     Atentamente,

    Dr. Marc Baiocco
    Superintendente de Escuelas

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  • School Re-opening survey

    Posted by Alicia Smith on 7/22/2020 9:30:00 AM

    Greetings EUFSD family,

     
    I am writing to you as a follow up to my email last week regarding reopening our schools in September 2020.

     

    As mentioned in my previous email, Governor Cuomo announced that we may expect to receive a decision sometime during the first week of August, which will inform us about students being able to return to our school buildings. Following this information, the New York State Education Department (NYSED), released a guidance document detailing how school districts should plan for reopening. Based on this recent guidance, our district’s reopening committees are working to devise a plan that will be posted to our website at eufsd.org/reopening.

     

    Our plans must include three models in preparation for the possibilities for reopening:

     

    1. In-person Instruction - This model will include plans for all of our students to return to our schools in September and will also include recommended guidelines.

    2. Hybrid - This model would include a schedule where a group of students are in-person, while another group is learning in a virtual model from home.

    3. Distance Learning Instruction - This model would plan for every student to learn remotely from home.

     

    As a gentle reminder, it is important that you complete the survey sent last week to assist us in the planning process. The survey will close on Monday, July 27th. You may access the survey(s) by the links below:

     

    Alexander Hamilton High School: https://surveys.panoramaed.com/eufsd/4669568084/surveys

     

    Alice E Grady Elementary School: https://surveys.panoramaed.com/eufsd/4070070280/surveys

     

    Carl L Dixson Primary School: https://surveys.panoramaed.com/eufsd/1029416905/surveys

     

    We recognize the anxiety associated with the uncertainty and we are working to ensure a quick and informed decision, once Governor Coumo makes his announcement. Our priority is the safety and wellbeing of our school community. With this in mind, we are planning creative options that may result in schedules that are specific to each of our schools.

     

    I thank you for your patience and understanding with this matter and ask that you please take a moment to complete our survey.

     

    Yours truly,

     

    Dr. Marc Baiocco
    Superintendent of Schools


    Saludos familia de EUFSD,

     

    Te escribo como seguimiento a mi correo electrónico de la semana pasada sobre la reapertura de nuestras escuelas en septiembre de 2020.

     

    Como mencioné en mi correo electrónico anterior, el Gobernador Cuomo anunció que podríamos esperar recibir una decisión en algún momento durante la primera semana de agosto, que nos informará sobre los estudiantes que pueden regresar a los edificios de nuestra escuela. Luego de esta información, el Departamento de Educación del Estado de Nueva York (NYSED) publicó un documento de orientación detallando cómo los distritos escolares deben planificar para reabrir.Con base en esta guía reciente, los comités de reapertura de nuestro distrito están trabajando para diseñar un plan que se publicará en nuestro sitio web en eufsd.org/reopening.

     

    Nuestros planes deben incluir tres modelos en preparación para las posibilidades de reapertura:

     

    1. Instrucción en Persona: este modelo incluirá planes para que todos nuestros estudiantes regresen a nuestras escuelas en septiembre y también incluirá las pautas recomendadas.

    2. Híbrido- Este modelo incluiría un horario en el que un grupo de estudiantes está en persona, mientras que otro grupo está aprendiendo en un modelo virtual desde casa.

    3. Instrucción de Aprendizaje a Distancia - Este modelo planearía que cada estudiante aprende de forma remota desde su hogar.

     

    Como recordatorio amable, es importante que complete la encuesta enviada la semana pasada para ayudarnos en el proceso de planificación. La encuesta se cerrará el lunes 27 de julio. Puede acceder a la (s) encuesta (s) a través de los siguientes enlaces:

     

    Alexander Hamilton High School: https://surveys.panoramaed.com/eufsd/4669568084/surveys

     

    Alice E Grady Elementary School: https://surveys.panoramaed.com/eufsd/4070070280/surveys

     

    Carl L Dixson Primary School: https://surveys.panoramaed.com/eufsd/1029416905/surveys

     

    Reconocemos la ansiedad asociada con la incertidumbre y estamos trabajando para garantizar una decisión rápida e informada, una vez que el Gobernador Cuomo haga su anuncio. Nuestra prioridad es la seguridad y el bienestar de nuestra comunidad escolar.Con esto en mente, estamos planeando opciones creativas que pueden resultar en horarios específicos para cada una de nuestras escuelas.

