The Mighty Dragon

Ruth C. Kinney Elementary School

March 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,

As we spring into March, we also spring into budget time. In these times of economic hardship, the East Islip School District is faced with difficult choices as the 2018-19 budget is being developed. We want to prepare a budget that provides our students a promising education now and in our future. I encourage all parents to get educated and involved with the budget process by attending the budget presentations. Our first budget presentation took place on February 15th. The district office has planned another budget presentation which will be held on March 8th and a budget advisory committee presentation on March 22nd.

Our PARP weeks were a great success during the month of February. The PTA did a fantastic job planning various activities and events. Our school had the goal of reading a total of 40,000 minutes. I am happy to report we read a total of 77,517 minutes. I look forward to reading the book Jumanji with each grade as our earned reward. they will also have the first movie played in the cafeteria during our lunch periods. This month we will hone in our math skills with our annual March Mathness Competion!

March will be a busy month for our curriculum nights. On March 8th, RCK will have their grade 5 Social Studies Western Hemisphere Country Fair at 6:00pm. Grade 4's Science Fair will be on March 19th at 6:30pm. On March 27th, RCK will have the grade 3 English Language Arts Wax Museum at 6:00pm. We hope you can come to see your child's wonderful project.

Our next PTA meeting will be at 9:45 a.m. on Tuesday, March 13th. We will have nominations at this meeting. I hope you can join us. As always, I look forward to seeing you throughout the month.


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

If you do not want to join Twitter, please use the Twitter Search link, and type in our handle @EIprideRCK to see all of our school's happenings at RCK.

If you do join Twitter, you can follow the school’s account, RCKelem, @EIprideRCK, and always see the updates on your twitter feed.

Congratulations to our Sharp Shooter Winners

Fourth Grade Boys - Jayden Maitre, Matt Pasfield, Dylan Bayer

Fourth Grade Girls – Brianne Martin, Reese Varani, Grace Micali

Fifth Grade Boys – Thomas Costerelli, Jaden Schmidt, Ryan Parker

Fifth Grade Girls – Stephanie Nunez, Maddalena Toto, Kara Marshall

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March Mathness

Students at RCK will be participating in a math competition from March 5th to March 26th. They will be logging on to the IXL site and solving as many problems as they can for as many minutes as they can. Students are competing against the computer, fellow students, other classes in RCK and themselves. This will be a three week online competition of math strength, endurance, and most of all math hustle! There will be prizes awarded for individual students at each grade level. They will be based on time spent, problems attempted and concepts on which students achieve a Smart Score of 80% or higher. Last year the students at RCK completed over 250,000 math problems!!!

PTA Happenings

Dear Parents and Students,

In January, students were treated to an exciting program for Student Appreciation Day. Kerboom was fantastic and students loved this engaging and interactive assembly. We also gave out really cool multicolored highlighters with the RCK logo to all students!

We also had a great time at our Scholastic Book Fair that helped kick off PARP. RCK’s Pick-a-Reading-Partner (PARP) week was filled with fun ways to encourage the love of reading. Students had the opportunity to earn great prizes during the two weeks including free jump time at Sky Zone, free burritos at Chipotle and even a free pass to Great Adventure.

In February, students were visited by the well-known local author Gordon Korman and each student received one of his newest hit books.

Thank you to Dr. Bromberg for hosting “Twitter 101” tutorial for those who were interested in following day to day happenings on social media.

Nomination forms will be going home for the 2018-2019 PTA Board. The slate of candidates will be presented by the nominating committee at the March meeting and elections are held in April.

Here’s what’s happening this month:

  • March 8th – RCK 5th grade Curriculum Night @ 6pm
  • March 13th – PTA Meeting Nominations, 9:45am
  • March 19th - RCK 4th grade Curriculum Night, 6:30pm
  • March 27th – RCK 3rd grade Curriculum Night and Art Fair 6:30 pm
  • March 30th – April 6th – school closed spring recess
  • April 17th – PTA Meeting Elections, 7pm

Thank you for your continued support!


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:

Coding in a Grade 5 Classroom

Mrs. Talbot's grade 5 class used their coding skills to create Google Logos. The students added images, sounds, and animation to their logo. What an impressive job by all!

RCK 2nd Annual Sweetheart Dance

Gordon Korman Visited RCK

March's Patriotic Song - My Country 'tis of Thee

For the month of March, our daily patriotic song will be “My Country 'tis of Thee.” Please refer to the lyrics of part of the song below and join us as we sing each morning in March.

My Country 'tis of Thee

by Samuel F. Smith - 1832

My country, 'tis of thee,

Sweet Land of Liberty

Of thee I sing;

Land where my fathers died,

Land of the pilgrims' pride,

From every mountain side

Let Freedom ring.

My Country Tis of Thee with Lyrics

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 $500 so far! Keep them coming!

Our Makerspace is located in our Imagineering Zone

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.

What can we Use?

We are always accepting donations from the community for our Makerspace. These materials enhance the learning for the students during the time they spend in our Imagineering Zone. Please feel free to bring any of the supplies listed below. There is a bin set up in the main lobby labeled "Imagineering Zone". Thank you!

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Nutrition Corner: Free Breakfast Alert

March is “National Nutrition Month.” To recognize the importance of beginning each day with a healthy breakfast, all RCK students will be eligible to receive a free breakfast on Wednesday, March 7th. Cafeteria doors open at 8:30 a.m.

Every morning, breakfast is available beginning at 8:30 a.m. and costs only 75¢. The menu choices are:

cereal, buttered roll, bagel, fruit, milk and juice.


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.

Character Education Virtue of the Month - Honesty

The school wide book of the month to illustrate our focus on Honesty will be the story, Chicken Sunday, by Patricia Polacco. This book is is about a Russian American girl and her African American brothers buying a special Easter hat for their Grandma Eula. There was a misunderstanding and the children figure out the right way to pay for the hat.

Student Showcase

Mrs. Miller's third grade class wrote Haiku poems as a culminating activity to their Japan unit. Haiku is a form of Japanese poetry consisting of three lines. Each line has a specific number of syllables. The first line has five syllables. The second line has seven syllables, and the third line has five syllables. Nature was usually the subject of traditional Japanese Haiku.


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