The Mighty Dragon

Ruth C. Kinney Elementary School

Contact Us:

1 Spur Drive South, Islip Terrace, NY 11752

Telephone: (631) 581-1862 Absentee Line: (631) 581-0969

Principal's Message

Dear Parents,

Fall is here! Leaves are changing, trees are swaying and there is a cool breeze in the air. As the temperature continues to decrease, please send your child to school with a coat for outdoor recess.

As you know, this year we will be having our annual Parent/Teacher conferences on Monday, November 21st and Tuesday, November 22nd. On those days, students will be dismissed at 11:42 a.m., so please plan accordingly. The After School Program will not be in session on those days.

We are very excited for this year’s annual Veterans Day Celebration. Once again we will have school-wide participation, as we conduct a “Parade of Veterans” through the halls of RCK, giving all students the opportunity to honor the brave men and women who continue to keep our country safe. In addition, we will have our “Gallery of Heroes” in our cafeteria.

I hope to see you throughout the month. As always, if you have any questions or concerns, feel free to contact me. From all of us at RCK, we hope you and your family enjoy a very happy and healthy Thanksgiving holiday.


Hillary Bromberg Ed.D.

East Islip Board of Education

President…………...........Christopher Zachry

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

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

Trustee……………….........Jessica Carney

Trustee..........................Philip Montuori, Sr

There has been feedback that people who are not on Twitter were not seeing all of the tweets when clicking the link or typing into Google.

Please use the Twitter Search link, and type in our handle @EIprideRCK and see all of our school's happenings at RCK. If you do join Twitter, you can follow the school’s account, RCKelem, and always see the updates on your twitter feed.

Red Ribbon Week at RCK

RCK Elementary School joined educators all over the world in participating in Digital Citizenship Week October 16-22. A School-Wide activity was put in place where all classes had a great discussion about positive usages of the internet and social media. Teachers facilitated the discussion as students offered their own ideas about how to be good digital citizens and make the right choices. This generation has grown up in a digital world and it is important for all to learn about how to leave a good digital footprint. Students have been learning how to be good citizens and kind people for many years and now it is important to transfer that knowledge to how we act on digital devices. Not only do we say, “Think before you speak,” we also say, “Think before you click send.” A Padlet Wall was created to showcase ideas that the students and staff discussed. Padlet is a controlled digital board where people can post text, an image, or video having to do with a topic. The Padlet wall is given its own URL or link so that others can view it, All students and staff were able to see what the other classes posted and now you can too!

PTA Happenings

Dear Parents and Students,

October was a busy month at RCK! Thank you to all of our Scholastic Book Fair volunteers. The PTA purchased a book for every classroom! Costume Zingo was a tremendous success! Thank you to our RCK parent volunteers, our faculty and staff who attended and assisted with calling numbers and to the local businesses who were so generous with donations! A special thank you to everyone who joined us for this night of family fun! It was an exciting night for everyone in attendance.

“S.W.A.G. Students Who Achieve Goals: Drug Free!” Red Ribbon week was filled with tips about staying healthy and making good choices. Students tied Red Ribbons on the fence outside, representing their pledge to stay drug free. On Friday they received themed ear buds as a gift from the PTA.

We are still in need of volunteers to assist with Family Trivia night on November 18th. Please email if you’re available to assist.

November and December Events:

November 15th – PTA Meeting, 9:45 a.m.

November 17th – Picture make up day

November 18th – Family Trivia Night

December 13th & 14th - Holiday Boutique

The RCK PTA Board would like to thank all of you for your continued support. We wish everyone a Happy Thanksgiving!

Kelly Schumacher RCK PTA President


President Kelly Schumacher

1st Vice President Deni Cuoco

2nd Vice President Cheryl Rigogliosi

Treasurer Briana Martinez

Recording Secretary Melissa Kneisel

Corresponding Sec. Nina Penny

Join the PTA and Follow them on Facebook

The PTA Membership Application is now available online. The online address is:

Veterans Day Celebration

Thursday, Nov. 10th 2016 at 9:30am

1 Spur Dr S

Islip Terrace, NY

Join us as we honor all those who have served our great country

at RCK’s annual Veterans Day Celebration!

(More information to follow)

November's Patriotic Song

Please take the time to look over the words and join us each morning as we sing and celebrate the great country that we live in!

God Bless the USA

From the lakes of Minnesota

To the hills of Tennessee

Across the plains of Texas

From sea to shining sea

From Detroit down to Houston

And New York to LA

Well there’s pride in every American heart

And it’s time we stand and say


That I’m proud to be an American

Where at least I know I’m free

And I won’t forget the men who died

Who gave that right to me

And I gladly stand up next to you and defend

Her still today

‘Cause there ain’t no doubt I love this land

God Bless the USA

God Bless the USA-Lee Greenwood (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.

We look forward to another successful year for Ruth C. Kinney and your children! Thank you in advance for your participation.

Our Makerspace in Action

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.


Picture Re-takes day is November 17th.

Parent/Teacher Conferences:

Students will be dismissed at

11:42 a.m. on Monday, November 21st


11:42 a.m. on Tuesday, November 22nd

Ongoing communication between a child’s teachers and parents makes a significant impact on a child’s education.

During Parent/Teacher Conferences this month, your child’s teacher may discuss your child’s current reading level, progress in math, ability to do class work and his/her social adjustment.

We hope that you will make every effort to see your child’s teacher on November 21st or 22nd. Together, parent and teacher can make the difference!


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.

A Message from Mrs. Merlucci, the School Social Worker

RCK will be starting our annual needy family drive this fall. We will also be having our annual Turkey Feather drive. Last year, the money raised went to purchase food vouchers, gifts, winter coats and other items for our families.

