• September 15, 2020

     

    Dear School 16 Community,

    We are now in the second week of distance learning.  Last week issues with the internet were an issue at times.  This week things are much smoother and children are engaged in distance learning and getting used to the many platforms available for instruction.  Please make sure that your child is engaged, and behaving as they would any time that they are in polite company.  Many parents are looking over their child's shoulder at some point in the day.  We appreciate the support and the guidance that you provide to your child.  Your encouragement is priceless to both your child and the teacher.

    Please remember that children attend classes all day according to the teacher's schedule on Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday.  On Wednesday children will check in with their teacher from 8:35- 9:35 for attendance and from 10:05- 11:05 to engage in small group instruction.  From 11:05- 3:15 children will work independently on assignments provided by their teacher.  This schedule will be in effect until October 6, 2020 when students will begin the hybrid model going to school two days a week and then working from home three days a week.

    Please don't forget to complete the US Census questionnaire.  Also complete the Income Verification Form formerly known as the Lunch Application for Free and Reduced Price Lunch.  These two documents support funding for the Yonkers Public Schools and the City of Yonkers.  We want to increase the aid we receive from the State, City and Federal Government.  If we do not demonstrate an accurate number of residents in our city, we will not receive all the money that we deserve to fund our school system.  Please sign up for the Parent Portal so that you can receive your child's report cards and other grading information.

    Thank you for being a part of our successful Distance Learning experience.

    Regards to All,

    Cynthia Eisner

     

    August 26, 2020

    Dear School 16 Community,

     

    Welcome to our new students and families and welcome back to all of our returning students and families.   I hope that everyone is enjoying the last few days of summer.  This historic period in our life has provided everyone with an opportunity to become a more independent learner.  Taking charge of one's education is a powerful experience.   I am sure that parents have been able to remember and relive the way their teachers taught them the concepts and skills that they are not seeing their children experience.  We have all been learning new methods.  Microsoft Teams, ZOOM, SeeSaw and many other platforms to reach children were only names to many of us before.  They will now become second nature as we must use them again for distance learning until October 6, 2020.

    I have received many phone calls regarding distance learning.  All children in Yonkers Public Schools will begin the year using distance learning. 

    • Distance learning will begin on September 8, 2020 for students in grade K-8.  You will be receiving a letter with your child's class and teacher next week.  You will then go onto the website for our school and go to your child's teacher for more  information and schedule of classes.
    • Children in Pre-K will have an orientation on September 9, 2020 and then begin class on September 10, 2020.
    • If you have made the choice to have your child participate in distance learning and have informed the district of this decision you will receive instructions about your child's schedule.  At this time since everyone is on distance learning you will look at the classroom teacher assignment and go to the teacher's page for instructions.  This may change when we return to school.  If you have missed the deadline to notify the district, I am not sure at this time what the procedure will be.  Please call the office for information.
    • The hybrid model which is outlined on the Yonkers Public Schools site will be in effect after October 6, 2020.
    • There is a laptop loaner progam, but the equipment is very limited and you will only recieve one laptop per family.  You must sign up for that program on the website.  May I suggest that you purchase a Chromebook, laptop or other similar device for your child's use.  It will be very valuable for all subjects.
    • Please participate in the US Census.  It is only through numbers of people counted that we are allotted funding for schools.
    • The Income Verification which is formerly the Lunch Application is also a very important document to be completed.  You can complete this online and it is confidential.  This documentation funds many programs and enables our children to receive free lunch. We are aiming for 100% of our families to participate.
    • Please update your address and phone number.  We will be sending messages and I want everyone to receive the information.
    • If you have moved out of Yonkers you must withdraw your child from school.  Please call the office for instructions at 914 376-8340 between 8:30 and 3:30.
    • The supply lists are in the letter sent home with your child's class and teacher assignment.  The most important supply is a laptop, Chrome book, etc.  
    • If you must coe to our building, you must complete a Covid-19 Questionnaire.  If you have been out of the country or if you have visited one of the states on the New York State quarantine list you may not come to the building.  You must stay at home for fourteen days.  
    • When you come to our building, you must wear a mask and socially distance.  There are markers in the hall, but you may be asked to wait outside.

