The Mighty Dragon

Ruth C. Kinney Elementary School

February 2018

Contact Us:

1 Spur Drive South, Islip Terrace, NY 11752

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

Principal's Message

Dear Parents,

The second marking period has recently ended and report cards will be available on the Parent Portal this Friday, February 2nd at 3pm. The students at RCK are showing great growth and progress.

January 29th was the beginning of our PARP program. We are excited for the wonderful reading activities you and your children are able to share. The theme is Hollywood and we have many adorable activities that will go along with the theme. We are excited for a visit from author, Gordon Korman too!

Our next PTA meeting is scheduled for Tuesday, February 13th, at 7:00 p.m. I hope you can join us. Immediately following the meeting, I will present some information on how to use Twitter in order to keep up with events and the kinds of learning that is happening within the walls of RCK.

The first Budget Presentation will take place at the Board of Ed Workshop Meeting on February 15th at 8 p.m. All are invited to attend.

As always, I look forward to seeing you throughout the month of February.


Hillary Bromberg Ed.D.

East Islip Board of Education

President…………...........Jessica Carney

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

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

Trustee……………….........William Carpluk

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

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.


Students who are entering 6th grade in September 2018, must receive an immunization containing Tetanus, Diptheria and Pertussis (Tdap). We urge you to make an appointment with your child’s health care provider as soon as possible to avoid exclusion from school in September. Please provide the documentation to your child’s school nurse as soon as your child receives this immunization so that it can be placed in his/her health record folder. Please feel free to contact your school nurse with any questions you may have regarding this matter.

Reminder: Parents of 4th grade students, please send in the mandatory school physical for this year for your child if you have not done so already. Thank you.

Mrs. McLoughlin, R.N.

(631) 581-1883

PTA Happenings

Join the PTA and Follow them on Facebook

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

Student Appreciation Day

Students had so much fun at their assembly with Kerboom Kidz. They all danced and followed along with all the steps . Thank you to our PTA for arranging this activity!

February's Patriotic Song

For the month of February, our daily patriotic song will be “God Bless America.” Please refer to the lyrics below and join us as we sing each morning in February.

“God Bless America”

God Bless America,

Land that I love.

Stand beside her, and guide her

Thru the night with a light from above.

From the mountains, to the prairies,

To the oceans, white with foam

God bless America,

My home sweet home.

God Bless America!!!

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.


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.

Now that the temperatures are low, please send your child in with a coat, hat and gloves for recess. Students will go out if it is over 32 degrees outside.

Character Education Virtue of the Month - FAIRNESS

The school wide book of the month to illustrate our focus on Fairness will be The Story of Ruby Bridges, by Robert Coles. This book tells the true story of 6 year old Ruby Bridges. Ruby Bridges persevered through difficult times in order to receive a fair and equitable education.

Student Showcase

Distributive Doctors

The students in Ms. Beebe and Mr. Clancy’s third grade class used the distributive property as a strategy to multiply using units 6, 7, 8, and 9. Students pretended they were surgeons to “operate” on arrays. They decomposed larger unknown facts into smaller known facts to solve.


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