     

    Le agradezco su paciencia y comprensión con este asunto y le pido que se tome un momento para completar nuestra encuesta.

     

    Atentamente,

     

    Dr. Marc Baiocco
    Superintendente de Escuelas

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  • Summer Mobile Food Pantry Dates

    Posted by Alicia Smith on 7/20/2020 2:00:00 PM

    Greetings Elmsford family,

     
    I write to you this afternoon to inform our school community that we will be hosting a Mobile Food Pantry on Wednesday, July 22nd and Wednesday, August 19th at 3:30PM in the AHHS parking lot. If you plan on attending, I recommend arriving early, as there may be a high demand for food during this challenging time. 

     

    We also ask that anyone who attends be mindful of social distancing guidelines and keep six feet from the person in front. Additionally, we encourage everyone to wear masks.

     

    Please know that we are here to support you, should you need any assistance - please do not hesitate to reach out to your school principal.

     

    Have a great day!

     

    Sincerely,

     

    Dr. Marc Baiocco
    Superintendent of Schools



    Saludos familia de Elmsford,

     

    Le escribo esta tarde para informarle a nuestra comunidad escolar que organizaremos una despensa móvil de alimentos el miércoles 22 de julio y el miércoles 19 de agosto a las 3:30 PM en el estacionamiento de AHHS. Si planeas asistir, le recomiendo llegar temprano, ya que puede haber una gran demanda de alimentos durante este momento difícil.

     

    También pedimos que cualquiera que asista tenga en cuenta las pautas de distanciamiento social y se mantenga a seis pies de la persona que está al frente. Además, alentamos a todos a usar máscaras.

     

    Tenga en cuenta que estamos aquí para ayudarle, en caso de que necesite ayuda, no dude en comunicarse con su director.

     

    ¡Tenga un buen día!

     

    Sinceramente,

     

    Dr. Marc Baiocco
    Superintendente de Escuelas

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  • Superintendent's Update: Back to School survey

    Posted by Alicia Smith on 7/14/2020 3:15:00 PM

    Greetings EUFSD family,

     

    As you may have noticed yesterday, the New York State Board of Regents provided guidance for schools to consider when making decisions about reopening. It is important to note that Governor Cuomo announced that he would make a decision on reopening schools during the first week of August. It is at that time that we will have a more clear understanding of how we will reopen our schools in September 2020.

     

    In preparation for our reopening, we have a district wide team that has created a template for a reopening plan. The plan considers three models, as per New York State Education Department guidelines: virtual distance learning, in-person learning, and a hybrid model of virtual and distance learning. The district wide committee will now develop school level sub committees consisting of teachers, counselors, psychologists, social workers, administrators, parents, medical staff, childcare providers, and students. The committees will be informed by guidelines issued by the CDC, Departments of Health, and the American Academy of Pediatrics.

     

    We understand the emotional toll that being out of school has had on our families and our goal is to develop a plan that supports our families’ needs while keeping our staff and students safe.  To assist the subcommittees with their work, we developed a short survey for you to complete. The survey will provide us with very valuable information to assist with the decision making process, once we know what reopening will look like. Please take a moment to complete the short survey by clicking on the link below for your child’s school (if you have children in multiple schools, you may complete a separate survey for each):

     

    Alexander Hamilton High School:  https://surveys.panoramaed.com/eufsd/4669568084/surveys

     

    Alice E Grady Elementary School: https://surveys.panoramaed.com/eufsd/4070070280/surveys

     

    Carl L Dixson Primary School: 

    https://surveys.panoramaed.com/eufsd/1029416905/surveys

     

    The surveys are anonymous and are available in multiple languages. We thank you for your partnership and will share information about the reopening of schools as it becomes available.

     

    Sincerely,

     

    ~Dr. Marc Baiocco, Superintendent of Schools

     

    Saludos familia de EUFSD,

     

    ¡Espero que mi correo te encuentre bien y que estés disfrutando tu verano!

