IMES Monthly Update

March 2023

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Social Emotional Learning Theme: Our Emotions

As we continue our Emotions theme in March, we will focus on learning to use strategies for Emotion Regulation. Through the book "My Magic Breath" by Nick Ortner, our Kindergarten, First, and Second grade students will explore the practice of deep breathing as a tool to calm and focus themselves for learning. Our Third, Fourth, and Fifth grade students will build on their conversations about thoughts, feelings, and actions, through the book "Catching Thoughts" by Bonnie Clark. Our students will also review the tools in the toolboxes (image above) pertaining to each zone.

Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion

In March, we learn about Women's History Month. This month students will learn about leaders and role models, past and present.

Nowruz, the Persian New Year, is also celebrated this month. It signals the start of spring in the Northern Hemisphere.The meaning of Nowruz can be broken into two words: now meaning "new" and ruz meaning "day." This year, it is celebrated on March 20 and 21.

We would like to thank our school's DEI Compact Team who continue to create the wonderful bulletin board/exhibit recognizing different cultures and leaders/pioneers.

Read alouds and morning meeting will continue to be opportunities for learning and discussion.

Tri-States Consortium

The Tri-States Consortium Team, a learning organization comprised of a group of public-school educators from local districts, will be visiting the Katonah-Lewisboro School District on March 1, 2, and 3. The purpose of the visit is to provide feedback about the District’s Learning Commitment: to create engaging, relevant, and active learning environments for our students. As part of the evaluation process, the Tri-States Team sends its members to the schools to meet with administrators, teachers, and students to ask for their feedback about our learning environments. We look forward to hosting the Tri-States visitors at IMES this week.

Calling All Future Kindergarten Parents/Guardians for the 2023-2024 School Year


As a reminder, please call the school in the morning if your child is absent. The school attendance line is 763-7150.
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Change of Dismissal Form Link

Please click the link if your child's dismissal plan changes from the typical routine. Reasons to complete the form include playdates, early pick-ups from school, and pick-up at 3:30 pm in the gym.

To ensure that drop off in the circle by the gym is safe and efficient, please see the following reminders:

  • Please ensure that children exit on the curb side of the vehicle

  • Please ensure that materials are packed and ready as your vehicle enters the circle

  • If you anticipate needing additional time to drop off, please park and walk your children to the gym lobby entrance

  • Staff will continue to open car doors for younger students to assist them

  • Older students may exit the vehicle independently at the sidewalk

  • After 9:20, students should enter through the front door to obtain a tardy slip from the main office

Mark Your Calendar: March

Friday, March 3: PARP (Pick a Reading Partner) Assemblies/HS students perform books!

Friday, March 3: Wear A Readable Shirt!

Wednesday, March 8: 9:30 a.m. PTO Meeting/Principal's Coffee

Friday, March 10: Dress Up as Your Favorite Book Character!

Wednesday, March 15: 7 pm Kindergarten Orientation for parents/guardians (3/20 snowdate)

Friday, March 17: Pajama Day!

Thursday, March 23: PTO Spelling Bee at 6:30 pm

Friday, March 24: Wear your Favorite Sport/Team Jersey

Tuesday, March 28: 6:30 - 7:30 p.m. Reading Under the Stars at IMES

Monday, April 3 - Friday, April 7: Spring Recess/Schools Closed

February Fun!

Shout Outs!

Thank you to all our teachers and staff for continuing to lead and teach our students!

Thank you to our PTO for supporting and planning enrichment experiences for our students including field trips, special events, and special presenters that enhance our school programs.

Thank you to our Compact Team and the PTO bulletin board team for creating the beautiful boards to teach our students!

Curriculum Information

If you would like to read about each grade level’s curriculum, you may access our Curriculum Guides for the 22-23 school year on our IMES website under the Quick Links section.