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News & Updates

June 2, 2022

Special Presentation Tonight: “Two Weeks and Counting, COVID The Musical” at High School


It's a presentation that’s “poignant, thoughtful, and intellectual,” said New Rochelle High School teacher Anthony Stirpe. 

“Two Weeks and Counting, COVID The Musical,” written by New Rochelle High School Musical Theatre students, debuts tonight, Thursday, at 7 p.m. at the high school’s Linda E. Kelly Theatre.

As part of the experience, students wrote five original songs, created original choreography, and wrote a 20-page original script – exploring COVID and historical pandemics such as AIDS, swine flu, and Bubonic Plague. Students also studied masks and vaccines and how those issues presented themselves historically. Additionally, students transformed text messages into scenes, bringing real-life conversations to the stage. 

“For two years, we were forced to distance, and I can think of no better way to process what happened and come back together as a community than an original musical that tells our story,” said student Madeline Basch. “We worked all year and are so proud.”

“COVID 'started' in New Rochelle, so to hear the story from the beginning and the stories of how it impacted our community, and eventually rippled into the rest of the country is a fascinating experience, not to mention a night well spent,” Stirpe said.

Following the musical, Performing and Visual Arts Education (PAVE) students will debut an eighth season of original films, all inspired by poetry and containing original art designed by PAVE 2 art students. The films star the PAVE 3 students, and reflect the hard work of over 150 students. Admission is free. Learn more by clicking the poster.

Use of Continues Strong Growth;

Take Advantage of this Free Service as Final Exams Near

Tutor.ComLogo.png’s use by City School District of New Rochelle students continues to impressively grow due to the level of expertise provided, convenience, and the broad range of services and subject matter.

The conclusion of May marked the fourth complete month of’s partnership with the school district. The school district launched this support opportunity to advance academic achievement. During May, usage increases were seen at all schools, with the largest jumps by students at Albert Leonard Middle School (205%), the Barnard Early Childhood Center (159%), and Isaac E. Young Middle School (120%).

With final exams coming up, can help students finish the year strong. will also be available throughout the summer for students enrolled in summer learning, those seeking to recover credits, or students in need of or seeking any type of tutoring. All services are free to students.


Students connect with live, one-to-one tutors in English or Spanish, and they can receive assistance in a range of areas:

  • Homework.
  • Extra-credit projects.
  • Critiques of written reports before submission in class.
  • Practice tests can be taken to gauge mastery on subjects or prep for standardized tests such as the SAT, ACT or Advanced Placement exams.
  • If a student is absent but well enough to do schoolwork, and doesn’t have access to a teacher, can help.
  • Tutors can guide students regarding best practices for studying or how to best understand and tackle an assignment.

Students access by signing into their school district devices, accessing Launchpad, and clicking Students on non-district devices sign into Launchpad ( first, then click the icon.

Videos have been created to guide students through a experience and explain its benefits:

For more information, email Executive Principal Dr. John Barnes at

New Offerings in Summer Learning Program

The City School District of New Rochelle is expanding its Summer Learning programs with new enrichment activities:

Learn With Leaders Program: Students who will be in grades 9-12 in September are eligible for this program taking place at New Rochelle High School. Learn more here,, and enroll here: Classes, limited to 20 students each, will be led virtually by an Ivy League instructor while students attend sessions, on site, at New Rochelle High School supported by school district faculty. Learn more in a letter written in both English and Spanish here.


Virtual Business Enterprises: The program challenges middle (Junior Virtual Enterprises) and high school (Virtual Enterprises) students to create a real business from “concept” to “start-up.” Classes of 20 students per section will be offered. Each class will be supported by a New Rochelle faculty member who will assist student teams as they participate in a virtual classroom. Classes will be offered at New Rochelle High School. Students who will be in middle school in September can register here: Students who will be in high school in September can register here: Learn more in a letter in both English and Spanish here.


