Meadow Pond Elementary School
185 Smith Ridge Road, South Salem, NY 10590
Ms. Carolann Castellano
Parent Teacher Conferences:
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-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
@ptcfast.com. 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.
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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
<firstname.lastname@example.org>, to your Hotmail address book to lessen the chance of the return email being blocked.
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September Letter from the Principal
September 7, 2015
Dear Meadow Pond Families,
We had a wonderful first week of school! Students have been engaged in learning and have already begun to form new bonds of friendship with classmates. Faculty and staff came in early on Wednesday morning and created a balloon arch for our students to pass under as they entered the school on their first day back. At our first Town Meeting on Friday, we recited the Pledge together, sang the Meadow Pond song and welcomed new students and staff. Additionally, we reviewed key words and ideas from the Be Your Best Code of Conduct. These activities help us to build the environment that makes Meadow Pond a very special place.
On Thursday afternoon, we had our first fire drill. Drills are an important part of the plan that helps us to ensure the safety of all our students. Over the next weeks and months, we will be conducting additional safety drills including lock-down drills, lock-out drills, sheltering-in-place, off-site sheltering and emergency evacuation and dismissal drills. These drills are a part of New York State Law under Project SAVE regulations. For emergency dismissal drills or early closings, you will be contacted using the automated notification system with the information you provided over the summer. If any of your contact information should change during the course of the year, please notify the main office so that we can update our records. Additionally, please review your family plan with your child so he or she is aware of what to do when we must dismiss in an emergency. For further explanation of these drills, you may review the Family Handbook on our school website or attend the first Principal’s Coffee scheduled for Tuesday, September 8th at 9:15 a.m. in Conference Room B5 followed by the first PTA meeting for this year.
Our Be Your Best Code of Conduct was backpacked home and we ask that you please review it with your child and return the signed acknowledgement form in the back of the book by Friday, September 11th. Finally, a big thank you to both Mrs. Ferrajina and Mrs. Pomeroy for creating the wonderful bulletin boards that represent Be Your Best in word and images.
It was great to see so many familiar and new families at the Welcome Back Picnic. The staff and I are looking forward to seeing you in school in the near future. Please mark your calendar for parent Curriculum Nights to meet your child’s teacher, learn about the grade level academic program, and receive general information about the classroom activities.
Curriculum Night for K & 1 Thursday, September 10
Curriculum Night for Grades 2 & 3 Wednesday, September 16
Curriculum Night for Grades 4 and 5 Thursday, September 24.
Representatives of our specialists and special area teachers will be available at 6:30 p.m. in the cafetorium for all three evenings so that you can meet them individually. Additionally, you will be able to sign up for PTA membership and class activities that take place during the school year. The formal opening presentation begins at 7:00 pm in the cafetorium immediately followed by classroom presentations.
We look forward to seeing your children again tomorrow!
Everything You Ever Wanted to Know About 'Getting Ready' for Kindergarten
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Summer Letter from the Principal
Dear Meadow Pond Families,
In a few short weeks, summer vacation and the opportunities to experience summertime activities with your children will begin to diminish. As you relax and enjoy the final days of the vacation, you will surely become excited about the beginning of a new school year. For the 2015-2016 school year, the first full day of school is Wednesday, September 2nd for grades 1-5 and Thursday, September 3rd for Kindergarten. Kindergarten families have received a separate letter about their schedule for orientation on September 2nd.
Over the summer, young children from across the district attended the Lewisboro Camp which was housed at MPES. Their bubbly voices and frequent giggling kept all of us smiling and upbeat throughout the summer. Also, during the summer, 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, schedules, instructional spaces, common areas and the school campus for the new school year. I would like to take a moment to thank everyone for their hard work and attention to detail as we prepare for the new school year.
On an educational front, Katonah-Lewisboro is continuing to move forward with District initiatives. During the summer, teacher representatives from each of the elementary buildings worked on refining our current mathematics curriculum. The math updates will be shared among grade level teams in the fall. During the upcoming school year, we anticipate a district-wide pilot of published mathematics programs for consideration in the future.
Curriculum development in the area of English Language Arts (ELA) also took place this summer. ELA units of study will be implemented in September with a focus specifically in the area of writing throughout the year. In October, all classroom teachers will participate in staff development provided by consultants from the Teachers’ College Reading and Writing Project. You will learn more about the academic program during Curriculum Nights scheduled for September.
Research shows that the home/school connection is a key component to the success of our students. Common understanding of the school’s practices and policies is helpful to ensure clear and consistent expectations. The Family Handbook on our school website, as well as the Elementary “Code of Conduct” which will be sent home during the first week of school, are valuable resources and should be reviewed carefully. There are many forms of communication used throughout the year to keep you informed which include Principal Coffees, Connect Ed messages, PTA news blasts, newsletters, back-pack mail and the School and District and websites. We look forward to collaborating with our PTA Co-Presidents this year, Mrs. Margaret McGuire and Mrs. Melissa Panek, to enhance student programs and facilitate communications. Whether you are new to Meadow Pond, or a seasoned parent, please join our PTA and reserve some time to volunteer for activities that are held throughout the school year.
Professional time and attention were given to class placement for all children in order to create balanced classrooms. Student performance, profiles and the ratio of boys to girls were among the many factors included in addition to family input. The staff participated in the process although assignments were finalized by administration. We appreciate your support and are confident that we have made thoughtful decisions related to all students’ class placement. Your child’s teacher assignment will be posted to your parent portal account on Infinite Campus. If you have not submitted the necessary documentation, including emergency and medical information, your child’s placement will become available on the portal after the information is processed. If you still need a parent portal account, please access relevant information on the District’s website and go to the Technology link. Families without internet access should notify the main office.
Mark your Calendar for Important Dates:
Tuesday, August 25th New Family Orientation at 11:00 a.m.
Wednesday, September 2nd Kindergarten Orientation; Grades 1-5 First Full Day
Thursday, September 3rd Kindergarten First Full Day
Welcome Back Picnic 5:00 p.m. hosted by the PTA
Tuesday, September 8th Principal’s Coffee & PTA Meeting beginning at 9:15 a.m.
Thursday, September 10th K/1 Curriculum Night 7:00 p.m.
Wednesday, September 16th 2/3 Curriculum Night 7:00 p.m.
Thursday, September 24th 4/5 Curriculum Night 7:00 p.m.
Friday, October 2 Photo Day
As a reminder, school hours are 9:15 a.m. to 3:40 p.m. Students are welcomed into the classrooms at 9:10 a.m. This allows for a few minutes to unpack and prepare for the day. If you are driving your child to school, please remember that you should plan to drop off 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 and refer to the Family Handbook regarding our dismissal procedures. We respectfully ask that you do not plan to pick up your child between 3:15 p.m. and 3:40 p.m. so that we can conduct a safe dismissal for all students.
At the end of August, transportation information will be mailed home directly from the Transportation Department. If you have questions, please contact the Transportation Department.
Enjoy what remains of the summer vacation and take some time to relax with your family. We look forward to seeing our students back at school on Wednesday, September 2nd. Please plan to join the Welcome Back Picnic hosted by the PTA on Thursday, September 3rd beginning at 5:00 p.m.
Pick up Letter from the Principal
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