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Reading Role Models Shine at Newbridge Road

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World Read Aloud Day in the North Bellmore School District on Feb. 2 wasn’t just about fostering a love of literacy. There were also messages of acceptance and inclusion, as principals at the five schools read “Just Ask: Be Different, Be Brave, Be You.”

Newbridge Road Elementary School Principal Amanda Licci read the book during a morning Zoom assembly, with students and teachers watching from their classrooms. “Just Ask,” written by Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor and illustrated by Rafael Lopez, celebrates the different abilities of people and validates the natural curiosities of children. Ms. Licci explained that when kids ask questions about something that is different, it isn’t out of malice but out of a desire to understand and accept. The book teaches how to ask those questions respectfully.

“Many of the issues that the author addresses, in a developmentally appropriate way, kids can connect to,” Ms. Licci said.

After the schoolwide read aloud, Ms. Licci then visited classrooms to spread a love of books. JoAnn Belferder’s second graders were treated to a reading of “Dear Mrs. LaRue: Letters from Obedience School” by Mark Teague.

Before the lunchtime bustle began, kindergartners and sixth graders met in the cafeteria to read together. Youngsters from Mary Yager’s class brought their favorite books and were paired with buddies from Gayle Angert’s ALPHA class, which included sixth graders from both Newbridge Road and Saw Mill Road schools. The kindergartners were proud to showcase their reading abilities to their older friends.

The day concluded with a spirit assembly and another read aloud. Students gathered in the gymnasium and watched a recording of sixth graders from the Spirit Club read “Somebody Loves You, Mr. Hatch” by Eileen Spinelli. The recording was made with support from instructional coach Danielle Calapai. At the end of the assembly, each student received a paper heart to eventually pass along to someone else and spread love in the school or at home.

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Date Added: 2/16/2024

100-Day Parade at Saw Mill

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Students at Saw Mill Road Elementary School celebrated the 100th day of school on Feb. 8. Kindergartners paraded through the school with their special, homemade hats of 100 objects, such as balloons, jewels, Legos and stickers.

The entire school joined in the festivities as students from the upper grades, many wearing 100-day shirts, lined the halls to cheer on the kindergartners.

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Date Added: 2/13/2024

Dancing is Hip at Park Avenue

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Fifth and sixth graders have sure got the moves at Park Avenue Elementary School, and they were thrilled to show them off during a weeklong dance residency from Jan. 22-26.

For four days, each class spent time working with instructors from The Dance Place, a local studio which has locations in Bellmore and Merrick. They learned basic hip hop moves like donkey kicks, turtle spins and break dancing. Every class choreographed a unique routine to showcase for parents on the final day.

The dance residency has been a tradition at Park Avenue for more than a decade. It is a partnership between the school, The Dance Place and the PTA’s Arts in Education committee, which funds the experience. It builds confidence for students as they grow up and will have social events in their lives with dancing. Students also feel a sense of accomplishment and pride after completing their choreographed show.

Several of the participants are also students at local dance studios and were thrilled to have an activity they enjoy come to Park Avenue.

“I love dancing, and it’s great to do the thing I love in school,” Zara Zytkowicz said. “I looked forward to performing at the end of the week so everyone could see what we did.”

Holly Schellberg, a competitive dancer outside of school, added, “When I dance in school, I can just have fun. It gives me a break to get my body moving.”

The dance residency continues in February for students in grades 2-4 who will do musical theater. Kindergartners and first graders will have creative movement workshops in the spring.

Date Added: 2/12/2024

Martin Avenue Third Graders Mark Lunar New Year

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Third graders from Martin Avenue Elementary School recently came together to celebrate the Lunar New Year. To mark the Year of the Dragon, students made a dragon craft by tracing and cutting out their handprints on different color pieces of construction paper.

Teachers Jillian Estelle, Danielle Kalinowski and Judie Wakie explained that they emphasize the celebration of all cultures in their classrooms. The third grade social studies curriculum focuses on communities around the world, and their students reflect diverse backgrounds.

“We want to immerse our students in all cultures,” Ms. Kalinowski said. “It is important for them to learn about and understand each other’s traditions.”

This year, Lunar New Year is celebrated on Feb. 10. Martin Avenue third graders read “Lion Dancer” by Kate Waters, and then discussed traditions associated with the holiday. They also read “Cat and Rat” to learn about the origins of the Chinese zodiac signs.

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Date Added: 2/8/2024

Newbridge Road Third Graders Help Moon Bears

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After reading a book about the plight of moon bears, third graders at Newbridge Road Elementary School decided to take action. And they sure did – raising hundreds of dollars for bear rescue efforts in Asia.

The student-led service project was a huge success, as Lynda Brust’s class collected $799.13 in just a few days. They split into teams to carry out the initiative. The different roles included promoting the fundraiser, educating other students about moon bears, providing each class with bags for donations and counting the money. The latter was quite the task, as most the donations came in the form of spare change.

“It’s heartwarming to see passionate students take ownership of their learning,” Ms. Brust said, who said the service project was sparked by a book that was part of the nonfiction reading unit. “It was a teamwork effort. Every student in the class was part of the moon bear effort in some way.”

Students, whose motto was “No bear left behind,” hope that their efforts will make an impact. The money they raised will be given to AnimalsAsia, a group devoted to ending bear bile farming and improving the welfare of animals across Asia. The organization operates bear sanctuaries in China and Vietnam, and also fights against abusive animal practices at safari parks and zoos.

“We’re saving animals and that’s a good thing,” third grader Dominic Mitchell said.

“It’s so nice that the whole school can do something together and it just feels amazing to help these animals," added Maya Zucker.

Andrew Boylan was touched by the generosity of his fellow Newbridge Road students, saying, “Look at how much money people gave to save these animals, and I think that’s really kind.”

Date Added: 2/6/2024