District Announcements

  • February 27 Board of Education Meeting: Presentation of Preliminary Budget

    The Board of Education of the Pelham Public Schools will meet on Tuesday, February 27 at 8:15 pm in the Middle School Library on the second floor of Pelham Middle School, 28 Franklin Pl, Pelham, NY 10803. It is anticipated that the Board will meet at 7:00 pm and go immediately into Executive Session in the Superintendent's Conference Room before the public meeting.

    At the meeting, Superintendent Dr. Cheryl Champ is expected to present the preliminary 2018-19 budget. The Board may also continue its discussion on the proposed bond, which will include the presentation of a draft SEQRA report by Fred Wells of Tim Miller Associates regarding the preliminary scope of possible projects under consideration for the bond.

    In addition to Dr. Champ's Superintendent's report, the agenda may include updates from each School Board committee, Dr. Garcia on 21st Century Learning and Professional Development, Rosemary Matthews on Networks of Support and Social-Emotional Development, and Jim Hricay on Finances and Facilities. 

    The full agenda will be available for viewing 24 hours before the meeting. 

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  • A note from Dr. Champ about the Tragedy in Florida

    Dear Pelham Parents, Staff and Community Members,

    I am writing you with a heavy heart over the tragedy that took place at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida yesterday. For all of us – parents, students, teachers, and staff – violence in a school, especially the loss of innocent lives, hits far too close to home.

    During this time when media attention is heightened around this most recent school shooting, it is especially important that we help our children make sense of this disturbing act of violence. Please know that our school counselors, psychologists, administrators and principals are all available to support our students and staff. We encourage you to reach out and ask for support.

    The safety of our students and staff is something that I take extremely seriously and something that our staff thinks about on a daily basis. Each instance of school violence gives us pause as we think about how we improve the safety of our buildings and facilities.

    Over the course of today and tomorrow, our middle school and high school administrators and support staff will be meeting with students to review our safety protocols and remind students of the resources available to help support them emotionally.   

    In the coming days and weeks, our elementary principals will review our building protocols with our staff and parents and remind them of the importance of following our safety procedures. As always, our staff is available to address any students’ concerns in a developmentally appropriate way.

    Our District safety and security committee will also meet shortly to review our procedures and discuss ways to make improvements, as necessary.

    Each year we practice a variety of drills, such as lock downs and lock outs, to help us prepare for a day that we pray will never come. Over the past several years, each of our campuses have been equipped with enhanced security features to control who is entering and leaving our buildings at all times and notify those outside of the buildings when an emergency situation is occurring. Our security and facilities team and our administration maintains a close working relationship with our police and fire chiefs in each village and they too practice and prepare for emergency responses routinely and seriously. Together, we strive to make sure our efforts are efficient and coordinated in the event of any emergency.

    Preparation is key to ensuring that our schools are safe and welcoming places for our students and staff. The social-emotional wellness of our students is a core tenet of educational system and that will always be the best preventative measure we can take. We also must be persistent in ensuring that potentially dangerous and violent situations are known before they become tragedies. It sounds simple, but please, if you see something, say something. We will investigate, and we will work to make sure our students are safe – it is our most important function as a school system.

    Finally, the Employee Assistance Program has produced a helpful guide with tips on dealing with the trauma from the tragedy. Click here to review this document.

    Please feel free to reach out with any questions or concerns. Please keep the families of Parkland, Florida in your hearts and minds and thank you for your continued support.

    Respectfully,

    Dr. Cheryl Champ, Ed. D.
    Superintendent of Schools

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  • John Condon Appointed Director of Facilities

    The Pelham Public Schools is pleased to announce the appointment of John P. Condon as Director of Facilities effective February 26, 2018. Mr. Condon will take over the position from current Director Anthony Mandile, who is retiring on February 28. Please read more about this announcement.

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  • Transportation to Out-of-District Schools due by April 2

    Please note that parents requesting transportation to out-of-district schools for the 2018-19 school year MUST complete and send in the Request Form before April 2, 2018 (this is a one-day extension due to the Easter holiday.

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  • Important Information About the Flu

    Please read this important information about the flu.

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  • Sign Up for Email Blasts

    Please sign up for email blasts from the Pelham Public Schools to learn more about District events, the upcoming bond referendum and important announcements. 

