The Mighty Dragon

Ruth C. Kinney Elementary School

December 2017

Contact Us:

1 Spur Drive South, Islip Terrace, NY 11752

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

Principal's Message

Dear Parents,

With the holiday season quickly approaching, the season of giving is here as well.

This year, we had a very successful turkey feather drive. We raised over $250, which was used to purchase food gift cards. A special thank you to all who gave so generously during this difficult economic time and to Mrs. Merlucci for all of her hard work organizing the initiative. RCK also participated in their third annual Turkey Trot organized by the Student Council. Approximately 12 boxes of boxed and canned food were collected and donated to a local food pantry at St. Peter's Church. The students and faculty jogged together celebrating the act of giving. Even though the weather was poor, we enjoyed the trot inside following the course laid out by our very own Mr. Ruhlig and Mr. Longobardi.

We will be celebrating Computer Science Week December 4th-8th. Learning computer science helps nurture problem-solving skills, logic and creativity. By starting early, students will have a foundation for success in any 21st-century career path. Our students will have the opportunity to participate in “The Hour of Code”. The Hour of Code is a global movement reaching tens of millions of students in 180+ countries. During a scheduled computer class time, students will participate in a form of coding to create movement for a character on the computer.

On behalf of the RCK family, we wish you and your family a very happy and healthy holiday season. See you next year when school resumes on Tuesday, January 2, 2018!


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

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RCK's Annual Veteran's Day Celebration

RCK's 3rd Annual Turkey Trot

PTA Happenings

Dear Parents and Students,

I hope everyone had a wonderful Thanksgiving!

The Veterans Day celebration was a moving tribute for all who attended. Veterans were honored with a parade through the halls of RCK as the children applauded and chanted “U.S.A.” to all of our heroes. The cafeteria was decorated with a “HERO WALL” and guests were invited to stay and enjoy a nice breakfast afterwards.

The Turkey Trot was held indoors due to weather but that didn’t stop the children from enjoying the special activity.

Fundraiser orders will be arriving soon, if any orders are seem too big for the student to carry home you will be contacted.

Here’s what’s happening in December:

December 5th & 6th – Holiday Boutique

December 12th - PTA Meeting 9:45am

Thank you for your continued support and have a wonderful holiday season and a Happy and Healthy New Year!

Tiffany Williams

RCK PTA President



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

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

Harvest Zingo

December'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!


By Neil Diamond

(part of the song)

Everywhere around the world

They’re coming to America

Every time that flag’s unfurled

They’re coming to America

Got a dream to take them there

They’re coming to America

Got a dream they’ve come to share

They’re coming to America

They’re coming to America

They’re coming to America

They’re coming to America

They’re coming to America

Today, today, today,

today, today

My country ‘tis of thee - Today

Sweet land of liberty - Today

Of thee I sing - Today

Of thee I sing - Today

Neil Diamond - America - Original Video - DTS Sound

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.

STEAM Challenge

Students in Mr. Orlando's class worked in groups of 3 to plan and build shelters for pilgrims that could keep their pilgrim dry, warm, and safe. Students tested their designs throughout the process in order to improve upon their shelter. They blew the shelter with a straw to withstand wind, they spritzed the shelter with water to test if it kept the pilgrim family dry, and they placed a full water bottle on the roof to withstand the weight of snow. Great job done by all!

RCK's Winter Concert

Monday, Dec. 18th, 7pm

1 Redmen Street

Islip Terrace, NY

Children will be informed in advance about their arrival time and necessary procedures. Our school’s dress code requires each student to wear a white shirt and black pants/skirt. Girls may wear pants if they prefer. No HIGH-HEEL shoes are allowed for safety reasons. We all look forward to this exciting event!

Mrs. Strzelecka, Mrs. Stewart, and Ms. Maniscalco


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 dropping, please send your child in with a coat for recess.

Come support the EJ Autism Foundation

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Character Education Virtue of the Month - Cooperation

The school wide book of the month to illustrate our focus on Perseverance will be the story, Pop's Bridge, by Eve Bunting. This book is a historical fiction book about the building of the The Golden Gate Bridge. They said it can't be built, but Robert's father is building it. He's a skywalker--a brave, high-climbing ironworker. A frightening event occurs that makes Robert see that it takes an entire team to accomplish the impossible.

Student Showcase

The grade 4 students impressed us all with their Native American animal name projects that were turned into Totem Poles for outside the classroom. This went along great with their Native Americans Social Studies unit.


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