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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.

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Differences Day Helps Children Develop Empathy

   What is it like to carry a lunch tray while using a wheelchair? Can you play tag if you are visually impaired? What does it feel like to have a speech impediment?

Sometimes, walking in another child’s shoes is all it takes to help children understand differences, and take a step towards empathy. That’s why the Katonah Lewisboro Special Education PTA (SEPTA) sponsors Differences Day for students in second and fifth grades. This year, Differences Day took place at Meadow Pond Elementary School on Nov. 2, at Increase Miller Elementary on Nov. 3, and at Katonah Elementary on Nov. 4.

Each second and fifth grade student spent a session in the school gymnasium, rotating through a series of hands-on activities designed to simulate visual, auditory, speech and motor impairments, as well as learning differences. At one station, they tried on goggles that simulate visual impairment; at another they did puzzles while wearing gloves that evoke fine motor skills challenges. They also tried to carry a lunch tray while navigating in a wheelchair.

Station activities are facilitated by parent volunteers. Students from John Jay High School’s A World of Difference club help at one school each year—this year at Increase Miller Elementary School.

Differences Day is unique to the Katonah-Lewisboro School District. It was created in 2000 by a team of SEPTA parents with input from Katonah-Lewisboro special services staff. The workshop has been run by SEPTA each year, with additional sponsorship from the elementary school PTAs and the Office of Special Services.

“The Differences Day experience leaves a powerful imprint on both students and staff members,” said Cindy Greenberg, KLSD Elementary Supervisor of Special Education. “To see student’s engaged in these activities and to hear their comments about levels of difficulty in achieving the task is profound. It is an important program supporting our goal to make all students accepted and appreciated for both their strengths and differences.”

SEPTA is careful not to have a rigid definition of special needs. While the group offers advocacy and support for families and children with autism or physical challenges, it also works with children who miss extended class time due to an injury or illness or those who need emotional or behavioral support.

“Just because a child doesn’t have a specific diagnosis or classification doesn’t mean that he or she isn’t struggling in some way,” said Michelle Christie, co-president of SEPTA. "SEPTA is not just for specific kids. It's for all kids.” Its non-competitive sports program, Rising Stars, is open to all children.