     

    Como habrás notado ayer, la Junta de Regentes del Estado de Nueva York brindó guía  a las escuelas a tener en cuenta al tomar decisiones sobre la reapertura. Es importante notar que el gobernador Cuomo anunció que tomaría una decisión sobre la reapertura de las escuelas durante la primera semana de agosto.Es en ese momento que tendremos una comprensión más clara de cómo reabriremos nuestras escuelas en septiembre de 2020.

     

    En preparación para nuestra reapertura, tenemos un equipo de todo el distrito que ha creado una plantilla  para un plan de reapertura. El plan considera tres modelos, según las pautas del Departamento de Educación del Estado de Nueva York: El plan considera tres modelos, según las pautas del Departamento de Educación del Estado de Nueva York. El comité de todo el distrito ahora desarrollará subcomités a nivel escolar que consisten en maestros, consejeros, psicólogos, trabajadores sociales, administradores, padres, personal médico, proveedores de cuidado infantil y estudiantes. Los comités serán informados por las pautas emitidas por los CDC, los Departamentos de Salud y la Academia Estadounidense de Pediatría.

     

    Entendemos el costo emocional que ha tenido el hecho de estar fuera de la escuela en nuestras familias y nuestro objetivo es desarrollar un plan que apoye las necesidades de nuestras familias mientras mantiene a nuestro personal y estudiantes seguros. Para ayudar a los subcomités con su trabajo, desarrollamos una breve encuesta para que la complete. La encuesta nos proporcionará información muy valiosa para ayudar con el proceso de toma de decisiones, una vez que sepamos cómo será la reapertura. Tómese un momento para completar la breve encuesta haciendo clic en el enlace a continuación para la escuela de su hijo (si tiene hijos en varias escuelas, puede completar una encuesta separado para cada uno):

     

    Alexander Hamilton High School:  https://surveys.panoramaed.com/eufsd/4669568084/surveys

     

    Alice E Grady Elementary School: https://surveys.panoramaed.com/eufsd/4070070280/surveys

     

    Carl L Dixson Primary School: 

    https://surveys.panoramaed.com/eufsd/1029416905/surveys

     

    Las encuestas son anónimas y están disponibles en varios idiomas. Le agradecemos su colaboración y compartiremos información sobre la reapertura de las escuelas a medida que esté disponible.

     

    Sinceramente,

     

    ~Dr. Marc Baiocco, Superintendente de Escuelas

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  • Board of Education Reorganization meeting to be held virtually, July 7

    Posted by Alicia Smith on 7/7/2020 1:00:00 PM

    The district’s Board of Education reorganization meeting is scheduled to occur on July 7, 2020 at 6:30PM.

     

    Keeping with the guidelines for social distancing and following Governor Cuomo’s Executive Order 202.1, which was recently extended by Executive Order 202.48 our meeting will be held virtually via a Zoom platform. The meeting will be recorded and the video will also be posted to our website. 

     

    If you wish to view the live virtual session, we will post the link on our website prior to the meeting. 

     

    If you have any questions that you would like addressed by the Board, please email your question to the district clerk, questions@eufsd.org.

     

    La reunión de reorganización de la Junta de Educación del distrito está programada para el 7 de julio de 2020 a las 6:30 p.m.

     

    Siguiendo las pautas para el distanciamiento social y siguiendo la Orden Ejecutiva 202.1 del Gobernador Cuomo, que fue recientemente extendida por la Orden Ejecutiva 202.48, nuestra reunión se llevará a cabo virtualmente a través de una plataforma Zoom. La reunión se grabará y el video también se publicará en nuestro sitio web.

     

    Si desea ver la sesión virtual en vivo, publicaremos el enlace en nuestro sitio web antes de la reunión.

     

    Si tiene alguna pregunta que le gustaría que la Junta le respondiera, envíe su pregunta por correo electrónico a la secretaria del distrito,questions@eufsd.org.

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  • Grady virtual Moving Up Ceremony shares advice, encouragement

    Posted by Alicia Smith on 7/6/2020 10:15:00 AM

    Just like that, the sixth graders at Alice E. Grady Elementary School became seventh graders!

    In a virtual ceremony that was broadcast at the end of the school year, students and their families tuned in to watch the special presentation of their Moving Up Ceremony, which was full of congratulations and best wishes for the future.Congratulations sign

    “This is a very unique platform to celebrate,” Principal Andrea Hamilton said in her pre-recorded message. “Although our time has been short, I want to tell you how proud I am of you.”

