November/December 2019

Contact us:

1 Spur Drive South, Islip Terrace, New York 11752

Main Office: 631-224-2007 Attendance Line: 631-224-2007 Select Option 3

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Principal's Message

Dear Families,

I hope everyone has a wonderful holiday season with some quality family time. It is amazing to me that I am sending out the November/December Newsletter – it feels like the first few months of school passed by so quickly!

The fall is always a busy time of year for our students and staff. RCK's Student Council will host our Fifth Annual Turkey Trot on Friday, November 22. Students who participate will bring in non-perishable food items. Last year over 100 students joined in and we hope to have an even bigger turnout this year. Also, on November 22 "Crazy Hair Day", which was voted on by the students on Election Day, will take place as well. On November 8th we hosted another memorable Veteran’s Day Parade. Thank you to all who helped make this event such a wonderful experience for our Veterans and their families. A special thank you to Mr. Chiarelli who hosted the event in my absence.

We are looking forward to our school play, Annie, on December 19th in the evening and December 20th in the morning, as well as our holiday concert on December 2nd! The students have been working very hard to make these events magical for all who attend.

It is always our sincere intention to work as a team to create the best learning environment for students. Please reach out to your child's teacher if you have any concerns.

We offer the very best wishes to you during this wonderful season of family, friends and tradition.

Warmest Regards,

Janet Jones

Central Office Administration

John V. Dolan - Superintendent of Schools

Stephen Harrison - Assistant Superintendent for Business

Paul E. Manzo - Assistant Superintendent for Instruction and Personnel

Lisa Belz Ed.D. - Assistant Superintendent for Human Resources and Administration

Eric Woellhof - Director of Facilities

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

East Islip Board of Education

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

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

Trustee………...…............Jessica Carney

Trustee………………......….Christopher Nicolia

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

PTA News

Happy Fall to all of our RCK PTA families!

What a busy, wonderful year we’ve been having so far at RCK! From movie night, to book fair, to Red Ribbon Week, we hope that everyone had a terrific time!

Our next big event that is taking place is Harvest Zingo, of course! We hope that you and your family will join us for this event on Friday, November 15th at RCK. We look forward to seeing you there!

Find out about ALL of our upcoming events at our next PTA meeting, Tuesday November 12th at 7pm.

As we approach the Thanksgiving holiday, we are thankful for all of the support that we have received. You have all shown what a great school we have by volunteering, participating in events, and just offering a smile!

We wish you all a Happy Thanksgiving, and a Warm Holiday season!


FTK News

Thank you to all who came to the FTK Carnival! It was a huge success. We are fortunate to have a foundation like F.T.K. associated with our school district. The dedication of all its members, along with your support, has truly enriched the lives of many East Islip students.

Date to Remember:

November Taste of Life (Land’s End) - Monday, November 4th

NURSE McLoughlin's Health Info

Students in grades 3 and 5 at RCK and all new entrants to the district are required to have a current physical examination.


Be sure to provide all the updated medication orders for your child to receive medication this year during school hours. Many parents have not sent in the doctor's orders for their child's treatment for Asthma and Allergies. Please attend to this as it is a N.Y. State Education Law.

Looking forward to a healthy, happy school year.

Please contact me at RCK for any concerns or questions you may have.

Noreen E. McLoughlin, R.N.


RCK is a latex safe school. Latex balloons will not be permitted in the RCK school due to severe allergies. Thank you for your consideration in this matter.

Please visit our district’s website to review the allergy and wellness policies.

The Music Department Chimes In

The Winter Concert will take place on Monday, December 2nd at 7 p.m. in the E. I. Middle School Auditorium.

Students should wear a white top and black bottoms. Boys should also wear a long tie.

The concert drop-off times for each group is as follows:

5th Grade Orchestra 6:00pm

5th Grade Band 6:30pm

5th Grade Chorus 6:45pm

Please note that beginner orchestra and band students will NOT be performing in the winter concert.

