Upcoming District Events
  • Holiday Recess: December 24 - January 1
  • JJMS PTO Meeting/Principal Coffee: January 5
  • JJMS PTO 8th Grade Parent Conversations: January 7
  • JJMS Grades 5 - 7 Parent Curriculum Night: January 7
  • JJMS PTO 7th Grade Conversations: January 8
  • KLSEPTO Speaker Series, Managing Parent & Child Stress: January 12
  • KES PTO meeting: January 13
  • Board of Education meeting: January 14
  • Martin Luther King Jr. Day, schools closed: January 18
  • JJHS College Planning Night I: January 19
  • JJHS's Winter Drama, "The Laramie Project": January 21 - 23
  • Grade 8-11 Parent Curriculum Night: January 27
  • Board of Education meeting: January 28
  • WR-JSHS Symposium: January 30

please refer to school and district communications for Zoom access links
December Snapshots
top left, clockwise: Meadow Pond Elementary School's fourth grade hosts a Personal Narrative Writing Celebration. Students in Linda Pickett's fifth grade class experiment with light and shadow. The Katonah Chalker visits John Jay Middle School's Art Club and creates a mural in front of the school. Student Council candidates broadcast their campaign speeches on JJMStream. Students in John Jay High School's Design and Draw for Production create snowflakes using radial symmetry and a laser cutter. High school orchestra students offer holiday music in the hallways--listen!

Dear KLSD Community,

As a year unlike any we’ve known winds down, I’m filled with gratitude. Our teachers, administrators and support staff have worked tirelessly to make this fall the best it could be for our students. They’ve reinvented school and they continually strive to improve the experience. 

Our students are resilient. Whether in-person or on Zoom, our elementary students present their joyful selves that we so missed last spring. As you’ll see in the story below, middle school students running for student government were thinking about how to make the best of the current environment for their peers. And at the high school, our student performers are preparing to tell vital, life-changing stories. 

Our parents, in addition to sharing the work with us at home, continue to express their appreciation to our staff, which buoys us when the work is at its most demanding.

Our community did an amazing job this fall. Timely notice of COVID test results and thoughtful precautions taken allowed us to stay open almost without exception. When we started in September, some thought the hybrid model might last just a few weeks. But here we are at year’s end. Grateful.

At this time, we hope and plan to re-open on January 4 in our hybrid model.

I hope the winter break proves joyful and restful for all. I wish you happy holidays and a healthy new year.

Yours,

Andrew Selesnick
Superintendent of Schools
An inside look at all-remote elementary classrooms
Eleven percent of the district’s students are currently enrolled in all-remote learning—a number that has stayed fairly consistent at the elementary level throughout the year.

What started off as an experiment to serve district families who, for a variety of reasons, chose not to send their children to school during the COVID pandemic, is a success story that will have lasting impact on the Katonah-Lewisboro School District.

Results are in! New Student Council officers announced
“You are the voices of our student body,” Principal Swiatowicz said to the Student Council after results of the school election were announced. “Congratulations to the officers. We look forward to hearing from all of you.”

The first task for the newly elected officers, class representatives and members of Student Council: refining the Student Mission Statement.

Connecting to "The Laramie Project"
Director Bill Friedman selected “The Laramie Project” for John Jay Theatre Workshop’s winter drama because it’s “an amazing show” and because its staging lends itself to Zoom.

Performing the twenty-year-old drama also opened an unexpected opportunity for the students to have a lengthy conversation with a member of the original cast who was also one of the creators of the show.

COVID testing
While KLSD is not currently required to test students and staff, it’s possible we may be required soon after the break. For more information about the test we would be administering, please see this video provided by Westchester County Department of Health.

If you haven’t already, please complete your COVID testing consent form for each child attending our schools.
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