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A Fond Farewell

A Fond Farewell Photo
During the June 13 meeting of the Board of Education, six members of the faculty and staff announced their retirement. Prior to receiving a plaque commemorating this momentous occasion and their collective 142 years of service, the trustees read a tribute about each of the honorees and thanked them for their unwavering support of students.

The district congratulates the following individuals on their retirement and well wishes for the future.

Patricia Cavolo – preschool teacher – Reinhard – 24 years
Erica Davis – music teacher – Winthrop Avenue and Reinhard – 32 years
Tina Miller – second-grade teacher – Reinhard – 20 years
Kathy Rostholder – orchestra teacher – Winthrop Avenue and Shore Road – 20 years
Susan Katulka – secretary to the superintendent – 19 years
Tommy Lanigan – cleaner – Winthrop Avenue – 27 years

Bellmore BOE Hosts a Night of Recognition

Bellmore BOE Hosts a Night of Recognition Photo

Prior to the June 13 Bellmore Board of Education meeting, students enrolled in the Charles A. Reinhard Early Childhood Center, Winthrop Avenue and Shore Road schools were recognized for achievement in school service, as spelling bee champions and for participation in the Eugene Reichenthal Recorder Festival.

In his opening remarks, Superintendent of Schools Dr. Joseph Famularo congratulated the students on their accomplishments. “You’ve proven that you are very special, and we know that there will be great things to come from all of you,” he stated.

In addition to the 56 Student Advisory Council reporters and leaders, seven students were honored for their recorder skills, under the direction of teacher Erika Davis. Winthrop Avenue student Samuel Kalish and Shore Road students Otto Velting and Hayden Schneider were recognized as their school’s top spellers. In addition, Shore Road student Tyler Bissoondial was recognized as a silver medalist in the Life Science category and as a recipient of the Naval Award for Excellence in Science during his participation in the New York State Science and Engineering Fair Broadcom Masters Division. Shore Road students Tyler Bissoondial, Nick Giannaris and Riley Fried were also honored as state and regional winners and national finalists of the 2017 eCYBERMISSION STEM Competition. 

Shore Road Graduates Celebrate an Educational Milestone

Shore Road Graduates Celebrate an Educational Milestone Photo

Shore Road sixth-graders celebrated their successes during their primary years of education while looking forward to their future in middle school during the annual moving up ceremony, held in the John F. Kennedy High School auditorium on June 19.

After a flag salute by Rachel Oppenheim and the presentation of the colors by Courtney Becker, Vincent Dragonetti, Daniela Russo and Ava Zampetti, Principal Patrice Matthews welcomed the parents, students and staff to the celebration of a very important educational milestone. “You are ready to become true ambassadors of our leadership principles,” Mrs. Matthews said. “You have all shown us what it means to be a shining star.”

Student speakers Brooke Horowitz, Amanda Levine and Hailey Newman reflected on their years at Shore Road, while the sixth-grade band and orchestra performed musical interludes of Journey’s “Don’t Stop Believin” and John Lennon’s “Imagine.” The class also entertained their parents with a collective choral performance of popular songs “Time of Your Life” and “Home.”

In his remarks, Superintendent of Schools Dr. Joseph Famularo described the definition of a leader, “When you see the worth and potential in someone else and it becomes so clear that we see it in ourselves, that is the definition of a leader,” he said. “You are future leaders.” Board of Education President Marion Blane also told the class she is proud of them and urged them to “keep reaching for the stars.” In addition, PTA representatives Michele Aurigema and Natalie Molloy also requested that the graduates dedicate themselves to being even better and not to be in such a rush to grow up.

After students Riley Fried, Arisara Soontarodom and Gabrielle Weinstein presented the class gift to Mrs. Matthews, a framed photo of the Class of 2017, the sixth-grade teachers, trustees and administrators presented certificates of completion to the graduating class, marking their completion of elementary school.

A Friendly Track Competition

A Friendly Track Competition Photo

Exercise is an important component to Bellmore students’ education as seen in Shore Road’s annual Sixth-Grade Track Meet.

Under the direction of physical education teachers Mallory Cogen and Brian Scott, sixth-graders participated in a four-week unit to increase their skills in running, jumping, balance and throwing. At the end of the unit, the students battled it out during a meet that included the 50- and 75-yard dash, standing broad jump, long distance team relay and softball throw for distance. After each event, the top boy and girl competitors received a bronze, silver or gold medal. 

Mr. Scott noted that the activity not only keeps the students in shape, but reinforces the principles of teamwork, cooperation and leadership.  
Congratulations to the following winners:

Standing Broad Jump
Boys: Eric Isaac (Gold), Joseph Vaccaro (Silver) and Caleb Hazel & Li Lin (Bronze)
Girls: Riley Fried (Gold), Gianna Bernardini & Savannah Logiudice (Silver) and Kayla Romano & Grace Vario (Bronze)

75-Yard Dash
Boys: Joseph Vaccaro (Gold), Kyle Gokce (Silver) and Christopher Field (Bronze)
Girls: Courtney Becker (Gold), Samantha Schneider (Silver) and Savannah Logiudice (Bronze)

50-Yard Dash
Boys: Richie Ippoliti (Gold), Eric Isaac (Silver) and Nicholas Papazis (Bronze)
Girls: Riley Fried (Gold), Elisabeth LeVan (Silver) and Alexa Berger (Bronze)

Softball Throw
Boys: Christopher Field (Gold), Joseph Barzilay (Silver) and Gavin Martinez (Bronze)
Girls: Gianna Costaro (Gold), Taylor Bodt (Silver) and Skyler Poster (Bronze)


Let’s Dance

Let’s Dance Photo
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Winthrop Avenue School students have been expanding their dance skills through a six-week dance unit with Circle of Dance instructor Theresa DiLallo. During the unit of study, the students learned Chinese ribbon dance, the Mexican hat dance, African dance moves and American dancing.

