The Mighty Dragon

Ruth C. Kinney Elementary School

May 2017

Contact Us:

1 Spur Drive South, Islip Terrace, NY 11752

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

Principal's Message

Dear Parents,

Spring is here! May is always an exciting month, with so many wonderful events and activities. Please refer to the May calendar for all of the events.

I encourage all parents to attend our PTA meeting on Tuesday, May 16th, at 9:45 a.m. in the RCK Cafeteria. That day is also the budget vote at the Early Childhood Center from 6am to 9pm. All are encouraged to come out and vote.

June will be here very soon, so please mark your calendars for our half days of school in June which will be on Tuesday, June 20th, Wednesday June 21st and Thursday, June 22nd. Dismissal will be at 11:42 on those days. The last day of school is Friday June 23rd. It is 1 hour in length and dismissal will be at 10:12 a.m. As always, I look forward to seeing you at all of our special events throughout the month.


Hillary K. 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

If you do not want to join Twitter, please use the Twitter Search link, and type in our handle @EIprideRCK to see all of our school's happenings at RCK.

If you do join Twitter, you can follow the school’s account, RCKelem, @EIprideRCK, and always see the updates on your twitter feed.

Earth Day Project

Students at RCK participated in creating a mural by reusing bottle caps. With the help of their parents, students have brought in bottle caps throughout the year. After a beautiful collection of colorful bottle caps, two possible works of art were put to a vote. The students voted for the seasonal tree to be created. One by one, students glued bottle caps to the beautifully painted plywood. The PTA's assistance with this project was much appreciated. Look how beautiful it came out!

PTA Happenings

Dear Parents and Students,

All of the bottle caps that you have been sending in have been sorted and several of them were incorporated into an incredible mural! Students voted between a Hot Air Balloon and a Four Seasons Tree, and the Tree won by a landslide! Thank you to the parents who helped put this project together. Every student at RCK took part in gluing bottle caps down!

The Plant Sale and Staff Appreciation Day take place in early May. The RCK Family Fun Night with the LI Ducks is May 20th and the RCK chorus will be singing God Bless America. If you would like to volunteer to assist at an event, please contact anyone on the PTA Executive Board.

We have concluded the election process for next year. The new board for the 2017-2018 school year is listed below and will be installed at our June meeting.

PTA Executive Board 2017-1018

President: Tiffany Williams

1st Vice President: Karen Quintero

2nd Vice President: Anjie Lewis

Recording Sec.: Deni Cuoco

Corresponding Sec.: Cheryl Rigogliosi

Treasurer: Briana Martinez

Here’s what’s happening this month:

May 10 & 11 – Plant Sale

May 12 – Staff Appreciation Day

May 16 – PTA Meeting, 9:45 am

May 20 – Ducks Game, 6:30 p.m.

Thank you for your continued support!


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:

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Happy Teacher and Staff Appreciation Day

This month, we will honor our teachers and staff for all of their efforts and dedication to RCK. I am sure that the PTA Staff Appreciation Luncheon on May 12th, will be a great success. A special thank you to our PTA for organizing this lovely and delicious event.

May's Patriotic Song

For the month of May, our patriotic song for the daily morning announcements will be

The Star Spangled Banner. 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!

The Star Spangled Banner.

O say, can you see, by the dawn's early light,

What so proudly we hailed

at the twilight's last gleaming.

Whose broad stripes and bright stars,

thro' the perilous fight,

O'er the ramparts we watched,

were so gallantly streaming.

And the rockets' red glare,

the bombs bursting in air,

Gave proof thro' the night that our flag was still there.

O say, does that star-spangled banner yet wave

O'er the land of the free and the home of the brave.

Star Spangled Banner lyrics vocals and beautiful photos

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.

This school year we have raised close to $1000 so far! Keep them coming!

Grade 3 Students Excitedly Await the Hatching of Their Butterflies in the Middle of May

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Our Makerspace is located in our Imagineering Zone

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.

What can we Use?

We are always accepting donations from the community for our Makerspace. These materials enhance the learning for the students during the time they spend in our Imagineering Zone. Please feel free to bring any of the supplies listed below. There is a bin set up in the main lobby labeled "Imagineering Zone". Thank you!

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Character Education Virtue of the Month - Compassion

The school wide book of the month to illustrate our focus on Friendship will be the story, Crickwing, by Janell Cannon. This book is a story about a cockroach who is bullied, then bullies a group of leaf-cutter ants only to be taken prisoner by them. He and the ants realize what they had done is wrong. Crickwing realizes that bullying is not the answer and he apologizes to the former enemies.

Crickwing by Janell Cannon

Student Showcase

The children in Mrs. Iuliucci's class learned about the 5 senses through smartboard and hands on activities. The children learned what each sense was and what body parts we use. They played a game using their sense of hearing to label sounds that were heard. They also discussed some of their favorite things using their senses (i.e. favorite thing to smell, favorite thing to taste etc.)


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