To learn more, email Dr. John Barnes ( or Dr. Charles Coletti (, administrators of the Summer Learning Program. Please see a story further below in this newsletter to learn about a variety of additional Summer Learning programs and activities.

State Honors Scholar-Athletes; Awards Night for Seniors June 15

They’re not just athletes. They’re scholar athletes. Congratulations to members of several New Rochelle High School sports teams honored with the New York State Public High School Athletic Association Scholar-Athlete Team Award.

The teams recognized: Girls and boys lacrosse, baseball, softball, boys tennis, boys golf, and boys and girls track and field. To earn the recognition, 75% of a team's roster must have had a grade-point average (GPA) of 90 or higher. The awards are for the third marking quarter. The following is the number of players on each roster who had a GPA of 90 or better:

  • Girls Track: 34
  • Boys Track: 23
  • Girls Lacrosse: 17
  • Softball: 14
  • Boys Tennis: 11
  • Baseball: 10
  • Golf: 10
  • Boys Lacrosse: 10

Accomplishments of New Rochelle High School’s senior athletes will be celebrated on Senior-Athlete Awards Night Wednesday, June 15 in the Whitney Young Auditorium at 6:30 p.m. Come congratulate our talented sports stars!


Deadline Friday! Help High School Teacher

Anthony Stirpe Win a Contest for TheatreWorks!

The June 3 deadline is approaching, New Rochelle! Support, with your vote, New Rochelle High School teacher Anthony Stirpe in Norwegian Cruise Lines’ Giving Joy contest. He has collected more than 4,300 votes, but to win a cash prize for the TheatreWorks program that can be as much as $25,000, he needs you, and your friends and families, to cast ballots on his behalf. Stirpe has supported our students for years by being an innovative, award-winning teacher and a tech-savvy mentor who achieves excellence every day! Learn more at and vote here:

Athlete Focuses Science Research on Hand Fractures

and Avoiding Surgical Complications

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The students in New Rochelle High School’s Science Research Program explore a dazzling range of topics under the mentorship of experts from some of the top institutions of learning and exploration. Students’ projects are regularly featured in this newsletter.

Student: Sophia Pak, Senior

Mentor: Dr. Omri Ayalon, NYU Langone Health

As an athlete who has broken many bones and had a variety of sports-related injuries, New Rochelle High School senior Sophia Pak felt compelled to focus her Science Research Program project on hand fractures and the potential prevention of surgical complications.

“I have broken my hand multiple times during sports, and my research focuses on metacarpal (hand) fractures,” said Pak. “Moreover, I have broken my fifth metacarpal (pinky finger bone), and this bone specifically is what my research emphasized.”

According to Pak, “malrotation” is the most common complication of metacarpal fracture surgery, and the fifth metacarpal is the most commonly fractured. The goal of her research was to find a numerical trend between the head (top of the bone) and shaft (skinny part of the bone) of healthy metacarpal, in order to prevent malrotation during surgeries.

Pak’s mentor, Dr. Omri Ayalon, took X-ray images of healthy metacarpal from a cadaver lab and Pak conducted measurements on the head and shaft of the fifth metacarpals.

“I divided these measurements to find the trend in the form of a percentile,” said Pak. “I found a mean trend of 72.7%. This research allows for surgeons to have a checkpoint during surgical fixation of the fifth metacarpal to minimize malrotation as a complication, advancing metacarpal surgeries while minimizing complications.”


Pak said that she thoroughly enjoyed her experience in the Science Research Program and the many lessons it taught her.

“I was able to immerse myself in the science topic of my choice (orthopedics), while no other class provided this opportunity,” said Pak. “Further, I learned many professional skills, such as resume writing, participating in an internship, and public speaking.”

Ingenuity on Display: Science Honor Society Inducts 44


The New Rochelle High School chapter of the National Science Honor Society inducted 44 students and recognized 17 returning seniors in its annual induction ceremony Wednesday.

