Winter 2020

Contact us:

1 Spur Drive South, Islip Terrace, New York 11752

Main Office: 631-224-2007 Attendance Line: 631-224-2007 Select Option 3

Follow us on Twitter @RCKeipride

A Message from the Principal

Dear Families,

As the days get longer, our school remains a cognitively and socially busy place. All three grade level Curriculum Nights are coming up in the next few months starting with our Grade 4 Science/Engineering Fair on January 29th.

We continue to strive to provide students with avenues to explore new learning opportunities in a variety of ways. The Science Fair, Wax Museum and March Mathness Tournament do just that. Please follow us on Twitter @RCKeipride for updates on events and other happenings around our school.

Our March Mathness Tournament will push our students to complete as many math problems as possible over a two week period starting in early March. We surpassed the 1 million problem mark last year and hope to reach 1.5 million problems during this challenge. We are kicking off this year's tournament with a visit from the Harlem Wizards and ending with a EI Staff vs Wizards game on March 27th! The winners will be announced at that event. Stay tuned for more information on how to get tickets.

As more and more of our feathered friends return for our warmer months, take time to read and practice math with your child. Every additional moment on task, is a step toward a brighter future.

Your Partner in Education,

Janet Jones

Central Office Administration

John V. Dolan- Superintendent of Schools

Paul E. Manzo - Assistant Superintendent for Instruction and Personnel

Stephen Harrison- Assistant Superintendent for Business

Lisa M. Belz, Ed.D.- Assistant Superintendent for Human Resources and Personnel

Aileen O’Rourke Ed.D.- Executive Director of Special Education

Eric Woellhof - Director of Facilities

East Islip Board of Education

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

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

Trustee………...…............Jessica Carney

Trustee………………..........Christopher Nicolia

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


Don't forget Daylight Savings Time begins on March 8. Clocks should spring ahead 1 hour.

Kudos to Mr. Clancy's Drama Club

This past December, the Drama Club at Ruth C. Kinney Elementary School performed the musical "Annie Kids."

The musical was directed by Mr. D. Clancy, a third grade teacher at RCK. The cast and crew dedicated many hours learning songs, memorizing lines and creating the set. With more than 50 students participating in the Drama Club, two performances were necessary to accommodate all that wished to see this production. The cast and crew did an outstanding job making this endeavor a great success!

In lieu of charging an admission to the production, "Annie Kids," families were asked to make a donation to support St. Jude Children's Research Hospital. A donation of $450.00 was donated to St. Jude's Children's Research Hospital. This generous donation will help St. Jude continue their lifesaving research and care for their children as they keep the tradition of making children's lives better during extremely difficult times.

A special Thank You from St. Jude was received.

Mr. Orlando's Class reflects on the Science Fair

RCK recently held our annual 4th Grade Science Fair. The students eagerly shared their projects with their peers and school community. There were many incredible experiments on display including, for the first time, engineering/STEM prototypes as well as a 5th grade Robotics Club demonstration. The evening was a total success!

The students of Mr. Orlando’s class wrote brief reflections of this memorable day. Here are a few examples:

My science project was titled, “Does Playing Roblox Make Me A Blockhead?”. I chose this experiment to see if I could get all the answers on a math page correct after playing Roblox on my iPad for 15, 30, 45, and 60 minutes. Turns out, I’m not a “Blockhead”! My favorite part of the science fair was seeing all of the other creative experiments conducted. -Molly Montalbano

Have you ever stepped on a Lego? So have I and it’s not pleasant. I created a prototype that adapted Lego Boost to clean up Legos. There is a wheel that spins in the front and pushes the Legos into the bin that sits in the middle. The Lego Boost in the back controls the direction. I was very happy with my project and enjoyed having it on display at the Science Fair. -Ethan Fitch

For my science experiment, I wanted to know if rocks help plants grow. I prepared 3 Mason jars with the same amount of water, sunlight, and seeds in each. The only difference was the amount of soil. In one jar there was all soil and in the other two there was both soil and rocks. In the end, my hypothesis was correct. I know this because the jar with the highest percentage of rocks had 6 out of 6 seeds germinated and the other two only had 4 germinated seeds. I really enjoyed being a part of the Science Fair and presenting this experiment to my classmates. -Anna Fantauzzi

Mrs. Cardillo's class completes the Eight Stages of the Writing Process

Mrs. Cardillo's class completed the eight stages of the writing process to create and publish small moment narratives. The class celebrated by inviting in special guests who listened to the student read aloud their final drafts.

Reminder Early Dismissal - Friday, April 3rd

The District has scheduled an evacuation drill on Friday, April 3, 2020.

All students will be dismissed 15 minutes earlier than normally scheduled.

