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Mark Your Calendar!
Thursday, February 1: PTO Meeting/Principal's Coffee at 9:30 am
Monday, February 5,: Superintendent's Coffee at Katonah Elementary at 930 am
Monday, February 5,: Lunar New Year Performances for students
Thursday, February 8: BOE Meeting (7:30pm)
Monday, February 12: IMES Chorus Concert, Band Concert, Strings Concert (see flyer below)
Tuesday, February 13: District-wide ERJC Meeting (6pm)
Tuesday, February 13: Kindergarten 100th Day of School!
Wednesday, February 14: 10 am Kindergarten Kindness Concert
Wednesday, February 14 100th Day of School Celebration for Grade 1 students
Thursday, February 15: Campus Parent Opens for Progress Reports (email will be sent)
Friday, February 16: School Closed for Students/Superintendent's Conference Day for Staff
Monday, Feb. 19 & Tues. Feb. 20: Schools Closed for President's Day
Wednesday, February 21: Students return to school
February 21: BOE Meeting (7:30pm)
Thursday, February 22- Bus Driver Appreciation Day
Saturday, February 24: BOE Budget Review Meeting
Saturday, February 24: SEPTO Buddies Unite
Tuesday, February 27: Snowdate for Grade 4 and 5 Concerts
Wednesday, February 28: PTO STREAM Convention
Thursday, February 29: Snowdate for PTO STREAM Convention
Do you have a preschool age child or know someone with a student about to enter kindergarten? Pass along this message!
Families with a child who is currently five years of age, or who will be turning five years of age on or before December 1, 2024, are invited to attend our Kindergarten Orientation, which will be held at IMES on Wednesday, March 6, 2024, at 7 p.m. Snow date: Monday, March 11. This evening presentation is for parents/caregivers only.
Music Performances headed your way!
Curriculum & Instruction
K-5 February Curriculum Highlights
Kindergarten: In reading, students will be focusing on two main skills: decoding CVC words through additive and whole-word blending, both in isolation and in continuous text, and beginning to read simple decodable books by orchestrating skills of pointing one-to-one, recognizing familiar high-frequency words, and decoding CVC words. In writing, students will continue writing true stories of their lives and make sure their writing is easy for others to read by writing in more conventional sentences and rereading their work as they write. In math, students will continue to explore and develop a basic understanding of addition and subtraction. In science, our budding engineers will be modifying and adapting their pinball machines designs as they learn even more about forces and motion.
Grade 1: First grade readers and writers continue to grow their curiosity about nonfiction topics. Students will build their knowledge by reading more than one book on a topic and be on the lookout for keywords to help them think, talk, and write about what they have learned. During word work, students will be learning the difference between digraphs and blends. They already learned that a digraph contains two consonants that only make one sound. Now students will be reading and spelling words with blends, words with two or more consonants but they each make their own sound. During Heggerty, children have been working on substituting blends to make new words. In math, students will be counting to 120. Mathematicians will count forward by 1s and 10s and read and write numbers to 120. Using a hundred chart will also help children build understanding about 2-digit numbers. This month brings the 100th day of school! First graders will complete activities centered around the number 100.
Grade 2: The new year brought many new units of study for IMES second graders. Mathematicians are busy learning strategies to add and subtract two-digit numbers with a focus on word problems. Writers are learning ways to support their opinions with details and using varying sentence structures to do so. Students are also checking their writing pieces for correct capitalization and punctuation. Grammar lessons focus on identifying parts of speech such as nouns, adjectives, and verbs. During reading workshop, students are tackling longer books with longer words using varying strategies to decode unfamiliar text. In social studies students are learning all about the world of economics. In science students will learn about the landforms that make up the earth’s surface.
Grade 3: In February, we continue our study of characters as we dive more deeply into making and supporting inferences with evidence from the text. In Fundations, we are reviewing the open syllable, and exceptions to this rule, in multisyllabic words. In writing, third graders continue to write essays based on a strong opinion about a story. Furthermore, we are reinforcing writing meaningful sentences and paragraphs using all our students have learned about uppercase letters, spelling, and punctuation. In math, students will solve two-step word problems involving addition, subtraction, multiplication, and division of whole numbers. They will use bar diagrams with letters as symbols of unknown quantities to represent the relationships in the problem. Later this month, we will focus on understanding fractions as numbers. Also in February, we will begin our next science unit, Environments and Survival, in which students assume the role of biomimicry engineers studying a population of grove snails to understand how the snails’ traits influence their survival in a changing environment.
