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National Custodian Day

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National Custodian Day was celebrated on Oct. 2! We thank the hard working members of our facilities department for all they do to keep our buildings safe and clean. Thank you!

An Empowered Lunch for Newbridge Road Students

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With a well-deserved break in the middle of the day, students at Newbridge Road Elementary School are striving to make the most out of that time. After a few hours of hard work in the morning, they head off to lunch and recess, before learning literacy, math and more resumes in the afternoon.

But, as Principal Amanda Licci points out, their education doesn’t stop during that lunchtime break. It’s where children develop important social skills, learn how to be good citizens of their school and understand how to be responsible for their own actions.

With that in mind, Ms. Licci launched a new initiative this year to give students a greater voice in the school while helping them to have the best lunch and recess times possible. At the beginning of the school year, she met with each grade level, in which students outlined expectations for themselves during their midday break. Empowered to set their own rules, students took the responsibility seriously.

Posters outlining these expectations are displayed prominently in the cafeteria and are signed by every student. Students in the younger grades set more specific rules, such as using inside voices during lunch, cleaning up after themselves and including others during games at recess. The fifth and sixth grade promises reflect their standing as role models in the school, focusing on the virtues of acceptance, fairness, honesty and respect. They vow to use good manners and make good choices.

Newbridge Road’s lunch recess aides were also involved in the process so they can proactively and positively communicate with students and use consistent language. Each aide has laminated copies of the signed promises from each grade.

“It’s much more meaningful and impactful if it comes from the children,” Ms. Licci said. “Students are very receptive to this, and these are documents that hopefully lead to a positive lunch and recess all year.”

Ultimately, Ms. Licci said, the goal is to maximize the time that students can eat their lunch and play with friends. She noted the correlation that exists between good behavior and personal enjoyment.

Date Added: 9/28/2022

District to Hold Community Meetings on Potential Bond Referendum

During their Oct. 13 meeting, it is anticipated that the North Bellmore School District Board of Education will adopt a bond resolution for upgrades to the district’s buildings and infrastructure. Superintendent of Schools Marie Testa and Assistant Superintendent for Business Jacqueline Rehak will present projects to be included for consideration in the December 2022 bond vote. The Oct. 13 meeting will be held at Park Avenue School at 7:30 p.m. For those who cannot attend, the meeting will also be held virtually. Zoom credentials will be available on the district website on Oct. 13.
If approved by the Board of Education on Oct. 13, Ms. Testa and Ms. Rehak will present information on the potential bond during the following:

Thursday, Nov. 10 at 7:30 p.m.
Martin Avenue School
2616 Martin Ave., Bellmore

Wednesday, Nov. 16 at 11 a.m.
North Bellmore Public Library
1551 Newbridge Road, North Bellmore

Thursday, Nov. 17 at 6:30 p.m.
North Bellmore Public Library
1551 Newbridge Road, North Bellmore

The district will also host a bond fair on Wednesday, Nov. 30 from 6:30-9 p.m. at Saw Mill Road School, if the resolution is approved by the Board on Oct. 13.

If approved by the Board of Education on Oct. 13, the bond vote will be held on Thursday, Dec. 8 from 6 a.m.-9 p.m. at Newbridge Road School. More information on the projects will be made available through the district’s website and via a voter guide mailed to all community residents in mid-November.

Date Added: 9/22/2022

Book Sparks a Self-Esteem Boost at Saw Mill

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Children know it’s what’s on the inside that matters, but they also take pride in the physical features that make them unique and help them explore life. At Saw Mill Road Elementary School, fifth graders recently completed writing pieces based on the book, “The Best Part of Me.”

The book, by Wendy Ewald, is told from the perspective of children through photographs and stories. Students in Kara Pulsinelli and Kristin Henchel’s class did their own “The Best Part of Me” pieces as a way of building confidence and self-esteem. Each child selected a feature to highlight, and their writing piece was paired with a photo and displayed for the whole class to see.

Students selected many different body parts and wrote why their choice was valuable to them. One student’s hands help her create artwork; another’s arms help him play sports. Feet help them go new places, hair can be a distinguishing trademark and their hearts allow them to show kindness to others.

Noelle Fischetti wrote about her eyes because, “They help me see what I’m writing and what I’m reading, that way I could learn.”

Date Added: 9/22/2022

Twitter Highlights- September 2022