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    2017 Summer Mailing Forms - Update 7/19/17

    Please see the Connect-Ed message that was sent to families on July 18 at 9:15 am 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 forms, 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.

     

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  • District e-Newsletter

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

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  • Information about Vaping

    Attached is the PowerPoint presentation that was shown at a June 14, 2017 parent meeting at JJHS.

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  • K-L Empowered Resources

    K-L Empowered--Understanding the Path to Substance Misuse and Addiction

    Resource List Here

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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 Pleased to Announce Cooperative Venture with the Town of Lewisboro

    We are pleased to announce that after almost two years of looking for a tenant for Lewisboro Elementary School, the KLSD Board of Education has reached a tentative agreement with the Town of Lewisboro to rent approximately 20% of the vacant school's space for use as town offices and police headquarters. MORE.

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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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  • Driver's Ed Information

    Please see the Athletics site for Driver's Ed information.

    http://www.klschools.org/groups/4486/athletics/drivers_ed

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Judith Altmann Shares Message of Empowerment with Eighth Graders

 
  Young people today are the last generation to meet Holocaust survivors. This reality was one of the reasons that Principal Rich Leprine invited Mrs. Judith Altmann to speak to John Jay Middle School, particularly after he attended her inspiring presentation at John Jay High School earlier this year.

“You are about to meet a witness to history,” said Paul Ciancio, eighth grade social studies teacher, as he introduced Mrs. Altmann to eighth graders on May 11. “Mrs. Altmann’s personal experience of tragedy and triumph is a primary source—her story will give you a deeper understanding of history as a series of human events. It will also inspire you to confront prejudice and hate wherever it exists.”

The eighth graders knew they were going to meet a Holocaust survivor. They may not have expected the petite and professional, lively, warm, and spry Mrs. Altmann. Dressed in a black jacket and trousers, with short auburn hair, she spoke in elegantly accented English.

“You are fortunately to be born in the most wonderful country in the world,” she said to the young people sitting in front of her.

With those words, she began her story.

"I was the youngest child in a Jewish family of six children in Czechoslovakia, a democratic country. My father  owned a general store, and we had a big house in town as well as a farm with horses and cows. One of my brothers was a dentist, another lived in the United States, where my grandmother also lived. Two of my older sisters were married; each had two children. I spoke five languages: Czech, Hungarian, German, English, and Polish."

  When Altmann was fourteen, the Nazis took over her country, and her life turned upside down. The soldiers took her family's farm, business, and home. They were made to wear a yellow Star of David and walk in the gutter. She could no longer attend school. One night the Nazis knocked on the door and told her family they had thirty minutes to take their money and jewels and gather with the other Jews in the town cemetery.  

What happened next, and how she survived, is the story that she travels the country telling people, especially school children. Her account of being sent to Auschwitz, losing her father and mother—and twenty other members of her family—moments after the cattle car they were crammed into pulled into the concentration camp, being transported to work camps in Gelsenkirchen and Essen, and forced on a “death march” to Bergan-Belsen, is horrific and riveting.

Knowing she survived, and witnessing her strong spirit, was an inspiring experience for all in the auditorium. At the end of her presentation, students came forward to thank her for coming. 

Mrs. Altmann's Three Messages

On May 21,2016, seventy-seven years later to the date she arrived in Auschwitz, Judith Altmann, the Vice President of the Holocaust Child Survivors of Connecticut, received an Honorary Doctorates of Humane Letters from Fordham University for tirelessly sharing her story in schools, churches and synagogues.  

She spoke to fifty-three groups of young people this year.