Meadow Pond Elementary School
185 Smith Ridge Road, South Salem, NY 10590
Ms. Carolann Castellano
A Message from the Health Office at John Jay High School
High School has been informed that we have a confirmed case of
Pertussis among our student population. There is no cause for alarm,
however the Board of Health has asked that we ask everyone to please
review the Signs and Symptoms of Pertussis that are listed on our web
pages under Health Services. If you have any concerns please consult
your healthcare provider.
March Letter from the Principal
March 6, 2016
Dear Meadow Pond Families,
Not so long ago, while some of us were
looking for the groundhogs from near and far to predict the upcoming
weather, our kindergarten students were reading about groundhogs and
making a groundhog and a burrow using a paper cup and popsicle stick.
They are also working on a “How to” and “All About” books. Our first
grade students celebrated the 100th day of school and shortly thereafter
celebrated what would have been the 112th birthday of Dr. Seuss.
Recently, our second and fourth grade students enjoyed a special
presentation by Jonathan Sprout, who spoke and sang about American
Heroes, courtesy of the PTA. Our third graders shared some of their work
including research about animals, fun math games and Readers’ Theatre.
Our fourth graders experienced Colonial Day which included candle
making, music and dance. Meanwhile, our fifth grade students have been
reading the Universal Declaration of Human Rights (UDHR) and learning
how it impacts all of us. They have also been working on Above and
Beyond projects. Students and teachers at Meadow Pond are learning new
things every day.
As we have recently had an early dismissal,
this may be an appropriate time to remind you that as a family you have
submitted Emergency Plans which include how each child is to go home in
case of an emergency. There are only four possibilities: ride assigned
bus home; walk home; ride assigned bus, but exit to the care of another
family; or go to CCC (prior CCC approval required). We respectfully ask
that all parents abide by the plan they submitted at the beginning of
the school year. Updates to the plan can always be made during the
course of regular business hours throughout the year, but changes cannot
be made on the very day of the unscheduled early closing/emergency
dismissal. Last minute call-ins jam the office phones and we simply
cannot handle making changes in an effective and safe manner. Please
remember that BUS NOTES are NOT honored. Your plan is very important
because there may be a time where we are dismissing students before you
actually receive notification.
While we are on the topic of
buses, please remind your children, as we do at school, that the bus is
an extension of the school and that the expectations for behavior still
follow our Be Your Best Code of Conduct. Students should remain seated
and be respectful of each other and the bus driver at all times.
Additionally, adults, other than school personnel, are not permitted to
board school buses on their route to or from school. Remember that
students are generally NOT permitted to bring electronic devices to
school and/or onto the bus. We thank you for your cooperation and
assistance with keeping all our children safe while on the bus.
a reminder and in accordance with Board of Education policy and the
Westchester County Department of Health recommendations, with the
exception of service animals, no one is permitted to bring animals of
any kind on school premises. Occasional exceptions may be made through
advance planning when a nature center or animal specialist visits the
Our social worker, Mrs. Barbara Milone, has been
implementing The Good Touches/Bad Touches program which is part of our
health curriculum in kindergarten, second and fourth grade. This
program helps to educate our students about sexual abuse and abduction
in an age appropriate manner and is tailored to the developmental needs
of young children. Students are taught about the problem of abduction,
how to identify and avoid risky situations, and what to do if they are
faced with the possibility of abduction. Safety and stranger safety
skills are emphasized. This program is presented in compliance with New
York State’s Department of Education’s requirement that schools educate
students concerning issues of childhood sexual abuse as well as
We kicked off our annual PARP program at a
Town Meeting on Monday, February 29th. Students learned that PARP, a
statewide PTA initiative, is now called Pick a Reading Partner (formerly
Parents as Reading Partners). Our students spent time that afternoon
learning about their teams and reading with their buddies. Please join
us in encouraging our students to read for pleasure as well as for
knowledge. Reading is an important part of learning as well as life.
Let’s support our students as they, Read, Read, Read!
Night was a resounding success! On Friday, March 4th, many members of
the Meadow Pond Community enjoyed a wonderful night of food, music,
books and fun with family and friends. Thanks to Co-chairs, Mrs. Lisa
Maiuolo and Mrs. Gina Raimondo who, with a little help from a few of
their PTA friends, worked hard to make this night happen. Special thanks
to Michele Gioffre, Kristen Sussman and Colleen Ferrajina, who were
amazing unofficial assistants. A big thank you to Mrs. Diane Moller who
volunteered to have an open library time for families to come to read
together. Special recognition for several members of the extended
Maiuolo family for volunteering their time and expertise and for cooking
such a delicious meal. Thank you also to our incredible fifth grade
students who were wonderful hosts/hostesses and wait staff. They really
looked so grown up and went above and beyond in their roles. Thank you
to all who helped to make this happen!
As you plan your calendar
for the upcoming weeks, please make note of the following dates. Also,
please check the website for the latest updates.
|Monday, March 7
|9:15 a.m. Principal’s Coffee, PTA Meeting
|Friday, March 11
|Parent Portal Opens - Progress Report #2
|Friday, March 18
|Weather Reserve Day #2
|Monday-Friday, March 21-25
|Monday, March 28
|Weather Reserve Day #3
|Tuesday –Thursday, April 5-7
|NYS ELA Grades 3-5 (make-ups April 8, 11, 12)
|Wednesday-Friday, April 13-15
|NYS Math Grades 3-5 (make-ups April 18-20)
|Friday, April 22
|Weather Reserve Day #4
As always, my door is open to you and your children. If you have any questions, please contact the main office. Thank you.
Fifth-Grade Ambassadors Video
Science Fair Videos
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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
@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.
Note: if you have a Hotmail.com 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
<firstname.lastname@example.org>, 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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