Meadow Pond Elementary School
185 Smith Ridge Road, South Salem, NY 10590
Ms. Carolann Castellano
Parental Reference Guides
Letter to Parents
October 31, 2013
Dear Meadow Pond Families,
As we approach the month of November, you may notice that our students have
become more accustomed to the EngageNY math curriculum and they are developing
new confidence and experiencing success. Their studies in ELA have included literature
and “close” reading of informational text as aligned with the Common Core Learning
Standards and they are able to use the text to support their claims. Additionally, as
we enter the second year of the implementation of our new science program, you may
notice lively conversations as students become engaged in the activities of the Science
Technology Concepts (STC) units. I would suggest that you ask them specific questions
about their school work as the dialogue about their new learning may surprise you.
There is still time to get a sitter so you can attend the K-2 Elementary Math
Workshop for parents which will be held at the John Jay Middle School on Wednesday,
November 6th from 7:00 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. Take advantage of this opportunity to meet
with the District’s Math Consultant, Margaret Martinez-DeLuca, as she shares Common
Core Mathematics with our K-2 parents. The Grade 3-5 Workshop on October 28th
was well-attended and very informative.
Also remember that the parent portal for progress reports will open on Friday,
November 1st. The reports are an important piece of information regarding your child’s
progress and will support the conversation you will have with your child’s teacher during
the upcoming Parent-Teacher Conferences on November 5th, 12th and 14th. These
conferences are an important opportunity for face-to-face communication with your
child’s teachers. If you have not yet signed up, I would suggest you do so as soon as
possible. Our special area teachers are also available to meet with you, so take
advantage of this opportunity as well.
At lunchtime, on Tuesday, October 29th, our first through fifth grade students
enjoyed a Mix-It-Up Day activity which was organized by our school social worker,
Kristin Peterson. You may have heard that your children sat at a different table than
usual, or that they were seated with boys and girls from different classrooms. The
children were given prompts that encourage conversations to help them discover new
information about each other. Immediately afterward, many students wanted to know
when we would have another "Mix-It-Up Day." It seemed to be a very successful
activity for everyone. If you are interested in volunteering to help coordinate and
supervise the next event, please contact Kristin Peterson.
We are very pleased to have our second and fifth graders actively participate in
Meadow Pond Differences Day on Thursday, November 7th. The stations will be set up
in our gym, and they are a wonderful way for children to experience what it feels like
to function with a number of learning differences that affect the way we are able to
interact with others. If you have not already done so, please sign-up to help. Please
take a few moments to view the volunteer video that is available on the district
website. We are asking all volunteers to sign off on having viewed the video before
volunteering in the school. It contains information that all of us should become familiar
with. This volunteer prerequisite video is being implemented district wide as part of our
safety and security protocol.
The Good Touch Bad Touch Curriculum, including stranger danger, is already in
progress with our second graders. Kristin Peterson, our school social worker, recently
began the district-wide program which involves second and fourth grade. Ms. Peterson
will be moving on to fourth grade soon and plans to complete the in-school activities
before Thanksgiving. As a parent, it is important to speak calmly with your children
about personal safety measures and to practice family drills. These conversations would
include what to do and where to meet if the house fire or smoke alarm went off during
the night. It might also include what to do if you were to become separated while
shopping in a store. Our students are all familiar with the fire safety recommendation
of "Stop- Drop- Roll," but we need to teach and reinforce, "Run-Yell-Tell," if they
find themselves alone and in a dangerous situation.
Again, I would recommend that you check our website often. The district calendar and
other important documents and updates can be found there.
As always, my door is open to you and your children. If you have any questions, please
contact the main office.
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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.
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.
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Note: if you have a Hotmail.com email address, Hotmail
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however, you only have a Hotmail email address, then add the following
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