Winter Events & Happenings at RCK

January -

Monday, January 27 & Tuesday, January 28 - PTA Book Fair

Monday, January 27 PARP begins and ends Friday, February 7

Wednesday, January 29 - RCK Science Fair

February -

Monday, February 3 - Parent Portal opens after 3 p.m. for Progress Reports

Tuesday, February 4 - RCK Reading Night - 6 p.m.

Monday, February 10 - Talent Show Rehearsals

Wednesday, February 26 - Talent Show - 6:30 p.m.

March -

Wednesday, March 4 - 3rd Grade Curriculum Night (Wax Museum)

Tuesday, March 10 - Tuesday, March 24 - March Mathness

Friday, March 27 - Harlem Wizards' Family Night at the High School - 7 p.m.

Friday, March 27 - Parent Portal opens after 3 p.m. for Report Cards

For the Kids Foundation

FTK's 23 annual "Spring Gala" will be held on Saturday, March 21, 2020 at 7 p.m. at the Irish Coffee Pub.

This year FTK is honoring Dr. Sara Jean Anderson and Kim Sanders.

And Now a Message From Mrs. Reilly, THE SCHOOL SOCIAL WORKER

Happy New Year!

A new year brings about thoughts of new goals and making good choices. Let’s all make a goal to be as kind and respectful as possible to all people we interact with!

Here is a fun idea for something to do with your family. Start a gratitude journal where once per week each family member writes down 3 things that they are grateful for in their life. Then have a fun family meeting to talk about the things your family is grateful for!

Vivian Van Koolwijk-Reilly, LCSW

School Social Worker

Ruth C. Kinney Elementary School

631-224-2000 ext. 7500

PTA News

Happy New Year RCK families!

We hope you all had a nice holiday break and enjoyed time with your families! 2020 came quick and we are excited for some fun events coming up. Get your kids motivated about reading starting January 27 & 28 with our Book Fair Kick off to PARP.

We have some fun planned for them during their scheduled library classes, as well as our RCK reading night. Look for information to come home soon in your child’s backpack.

The RCK talent show is right around the corner on February 26th. Please make sure if your child is participating, you have signed your permission slip and checked all deadlines for music and costume. Please contact Christine Foley with any questions at We hope to see you there!

We are beyond thrilled about our Harlem Wizards Family Night!!! How much fun will it be to see your principal, teachers, & school faculty play and attempt to beat the Harlem Wizards at basketball! Be on the lookout for flyers & Facebook posts, and chances to win some free tickets! If you are interested in being a sponsor or volunteering for this event, please contact Jessica Waldeck at

It’s not too early to start thinking about who will be on the RCK PTA board next year! Are you interested in having a position? We are parents that work out of the home and in the home, and strive to help keep RCK being the best school it can be!! Any questions or concerns, email us at!


NURSE Norton's Health Info

New York State Education Department requires a current physical examination for new entrants and students in Pre-K, K, grades 1, 3, 5, 7, 9 and 11. Please attend to this as it is required for your child. If your child has had a physical exam within the past 12 months this is acceptable. Please send a signed and stamped copy from your doctor. The new physical form can be found on the school website.

Also, please remember to send your child to school dressed in layers because if weather permits students will be going outside for recess.

Please contact me if you have any questions.

Dayna Norton, R.N.

631-224-2007 - Select Option 4 or Extension 7300


RCK is a latex safe school. Latex balloons will not be permitted in the RCK school due to severe allergies. Thank you for your consideration in this matter.

Please visit our district’s website to review the allergy and wellness policies.

The Music Department Chimes In

Congratulations to all the RCK musicians who will be attending the SCMEA festival in March -

Oliver Rivadeneyra - Orchestra

Charlotte Galli - Band

Cora Cappellino & Peter Gernand - Chorus

Good Luck to All

Attendance Really Really Counts

ATTENDANCE: Unless there is a legal excuse, your child must come to school every day and be on time. Please remember that the continuity of instruction is compromised when students stay home. If your child will not be in school, it is important that you call the Attendance line at 631-224-2007 Select Option 3 and leave a message. Homework can be sent home if this call is made early enough in the day. Absence Notes/Direct Telephone for Reporting an Absence: The State Education Department requires all pupils to bring a written excuse from parents or guardians in each case of absence and tardiness. If not submitted, these absences will be noted as illegal. These notes are required even if a parent notifies the teacher or calls the absentee line. A doctor’s note is required for 6 or more consecutive absences. For your child's safety, the school will call home to verify absenteeism. In order to keep the number of verification calls to a minimum, we strongly urge you to call our absentee line at 631-224-2007 Select Option 3. This district has a telephone answering machine in each elementary school for the sole purpose of absentee reporting.

Thank you for your cooperation.

After School Hours

Important Information Regarding After School Hours -

As indicated in past years, due to security and safety, the building will promptly close at dismissal. Unfortunately, students and parents will NOT be permitted to return to classrooms for any reason.

