Valentines for Local Veterans

John Jay Middle School students recently partnered with New York State Assemblyman David Buchwald to make a holiday extra-special for some worthy locals.

As part of the “Valentines for Vets” initiative, students created dozens of handmade valentines, which were delivered to veterans from Mount Kisco, Harrison and South Salem in time for Valentine’s Day.

“Your incredible showing of fondness and respect touched the hearts of every veteran who received [a valentine],” Assemblyman Buchwald said in a thank-you letter to the school. “These veterans have put their lives on the line for our freedom and safety. It is important for our children to understand how much the United States owes to the men and women who have served in our armed forces. With the participation of your teachers and students, I truly believe that we have come together to do just that.”

Read Assemblyman David Buchwald’s full letter at the below link.

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Kindergarten Orientation Rescheduled to Tuesday, March 10, 2015

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Accolades for Student Photographers

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John Jay High School sophomores Isabel Fry and Acadia Thielking received regional recognition for their photographs in the Lewisboro Land Trust Nature Photography Exhibition.

Thielking took third place in the competition that included talent from other high school-age photographers around the county, while Fry received honorable mention.

The exhibition remains on view at the Katonah Village Library through March 8.

School Spirit Shines at MS Game Show Night

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John Jay Middle School students took part in a Game Show Night on Feb. 11. The night was designated homework-free for students in all grades, who were welcomed by professional game show promoters.

Students participated in a number of exciting games, winning raffle tickets throughout the evening. In addition to competing in fun activities like hula-hooping, they had a chance to earn prizes by answering trivia questions related to academic topics. At the end of the evening, they cashed in their raffle tickets for prizes including gift cards, Beats headphones, Bluetooth speakers, bowling gift certificates and more.

The evening showcased school spirit, and everyone went home with a smile.

Harlem Wizards Are Coming to Town

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The John Jay Booster Club is gearing up for a big annual fundraiser – the “Jaysters” vs. the Harlem Wizards on Saturday, March 7. Teachers from across the Katonah-Lewisboro School District will take on the talented and entertaining Wizards in a 1 p.m. match.

Members of the Harlem Wizards recently stopped by each school to entertain students and get them excited for the big game.

 

 

French Students Tour United Nations

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The John Jay High School French 5 AP students recently went to New York City on a tour of the United Nations, where the guide from Madagascar gave the tour entirely in French.

The students were delighted to spend an afternoon completely immersed in French while learning about the goals and activities of the U.N.

Pictured, students and teacher chaperones stand in front of a piece of the Berlin Wall.  

Valentine’s Day Story Comes to Life

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Meadow Pond Elementary School kindergartners entertained family members with a performance of “Froggy’s First Kiss” on Feb. 13.

Students, dressed in Valentine’s Day attire, narrated the story and sang four songs, including “Skinnamarink” during the fun performance.

Students, parents and grandparents all enjoyed Valentine’s Day-themed refreshments following the show.

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John Jay French Students Visit Canada

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A group of 41 John Jay H.S. juniors enrolled in French spent a four-day weekend in French-speaking Quebec City, Canada, in early February. They braved the cold weather to learn about Quebec City and its cultural offerings through a rich offering of indoor and outdoor activities.

Outdoor highlights included the annual Winter Carnival, dog sledding, snow tubing and rafting, and an evening of song and dance at a sugar shack, where students learned about maple sugaring. The group also visited the famed Hôtel de Glace (Ice Hotel) and crossed the frozen St. Lawrence River on an evening ferry ride.

Historical highlights included interactive activities that portrayed the daily life of a soldier on the Plains of Abraham, a quiz show hosted by Samuel de Champlain, and the daily life of a convict in a 200-year-old Quebec prison. Classic Canadian culinary delights included crêpes and an authentic lumberjack meal at the sugar shack.

The trip to Quebec provided an excellent opportunity for students to learn about and experience the Francophone world of our nearby neighbor, Canada. They came away not only with fond memories and deepened friendships, but also with a greater confidence in their French language skills and an appreciation of another culture.

Calendar Adjustments - Update

As a reminder, due to the snow day on Monday, February 9th, school is now scheduled to be in session Tuesday, February 17th through Thursday, February 19th.

