Claremont Elementary

Principal

"Education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world."
                                                      ~Nelson Mandela

October 17, 2016

Dear Claremont Families, 

The students and faculty at Claremont have been quite busy over the past few weeks.  I hope that you have signed up to receive oblasts.  I have been sending a weekly oblast with photos and descriptions of what students are doing at Claremont.  

My philosophy of education revolves around the concept of "the whole child."  This means that in order for students to grow, learn and thrive, we must pay attention to all of their needs:  academic, emotional, social, creative and physical.  We do this at Claremont by focusing on a rigorous academic curriculum, a strong foundation in PBIS (Positive Behavior Intervention Services) and OLWEUS  (our bullying prevention program), a well rounded arts curriculum and an exciting physical education program.  Claremont teachers know that frequent physical activity helps students focus and retain more information.  Teachers incorporate physical movement in their classroom in short bursts through "brain breaks," yoga or other physical ways of transitioning from one activity to another, such as having students march from one area of the room to another. 

All of this helps to foster what I believe to be the most important goals of education: creativity and problem solving!  As I visit classrooms and hear students share their writing, I am amazed by the wonderful ideas that our students have.   One area that we are working on is developing a "juicy" vocabulary.  Why use words like "nice," "sad," or "good" when there are so many more descriptive and sophisticated words to use!  This is a terrific opportunity for parents to make connections between school and home.  Your child's teacher will send home a list of vocabulary words each week.  See how many times your child, or another familiy member, uses the word.  Maybe you will hear it on TV or the radio or see it in print!  Noticing these words and celebrating the fact that your child's vocabulary is growing will help students feel confident about using these words in their writing and speaking.  

Please be sure to check the website and oblasts for upcoming events!

Best wishes, 

Kate Mathews

 

 

 

August 23, 2016

Dear Claremont Families, 

Welcome to Claremont, a place where all students experience the joy of learning!  I am very excited to see our 4th grade students and their families again and to greet our new 3rd graders and their families.  As a way to get to know each other better, let me share a little about myself.  I began my career as a musician, performing and recording with a chamber orchestra in New York City.  Although I truly loved this experience, I decided to follow my passion, and I returned to graduate school to become a teacher.  After teaching music and theater for fifteen years, I joined the administrative team in Ossining as the Director of Cultural Arts. I am a true believer in educating the "whole child" which ensures that children learn not only reading, mathematics, science and social studies, but also the arts and athletics.  I moved into an Assistant Principal role at Anne M. Dorner Middle School where I supervised English Language Arts and Social Studies, before being named Principal of Claremont in 2013.  I LOVE Claremont!  3rd and 4th Grade students are the most inquisitive, eager and creative children.  On a personal note, my husband and I have two children: a 16 year old daughter and an 11 year old son.  I always try to bring my perspective as a parent to my work as an educator.

I am looking foward to meeting each of you and hearing your stories.  Please know that I can be reached via email: kmathews@ossining.k12.ny.us or phone (914) 762-5830, ext 4301. Throughout the year there will be many opportunities to get together:  Open House (8/31), Back to School Nights, Classroom celebrations, Principal's Coffees, Curriculum Nights, and social events, such as our Claremont Family Picnic.  Working as partners with our administrative team, teachers, staff, families and students is a perfect way to ensure that all Claremont students learn and grow in a happy, productive, safe environment.  

Best wishes for a wonderful start to the 2016-2017 school year.

~Kate Mathews

Principal