Katonah Elementary School
106 Huntville Road, Katonah, NY 10536
Kindergarten Orientation Rescheduled to Tuesday, March 10, 2015
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Letter from the Principal
February 10, 2015
Dear KES Families,
I am hopeful that you and your family have been safe and warm during the
recent storms. As of yesterday, we used six snow days and therefore the
following dates have been reinstated as school days: Tuesday, February
17th, Wednesday, February 18th, and Thursday, February 19th. If your
family has vacation plans for next week, please refer to the KES Family
Handbook, which can be found on our website. Under the ABSENT and
HOMEWORK sections you will find information as to the policy for
providing work in advance for students who are illegally absent from
school. In a nutshell, homework will not be provided; however, please
know that the teachers will be responsive to the needs of all students
upon their return to school. Some suggestions for supporting your
child’s continued learning while on vacation, include: practicing math facts/fluency, journaling, letter writing, listening to audio books, reading (book, magazine, comic),
writing a book recommendation, watching a movie and writing a review, or
any other creative way to keep their brain growing!
Winter benchmarking in the areas of reading and math were administered
and completed for students in grades K-5. The RtI Data Team members
along with classroom teachers analyzed student growth and used the
District’s criteria to identify students who are in need of additional
support. If your child newly qualifies for services you will receive an
entry letter. You are informed in this letter of your right to request
further evaluation if you suspect your child has a disability. We are mandated by NYS to provide you with this information and it is standard language; it is by no means intended to imply the need for you to make a referral. If you have
questions about your child’s learning profile, it is recommended that
you speak with the classroom teacher. As always, I am available as well.
The parents of existing RtI students will receive progress reports along
with notification as to whether he/she will exit services (Tier 2 to
Tier 1), decrease services (Tier 3 to Tier 2), or increases services
(Tier 2 to Tier 3), again in accordance with the guidelines set for by
the District’s RtI Plan. All letters are being mailed on Tuesday,
February 10th. Students who exit RtI services or are found ineligible
for Tier 2 services but demonstrates the need for targeted instruction
in a specific area will be on a Tier 1 plan and progress monitored by
the classroom teacher. Students on Tier 1, 2 or 3 plans are reviewed on a 6-8 week cycle, therefore, if necessary, students may enter or exit RtI services at these junctures.
Your child may have told you that we “flipped” at KES, and they are
referring to the lunch and recess times being switched. This means that
grades K, 2, and 4 will now have recess first and then eat lunch, and
grades 1, 3, and 5 will eat lunch first and then go to recess. This
gives all our students the opportunity to experience recess before
lunch. Speaking of recess, we continue to monitor the weather closely
and plan for Outdoor Recess whenever it is safe to do so. Thanks to the
PTO, we just received many new Indoor Recess games and supplies to keep the students busy at play.
We have been fortunate so far in that the winter Strings Concert took
place on the originally scheduled date. The performance evidenced the
hard work and focus of these students and their Instrumental Teacher,
and they made us all proud. I look forward to this Thursday night’s Band
and Chorus Concert, and I am certain that the performance will be as
impressive. If we do not get lucky with the weather, the snow date is
Thursday, February 26th.
We have experienced some bus delays in the afternoon at dismissal. In
the event that your child’s bus is late and you want to inquire as to
the whereabouts and situation, please call the Transportation Department
at 763-7234 (consider saving it to your phone contacts!). The Bus
Dispatcher has the ability to reach the drivers directly and provide you
with the most updated and accurate information.
If you are the parent of an incoming kindergartner (fall, 2015), you are
invited to an orientation scheduled on Tuesday, March 3rd from
7:00-8:00 p.m. at KES in the Cafeteria. We will be sharing information
about registration, medical requirements, screening, and the full day
kindergarten program. Please spread the word to others you know who are
also parents of incoming kindergartners so that they do not miss this
Mark your calendars and please join me at the next Principal’s Coffee scheduled on March 18th at 9:15 a.m. in the KES Cafeteria. I appreciate the opportunity to have
two-way communication on topics of interest to you, and the more the
As always, I am available to address your questions or concerns. You can
either call Debbie in the Main Office (763-7702) or e-mail me at firstname.lastname@example.org to set up a mutually convenient time for us to meet.
Warmly, Cristy Harris
There were 4
days built in to the School Calendar:
Since we have now had 7 snow days
November 26th, January 9th & January 12th
January 26th & 27th, February 2nd & 9th
SCHOOL will now be IN session on the 4 giveback days*:
Friday – March 27th
Tuesday, May 26th
Monday, April 6th
Friday, May 22
* The district has also announced "we are now re-instating
Tuesday, February 17th, Wednesday, February 18th and
Thursday, February 19th as student session days"
School is closed on Monday - February 16th "President's Day"
and closed on Friday - February 20th for Staff Development
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
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
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KES Collects More Than 1,000 Pounds of Food
Katonah Elementary School families proved their generosity and holiday spirit by collectively donating 1,037 pounds of food as part of the school’s Holiday Share Food Drive this year.
Sponsored by the PTO and led by chairs Kim Moskowitz and Liz Hill, the food drive drop-off at the Community Center of Northern Westchester in Katonah on Nov. 14 was a huge success.
From the Nurse’s Offices of KLSD
EV-D68 is causing cases of severe respiratory (breathing) illness among
children and other individuals. Such illness has sometimes been
resulting in hospitalization, especially among children with asthma.
The New York State Department of Health is advising parents and health
care providers to be aware of the signs and symptoms of enterovirus
EV-D68, a serious respiratory illness which has now been confirmed in
more than a dozen children in New York State.
Symptoms to Look For:
How It Is Spread
Enteroviruses are transmitted through close contact with a person who
has the virus, or by touching objects or surfaces that have the virus on
them and then touching your mouth, nose, or eyes.
What You Can Do Protect Yourself
It is important to protect yourself and others reminding your children to:
- Wash your hands often with soap and water for 20 seconds.
- Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth with unwashed hands.
- Avoid kissing, hugging, and sharing cups or eating utensils with people who are sick.
- Disinfect frequently touched surfaces, such as toys and doorknobs, especially if
someone is sick.
- Use the same precautions you would use to prevent the spread of influenza (flu).
These prevention steps are especially important for individuals or
persons with family members who are infants, or who have chronic health
conditions or compromised immune systems.
What to Do If Your Child Feels Ill
If your child is sick with a runny nose, cough, fever, or aches which
are signs of an upper respiratory infection, do not send your child to
school. Allow them to rest and recover at home. Contact your medical
provider immediately if your child becomes seriously ill.
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School Supplies 2014-2015
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