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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.

2616 Martin Avenue
Bellmore, NY 11710
Tel: (516) 992-3115
Fax: (516) 992-3164
Principal: Mr. James O’Brien
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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


Dear Martin Avenue Families,

It is a pleasure and honor to welcome you to Martin Avenue School. At Martin Avenue, and throughout the North Bellmore School District, we live our mission statement as we ‘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.’ In the classrooms and throughout the halls, our mission is evident as the students strive to collaborate, learn and grow.

As principal, I am excited to work with a faculty and staff dedicated to providing enriching learning opportunities for all students; opportunities that enable the students to become lifelong learners and connect with the world around them. We believe that all students can learn, grow and find success. We strive to create an environment where all of the students’ needs are met; an environment where they can flourish and grow emotionally, academically, and socially. The students are encouraged to take academic risks and are given multiple opportunities to find success on many different levels. Hard work is encouraged and celebrated, as positive habits of mind are developed.

Martin Avenue is an incredible learning community where all students are treated with care, love, and respect. I look forward to working with families, faculty, and staff to inspire the students to learn and grow in a safe, nurturing environment. Please feel free to contact me with any questions or concerns.

James O’Brien


Current News

Spanish Program Delights Language Learners

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Asked if they are excited to learn another language, the answer by students across the North Bellmore School District is simple – “Si.”

The district relaunched its Spanish program this year, with regular instruction for fifth and sixth graders at the five elementary schools, as well as a kindergarten enrichment program. Spanish teacher Kristen Giris incorporates Spanish language and culture into her lessons. Early topics have included the Spanish alphabet, numbers, greetings, feelings, holidays, the calendar, weather, colors, shapes, family members, classroom objects and adjectives.

“To get students engaged in learning language, I like to make the class fun,” Ms. Giris said. “I incorporate a lot of games, pictures, choral repetition, songs and movement. Language in meant to be spoken and we work in groups and pairs frequently.”

Spanish culture is an important part of her lessons. Hispanic Heritage Month, celebrated annually from Sept. 15 to Oct. 15, gave Ms. Giris an early opportunity to integrate Spanish customs into her instruction. Students also learn about the history of Latin American nations, famous Hispanic people and points of interest in Spanish-speaking countries.Music frequently plays in the background during class.

Students say the Spanish skills they are developing now will help them in middle school and beyond. Martin Avenue Elementary School fifth grader Kendall Cava said the vocabulary sheets provided by Ms. Giris help her memorize words. Her favorite assignment was a research project on famous people from Spanish-speaking countries and she chose Celia Cruz, the Queen of Salsa.

Kendall said that learning Spanish will help her communicate better with several relatives. Sixth grader Rex Dietrich, whose great-grandfather hails from Argentina, enjoys connecting with his Hispanic heritage. He appreciates that Ms. Giris spends most of class speaking Spanish, not English, which helps him learn the language better.

“It’s important because around this age, we’re going to start meeting people who speak other languages, and one of the most popular languages is Spanish,” Rex said.

Kallyx Agpalo fondly remembers an activity about feelings. Working with a partner, one student would say an emotion in Spanish, and the other would match it to a card with a picture of that emotion.

Sixth grader Shiba Das loves learning other languages and about other countries. He has already been overseas with aspirations to travel to even more places, so he knows that knowledge of any language will be a great benefit.

Madison Badillo, a sixth grader, said she looks forward to speaking with her grandfather in Spanish. She has particularly enjoyed studying Hispanic culture and liked writing poems inspired by a tradition from the Mexican holiday, Day of the Dead.

“It’s a really good opportunity for us because we get to be exposed to Spanish before we go off to middle school,” she said.

Madison plans to continue with Spanish in middle school to master the language, while other students say they’d like to use the spark that was lit this year to add a third language to their repertoire. Kallyx explained that he is thinking about taking French or Italian next year because it’s good to learn multiple languages and be able to communicate with many different people.

Fifth and sixth graders receive one 40-minute block of Spanish per six-day cycle. The kindergarten enrichment program is designed to expose the children to the language at a young age, focusing on basic vocabulary and phrases. Ms. Giris described the classes as fun and communicative, with lots of singing and games.

“Learning languages at the elementary level provides a huge benefit for students,” Ms. Giris said.“At a young age, they are more inclined and open to trying new things. Research shows that when students begin language learning at the elementary level, they are able to pick up languages faster with more native-like fluency and a higher level of proficiency. A language is a bridge to understanding and an appreciation of differences in a rapidly diversifying world.”

Date Added: 11/15/2022

Kindergartners Learn Math in a Number of Ways

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Kindergartners in the North Bellmore School District have been working on their ABCs but also are making lots of time for their 123s.

Since the beginning of the school year, the district’s youngest learners have been focusing on the numbers 0 through 10 with a variety of hands-on activities. In Samantha Sclafani’s class at John G. Dinkelmeyer Elementary School, kindergartners learned nine different strategies to represent numbers. They can use numerals, words, pictures or tallies. They can count with their fingers, or the dots on dice and dominoes. Number lines and 10 frames are also useful tools.

In math centers, Ms. Sclafani’s students use these different resources to practice counting and to work on basic addition. During center time, she walks around the room to visit each student, assess their understanding and address individual needs.

At Martin Avenue Elementary School, children in Melissa Reime’s kindergarten class also work in math centers. They rotate through multiple stations which have different activities that foster teamwork as well as independent thinking.

One station always focuses on small-group instruction, in which Ms. Reime meets with a few students at a time to review a skill or concept. Recently, she worked with students on the different numbers that add up to five. Across the room, another group built towers with unit cubes based on the numbers on small math mats.

Each child in Ms. Reime’s class has a math box, with items such as counters, dice, a ten frame and number line.

“As the year goes on,” she said, “we put more into their toolkit as they learn.”

Date Added: 10/11/2022


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