Please remember that buses may be delayed during the first few weeks of the school year as students and parents become familiar with their bus stops and routes. We ask for your patience during this period. Thank you.
7:00 p.m. - Anticipated Executive Session
7:30 p.m. - Public Session
John Jay High School, Library
7:30 p.m. - Executive Session
District Office, Conference Room
September 4, 2019
Dear Meadow Pond Families,
Welcome to MPES for the 2019-2020 school year! Today was a wonderful first day for our students and staff. Our smiling students passed under the traditional balloon arch as they entered the building for the first time this school year. Kindergartners were met by their teachers as they exited the buses, new students in grades 1-5 were guided to their classrooms. Students and teachers have unpacked and organized their supplies and started to share classroom routines.
We will welcome and introduce our kindergartners and other new students and new staff members at our K-2 and 3-5 Town Meetings later this week. Teachers and students have already been engaged in learning and are working together to form a classroom and school community that is Kind, Respectful, Responsible and Safe. Our teachers will continue to review our Be Your Best booklet which you acknowledged through the parent portal. Please continue to reinforce these concepts with your child at home.
As we begin the new year, each grade level will be sharing their plans for celebrating birthdays (and other special occasions) that are aligned with our District Wellness Policy (#5405). These will be age- appropriate and grade level specific. It could be a monthly celebration of any birthdays that occurred that month. If food is involved, it would be a healthy snack that is aligned with our District Wellness Policy. We also have other ways of celebrating birthdays. For example, students may have the opportunity to share a special book with their class or receive a special token such as a balloon or a bookmark. Plans will be shared with you by the classroom teacher and/or grade level.
Throughout the year, we conduct different drills to ensure the safety of all our students and staff. These drills include fire drills as well as lock-down drills, lock-out drills, shelter-in-place drills, emergency evacuation drills and emergency dismissal drills. We conduct these drills in accordance with New York State Law under Project SAVE regulations. For emergency dismissal drills or early closings, you will be contacted using the automated notification system (ConnectEd). The automated notification system will contact you based on the information you provided. If any of your contact information should change during the course of the year, please be sure to notify the main office and update your records through the parent portal. Additionally, please review your family plan with your children so they are aware of what to do when we must dismiss in an emergency. As a reminder, our Early Dismissal Drill will be held on October 4th this year. We plan to have our first fire drill this week.
Welcome Back Picnic Friday, September 13th 5:00 p.m.
Principal’s Coffee & PTO Meeting Wednesday, September 18th 9:00 a.m.
Curriculum Night for K - 2 Wednesday, September 18th 7:00 p.m.
Curriculum Night for Grades 3-5 Thursday, September 19th 7:00 p.m.
MPES Photo Day Friday, September 20th
Rosh Hashanah (school is closed) Monday & Tuesday, September 30th & October 1st
On both Curriculum Nights, representatives of our specialists and special area teachers will be available outside the cafetorium at 6:30 p.m. The presentation will begin at 7:00 p.m. in the cafetorium followed by the classroom session where you will meet your child’s teacher, learn about the grade level academic program, and receive general information about classroom activities.
Carolann Castellano and Dawn Pomeroy