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  • 2017 Summer Mailing Forms - Update 8/10/17

    Please see the Connect-Ed message that was sent to families on the morning of July 18 regarding the new process for the 2017 Summer Mailing Forms. Please select "Read More" for updates.

    SUBMISSION OF PHYSICAL: You may now upload an electronic copy of a doctor-completed physical form within the Physicians section of the Summer Mailing Forms. If you have already completed your other forms and would now like to upload a physical, please log in to view your summary and select Edit from the drop-down. You may also send it in hard copy to the child's school, or email it to the school's klschools address located in the Contact Information. You do not need to provide it here if it has already been submitted in a 2017-18 Fall Athletics registration.

    STUDENT NAME NOT APPEARING: your student's name will be pre-populated as a participant choice only if he/she has previously participated in HS or MS athletics.

    SECTION SELECTION (the first data-entry field): please select the SECTION that corresponds to the grade level that this PARTICIPANT will be entering in the Fall. If the school and grade level that you need do not appear, then you may have selected the incorrect program for this PARTICIPANT. Please return to the dashboard and enter the full name of the school into the "I want to register for a program at" field.

    FINDING ANOTHER PROGRAM: if you have finished with your John Jay High School 2017 Summer Mailing Forms submission, and would like to next submit your HS athlete's forms for the Athletics Dept, please  return to the dashboard and enter  John Jay Athletics into the "I want to register for a program at:" field.

    UPLOADING A HEALTH APPRAISAL FORM: if you have completed your child’s summer mailing forms, and would like to go back in to upload his/her Health Appraisal Form (required for grades K, 2, 4, 7, 10 and all new entrants), please use the “View or Edit my Registrations” button to update the existing Participant record for your child.

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  • District e-Newsletter

    Click here for the District's current e-newsletter.

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  • Email Deliverability

    KLSD sends emails to families from two different addresses: alerts@klschools.org and email@blackboard.com. Please check your junk or spam folders and add these sending domains to your list of accepted email senders.

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  • District Offices Have Moved

    Please note that the Katonah-Lewisboro School District offices have moved to the John Jay High School campus, 60 North Salem Road, Cross River.

    Katonah - Lewisboro School District

Abraham Lincoln's Lessons on Perseverance

 Lincoln impersonator and educator Lou Del Bianco visited Meadow Pond Elementary School and Katonah Elementary School just before Presidents' Week with a message of perseverance for the students.

From the tips of his size fourteen boots to the top of his stovepipe hat, Abraham Lincoln was almost seven feet tall. Lou Del Bianco is that same height when he strides into a classroom in a black frockcoat, beard, and top hat. His resemblance to President Lincoln is remarkable.

"I can only stay a while; I must practice a speech," Mr. Lincoln tells the second graders while pulling a folded sheet of paper out of his hat. A few seconds later, he changes his mind and tucks it into his jacket pocket.

 “I was born on the prairie. My family was dirt poor and life was hard,” Mr. Lincoln reminisced. “My parents were illiterate. My mother Nancy wanted me to have an education, but I only went to school for eleven months in my whole life. I taught myself to read and write. I taught myself law. I became a legislator and the sixteenth President of the United States of America.”    

“Because I was so poor, I had to persevere,” said Mr. Lincoln. “What does persevere mean?” he asked the second graders sitting before him.

“Don’t give up,” said one child.

“Exactly. Who here likes to read?” asked Mr. Lincoln. “If you don’t love to read right now, don’t worry. Persevere and you will love to read.”

Mr. Lincoln asked groups of students to simultaneously recite the alphabet, sing "Happy Birthday," and count to thirty, recreating the raucous reality of his one-room schoolhouse. He also cast children as a man, his daughter, and their donkey, and acted out one of his favorite Aesop’s Fables. Students laughed and learned the true stories behind his nicknames Abe the Rail Splitter, Honest Abe, and Abe the Prairie Lawyer.

They also sat in silence as Mr. Lincoln described being in New Orleans as a twenty-one-year-old and seeing a slave auction for the first time. 

“I promised myself I would try to stop slavery,” said Mr. Lincoln. "I couldn't stop it as a lawyer or a legislator, but I persevered. When I became president, I made slavery illegal through the Emancipation Proclamation." 

 Abraham Lincoln took the folded paper out of his jacket pocket. He tells the class that it is 1863 and the Civil War has ended. He is in Gettysburg, Pennsylvania, to deliver a speech in honor of the soldiers who lost their lives.    

Students help Mr. Lincoln practice his speech, repeating the first lines after him. 

"Four score and seven years ago our fathers brought forth on this continent a new nation, conceived in Liberty, and dedicated to the proposition that all men are created equal."

Del Bianco ends his presentation with questions. The children had many questions about Lincoln’s assassination as well as “What were your sons like?” and “How old would you be today?"

This year, he was asked a question that stumped him.

“How has your office changed since you were president?” 



“I have never been asked that question before!” said Del Bianco. “I don’t know how the Oval Office has changed since the 1860s. I will look that up!”

“I will, too,” said the student. 

 

Katonah Elementary School

Meadow Pond Elementary School