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  • Board of Education February Meeting Change

    Please be advised that the Board of Education’s previously scheduled meeting for February 13 has been changed to 8:15 pm on Monday, February 5, 2018.

    At the January 9 meeting, the Board will hear an update regarding the Foreign Language Elementary School program (FLES) that was launched in grades 2 & 3 this school year. The Board may also continue its discussion on the proposed capital improvement bond planned for May 2018.

    In addition to Dr. Champ's Superintendent's report, the agenda may include updates from each School Board committee, Dr. Garcia on 21st Century Learning and Professional Development, Rosemary Matthews on Networks of Support and Social-Emotional Development, and Jim Hricay on Finances and Facilities. 

    The full agenda will be available for viewing 24 hours before the meeting. 

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  • Important Tax Information

    Dear Pelham Parents and Community Members:
     
    Below, please find a notice issued by the Town of Pelham Supervisor concerning the payment of real property taxes before December 31. All school district residents are encouraged to review this important information. Please note that it contains direction concerning the payment of remaining 2017-18 school district taxes before the end of the year.
     
    Message From the Town Supervisor Concerning Payment of 2018 Taxes
     
    On Friday, December 22, 2017, Governor Cuomo issued Executive Order No. 172-2017, which suspends the application of provisions contained in the New York Real Property Tax Law and the Westchester County Tax Law governing the levy and collection of real property taxes.
     
    The Executive Order was issued in response to federal tax law changes that will limit the amount of state and local tax deductions in 2018.  As made clear in its preamble, the intent of the Executive Order is to facilitate the payment of certain real property taxes - including those that would ordinarily be levied, billed and collected in 2018 - before the end of this year. 
     
    The Town of Pelham intends to take steps permitted under existing law and the Executive Order to allow its property owners to make real property tax payments that would ordinarily be billed in 2018.
     
    Please note that these payments are limited to Town taxes only.  County taxes may also be included depending upon whether a County tax warrant is issued or further clarification concerning the Executive Order is received.  The Town will monitor this situation and issue additional guidance as soon as it can.
     
    Please note that payment of Village and Pelham Union Free School District (PUFSD) taxes to be levied in 2018 will not be accepted before the end of this year.  These taxes relate to future fiscal years that run from June 1, 2018 to May 31, 2019 (for the Villages of Pelham and Pelham Manor) and July 1, 2018 to June 30, 2019 (for the PUFSD).  Budgets for these taxing jurisdictions have yet to be adopted.
     
    The Tax Receiver will accept the second half of the levied 2017-18 PUFSD taxes before December 31, 2017, in accordance with standing practice and procedure.
     
    Due to the timing of the Executive Order, the Town will not be able to issue tax bills.  In order to take advantage of the Executive Order, property owners may tender the amount of Town taxes that were paid in April 2017.  These will be credited against taxes ordinarily due on April 30, 2018.  If County taxes can be included, they may be tendered in the 2017 amount as well.  However, as mentioned, the ability to pay County taxes in this manner is still unresolved. 
     
    Under the Executive Order, these taxes may be paid and accepted in person at Town Hall until the close of business (5:00 p.m.) on Friday, December 29, 2017 or by mail (payments to be sent to the Tax Receiver) provided they are postmarked as of December 31, 2017.
     
    If you escrow taxes through a financial institution or mortgage servicer, you are encouraged to contact your lender to make arrangements relative to payment of these taxes as provided in the Executive Order. 
     
    Although the Town of Pelham is proceeding with tax collection as permitted in the Executive Order, it offers no opinion concerning the ultimate deductibility of any taxes paid for federal tax purposes.  Property owners should consult with their own tax professionals for guidance with regard to the federal tax implications associated with these payments.
     
    This is a rapidly evolving situation, and the Town will provide updates as warranted. 
     

    Happy Holidays. 

    All The Best, 

    The Pelham Public Schools
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  • Information on Kindergarten Registration

    Registration of Kindergarten students will take place January 23 for new Colonial and Hutchinson students and January 24 for new Prospect Hill and Siwanoy students. 

    Please review the Kindergarten registration letter for precise times and information. 

     

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  • Bond Update: Preliminary Scope and Next Steps

    The Board of Education has determined the preliminary scope of projects for the 2018 bond referendum that warrant additional consideration.

    Please read more about the preliminary scope and visit the bond page for additional information. 

     

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