Tops in Strings

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Shore Road School sixth grader Kayleigh Reardon was selected to attend the Long Island String Festival held at Uniondale High School in early March. A violinist, Kayleigh participated in two days of rehearsals prior to a concert with some of Long Island’s top string-musicians. The challenging program included classics like Telemann Sinfonia, ragtime fiddles and original works. 

The Bellmore School District congratulates Kayleigh on this outstanding accomplishment.

Celebrating Music in Our Schools Month

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In recognition of national Music in Our Schools Month, Winthrop Avenue’s third-grade chorus, under the direction of music teacher Erica Davis, entertained family, faculty and peers during two concert performances on March 15. In addition, students who would participate in the annual Eugene Reichenthal Recorder Festival accompanied the singers and demonstrated their recorder skills for audiences.

Principal Sally Curto thanked the community for their support of the district’s music program. “This concert is an opportunity to show the community how important music is to us at Winthrop Avenue,” she said. 

The students sang “There is a Melody,” the Irish jig “Wee Falorie Man” and “Feel the Beat.” Recorder students accompanied the singers during “Oh How Lovely the Evening.” The concert then commenced with a sing-a-long to “Do-Re-Me,” “Agalina” and “I Love Music.” Throughout the concert, several students gave the definitions to musical terms as they relate to the musical pieces being performed.

A Study on the Life Cycle of Chickens

A Study on the Life Cycle of Chickens

As kindergarten students in Fran Bauer’s and Christine Wuchte’s classes participated in their lessons at Reinhard, the soft sound of peeps resonated from an incubator holding bright yellow chicks.

For two weeks, the students have studied the life cycle of chickens and other oviparous animals. For their study, farmers from Quiver Farm in Pennsylvania delivered 12 fertilized eggs, an incubator and supplies and an egg carton filled with plastic eggs depicting the different stages of incubation.

During the interdisciplinary science unit, students read and sang about chickens and used mathematics to calculate their approximate hatching dates. Upon arriving at school after the weekend, the kindergartners were excited to see that several of their chicks had hatched. After the completion of the unit, the chickens returned to the farm.


Shore Road Presents ‘High School Musical, Jr.’

Shore Road Presents ‘High School Musical, Jr.’

Under the direction of Randi Andersen, Mallory Cogen and Laura Laude, the Shore Road Musical Theatre Production Club’s talented cast and crew drew a packed house during performances of the musical drama “High School Musical, Jr.”      After a preview matinee for Winthrop Avenue fourth-graders, the club entertained audiences with their rendition of author David Simpatico’s tale of the ups and downs of high school life and about always needing to be true to oneself.

On stage, Richard Ippoliti played the lead as Troy Bolton with Caroline Scali as Gabriella Montez and Madison Siegel as Sharpay Evans. Announcers Gianna Bernardini (Jackie) and Francesco Pellicani (Scott) provided the comic relief for a dramatic storyline that included jocks, brainiacs, thespians, skaters, cheerleaders and party kids.  

The show’s success was also due to the artistic talents of set committee chairperson Angela Dorn, costume committee chairperson Eileen Casazza and sound and lighting director Glen Davis.

Reading Together in Celebration of Dr. Seuss

In recognition of Read Across America Day on March 2, John F. Kennedy High School students enrolled in the child development class visited kindergarten and first-grade students at Reinhard. The high school students read selections of Dr. Seuss books to the younger students.

Established by the National Education Association, Read Across America Day is an annual reading motivation and awareness program that encourages students nationwide to celebrate reading on March 2, the birthday of beloved children’s author Dr. Seuss.   

Not only were the children excited to read their favorite books with the high school students, the activity exhibited a community connection between the two schools and provided an opportunity for the older students to adopt a leadership position in the classroom.

A Demonstration of the Scientific Method

A Demonstration of the Scientific Method

The scientific method was on display during Shore Road’s fifth-grade science fair in the school gymnasium. The fair encouraged students to apply curricular knowledge as they designed experiments on various topics of interest. In addition, John F. Kennedy High School science research students spoke with many of the student-scientists about their research and experiments.

“Students are the ultimate scientists in that they perform the research and the experiments themselves,” science consultant Brian Wallrapp said. “The fair is also an opportunity for them to learn something they did not previously know and to encourage them to become excited about science.”

In accordance with the scientific method, participants identified a problem, formulated a hypothesis and developed a method to facilitate their experiment. After the experiments were conducted, the students collected data to document their results, analyzed their findings and drew academically sound conclusions.

‘P’ is for Pancake

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The sweet smell of syrup wafted through the Reinhard pre-kindergarten wing hallway as Liz Haines’ and Alison Burke’s students celebrated “p” week by making and eating pancakes.

