The Mighty Dragon
Ruth C. Kinney Elementary School
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
Vice President…….........William Carpluk
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, https://twitter.com/search-home 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
Team Up Against Drugs
Students wore a sports team shirt.
Follow Your Dreams, Be Drug Free!
Students wore pajamas to school.
We Elect to be Drug Free
Students wore patriotic colors.
East Islip High School SADD Club Visit RCK
The SADD club gave a presentations to the fifth grade students about destructive decisions.
East Islip High School SADD Club Students
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, https://padlet.com/hillarybrom/DigCitRCK. All students and staff were able to see what the other classes posted and now you can too!
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 email@example.com 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
2016-2017 RCK PTA BOARD MEMBERS:
President Kelly Schumacher firstname.lastname@example.org
1st Vice President Deni Cuoco email@example.com
2nd Vice President Cheryl Rigogliosi firstname.lastname@example.org
Treasurer Briana Martinez email@example.com
Recording Secretary Melissa Kneisel firstname.lastname@example.org
Corresponding Sec. Nina Penny email@example.com
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
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.
Paper Ring Challenge
Students problem-solved with their group to determine the most efficient way to build the longest paper train.
Paper Ring Challenge
Paper Ring Challenge - Results
Spider Web Challenge
How fast their team was able to build a realistic spider web.
Spider Web Challenge
The only supplies given: dental floss, scissor, and paper
Spider Web Challenge
Each group came up with a different plan!
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!
DELAYED OPENINGS AND EMERGENCY SCHOOL CLOSINGS DUE TO INCLEMENT WEATHER
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
- 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.
Since Thanksgiving is in November, Mrs. Fix's class wrote about something they were thankful for and why. Enjoy!
I AM THANKFUL FOR...
Reeses because it cuts energy that you don't need and gives energy to do work.
Rocco A. Giarrantano because he plays video games with me.
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.
My family because they were always there for me when I needed them, and they are great.
Family because they are always there when I need help.
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.
My you tube channel, Despondent, because I have so many supporters and friends from it.
Exchange Ambulance CIFD because I would not have many friends and life would be boring.
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.
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.
My family because I wouldn't be alive without them, and I wouldn't be able to survive without them.
My friends and family because they make me feel happy when I'm sad. I also love my dog.
My family because I love them, and they will protect me.
My mom and dad because when we go on vacation mom finds the flights and hotels, and dad helps pay for it.
Fishing because you can catch fish, and I went fishing on the Long Island Sound and caught two porgys on a double hook.
My life because I have a great teacher, Mrs. Fix, and I have food, electronics, a house, a pool, and the best family.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
My family because they provide for me. They give me food, and they give me everything! I love my family!
My talent because I can get a scholarship and not pay for college and because soccer is fun.
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.
In anticipation of Thanksgiving, Mrs. Whitehouse’s class wrote Haiku poems about the
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