The inducted students maintained a grade-point average of 85 or better in all science courses, including Advanced Placement courses, and completed 20 hours of community service in science. Returning seniors acted as mentors to new members, while also completing 10 hours of service. Students completed service through participation in the NR-Use program, peer tutoring, and volunteer opportunities in community-based organizations including the Glenwood Lake Association, Westchester County Parks, the New York Blood Center, and the School Construction Authority of New York City.

Science Honor Society members also connected with Trinity Elementary School students for a virtual lesson on the "reasons for the seasons," and participated in George M. Davis Jr. Elementary School’s Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM) Fair. Members every Wednesday participated in non-academic science activities, such as campus scavenger hunts, science bingo, and a science-themed costume contest. In addition, members presented science research, shared volunteer experiences, and held Q&As with guest speakers in STEM careers.

Juniors and seniors interested in applying to the Science Honor Society are welcome to attend the next informational meeting in September 2022.

Science Research Symposium Celebrates Excellence


Last week’s Science Research Symposium at New Rochelle High School was a year-end celebration of excellence! The Science Research Program is a signature, multi-award-winning program as well as a point of immense pride, both of which were honored during the event. At the symposium, seniors give presentations and are honored for their accomplishments. Juniors, sophomores, and freshmen create posters as part of the event, and as the photo shows, seniors proudly held up their new shirts! Congratulations to all seniors for their scientific innovation and creativity!


Final Mobile Food Pantry for School Year June 8

Thousands of New Rochelle community members have benefited from the Mobile Food Pantry, which returns to Isaac E. Young Middle School for the final time this school year on Wednesday, June 8 from 4-5 p.m. All are welcome.

There’s a direct connection between students’ success and the availability of consistent food and nutrition. That’s why the City School District of New Rochelle’s Pupil Personnel Services Department and Feeding Westchester team up to sponsor the Mobile Food Pantry, providing assistance and healthy options. Click the image for more information.

Isaac Young Chorus Students Help Pay Tribute on Memorial Day


A small but mighty group of sixth-grade chorus students from Isaac E. Young Middle School helped honor those who gave their lives fighting for our nation’s freedoms. The students, under the direction of music teacher Sarah Bianco, performed three songs as part of the observance at the American Legion on Memorial Day: "The Star Spangled Banner,” “God Bless America,” and “Song for the Unsung Hero.” One performer said, "Everyone did their best to honor the military," while another said, "It was nice singing because we got to sing for people and to show respect for the unsung heroes." Congressman Jamaal Bowman acknowledged the talent and dedication of the students in his speech. Check out these talented singers here:

Defending our Freedoms: Veterans Share Experiences at Jefferson


Second-grade students at Jefferson Elementary School learned about the significance and history of Memorial Day when several veterans spoke to four classes about their experiences being veterans. Students made paper American flags and waved them proudly as veterans entered the classrooms. The veterans told the students if they were drafted or if they enlisted in the armed forces, which war they served in, and what they encountered and experienced. Students had questions prepared, and veterans happily answered. The visit concluded with students thanking veterans for their service. 


Spotlight on Huguenot Academy in Superintendent’s Video Series

Learn about Huguenot Academy and its unique high school experience in the latest edition of “What Matters Most,” Superintendent Jonathan Raymond’s video series. Huguenot Academy Director Andrea Schwach, his guest, discusses the numerous benefits and amenities for students at Huguenot’s new location on the campus of Monroe College. View the interview at "What Matters Most" videos are always posted at, and on the school district's YouTube channel,

Open House at Huguenot Academy June 9


 Huguenot Academy, a program of New Rochelle High School, is hosting an open house June 9. Learn more about its academic model of individualized student support, smaller class sizes, and its emphasis on ensuring students are ready to “launch” after graduation. Huguenot students have full access to the high school’s extracurricular, athletic and all other programs. High levels of engagement and a collaborative home-school partnership are at the foundation of the program’s approach. This includes a low student-to-teacher ratio, innovative course offerings to hone students’ post-secondary goals, flexibility to pursue non-traditional pathways, empowerment, and more.

Click the flyer for more information.

