Welcome & Important Information for Students and Parents/Guardians

  • Valerie Gowie-Melchiori

    Dear Parent/Guardian:

    Please be advised that as of Thursday, January 14, 2021 to January 25, 2021, I will not be physically working from the classroom due to a student in our class who is experiencing the COVID-19 Virus.  All instructions will be conducted remotely until January 25, 2021.

    Thanks for your understanding,

    Valerie Gowie-Melchiori, Fifth Grade Teacher



    On Friday, December 11, 2020, we will have our Parent Teacher Conference Day.  Our school will have an 1/2 day instruction for all students.  For Cohort B (In-school Instructional Students), class will end at 11:45 AM.  Please look forward to an invitation through Microsoft Teams for students who are not on grade level standard. 

    Students who are on grade level and above will not receive an invitation.

    My teaching experiences started in the New York City Public Schools for 10 years, and then in the Yonkers Public School for the past 20 years.  During that time, I served as an Elementary School Teacher, a Magnet Science Liaison, a Staff Developer for the elementary, middle, and high schools, and a Grant Writer and an Auditor for the State of New York.  Additionally, I obtained a scholarship from the Yonkers Superintendent’s Office and completed my principalship certifications for both district and school for the last 15 years.

    During my years of service, I earned a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Elementary Education/Sociology, a Master of Science Degree in Education, and a Post Graduate Degree in School and District Administration.  Presently, I am pursuing a Ph.D. Degree in Psychology, Technology, and Instruction.  My passion is to continue stimulating a desire for learning among our students, as well as to provide the necessary skills that would allow them to be a balance human being in society. 

    Please contact me at: (914) 376-8435

    My school email: vgowie-melchiori@yonkerspublicschools.org


    Dear Parent/Guardian,

    On Wednesday, November 25, 2020, we will be following a full day schedule from (8:35-3:15).  Cohort B will be attending In-school while Cohort A and D will be attending school remotely.


    Current Hybrid Schedule

    October 3, 2020

    Dear Parents/Guardian,

    Please view the following updates for the Hybrid Schedule for In-School and at home Remote Learning for the 2020-2021 School Year starting on Monday, October 5, 2020.

    Daily Schedule

    Cohorts A/B/D

    Cohort Astarts on Mondays and Tuesdays from 8:35 - 3:15 in school

    Cohort B – starts on Thursdays and Fridays from 8:35 – 3:15 in school

    Cohort D – Mondays/Tuesdays/Thursdays/Fridays at home – Remote Instructions from

    8:35 – 3:15


    On WednesdaysCohorts A & D start at 8:35 AM -10:10 AM at home remotely

    On Wednesday – Cohort B starts at 10:15 – 11:45 at home remotely

    Let your child go to Microsoft Teams to join on the specific day and time.  You can go to Clever, click on 365, click on Teams, Calendar, and then the Cohort for your child.  Please view Class Expectations and Assignments on the school webpage weekly.

    Open House – Thursday, October 8, 2020

    Session 1 – Starts at 5:00 PM - 5:30 PM

    Session 2 – Starts at 5: 35 PM - 6:05 PM

    Session 3 – Starts at 6:10 PM - 6:45 PM


    Dear Parent/Guardian:

    It is my pleasure to welcome your child to our Fifth Grade Class of Learners.  My name is Valerie Gowie-Melchiori, and I will be your child’s instructor for the 2020-2021school year.  As we embarked on the unknown, I truly believe that by working together, we will exceed our established educational goals. 

    From September 8th to October 5th, we will start with remote learning.  Please see below the information for the entire online instruction:

    1. Please go to School 21 webpage for continuous information regarding remote instruction.
    2. Remember to view my personal webpage for class expectations, assignments, and instruction.
    3. Visit the Yonkers District Website to learn how to log on to Microsoft Teams and on other online sites.
    4. Starting on September 8th through September 18th, you can arrange to pick up your child’s workbooks.(Monday-Tuesday @ 10:50-12:30; Thursday-Friday @ 8:35-1045; and Thursday-Friday @ 1:35-3:05)
    5. It is important that you view Mr. Stein and Mrs. Sabatello’s websites for their scheduled time for art and gym.

    Your continuous support and collaboration are truly welcome.

    Please feel free to contact me at the above email address.

    Mrs. V. Gowie-Melchiori


    We will meet on Microsoft Teams each day to join your assigned group (Group A or Group B).

    You can log in through Clever with your 365 account.  Go to School 21 Yonkers and click on Clever or www.clever.com

    Use your username: Student 6-digit ID#@yonkerspublicschools.org

    Password: Your child’s birthday MM/DD/YYYY


    This will take you to the digital platforms. Click on Office 365 and then Teams.  Now, press join.

    I will create all the meetings and give you access to join.


    Our new Reading series is Benchmark Advance and you can locate it through Clever.

    Username: Student id@yonkerspublicschools.org

    Password: birthday DD/MM/YYYY


    Benchmark Advance provides wonderful reading series through Clever and you can preview many interactive and informative math video lessons.


    In addition, use the following links to explore more about Microsoft Teams and Nearpod:




    Classes and Schedules

    Group A meets on Mondays to Fridays from 8:35-10:45 and on Tuesdays at 1:40-2:45 and Thursdays at 1:40-2:10 for art and gym.


    On Wednesday, we meet @ 8:35-10:05.  We dismiss early for teacher’s meeting.


    Group A

    1. Vrandon Aracena
    2. Dean Awawdeh
    3. Gabriela Ayala
    4. Victoria Benitez
    5. Claudette Billingsley-Corbin
    6. Allyson De Jesus
    7. Chloe Figueroa
    8. Anthony Fulton
    9. Aaron Gabora
    10. Kyle Garcia
    11. Lisi Gashi
    12. NorelaGashi
    13. Mariacarla Gil Almonte


    Group B meets on Mondays to Fridays from 10:50-12:20 and on Tuesdays at 1:40-2:45 and on Thursdays from 1:40-2:10.


    On Wednesday, we meet @ 10:15 to 12:20. (Early dismissal for teacher’s meeting)


    Group B

    1. Brandon Gonsales
    2. Krystian Grzegorczuk
    3. Hannah Hamad
    4. Collin James
    5. Marcel Jimenez
    6. Tiana Lindsay
    7. Kaydee Marin
    8. Kyle Martinez C.
    9. Ardi Mazrekaj
    10. Tavarez Nunez
    11. Edward Smith
    12. Aldina Srdanovic


    Fifth Grade Supply List (2020-2021)

    • Binders – Choose Option 1 or Option 2:

    Option 1: Trapper Keeper with pencil case inside

    Option 2: 3” 3-Ring Binder with Pencil Case Inside, 8 Divider Sheets and 6 

    2-pocket Folders

    • Headphones/Earbuds (for Chromebook)
    • Highlighters
    • Pencils
    • Pens
    • Dry Erase Markers
    • Crayons/Markers/Colored Pencils
    • Glue Sticks
    • Spiral One-Subject Wide-Ruled Notebook (6) get extra for when one notebook is finish
    • Extra Clothes

    Please put an extra set of clothing (top, bottoms, underwear, and socks) in a bag.  The bag will be kept in your child’s locker in case a change of clothes is ever needed.


    Classroom Supplies:


    • Kleenex/Tissues
    • Clorox/Wipes
    • Hand Sanitizer


    Please put your child’s name on all supplies.