Meadow Pond Elementary School

185 Smith Ridge Road, South Salem, NY 10590

Ms. Carolann Castellano

Assistant Principal:
Dawn Pomeroy





Principal's Letter

January 4, 2015

Dear Meadow Pond Families,

I hope that you enjoyed the holidays and were able to relax and spend quality time with family and friends.  I would like to take this opportunity to share some information and keep you up to date on what’s happening at Meadow Pond.
First, I would like to say thank you to our PTA, SEPTA, parents and staff for supporting the many special events and trips that have already taken place this year. Our Kindergarten took a fun-filled trip to the Gossett Nursery, our first grade visited New Pond Farm, and our third grade visited the Ridgefield Playhouse. Our fifth grade spent two days at Camp Hidden Valley and also took a trip to the County Courthouse in White Plains.  Our students in second grade enjoyed a High Touch High Tech workshop and the fourth grade visited the Katonah Museum of Art. Each trip or visit incorporated or expanded on ideas that had been learned in class. Additionally, on Differences Day at Meadow Pond, our second and fifth graders visited many stations where they were able to experience simulated disabilities.

Our Character Education Committee and our Town Meeting Committee continue to plan school-wide Town Meetings that promote our Be Your Best theme. The end of the year was marked with a Town Meeting which highlighted the theme of “Sharing and Giving.” During this Town Meeting, we recognized our Be Your Best award recipients as well as our fifth grade Safety Patrol and Bus Rangers who help our students stay safe during arrival and dismissal. Our school community members were recognized for their efforts in “Stuffing the Bus” in which donations were given to the local food pantry. Additionally they were recognized for donations of candy to the Kindness Club which were sent to our servicemen and servicewomen abroad.  There was an appearance by Max the Moose, the sharing of a book about a mitten tree, as well as several musical performances including student bell chimers, the Meadow Pond Chorus and a special performance by an adult bell chimer group, brought to us by Diane Moller. The meeting ended after a sing-a-long that was enjoyed by students and staff.

Please be aware that as of today, we have used one snow day.  This has resulted in the loss of our first Weather Reserve Day which means that Friday, March 27th is now a regular school day.  Please mark your calendars accordingly. Also remember that school will be closed for students on Monday, January 19th as well as the week of February 16th through the 20th for the Mid-Winter Recess.

Now that the temperature is regularly dipping below freezing, please be sure to send your child to school dressed appropriately for outdoor activities. It is important that our students have the opportunity to play in the fresh air during recess, but as stated in our Parent Handbook, children will not be permitted to go outside in shorts or with exposed arms when the temperature is below forty degrees Fahrenheit. Students who prefer to wear shorts during the cold weather are encouraged to keep a pair of sweatpants or other long pants in their cubbies to be worn during outdoor recess. In addition, jackets, hats and gloves are needed in order to go out when the temperature is below freezing.  Boots and snow pants are necessary in order to be permitted to play in the snow. Additionally, when it is below 20 degrees Fahrenheit, we offer indoor recess.

Please remember if you are picking up your child before the end of the school day, you must do so by 3:15 p.m. After 3:15, you will be asked to go to the pick-up area near the gym to meet your child at dismissal.  

The January Principal’s Coffee will be held on Friday, January 9th at 9:15 a.m. and will be immediately followed by the PTA meeting beginning at 9:30 a.m.  Please try to join us.

Again, I would like to recommend that you check our website often. The district calendar and other important updates can be found there. Most recently, with thanks especially to one of our parents, a Lost and Found Photo Book has been added to assist you and your child in finding and reclaiming lost items.

As always, my door is open to you and your children.  If you have any questions, please contact the main office.  Thank you.

Carolann Castellano            


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School Supplies 2014-2015

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Meadow Pond ABC Presentation

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