The 5th Grade Chorus will have a dress rehearsal at RCK on Tuesday 11/26 at 8:15am.

The 5th Grade Orchestra will have an extra rehearsal on our concert day, Monday 12/2, in the RCK gymnasium with the piano accompaniment. The drop off location will be by the cafeteria doors on this day only beginning at 7:55am (as usual).

The 5th Grade Band will have an extra rehearsal on our concert day, Monday 12/2, in the band room at RCK. The drop off location will be the main entrance of RCK at 8:10am.

There will be an in-school concert for students and staff on Monday, December 2nd. Concert attire is not required for the in-school concert.

Orchestra, band and chorus rehearsals are mandatory in order to prepare for the concert.

Miss Maniscalco, Mrs. Stewart and Mrs. Strzelecka.


Hello all!

We are rapidly approaching the holiday season. Our turkey feathers were sent home and can be sent in to add to our school turkey to show our fundraising efforts to help families in need. The holiday season can be particularly difficult for some families and we would like to assist where we can. If your family would like to request assistance for Thanksgiving, please contact me directly by November 4th at 631-224-2007 & Select Option 5. We will be collecting funds and turkey feathers until November 15th and will be using the money to purchase gift cards for local families.

Thank you for your kindness.


Using sensory details, Mrs. Fix's 4th Grade Class wrote poems that describe the fall season.

Mrs. Garrison's 3rd Grade Class have been learning about the season of Fall. They brainstormed things that have to do with the season of Fall and wrote their own haikus.


Jumping in leaves

Every fall the leaves change color.

Crispy, crunchy leaves

by Thomas Cronin-Zukowsky


Jumping in the leaves

I love to eat corn so much!

Go pumpkin picking.

by Abigail Olson


Apple cider, yum!

Colorful leaves are crunching.

Heading inside now

by Isabella Zamor


Crunching in the leaves

More leaves falling from a tree

Crunch, snap, and then click!

By Isa Wilkinson


Kids picking pumpkins

Hear the leaves crunching from kids.

Taste the sweet apples.

by Ava Tamasi


The fall leaves went down.

Red, orange, yellow, green, gold

I jump in leaf piles.

by Logan Jensen

Save the Date

November Happenings at RCK -

Friday, November 8 - RCK's Veteran"s Day Celebration - 9:30 a.m.

Tuesday, November 12 - Talent Show Meeting 6:30 p.m. - PTA Meeting 7 p.m. to follow.

Wednesday, November 13 - Picture Make-up

Friday, November 15 - ZINGO - 6:00 p.m.

Friday, November 22 - RCK Student Council's 5th Annual Turkey Trot & "Crazy Hair Day"

December Happenings at RCK -

Monday, December 2 - Winter Concert at the Middle School - 7 p.m.

Tuesday, December 3 - Tree Lighting Ceremony - 5:30 p.m. - Lowell Avenue, Islip Terrace

Friday, December 6 & Wednesday, December 11 - Parent/Teacher Conferences

Half Day - Student Release Time 11:42 a.m.

Monday, December 9 & Tuesday, December 10 - RCK Holiday Boutique

Monday, December 16 - Friday, December 20 - Holiday Spirit Week

Thursday, December 19 - RCK's Drama Club Production of "Annie" (Kids version) at 7:00 p.m. & Friday, December 20 in the morning at 9:30 a.m.

Attendance Really Really Counts

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 line at 631-224-2007 Select Option 3 and leave a message. Homework can be sent home if this request 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 631-224-2007 Select Option 3. This district has a telephone answering machine in each elementary school for the sole purpose of absentee reporting.

Thank you for your cooperation.

After School Hours

Important Information Regarding After School Hours -

As indicated in past years, due to security and safety, the building will promptly close at dismissal. Unfortunately, students and parents will NOT be permitted to return to classrooms for any reason.

Please remind your child to be sure he/she has all belongings, homework, etc. before leaving for dismissal. Parent cooperation is greatly appreciated in helping secure our school.

