The Mighty Dragon

Ruth C. Kinney Elementary School

January 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,

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. I would also like to thank everyone who was helpful in keeping the children calm during our fire alarm evacuation. 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 20th, which all of our students are looking forward to! I hope you can come in to help us that day. As always, I look forward to seeing you throughout the month of January.


Hillary Bromberg Ed.D.

East Islip Board of Education

President…………...........Christopher Zachry

Vice President…….........William Carpluk

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

Trustee……………….........Jessica Carney

Trustee..........................Philip Montuori, Sr

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East Islip Middle School Holiday Ensemble

Holiday Sing Along

Author's Publishing Celebration

Holiday Scavenger Hunt

Grade five students traveled the halls following clues to learn facts about the holidays that were strategically placed around the building. For example, did you know that instead of hanging stockings on Christmas Eve Dutch children put out shoes?

PTA Happenings

Dear Parents and Students,

Happy New Year! I hope everyone had a wonderful and relaxing winter break. Long Island Cradle of Aviation Museum visited RCK in December for an iRobot program. Each class participated in a 30 minutes session in the new Makerspace.

The PTA also hosted our annual holiday shopping boutique. Thank you to all of our parent volunteers who assisted the students in selecting gifts. Square1Art orders have been sent home with students. Thank you to everyone who supported programs and activities through this fundraiser.

Special holiday visitors stopped by RCK right before the winter break to spread some holiday cheer and pass out special gifts from the PTA!

We’re looking forward to several fun and exciting cultural arts programs in the New Year. We are also looking for parents to assist with the upcoming book fair, PARP week and our first Sweetheart Dance. Please come out to our January meeting to hear about the various ways you can be involved in what’s going on at RCK!

Here’s what’s happening:


  • January 10th, 9:45am, PTA Meeting
  • January 20th, Student Appreciation Day

Thank you for your continued support!

Kelly Schumacher

RCK PTA President


President Kelly Schumacher

1st Vice President Deni Cuoco

2nd Vice President Cheryl Rigogliosi

Treasurer Briana Martinez

Recording Secretary Melissa Kneisel

Corresponding Sec. Nina Penny

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

Cradle of Aviation iRobot Workshop

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!

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.

Our Makerspace in Action

What is Makerspace?

Makerspace is a unique area in our school that allows for creativity and innovation to occur. Students have the freedom to design, engineer, fabricate, create, build and collaborate. We are starting small, but thinking big! Makerspace is part of the Maker Movement and it incorporates STEAM initiatives – Science, Technology, Engineering, Art and Mathematics.


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.

Character Education Virtue of the Month - Acceptance

The school wide book of the month to illustrate our focus on Acceptance will be the story, Odd Boy Out: Young Albert Einstein, by Don Brown. This book is is about Albert Einstein's childhood and how he was particularly heavyset and odd. He was not like most of the other children his age. However most of his wild ideas as a child helped shape the world we live in today.

Odd Boy Out - Read by LaJoie Ward

Student Showcase

The students in Mrs. Cardillo's 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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