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ARRIVAL PROCEDURES – Thank you for following our procedures at arrival! When dropping off students by car, please make sure your child exits the vehicle along the curb whenever possible. Please remember that students are not to be dropped off before 8:15 AM. There is no supervision until that time. Please know that your cooperation on these matters will help ensure the safety of our children.
LATE ARRIVAL - If your child arrives late, he or she must get a late pass from the front desk before going to their classroom.
DISMISSAL PROCEDURES – Please note that there is no supervision after 3:00 PM. Also, please refrain from signing out your children after 2:45 PM or asking for them to come off of the bus at the front desk after 2:45 PM.
CHANGE IN DISMISSAL ROUTINE – If your child must leave early for any reason, we need a note written to the teacher’s attention the morning of the change in dismissal. It must be dated and signed. Email or voicemail will not be accepted as a change of dismissal routine notification.
ATTENDANCE - Out of concern for your children, please call (914)793-6130 ext. 5111 EVERY time your child is not in attendance. You will reach a recording asking you to leave the first and last name of your child, date, class and reason for absence. If a student is absent without a parent calling, Mrs. Petrone will call the family. The absence must be followed by a note upon return to school indicating why your child was absent. We hope to insure the health and welfare of all children with these increased communications and precautions.
Each month, as part of our Anne Hutch has H.E.A.R.T. program, we select a specific ethical habit we believe is critical to ensuring a safe and supportive school environment in which all students can learn at high levels. Throughout the month, as a school community, we seek a deeper understanding of the habit and come to an agreement about what it looks like, sounds like, and feels like at Anne Hutchinson School. In the month of September, we will focus on kindness.
As educators, we are always moved by the natural inclination of our students to be kind to others and we appreciate that this natural inclination has been nurtured well by the supportive families of Anne Hutchinson School. At school this month, we will closely examine the active nature of being kind, specifically paying close attention to or actively noticing the reality of other persons. External circumstances are easier to note and quickly respond to, such as a door that needs to be held open for someone or a fallen friend on the playground that needs to be assisted to the nurse’s office. Throughout September, we will celebrate such acts of kindness but also challenge students to look beyond external circumstances to think about the inner lives of other persons as well. How can you tell when someone is nervous, frustrated, or lonely? How might you respond with kindess?
This month’s schoolwide read-aloud, Each Kindness by Jacqueline Woodson, serves as a powerful reminder that our actions do matter, and that our kindness—or lack of it—affects everyone around us.
“Ms. Albert had brought a big bowl into class and filled it with water. We all gathered around her desk and watched her drop a small stone into it. Tiny waves rippled out, away from the stone. This is what kindness does, Ms. Albert said. Each little thing we say and do goes out, like a ripple, into the world. Each kindness makes the whole world a little bit better.”
When Anne Hutchinson Principal Dr. Annette Keane stood near home plate at Citifield, she was both honored and awed. “I had never realized how big the field was. I had never been on it before. It was fun and exciting,” said the former Queens resident and Mets fan after the September 9th game. But it wasn’t just being there that spurred those emotions. Dr. Keane accepted a Spirit Award on behalf of the Eastchester School District for its work with The Loukoumi Make a Difference Foundation.
The District has partnered with the group for about a decade and when The Mets organization wanted to recognize Loukoumi for its efforts in Eastchester and around the country, President Nick Loukoumi said he couldn’t accept the award without all of the foundation’s partners being there, including Eastchester. “Eastchester has been there from the beginning and The Loukoumi Foundation would not be where it is today without the students and the schools of Eastchester,” said Katsoris.
Anne Hutchinson created the Good Deed of the Month Club last year with the foundation in order for students to make a connection with their community and beyond. One of their main activities is the Caring Cards Project where students make greeting cards and sell them for one dollar as a fundraiser for organizations like St. Jude’s Children’s Research Hospital.
Dr. Keane felt humbled receiving the award and said it really speaks to the Loukoumi Foundation. “It is a testament to Mr. Katsoris and the organization of how much he cares. Partnering with him shows the students how they are able to make a big difference.” The Loukoumi Foundation’s roots go back to a children’s book series Katsoris created for his son that features the character of Loukoumi the Lamb. The lamb inspires children to do good deeds and believe in themselves. Katsoris noted, “A little idea about a lamb took on a life of its own and has transformed into a huge movement that has helped hundreds of children and the Eastchester School District has been a part of it from the beginning.”