Katonah Elementary School
106 Huntville Road, Katonah, NY 10536
KES Field Day 2016
The PE department is looking forward to Field Day which will be held on Friday, June 17th.(Rain date is Monday, June 20th)
The goal of this event is to bring faculty, students, parents and staff TOGETHER to CELEBRATE healthy activity, sports and fun competition.
Please have your child wear PURPLE and WHITE to show school spirit.
Also, your child is encouraged to bring a labeled and reusable WATER BOTTLE to the activities. Sneakers are required! We’ll be outside all morning so SUNSCREEN is also advisable.
We’re excited for a GREAT morning!
Dear KES Families,
Yesterday morning at the KES PTO General Meeting I delivered a “State of
the School” report. It was an opportunity to reflect upon the current
school year and share information about the next. Andrew Selesnick,
Superintendent of Schools, was visiting KES at the time of the meeting.
He was invited to join the meeting, which he did, and those in
attendance benefited from the district-wide perspective he contributed
to the discussion. The following is a recap of the information that was
The projected class sections by grade level for next year at KES: (subject to change)
Kindergarten- 3 sections
First Grade- 4 sections
Second Grade- 4 sections
Third Grade- 3 sections
Fourth Grade- 4 sections
Fifth Grade- 4 sections
Class sizes are favorable on all grade levels.
The Multipurpose Room will become a 2nd grade classroom.
The Library Office will be transformed into a small group instructional space.
The playground will have a safety inspection and improvements will be made on existing equipment.
The cafeteria will be re-tiled.
CURRICULUM AND INSTRUCTION
Math: The BOE voted to adopt enVision 2.0 as the new math program for
grades K-6 after an extensive pilot that took place across the district.
Envision 2.0 will replace the Engage NY Curriculum, “A Story of Units.”
Teachers are receiving training today from an enVision consultant in
preparation for the implementation of the program in September. There
will be opportunities for parents to learn about this new math program
early next year.
Literacy: Elementary teachers received training from Teachers College
consultants in October of this school year. We anticipate becoming a
Teachers College “project district" for 2016-2017.This would bring
Teachers College professional developers to our schools and into our
classrooms throughout the year to support the continued implementation
of the Lucy Calkins (curriculum associated with Teachers College)
Writing Units of Study. Being a “project district” will give our
teachers the advantage of on-site and ongoing support which will
positively impact student learning.
At KES this year we focused on an initiative around “written response to
reading.” The faculty and I worked collaboratively throughout the
school year and created grade level prompts for retelling (K/1),
recounting (2/3) and summarizing (4/5), designed accompanying graphic
organizers, analyzed student work, and discussed best practices for
teaching the skills associated with the learning task. The KES teachers
are committed to continuous improvement and there is a plan for moving
this work forward next year.
Social Studies: The New York State Department of Education recently
furnished a new Social Studies Framework, A committee of KLSD teachers
“unpacked” the framework and reviewed our current Social Studies
curriculum throughout the year. An “inquiry” (term used by NYSED to
describe the units of study) will take place on each grade level next
year. Students’ learning experiences will be enriched and enhanced by
this curriculum designed to promote critical thinking.
A KES parent, Jessica Knopke, generously gave her time to visit the KES
classroom this spring to introduce Mindfulness to the students and
staff. She guided classes through breathing, movement and mindfulness
techniques that can be used to become calm, to energize and enhance
focus. Teachers’ feedback about the effect of Mindfulness with their
students has been extremely positive. At this time, Jessica Knopke, the
faculty and I are discussing and exploring ways to continue bringing
Mindfulness into the classrooms at KES. If you are interested in knowing
more about this and/or participating, please let me know!
We continued with our traditional monthly Sharing Assemblies this year
with a focus on the school-wide theme “I Think... I Can!” Mr. Costin,
Assistant Principal, is the Chairperson of the Character Ed Committee,
which meets each month to plan these assemblies. He has the
distinguished honor, and does an amazing job, of leading the school
through the celebration of birthdays, awarding students who have gone
‘above and beyond,’ introducing grade level performances, and
facilitating sing along and other special events. A highlight of each
Sharing Assembly is when Buddy, our school mascot, joins in the fun- the
children always give Buddy a rowdy welcome!
At June’s Sharing Assembly we had several special performances,
including the 2nd Graders singing State Fair songs (practicing for June
10th), kindergarten students singing Flag Day songs (practicing for June
14th), and 3rd Graders playing their recorders (practicing for June
16th). We will have our last Sharing Assembly of the year on June 23rd
at which time we will celebrate summer birthdays and conduct the annual
“changing of the flags” when each grade level officially “moves up” to
the next. Mr. Costin and I will pay special tribute to our graduating
5th graders. Sharing Assemblies are an important part of developing a
learning community with a strong and positive school culture.
I look forward to the many exciting end of year events that are just
around the corner, and am hopeful that you are available to join in some
of the fun. Attached to this Connect Ed message there is a Field Day
Please remember that Friday, June 17th, Monday, June 20th, Tuesday, June
21st and Wednesday, June 22nd are Early Dismissal days at 12:15 PM and
no lunch is served. On Thursday, June 23rd, students will be dismissed
at 10:45 AM.
KES is a special place because of our wonderful students, staff and
families. I feel so fortunate to be able to spend my days collaborating
with teachers and partnering with parents in order to support our
students as they learn and grow. If it happens that I do not get a
chance to see you during the upcoming weeks, then I will take this
opportunity to wish you a wonderful summer vacation!
Cristy Harris, KES Principal
Please be sure to stop by and claim your
LOST & FOUND items.
A Message from the Health Office at John Jay High School
High School has been informed that we have a confirmed case of
Pertussis among our student population. There is no cause for alarm,
however the Board of Health has asked that we ask everyone to please
review the Signs and Symptoms of Pertussis that are listed on our web
pages under Health Services. If you have any concerns please consult
your healthcare provider.
Kindergarten Orientation Evening- March 1st @ 7:00 pm
(snow date will be March 3rd )
Parents with a child 5 years of age on or before December 1, 2016
are invited to attend our Kindergarten Orientation.
In order to give all adults the opportunity to focus on the information
being shared, we ask that you do not bring children to this event.
Teaching and Learning at the Elementary Schools
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Principal Harris’ Winter Newsletter 2016
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Common Core Mathematics Guides
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