Meadow Pond Elementary School
185 Smith Ridge Road, South Salem, NY 10590
Ms. Carolann Castellano
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.
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.
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)
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
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.
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!
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.
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
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.
Parent Teacher Conferences:
Click here for Step-by-Step Directions
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.
Click here to be taken to Parent Teacher Conference online reservation site.
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