From the Principal, Carolann Castellano
January 19, 2017
Dear Meadow Pond Families,
Since our return to school on January 3rd, our students have been working hard in their classrooms and have also been taking benchmarking assessments. These brief assessments are part of the data that helps guide our placement of students in Tiered RtI (Response to Intervention) Services. Benchmarking takes place in the fall, the winter and again in the spring. If your child qualifies for these services, you will be notified and will receive periodic updates on his/her progress.
During the month of December, our Character Education Committee and our Student Ambassadors led our school community in learning about kindness. This month we will be focusing on respect. Ideas about respect are being shared on Meadow Pond Live, on our Flat Screen TVs in the main hallway and Cafetorium, as well as in our hallways with bulletin board displays and students holding banners or placards. Respect is at the basis of many of our interactions: student to student; student to adult; and adult to adult. At our upcoming January Town Meeting, our Ambassadors will be sharing more strategies for showing and maintaining respect. We will also be wearing our pajamas to school that day and will share the results of our “Pajamas and Books” collection which was sponsored by the Kindness Club.
Discussion about the Presidential Inauguration will take place in the classrooms where the social studies curriculum is directly connected. Teachers may use Scholastic News, online videos and other educational materials about the democratic process which are appropriate for our students in order to support their learning about our government.
Last week at our Faculty Meeting and again at the Principal’s Coffee, information about using Mindfulness to support ourselves and our students was shared. Our goal at this time is to raise awareness about the benefits of Mindfulness. For example, stress can sometimes cloud our thinking. Mindfulness is a tool that helps us to calm ourselves, see more clearly and do our best work.
As we proceed further into the winter months, please be certain your child comes to school in clothing that is appropriate for outdoor play. Unless the temperature is below 20 degrees Fahrenheit, our students will have outdoor recess. If there is snow on the ground, students must be appropriately dressed with hats, gloves, boots and snow pants in order to play in the snow. Just a reminder, if the temperature is less than or equal to 40 degrees Fahrenheit, students will not be able to participate in outdoor recess if they are wearing short sleeved shirts or shorts.
During this time of the year, colds and flu can be more prevalent. Please remember that a student should be fever free (temperature under 100° F) for 24 hours before returning to school following an illness. Feel free to contact our school nurse, Elizabeth Marcoux, 763-7907, if you have any questions.
We would like to share the dates for some important upcoming events.
Thursday, January 19 Board of Education Meeting at JJHS 7:30 p.m.
Thursday, January 26 Schoolwide Pajama Day
Friday, January 27 Fifth Grade Spectacular 6:00 p.m. and 7:45 p.m.
Thursday, February 2 Board of Education Meeting at JJHS 7:30 p.m.
Tuesday, February 7 Strings Concert 7:00 p.m.
Thursday, February 9 Science Fair 6:30-7:30 p.m.
Tuesday, February 14 Band and Chorus Concert 7:00 p.m.
Monday, February 20 Superintendent’s Conference Day –no school for students
Wednesday, February 22 Kindergarten Orientation 7:00 p.m.
Thursday, February 23 Board of Education Meeting at JJHS 7:30 p.m.
Saturday, February 25 Board of Education Budget Meeting at JJHS 8:30 a.m.
If you have any questions, please contact the main office.
Carolann Castellano Dawn Pomeroy
Principal Assistant Principal
Upcoming Events **Click the calendar icon to the right for monthly view
Board of Education7:30 a.m. - Anticipated Executive Session District Office, Conference RoomKatonah - Lewisboro School District
9:30am Superintendent's Coffee @ IMESKatonah - Lewisboro School District
MPES 5th Grade Spectacular (snow date 2/3)MPES Events
SEPTA Winter FundraiserKatonah - Lewisboro School District
MPES Snow date for 5th Grade SpectacularMPES Events
Board of Education Meeting7:30 p.m. - Public Session John Jay High School, LibraryKatonah - Lewisboro School District
7pm MPES Strings ConcertMPES Events
7pm Snow Date for Elementary ConcertsElem School Events
MPES Science Fair (snow date 2/10)MPES Events
MPES Snow date for Science FairMPES Events
District Offices Have Moved
Please note that the Katonah-Lewisboro School District offices have moved to the John Jay High School campus, 60 North Salem Road, Cross River.Katonah - Lewisboro School District
IT'S FLU SEASON!
Your District Nurses would like to remind you that it's flu season! To help prevent the spread of the flu, remember to:
Wash hand frequently
Keep hands away from your face and mouth
Stay home if you are sick
Get a flu shot!Health Services
Driver's Ed Information
Please see the Athletics site for Driver's Ed information.Katonah - Lewisboro School District
Mrs. Kovatch's Class Celebrates Martin Luther King Jr.'s Legacy
In-District Field Trip
All district 3rd & 5th graders traveled by bus to JJHS for a concert featuring the high school's Wind Ensemble, Chorale & Symphony Orchestra. “It was an inspiring and valuable experience," said Carly Spaeth, elementary school band teacher.
This musical mentoring will help 3rd graders select their instrument for 4th grade and will also be helpful for 5th grade students who are required to select a music option for 6th grade.
Kindergarteners Learn About Weather
Ask your kindergartener what makes weather. The answer may surprise you!
MPES kindergarteners met with Colin, a science educator, on December 20. It was the last day of autumn—the perfect time to discuss the differences between the four seasons.
They learned the three main things that influence whether it’s raining, sleeting, snowing, humid, hot, or muggy: the sun, wind, and water. MORE.
Dear Mr. Trump
Students in Mrs. Pickett’s fifth grade social studies class have sent a package of letters to President Elect Trump. Each one recommends that he appoint a Secretary of the Future, a position that only Sweden currently has in its government. MORE.
MPES is part of an award-winning composting initiative!
Meadow Pond Elementary School began taking their food scraps out of the waste stream in the 2012-2013 school year. John Jay Middle School implemented the program grade by grade from 2013-2016, and John Jay High School kicks off composting in 2017.
“We are composting tens of thousands of pounds on a regular basis—two times as much as we throw away,” said Paul Christensen, KLSD Director of Facilities. Learn more about KLSD's award-winning composting program here.
The students of the Recycling Matters Club collected 1,232 bottles and cans this school year! They made enough money to purchase breakfast items for fifteen homeless men at a local emergency shelter.
Next up for the club: a winter clothing drive and collecting gently used DVDs, CDs, and Blu-ray discs which will be distributed through the Community Center of Northern Westchester.
"I feel good about being a part of this because I’m making a difference in the world. I’m helping people one bottle at a time!" -Samantha.
"We are helping the poor and the environment. " - Mikaela
"Recycling Matters is important to me because I want to help raise money for organizations that need it. Also I want to help the world by recycling instead of throwing bottles and cans away." - Dakota
"Doing the work for the Recycling Matters Club is really fun, especially with my friends." – Alena
"I feel this work is important and I enjoy it." – Tyler
"I like helping out and doing something that helps other people." – Emmy
Teachers College Reading and Writing Program
The three elementary schools of the Katonah-Lewisboro School District are committed to helping young people develop joyous, purposeful, lifelong literacy.
A new partnership with Teachers College Reading and Writing Project is helping teachers implement research-based tools and methods for attaining this goal. MORE.