Instruction began with gentle stretching and ended with the opportunity to practice personal dance moves.

The goal of the dance unit was to raise cultural awareness of dance throughout the world and to have fun through movement. During instruction, students also honed their memory skills by memorizing dance steps and developing body and personal space awareness.

Safe Bike-Riding Skills for Reinhard Students

Safe Bike-Riding Skills for Reinhard Students Photo
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Reinhard’s PTA Health and Safety Committee arranged to have Automobile Association of America representative Mrs. Blackburn share pointers on how to safely ride a bike.

During an assembly, Mrs. Blackburn brought her puppet, Bob, and various props to demonstrate to students how to conduct safety checks on their bike, properly wear a helmet and respond to their environment and street signage.
By the end of the presentation, the students were knowledgeable about the importance of checking the air in their bicycle tires, making sure the brakes work, and adjusting the seats to a safe height. They also learned that it is the law to wear a properly fitting helmet to protect the brain.
The Reinhard Rising Stars are now prepared to ride their bikes safely in a park, on a playground or on the sidewalk this summer.

Musical Talents Shine on Stage

Musical Talents Shine on Stage Photo

The spring season was an opportune time for students at Shore Road, Winthrop Avenue and Reinhard to exhibit their much-improved musical skills during respective spring concerts.

Under the batons of orchestra director Kathy Rostholder, vocal director Laura Laude and band director Zach St. John, fifth- and sixth-grade students at Shore Road performed a variety of classical and popular tunes during the school’s annual concert featuring the orchestra, chamber orchestra, chorales, chorus, select band and band.

Winthrop Avenue student-musicians followed with a concert in the school gym with instrumental and choral selections. While the orchestra and cadet band, under the direction of Kathleen Rostholder and Zachary St. John, performed a mixture of classical and modern pieces, the chorus, under the baton of Erica Davis, performed more popular music by Justin Timberlake and Bob Marley. Dance choreography by teacher Mallory Cogen and piano accompaniment by student Valentino DeLuna rounded out the program. In addition, the Recorder Club, also under the direction of Erica Davis, performed Don Muro’s “A Touch of Spain.”  

The month commenced with a concert by second-grade Reinhard students, under the direction of Randi Andersen, entirely about bugs. The students donned sparkly antennae as they sang “Goin’ Buggy,” “The Honeybee Song,” “Inch Worm” and “Fuzzy Little Caterpillar,” and utilized glow rings to light up the stage during a special performance of “Firefly, Firefly.” Teacher Mallory Cogen provided the choreography, which included dancing butterflies, glow rings and a crawling inch worm.

The music teaching staff not only applauded the progress their students have made during the school year, but thanked the Board of Education and community for their undying support of the arts.

Making a SPLASH in Area Waters

Making a SPLASH in Area Waters Photo
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Shore Road’s Environmental Club members visited students in Stacy Reiner’s third-grade class at Winthrop Avenue to demonstrate ways to protect Long Island’s waterways. The sixth-grade environmentalists have been working with the grassroots environmental organization Operation SPLASH by clearing storm drains around their community streets and writing to the town about environmental problems and issues.

The Operation SPLASH volunteers, under the direction of advisers Carolyn Acevedo and Kelly Popielaski, led the younger students in a variety of games, lessons and activities to drive home the value of being savvy environmentalists. The third-graders learned which everyday items should be recycled or placed in the trash, read “Footsie and Lunko by Michael Kruger, Ed.D., and watched a demonstration on how animals react to pollution in a salt marsh. At the end of the lesson, the students collectively played a game of environmental bingo, created by the environmental club.

Nurturing a Love of Reading

Nurturing a Love of Reading Photo
The Shore Road Random Acts of Kindness Club, under the direction of adviser Christine Davison, collected and donated 12 boxes of gently used books to The Book Fairies organization. Prior to this spring’s annual book fair, the students held a collection in the school lobby, where the donations were wiped down and categorized into appropriate age groups. 

RAK Pack members then visited with The Book Fairies representative Alyssa Kirell, who spoke to the students about the organization’s goals and the importance of volunteering, as well as to thank the students for their generous donation.

The Book Fairies is a nonprofit organization that collects reading materials for residents in need throughout the metropolitan New York area. The books assist in fostering literacy and academic success, provide a respite from personal hardships and nurture a love of reading.

Kids Feeding Kids

Kids Feeding Kids Photo
Under the guidance of Bellmore teachers Regina Harten and Jennifer Lucchetti, Shore Road’s fifth-grade student council raised $1,000 for Island Harvest during its Valentine’s Day Sale. Members collected coins in the cafeteria and sold stuffed animals and various Valentine’s Day-themed items to peers and staff.

Island Harvest representatives Barry Landsman and Linda Sotomayer also visited the students to thank them for their generosity and to educate the young philanthropists on the work being done by the organization. Landsman said the money will go to Island Harvest’s Backpack Feeding Program, which supplements meals on the weekends for children who depend on school breakfast and lunch during the week. 

A Trip to the Post Office

A Trip to the Post Office Photo

Reinhard students in Katy O’Bier’s class took a trip to the Bellmore post office with faculty and parents to learn about the mail system.

Prior to the trip, the students created colorful Mothers’ Day cards to mail during their visit. They also learned how the mail system works, the job of a mail carrier and how letters, packages and bills get delivered to homes and businesses each day.

Tuesday, July 25, 2017