Increase Miller Elementary School

186 Waccabuc Rd., Rt. 138, Goldens Bridge, NY 10526

Mrs. Kerry Ford


Fax: 914-763-7173


2014 Kindergarten Readiness Flyer

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Increase Miller Elementary School Welcome Back Information

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School Supplies 2014-2015

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Kerry Ford's Family Letter

August 2014

Dear Increase Miller Families,

We hope you have been enjoying the summer with your children as you explored new places, reconnected with family and friends, and expanded hobbies or interests.  We missed the children’s presence, and we look forward to their return.   The 2014-2015 school year is just around the corner as the first day of school for all students is Wednesday, September 3, 2014.

At this time, I would like to extend a warm welcome to families who were redistricted from Lewisboro Elementary School and who are now members of our learning community at IMES.  We also welcome new families to the Katonah-Lewisboro school community, and we look forward to seeing them on August 28th for the Kindergarten Bus Orientation at 10 a.m. and/or the New Family Orientation at 12 p.m.  As students transition to the new school year, we will continue to be mindful of the change and provide the necessary supports, as needed, throughout the year.

We also welcome faculty and staff members from Lewisboro Elementary who have been reassigned to IMES. We embrace their knowledge and expertise and look forward to our continued work together as a learning community.

It has certainly been busy at Increase Miller.  During the summer, students from across the district attended the ESY (Extended School Year) Program.  At the same time, the District’s Operations and Maintenance Department, the school’s custodial crew, the technology department, our office staff, teachers, and the administrative team have worked collaboratively to prepare classrooms, instructional spaces, common areas, and the school campus for the new school year.  Educators from across the district also spent time developing, revising, and refining curriculum in the areas of mathematics and literacy, and grade level teachers engaged in professional development providing further opportunity for collaboration as teachers plan for the school year.

Professional time and attention were also given to class placement for all children to create balanced classes. Input from families and staff were considered. The transition of students, student performance, student profiles, and the ratio of boys and girls were also among the many factors considered.  Ultimately, class placements are an administrative decision.  We appreciate your confidence in us for your child’s final class placement.

To be more sustainable and efficient, teacher designation will be posted to your parent portal account on Infinite Campus on Wednesday, August 27 by the end of the day.   If you have not submitted the necessary documentation, including emergency and medical information, your child’s placement will not be available on the parent portal. Late submission of the requested information will cause a delay in the release of this information.  If you still need a parent portal account, please access relevant information on our district’s website.  If you do not have internet access, please notify the main office and you will receive the information in the mail.

On an educational front, Katonah-Lewisboro is continuing to move forward with District initiatives. We are pleased to implement full day Kindergarten this year. The Kindergarten Committee, comprised of many educators from across the district, have spent a significant amount of time preparing for its implementation.  We look forward to seeing our researched and developed plans in action. A Response to Intervention (RTI) framework will continue to be implemented in reading and mathematics. The model includes assessing, or benchmarking, to give us information about the children’s reading and mathematical proficiencies and measures student growth over time. The Science and Technology Concepts Program is in its third year of implementation at the elementary level. In mathematics, classroom teachers will continue to implement the New York State curriculum modules for daily instruction, and in
the area of English Language Arts, educators will integrate units, components, and lessons from the recommended state curriculum as well as the Lucy Calkins’ writing units of study from Teachers College.   Each classroom will continue to have a scheduled, daily WIN (What I Need) time so that there is a designated period for tiered interventions (both in and out of the classroom).  Additional information about curriculum, instruction, and assessment will be shared on scheduled Curriculum Nights.

Our Best Your Best theme will continue to be integrated at IMES.    Planned buddy experiences, monthly assemblies, literature connections, sustainability experiences, and after school clubs will highlight these values and beliefs during the school year.  During the first week of school, we will be sending home the Be Your Best elementary Code of Conduct. Staff will be reviewing these guidelines and procedures with students, but we ask that you do the same and sign the commitment form to ensure understanding of expectations.

