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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 School2100 Waltoffer Avenue
North Bellmore, NY 11710
Tel: (516) 992-3114
Fax: (516) 992-3054
Principal: Mrs. Danica Brugge









Dear John G. Dinkelmeyer Families,

It is my pleasure to write to you as the Principal of John G. Dinkelmeyer School. It is an honor and a great privilege to lead this incredible learning community on behalf of your children. As a mother of three young children, and an educational leader, I believe that every child deserves to be treated with respect and love. Leading with love, is vitally important in this day and age and doing so means that we recognize and validate the talents of each child as we give each learner what he/she needs to experience a happy, healthy and fulfilling elementary school experience. 
Our school is filled with teachers, faculty and staff that inspire me each day. Our faculty and staff are passionate educators and dedicated to each student's success and personal growth. We are committed to making our school a safe, enjoyable and memorable experience for all. We want our learners to be thinkers, problem solvers, joyful readers and writers, lifelong learners and great leaders in our community. We want each learner here to know that they are valued and that they have great potential.
Your children are treasured here! On behalf of the John G. Dinkemeyer faculty and staff, I thank you for the trust you put in our school as you share your children with us.
Danica Brugge

Current News

Dinkelmeyer Students Get a Taste of Literature

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Throughout the school year, students will read a lot of books in Melissa Halaris’ classroom at John G. Dinkelmeyer Elementary School in the North Bellmore School District. They started filling up their book bags just a few days into the new year following a book tasting in the library.

The mood was set with red tablecloths, placemats and floral centerpieces. Also on each table was a stack of books for students to look through. Ms. Halaris said she wanted children to get a “taste” of each book by reading a few pages, the summary and author biography.

She explained that no two students are alike as readers, with interests in different genres and topics. That’s why independent reading time is an important part of each school day, in which students can read the books that appeal to them.

“We want to make sure that when they’re reading, they enjoy it,” Ms. Halaris said.

North Bellmore Marks 20th Anniversary With Patriotic Pride

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Students and staff in the North Bellmore School District marked the 20th anniversary of the Sept. 11, 2001 terrorist attacks with a show of patriotism, wearing red, white and blue to school on Sept. 10.

At John G. Dinkelmeyer Elementary School, Principal Danica Brugge spoke about Patriot Day, which is observed each year on Sept. 11. In her morning announcements, she led a moment of silence in honor of “our patriot heroes.”

Age-appropriate activities and discussions took place in classrooms throughout the day. Kindergartners took a trip out to the flagpole and learned about the meaning and symbolism of the American flag. Fifth graders watched a read aloud video on YouTube of ‘The Man Who Walked Between the Towers” so students could learn about the buildings that once stood in the New York City skyline.


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