Hutchinson Weekly News 5/21/2023

Hutchinson Elementary School address and phone number
Trisha Nugent Fitzgerald

Hutchinson Elementary School

48 5th Street Pelham, New York 10803

Phone: 914-738-3640  Fax: 914-738-8198

“Together We Can Make A Difference!”

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Dear Hutchinson School Families,

The end of the school year brings many celebratory events. From spring concerts and performances, field trips, STEAM Day and Move-Up ceremonies, there are many ways that students get a chance to demonstrate all that they have learned. This coming week, there are two events in particular that will showcase our students. The first is our Spring Concert on Monday, May 22nd at 6:30 pm in the Prospect Hill Auditorium and our second is our STEAM Day on May 23rd. To learn more about how you can celebrate with us, please see the information below.

Best wishes for a fantastic week ahead and a Happy Memorial Day Weekend!



Trisha Nugent Fitzgerald. Ed.D.

Hutchinson School Principal

School News…

Schools Closed:

School will be closed on Thursday, May 25th through Monday, May 29th in observance of Memorial Day. School will reopen on Tuesday, May 30th.

4th & 5th Grade Spring Concert:

Our 4th & 5th Grade Spring Concert will be taking place on Monday, May 22nd at 6:30 pm in the Prospect Hill School auditorium. We look forward to seeing you at the show!

Join Us For STEAM Day!

On May 23, 2023, students will be showcasing their STEAM projects for families. Our science learning standards in New York State (NYSSLS) place a heavy emphasis on having students design solutions to problems they identify.  Therefore, for STEAM Day this year, students are working to design something that can be made easier or better with a new idea or invention using recycled materials. The process that students go through is inquiry based, student centered, and rooted in the design and engineering process.  The theme/question is intentionally open-ended to allow for creativity and ingenuity in both identifying a problem and then designing a solution. We are looking forward to seeing you in-person on May 23rd at 2:15 pm. All visitors will need to enter through our main entrance before heading to their child’s classroom.

Livestream STEAM Day:

For families who are not able to join us in-person for STEAM Day on May 23rd, we will have a livestream option that morning! Please use the following Google Meet link to join in on the fun:

A couple of tips to keep in mind if livestreaming the event:

  • For a better viewing experience, "pin" the screen. Tap the participant or presentation tile. At bottom right of the tile, tap Menu . From the pop-up menu, tap the Pin.
  • The approximate schedule for when grade levels will be livestreamed is as follows:
  • 8:30-9:15- 2nd Grade
  • 9:20-10:05- 1st Grade
  • 10:10-10:55- 3rd Grade
  • 11:00-12:00- 4th Grade
  • 12:15-1:00- Kindergarten
  • 1:00-2:00- 5th Grade

May Awareness Day:

Student Government would love for you to wear patriotic clothes (American Flag, red, white or blue) on Wednesday, May 24th, to honor those who served.

2023/2024 School Supply Kits Available Now:

Thank you to the PTA, the school supply kits are ready to pre-order now through June 30th. Support the Hutchinson Elementary PTA by ordering your 2023/2024 school year supply kits through the EduKit program! This is a convenient option for busy families as your student’s order will be in the class on the first day of school. A small portion of your purchase supports the PTA and helps us build a strong supportive community. Order at: For more information, please see the following flyer: edukit.png

Lawn Sign Information for 5th Grade Families:

Hutchinson graduate lawn signs are now available! You must order by May 26th in order to receive them. We will plan to have them at school for pick up the week of May 30th, so you can show your pride for your child's last month of elementary school!

To order go to:

End of Year BBQ:

The PTA is hosting a Family BBQ on Friday June 16 from 5:30-7:30pm.  All are welcome to come celebrate a great school year!  Please save the date, details to follow soon. 

Class Placement:

It’s hard to believe that we are coming to the end of the school year and already beginning to plan for next year. The faculty and I work carefully to make thoughtful, well-considered placements for each and every child.  Our goal is to form classroom communities that are balanced across many indicators such as student learning styles, academic profile, social and emotional development, age and individual developmental issues, cultural diversity, peer interactions, special needs, and teacher-student relationships. It is fair to say that not all of the criteria indicated receive equal weight or consideration in our decision making. While the composite criteria may seem to be important, some criteria may have to be emphasized over others. Due to the complexity of this process, we will not accept any requests for specific teachers since this would compromise our ability to create balanced classes.  In addition, your child may or may not have the same teacher as her or his brother or sister. We consider each child's individual needs in making our decisions. We ask that you please support our faculty who work closely together to make thoughtful, well-considered placements for each and every child.  We are very fortunate to have such a strong teaching staff in our school, and we look forward to your child having a successful, happy year. If you would like to share any pertinent information that will help us in the placement process please email me by Friday, May 19th. 

Orchestra Enrollment:

If you are a current 2nd grade parent, and would like your child to learn to play the violin, viola, cello or bass at school in the 3rd grade, enrollment is now OPEN. To learn more about our program, please see the following link: Orchestra Program Overview

In addition, you are welcome to join us for an informational night about the different string instruments and the orchestra program on May 30, 2023 from  6:30-7:15 pm at the Prospect Hill auditorium.  If you are ready to enroll your child in our string instrument please use this link:

Sharing Shelf Clothing Drive:

We are holding a Clothing Drive for The Sharing Shelf from Wednesday, May 31st - Wednesday, June 7th. Currently new Socks and Underwear are needed for 350 children in the area. Sharing Shelf is an organization that addresses clothing insecurities and provides basic clothing and toiletries to children and teens in Westchester county. Please bring your NEW socks and underwear, ranging in sizes 4T- Adult sizes, and place them in the boxes inside the Main entrance. Together we can make a difference!                            

Upcoming Dates…

  • May 22nd- Spring Concert at 6:30 pm at Prospect Hill School Auditorium
  • May 23rd- STEAM Day! Parent viewing starts at 2:15 pm.
  • May 24th- In honor or Memorial Day and those who served, Student Government is hosting May Awareness Day
  • May 24th- 5th Grade District Wide Field Day
  • May 25th- May 29th- School Closed for Memorial Day
  • May 31st- 3rd Grade Orchestra Recital at 8:30 am
  • May 31st- Early Release Day at 1:00 pm
  • June 12th- Kindergarten Screening for In-coming Kindergarten Students
  • June 14th- Kindergarten Screening for In-coming Kindergarten Students
  • June 14th- 5th Grade Dinner Dance
  • June 16th- 5th Grade Fun Day 
  • June 19th- School Closed in Observance of Juneteenth
  • June 21st- Early Release at 12:00 pm- No lunch served
  • June 21st- 5th Grade Move Up Ceremony at 4:00 pm at Franklin Field
  • June 22nd- Early Release at 12:00 pm- No lunch served
  • June 23rd- Early Release at 12:00 pm- No lunch served
  • June 23rd- Last Day of School- Report Cards Available in the Portal at 3:00 pm
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