John F. Kennedy

The Future Begins Here

May 2018

Contact us:

94 Woodland Drive, East Islip, New York 11730

Main Office: 631-581-1608 Attendance Line: 631-581-1354

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Dear Parents and Guardians,

Thank you to all of the students who participated in the many activities during the month of April here at JFK and around the District!

As a school we wore grade level colors to recognize April as disability and autism awareness month. It was also wonderful to see many JFK community members at the E.J. Autism Jigsaw Run, supporting such an important organization. Thank you to all of the parents who joined us on our Earth Day Walk. Several fifth grade students wrote poems regarding environmental consciousness and the need to preserve our planet and presented them. The walk culminated with the entire school singing together, under the direction of Mr. Santoro, to inspire everyone to reduce, recycle, and reuse!

Many of our JFK students attended the first annual STEM night at the High School and learned about the many wonderful opportunities in technology and science that await them in their secondary education experiences.

We are looking forward to the many upcoming events during the month of May. The Mother’s Day Plant sale will be held on May 10th and 11th.

The students have been busy rehearsing for the spring concert which will be on May 14th at the High School. Our fifth graders will be going to the Middle School for their sixth grade orientation on May 17th. The third graders in chorus and recorder club will present to their parents on May 23rd.

As always, if you have any concerns please call me at 631-581-1608 or email me at

On behalf of the entire staff we hope that you enjoy the sunshine and good weather that hopefully spring will bring us!


Deborah Y. Smith , Ed. D.


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 JFK page


John V. Dolan- Superintendent of Schools

Stephen Harrison- Assistant Superintendent for Business

Paul E. Manzo- Assistant Superintendent for Instruction and Personnel

Eric Woellhof- Director of Facilities

Lisa M. Belz, Ed.D.- Executive Director of Special Education Grade 6-12

Aileen O’Rourke Ed.D.- Executive Director of Special Education Grade K-5


President…………...........Jessica Carney

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

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

Trustee……………….........William Carpluk

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


John F. Kennedy's vision is to create a community that is safe and supportive. We shall provide all students with every opportunity to succeed, thereby creating good citizens and fostering life-long learners.


Gym News

The results for this year’s bowling tournament are officially in! The theme this year at JFK Lanes was Winter Olympics . Each lane was named after an Olympic event. The top 3 lanes were Figure Skating, Luge & Bob Sledding. Congratulations to all on a great bowling tournament. Mr. Gerard’s and Mrs. Nagengast’s classes have also completed their Circus Arts Unit. The students worked very hard on their balance and hand-eye coordination. Congratulations to Ryan Flad and Erin McCarthy. They were nominated for the 2018 Suffolk Zone Physical Education Leadership Award. They will attend an awards ceremony at Bay Shore High School in May to receive their awards. Well deserved!

Art News

We are so proud of our student artists who had their work displayed at the Long Island Museum at Stony Brook! They were selected to participate in the “Colors of Long Island” children’s exhibit! #Allinatei

Orchestra News

The beginner fourth grade orchestra is starting to sound like an advanced group!!

Mrs. DeMaria is so proud of their hard work in rehearsals and lessons. The students can't wait to see all of their families at our concert on Monday, May 14th. Letters will go home next week.


Congratulations to the following students on being selected Star of the Month in March for the character trait COURAGE:

Aidan Allen

Angelina Altamirano

Nicholas Apicella

Jake Ballou

Anthony Casso

Nicholas DeSantis

Nicholas DiTomasso

Marcus Duncan

Michael Dunlop-Raney

Samantha Janickey

Ella Kraft

Emma Larkin

Sage Lyons

Jack Moriarty

Paul Pineda-Alvarenga

Nathan Podmore

Marisa Renganeschi

Jacob Santerre

John Talt

Cormac Zusmer


The May PTA meeting is scheduled for Monday, May 7th, at 9:45 A.M. Please join us.

The JFK plant sale is scheduled for May 10th & 11th.

Dates To Remember

May 1- New York State Math Assessments

May 2- New York State Math Assessments

May 2- Incoming 6th Grade Parent Orientation @ East Islip Middle School 6:30 pm

May 7- PTA Meeting- 9:45 am

May 8- Maturation Parent Meeting 7:00 pm

May 8- Board of Education Business Meeting/Budget Hearing- 8:00 pm

May 9- JFK Spring Picture Day

May 10- JFK Plant Sale

May 11- JFK Plant Sale

May 14- JFK Spring Concert @ East Islip High School 7:00 pm

May 15- Budget Vote/Board of Education Meeting 8:00 pm

May 15- Maturation Talk Grade 5

May 15- Progress Reports Available on Parent Portal

May 17- Grade 5 Middle School Orientation

May 19- EJ Autism Real-Aid for Autism Relay Walk

May 22- Family Connect Night

May 23- Grade 3 Music Performance 9:30 am

May 25- School Open

May 28- School Closed/Memorial Day Observed

May 29- School Open

May 30- Grade 4 New York State Science Performance Assessment

May 31- Grade 4 New York State Science Performance Assessment

May 31- SEPTO Meeting District Office 7:30 pm

June 1- Grade 4 New York State Science Performance Assessment Make-up

June 1- JFK/RCK 5th Grade Mixer- East Islip Middle School 4:30-6:30 pm

June 4- Grade 4 New York State Science Written Assessment


Helping Your Child Cope with Stress

According to the Bureau For At Risk Youth, stress is an automatic, natural response to the

pressures of life, both enjoyable and threatening. Everyone needs some stress to function properly, but too much stress can be debilitating. Be alert to these signs of stress: Nervousness, Loss of appetite, Headaches & Stomachaches, Anxiety, Sleep problems, Irritability.

