As we begin the 2020-21 school year, we find ourselves filled with trepidation at the uncertainties that lie ahead. The COVID-19 pandemic has infiltrated every facet of our lives, and the school setting is not easily navigable with respect to balancing academics, social-emotional well-being, and safety. Even under ordinary circumstances, the start of a new school year is often filled with tension and anxiety.
The Animation Lab, a stop-action animation workshop, was taught virtually to the 5th Graders in their Applications of Art to the Real World, STEAM Art class, by visiting artist, Anne O’Connor. Students completed projects demonstrating object animation, drawing animation, “cooking” animation, and cel animation, using CloudStopMotion and WeVideo platforms. The Tuckahoe PTA funded the program for the children. Please take a look at the students’ amazing work!
We encourage all registered voters to return their Absentee Ballots and vote on the Proposed Budget and the Candidates for the Board of Education Trustee Seats. Please review the update below regarding the deadline for mail-in or dropped off ballots:
Please note that as per a new Executive Order from the Governor today, ballots received by mail in the office of the clerk of the school district not later than June 16, 2020 shall be canvassed for the June 9, 2020 budget vote and trustee election. No ballots for such election shall be accepted at the drop box at William E. Cottle School after 5 p.m. on June 9, 2020 except those received by mail in accordance with this provision. This order also indicates that ballots are to be canvassed after 5 p.m. on June 16, 2020, therefore counting will be postponed until that date and time with the results available as soon as all ballots have been accounted for.
All questions relating to Absentee Ballots may be directed to the District Clerk’s Office. Information about the Proposed Budget and Election may be found here:
You’re invited to shop our virtual book fair all summer long. With a huge selection of books, educational products, games, crafts and kits, there’s something to keep even the youngest minds busy! Access teacher recommendations and required reading lists on our homepage. And be sure to share the link with friends and relatives!
Special Message from the Youth Community Fund of Bronxville, Eastchester and Tuckahoe
The YCF is a group of students from Bronxville, Eastchester and Tuckahoe who participate in community service, fundraising and award grants to local agency programs serving youth. It is a great way for teens to give back to their community and to hold leadership positions. Last year we started the YCF of BET and over 60 students from all three communities worked together to make our community stronger. The students worked on community service projects and awarded the first grant this spring to the Bereavement Center.
We are currently accepting new applications for the 20-21 school year. We are looking for students to participate on the Volunteer team, open to grades 9-12, and for our Leadership team, which is open to rising Juniors. It is a great opportunity to give back to your community, learn about local nonprofits, and develop leadership skills.
If you are interested, more information and the application can be found here.
The Tuckahoe PTA still has several openings available on the Executive Board. Helping the PTA as a parent volunteer is a fulfilling way to contribute to our school district and help students across the board enjoy fulfilling programs and experiences. Now more than ever, volunteers are needed to make the 2020/2021 PTA programs and offerings a possibility for all students.
Committee terms are for two years. All committees have two chairs to share the responsibilities, along with several parent volunteers able to support their efforts. Chairs must attend monthly PTA Executive Board meetings (held the third Tuesday of the month at 7:30 pm), but can switch off attendance in case both are not able to attend all meetings.
The following positions will become available at the start of the 2020-2021 school year. If you are interested, please send a short email to the Nominating Committee at firstname.lastname@example.org with the name of the position of interest in the subject line. Questions may also be directed to that email address.
In honor of Teacher Appreciation Week, the Tuckahoe PTA along with students and families across the district would like to say Thank Youto all teachers, aides, administrators, and district employees for their dedication and hard-work every day. We admire and appreciate you, and created the following video so that students could personally express just how much you mean to them!