Very Important Dates and Times


Available on the Parent Portal after 3 p.m. Monday, October 28, 2019.


Sunday, November 3, 2019 - TURN CLOCKS BACK 1 HOUR


Tuesday, November 5, 2019 - NO SCHOOL FOR STUDENTS


This year students will be admitted to their classes at 8:57 A.M. The school day begins at 9:12 A.M. Students will be dismissed at 3:12 P.M. Students arriving after 9:12 A.M. will be marked tardy. Information about the Before and After School Program is available by calling Mrs. Parker at (631) 224-2041.

NYS Exams

For the 2019/2020 school year our 3rd, 4th, and 5th Graders will be taking the NYS ELA Assessment in March and the NYS Mathematics Assessment in April. In addition, 4th Graders will take the NYS Science Assessment in May & June. Visit the NYS website at for information and practice materials.

Exam & Administration Dates

Grades 3, 4 & 5 ELA - March 2020

Grades 3, 4 & 5 Math- April 2020

Grade 4 New York State Science Performance Assessment- May 2020

Grade 4 New York State Science Written Assessment- June 2020

Additional Dates:

To help you plan your vacations and arrange for childcare, the following is a list of days when school will not be in session for students:

September 30 and October 1 - Rosh Hashanah

October 9 - Yom Kippur

October 14 - Columbus Day

November 11 - Veterans Day

November 28, 29 - Thanksgiving

December 23 -January 3 - Winter Recess

January 20 - Martin Luther King Jr. Day

February 17-21 Mid-Winter Recess

April 6-10 - Spring Recess

May 25 Memorial Day

June 26 Last Day of School

0-1 Day lost due to weather or other emergencies—No School May 22nd and May 26th

2 Days lost due to weather or other emergencies—No School May 22nd and school is open May 26th

3 Days lost due to weather or other emergencies—School is open May 22nd and May 26th

4 or more Days lost due to weather or other emergencies- School is open April 6 and working forward based on total days lost

Breakfast Program and School Lunch

Breakfast Program- Breakfast is available from 8:30 A.M. – 9:00 A.M. The cost is 75¢. Students must purchase breakfast in order to participate in the program. Please do not drop off your child before 8:30 AM, as there will be no supervision. Your cooperation is appreciated.

School Lunch- Students may either bring their lunch or purchase hot or cold lunch in the cafeteria. The cost of lunch is $2.10 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.

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 RCK page


The East Islip UFSD does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex, disability or age in its programs or activities. The 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:

Lisa Belz/Aileen O'Rourke (alternate)

Title IX Coordinators

East Islip Union Free School District

1 Craig B. Gariepy Avenue

Islip Terrace, NY 11752 631-224-2012

Lisa Belz, Compliance Officer

East Islip Union Free School District

1 Craig B. Gariepy Avenue

Islip Terrace, NY 11752 631-224-2012

Eric Woellhof, ADA Coordinator

East Islip Union Free School District

1 Craig B. Gariepy Avenue

Islip Terrace, NY 11752 631-224-2035


Special Education/Section 504 Programs

The East Islip Union Free School 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, please contact your child’s primary school to discuss these concerns with the team. The Procedural Safeguard Notice, including due process information, is available to the parent.

If you feel your child may have a disability that impacts his or her academic performance, you may contact:

Aileen O'Rourke Ed.D., Compliance Officer

East Islip Union Free School District

1 Craig B. Gariepy Avenue

Islip Terrace, NY 11752 631-224-2060

District-wide Committee Application

Our district embraces a shared decision making approach which involves all constituencies, parents, staff and administrators in discussing matters that will have an impact on our students and our district, now, and in the future. We encourage parents and community members to avail themselves of the opportunity to be selected to participate on the district-wide committees we established throughout the school year. If interested, please complete the application to serve on such committees and submit it to the district office to the attention of Paul E. Manzo, Assistant Superintendent for Instruction and Personnel. (For your convenience, this form may be emailed to

The deadline for receipt of these applications will be Friday, October 11, 2019.