Katonah Elementary School

106 Huntville Road, Katonah, NY 10536

Ms. Cristy Harris

Assistant Principal:
Mr. Terry Costin


Fax: 914-763-7789


From the Nurse’s Offices of KLSD

Springtime has arrived!

Here are a few Health Office reminders to keep healthy and safe:

LICE can be transferred child to child when sharing caps, helmets and hair accessories. Please remind children not to share and check your children often.

Carefully checking your children for TICKS should be part of your healthcare routine. Look closely, they are tiny!

Apply SUNSCREEN before leaving home each morning. Wear a cap or visor to protect from the sun.

Good HYDRATION is an important part of staying healthy. Drink water prior to and during vigorous activities.

Wear proper footwear for recess. Bring sneakers for recess so kids can run and play safely.

Play safe and stay healthy!


Kindergarten Orientation Rescheduled to Tuesday, March 10, 2015

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Letter from the Principal

February 10, 2015

Dear KES Families,

I am hopeful that you and your family have been safe and warm during the recent storms. As of yesterday, we used six snow days and therefore the following dates have been reinstated as school days: Tuesday, February 17th, Wednesday, February 18th, and Thursday, February 19th. If your family has vacation plans for next week, please refer to the KES Family Handbook, which can be found on our website. Under the ABSENT and HOMEWORK sections you will find information as to the policy for providing work in advance for students who are illegally absent from school. In a nutshell, homework will not be provided; however, please know that the teachers will be responsive to the needs of all students upon their return to school. Some suggestions for supporting your
child’s continued learning while on vacation, include: practicing math facts/fluency, journaling, letter writing, listening to audio books, reading (book, magazine, comic), writing a book recommendation, watching a movie and writing a review, or any other creative way to keep their brain growing!

Winter benchmarking in the areas of reading and math were administered and completed for students in grades K-5. The RtI Data Team members along with classroom teachers analyzed student growth and used the District’s criteria to identify students who are in need of additional support. If your child newly qualifies for services you will receive an entry letter. You are informed in this letter of your right to request further evaluation if you suspect your child has a disability. We are mandated by NYS to provide you with this information and it is standard language; it is by no means intended to imply the need for you to make a referral. If you have questions about your child’s learning profile, it is recommended that you speak with the classroom teacher. As always, I am available as well.

The parents of existing RtI students will receive progress reports along with notification as to whether he/she will exit services (Tier 2 to Tier 1), decrease services (Tier 3 to Tier 2), or increases services (Tier 2 to Tier 3), again in accordance with the guidelines set for by the District’s RtI Plan. All letters are being mailed on Tuesday, February 10th. Students who exit RtI services or are found ineligible for Tier 2 services but demonstrates the need for targeted instruction in a specific area will be on a Tier 1 plan and progress monitored by the classroom teacher. Students on Tier 1, 2 or 3 plans are reviewed on a 6-8 week cycle, therefore, if necessary, students may enter or exit RtI services at these junctures.

Your child may have told you that we “flipped” at KES, and they are referring to the lunch and recess times being switched. This means that grades K, 2, and 4 will now have recess first and then eat lunch, and grades 1, 3, and 5 will eat lunch first and then go to recess. This gives all our students the opportunity to experience recess before lunch. Speaking of recess, we continue to monitor the weather closely and plan for Outdoor Recess whenever it is safe to do so. Thanks to the PTO, we just received many new Indoor Recess games and supplies to keep the students busy at play.

We have been fortunate so far in that the winter Strings Concert took place on the originally scheduled date. The performance evidenced the hard work and focus of these students and their Instrumental Teacher, and they made us all proud. I look forward to this Thursday night’s Band and Chorus Concert, and I am certain that the performance will be as impressive. If we do not get lucky with the weather, the snow date is Thursday, February 26th.

We have experienced some bus delays in the afternoon at dismissal. In the event that your child’s bus is late and you want to inquire as to the whereabouts and situation, please call the Transportation Department at 763-7234 (consider saving it to your phone contacts!). The Bus Dispatcher has the ability to reach the drivers directly and provide you with the most updated and accurate information.

If you are the parent of an incoming kindergartner (fall, 2015), you are invited to an orientation scheduled on Tuesday, March 3rd from 7:00-8:00 p.m. at KES in the Cafeteria. We will be sharing information about registration, medical requirements, screening, and the full day kindergarten program. Please spread the word to others you know who are also parents of incoming kindergartners so that they do not miss this important event.

Mark your calendars and please join me at the next Principal’s Coffee scheduled on March 18th at 9:15 a.m. in the KES Cafeteria. I appreciate the opportunity to have two-way communication on topics of interest to you, and the more the merrier.

As always, I am available to address your questions or concerns. You can either call Debbie in the Main Office (763-7702) or e-mail me at charris@klschools.org to set up a mutually convenient time for us to meet.

Warmly, Cristy Harris


There were 4
“Weather Reserve”
days built in to the School Calendar:

Since we have now had 7 snow days
November 26th, January 9th & January 12th
January 26th & 27th, February 2nd & 9th
SCHOOL will now be IN session on the 4 giveback days*:
Friday – March 27th
Tuesday, May 26th
Monday, April 6th
Friday, May 22

* The district has also announced "we are now re-instating
Tuesday, February 17th, Wednesday, February 18th and
Thursday, February 19th as student session days"

School is closed on Monday - February 16th "President's Day"
and closed on Friday - February 20th for Staff Development





Calendar Adjustments

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


Cristy's Corner - Winter 2014 Edition

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KES Collects More Than 1,000 Pounds of Food

Katonah Elementary School families proved their generosity and holiday spirit by collectively donating 1,037 pounds of food as part of the school’s Holiday Share Food Drive this year.

Sponsored by the PTO and led by chairs Kim Moskowitz and Liz Hill, the food drive drop-off at the Community Center of Northern Westchester in Katonah on Nov. 14 was a huge success.



Common Core Mathematic Guides



School Supplies 2014-2015

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Typing Pal Online



IXL Math