Barnes Takes on Additional Duties, Earns Doctorate Degree


John Barnes, Executive Principal of the City School District of New Rochelle and previously the Principal of Albert Leonard Middle School, has been working this year to support both the Offices of Curriculum & Instruction and Student Support Services. He is now also providing student and administrative support at New Rochelle High School for the remainder of the school year.


Barnes, now Dr. Barnes, just completed his doctoral studies at St. John’s University, graduating on May 17. Barnes has been working as a principal for almost 20 years, serving in the City School District of New Rochelle for the last nine years. Prior to becoming a principal and school administrator, Barnes worked as a music teacher, classroom teacher, staff developer, and instructional coach. In 2018, he was named Principal of the Year by the national organization STOMP Out Bullying, and he was recently named a New York State Ambassador for the Social Emotional Learning Alliance for New York, known as SEL4NY. Barnes led the successful launch of as a free service to help advance academic achievement for all students across the school district. He also managed the formulation of the school district’s retooled Summer Learning Program, including the K-8 Summer Stars program and new Summer Enrichment opportunities available for students this summer.


Support our Special Olympians June 11

The sounds of a great crowd are just one source of energy for our New Rochelle Special Olympics athletes, the Pioneers. A track and field event is June 11 at New Rochelle High School, and your support is vital! Click the flyer to learn more.

Grace, Skills, Artistic Beauty: PAVE Dancers Take Flight


New Rochelle High School’s Spring Dance Concert last week, a showcase of talent, inspiration, and artistry, featured students from the PAVE Dance Program. PAVE is an acronym for the high school’s Performing and Visual Arts Education program. Check out these photos as well as a video at showing choreography to Louis Armstrong’s “What a Wonderful World.”

PAVE Acting Talent Graces the Stage


New Rochelle High School’s “Best of PAVE Acting 1, 2, and 3” showcases the talents of students across three levels of acting classes. PAVE 1, taught by Anthony Stirpe, performed “Everyman.” PAVE 2, taught by Paul Naclerio, performed an abridged version of “13 Ways to Screw Up a College Interview,” while PAVE 3, taught by Michelle Shapiro, performed selected vignettes and monologues from “Teen.” The performances were Tuesday at New Rochelle High School; these photos are of the PAVE 3 performance.


An Ice Cream Thank You

for a Strong Year at Barnard

To celebrate their hard work this year, Barnard Early Childhood Center’s children and teachers were surprised and thanked with ice cream last week! As teachers and children in the school’s English as a New Language After School Program enjoyed, Superintendent Jonathan Raymond offered his congratulations to all, including Principal Shelli Owens, at left, and Judy Badillo, the program’s project leader. Congratulations on a terrific year, Barnard!


Friday and Saturday: “Peter and the Wolf” at High School


Get set for performances of the classic “Peter and the Wolf” at New Rochelle High School Friday at 7 p.m. and Saturday at 2 p.m.

The shows are presented in partnership with Christina Coleman, Director of the Coleman School of Dance. Professional and student dancers will perform all styles of dance, while professional and advanced student musicians, conducted by Lehman College Professor Alan Hollander, will perform “Peter and The Wolf.”

Financial support from Arts Westchester means the shows are free for attendees. The presentations are part of the New Rochelle Arts Showcase. Register at and view a rehearsal video at

Fitness in the Great Outdoors: Yoga Builds Bridges at Jefferson

How do you help bring a community together? At Jefferson Elementary School, yoga under the sun is a great start! Children and parents enjoyed relaxing and stretching!


Schedule: Graduations and Moving-Up Ceremonies


Albert Leonard Middle School: June 22, 5 p.m., at the school.

Barnard Early Childhood Center: Second-Grade Moving-Up Ceremony, June 17, 11 a.m. Two tickets per family. "Drive Bye-Bye" June 22, 1 p.m. Families can drive their graduates past the school to wave goodbye to the staff.

Columbus Elementary School: Fifth-grade graduation, June 22, 9:30 a.m., soccer field (indoors if rain). Two guests per student.

