Meadow Pond Elementary School

185 Smith Ridge Road, South Salem, NY 10590

Ms. Carolann Castellano

Assistant Principal:
Dawn Pomeroy





Calendar Adjustments - Update
As a reminder, due to the snow day on Monday, February 9th, school is now scheduled to be in session Tuesday, February 17th through Thursday, February 19th.


Principal's Letter

February 22, 2015

Dear Meadow Pond Families,

Superintendent’s Conference Day is a time for new learning, study, collaboration, reflection and planning. On Friday, February 20th, our teachers participated in Professional Development that included a session in technology as well as other sessions based on grade level and department needs. At the end of the day, we were all feeling renewed, refreshed and ready to move forward.

At this time, we are preparing for PARP (Parents as Reading Partners) activities which will occur during the first three weeks of the Reading Month of March. The theme for PARP this year is "Reading Through the Ages." I would encourage you to share a favorite childhood book with your child. You may also wish to take a look at our teacher/staff biographies throughout the school, as they now include everyone's favorite childhood book.

Especially during the upcoming Reading Month, take time to read together as a family. Designating a specific time and place for the family to read is one way to encourage and support your child’s love of reading. Additionally, reading to and with your child, doing your own reading alongside your child and, if you have more than one child, arranging for your children to spend time reading together are all wonderful ways to encourage reading.

On March 19th, thanks to the support of our PTA, COMPACT and PARP Committee, author Kate Klise (rhymes with ice) will be visiting Meadow Pond. Ms. Klise will be speaking to all students on that date except our fourth graders. Since they will be out of the building that day, a Skype visit has been arranged for them. Ms. Klise has written several picture books for the younger students, as well as the Regarding the… series and the 43 Old Cemetery Road series. Her new series is called Three Ring Rascals. Our library-media specialist, Mrs. Diane Moller, will be supporting the preparation for the visit by sharing some of these books with the students. A book order form will be going home backpack mail this Thursday, February 26th. The forms are due back on Monday, March 9th. Ms. Klise will be personally signing books so get your orders in!

Don’t forget that there is a special Principal’s Coffee on Tuesday, February 24, beginning at 9:15 a.m. Our Reading Specialist, Mrs. Michelle DeMarco, will be giving a special reading presentation. She will be sharing effective ways to support and encourage your child’s reading. Please try to join us.

Thank you to our PTA for all the hard work they have done in planning for student centered events. We are very excited to have adapted our annual Pasta Night to the LES format where the fifth grade students will dress up and serve the dinner to the families in attendance. The students’ anticipation and excitement as we get closer to this event is palpable. Please take notice of the beautiful bulletin board display in the main hallway of photographs of our fifth graders dressed as servers for the event which takes place on Friday, February 27th.

On Thursday, March 19th, there will be a special child/parent bowling event for our students in grades 3-5. Students along with a parent or special person in their lives will enjoy bowling and pizza at the Grand Prix in Mt. Kisco. If you have not signed up yet, please see the PTA website for details.

Please mark your calendar and save these dates: Friday, April 24th for the Spring Fling Dance, Thursday, April 30th for the Science Fair, and Friday, May 1st for MINGO Night. Details for these events will follow shortly.

Take note that the date for the Parent Portal to open for Progress Report #2 has been extended by one week. In consideration of the snow days and delayed openings we have had this term, we have a district-wide extension so that they will now be available on Friday, March 13th instead of Friday, March 6th.

I would like to remind you to keep safety in mind when you utilize our drop-off loop in the morning. Proceed up the driveway and make the first right. Stay to the far right and then loop to your left. Pull close to the sidewalk of the drop-off loop and pull up as far up as you can. There is room for two to three cars to drop off safely at the same time if these guidelines are followed. Cars must remain in a single file and the child is to exit on the passenger side only. Your child should be ready to exit your car when your turn at the loop arrives. Please do not get out of your car. Once your child has exited onto the sidewalk, move forward toward the driveway exit so that others can move into the drop-off loop. Remember that this is a no passing zone. If your child has exited, but the car in front of you has not moved on yet, please do not attempt to pass.

If you need to assist your child by exiting your car, or if the child cannot exit on the passenger side, please do not use the drop-off loop. In this case, park in the area by the gym. There you can freely exit your car, assist your child and guide him/her to the sidewalk at the far end of the building. The child can then safely walk on the sidewalk to the main entrance of the school. We appreciate everyone abiding by these procedures as they keep all our children safe.

Remember to check our website often. The district calendar and other important updates can be found there. The Lost and Found Photo Book, which was initiated by one of our parents, has recently been updated to assist you and your child in finding and reclaiming lost items. Please note that on March 1st, unclaimed items will be donated.

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact the main office.

Carolann Castellano

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


Elementary Parent Math Workshops

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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  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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School Supplies 2014-2015

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