Volume 9| September 2019
Welcome to the Back to School 2019-2020 Edition of our monthly newsletter where you will find find updates on everything Arts related in the KLSD!
KLSD ArtsALIVE Spreads Its Wings
Welcome Back to School 2019-2020
We hope everyone had a great start to the new school year. Last year, KLSD ArtsALIVE expanded its reach to encompass all students in the Katonah-Lewisboro schools, as well as the community. Because the KLSD community covers a large geographic area and 5 school buildings, the Board searched for ways to create a bond between all of the schools and grades, as well as a connection to the community at large. They determined the best way to accomplish this mission was to expand. By involving younger students and their parents, the goal is to get them invested in the programs, therefore ensuring and expanding the music, fine arts, and theater curriculum throughout the schools.
We’d like to take a moment to thank you all for your generous contributions to KLSD ArtsAlive of the 2018-2019 school year. Thanks to you, we raised funds for a variety of exciting and enriching programming for all of our students.

At JJHS, there were Field Trips to Lincoln Center: NY Philharmonic Rehearsal, Backstage Tour and Jazz concert, seeing "The Ferrymen” on Broadway, visiting Repertorio Espanol NYC/El Quijote- “Don Quijote of La Mancha” production, engaging with the Omer String Quartet at Caramoor Center of the Arts, the interactive Forensic Art Workshop with Detective Stephen Mancusi and the KLSD ArtsAlive Scholarships for Seniors.

For the first time, we had a presence at the Middle School as well. At JJMS, due to your generosity, we were able to provide a Field Trip to Lincoln Center: NY Philharmonic, Young People’s Concert Series for the 7th & 8th Grade Orchestra , as well as the very popular JJMS “ Music and Mood ” Art Program with artist Lance Johnson & DJ Cosi for the entire school. 

Additionally, KLSD ArtsAlive provided new microphones for the JJMS theatre, the insulation of the JJMS art gallery, personalized sweatshirts for the JJHS Vocal Jazz commemorating their Berklee 1st-place win, t-shirts for the performers of the JJMS Rock the Halls Benefit Concert, and art books, as well as a new spotlight, for Increase Miller Elementary School.

We currently have Reps in all of the buildings and have developed partnerships with all of our schools' PTO/PTA organizations as well as the JJHS Sports Booster Club where together we created Music on the Lawn at Homecoming 2018. Our ever popular Encore Benefit Concert was a huge success in which current HS students and alumni share the stage for a Cabaret style enjoyment. This year's Encore was a collaboration of all the different styles of the Arts at the HS from the Visual Arts, Music Tech, Acting, and the Music Programs. We partnered with Halfway to Sanity to share the MS students enjoyment of rock song at their annual Rock the Halls Benefit Concert.

The Student Board of KLSD ArtsAlive met their initial year with success. They were present at the JJHS Annual Club Fair and had meetings throughout the year for the students promoting the Arts at the HS. From manning the Hospitality tables at the Freshman play to decorating the Halls for the Spring Musical of Guys & Dolls , their input has been a huge asset to our organization.

Thank you again for your dedication to keeping the arts alive and thriving at KLSD. The Board has many plans for another successful year in the arts for our for our students.

But, we need your help to do so! Please consider renewing or creating a membership today! Here’s to another terrific year!
Creativity takes courage. – Henri Matisse


As a KLSD ArtsAlive member, you join a community of people dedicated to keeping music, culture and the arts a vital part for the KLSD student. 
KLSD ArtsAlive is devoted to promoting and enhancing the arts by offering our Katonah Lewisboro school community ongoing opportunities to integrate arts into the student experience.  
Memberships are meaningful to the students of KLSD that will enhance throughout the year! 

Keeping and expanding arts in our schools requires your support. With past donations and membership dues, we’ve funded everything from arts-related field trips and educational programs to the installation of an art gallery and a recording sound booth at John Jay High School. We’ve even awarded college scholarships for students pursuing art-related careers.

B ecome a member of KLSD ArtsALIVE to support the arts in our school district and throughout our community. We offer several membership levels, ranging from $25 up to $200.

All donations are tax-deductible and go towards supporting the fine and performing arts programs in the Katonah-Lewisboro school district.

Visit our website to learn more and become a member.
Come Visit Us at Our Table at JJHS Campus Night and the JJMS Curriculum Nights

Campus Night at John Jay High School on Thursday, September 12, 2020

JJMS 6th Grade Curriculum Night on Tuesday, September 24, 2020

JJMS 7th & 8th Gr Curriculum Night on Wednesday, September 25, 2020

Find out more on how you can help support the Arts in our District and become a Member!
Everything you can imagine is real. – Pablo Picasso
Add More Happiness to Your Life
Mark Your Calendars
For Our Upcoming Events
September 12, 2019 - JJHS Club Fair for 9th Grade

September 12, 2019 - JJHS Campus Night

September 24 - 25, 2019 - JJMS Curriculum Night

October 12, 2019 - JJHS Homecoming & Music on the Lawn

November 14 - 16, 2019 - JJMS Fall Drama

November 22, 2019 - JJHS Fall Art Show

November 22-23, 2019 - JJHS Fall Drama

December 13-14, 2019 - JJHS Freshman Play

December 16-20, 2019 - JJHS Week of the Arts

December 18, 2018 - JJMS Choral Concert

January 11, 2020 - John Jay Encore Cabaret
John Jay Theatre Workshop Presents

You Can't Take It With You
Directed by Bill Friedman
Assistant Director: Amanda Urban

Auditions: September 17th-18th

Performances: November 22nd & 23rd
John Jay Middle School Theatre Presents

Shakespeare’s Julius Caesar and… 
Directed by David Fritsch
Co-Produced by Marcia Daley-Savo & Annette Negrelli

Auditions: Thursday, September 12th
& Friday, September 13th

Audition packets & signups located in Mr.Fritsch’s Rm 209

Rehearsals begin Tuesday, September 17th

Performances: November 15th-17th

Taking The Reins
Meet the 2019-2020 Board

The 2019-2020 Board is a diverse group of parents whose children have inherited their passion for the arts. Meet the folks who dedicate their time to improving the arts in our schools.