George M. Davis Jr. Elementary School: Fifth-grade graduation, June 22, 1 p.m., auditorium and then the front campus. Three family seats per graduate indoors; no limit during the outdoor celebration.

Isaac E. Young Middle School: June 22 at 8:30 a.m. at the school. If rain or inclement weather, the ceremony will be in the New Rochelle High School gym at 8:30 a.m.

Jefferson Elementary School: Fifth-grade graduation, June 10, 9:30 a.m., auditorium. Kindergarten Stepping-Up Ceremony, June 17, 9 a.m., auditorium.

New Rochelle High School/Huguenot Academy: Graduation, June 23, 5 p.m., McKenna Field.

Trinity Elementary School: Kindergarten Moving-Up Ceremony: June 14, 9 a.m., outdoor ceremony on the Trinity blacktop (no tickets required). Rain date: June 16. Fifth-Grade Graduation: June 15, 9 a.m., outdoor ceremony on the Trinity blacktop (no tickets required). Rain date: June 17.

William B. Ward Elementary School: Kindergarten Moving-Up Ceremony: “A Morning with the Stars: Rolling out the Red Carpet for Kindergartners as They Step Up to First Grade!” Three guests per student.

  • Monday, June 6: Class of Mrs. D'Ambrosio, 9 a.m.; Class of Mrs. Tatarka, 10:15 a.m.
  • Tuesday, June 7: Class of Ms. Almonte, 9 a.m.; Class of Mrs. Riess, 10:15 a.m.
  • Wednesday, June 8: Class of Mrs. Lezi, 9 a.m.; Class of Mrs. Tsiropinas, 10:15 a.m.
  • Thursday, June 9: Class of Ms. Lavelli, 9 a.m.; Class of Ms. Albanese, 10:15 a.m.

Fifth-Grade Graduation:

  • June 13 (rain date June 15): Classes of Mrs. Briscoe, Mr. Reid, Mrs. Wiesner, 9 a.m.; Classes of Ms. Farrell/Mr. Tarantino, 10:30 a.m.
  • June 14 (rain date June 16): Classes of Mrs. Obligado, Mr. Fox, and Ms. Castellano, 9 a.m.; Classes of Ms. Ratigan, Ms. Cesa, Mrs. Kinches, 10:30 a.m.

To minimize Covid transmission, ceremonies will be outdoors and will take about 30 minutes. Students will come to school at their normal time. Each family will receive three tickets. Tickets will be sent home with students a couple of days before graduation. Families should park in the parking lot behind the school. After the ceremony, there will be a designated area with murals created by Daniel Henderson, known as “Signature Savage,” to take pictures, thanks to the PTA. Music teacher Robert Flanz will be in charge of music. Families can decorate their cars and bring balloons or flowers. 

Daniel Webster Elementary School: Fifth Grade Moving-Up Ceremony, June 21, 9:30 a.m., auditorium. Three tickets per family.


Middle School Final Exam Schedule

Attention, Albert Leonard Middle School and Isaac E. Young Middle School communities!

Please see the Final Exam Schedule here.

High School Testing Schedule


New Rochelle High School’s Regents Examination schedule is posted here. Looking for the schedule for Advanced Placement testing at New Rochelle High School? The school’s website, under the Events tab, provides a full list. Visit


Summer Learning Offers Array

of Opportunities for All Grades, Schools

The City School District of New Rochelle’s Summer Learning Program provides opportunities for students to build resilience and self-confidence while engaging in academic enrichment. The old model of remedial “summer school” has been replaced with a student-centered approach of “summer learning” built around student interest, teamwork, and a camp-like atmosphere.

