Katonah Elementary School
106 Huntville Road, Katonah, NY 10536
June Principal's Letter
Dear KES Families,
It is hard to believe that the year has come to an end! From my perspective, it was an overall success. The students engaged in meaningful learning experiences which improved their academic skills, expanded upon their knowledge, developed their independence, and fostered healthy relationships. The faculty collaborated with families and colleagues to meet the needs of their students as well as continued to align the curriculum with the Common Core Learning Standards, implemented the District’s RtI plan, participated on many district and building level committees to revise practices and refine programs, and actively participated in professional development. The PTO and parent volunteers enriched instructional programs, generously allocated resources, and organized the traditional school events we all look forward to each year that create special memories. It is this kind of outstanding effort and focus on the part of our entire learning community which supported the many accomplishments of our students.
I could not recap this year without highlighting the wonderful celebration of KES’ 75th Anniversary. Whether you were activity involved in the planning and preparations, volunteered, attended the parade and/or heard about the day’s events from your child, friend or neighbor, I am certain that you would agree it was a special occasion. The feedback that we received was all extremely positive and students have shared that it was, “the best day ever!” Currently, we are in the process of re-packaging the 1939 and 1989 time capsules which will now also contain artifacts from 2015, including a 75th t-shirt, ‘There’s No Place Like KES’ pin, and yearbook. The time capsules will be returned to the Corner Stones, which will then be reinstalled. As I was once a student and now the Principal of KES, I can tell you that being here for this event was very emotional and satisfying. See you all in 25 years from now at the 100th!!!
In thinking ahead to (just) the next school year, I am very interested in knowing your reflection on what worked well and thoughts you might have for improvement. If you choose to respond, I would be most appreciative if you included comments regarding the specific initiatives listed below:
Growth Mindset- This initiative was introduced to families at Curriculum Nights, presented at a PTO general meeting and by a Consultant at an evening Parent Workshop, studied by faculty and discussed in classrooms with students in a variety of context either explicitly or subtly. Terry Costin along with the members of the KES Character Education Committee are planning to develop our theme for next year with the Growth Mindset in mind.
Reading Logs- This initiative was introduced to families at Curriculum Night and throughout the year teachers sent home Reading Logs with the expectation that students would read a minimum of 20 minutes each night.
I wonder if you felt that the logs were helpful, or not, in keeping your children accountable for their reading. Also, what else in addition or instead of the Reading Logs would you want us to consider.
To provide feedback, please email me at: email@example.com , drop a letter off at KES’ main office or mail it to 106 Huntville Rd.
Friday, June 26th, is our last day of school and we dismiss at 10:45 a.m. Just to give you a peek into the event planned for the morning… we will hold a school-wide assembly at which time students will “move-up” grades. In music class, the children have been learning a traditional KES Moving-Up song which involves each grade level singing a different verse directly to our 5th graders, and our 5th graders singing responding in kind to their younger peers. This is one of KES’ special ways of sending off the 5th graders and wishing them much success in their future endeavors, and giving closure to the year for all students, staff and administration.
Progress Reports will be available on Infinite Campus Parent Portal Friday, June 26th at 3:45 p.m. You will also find reports from the Special Areas- P.E., Art and Music.
Please check the District and KES website in early July as there will be a letter from the KLSD Librarians regarding summer reading opportunities and will include website links.
Research shows that students who do not read over the summer can actually regress two months; children who do read over the summer can advance a month. This is important information that you may want to convey to your children in a way you deem appropriate. In addition, on the websites, there will be suggested links for math practice. Keeping your children actively engaged in fun and meaningful learning experiences throughout the summer will help to avoid the “summer slide.”
Speaking of slides, I hope that you have some exciting family plans for the summer, and time to relax as well. I look forward to July when I will be dropping my own two kids off at camp each morning and spending time reading the collection of books on my night stand, catching up with friends and family, and going on long walks- if it’s not too hot and humid!
The first week in August is when the entire Harris family will be going away for a week followed by a week of celebrating significant birthdays of two ‘elders’ in the family. I will be stopping in to KES throughout the summer, but back into the real swing of things on Monday, August 17th.
It has been my absolute pleasure serving the KES learning community this year, and look forward to seeing you all in September. On behalf of Terry Costin and the entire KES staff, we wish your family a wonderful summer.
Take good care, Cristy Harris
KES Celebrates 75 Years
THANK YOU to the Katonah Community
for the wonderful opportunity to celebrate!
KES Students Win Camp Scholarships
Three Katonah Elementary School students have been selected by the Katonah Village Improvement Society as recipients of the John Jay Homestead Adventure Days History Camp Scholarship.
Fourth-graders Megan Condon, Scott Esposito and Aidan McCarthy each wrote award-winning essays about the Civil War, citing information they have learned about the North vs. South.
Congratulations to the three winners!
Please be sure your child comes to school in clothing that is appropriate for outdoor play. Open toe shoes and flip-flops are inappropriate shoe attire for our playground area; students may be asked to refrain from certain activities.(Family Handbook, pg. 12)
From the Nurse’s Offices of KLSD
Springtime has arrived!
Here are a few Health Office reminders to keep healthy and safe:
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.
Carefully checking your children for TICKS should be part of your healthcare routine. Look closely, they are tiny!
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!
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.
Common Core Mathematics Guides
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School Supplies 2014-2015
Typing Pal Online