A Virtual Tour Through Baseball’s Past

Fourth-graders at Winthrop took a virtual tour through the National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum in Cooperstown on May 4.

Via a live videoconference led by Director of Multimedia Bruce Brodersen, students learned how baseball has evolved and saw exhibits on Babe Ruth, Jackie Robinson and Lou Gehrig, who they’ve been studying in class. Gehrig, also known as the Iron Horse, is being spotlighted as part the fourth-grade unit on character education, under which the students also performed a mini-play that honored Gehrig’s life.

In addition, the students participated in a question-and-answer dialogue with Brodersen during their virtual trip through the past.

Budget Passes

Thank you to all residents who participated in the 2015-16 budget vote and trustee election. Proposition 1, the Bellmore School District budget, passed by a vote of 583 to 167. Proposition 2, the Bellmore-Merrick Central High School District budget, passed in Bellmore by a vote 511 to 170.

In addition, Marion Blane and Brian Desmond were re-elected to the Board of Education.

The trustee vote was as follows:

Marion Blane – 542

Brian Desmond – 519

Again, thank you to all who voted!

Boogie to the Beat

As part of the social studies curriculum and their current study on how different countries portray the art of dance, third-graders at Winthrop are participating in a special ongoing dance program.

To kick off the learning, students worked with Theresa Diaz-DiLallo from Circle of Dance for two days on American dance styles. Under Ms. DiLallo’s guidance, the students developed a complete dance routine to Pharrell Williams’ “Happy.” An instructor will return several more times during the school year to highlight other dances from around the world.

A Cinco de Mayo Learning Fiesta

First-graders at Reinhard celebrated the Mexican holiday of Cinco de Mayo in a multitude of ways on May 5 and 6.
Rotating through four stations, the students worked on their Spanish language skills by playing Bingo, created Mexican flags, read a short story about the life of a Mexican boy and compared his life to theirs, and enjoyed chips and salsa.

In preparation for the event, the students constructed serapes in their art classes using paper bags and colorful paint. Reinhard Spanish teacher Lisa Goldberg organized the annual event .

Honoring Difference Makers in Bellmore


Community and staff members who have had a lasting impact on the lives of children throughout the District were honored at Founder’s Day on April 28 at Reinhard.

The District congratulates the following women who were honored with PTA Life Membership awards:

•    Executive VPs: Brandy Broder, Lisa Sherman, Renni Siegel, Shanna Silva, Jeanne Yandolino
•    Music Teachers: Laura Laude, Jennifer MacVicar

•    Winthrop School Secretary: Linda Komorowski

•    Parent Involved (Membership Chairperson): Michelle Zilberzweig

•    Language (Spanish Teacher): Dana Frankel

•    Outgoing Sixth-Grade Parents: Isabella Dellitalia, Michele Griffith, Cheryl Raso, Ellen Tulchner 

•    Second-Grade Teacher: Tina Miller
•    Outgoing Co-president: Beth Fingeroth

Outgoing Co-president Barbara Haimson was given a New York State Distinguished Service Award for both her work as co-president and her various contributions to the district.

Artists Star in Gallery


Culminating weeks of hard work, student-artists in grades K-6, along with their friends and families, celebrated their masterpieces at the opening of the 2015 Bellmore Stars Art Gallery at the district office on April 20.

Approximately 40 pieces of artwork were exhibited in matching frames, donated by alumnus James Perna. Students received certificates of achievement for their hard work, which was conducted under the guidance of art teachers Michelle Block and Stephen Gorey. The pieces will remain on display for one year.

Students expressed themselves through a variety of media, including pencil, tempera paint, watercolor, charcoal and collage.


Bellmore-Merrick Drug Take-Back Day


Reinhard Students Celebrate Earth Day


In recognition of Earth Day on April 22, students at Reinhard took part in several initiatives.

To kickoff a morning of celebration, kindergartners marched through the auditorium wearing decorated hats, made out of recycled materials, including bottles, cans, paper and cereal boxes. The District’s youngest students showcased their handmade hats on stage for visitors before singing songs including “The Reinhard Rising Stars Song,” “Spring Is Here” and “This Land Is Your Land.”

As a follow-up to the kindergarten show, students in first and second grade held a musical performance of their own before venturing outside and beautifying the school grounds by planting a tree. Kindergartners, in the meantime, worked on an in-class activity with smaller plants.

Sunday, May 24, 2015