    I know there is much to process.  The teachers will be trained and will be teaching from the School 16 building.  I look forward to the program being a great success.  Please continue to check this school web page for more information.

    Yours truly,

    Cynthia Eisner

     

     

     

    June 18, 2020

    Dear School 16 Community,

    We made it to the end of an eventful school year!   We are in the middle of making history with the global pandemic.  We are also taking a giant step forward in the fair treatment of all citizens in this country and the world.  I hope that as you reflect on recent events that everyone has taken the chance to write down your thoughts so that you can remember all of the emotions and sentiments that you are experiencing during this time.  I know that when you look back and read your narrative that it will remind you of your resilience when faced with difficult times.

    I am looking at the bright side.  I have learned so much about the available internet tools at my fingertips.  I have learned that there is more than one way to reach children and families.  I also know that we must improve the way that we prepare students for life's events.  I am happy about the new information and platforms that we have come to use every day.  I also know that slowing life down can be a plus.  The development of hobbies and more time spent with family was a great upside of this pandemic.

    We have a Virtual Moving Up for our eighth grade students on our website.  I want to wish all of our eighth graders the best of luck as they move on to high school.  We will miss you!

    I wish for you all a healthy and restful summer.

    Regards to All,

    Cynthia Eisner

     

    P.S. A few reminders:

    • We will be open on Friday June 19th and Monday June 22nd from 9:30-12 for you to pick up report cards (Pk-6 only) summer packets and retrieve belongings.
    • Report cards for grades 7-8 will be mailed home to you.
    • Complete the surveys for distance learning on the Yonkers Public Schools website.
    • Create an account on the Parent Portal so that you can access the report cards remotely.  Go on the YPS website for instructions.
    • Don't forget to access the summer work and complete the reading assignments posted on your teacher's page on our website.
    • Read and write all summer!

     

     June 4, 2020

    Dear School 16 Community,

    We are now in the twelfth week of unprecedented challenges in our lives.  Events of this week have proven to all of us the reason that we all must be life long learners.  We must take charge of our own education, independently and with guidance from educators, to provide us with the tools to respond appropriately to every event.  The current turmoil in our country has only confirmed the value of the jobs of educators in this country.  It has also proven that independent formulation of ideas to improve our world come from the children themselves.

    Earlier this week the My Brother's Keepers program provided an inspiring rally in Yonkers.  One of the speakers is a former student of School 16, Joshua Heron.  He spoke about the injustices that face the children in our community and what he hopes will be done to address these injustices.  He is a member of the Yonkers High School class of 2020.  While it is sad that these young adults did not get the send off into the world that they deserved, many, like Joshua, have stood up for what is important in everyone's lives to improve our society.  Joshua has taken all of the knowledge that he has gathered, both formally and independently, to provide leadership to the Yonkers community.  We are so proud to have had a hand in Joshua's growth into a mature adult ready to face the world of university study and beyond.

    This is what we as educators wish for all of our children.  That when we must take a stand, we are ready with the educational background to provide leadership.  Social Studies, Science, Math and English lessons become a melting pot to inform our opinions on current events.  These subjects are not studied in isolation.  They should be intertwined so that all of our thoughts can be expressed in a logical and factual manner.  We have a civic and moral duty to stand up and express ouselves in a peaceful and meaningful manner.  There is a great deal of strength in numbers of people united with one voice.

    Read and write about the events every day.  Remember to look back and reflect on your opinions and perceptions of this time in the future. 

    Stay healthy and strong in these trying times,

    Cynthia Eisner

     

    April 29, 2020

    Dear School 16 Community,

    We are now in the seventh week of long distance learning.  I hope this message finds everyone healthy.  Please remember to complete the 2020 Census.  We may become the third largest city in New York State! This can only happen if everyone is counted.  The State and Federal Government provides funding to support our students based on the counts from the Census.  Please make sure that you participate.  If you have done so already, then you have performed your duty as a resident of Yonkers.

