Katonah Elementary School

106 Huntville Road, Katonah, NY 10536

Ms. Cristy Harris

Assistant Principal:
Mr. Terry Costin


Fax: 914-763-7789



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 shared.

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.

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 pdf.

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


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The 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.

February's KES Chalkboard


KLSD Winter 2016 Music Newsletter


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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Typing Pal Online


IXL Math