After reading and studying Laura Numeroff’s “If You Give a Pig a Pancake,” the students created an anchor chart of “p” words and hunted for items in the classroom beginning with the letter. The lesson culminated with a penguin craft, which was then placed in the students’ individual letter books for future reference and study of alphabet sounds.  

Promoting Healthy Competition and Teamwork

Promoting Healthy Competition and Teamwork

Shore Road sixth-graders dressed in college team colors and attire to challenge one another during the school’s annual Sixth-Grade College Olympics.

The students first demonstrated the democratic process by determining their college teams, which included the Penn State Nittany Lions, UCLA Bruins, Michigan Wolverines, Maryland Terrapins, Oregon Ducks, North Carolina Tar Heels and Syracuse Orangemen.

Under the direction of physical education teachers Brian Scott and Mallory Cogen, the students battled it out on the court with a game of basketball as their peers cheered from the sidelines.

“The Sixth-Grade College Olympics promotes camaraderie among the students, as well as sportsmanship and healthy competition,” said Mr. Scott.

Learning the Essence of Yoga

Learning the Essence of Yoga

As part of Health and Safety Week, Winthrop Avenue students stretched out on mats to learn some basic yoga moves. Taught by certified, Nassau BOCES approved yoga instructor Arleen Mattos, the activity was an introduction to the techniques learned in the school’s new yoga club to be offered this spring.

“This is the ultimate way to make your minds and bodies healthy and to connect with your essence,” Mattos told the students.    

Participants learned etiquette on the mat, the symbolism behind the starting bell and elementary yoga techniques. They also learned that yoga builds flexibility and helps followers to pay attention and manage feelings.

In addition to yoga instruction, the students also spoke with Nassau County police officer Sharon Galvin about technology safety and security in the community. They attended an assembly on good nutrition and healthy eating habits, as well as bully prevention. Students also learned about passenger and pedestrian safety through the AAA Program.

Reinhard Students are 100 Days Brighter

Reinhard Students are 100 Days Brighter

As Reinhard students filed into their classrooms on Jan. 15, they were greeted with balloons and congratulated by faculty and staff for having attended the first 100 days of school.

Students in Pre-K, kindergarten and first-grade then filed into the auditorium where they sang the Reinhard Song, “The 100 Song” and “One by One” to celebrate the momentous occasion. To sharpen their math skills, everyone counted to 100 by tens and fives, stayed completely silent for 100 seconds and searched with classmates for 100 words posted throughout the school.

In addition, second-grade students participated in a 100-Day math challenge by writing equations totaling 100. Many of the students also decorated T-shirts and poster boards with items totaling 100 and dressed as 100-year-old people.

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A Practice of the Scientific Method

A Practice of the Scientific Method

It was an evening of exploration as Winthrop Avenue School third graders explored the various experiments and presentations featured at the school’s annual science fair. The goal of the activity was for students to try their hands at experiments that are safe and practical and to share their results with administrators, faculty and family by crafting a formal presentation.

Principal Sally Curto said, “the annual science fair is a great opportunity for our students to explore scientific concepts that they are interested in and to share their results with peers.”

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To the Tune of Valentine’s Day

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The Reinhard Student Advisory Council visited residents at Parkview Nursing Center on Feb. 8 in celebration of Valentine's Day. Dressed in red and pink, the 25 first- and second-graders performed several songs, including "Love Somebody,” "V-A-L-E-N-T-I-N-E", "You are My Sunshine,” and the "Reinhard School Song" before handing out Valentine's Day cards.

The students had practiced the songs with music teacher Randi Andersen and were well prepared for the morning. "Our goal was to spread sunshine to the residents,” Mrs. Andersen said. “The purpose of SAC is to make a difference and each one of us can do that every day."

In addition, second-grade students in Marisa DeMarzo’s class joined Mrs. Andersen on Valentine’s Day to spice up the morning announcements. The students brightened the start of everyone’s school day by singing “Love Somebody” and “V-A-L-E-N-T-I-N-E.” 

Love Bug Project Fosters Community Partnership

In celebration of Valentine’s Day, the John F. Kennedy High School Key Club from the Bellmore-Merrick Central High School District worked with Reinhard kindergarten students on a Love Bug project. The activity allowed the 25 club members to receive valuable community service hours while providing an opportunity to mentor younger students.

The kindergartners had fun decorating their red construction paper love bugs with fluffy pipe cleaner antennas, eyes and messages of love, while the high school students demonstrated important role modeling and teamwork skills.

Advisor Jessica Chilton said the high school students enjoyed working with the younger students. “The Key Club always looks forward to visiting schools and fostering community partnerships between districts,” she said.

A Tree to Showcase Random Acts of Kindness

As students pass through Winthrop Avenue’s main hallway, they are encouraged to take the time to read one of the many hearts that hang from the school’s Random Acts of Kindness Tree.