Grade 4: In February, fourth graders will continue to focus on closely reading fictional texts. The students will read with lenses of character changes, relationships, settings, problems and solutions, and themes. They will practice developing strong conclusions about a story using specific evidence from a text. This deep comprehension will help them as they continue writing literary essays with in-depth interpretations and explanations. In math, students will focus on extending their understanding of fraction equivalence. In addition, they will learn how to add and subtract fractions with like denominators. In science, students will begin their next unit about vision and light. In this unit, students will investigate the role that animal senses, primarily vision, play in survival. Finally, in social studies, students will extend their understanding of the thirteen original colonies as they journey on the road to the American Revolution!
Grade 5: In the month of February, fifth graders will spend a lot of time talking about pizza, cornbread, lasagna and trays of brownies as they embark on fractions in math. Addition and subtraction of fractions with unlike denominators begins in late January and is followed by addition and subtraction of mixed numbers. Then, finishing off the month of February, students will work on multiplying and dividing fractions and mixed numbers. Close reading strategies, including answering text dependent questions, will be a focus this month in reading. This work will include experiences with part to whole text-based questions, poetry, narrative non-fiction, reading directions, annotating text, and lots more. In writing, students will be working on the craft of writing a literary essay beginning with a thesis statement and supporting that thesis with information from the text.
Student Progress Reports K-5
Classroom Teachers and Special Area Teachers will be completing progress reports for our students. Progress Reports will be made available in February via the Parent Campus. You will receive a Connect Ed message when the reports are available for viewing. The Progress Reports were updated and you will see changes in the new document.
The progress report reflects your child’s progress in relation to the current NY State Standards. Student performance is reported on a continuum from beginning to secure for the specified time of year. As the year progresses and as children move from one grade level to the next, schoolwork becomes more challenging, and expectations increase accordingly. Therefore, the assessment indicators –beginning, developing, and secure– may vary as the student moves from semester to semester, or from year to year. Thus, a rating of “secure” may change in a particular area over time. Due to the pacing and/or complexity of the curriculum, some indicators may not be expected at the beginning or middle of the year, therefore, you may see NE, indicating a standard is not expected for that time of year.
The grade reporting system includes information about your child’s approach to learning as a whole (work and study habits), and their progress in academic areas. Within each academic category, there is an ‘At-a-Glance' description of the content area topics that are addressed at that time of year, as well as the standards that are being assessed. Teachers use a variety of methods to determine strengths and areas that require attention and support. The teacher comments section aims to give you a holistic view of your child as a learner and address specific learning goals.
Katonah-Lewisboro values ongoing communication between home and school. While there is one dedicated parent-teacher conference in our school calendar, families and teachers can reach out at any time to set up additional communication. This report may be a resource for helping students set goals as they seek to advance to the next level. We will continue to help all children grow at their own level of ability and readiness. We remain committed to your child’s success and creating a positive elementary school experience.
Progress Report Rating Scale
Beginning: Not yet demonstrating any independence in meeting standard expected at this time of year.
Developing: Demonstrating some independence in meeting standard expected at this time of year, however, is not yet consistent.
Secure: Independently and consistently meeting standard expected at this time of year.
Additional Information About Revised Progress Reports:
- The progress report includes sections for ELA, Math, Science, Social Studies, Visual Arts, Music and PE all in one multi-paged document. The same rating scale is applied throughout.
- The progress reports will continue to be evaluated next year to consider additional opportunities for assessment in the areas of Science and Social Studies.
- If you have questions about the content of your child's progress report, please reach out directly to the classroom teacher(s).
- If you have comments or questions about the progress report, please email administration at email@example.com
Response to Intervention (RtI)/Winter Benchmarking
As per our Response to Intervention District Plan mandated by New York State, benchmarks, or screenings, will begin in mid-January for students in grades K-5. The assessments are administered as a whole group and individually, depending on the grade and subject area. The results of the AIMSweb screening, along with other school data (Running Record, Topic Assessments, etc.) will be reviewed by the Data Team (Administration, Interventionists, Classroom Teachers). If your child qualifies for services, changes level of services, or exits services based on the criteria outlined across the district, you will receive a parent communication by February 13.
Belonging at IMES
In our January Sharing Assemblies for both K-2 and 3-5, students and classrooms highlighted some resolutions and promises (after reading the text, I Promise by Lebron James). We also talked about Lunar New Year which is on February 10 this year. February's bulletin board highlights Lunar New Year. also known as Chinese New Year or the Spring Festival. It is the most important and widely celebrated festival in Chinese culture. It marks the beginning of the Lunar New Year and is a time for family reunions, cultural festivities, and the welcoming of a new year with hope and optimism. Chinese New Year 2024 is the Year of the Dragon. The dragon is considered a symbol of strength, courage, and good fortune. In our K-5 classrooms, students will learn about Lunar New Year and create a class lantern. On Monday, February 5, we will be having two Lunar New Year assemblies (organized by our PTO) for our students. Thank you to our school's Compact Team and the PTO for supporting this belonging experience.