The Summer Learning Program has several components:

Summer Stars: This program, for grades kindergarten through eight, seeks to increase student achievement in reading and math, equip students with developmentally appropriate social and emotional competencies, and engage students in creative and fun enrichment activities. The school district is partnering with the New Rochelle Boys & Girls Club and the Budding Buddhas yoga organization to support this program. Among the programs:

  • Academic enrichment: The Summer Stars programs include mathematics, English Language Arts, Social and Emotional Learning, and Wellness/Thematic Enrichment. Invitations have been sent to students recommended by principals. For more information, contact your school’s project leader (information below).
  • Rising Sixth-Grade Program: Runs Mondays through Thursdays from July 5-28 at Albert Leonard Middle School and/or New Rochelle High School for Isaac E. Young Middle School’s program. Mathematics, English Language Arts (ELA), Social and Emotional Learning, and Wellness/Thematic Enrichment. Invitations have been sent to students recommended by principals. For more information, contact your school’s project leader.

 Summer Stars information by school:

  • Barnard Early Childhood Center: Rising kindergarten, grades 1, 2, and 3. Theme: Summer Bugs. Contact: Judy Badillo,
  • Columbus Elementary School: Rising grades 1, 2, 3, 4, and 5. Rising sixth-graders included in the program will attend the summer program offered at the student’s designated middle school for the 2022 - 2023 school year. Theme: Hands-On Research. Contact: Dan Cocciaridi,
  • George M. Davis Jr. Elementary School: Rising grade 1, 2, 3, 4, and 5 and the district-wide Elementary School Extended School Year Program. Rising sixth-graders in the program will attend the Albert Leonard Summer Learning Program. Theme: Taking Care of Ourselves & Our Community. Contact: Vinny Caporaso,
  • Jefferson Elementary School: Rising grades 1, 2, 3, 4, and 5 Jefferson students. Rising sixth-graders included in the program will attend the summer program offered at the student’s designated middle school for the 2022 - 2023 school year. Jefferson students are slated to attend the Isaac E. Young Summer Learning Program. Theme: Nature Related to Sustainability & STEAM. Contact: Lucea Brea,
  • Trinity Elementary School: Rising grades 1, 2, 3, 4, and 5 Trinity students. Rising sixth-graders included in the program will attend the summer program offered at the student’s designated middle school for the 2022 - 2023 school year. Trinity students are slated to attend the Isaac E. Young Summer Learning Program. Theme: STEAM. Contact: Deirdre Dillon,
  • Ward Elementary School: Rising grades 1, 2, 3, 4, and 5 Ward students. Rising sixth-graders included in the program will attend the summer program offered at the student’s designated middle school for the 2022 - 2023 school year. Ward students are slated to attend the Albert Leonard Middle School Summer Learning Program. Theme: World Habitats. Contact: Jennifer Hofstetter,
  • Webster Elementary School: Rising grades 1, 2, 3, 4, and 5 Webster students. Rising sixth-graders included in the program will attend the summer program offered at the student’s designated middle school for the 2022 - 2023 school year. Webster students are slated to attend the Albert Leonard Middle School Summer Learning Program. Theme: Sustainability. Contact: Kathy Coyne,
  • Albert Leonard Middle School: Rising grades 6, 7, and 8 ALMS students. Rising ninth-graders will attend the summer program at New Rochelle High School, July 11-29. Theme: Graduation & Beyond. Contact: Matthew Lucero,
  • Isaac E. Young Middle SchoolRising grades 6, 7, and 8 students. Rising ninth-graders will attend the summer program offered at New Rochelle High School from July 11-29. Theme: Mission Possible. Contact: Christopher Francaviglia,


Additional Programs

  • Rising Ninth-Grade Program: Runs Mondays through Fridays from July 11-29. For incoming ninth-graders recommended by their current school's principal. At New Rochelle High School. Covers mathematics, ELA, and Social-Emotional Learning/Wellness. Contact: Maureen Maire,
  • New Rochelle High School Credit Recovery Program: Runs July 11 through Aug. 12. Registration: June 28 to July 2 at the high school. For 10th, 11th, and 12th-graders who need to earn academic credits based on course failures. Contact: Maureen Maire,

Summer Enrichment Programs

  • Summer Music & Performing Arts, Aug. 1-25, New Rochelle High School. For rising third-, fourth- and fifth-grade students. Band and orchestra. One-to-one support and general music exploration. Contact: Deepak Marwah,
  • Pre-PAVE Theater & Art Prep Program, Aug. 1-25, New Rochelle High School. For rising eighth-graders. Instruction in dancing or acting, to gain insight into the PAVE (Performing and Visual Arts Education Program) audition process. Contact: Deepak Marwah,

Please see the story further up in this Newsletter to learn about new enrichment programs. 


