Parent-Teacher Conferences - Update
The parent-teacher conference website is up and running. Thank you for your patience.
7:00 p.m. - Anticipated Executive Session
7:30 p.m. - Public Session
John Jay High School, Library
Sponsored by KLSEPTO:
A presentation by KLSD school psychologists, Rebecca Hirschl and Dr. Marlee Schwartz. Social Thinking is a curriculum used in KLSD elementary schools by psychologists and social workers. It teaches our kids: social skills, flexible thinking, self-awareness, self-regulation, and coping strategies.
This event is free and open to the community. RSVP to email@example.com so that we have an idea of how many people to expect.
Educating Ourselves & Protecting Our Children: Community Perspectives on Heroin and Opioid Use
Reserve your seat by Oct. 21 at https://k-lcommunityperspectives.eventbrite.com
KLSD parents/guardians: Your children, grades K-6, may enjoy an evening of supervised basketball/crafts in conjunction with your attendance at this event. Space is limited. Please secure ticket via eventbrite.com.
This is an annual event, hosted by KLSD faculty and administrators, for the parents/caregivers of pre-K children.
Parent/Teacher Conferences (evening)
October 19, 2017
Dear KES Families,
This morning we conducted a lock down drill. The staff and students responded appropriately and in under twenty minutes it was back to business as usual. Safety remain a priority. If you have any questions about the safety of your child while they are in our care, please do not hesitate to contact the school by calling the Main Office at 763-7702.
The Katonah Lewisboro School District will once again this year be promoting its annual Red Ribbon Week Celebration, a district-wide alcohol and drug prevention event. All schools K-12 will be participating in age-appropriate prevention activities next week, October 23rd – 27th.
Red Ribbon Week has grown into the most far-reaching and well-known drug prevention event in America. It began to honor a drug enforcement agent who was killed in 1985 while working undercover in Mexico. In response to his murder, friends and family wore red ribbons in memory of his crusade against illegal drug use in this country. Today, schools across the nation continue the tradition of wearing red ribbons to promote choosing a healthy, drug-free lifestyle. At the elementary level, we tend to focus on making healthy choices in general.
In order to raise awareness throughout the KES community, we will be handing out ribbons to all students and staff as well as participating in various activities throughout the week. Our school library will be setting up a Red Ribbon table with relevant books and each day on 'Good Morning, KES' we will have presentations about healthy choices.
On October 25, 2017 at 7pm, the Katonah-Lewisboro Prevention Coalition (KLPC) will be hosting a panel discussion at the JJMS Theater called Community Perspectives: Heroin/Opioid Use: Educating Ourselves and Protecting our Children. This is relevant to elementary parents, as research has shown that early prevention and intervention can have a tremendous impact on helping children remain drug-free. It is important to understand the connection between mental health and the increased risk for addiction. When issues like anxiety and depression are addressed early, the risk can be reduced. https://www.samhsa.gov/prevention
Register for October 25th at https://k-lcommunityperspectives.eventbrite.com ,
The District encourages you to take this opportunity to discuss the concepts of Red Ribbon Week with your family. You will find at the bottom of this letter some tips to help you get started.
Thank you in advance for making this a successful community prevention effort.
Cristy Harris, Principal
Kweon Stambaugh, Assistant Principal
Jessica Fulton, LCSW, Katonah Elementary School Social Worker
Red Ribbon Week Tips for Parents
Drug prevention can start at any age. Talking with young children will look different than talking with a teenager. The earlier we begin a dialogue with our children about alcohol and other drugs the more comfortable they will be asking questions in the future. Family discussions are the best way to pass on our values and expectations.
*Explain how drugs can interfere with the way our bodies work and can make a person very sick or even cause them to die.
*There has been a lot of talk about “prescription drugs.” If your children ask about this, you may need to explain that medicines prescribed by a doctor and administered by a responsible adult may help during illness and are different from “drugs” that are misused and can become dangerous. Medicines taken the way the doctor suggests are OK.
They may ask:
Why would people want to put bad things in their bodies?
*One answer might be that they might not realize how dangerous drugs can be.
Sometimes people start using a drug just to see what it feels like, but it can turn into an addiction (like cigarettes) and it's very hard to stop using it. Another answer may be that they are not taking care of themselves.
Why can't I taste that "grown up" drink?
*A small amount of alcohol has a much greater negative effect on a child's body than on an adult's; even a small amount can sicken a child.
*Praise your children for taking good care of their bodies, making good choices and avoiding things that might harm them. Modeling healthy behavior is always more powerful than lecturing.
Parent-Teacher Conferences- Early Dismissal Days (12:15 pm) and no lunch served:
Thursday, November 9th (Parent-Teacher Conferences from 6:00-8:00 pm)
Tuesday, November 14th (Parent-Teacher Conferences from 1:00-4:00 pm)
Thursday, November 16th (Parent-Teacher Conferences from 6:00-8:00 pm)
In early October, you will receive notification through a District Connect Ed. message
of when PTCfast.com will open and the process for signing up for conferences with your child's teacher(s).