February is Black History Month, and we are celebrating the achievements of African Americans and recognizing their central role in U.S. history. Also known as African American History Month, the U.S honors the contributions and sacrifices of African Americans who have helped shape the nation. The event was created by historian Carter G. Woodson and other prominent African Americans to highlight the achievements, resilience and cultural significance of the African American Community. Throughout this month, we will honor the past and inspire the future where diversity is celebrated, and equality is embraced.
Students from each class also received Eagle Eye Awards! Students who demonstrated Kind, Responsible, and Safe expectations were recognized and their group photos have been shared on our digital board! Thank you to Eddie the Eagle for celebrating our students with us.
Social Emotional Learning
During our January assembly, we also introduced our February common read, Stacey's Extraordinary Words by Stacey Abrams. In this picture book, the main character, Stacey, loves to discover interesting and challenging words! Sometimes Stacey believes that playing with words is easier than playing with other children, especially when a classmate uses his words to hurt. However, Stacey realizes that words also have the power to help, heal, and inspire others! We will explore Stacey's feelings in this story and connect them to our Zones of Regulation work with students.
SEL: Our Zones of Regulation
Our School Social Worker, Ms. Ryan, and one of our School Psychologists, Dr.Schwartz, re-introduced our The Zones of Regulation feelings chart during our January assembles. Our students helped us define each zone and shared some strategies to use. We even practiced some of our mindful breathing together! We will continue to focus on identifying our feelings and ways to manage our emotions to help us get back to the green zone!
Our clinicians will continue to visit classrooms to teach the Second Step units and Zones of Regulation lessons alongside the classroom teachers.
Valentines for Vets
The Valentines for Vets program gives school children an opportunity to create Valentine’s Day cards for our local veterans, letting them know we appreciate everything they’ve sacrificed, and that they aren’t forgotten.
The Valentine’s Day cards will be delivered to local Veteran’s organizations.
March 15: Literacy Workshop at IMES for Parents/Caregivers (focused on grades K-2 but all parents are welcome)
Advancing Early Literacy Parent Workshop with Danny Wagner (focused on grades K through 2, however all parents are welcome). Danny Wagner has been a New York City teacher for years and has recently begun working at Teachers College Advancing Literacy, supporting schools in New York City and beyond with foundational literacy instruction. With a background in special education and deep interest in phonics, Danny has been helping teachers consider their instructional choices for all learners at various levels of development, especially when it comes to their transfer of skills in phonics to reading and writing. Most recently, Danny has been thinking about ways that the home and school connection can be continuously supporting this work that students are engaging in when developing their foundational literacy skills. Relying on best practices and knowledge of how our brains truly learn to develop literacy skills is essential in this work.
Advancing Literacy Family & Caregiver Workshops
Click the link below to register.
Health and Attendance
Please continue to keep your children home when they are ill and as a community, we will continue to teach children to wash their hands with soap and water, cough and sneeze in elbows, and wear a mask for 5 days when returning from being Covid positive. If you have any questions, please contact our school nurse, Mrs. Kopf at 763-7139.
Parents are requested to call the school attendance line (763-7150) on the first day of each absence. If a child is absent and no call is made, the school will attempt to contact the parent. This is done for the safety and protection of the child.
Change of Daily Dismissal Plan
Any change of your typical dismissal plan (either bus or pick-up) requires a written communication from a parent or guardian via our Change of Dismissal Form.
Please click on the link below to complete the form. The link is also posted on our IMES school website and will be included in each of our family communications.
Please note that the Change of Dismissal Form must be completed by 12PM on the day of the dismissal change to ensure the information is relayed and followed.
Please contact Eden Ladd in our main office 763-7117 or firstname.lastname@example.org with any questions.
Breakfast & Lunch Program
Thank you to the PTO's Bulletin Board Teams for creating beautiful boards!
Thank you to all our teachers and staff for continuing to create a sense of belonging and teach our students new concepts, skills, and strategies each and everyday!
Thank you to our families for volunteering at school and supporting your children with learning at home!
Thank you to our students for demonstrating Kind, Responsible, and Safe behaviors and for working hard each day!
January Sharing Assemblies
From our SEPTO (Special Education PTO) Leaders
Buddies United is a monthly multi-age, socialization group led by John Jay High School students. This group usually meets at the Lewisboro Playground or at the Cyrus Russell House where they play games, make crafts, have dance parties, or just hang out. It is a great opportunity for parents to connect as well. Join the fun on February 24th at the Cyrus Russell house. RSVP: email@example.com
*This information is being shared as a service to the community and the program is not affiliated with the Katonah Lewisboro School District.