Your generosity is always appreciated, especially at this time of the year.

If I can be helpful to you or your child, please feel free to contact me at 224-2000 x 2282.

A reminder from your school nurse...

Tips for Parents from RCK Health Office

Many parents ask, “When is my child sick enough to stay home from school?”

This is not always an easy question to answer! We hope that these tips can help!

A child who is sick will not be able to perform well in school and is likely to spread the illness to other children and staff. We suggest making a plan for childcare ahead of time so you will not be caught without a comforting place for your child to stay if he/she is ill.

Our school policy states that you should not send your child to school if he/she has:

  • Fever in the past 24 hours
  • Vomiting in the past 24 hours
  • Diarrhea in the past 24 hours
  • Chills
  • Sore throat
  • Strep Throat (must be taking an antibiotic for at least 24 hours before returning to school)
  • Bad cold, with a very runny nose or bad cough, especially if it has kept the child awake at night
  • Head lice — until your child has been treated according to the nurse or doctor’s instructions

If your child becomes ill at school and the teacher or school nurse feel the child is too sick to benefit from school or is contagious to other children, you will be called to come and take him/her home from school. It is essential that your child’s teacher have a phone number where you can be contacted during the day and an emergency number in the event you cannot be reached. Please be sure that arrangements can be made to transport your child home from school and that childcare is available in case of illness. If your daytime or emergency phone number changes during the year, please notify your child’s teacher immediately.

Please call the school’s Health Office if you have any questions or concerns.

Mrs. McLoughlin, RCK School Nurse


Character Education Virtue of the Month - Perseverance

The school wide book of the month to illustrate our focus on Perseverance will be the story, Thank You Sarah: The Woman Who Saved Thanksgiving, by Laurie Halse Anderson. This tale is based on a historical event about perseverance and belief. In 1863 Sarah Hale's thirty-five years of petitioning and orations got Abraham Lincoln to sign the Thanksgiving Proclamation declaring it a national holiday.

Thank You, Sarah: The Woman Who Saved Thanksgiving

Student Showcase

Since Thanksgiving is in November, Mrs. Fix's class wrote about something they were thankful for and why. Enjoy!

Reeses because it cuts energy that you don't need and gives energy to do work.
Johnny Rodriquez
Rocco A. Giarrantano because he plays video games with me.
Michael Giarrantano
My mom and dad because they do everything for me: help me do my homework, watch movies on Netflix, get me stuff I want, my favorite food, and drive me to my granny and grandpa's house.
Dahani Woodward
My family because they were always there for me when I needed them, and they are great.
James Mendoza
Family because they are always there when I need help.
Sophia Espinal
My family because they help me with homework. They also help me get to sports on time. They give me food and drinks. Most of all what they do is love me.
Logan Alfalla
My you tube channel, Despondent, because I have so many supporters and friends from it.
Marialaina Boneillo
Exchange Ambulance CIFD because I would not have many friends and life would be boring.
Michael Stadelman
My brothers because I have discovered so many things that boys do and I like them. I wouldn't have company or many of my favorite games.
Kayla Glick
My family and my house because I love my family and I need my house/shelter. My family takes care of me and my house is shelter for bad weather.
Amanda Thomas
My family because I wouldn't be alive without them, and I wouldn't be able to survive without them.
Niko Stavropoulos
My friends and family because they make me feel happy when I'm sad. I also love my dog.
Annelyse Marra
My family because I love them, and they will protect me.
Aslihan Yildiz
My mom and dad because when we go on vacation mom finds the flights and hotels, and dad helps pay for it.
Christopher Dietrich
Fishing because you can catch fish, and I went fishing on the Long Island Sound and caught two porgys on a double hook.
Evan Casdia
My life because I have a great teacher, Mrs. Fix, and I have food, electronics, a house, a pool, and the best family.
Brendan Charles
Mrs. Fix because she teaches me things I need to learn for the year like how to round numbers in Math and how to jot on notes when I am reading.
Sarai Murria
My friends and family because they never argue with me, and some of them do argue with me. They always let me play with them, and they never say no.
Jaden Smith
My life because when I was born I almost died. I wasn't a healthy baby. I was only two pounds when I was born.
Emmanuella Desir
My family because my mom buys me a lot of toys, and my dad always takes me to the zoo, air trampoline, and all these other fun places. He also plays Wii with me.
Kirsten Sorbi
My family because I have someone to play with like my brother. I have a mom and dad so I can have food, shelter, and water. Also they love me, and I love them back.
Frank Castaldo
My family because they provide for me. They give me food, and they give me everything! I love my family!
Eliana Purdy
My talent because I can get a scholarship and not pay for college and because soccer is fun.
Derek Alfaro
My family because whenever I get hurt my family takes care of me. Whenever I get a bad grade they say that it's ok you try your best.
Aleandra Rivera

In anticipation of Thanksgiving, Mrs. Whitehouse’s class wrote Haiku poems about the

upcoming holiday:


The parade is on

My dad likes to watch football

My family says thanks

by Hunter Koehler


Turkey is not good

We go to my mom’s house

Mom cooks the turkey

by Valeska Cruz


The parade is on

We like to eat stuffed Turkey

The food is so good

by Sophia Chillemi


We love to eat food

My dad loves to get ice cream

We visit my aunt

by Blake Gilchrist


We like to eat food

Eat turkey for Thanksgiving

Watching the parade

by Leah Irace


We like Thanksgiving

We like jumping in the leaves

Thanksgiving is fun

by Jack Dolson


Thanksgiving I love

Eating with my family

Playing in the leaves

by Reese Wills


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