The Mighty Dragon

Ruth C. Kinney Elementary School

April 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,

Can you believe April is here? Time flies when you are having fun! As the warmer weather approaches, we will follow our Board of Education policy that requires students to attend school in appropriate dress that does not interfere with the learning process. The following guidelines should prove helpful in planning for warm weather attire:

  • No tight, brief or exposing garments, specifically the midriff or shorts/skirts that are mid-thigh or higher.
  • No halter tops or tank tops with spaghetti straps - all straps should have a wide band that is at least “3 fingers” in width.
  • No hats or head coverings are permitted, except in cases of religious or medical reasons.
  • Appropriate footwear is to be worn at all times. Flip flops, high heels and strappy sandals are not permitted.

In addition, students will continue to go outside for recess. Therefore, appropriate outerwear and footwear should be worn. Our primary goal and focus continues to be the safety and well-being of our students while providing them with a sound educational program. I thank you in advance for your support and cooperation.

The end of the third marking period is approaching, and the parent portal will open on April 13th at 3:00 p.m.

Our next PTA meeting will be at 7:00 p.m. on Tuesday, April 24th in the RCK Library. I hope you can join us. Let’s have an Amazing April!


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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March Mathness

Students at RCK participated in a math competition from March 5th to March 26th. They logged on to the IXL site and solved as many math problems as they could for as many minutes as they could. Students competed against the computer, fellow students, other classes in RCK and themselves. This was a three week online competition of math strength, endurance, and most of all math hustle! We are proud to say that RCK students solved over 200,000 math problems! The class team winner in each grade is as follows...In third grade practicing math for an average of 150 minutes per student -- The Danowski Dragons! In fourth grade practicing math for an average of 183 minutes per student -- The Fix's Fighting Irish. In fifth grade practicing math for an average of 499 minutes per student -- The Lake/Young Buckeyes. The leader board changed daily as the students really fought hard to practice the most math.

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:

Nutrition Week

Grade 5 Country Fair and Art Fair

Fourth Grade Science Fair

3rd Grade's Wax Museum and Art Fair

Arrival and Dismissal Safety

A safe arrival and dismissal for our students is very important to all of us. We are asking for your help in making sure that we are all working together to ensure all students’ safety.

At arrival, it is imperative that the bus lane at the entrance of the school is not blocked by cars. All cars dropping off students should leave their children on the Spur Drive sidewalk in front of the school, and they will be safely walked via the crosswalk by our monitors.

At dismissal, cars making illegal U-turns on Spur Drive are creating a dangerous flow of traffic. As a reminder, the side parking lot is not to be used during dismissal for the safety of the children. Thank you for your help in making our arrival and dismissal safe for all.

April's Patriotic Song

Our Patriotic song for the month of April is "This Is My Country". The words are printed so all can proudly sing along each morning.


This is my country!

Land of my birth!

This is my country!

Grandest on earth.

I pledge thee my allegiance,

America, the bold,

For this is my country, to have and to hold.

This is my country - Sing-a-long version for kids

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!

15-Minute Emergency Dismissal Drill

Friday, April 13, 2018

2:57 Dismissal

Please Plan


Thank you!

Character Education Virtue of the Month - Responsibility

The school wide book of the month to illustrate our focus on responsibility will be the story, Just a Dream, by Chris Van Allsburg. This book is a story of a boy Walter who litters and refuses to sort trash for recycling. He has a dream of an overcrowded and polluted future which terrifies him into taking care of the earth.

Student Showcase

Mrs. Fitzmaurice and Mrs. Breen's fourth grade class have recently finished reading the book Tales of a Fourth Grade Nothing by Judy Blume. To celebrate the completion of the novel, the children were asked to write "Chapter 11" of the story, where they could continue the story and be as creative as they wanted with the characters. Click on the link below to read their stories of Peter and Fudge getting into trouble, going on adventures and having fun!


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