    She credited the students’ resilience and dedication for their success in navigating this unusual year. Dr. Hamilton added that those two traits of resiliency and dedication will serve the students well as they move on to seventh grade and beyond.

    School President Isaiah Travier commented that his class will always remember the teachers and the friendships made while at Grady.

    “Congratulations, sixth graders,” he said. “We did it!”

    Board of Education President James Henson also offered words of encouragement in a pre-recorded message.

    “It may be the end of Grady,” he said, “but it is the beginning of your next journey.” 

    In addition to offering his congratulations, Superintendent Marc Baiocco assured the new seventh graders that they will be supported as they start learning at their new school in the fall. A virtual tour will be shared over the summer. Additionally, staff members will be waiting to help them when they arrive on their first day – from finding their way through the school to managing their lockers.

    Dr. Baiocco encouraged students to take time over the summer to rejoice and celebrate their achievements. He also asked them to relax and think about goals they would like to set for themselves.

    “It’s a new opportunity for you to begin a new chapter in your life,” he said.

    The virtual ceremony also announced award recipients and included a “High Points of 2020” montage, complete with photos that were accompanied by the school’s choir and band. 

    There were also special pre-recorded general graduation presentations by actress and activist Yara Shahidi, education activist Malala Yousafzai, President Barack Obama and a musical presentation by The Platt Brothers. 

    “Welcome, seventh graders, to Alexander Hamilton High School,” said AHHS Principal Joseph Engelhardt at the end of the video.

    He shared his own memories of starting at a new school as a child and how nervous he was. However, he assured them, things do work out. He recalled a quote that a friend shared with him, which is attributed to Maya Angelou: “If you're always trying to be normal, you will never know how amazing you can be.”

    Click here to watch the Grady Moving Up Ceremony in its entirety!

     

     

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  • Help us with a PTSA survey

    Posted by Alicia Smith on 7/6/2020 8:30:00 AM

    This message is being sent on behalf of the PTSA:
     

    Hi all, 

     

    We need your help! We are applying for a National PTA grant for $5000 in Mental Health and Social Emotional Support. 

     

    We came up with 9 ideas of how of how to spend the money (a requirement for the grant) but we need YOUR invaluable input as this will benefit everyone in our district.

     

    Please rank our ideas 9 being the best idea and 1 being the worst and then give us YOUR ideas as well. We will be collecting the data and including your ideas hopefully in one more survey before submitting our grant application. This is an ANONYMOUS survey. Anyone in our district is welcomed and encouraged to take the survey even if they are not members of the PTSA.

     

    Survey:

    https://forms.gle/UmMhtYzyiwexKLiB8

     

    Please send responses by July 7th.

     

    Thank you and wish us all luck!

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  • Summer Meal Distribution

    Posted by Alicia Smith on 7/2/2020 1:30:00 PM

    Greetings EUFSD families,

     

    I hope my email finds you well and enjoying the summer days!

     

    We are happy to partner with neighboring schools to provide meals for our families in need throughout the summer. The following programs are being offered in partnerships with our district:

     

    Summer Feeding Program - Free Breakfast and Lunch will be served from 9:00AM to 11:00AM Monday Through Friday, beginning July 6th - August 28th. Meals will be distributed at the following locations:

     

    Richard J. Bailey Elementary School 

    33 West Hillside Avenue

    White Plains, New York 10607

     

    Highview Elementary School

    200 North Central Avenue

    Hartsdale, New York 10530

     

    Summer Produce Program - Have free produce, books, and activities delivered to your home. The program is open to EUFSD families with students who qualify for free or reduced meals. If you are interested, please register by calling 2-1-1 or sign up weekly at uwwp.org/summer.

     

    If you need assistance completing a free/reduced lunch application, please contact Diana Barbato at (914) 592-3758 or dbarbato@eufsd.org.

     

    Also, we will update our website as we receive information about food pantries/distributions in the area at eufsd.org/domain/339.

