The Mighty Dragon

Ruth C. Kinney Elementary School

May 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,

Spring is here! May is always an exciting month, with so many wonderful events and activities. Please refer to the May calendar for all of the events.

I encourage all parents to attend our PTA meeting on Tuesday, May 15th, at 9:45 a.m. in the RCK Cafeteria. That day is also the budget vote at the Early Childhood Center from 6am to 9pm. All are encouraged to come out and vote.

June will be here very soon, so please mark your calendars for our half days of school in June which will be on Tuesday, June 19th, Wednesday June 20th and Thursday, June 21st. Dismissal will be at 11:42 on those days. The last day of school is Friday June 22nd. It is 1 hour in length and dismissal will be at 10:12 a.m. As always, I look forward to seeing you at all of our special events throughout the month.


Hillary K. 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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PTA Happenings

Dear Parents and Students,

We have a very excited month lined up for us. To start, the NYS PTA is hosting a free Safety Day at RCK Thursday, May 3, 2018 from 4-6. They will be providing food and drinks, fun and educational materials for the kids, and will be teaching about bike, scooter, walking and bus safety.

The following week we will be having our RCK Plant Sale on Tuesday, May 8th & Wednesday, May 9th. Shopping schedules will be going home this week.

Please remember to mark your calendars for the RCK Spring Concert on Wednesday, May 16th. The concert will take place at the East Islip High School and will begin at 7pm. The children have been working very hard all year on their music. All are invited to attend.

Our last Scholastic Book Fair of the year will be a BOGO event! Now is the time to stock up on books for summer reading! The book fair will be held on Tuesday, May 22nd & Wednesday, May 23rd.

Mad Science will also be visiting RCK. The children will receive grade appropriate assemblies.

Monday May 21st – 3rd grade – Sounds Like Science

Tuesday May 22nd – 4th grade – Marvels of Motion

Wednesday May 23rd – 5th grade – Up, Up, and Away.

Our next PTA meeting will be held on Tuesday, May 15th at 9:45 am.

Upcoming dates to remember:

June 1st – 5th Grade Mixer 4:30-6:30

June 2nd – DUCKS game

June 5th – PTA meeting @ 9:45 am

June 7th – RCK Field Day (June 8th – raindate)

June 12th & 13th – Men’s Boutique


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:

Grade 3 Chorus and Recorder Concert

Spring Concert

Wednesday, May 16th, 7pm

1 Redmen Street

Islip Terrace, NY

Students from grades 4 and 5 will perform in their chorus, band and orchestra groups. They have practiced really hard and their talents will shine!

Happy Teacher and Staff Appreciation Day

This month, we will honor our teachers and staff for all of their efforts and dedication to RCK. I am sure that the PTA Staff Appreciation Luncheon on May 18th, will be a great success. A special thank you to our PTA for organizing this lovely and delicious event.

May's Patriotic Song

For the month of May, our patriotic song for the daily morning announcements will be

The Star Spangled Banner. 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!

The Star Spangled Banner.

O say, can you see, by the dawn's early light,

What so proudly we hailed

at the twilight's last gleaming.

Whose broad stripes and bright stars,

thro' the perilous fight,

O'er the ramparts we watched,

were so gallantly streaming.

And the rockets' red glare,

the bombs bursting in air,

Gave proof thro' the night that our flag was still there.

O say, does that star-spangled banner yet wave

O'er the land of the free and the home of the brave.

Star Spangled Banner lyrics vocals and beautiful photos

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.

This school year we have raised close to $1000 so far! Keep them coming!

Character Education Virtue of the Month - Self-Discipline

The school wide book of the month to illustrate our focus on self-discipline will be the story, Harriet, You'll Drive Me Wild, by Mem Fox. This book is a story about Harriet and her mother realizing that no matter what happens, they love each other. Harriet may get into trouble a lot. Her mom might lose her temper. But what is important is that they love each other and try not to do these things they don't want to do.


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