Dear KSS Families,
On behalf of the King Street School staff, welcome to a new school
year! We hope that your summer was
restful and you are as excited as we are for the year ahead. As the summer draws to a close, the staff
here is busy preparing the school for your child’s arrival on September 4.
To our new families, welcome to the King Street
community! My family is proud to be
among you as my daughter enters kindergarten this year. King Street has many resources available for
you and your child as you make this transition.
Your child’s teacher, Mrs. Maggie - our school secretary, our interim
school psychologist Mrs. Diaz, the PTA, and I are all here to support you. Please reach out to us with any questions or
concerns you may have.
As teachers, our academic goals are to challenge your children
and inspire them to think critically. We
are also committed to supporting our students’ social, emotional and physical
needs. Our school motto is R.O.A.R. which
stands for Respect, Out of Harm’s Way, Always Responsible,
and Remembering Kindness. We can
only accomplish our goals by working closely with you and we look forward to
This year, King Street welcomes some new staff members. Mrs. Castiglia joins our 5th grade
teaching team. She comes to us with over
10 years experience teaching here in the Port Chester School District. Ms. Macri joins our 3rd grade
teaching team. She has been teaching in
New York City for the past two years.
Mrs. Castiglia and Mrs. Macri are both KSS graduates, so we are
especially excited to welcome them back to our community. Mr. D’Alessio joins our special education
team. He also comes to us with experience
teaching in the New York City school system.
I’m confident they will all make excellent additions to our teaching
Across the district, the elementary schools are implementing
two important changes this year. First,
we have adopted a new ELA (English Language Arts) curriculum in grades K, 1,
and 2. The curriculum, known as CKLA
(Core Knowledge Language Arts), is aligned with the Common Core State Standards
and more closely matches the rigor embedded in our upper grades ELA
curriculum. We believe this will create
a smoother transition for students going into our upper grades and better
prepare them for testing in grades 3, 4, and 5.
Second, we have adjusted our school report card to reflect the recent
changes in New York State Standards and our curriculum. The new report card will help you better
understand what is expected of your child at each grade level.
We hope to see you at our first PTA meeting on Tuesday,
September 9, at 7 p.m. and at Back to School Night on September 23. As a reminder, school starts at 8:30 a.m. and
we serve free breakfast for all students beginning at 8:00 a.m.
You should plan on getting to school by 8:20 a.m. to avoid the traffic
that backs up on Upland Street at 8:30.
The staff and I look forward to working with you this year!