Meadow Pond Elementary School

185 Smith Ridge Road, South Salem, NY 10590

Ms. Carolann Castellano

Assistant Principal:
Dawn Pomeroy





October Letter from the Principal

October 22, 2015

Dear Meadow Pond Families,

Believe it or not, fall is here and it is time to prepare for the coming change in the weather. Please be aware that as long as the temperature is above 20 degrees Fahrenheit, we will continue to have outdoor recess. Be sure to send your child to school with appropriate clothing for the weather. Additionally, as indicated in our Parent Handbook, if the temperature is 40 degrees or less, students will not be allowed to participate in outdoor recess if they are wearing short sleeved shirts, sleeveless shirts or shorts.

In order for our students and staff to practice the appropriate procedures to follow in an emergency, we are required to hold a number of different drills. We have conducted seven fire drills, one lockdown drill, one shelter-in-place drill and one emergency dismissal drill so far this year.  During our fire drills, students and staff exit the building in an orderly fashion and gather on the field where attendance is verified before we reenter the building. When the announced District Emergency Dismissal drill was held on Friday, October 9th, our students were dismissed to the buses in an orderly manner and everyone arrived home safely. Since bus notes are not honored during an emergency dismissal, students were sent home based on the emergency plans that had been submitted this summer. Please be sure your children know how they are to be dismissed in an emergency and keep your plan current.    

GaGa Pit
At the present time, our GaGa Pit is closed.  Our Operations & Maintenance Department is working to make some modifications to the structure.  We will keep you apprised of the progress, but we are hopeful that it will be reopened shortly.

RtI (Response to Intervention)
Our classroom teachers and interventionists collaborate to support our students with appropriate interventions both in and out of the classroom as our first round of AimsWeb benchmarking has been completed.  If your child is receiving an intervention outside the classroom, you are notified by either the classroom teacher or the interventionist. Parents, too, are partners in supporting children at home, and I would remind you to find a balance between encouraging your children to persevere and insuring that they do not become too frustrated.

Special Events and Activities
Dawn Pomeroy, Barbara Milone and Lara Monasch have completed their work with the fourth and fifth grade students to proactively support thoughtful behaviors and interactions. They have conducted three sessions with each class and the feedback from students has been very positive. Sessions with third graders will begin soon and the other grade levels will follow shortly thereafter.

Preparations are in process for a Buddy Bench to be placed on our playground.  A very big thank you to Mrs. Trivedi, our PTA, Character Education Committee and Dawn Pomeroy for planning how to roll out the Bench to our students. Stay tuned.

Max’s Mighty Pumpkin 5K Run was a great success with students, parents, staff and community members participating and having fun together on a chilly Sunday morning. A special thank you to Joanne Hasko and Rebekah Habinowski for planning and running such a fun event!

Our October Town Meeting will include some fun as well as tips for Halloween safety. Additionally, keep an eye open for details from Julie McCaffrey about the Halloween Event to be held at MPES on Friday, October 30th.  There will be two sessions: 5:30 p.m. and 6:30 p.m. and the one-way flow from the cafeteria to the gym allows for the second group to enjoy the activities in the cafeteria, while the first group has moved on to the activities in the gym. It is an exciting and amazing event so please join the fun! Students, accompanied by a parent or caregiver, may come dressed in a costume, but please leave props, such as pretend weapons and or masks, at home. During the school day on the 30th, our first through fifth grade students and staff may choose to recognize Halloween by wearing orange and black.  Our kindergarten students will continue the traditional indoor parade throughout the building to display their costumes to their school mates.  

Parent Portal
Please be sure to sign-up online for teacher conferences with your children’s teachers. Be aware that shared staff may not be available on all three days as they may also need to be available in other buildings. Remember that on all three conference days, students will be dismissed at 12:15 p.m. and lunch will not be served.  On Wednesday, November 4th and Tuesday, November 10th the conferences will be held in the evening from 6:00-8:00 p.m., and on Thursday, November 12th, the conferences will be held in the afternoon from 1:00-3:45 p.m.

While you are at school for your parent-teacher conference, don’t forget to check out the wonderful selections at our Scholastic Book Fair which begins on Friday November 6th.   You might also want to stop in for the early morning Book Fair session and the Principal’s Coffee beginning at 8:30 a.m. on November 12th.

As you plan your calendar for the upcoming weeks, please keep the following dates in mind:

Friday, October 23
School Closed.  Professional Development for Staff
Monday, October 26
Red Ribbon Week begins
Friday, October 30
Halloween Event; 5:30 p.m. and 6:30 p.m.
Tuesday, November 3
School Closed. Superintendent’s Conference Day
Wednesday, November 4
12:15 PM Dismissal; Conferences 6:00-8:00 PM
Thursday, November 5
Superintendent’s Coffee at JJMS 7:15-8:15 PM
Friday, November 6
Scholastic Book Fair begins
Tuesday, November 10
12:15 Dismissal; Conferences 6:00-8:00 PM
Wednesday, November 11
School Closed. Veterans Day
Thursday, November 12
8:30 a.m. Book Fair & Principal’s Coffee

12:15 Dismissal; Conferences 1:00- 3:45 PM

Please remember that my door is always open.  If you have any questions, please contact the main office.  

Carolann Castellano


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  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 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 <>, 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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