The Mighty Dragon

Ruth C. Kinney Elementary School

January 2018

Contact Us:

1 Spur Drive South, Islip Terrace, NY 11752

Telephone: (631) 581-1862 Absentee Line: (631) 581-0969

Principal's Message

Dear Parents,

Happy New Year! I hope all of you enjoyed time spent with your family and friends.

I must take this opportunity to congratulate all of our students who performed in our Winter Concert. They all did a fantastic job. Thank you, Mrs. Stewart, Ms. Maniscalco and Mrs. Strzelecka, for all that you do! Thank you to all the parents for staying for the entire performance, it is appreciated by our students. The concert was a great success and I look forward to the spring concert in May.

We have our annual Student Appreciation Day set for January 26th, which all of our students are looking forward to! Our Pick A Reading Partner (PARP) program begins on January 29th! More information will follow. Happy Reading!

As always, I look forward to seeing you throughout the month of January.


Hillary Bromberg Ed.D.

East Islip Board of Education

President…………...........Jessica Carney

Vice President…….........Philip Montuori, Sr.

Trustee………...…............Steven Behan

Trustee……………….........William Carpluk

Trustee..........................Christopher Zachry

If you do not want to join Twitter, please use the Twitter Search link, and type in our handle @EIprideRCK to see all of our school's happenings at RCK.

If you do join Twitter, you can follow the school’s account, RCKelem, @EIprideRCK, and always see the updates on your twitter feed.

Kindergarten Registration

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East Islip Middle School Holiday Ensemble

Holiday Sing Along

Check out Ms. Macher's and Mrs. Ash's European Explorer project

Ms. Macher's grade 5 classes researched all about European explorers utilizing the Chromebooks in the library. They created a biographical Chatterpix to share what they learned. All of their creations were put on a Padlet wall to share with you. Check it out and enjoy!

PTA Happenings


President: Tiffany Williams 631-431-5045

1st Vice President: Karen Quintero 631-839-1164

2nd Vice President: Anjie Lewis

Treasurer: Penny Barbato 917-767-3141

Recording Secretary: Melissa Smith

Corresponding Sec.: Cheryl Rigogliosi

Join the PTA and Follow them on Facebook

The PTA Membership Application is now available online. The online address is:

Chris Poulos and his Bicycle Tricks

Students enjoyed learning about the importance of practicing to get better, challenging yourself, being respectful, and making good choices. Chris Poulos talked about all of these great habits while demonstrating amazing bike tricks he learned along the way.

January's Patriotic Song

Please take the time to look over the words and join us each morning as we sing and celebrate the great country that we live in!

This Land Is Your Land

This land is your land, this land is my land

From the California to the New York Island

From the Redwood Forest, to the Gulf stream waters

This land was made for you and me

As I went walking that ribbon of highway

I saw above me that endless skyway

Saw below me the golden valley

This land was made for you and me

This land is your land, this land is my land

From the California to the New York Island

From the Redwood Forest, to the Gulf stream waters

This land was made for you and me

This Land Is Your Land

Box Tops for Education!

The Box Tops for Education program has been very successful. Through the Box Tops for Education program, an everyday trip to the grocery store can make a difference for the students at Ruth C. Kinney Elementary. This program allows families to clip the Box Tops coupons, found on hundreds of common grocery items, and send them into school where they will be combined with coupons from other families. Each coupon is worth 10 cents for your school. The dollars add up quickly! The average family purchases more than 100 Box Tops products each year, and 100 Box Tops totals $10 in earnings for our school. Ruth C. Kinney Elementary can earn up to $20,000 per year with your help.

We look forward to another successful year for Ruth C. Kinney and your children! Thank you in advance for your participation.


In the event of inclement weather, which might cause hazardous road conditions, the closing of school will be announced as follows:

WALK (1370 AM, 97.5 FM)

WGBB (1240 AM)

WCTO (94.3 FM)

WHLI (1100 AM)

WBAB (102.3 FM)

WLIX (540 AM)

WBLI (106.1 FM)

TV Channel 12

If it is determined that a One-Hour Delayed Opening is needed, the starting time for RCK will be 10:12 AM The starting time for RCK in the event of a two-hour delay will be 11:12 AM. Please plan accordingly for morning pupil pick-up time, (i.e., buses will be one or two hours later than usual). Dismissal time will remain 3:12 PM. as usual.

Please be reminded, in accordance with East Islip School District Policy, once school is open, it will remain open until all children are picked up or dismissed at 3:12 PM. This policy also pertains to snowstorms and blizzards.

Now that the temperatures are low, please send your child in with a coat for recess as well as dismissal.

Character Education Virtue of the Month - Friendship

The school wide book of the month to illustrate our focus on Friendship will be the story, Freedom Summer, by Deborah Wiles. This book is is about two best friends who have a lot in common. Unfortunately they have one big difference for the South in the year 1964. A new law is passed about segregation being illegal, however the boys learn that it may take more than a law to change people's hearts.

Student Showcase

The students in Mrs. Cardillo's fourth grade class recently learned about figurative language. The students learned about similes and metaphors. They learned how each word or groups of words are exaggerated to change meaning. Focusing on the time of year and the cold weather, the students brainstormed winter words. Using these words and knowledge of figurative language, snow globes were created by each student.

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