Board of Directors:
President: Colleen Cerami-Segal
Vice President: Andrew Meikle
Treasurer: Maureen Birmingham
Recording Secretary: Liz Gebbia
Corresponding Secretary: Barbara Milone
Webmaster: Amanda Godsoe
Lead School Rep: Topaz Tourneau

Committee Leaders:
Director of Hospitality: Alison Ganis
Mindfulness Tula:  Jen Dembo
Newsletter: Jenny Nelson
Membership: Anmarie Galgano
Individual Giving: Jo Ellen Holbrook
Operations: Beverly Summa
Photography Coordinator: Open
Sports Liason: Kerby Halifunua
Volunteers: Open

School Representatives:
John Jay MS: Mary Beth Johnston
Increase Miller: Topaz LeTourneau
Katonah Elementary School: tba
Meadow Pond Elementary:  Amanda Dickerson

KLSD Liason:
John Jay HS: Steven Siciliano, Principal
Vincent Bell, Assistant Principal

John Jay MS:  Jeffrey Swiatowicz, Principal
Monica Bermiss, Assistant Principal
Jamie Meikle, Angelina Cerami, Lily Oyen and Jasper Meikle at the 2018 JJHS Annual Club Fair
The Kids Are Alright
Meet The Student Board

Calling all 9th Graders! Interested in the Arts! Want to get involved!

Come meet the ArtsAlive Student Board at the John Jay High School Annual Club Fair on September 12, 2019. Sign up and get involved!

"We’re excited to expand our club and share our passion for the arts with other students at JJHS. If you haven’t already, come join us!"

Student Board Members
Angelina Cerami
JJHS Grade 12

Vice President
Jools Dembo
JJHS Grade 12

Jamie Meikle
JJHS Grade 12

Visual Arts Rep
Jasper Meikle
JJHS Grade 12
Music Technology Rep
Lily Oyen
JJHS Grade 12

Music Department Rep
Scott Weinstein
JJHS Grade 11

Fundraising Chair
Sawyer Reed
JJHS Grade 11

Student Board Moderator
Amanda Urban,
JJHS Faculty
KLSD ArtsALIVE Honors Retiring Board Members

The End of Year Reception held on June 11th in the JJHS Art Gallery, KLSD ArtsAlive celebrated a year in the Arts. I

t was a wonderful year in the Arts which culminated with a touching tribute to our retiring Performing and Visual Arts Faculty at the KLSD.
Honoring retiring Performing And Visual Arts Faculty - Judi Offenberg and Steven Morse - as well as to our graduating Seniors of the Class of 2019 who are continuing their education in the Arts, the KLSD ArtsALIVE Scholarship Recipients of 2019 and Underclassmen Achievements in the Arts!

Dr. Steven Siciliano, JJHS Principal have a moving tribute to both Steve Morse and Judi Offenberg. Their leadership, selfless service, and clear vision for the Katonah-Lewisboro School District will be remembered for generations of students to come. He also recognized the Class of 2019 Seniors who are going on to further their eduction in arts related programs. Assistant Principal/KLSD ArtsALIVE Liaison Vinnie Bell recognized the KLSD Scholarship Award Recipients.

KLSD ArtsAlive President Colleen Cerami-Segal acknowledged both the Underclassmen Achievements in the Arts as well as retirement of two long-time members of the Board of Directors Julie Oyen and Kathleen Fay They were honored for their strong, thoughtful leadership and dedicated service to KLSD ArtsALIVE.

Among those who gathered to honor the End of Year in the Arts were Superintendent Andrew Selesnick, Superintendent of Curriculum Mary Ford, JJMS Principal Jeff Swiatowicz, Assistant JJMS Principal Monica Bermiss, various Performing and Visual Arts Faculty, and many HS students. Music Technology faculty member Amy Geiger prepared a special musical tribute performed by Angelina Cerami, Scott Weinstein, Lily Oyen, alumni Sarah McMahon, and accompanist Sona Minasian.

Congratulations to all of the graduates and Students who had moving up ceremonies in the Katonah-Lewisboro School District of the 2019-2020 school year!

Our Mission:
KLSD ArtsALIVE promotes and enhances the arts and offers our Katonah Lewisboro school community ongoing opportunities to integrate arts into the student experience.

Who are we?
KLSD ArtsALIVE is a group of parents, staff, students, community members, and small business partners who are dedicated to the cultural enrichment of our school district and community. Through our work, we enhance our schools’ art curriculums and share the students’ talents with the community. Our art-related events and programs help to unify and celebrate all members of our community.

What do we do?
KLSD ArtsALIVE provides support in many ways, including:
  • Regular communication with fine and performing arts teachers and staff to determine their needs and how we can best help meet those needs.
  • Reinforce priorities of the fine and performing arts to school administrators and the Board of Education.
  • Organize volunteers, as needed, to support art-related activities.

How do we do it?
As a 501C(3), we solicit, receive, manage and disburse funds to support the fine and performing arts programs. Recently we’ve:
  • Funded teacher grant requests for arts-related field trips and educational programs, reducing the cost for families.
  • Provided funds for new acoustic band shells.
  • Purchased and installed an art gallery, featuring a 3D print art display case and a hanging frame display system at JJHS.
  • Installed a recording sound booth at JJHS.
  • Awarded college scholarships for students pursuing art-related careers.

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