John F. Kennedy
The Future Begins Here
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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.
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 JFK page http://www.eischools.org/schools/jfk_elementary.
CENTRAL OFFICE ADMINISTRATION
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
EAST ISLIP BOARD OF EDUCATION
Vice President…….........Philip Montuori, Sr.
OUR VISION HERE AT J.F.K.
NEWS AROUND J.F.K.
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!
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
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.
CHARACTER EDUCATION MARCH STARS
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 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
A MESSAGE FROM MRS. YACOVONE, SCHOOL SOCIAL WORKER
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.
NEWS FROM THE NURSE
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.
Eileen Rogers Paradiso, R.N., BSN
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.
NEW YORK STATE TEST 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 & BREAKFAST PROGRAM INFORMATION
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.
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 email@example.com $10/hour. EEO
SAFETY AT J.F.K.
- 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.
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.