Meadow Pond Elementary School

185 Smith Ridge Road, South Salem, NY 10590

Ms. Carolann Castellano

Assistant Principal:
Dawn Pomeroy





Principal's Letter

May 19, 2015

Dear Meadow Pond Families,

Spring is finally here! As we approach the final month of school, I would like to share important dates, information and some of our upcoming activities. Listed below are some dates of special events in the coming weeks.

Tuesday May 19
Budget Vote
Wed. or Thurs. May 20, 21
Grade 4 Science Performance Test
Thursday, May 21
Incoming Kindergarten Parents’ Coffee
Monday, May 25
Memorial Day Holiday- No classes
Monday, June 1
Grade 4 Science Written Test

Grade 5 Clearwater Experience at MPES (land segment)
Tues. or Wed. June 2, 3
Grade 5 Clearwater Experience on Hudson (water segment)
Wednesday, June 3
PTA Dinner at Horse and Hound
Friday, June 5
5:30 Garden Party at Meadow Pond
Tuesday, June 9
District Wide Grade 5 Chelsea Piers Experience
Monday, June 15
7:00 p.m. MPES Strings Concert at MPES
Tuesday, June 16
7:00 p.m. MPES Band Concert at MPES
Monday, June 22
Dismissal at 12:15 p.m. Field Day
Tuesday, June 23
Dismissal at 12:15 p.m. Gr 5 Volleyball (Field Day-raindate)
Wednesday, June 24
Dismissal at 12:15 p.m. Gr 5 Volleyball (if Field Day)
Thursday, June 25
Dismissal at 12:15 a.m. Gr 5 Moving-Up at JJHS10:00 a.m.
Friday, June 26
Dismissal at 10:45 a.m. Last Day of School

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Please be mindful that not all grade level events and field trips are listed. Classroom teachers will continue to communicate special events for a particular grade/class.  

As you may already know, about once each month, we gather our students together for a Town Meeting to support our sense of community, share aspects of our Character Education program, highlight special events and/or celebrate our accomplishments. At a recent Town Meeting, the Meadow Pond Chorus led us in singing our School Song and then performed a preview of the Chorus Concert which was also held on May 6th. Their performance was absolutely fantastic and was recognized by our students and staff with a resounding ovation.  Next, when we shared “What’s New at MPES,” students and staff learned about the addition of a “Dear Max” segment to our morning Meadow Pond Live broadcast. They also learned that we now have a GAGA Pit, which was a generous donation from the Lewisboro Elementary School PTA. The GAGA Pit will soon be accessible to students during recess.  Our Physical Education teachers have been working closely with administration, lunch/recess monitors and students to ensure that the GAGA Pit will be safely enjoyed by all.  

Additionally, during that Town Meeting, our Student Ambassadors, along with representatives from each classroom, connected the pieces of our Chain of Hope which was displayed across the Meadow Pond main entrance the next day. It was then sent to the John Jay High School to be a part of the display for the Relay for Life which takes place on Saturday, June 6th.  At our final Town Meeting for 2014-2015, we will pass the grade level banners from 5th grade to 4thgrade, 4th grade to 3rd grade, and so on, to acknowledge that each class is moving up to the next grade.   

On Monday, June 22nd our students will participate in Field Day with a rain date of Tuesday, June 23rd. Volunteers are still needed so please contact Sarah Denyer at if you are able to help.

On Tuesday, June 23rd, we will play our traditional volleyball game of fifth grade students vs. faculty/staff. Weather permitting we will be playing on the blacktop court behind Meadow Pond at about 9:30 a.m. (This volleyball game would move to Wednesday June 24th if the Field Day rain date is used.) Feel free to come and watch the game. If the weather is inclement, we will have to move indoors. Unfortunately, in that case, we cannot invite spectators other than our fourth grade students.

On Thursday, June 25th, our fifth grade students will celebrate their Moving-Up to sixth grade at John Jay Middle School.  Please join me in congratulating our fifth graders and their families as we recognize our students for their accomplishments during their elementary years.

Friday, June 26th is our final day of school.  Students will be dismissed at 10:45 a.m. As our fifth graders leave the building for their final dismissal from Meadow Pond, our kindergarten through fourth grade students will line the hallways to clap for them as they walk and/or dance to the buses with music playing and bubbles flowing. Congratulations to all for another successful school year, but an especially fond farewell to our fifth grade students.

I wish you all a wonderful, enjoyable and restful summer. Before you know it, we will be welcoming you back to school in September to begin a new school year.

If you have any questions or concerns, please feel free to contact me.

Carolann Castellano


Springtime has arrived!

Here are a few Health Office reminders to keep healthy and safe:

Carefully checking your children for TICKS should be part of your healthcare routine. Look closely, they are tiny!

LICE can be transferred child to child when sharing caps, helmets and hair accessories. Please remind children not to share and check your children often.

Apply SUNSCREEN before leaving home each morning. Wear a cap or visor to protect from the sun.

Good HYDRATION is an important part of staying healthy. Drink water prior to and during vigorous activities.

Wear proper footwear for recess. Bring sneakers for recess so kids can run and play safely.

Play safe and stay healthy!

Front of the Class Charitable Book Drive

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Kindergarten Orientation Rescheduled to Tuesday, March 10, 2015

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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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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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2014 Kindergarten Readiness Flyer

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Meadow Pond Elementary School Welcome Back Information

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School Supplies 2014-2015

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Meadow Pond ABC Presentation

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DAPC Winter Workshop Series 2014

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FamU Keynote Flyer

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Math Curriculum

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Typing Pal Online

IXL Math