Plan Ahead: Calendar for Next School Year Available

When does school start in September? When are the vacations and holidays? Start your planning now with the City School District of New Rochelle calendar for the 2022-2023 school year. Click on the image for a full view.

Reminder: Mask-Wearing Recommended to Protect Safety

The New Rochelle community has been an essential partner of the City School District of New Rochelle in following best practices to contain the spread of COVID-19. Your assistance is appreciated, and continued vigilance is crucial to keeping our schools and community as safe as possible.

As such, the school district offers a reminder that mask-wearing, while not required, is recommended in our classrooms, common areas, school buses, and vans. Masks provide important protection for self-care, according to health experts. In addition, if your child is sick, please keep the child at home and seek medical care.

For a variety of resources regarding vaccination clinics, safety protocols, and more, visit the Westchester County Department of Health website at


Saturday Event: Learn About Opportunities at Historically Black Colleges and Universities

Students can learn more about Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCU) at an event at New Rochelle High School Saturday, June 4 from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. College recruiters will be on hand to meet students, and information will be available from additional schools not able to attend. Students also will be able to learn more about Greek organizations. Representatives from Fisk University, Delaware State University, Clark Atlanta University, and Tennessee State University are some of the schools scheduled to be present. The event will be on the Soccer Field near the tennis court or in the House 4 Cafeteria, depending on the weather. Learn more by clicking on the flyer.

60/60 Challenge: New Fitness Suggestions Available


The 60/60 Challenge invites students, staff, and families to engage in physical activity for 60 minutes every day through June 30 to develop active lifestyle habits together. Physical activity promotes the three elements of wellness: mental, social, and physical health. Exercise helps children perform better in school and can lead to healthier, happy adults. Challenges are available every week on the 60/60 Challenge Website. The Week 5 Challenge: Bring back your childhood games with your family. Let your kids know and experience your generation’s games. Children that play outdoors have more advanced motor skills such as coordination, balance, agility, and problem-solving. In addition, kids who play outside are more likely to move in ways that challenge their muscles, bones, and physical endurance.

Broadway Coming to New Rochelle – You're Invited!


Join the Boys & Girls Club of New Rochelle on Sunday, June 12 at 2 p.m. for a special presentation, “The Lights Are Bright On Broadway,” a medley of songs from iconic musicals on The Great White Way. Featuring performances from members of the Boys & Girls Club, the show is open to the New Rochelle community and is an opportunity to support the Club’s art education programming. The event also will celebrate the "Youth of the Year" program, which honors Club members who have exhibited exemplary leadership, service, academic excellence, and dedication to a healthy lifestyle. Tickets will be sold at the theater on June 12 just prior to the performance; prices are $10 for adults and $5 for children.  Learn more at

Upcoming Events

Friday, June 3: William B. Ward Elementary School Popcorn Friday and Spirit Day

Saturday, June 4: Barnard Early Childhood Center PTA Carnival, 1 p.m.

Monday June 6 - Friday, June 10: Daniel Webster Elementary School Service Week

Monday June 6 - Friday, June 10: New Rochelle High School Senior Week

Tuesday, June 7: Columbus Elementary School PBIS Carnival

Tuesday, June 7: New Rochelle High School Senior Prom

Tuesday, June 7: William B. Ward Elementary School PTA Meeting, at the school, 7 p.m.

