Remote Learning Materials for Pocantico Hills School
General Information for Parents
Message from the Principal’s Desk
March 26, 2020
Dear Parents and Caregivers,
I hope this communication finds you and your families healthy and safe. This is a challenging and
unprecedented time for all of us as we adjust to this new norm of work and school at home. Your child’s
classroom teacher and related service providers have been hard at work developing methods and
resources to help students continue their learning outside of traditional routines. In addition to the
packet of individualized materials mailed home for each student, our staff are using Google Classroom
to post, collect, and if appropriate, grade assignments. Our teachers have been providing support to
families and students to ensure that they can access Google Classroom and other educational accounts
Our service providers have also been reaching out to families to explore ways to deliver services remotely
that best meet the needs of students. These methods will vary dependent on many factors and may
include a variety of modalities such as video and telephone conferencing, as well as, online Google
Classroom and emailed assignments.
We recognize that the changes to all our lives mean that your schedules have been disrupted and may
be extremely variable given the needs in your individual homes. For our families that are first
responders, we thank you for your dedication and service in this crisis.
Please know our staff is here to support you and your child and to ensure that learning continues in the
best way possible for all of our students. All teachers and related service providers are available to
answer questions regarding access to accounts and assigned work, via email daily and will make
themselves available for phone appointments upon request. Students can also email teachers directly
or ask questions from their Google accounts. Please see email contacts at the end of this letter.
As always, please contact me with any questions or concerns. Currently the best way to reach out is via
email firstname.lastname@example.org. I have heard from many of you already and I will continue respond to all
questions as soon as possible.
Principal, SWBOCES TSP-I Program at Pocantico Hills Central School District
We miss you!
Tappan Hill School educators didn't let a little thing like distance learning get in the way of their annual Field Day celebration. They just got a creative with it. Watch it here on YouTube. You may want to keep a tissue handy!News Feed - Center for Special Services
A note regarding summer instruction
Dear PPS Directors and Partners in Districts,
In case you were unable to join us at yesterday’s SWBOCES PPS Directors’ meeting, we wanted to make you aware that after going through a process of considering the Governor’s latest executive order and whether it would be possible to provide in-person services in accordance with safety guidelines, we have determined that we need more planning time before opening our campuses. Therefore, we will be offering ESY in a remote environment this summer.
As we had previously shared in a letter to all districts, our program will run from July 6 – August 14. Summer hours for students are from 8:30am-2:00pm.
We look forward to continuing to serve students and families.
Andrea Byrne and Jim GrattoCenter for Special Services
We celebrate and thank our 2020 American Dreamer Award recipients
Students in our Special Services programs rely on the support of a community that extends beyond our classrooms and campuses and into the cities, towns and villages of Southern Westchester. Each year we honor community partners whose extraordinary efforts make a meaningful difference in the lives of our students. We call these honors the "American Dreamer Awards." View the 2020 awards program here. Thank you for your support!Center for Special Services
Special Services remote learning document updated
The Remote Learning General Information document, attached here, has been updated at specialservices.swboces.org.Center for Special Services
Virtual Art Class "at" Valhalla Center
See the photo linked here for a glimpse of what virtual art class looks like for students, teachers and aides in our Center for Special Services program from our Valhalla campus, where Leslie Handler is principal. So proud of our students and our instructional team!Center for Special Services
Pocantico Hills staff tell students: 'We miss you!'
Staff at our Pocantico Hills program really miss seeing their students in person. So they put together this video compilation to let them know just how much.News Feed - Center for Special Services
Teaching Together: Embracing Distance Learning
During this very stressful time, parents are trying to keep their families safe, dealing with the anxiety of being apart from loved ones, and attempting to keep some sort of normalcy within their household. Under the current circumstances, many are now nurses to their very fragile children, in addition to being mom or dad, chefs and housekeepers. Now throw into the mix having to work from home and be a teacher, too.News Feed - Center for Special Services
Advice to SWBOCES-region educators: 'Lead with your heart as well as your head'
David Luhman, SWBOCES' Director of School Partnerships and Innovative Practices, reached out to Dr. Carol Ann Tomlinson, one of the nation’s leading experts in the area of Differentiated Instruction, seeking advice for teachers during this time of distance learning. Click here to read '10 Tips for Honoring Students in the Virtual Environment'News Feed - Center for Special Services
Teachers innovate to reach students with sign language
In an example of teachers rising to the challenge of online instruction, SWBOCES Itinerant Teacher of the Deaf Patricia Compton collaborated with Harrison teacher Jennifer Horowitz to deliver video lessons to students who use sign language.News Feed - Center for Special Services
Special Services Student Resource Page launched
Check out our newly launched Special Services Student Resources Page. We've compiled many of the best resources available for use by students across our Special Services programs and put them in one place. You can also find it at the Special Services home page.News Feed - Center for Special Services