“The tree is a reminder to all of our students of the importance of showing kindness to others,” Principal Sally Curto said.  
During the month of February, students were assigned principal’s homework asking them to reflect on kindness and how it relates to being leaders. Leadership is one of the principles highlighted in the district’s character education program. The students were then instructed to brainstorm words that relate to kindness and to write their ideas on decorated heart-shaped ornaments.   

A Carnival to Celebrate Reading

A Carnival to Celebrate Reading

As a culminating Pick a Reading Partner event, Reinhard hosted an old-fashioned carnival to celebrate a monthlong reading challenge in January. The students succeeded in reading an additional 73,272 minutes, so Principal Patricia Castine and Assistant Principal Elise Cahill dressed as NASA astronauts to celebrate the event’s theme of “STARS Stick Together and Read.”

During the carnival, the students played games including Krazy Cans, Big Mouth, Tick Tack Toe and more. Students received prizes to go along with the night’s theme and had a photo taken with the district’s mascot Stellar.

Getting Ready for Middle School


A Study on Ancient and Western Civilizations

A Study on Ancient and Western Civilizations

Michael Harrold of Jambo Productions took fifth- and sixth-graders on a trip around the world during assemblies at Shore Road School. Sixth-grade students have been studying ancient river valleys and civilizations and Harrold’s presentation expanded their knowledge of Egyptian, African, Asian and Indian civilizations and culture. Fifth-grade students have been studying western civilizations and also expanded their knowledge of the Inca, Aztec and Mayan cultures of Latin America.

After the assemblies, Harrold shared artifacts he collected on his journeys, including a spear from Uganda, an African seat, insects from different regions across the world and money and stamps. He shared personal anecdotes from his trips and allowed students to explore his many artifacts.

CharACTer Matters at Winthrop Avenue


Since the fall, 20 Winthrop Avenue students have gathered during recess to perfect their roles and singing skills in the CharACTer Drama titled “From the Inside Out.” The students held two flawless performances of the Teresa Jennings’s drama, adapted by Mallory Cogen and Marjorie Falabella, which sent the message that everyone is their own life architect for who they want to become.

Under the direction of music teacher Erica Davis, the cast sang and gave readings inspiring the audience to utilize the leadership principles and core values emphasized by the district.

“Through this CharACTer Drama, we are teaching students a positive way to think and inspiring them to become better people,” Ms. Cogen said.  

Ms. Falabella also noted that through the students’ determination, teamwork and commitment, their performance already embodied leadership principles and core values taught by Bellmore Schools.

A Trip Through Music’s Past and Present

A Trip Through Music’s Past and Present

Shore Road students took a visit to the past and through the present during the school’s annual winter concert on Jan. 19, featuring the orchestra, fifth- and sixth-grade chorus and concert band. Under the batons of vocal director Laura Laude, band director Jennifer MacVicar and orchestra director Kathy Rostholder, the student-musicians performed a variety of classical and popular tunes. The concert also highlighted individual piano performances by sixth-graders Skye Saunders and fifth-grader Cole Wasserman.

Cracking the Code

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During a physical education unit, Shore Road students solved puzzles to unveil corresponding district core values and leadership principles.

Based on the popular interactive game “Escape the Room,” the students worked in teams to solve clues at various stations, including Lock the Clocks, Cargo Conundrum, Puzzling Puzzles, Square Your Squares and Book Buster. By working together to unlock the codes, the students revealed district values such as teamwork, synergy, sportsmanship and respect.

Physical education teachers Mallory Cogen and Brian Scott said the unit, which also took place at Winthrop Avenue School, honed the students’ sportsmanship and teamwork skills, while combining math and English language arts skills.

Celebrating the Holidays Through Music


The joy of the holidays was contagious as Reinhard first-graders and Winthrop Avenue third-graders performed poetry, dance, holiday songs and instrumental music during their winter concerts.

Under the direction of music teacher Randi Andersen, the Reinhard students sang “Snow Music,” “Hanukkah Is Here,” “Must Be Santa,” the “S’vivon/Dreidel” song and “Rockin’ Around the Christmas Tree” for parents, faculty and peers during morning and afternoon holiday performances. They also incorporated a poem titled “Mr. Snow Rap,” simulated a snowball fight and accompanied their tunes with instrumental music. According to Ms. Andersen, the students worked hard, having practiced their music since Thanksgiving. 

Under the direction of music teacher Erica Davis, Winthrop Avenue students showcased their vocal talents with performances of “Sleigh Ride,” “African Noel,” “Dance the Hora” and “Happy New Year, Everyone.” The concert commenced with a specially written song by Ms. Davis titled “Time for Acceptance and Love.” Typical of Winthrop Avenue’s concerts, selected students were given the opportunity to play their recorders and to accompany the music with a variety of instruments to add glitter and pizzazz to an already festive performance.

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Monday, March 27, 2017