The Family Handbook is available online for your reference. A list of all staff members can be found in the Family Handbook as well as information regarding school practices, policies, and resources.  If you would like a hard copy, please call the main office (763-7155) and we will provide you with one.

In the weeks ahead, many activities and events are taking place.  Please see the listed dates below and mark your calendars!

  • Thursday, August 28: Kindergarten Bus Orientation at 10 a.m.
  • Thursday, August 28: New Family Orientation at 12 p.m.
  • Wednesday, September 3:  First Day of School for Students K-5
  • Friday, September 5: Back to School Picnic at 5:30 p.m. hosted by the PTA (Raindate 9/12)
  • Tuesday, September 9: IM School Photos
  • Wednesday, September 17: Principal’s Coffee and PTA Meeting beginning at 9:15 a.m.
  • Tuesday, September 23: Curriculum Night for Kindergarten & Grade 1 at 7 p.m.
  • Tuesday, September 30: Curriculum Night for Grades 2 & 3 at 7 p.m.
  • Thursday, October 2: Curriculum Night for Grades 4 & 5 at 7 p.m.

We use many forms of communication at Increase Miller and district-wide. The District’s Connect-Ed messages are used to inform you about activities, school updates, emergency closings, and other important events. PTA e-mails, or e-blasts, is another means of communicating and we use this in collaboration with the PTA to announce events or general information. Fridays are our designated backpack days at Increase Miller so be sure to look in your child’s bookbag or folder for school information not e-mailed. Also, please be sure to check the school and district website for important dates and events.  Our website is  and you can click on Increase Miller under the schools tab to get updates and refer to the calendar for important events or scheduled closings.

The PTA has also been behind the scenes preparing for programs, events, and activities. This year, Mrs. Hadlock and Mrs. Flynn are the PTA Co-Presidents. We have already begun to work collaboratively to support student programs and facilitate school communications.

As a reminder, Katonah-Lewisboro school hours for the 2014-2015 school year for Kindergarten through Grade 5 are 9:15 a.m. – 3:40 p.m. If you are driving your child to school, please remember that there is no early morning supervision available so you should plan to drop off your child no earlier than 9:10 a.m.

If you are picking your child up at the end of the day, please remember to send in a written note.  An additional communication regarding arrival and dismissal is enclosed. Please review it carefully to ensure the safety of all students.

Transportation information will be mailed home directly from the Transportation Department at the end of August. If you have questions, please contact the Transportation Department.

We look forward to seeing you on Wednesday, September 3, and we hope you enjoy the remaining days of summer!


Kerry Ford



Summer Reading Lists 2014



ABCs of Increase Miller

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Kindergarten Registration Information

Welcome to Increase Miller Elementary we look forward to your child starting Kindergarten in the Fall 2014 Please be sure to call our district registrar,  Irene Cylenica,  at 763-7050 to bring in your registration packet.


IMES Library Website

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DAPC Winter Workshop Series 2014

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Parental Reference Guides

FamU Keynote Flyer

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Parent Teacher Conferences:

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Please note that making a reservation is a two-step process.

-First, you must choose your child's teacher and fill out the required information including your email address.
-Second, you must check your email Inbox for an email from  When you click on the link inside that email, you will be taken directly to the teacher's conference schedule to choose a conference date and time.  If you do not receive this email within 5 minutes, check your Spam folder.  

Note: if you have a email address, Hotmail users have reported the return email gets blocked as spam.  Therefore, it would be better for you to enter a non-Hotmail email address.  If, however, you only have a Hotmail email address, then add the following email address <>, to your Hotmail address book to lessen the chance of the return email being blocked.

Only one parent in each household should make a parent teacher conference reservation.

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Math Curriculum

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In an effort to become more efficient and sustainable Parent Teacher Conference sign-up will only be available online.  Additional information regarding this process will be available in September.

Typing Pal Online

IXL Math