As you know, this has been a particularly challenging winter season as it relates to school cancellations and delays.

Please be assured that all decisions have been made with student safety first and foremost in mind.

As of today, the Katonah-Lewisboro District has used six (6) snow days and our calendar only allowed for four (4) weather reserve days. Consequently, we are now re-instating February 18th and February 19th as student session days, with February 20th remaining as a teacher conference day.

I know that the reinstatement of school days during this week in February may cause inconvenience for some families, but this was indicated on the calendar approved last spring. Also, be aware, that should we have to cancel another day between now and February 13th, we will have to reinstate February 17th as a student session day.

John A. Goetz
Interim Superintendent of Schools

Megan's Law Notification - February 12, 2015

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President Lincoln Pays a Visit

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Meadow Pond Elementary School second-graders were treated to a visit from the 16th president of the United States on Feb. 4.

Abraham Lincoln, who celebrates his 206th birthday on Feb. 12, was brought to life by actor and storyteller Lou Del Bianco. Del Bianco’s “From Railsplitter to President” program delighted students, who learned firsthand about Lincoln’s upbringing, values and presidency.

Meadow Pond second-graders were invited to join in on the presentation and left with a wealth of knowledge about one of the United States’ most well-known leaders.

John Jay Jazz Groups Compete in Boston

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John Jay High School’s jazz groups enjoyed a trip to Boston for the annual Berklee High School Jazz Festival on Jan. 31.

“We had a great weekend,” said Vocal Jazz I director Steven Morse, whose ensemble came in fifth place. “It’s our 13th year attending and fifth year being in the top five.”

Senior Amber Lewis was recognized as Superior Musician among 15 groups competing, while junior Sam Johnston was awarded one of three Outstanding Musicianship awards.

The Small Combo 2 group of three musicians received first place in their category under the direction of Jeffrey Richardson. Congratulations to Peter Miller on piano, Neal LaPolla on bass guitar and Dylan Gold on drums.

Information From Your School Nurses - Measles

As you are aware, we are experiencing a nationwide measles outbreak that apparently started at Disneyland in California.  AT THE PRESENT TIME, the New York State Department of Health is reporting that in New York State outside of New York City, there are 5 confirmed measles cases in 2014 and 1 confirmed case in 2015.

Measles is highly contagious.  Up to 90% of susceptible persons exposed to an infected person will develop measles. Measles is spread by airborne contact through sneezing and/or coughing and the virus can remain active and contagious for up to 2 hours in the air or on surfaces.

The NYSDOH is STRONGLY recommending that all children age 12 months and older, all Adolescents and Adults who have not been vaccinated SHOULD BE VACCINATED AT THE EARLIEST OPPORTUNITY.

Vaccine Recommended Schedule
MMR is the recommended vaccination for prevention of mumps, measles and rubella.  It is given as follows:

1st dose:  12 – 15 months of age
2nd dose:  4 – 6 years of age

Children over one year of age who have received one dose of MMR vaccine and who have recently been exposed to measles infection  OR  who are planning to travel outside the U.S. should receive a second dose of MMR as soon as possible as long as it has been 28 days from the first.

Children 6 – 11 months should receive a dose of MMR vaccine prior to international travel.  This dose will not count as their first dose in the MMR series.  Children who receive MMR vaccine before age 12 months will need two more doses given at the prescribed ages.

AS ALWAYS, contact your pediatrician if you have any questions regarding any of the above information.

Noonan Signs with Division I Bryant

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John Jay High School’s Chris Noonan is officially committed to Bryant University’s football program.

The senior will be playing Division I football at the Smithfield, Rhode Island, university in the fall.

Noonan signed his letter of intent at JJHS on Wednesday.

Kindergartners Celebrate ‘Q’ and ‘U’ Matrimony

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Kindergartners came to school in their formal wedding attire on Jan. 23 to celebrate the union between the inseparable letters “Q” and “U.”

Each year, the district’s youngest students learn about the pairing of these two letters and make it official.

Meadow Pond Elementary School Principal Carolann Castellano officiated the marriage between “Q” and “U,” and the honored guests enjoyed wedding cake, dancing and a festive reception following the ceremony.

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