Emails from Ms. Stile

  • 10/20/2020

    Scarsdale Public Schools - Infinite Campus Messenger

    Dear Heathcote Families,

    On Friday, October 30, 2020, we are inviting all Heathcote students to wear their Halloween costumes to school.

    Due to COVID, we are not able to host our annual parade. Instead, teachers are planning a special math activity for all of our students on this day.

    Here are a few helpful reminders:

    • Please have your child wear their Halloween costume to school.
    • In consideration of our students with allergies, please do not send in costumes with nuts.
    • Kindly leave all toy weapons, glass items, and valuables at home.

    Students will wear their costumes for the entire session. No changing out of costumes will be possible.

    Thank you in advance for your cooperation and assistance. 

    Maria R. Stile



    Scarsdale Public Schools - Infinite Campus Messenger

    Dear Heathcote Families,

    The Heathcote School Faculty invites you to its virtual Open House Meet the Teacher Night on Thursday, October 8th, between the hours of 6:30 p.m. and 8:10 p.m. You will have the opportunity to attend a webinar and hear our classroom teachers present their goals, expectations, and objectives for the 2020- 2021 school year.  

    This is an important orientation and an excellent opportunity for you to meet your child's teachers and learn about the grade-level curriculum.  

    You will also have the opportunity to meet the teachers of our Specials programs (Art, Music, Band, Orchestra, Technology, Library, Spanish and Physical Education) and our Intervention Service Teachers (Learning Resource Center Teachers, Psychologist, English Language Learner Teacher, and Speech and Language Teacher through recorded presentations introducing themselves and their programs.  

    **You will receive an email from me on Thursday, October 8th,  with ZOOM links to all of our presentations.

    Our Schedule for the Evening:

    6:30-7:00 Presentations for parents of students in Grades K & 1.

    7:05-7:35 Presentations for Parents of students in Grades 2 & 3.

    7:40-8:10 Presentations for Parents of students in Grades 4 & 5.

    * Virtual Classes

    Links and times for all K-5 virtual class presentations will also be sent to you.

    Heathcote Virtual Teachers will be presenting with their Grade Level Teams.

    We are all looking forward to Heathcote Open House/ Meet the Teacher Night and a fabulous new school year.


    Maria R. Stile


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    Scarsdale Public Schools - Infinite Campus Messenger

    Dear Heathcote Families,

    Below is an update with important reminders form the Heathcote Restart Committee.

    Thank you for your attention to this information.

    Maria Stile


    Dear Heathcote Families,

     Thank you for your support and attention to the restart and safety procedures.    

     Below are some important reminders from the Restart Committee:

     From the Health Office:

    • Must be completed daily prior to the arrival of your student at school. Please remember to complete the ezSCRN every day prior to your student coming to school.
    • Refer to ezSCRN Instructions for Parents if you are having difficulty with the application
    • Updated Health Forms
      • Grades K, 1, 3, and 5 must have an updated health exam on file dated from 9/1/2019 or after as required by New York State

    Send your updated form to our school nurse, Margaret Turiano, 

    • Please make sure your contact information on Infinite Campus is correct and updated with the district.
    • Dismissal Manager and ezSCRN must be used to report all illnesses or absences.


    • Masks must be worn at all times by children and adults while on school grounds, including inside cars at drop-off and pick-up.
    • Approved masks for in-school use (please refer here for specific mask guidelines):  
      • 2-ply or 3-ply cloth masks
      • Surgical masks
      • Respirators (N95 and KN95 masks)
      • Face shields may be worn IN ADDITION to face masks.
    • Bandanas and Neck Gaiters MAY NOT be worn at school.
    • Masks with valves MAY NOT be worn at school.  

    From the Mental Health Committee:

    • We hope that families and students are settling into our new school year. Should you need assistance, please click here for the Social Emotional Learning Resources for Elementary Caregivers. As always, please email our school psychologist, Jennifer Turetzky, or call her at (914)721-2766 or if you would like to talk more. 

    Dress for the Weather:  

    • We have been lucky to have had beautiful weather for the start of the year.  Children spend a bit more time outside for arrival, dismissal, and mask breaks. Please remember that they should be dressed appropriately for all kinds of weather. To avoid lost articles, be sure to put children’s names on clothing.  
    • Clothing essentials
      • Umbrellas
      • Rain slickers
      • Rain boots
      • Coats
      • Hats and Gloves
      • Snow Boots

     Water Stations:

    • We have installed new UV bottle fillers throughout the building. As a reminder, please bring your own water bottle. It is cold water only. 


    • The playgrounds and fields remain closed during the school day and after-school hours.


    • Dogs are not allowed on school grounds.

