November 2018

Contact us:

1 Spur Drive South, Islip Terrace, New York 11752

Main Office: 631-581-1880 Attendance Line: 631-581-0969

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Dear Parents and Guardians,

With Thanksgiving upon us we have a lot to be thankful for here at RCK. The children have been working rigorously on their academics each day. When reflecting with your children on the day, they should be able to share specifics about their school work. Please remember to check homework daily for accuracy. If your child is struggling, taking advantage of extra help is a must.

In the midst of our school work we take the time to have fun here at RCK and will continue to do so throughout the year. Our SIT team, PTA and Student Council is focusing on the social and emotional growth of our students by layering into the academic year programs that foster an environment of social acceptance and character.

With the holidays approaching we are looking forward to having everyone in for conferences and the Winter Concert. These next few weeks can be stressful with the hustle and bustle of all that comes with holiday cheer. Remember to grab opportunities to slow down and spend time with your family, enjoying each others company, during these very special years.

Be well,

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

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

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

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

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

Trustee………………..........Jessica Carney

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

Around Our School

4th Grade NEWS;

Mrs. Fix's class is learning about the geography of New York State. Her class made flipbooks of 5 landforms found in New York. They then wrote in detail about that landform and included an illustration. Enjoy

5th Grade NEWS:

Mrs. Whitehouse's class discussed things that they are thankful for. The students also gave reasons for why they were thankful for it.


Friday, November 9 - Veterans Day Celebration 9:30 a.m.

Wednesday, November 14 - Picture Make-Ups & Faculty Picture

Wednesday & Thursday, November 28 and 29 - Holiday Boutique

And Now a Message From MRS. Merlucci, THE SCHOOL SOCIAL WORKER

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 9th at 631-224-2000 x 2282. We will be collecting funds and turkey feathers until November 16th, and will be using the money to purchase gift cards for local families. Thank you all for your kindness!

Bethany Merlucci, LCSW

RCK School Social Worker

PTA News

Dear Parents and Students,

October flew by very quickly! Red Ribbon Week was a huge success! The kids had a great time during Red Ribbon Week. The students were allowed to go outside and be part of a bigger message, “ Our Future Matters”. I would like to give a special thanks to Gia Russo, Kim Micali for all time and hard work you put in to making this event a success.

We are very excited about some of our upcoming events. We are always looking for new faces to come on down and volunteer. The students love to see you involved and being part of their school memories.

November Events:

November 13th – PTA meeting at 7pm

November 13th & 14th - make up pictures

November 23 & 24 - Thanksgiving recess – NO SCHOOL

November 28th & 29 – Holiday Boutique

The RCK PTA Board would like to thank all of your for your continued support.

We wish everyone a Happy Thanksgiving!

Tiffany Williams

RCK PTA President

NURSE McLoughlin's Two Cents

Tips for Parents from RCK's 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 will 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 have been 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 feels 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 contact the school's Health Office if you have any questions or concerns.

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

RCK Musicians,

Attention RCK Instrumental Beginners:

Miss Maniscalco and Mrs. Stewart will begin extra help sessions before school this month. Please refer to the schedule that has been sent home.

Thank you!

Band and Orchestra

Lessons began on September 20th. Lessons are once a week during the school day.

5th grade band and orchestra rehearsals begin on Thursday, September 27th and take place every Tuesday and Thursday from 8:10am - 8:57am. (Orchestra drop-off time is 7:55am for tuning.)

Band students should use the main entrance at RCK when arriving for rehearsals at 8:10am. Only orchestra students will be permitted through the side door earlier for tuning.

Beginner band and orchestra students will start attending morning rehearsals in January and will perform in the Spring Concert.


4th grade chorus rehearsals will take place every Thursday from 8:15am - 8:57am

5th grade chorus rehearsals will take place every Wednesday from 8:15am - 8:57am

Miss Maniscalco, Mrs. Stewart and Mrs. Strzelecka

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 hotline at 631-581-0969 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 631-581-0969. This district has a telephone answering machine in each elementary school for the sole purpose of absentee reporting.

Thank you for your cooperation.

Very Important Dates and Times


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 2018/2019 school year our 3rd, 4th, and 5th Graders will be taking the NYS ELA Assessment in April and the NYS Mathematics Assessment in May. 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-April 2019

Grades 3, 4 & 5 Math- May 2019

Grade 4 New York State Science Performance Assessment- May 2019

Grade 4 New York State Science Written Assessment- June 2019

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:

November 12 Veterans Day

November 22, 23 Thanksgiving

December 24 -January 1 Winter Recess

January 21 Martin Luther King Jr. Day

February 18-22 Mid-Winter Recess

April 19-26 Spring Recess

May 27 Memorial Day

June 26 Last Day of School

0-1 Day lost due to weather or other emergencies—No School May 24th and May 28th

2 Days lost due to weather or other emergencies—No School May 24th and school is open May 28th

3 Days lost due to weather or other emergencies—School is open May 24th and May 28th

4 or more Days lost due to weather or other emergencies- School is open April 26 and working backwards 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 $2.00 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 631-224-2060

Lisa Belz, Compliance Officer

East Islip Union Free School District

1 Craig B. Gariepy Avenue

Islip Terrace, NY 11752 631-224-2060

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:

Lisa Belz, 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 12, 2018.