Please remind your child to be sure he/she has all belongings, homework, etc. before leaving for dismissal. Parent cooperation is greatly appreciated in helping secure our school.

Very Important Dates and Times


This year students will be admitted to their classes at 8:57 A.M. The school day begins at 9:12 A.M. Students will be dismissed at 3:12 P.M. Students arriving after 9:12 A.M. will be marked tardy. Information about the Before and After School Program is available by calling Mrs. Parker at (631) 224-2012.

NYS Exams

For the 2019/2020 school year our 3rd, 4th, and 5th Graders will be taking the NYS ELA Assessment in March and the NYS Mathematics Assessment in April. In addition, 4th Graders will take the NYS Science Assessment in May & June. Visit the NYS website at for information and practice materials.

Exam & Administration Dates

Grades 3, 4 & 5 ELA - March 25 & March 26, 2020

Grades 3, 4 & 5 Math- April 21 & April 22, 2020

Grade 4 New York State Science Performance Assessment- May 19 & May 20, 2020

Grade 4 New York State Science Written Assessment- June 1, 2020

Additional Dates:

To help you plan your vacations and arrange for childcare, the following is a list of days when school will not be in session for students:

September 30 and October 1 - Rosh Hashanah

October 9 - Yom Kippur

October 14 - Columbus Day

November 11 - Veterans Day

November 28, 29 - Thanksgiving

December 23 -January 3 - Winter Recess

January 20 - Martin Luther King Jr. Day

February 17-21 Mid-Winter Recess

April 6-10 - Spring Recess

May 25 Memorial Day

June 26 Last Day of School

0-1 Day lost due to weather or other emergencies—No School May 22nd and May 26th

2 Days lost due to weather or other emergencies—No School May 22nd and school is open May 26th

3 Days lost due to weather or other emergencies—School is open May 22nd and May 26th

4 or more Days lost due to weather or other emergencies- School is open April 6 and working forward based on total days lost

Breakfast Program and School Lunch

Breakfast Program- Breakfast is available from 8:30 A.M. – 9:00 A.M. The cost is 75¢. Students must purchase breakfast in order to participate in the program. Please do not drop off your child before 8:30 AM, as there will be no supervision. Your cooperation is appreciated.

School Lunch- Students may either bring their lunch or purchase hot or cold lunch in the cafeteria. The cost of lunch is $2.10 and milk is 70¢. The district’s lunch provider will continue to use an electronic accounting system. You may deposit cash or checks into your child’s account. Please make the checks out to EIUFSD.

East Islip Website

The East Islip School District uses our website to highlight school district news, student and staff achievements, upcoming events, school board actions and initiatives, and important district-wide parent notifications and information. The district site is updated on a daily basis. Be sure to bookmark it. You can also go directly to the RCK page


The East Islip UFSD does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex, disability or age in its programs or activities. The district hereby advises students, parents, employees and the general public that it offers educational as well as employment opportunities, including vocational educational opportunities, without regard to race, color, national origin, creed, religion, marital status, sex, age, sexual orientation or disability. Inquiries regarding this non-discrimination policy may be directed to:

Lisa Belz/Aileen O'Rourke (alternate)

Title IX Coordinators

East Islip Union Free School District

1 Craig B. Gariepy Avenue

Islip Terrace, NY 11752 631-224-2019

Lisa Belz, Compliance Officer

East Islip Union Free School District

1 Craig B. Gariepy Avenue

Islip Terrace, NY 11752 631-224-2019

Eric Woellhof, ADA Coordinator

East Islip Union Free School District

1 Craig B. Gariepy Avenue

Islip Terrace, NY 11752 631-224-2035


Special Education/Section 504 Programs

The East Islip Union Free School works with an interdisciplinary team to determine the educational needs of both preschool and school-age children.

If you have concerns about your child’s academic and/or developmental progress, please contact your child’s primary school to discuss these concerns with the team. The Procedural Safeguard Notice, including due process information, is available to the parent.

If you feel your child may have a disability that impacts his or her academic performance, you may contact:

Aileen O'Rourke Ed.D., Compliance Officer

East Islip Union Free School District

1 Craig B. Gariepy Avenue

Islip Terrace, NY 11752 631-224-2069

District-wide Committee Application

Our district embraces a shared decision making approach which involves all constituencies, parents, staff and administrators in discussing matters that will have an impact on our students and our district, now, and in the future. We encourage parents and community members to avail themselves of the opportunity to be selected to participate on the district-wide committees we established throughout the school year. If interested, please complete the application to serve on such committees and submit it to the district office to the attention of Paul E. Manzo, Assistant Superintendent for Instruction and Personnel. (For your convenience, this form may be emailed to

The deadline for receipt of these applications will be Friday, October 11, 2019.