     

    Yours truly,

     

    Dr. Marc P. Baiocco, Superintendent of Schools


    Saludos a las familias de EUFSD,

     

    ¡Espero que mi correo te encuentre bien y estés disfrutando los días de verano!


     

    Nos complace asociarnos con las escuelas vecinas para proporcionar comidas a nuestras familias necesitadas durante todo el verano. Los siguientes programas se ofrecen en colaboración con nuestro distrito:

     

    Programa de Alimentación de Verano - El desayuno y el almuerzo gratuitos se servirán de 9:00 a.m. a 11:00 a.m. de lunes a viernes, desde el 6 de julio hasta el 28 de agosto. Las comidas se distribuirán en los siguientes lugares:

     

    Richard J. Bailey Elementary School 

    33 West Hillside AvenueWhite Plains, New York 10607

     

    Highview Elementary School

    200 North Central Avenue

    Hartsdale, New York 10530

     

    Programa de Productos de Verano- Tienen productos, libros y actividades gratis entregados en su hogar. El programa está abierto a familias de EUFSD con estudiantes que califican para comidas gratis o reducidas. Si está interesado, regístrese llamando al 2-1-1 o regístrese semanalmente en uwwp.org/summer.

     

    Si necesita ayuda para completar una aplicación de almuerzo gratis / reducido, comuníquese con Diana Barbato al (914) 592-3758 o dbarbato@eufsd.org.

     

    Además, actualizaremos nuestro sitio web a medida que recibamos información sobre las despensas / distribuciones de alimentos en el área en eufsd.org/domain/339.

     

    Atentamente,

     

    Dr. Marc P. Baiocco, Superintendente de Escuelas

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  • AHHS Class of 2020 finally able to celebrate together in special ceremony

    Posted by Alicia Smith on 6/29/2020 11:30:00 AM

    All the elements of a commencement ceremony were there — the playing of Pomp and Circumstance, graduates dressed in caps and gowns, and proud parents ready to share flowers and balloons. There were a few less traditional elements too, such as everyone in attendance wearing masks, but in no way did that interfere with the purpose of the event — to receive Graduation diplomas!

    The Alexander Hamilton High School Class of 2020 had their final year of high school interrupted by a global pandemic, causing distance learning to be put in place and all of the end-of-the-year celebratory events to be cancelled. Several events were substituted to honor graduates, including putting up lawn signs with each senior’s photo in front of the high school and a senior car parade. A virtual graduation ceremony was planned, and seniors and their families tuned in on June 23 to watch a pre-recorded show.

    Fortunately, as the state began to re-open, the governor allowed larger gatherings to take place. The news came just in time for the graduation planning committee to add one more special event — a diploma distribution ceremony.

    On June 26, graduates, donning their caps and gowns, gathered on the athletic fields. They were greeted by school administrators and enjoyed an abbreviated ceremony.

    “This is a very momentous occasion,” Superintendent of Schools Marc Baiocco said. “Thank you for your resilience, patience and understanding. This is probably the most difficult time of your life. Here we are today, it’s the first time we’ve seen each other in months.”

    Dr. Baiocco had shared a speech to the graduates in the virtual ceremony but added a few more words of encouragement on this day.

    “I encourage you to find your voice, and when you find your voice, help those around you,” he said.

    Alexander Hamilton High School Assistant Principal Jessica Maracallo added a few words too.

    She invited the class to remember five things as they move forward: be kind, embrace challenges, seek help, set goals and finally, trust yourself.

    “You are my inspiration every single day,” Principal Joseph Engelhardt said, reading from a letter he had planned to send to each of the graduates. “You inspired me to find my voice and fight for social justice.”

     “Remember,” he continued, “you are the author of your journey.”

    Graduates toss caps into the air With that being said, he declared that each senior had met the requirements to graduate, causing cheers to erupt from the waiting crowd of parents who were in the nearby parking lot watching a livestream of the ceremony.

    While parents were kept at a safe distance, it was a temporary situation. In small groups, families were invited onto the field, where they walked with their son or daughter as they stepped up to receive their diploma. Families then stepped to the side to have a photo taken.

    When all had finally received the much-awaited diploma and the Class of 2020 were formally declared graduates, many tossed their caps in the air amidst cheers from classmates and family!

    Click here to see photos from the event!

     

     

     

     

     

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