Kindergarten Orientation will be held on Wednesday February 22, 2017 at 7:00 PM in our Cafetorium
February 14, 2017
Dear Meadow Pond Families,
This past month, our Character Education Committee and our Student Ambassadors led our school community in learning about respect. Ideas about respect have been shared on Meadow Pond Live, on our Flat Screen TVs, and in our hallways with bulletin board displays and banners. Respect is at the root of many of our interactions: student to student; student to adult; and adult to adult. All our staff members have been making a conscious effort to model respect each day. Please join us in reinforcing these messages at home.
In the upcoming month, we will be concentrating specifically on responsibility. Students will be encouraged and supported in taking age-appropriate responsibility for themselves, their belongings and their learning, as well as their school community. We ask that you work with us as a team and continue to foster this endeavor at home. This year, in addition to our proactive Character Education work against bullying, we have focused on kindness, respect and now, responsibility.
Some ways in which you could support your children in becoming responsible would be to encourage them to take responsibility for bringing in their homework, sneakers, instruments, and so on. Students can help themselves (and you) by writing their names in or on their belongings. If items are lost, but they have names written on them, it is easy to get them back to their owner. Students are also welcome to check lost and found for their missing items. In case you are not aware, there are photos of lost and found items on the PTA website. One of our MPES parents graciously volunteers her time, takes photographs of all the items in lost and found, and posts them on the website. So, if you are missing something, please take a look.
On Friday, March 10, the parent portal will open for the Student Progress Reports for the second trimester. Throughout the year, you have received different types of information regarding your child’s progress in school. Classwork, homework, quizzes, exit tickets, tests, Parent-Teacher Conferences, Interim Reports and Progress Reports, all make up a part of the picture of how your child is doing in school. Teachers are available to support your understanding of your child’s progress at other times as well, but keep in mind that during the school day, they are with their students. If you email a question, or leave a phone message for a teacher, please understand that a reasonable turnaround time is 24- 48 hours. If you have an emergency, please call the main office.
We would like to share the dates for some important upcoming events.
Thursday, February 9 Science Fair 6:30-7:30 p.m. Canceled Rescheduled to Thurs. 2/23
Tuesday, February 14 Band and Chorus Concert 7:00 p.m. (snow date 2/15)
Monday, February 20 Superintendent’s Conference Day –no school for students
Wednesday, February 22 Kindergarten Orientation 7:00 p.m. (snow date 2/28)
Thursday, February 23 Science Fair 6:30-7:30 p.m. Board of Education Meeting at JJHS 7:30 p.m.
Saturday, February 25 Board of Education Budget Meeting at JJHS 8:30 a.m.
Friday, March 3 Pasta Night and PARP Open Library (snow date 3/10)
Saturday, March 4 Harlem Wizards at JJHS 2:00 p.m.
Tuesday, March 7 Principal’s Coffee and PTA Meeting beginning at 6:30 p.m.
Thursday, March 9 Board of Education Meeting at JJHS 7:30 p.m.
Friday, March 10 Progress Report #2 Parent Portal Opens
Tues.-Thurs. March 28-30 NYS ELA Assessments
If you have any questions, please contact the main office.
Sincerely, Carolann Castellano Principal
Dawn Pomeroy Principal Assistant Principal
8:30 a.m. - Public Session John Jay High School, Library
Dr. Monash and Mrs. Milone to speak to MP parents
Mr. Briggs' kindergarten class learned about their five senses and used them to observe M&Ms. They discovered that M&Ms are the same shape and size. They smell the same. They sound the same. They feel the same. They even taste the same. The only thing that is different is the color of their shell. "Although people are all different shades of color on the outside, we are all the same on the inside," said Mr. Briggs.
Lincoln impersonator and educator Lou Del Bianco visited Meadow Pond Elementary School just before Presidents' Week with a message of perseverance for students.
From the tips of his size fourteen boots to the top of his stovepipe hat, Abraham Lincoln was almost seven feet tall. Del Bianco is the same height when he strides into a classroom in a black frockcoat, beard, and top hat. His resemblance to President Lincoln is remarkable.
"I can only stay a while; I must practice a speech," Mr. Lincoln tells the second graders while pulling a folded sheet of paper out of his hat. MORE.
All fourth and fifth graders take a turn hosting Meadow Pond Live, the school's daily morning news show.
Each morning, after dropping off coats and backpacks in their homeroom, two students come to the television studio located in the school library. Mrs. Moller, the librarian, is the producer. She gives the talent one brief run through, and then it's live!
Meadow Pond Live includes that day's weather report and school highlights, as well as a trivia question, and, sometimes, a prerecorded segment such as a poetry reading. Students learn technical aspects including how to use a microphone and green screen, and practice reading out loud and composure under pressure.
Shown here are hosts Nava and Riannah, both fifth graders.
Please note that the Katonah-Lewisboro School District offices have moved to the John Jay High School campus, 60 North Salem Road, Cross River.
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!
Please see the Athletics site for Driver's Ed information.
StarLab--a twenty-foot-wide inflatable planetarium--visited Meadow Pond Elementary School this week!
Second and fourth graders visited StarLab for a tour of the nighttime sky with scientist and award-winning author Steve Tomecek as their guide.
The children crawled through StarLab's three-foot wide tunnel, and entered a dimly lit dome. They sat with their backs against the round walls, looked up, and watched the night sky appear. MORE.
Children learned how bring hurt feelings and anger to the "peace table" and exercise their empathy muscles. MORE PHOTOS.