Action plan for reducing your child’s stress:

  • 1. Work to maintain a consistent, loving, stable home environment.
  • 2. Teach your child to communicate his/her feelings and fears.
  • 3. Help your child identify the 5 W’s of his/her stress: the what, why, when, where, and who.
  • 4. Explain how one can cope with those stresses.
  • 5. Encourage your child to learn stress reduction techniques such as:
  • Exercise-It relaxes the muscles and releases calming chemicals into the brain.
  • Deep Breathing-Tension is reduced by taking slow, deep breaths.
  • Imagining-Picture a relaxing & pleasant image. Soon the tension will leave your body and the image will become the reality.
  • 6. Work together-parent and child-to reduce stress in both your lives.

If stress persists, seek professional help.


Revisions to School Health Services Regulations As Per New York State Effective 7/1/18

Health examinations will be required for new entrants and students in the following grade; Pre K, K, 1,3,5,7,9 and 11.

Additional information will be provided shortly.

Any questions, please contact Nurse Paradiso.

Thank you,

Eileen Rogers Paradiso, R.N., BSN


SCHOOL DAY: This year students will be admitted to their classes at 8:57 AM. The school day begins at 9:12 AM. Students will be dismissed at 3:12 PM. Information about the Before and After School Programs is available by calling Stephanie Parker at

(631) 224-2041.

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 hotline at 631-581-1354 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 hotline at 631-581-1354. This district has a telephone answering machine in each elementary school for the sole purpose of absentee reporting.

Thank you for your cooperation.


For the 2017/2018 school year our 3rd, 4th, and 5th Graders will be taking the NYS ELA Assessment in April and the NYS Mathematics Assessment in May. In addition, 4th Graders will take the NYS Science Assessment in May & June. Visit the NYS website at for information and practice materials.

Important Dates:

Exam & Administration Dates:

Grades 3, 4 & 5 Math- May 1 & May 2, 2018

Grade 4 New York State Science Performance Assessment- May 30 & May 31, 2018

Grade 4 New York State Science Written Assessment June 4, 2018


School Lunch- Students may either bring their lunch or purchase hot or cold lunch in the cafeteria. The cost of lunch is $1.90 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.

Breakfast Program- Breakfast is available from 8:30 AM – 9:00 AM. The cost is 75¢. Please do not drop off your child before 8:30 AM, as there will be no supervision. Your cooperation is appreciated.


Substitute Paraprofessionals & Custodians Needed!

Paraprofessional- If you are interested in a part-time paraprofessional substitute position, please call the personnel office at 224-2017.

Custodial Substitute- All shifts. Please send resume to East Islip School District, 1 Craig B. Gariepy Ave, Islip Terrace, NY 11752, Attn.: Buildings & Grounds Dept. or email to $10/hour. EEO


  • Please do not drop off your child before 8:57 A.M. as there is no supervision. The school day begins at 9:12 A.M. Students will be dismissed at 3:12 P.M.
  • Information about the Before and After School Programs is available by calling Stephanie Parker at (631) 224-2041.
  • If you are picking your child up early, please be prepared to show photo ID. This continues to be the District’s policy. All doors to the building are kept locked. The buzzer to the right of the front doors will signal your arrival and you will be let in.
  • If you are picking up your child, please remember that bus children need to be dismissed in an orderly and safe fashion. It makes it difficult when walkers and their parents congregate to talk and play in the bus loop after dismissal.
  • Please take caution when walking or driving during arrival and dismissal. Our Aides, TAs and Crossing Guards are there for the safety of everyone. Please use the crosswalks. Do not walk across the bus loop.
  • In an effort to teach responsibility, children are discouraged from returning to school to pick up forgotten items.
  • The side parking lot is for staff only.
  • As a reminder: Bikes, scooters, and small motorized cars should not be driven in the bus loop.
  • Please do not block our neighbors’ driveways.
  • We will continue to practice all our emergency drills. The children are always so cooperative.
  • In case of an emergency, please let us know if you have a new cell or home phone number. Since e-mails are truly the fastest way for us to contact you, please make sure we have your newest address.


Non-Discrimination Notice: The East Islip School 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: Title IX Coordinator: Lisa Belz, Ed.D /Aileen O’Rourke, Ed. D (631) 224-2000, Ext. 2060 Section 504 Coordinator: Lisa Belz, Ed.D Section 504 Compliance Officer ADA Coordinator: Eric Woellhof, Director of Facilities 631-224-2000, Ext. 2035

Child Find Notice: Special Education/Section 504 Programs: The East Islip School District 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, discuss these concerns with the team. If you feel your child may have a disability that impacts his/her academic performance you may contact; Lisa Belz, Ed.D, Director of Pupil Personnel Services and Special Education/Section 504 Coordinator Craig B. Gariepy Avenue, Islip Terrace, New York 11752.