Wednesday, June 8: Albert Leonard Middle School PTA Meeting, time TBD

Thursday, June 9: Barnard Early Childhood Center Grade 2 Students Visit New Schools

Thursday, June 9: New Rochelle High School Senior Trip

Thursday, June 9: Barnard Early Childhood Center PTA Meeting, 6 p.m.

Events at Public Library


Here are some of numerous June events at the New Rochelle Public Library. Visit for information.

Chair Yoga: Mondays, June 6, 13, Wednesdays, June 8, 15, 22. Free. No registration required. Made possible by the Friends of the New Rochelle Public Library and participants’ donations.

Yoga and Meditative Arts Workshop: June 6 and 23, 6 - 7:30 p.m. Age 16 and older. Free. Register at (find the event on the calendar, double-click and register for each date separately). You also can email or call (914) 813-3706.

Juneteenth Celebration: Children’s Quilt-Making: June 9, 4 - 5:30 p.m. Presented through a partnership between The Lincoln Park Conservancy and The City of New Rochelle. Children ages 8 - 10. Materials provided. Register at,, or call (914) 813-3706.

“Oceans of Possibilities” Summer Reading Challenge Kickoff Party: June 25, 10 a.m. - noon, Ruby Dee Park at Library Green, in partnership with the Downtown Business District. Register at

Pre-Kindergarten Seats Still Available


Still looking to register your child for pre-kindergarten for the 2022-2023 school year? Many seats are available in programs provided by partners of the City School District of New Rochelle.

Seats are available at:

  • The New Rochelle YMCA, 50 Weyman Ave., New Rochelle
  • The Children’s Center, 50 Pintard Ave., New Rochelle
  • The Westchester Community Opportunity Program, Inc. (WestCOP), 95 Lincoln Ave., New Rochelle

Any child born in 2018 and a resident of New Rochelle is eligible. 

Pre-kindergarten immerses students in a learning-focused community that nurtures individual growth and provides a strong foundation for lifelong education. Children in quality early childhood programs learn socialization skills through group activities; experience reading- and writing-readiness activities; are better prepared for school success; and are more likely to attain higher levels of education.

Families that missed the Lottery and are interested in pre-kindergarten for the 2022-2023 school year should contact the Office of Curriculum and Instruction at (914) 576-4622 or email


Bee-Line Buses Now Free

Through Labor Day

Take the bus – for free! The Bee-Line Bus System is offering free rides through Labor Day on all routes in the fixed-route bus system, including the express route into Manhattan, the BxM4C. Free rides are also valid on the Bee-Line ParaTransit system. For information, visit or call (914) 813-7777 Monday-Friday, 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.


Summer Day Camps

Returning to Schools

The New Rochelle Department of Parks and Recreation is gearing up for its annual Fun in the Sun summer programming for youth. This year, programs will return to school facilities.

Registration is now open on a first-come, first-served basis. The following camps are offered:

Kiddie Kamp, Columbus Elementary School, July 5 - Aug. 12. Half-day camp for children ages 3 to 5 (third birthday by July 2, 2022). Children

grouped by developmental compatibility. Activities promote socialization, physical education, language development, and fun.

Ready, Set, Camp!, Jefferson or Ward Elementary schools, July 5 - Aug. 12. For youngsters who have completed kindergarten through fifth grade. Full-day camp program. Arts and crafts, group games, sports, music, performances, performing arts, hiking, and more. Lunch and snacks provided.

Camp N.O.W., New Rochelle High School, June 27 - Aug. 5. For students graduating fifth, sixth, or seventh grades. Four-hour camp program meeting Monday - Thursday (trips on three Fridays). Sports, games, the arts, STEAM (science, technology, engineering, arts and math), and pre-teen themed activities.

Camp Joy, Albert Leonard Middle School, June 27 - Aug. 5. For special education students ages 5 to 21. Campers with mild to moderate intellectual/developmental disabilities are offered an environment to explore and showcase their abilities. Visual and performing arts, movement, fitness, games, social learning, and cultural enrichment.

Visit for information, email or call (914) 654-2087.

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