    So many students are participating in long distance learning opportunities!  I am so proud of the creative ways that children are submitting work.  Keep up the good work.  Please support your friends that are not connected to the internet.  Please also ask friends that have changed their phone number or address to contact Edith Cruz: ecruz1@yonkerspublicschools.org or Sharon Cardona: scardona@yonkerspublicschools.org.  We must keep accurate records of phone or address changes.

    Continue to keep student learning logs, visit teacher pages and stay current with your assignments.  A special THANK YOU to all of our health care and first responders.  We appreciate all that you are doing for our community.

     

    Warmest regards to all,

    Cynthia Eisner

     

    April 9, 2020

    Dear School 16 Community,

    I hope this message finds everyone healthy. As we are in the fourth week of long distance learning I want to congratulate everyone that has been completing assignments and keeping up with their studies.  Long distance learning is becoming second nature for all of us.  I hope that with your extra time at home- and you must stay at home for this to be over sooner rather than later- you are finding time to read and write.  Reading is the one way to improve writing skills.  Reading high quality literature will help you become a better writer.  You will learn about adding your own voice to your writing by observing how authors keep the reader interested in their work.  You have the time to practice so practice until you are perfect!

    By now the teachers will have provided you with a daily log to record your assignments.  Governor Cuomo has extended the stay at home order through April 29, 2020.  By that time all children should have 31 days of work entries in the log.  Make sure that the log is completed every day.  Congratulate yourself as you review the log and see what you have accomplished.  The log will be collected when we return to school.  Some teachers may ask you to submit the log weekly.  Please follow your teacher's instructions.

    I know that this is difficult but try to list all the good things about having to stay at home every day.  You need to encourage yourself by looking on the positive side of this experience. 

    We continue to applaude all of our health care workers and first responders for all that you do to help our community.  We are all grateful and hope that you and your families are safe.

    Warmest regards to all,

    Cynthia Eisner

    * Don't forget to go online and participate in the 2020 Census. 

     

     

    April 3, 2020

    Dear School 16 Community,

    I hope that everyone continues to be healthy during the school closure.  We continue to learn new ways to provide long distance learning to you.  Every day we learn something new and we hope that you are doing the same.  Please remember these important points:

    • Complete the 2020 Census.  Let's make sure that we receive all the funding we deserve by letting the government know exactly how many people live in Yonkers.
    • Visit Grab and Go Breakfast and Lunch sites.  There are ten sites scattered through Yonkers at schools.  Check the main web site for the location closest to you.
    • Accept our Blackboard Connect calls.  I want you all to stay informed.  Please update your phone number with us: for students in grades PK-3 email  scardona@yonkerspublicschools.org or grades 4-8 email ecruz1@yonkerspublicschools.org 
    • Email teachers if you have questions about assignments.  Check their web sites daily for new assignments.

    I want to send out a big thank you hug to all of our families and friends that are health care workers.  I am so grateful for all that you do every day.

    I hope everyone is practicing their writing skills daily.  You may never have another opportunity to practice skills for so long a period of time so enjoy the time you have.  I know that you are all missing your friends and teachers.  I think we will all appreciate each other much more when we return.

     

    Warmest regards to all,

    Cynthia Eisner

     

    March 23, 2020

    Dear School 16 Community,

    I hope everyone is doing well during this unusual series of events.  I know that we will all be in a different place at the conclusion.  Long distance learning will become second nature to us all.  We will have learned about new support systems.  We will appreciate the daily interaction of peers.

     

    Please explore the many learning opportunities available.  The teachers are posting messages daily whether it is on Class DOJO, REMIND or on this website.  Please stay in daily contact with your teachers.  This is a good opportunity to practice math facts, sight words and learn new vocabulary words.  It is a great time to read or re-read a book. 

     

    • Plan a daily schedule so that you stay on track. 
    • Set goals and aim to surpass those goals. 
    • Challenge yourself to learn something related to Science or Social Studies daily. 
    • Create your own math problems for paractice.
    • Write interesting essays using sophisticated vocabulary. 
    • Congratulate yourself as you accomplish your goals. 

     

    Look at this experience as preparation for life.  Remember you are being educated for positions that have not even been invented.  After this experience think how many new opportunities there will be for people in the work force. You may even be part of the solution.

    See you all soon,

    Warmest regards to all,

    Cynthia Eisner