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Mission Statement

Our mission is to inspire all students to be confident, passionate learners with the courage and skills to lead their lives with integrity, while contributing to our global community with creativity and compassion.

John G. Dinkelmeyer Elementary School 2100 Waltoffer Avenue
North Bellmore, NY 11710
Tel: (516) 992-3114
Fax: (516) 992-3054
Principal: Mrs. Danica Brugge
Instagram: @jgdpride


Dear John G. Dinkelmeyer Families,    

Welcome to our JGD Family! It is an absolute pleasure to write to you as the proud Principal of John G. Dinkelmeyer School. It is an honor and privilege to lead this incredible learning community on behalf of your children!   

As a mother of three children and an educational leader, I believe that every child deserves to be treated with respect and love. Leading with love is vitally important. We strive to recognize and validate the talents of each child as we give each learner what they need to experience a happy, healthy, and fulfilling elementary school experience.

Our school has teachers, faculty, and staff who inspire me daily! The halls and classrooms of JGD are filled with passionate educators dedicated to each student's success and personal growth. We are committed to making our school safe and enjoyable while creating memorable experiences. We want our learners to be thinkers, problem solvers, joyful readers and writers, lifelong learners, and great leaders in our community. We are committed to ensuring that each student at JGD knows they possess great potential and are valued for who they are as individuals and learners.  

Your children are treasured here! On behalf of the John G. Dinkelmeyer faculty and staff, thank you for trusting our school and sharing your children with us. We have so much to look forward to this year! 
Danica Brugge



Current News

JGD Students Raise Money for Healthy Hearts

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Students at John G. Dinkelmeyer Elementary School supported healthy hearts for themselves and others by participating in the Kids Hearts Challenge. The school raised $565 for the American Heart Association.

Physical education teacher Jim Mulvey spearheaded the initiative. During their P.E. classes, students took part in various basketball competitions including Around the World, Challenger Champ and one-on-one contests. They asked family and friends to make donations for the American Heart Association.

“They did a great job,” Mr. Mulvey said. “We’re trying to build health and wellness for life.”

Date Added: 4/12/2024

JGD Student Teachers Embrace Giving Spirit

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A pair of aspiring teachers are inspiring students to help others at John G. Dinkelmeyer Elementary School. Student teacher Ryan Catalano and student observer Sarah Enderle both spearheaded community service projects that were quickly embraced by the Dinkelmeyer community.

Mr. Catalano and Ms. Enderle both took on passion projects as part of their participation in the graduate elementary education program at Molloy University. At Dinkelmeyer, where students embrace the district’s mission statement of “contributing to our global community with creativity and compassion,” they found willing participants.

Fifth graders donated new and used sports equipment to a drive run by Mr. Catalano, a sports enthusiast. Over two weeks, they filled two large boxes with bats, balls, sticks, protective gear and more for multiple sports.

“So many students got on board and were super excited to participate,” said Mr. Catalano, a student teacher in Melissa Halaris’ class for seven weeks. “It was a great opportunity for them to learn about the needs of other children around the world.”

The items will be given to Game Changers New York and shipped to low-income and high-needs communities across the globe.

“It felt good to donate because it’s going to help other kids around the world that don’t have the money to buy this equipment,” said David Holmes, who donated several items include a basketball, baseball bats, helmets and shin guards.

“Just letting other kids play different sports, it makes me feel like I’m giving something to someone,” added Jake Duverneau, who contributed a football and handball.

Ms. Enderle’s project was to collect new and gently used books for The Book Fairies, a nonprofit organization based in Freeport that redistributes reading materials to under-resourced communities on Long Island. She is a student observer in Stephanie Meehan’s kindergarten class, and children from Dinkelmeyer’s three kindergarten classes were invited to donate.

“I’ve always really liked reading and I think every kid should have access to books,” Ms. Enderle said.

Date Added: 3/22/2024

District Gives Accolades to Young Artists

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Two dozen young artists from the North Bellmore School District were recognized for their talents at the North Bellmore Board of Education meeting on Feb. 8. Their drawings and paintings were displayed for all to see, and proud parents snapped photos before art teachers presented certificates.

Artists from the five elementary schools were honored. North Bellmore’s art teachers, Jillian Bock, Erica Farley and Amy Lopez, selected works to showcase a variety of projects across all grade levels that students completed in the first half of the school year. The pieces reflected the use of different artistic techniques and mediums.

“This art show is a visual representation of students’ artistic learning and growth, and the positive impact of arts education in our schools,” said Saw Mill Road Elementary School Principal Jeffrey Rosof, who supervises the district’s art program.

The district congratulates its featured artists:

John G. Dinkelmeyer Elementary School: Siya Gahra, Erin Loechner, Vincent Maltese and Yirui Zhang.

Martin Avenue Elementary School: Tess Daly,Vivienne Ferrie, Vincent Samaniegoand Reese Walker.

Newbridge Road Elementary School: Kayla Diaz,Paul Sloven,Luke Watson andConnor Weidemann.

Park Avenue Elementary School: Catalina Fioranelli, Caleb Littman, Wyatt Roussine and Madison Scholl.

Saw Mill Road Elementary School (Ms. Lopez): Grace Cho, Sean Egan, Noah Gwyther, Alexa Olmo, Lucas Shek, Brielle Tambini, Olivia Thomas and Averie Volpe.

The framed student artwork will be on display throughout the district for the next year. Central office and building administrators proudly selected pieces of art to hang in their offices.

Click here to view the photo slideshow.

Date Added: 2/29/2024

Valentine’s Day is All About Kindness at JGD

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The purpose of Valentine’s Day is to spread love, and that’s exactly what students did at John G. Dinkelmeyer Elementary School. As soon as they arrived at school on Feb. 14, children went on a mission to bring kindness to others.

Christine Shahin’s second graders made a kindness bulletin in the hallway. Each student contributed a paper heart listing one way to be kind. The goal was to share their ideas with the entire school and watch kindness spread.

In Kim Rackley’s fourth grade class, students worked on kindness messages to their families. They wrote letters to parents and siblings to bring home at the end of the day. The papers were folded up like an accordion with a heart on top so when opened up, it would reveal the message.

Fifth graders in Melissa Halaris’ class spent part of the day delivering kindness clips. Each student wrote positive messages on three wooden clips – one for a teacher, one for a student in another grade and one for his or her kindergarten buddy.

“It shows that we care about the staff members and other students here,” Nicole Quevedo said. “I’m happy to see other people happy and knowing that we can make a small difference in someone else’s day.”

Fellow fifth grader Cameron Nobile said it was a good way to spread positivity throughout the school. Among the recipients of his kindness clips were his fourth grade teacher, Kathleen Kee, and his sister.

“It gives people a little smile to their day,” he said.

Click here to view the photo slideshow.

Date Added: 2/21/2024


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