Seely Place School
September 1, 2020
Dear Seely Place Families,
2020 is a year we will never forget. When I reflect on the year, I think of the awe I felt with the Australian wildfires, the grief I felt with the passing of Kobe Bryant, and the true disbelief I felt that there could be a new virus spreading so quickly and easily across the world. And, to think that was just January to March! 2020 didn’t seem to improve with each passing month, as we faced new challenges (a hurricane in July?) and new fears (cases of Kawasaki here in Westchester and around the country?). Peaceful protests and important conversations about systematic racism are taking place all over the country, but tragedy and division persist. Yet, now, at the start of September, I feel such hope and promise as we begin our 2020-2021 school year. It may not be the start of school we could have ever imagined and these challenges may still be present, but I promise it will be the most memorable school year yet!
As faculty and staff return to the building, the energy and excitement is back in the halls of Seely Place! Sure, that energy includes some anxiety about what this year will bring, but these are expected feelings. Our classrooms are ready. Our building is updated (wait ‘til you see the bathrooms)! Our Seely Spirit is palatable! We will get through this together.
We have some exciting changes to announce for the 2020-2021 school year: Ms. Mazzeo will be returning to kindergarten and Ms. Mullin will be moving to fourth grade. Some may have seen Ms. Coppola listed as their sixth grade teacher - that’s Ms. Ferrara with a new last name! In addition, we would like to welcome our new team members whom we know will be strong additions to the Seely Place team: Mr. Kenny Lane, Special Education teacher; Ms. Kimberly Lim, Special Education teacher; Ms. Nicole Pirraglia, Teaching Assistant; and Dr. Nir Naaman, Band Director.
The school year begins on Monday, September 14 at 8:30 am. As you are already aware, we will have an AM cohort, a PM cohort, and a fully remote cohort. Please try to drop off your child(ren) at Seely Place beginning at 8:15 am for the morning cohort, and 12:15 pm for the afternoon cohort. We will not have any school staff available to supervise before those times. If your child(ren) are ever feeling upset or anxious at drop-off, please know that we have staff trained to help support your child’s transition into the school day. If you need extra assistance, please do not hesitate to let me know. As a reminder, the school day ends at 11:00 am for the morning cohort and 3:00 pm for the afternoon cohort. Parents and guardians should either park to pick up, or join the traffic line. Please remember to have this sign printed and ready for dismissal. If you are carpooling, please add all student names. Please remember that for drop-off and pick-up, if your children need assistance getting into or out of the car, you should park in a spot to assist them rather than wait in the pick-up line.
At Seely Place, health and safety is the top priority for our families, faculty and staff. We have created a separate space in our nurses office for students who are presenting with Covid-like symptoms. We have set up hand sanitizing stations throughout our school. We have rearranged our classrooms so that each one has single-person desks, and those desks are 6 feet apart. We have purchased PPE for our district, and all faculty, staff, and students are expected to wear masks throughout the day. We will also be following the guidance of our health professionals, the Department of Health and the State Education Department. We want all of our students to feel safe, supported, and excited as the school year begins, no matter where they will be learning.
I wish you a wonderful school year. My door remains open, as always, for conversations with you - the families of Seely Place. We will have the most success if we communicate with each other, so please do not hesitate to contact me with any questions, comments or concerns. It is my honor to serve as your Seely Place Principal.
Looking forward to our most memorable year yet!