     Holiday Calendar Link

     The Heathcote Restart Committee

    Maria Stile, Principal                                       Kathy de la Garza, Assistant Principal   

    Jessica Rosenburg, PTA President                Carrie Parker, PTA President-elect

    Alexa Froomberg, Parent Representative      Margaret Turiano, School Nurse

    Terrie Leone, School Secretary                      Luis Magalhaes, Head Custodian

    Jeff Koenig, Custodian                                   Jennifer Turetzky, School Psychologist   

    Chris Casal, Computer teacher                      Vivian Robert, 5th-grade teacher       

    Amber Rago, 4th-grade teacher                     Erin Cameron, Art teacher Arriv/Dism. Coor.

    Lindsey Hicks, Learning Resource teacher    Theresa Crawford, Aide representative

    Shaun Johnson, Spanish teacher, Arriv/Dism.Coor. 



    Scarsdale Public Schools - Infinite Campus Messenger

    Dear Heathcote Family,

    It is with great pride that I share with you that our beloved school has been designated as an Exemplary High Performing National Blue Ribbon School for 2020 by U. S. Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos.

    Our school is one of 367 schools in the nation and one of 18 schools from New York State to be recognized in 2020.

    More information on the program may be found here:

    National Blue Ribbon Schools

    Today's announcement may be found here:

    2020 National Blue Ribbon Schools Announcement

    There will be a formal recognition ceremony in November. Details to come.

    Every member of our community has contributed to this amazing recognition, administrators, faculty, staff, students, and parents. 

    Together we always accomplish great things.

    Kudos to the Heathcote School Community!!

    Go Heathcote!!




    Maria R. Stile





    Scarsdale Public Schools - Infinite Campus Messenger

    Dear Heathcote Families,

    Friday, September 25th, is Heathcote Spirit Day.  The objective of the day is to promote school spirit for our students, families & staff.

    We are asking that students dress in a particular manner on these scheduled days.  Heathcote colors are YELLOW and BLACK. "Heathcote Spirit Wear" are any items of clothing with "Heathcote" written on it, have a Heathcote logo, or the Heathcote "H" that your children may already own. 

    We hope that all of our students will join us in building school spirit on these days.

    Go Heathcote!

    Go Huskies!!

    Maria R. Stile



    Scarsdale Public Schools - Infinite Campus Messenger


    Dear Heathcote Families,

    Tomorrow each family will be receiving two signs with their last name written on them.  Kindly display one of the signs in your car window/dashboard during pick up. Please inform your child care providers to do the same.  The signs will allow staff members to easily identify your family, which will lead to a quicker and smoother dismissal for our students. 

    As always, thank you for your support and assistance in ensuring the safety of our students. 


    Maria Stile




    Scarsdale Public Schools - Infinite Campus Messenger


    Dear Heathcote Families,

    Attached is a letter from the Heathcote Restart Committee.

    It outlines changes and provides information intended to keep everyone safe this year. 

    I ask that you please review it with all of your family members.

    Thank you,



    Scarsdale Public Schools - Infinite Campus Messenger


    Dear Heathcote Families,

    The start of a new school year is always an exciting time. This unusual year will bring us many challenges. In my 15 years at Heathcote, we have faced and overcome numerous challenges. Working together, we have always been able to maintain our focus on the success of our students. Our community is a strong one. During this COVID pandemic, I believe that we will provide Heathcote students with the best possible educational experience if we are united.

    This summer, classrooms were prepared to accommodate students and keep them seated six feet apart from one another. Buildings and Grounds provided us with measurement specifics to ensure room safety.  Mechanical air systems were inspected, and filters were upgraded.

    Heathcote has some staffing changes. We welcome Mr. William Reilly from Edgewood School.  He will be joining the fifth-grade team. Ms. Amber Rago and Ms. Ashley Cooper have been assigned as District virtual teachers.

    I have attached a copy of our classroom teacher list to clarify hybrid and virtual assignments for Heathcote students. Some Heathcote students have been assigned to virtual cohorts lead by teachers from other schools. These virtual classes are made of students from all of the five elementary schools.

    In support roles, we welcome back Ms. Jackie Singer as a virtual ICT/LRC teacher. We also welcome Ms. Rachel McMahon as our ENL teacher.

    Mr. Sean Johnson and Ms. Erin Cameron will be our Arrival and Dismissal Supervisors.

    You will be receiving communications from Heathcote administrators, teachers, and the Heathcote Restart Committee.  I ask that you please carefully read each one.

    This link will connect you with the  Opening Plan Calendar. Classroom teachers will be contacting you with specifics.

    Thank you in advance for your support as we begin our new school year.


    Maria R. Stile


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