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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.

1601 Newbridge Road
North Bellmore, NY 11710
Tel: (516) 992-3116
Fax: (516) 992-3214
Interim Principal: Ms. Amanda Licci


Welcome to Newbridge Road Elementary School!

As interim principal, I’d like to extend a warm welcome to any and all community members visiting our page. Here at Newbridge Road, my aim is to create a safe and supportive learning environment in which each student receives an exemplary education while achieving his/her best academically, socially, and emotionally.
I recognize that in order to meet with success and work to their potential, our children need support from both the home and school. As partners- parents, students, teachers, staff and administrators- we share the responsibility for our children’s progress. I view parents/guardians as equal partners in providing our children with meaningful educational experiences and I truly believe that communication is the key to doing so. Together, we will continue to build upon the excellence of our school community and provide the best for the children of Newbridge Road Elementary School.

The district’s mission states that it is essential for us “…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.” It is with effort that we will strive to unlock the true potential of each and every student. In the words of Maria Montessori, “Free the child's potential, and you will transform him into the world.” Together we will grow our children to transform this world and be the leaders they have the potential to be!

The faculty, staff and I will work diligently to create the educational foundation upon which the children at Newbridge Road grow, while keeping the district’s mission and core values at heart. We will model diligence, resilience, and perseverance as our children continue to develop and strengthen these very skills. I am looking forward to taking part in the learning and growth of all of our students this year.

Please feel free to contact me with any questions or concerns. One of the strongest attributes of the North Bellmore School District is our relationship with the community, and I plan to foster that connection during my time as Newbridge’s Interim Principal.

Warm regards,
Amanda Licci

Interim Principal

Current News

Third Graders Compose and Celebrate at Newbridge

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A two-month immersion in memoir writing culminated with published stories for third graders at Newbridge Road Elementary School. Students from Brenda Adragna’s and Lynda Brust’s classes proudly shared their work with each other during a recent writing celebration.

Through Writer’s Workshop, students reflected on special memories and made their own books. They could write using many different styles, such as first-person or third-person, or even by retelling a moment through an imaginary character. There were some techniques that every writer used including sensory details, which helps a reader visualize the scene, and character dialogue.

The lesson began with students reading mentor texts, including several books by Patricia Polacco. After brainstorming ideas, they got to work on their own writing. Like any author, the first draft was not the last, as they edited, revised and refined their stories before publishing.

Nick Chierchie wrote about the grand slam he hit during his first year playing Little League because “I remember that moment and it was a great feeling.” He noted that not only did this project make him a better writer but also a better artist as his illustrations got better throughout the book.

Alice Boylan reflected on the first sleepover she ever hosted.

“Being a writer is a lot of work,” she said. “It’s worth it because once you finish it, you feel proud of yourself.”

Date Added: 1/18/2022

Telling Tales of Traditions at Newbridge

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Holiday traditions are all about family, so that’s exactly who kindergartners turned to for their writing projects at Newbridge Road Elementary School.

The youngsters were tasked with writing about their favorite holiday traditions. The assignments were done at home so they could tap into the knowledge of those who most know about those important family customs. Students then brought in their finished writing pieces, complete with illustrations, to have discussions with their classmates about each other’s traditions.

Newbridge Artists Build With Paper and Pizazz

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The A in STEAM is for art, and students at Newbridge Road Elementary School learned how it comes together with science, technology, engineering and math during a hands-on building activity.

Art teacher Jill Emmer tasked her young creators with making paper sculptures that included several different elements. There had to a curved wall and a fringed wall, paper intersections, something that moves and one structure over another. Students learned different techniques, such as creating “double feet,” to make their structures stand up securely. They had several artistic tools at their disposal including construction paper in different colors, scissors, rulers, shape tracers and hole punchers.

Ms. Emmer said that goal was for students to use the STEAM approach to create unique art projects that also showed their understanding of several different techniques.

North Bellmore’s Music Makers Have a Blast

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Whether they are singing, dancing or playing instruments, students throughout the North Bellmore School District are having a blast in their general music classes.

Maritza Lopez, Carol Ng and Alexander Roff bring a passion for music that engages their students. They create topical lessons that not only teach children fundamentals but also create an appreciation for music. Their goal is for students to leave class understanding that music is purposeful and universal.

At the end of November, Ms. Lopez, began incorporating holiday songs into her music lessons at Saw Mill Road Elementary School. But it wasn’t just about teaching the notes and words, it was a culture experience. She explained that music is an important part of the traditions associated with holidays celebrated around the world.

Students learned the lyrics to “Light the Menorah” and incorporated percussion instruments in their rendition of “Feliz Navidad.” Using claves and conga drums, half of the class kept a beat while the other half sang.

Thanksgiving sparked musical opportunities in Ms. Ng’s classes at John G. Dinkelmeyer and Park Avenue elementary schools. Students learned how Native Americans used materials from nature to make their own instruments such as the bamboo flute and pan pipes. Children in the younger grade studied rhythmic patterns in turkey songs. To perform holiday music, the young musicians will get to use bells.

Mr. Roff, who teaches at Martin Avenue and Newbridge Road elementary schools, said music literacy is an important part of his classes, with students learning how to read notes and sing different scales. His fourth through sixth graders regularly play percussion instruments such as xylophones to learn different songs.

“Our students are making the most of each music class,” he said.

Food Drive Supports Newbridge Road Community

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Dozens of boxes were filled with food at Newbridge Road Elementary School for the annual Thanksgiving food drive. All donations benefitted families within the community.

The food drive wass a partnership between the school and the PTA. Each grade level was assigned a different item to bring in, such as canned goods, desserts, juice and pasta, to ensure that a variety of food is collected. Sixth graders helped sort the food and check expiration dates, and PTA members created food packages for each family.

Sixth grader Elyzabeth Kuchynskas said that the food drive was important to ensure that everyone in North Bellmore has a good Thanksgiving.

“It feel right to give people food that don’t have enough food,” added A.J. Navarro. “It's giving back to the community.”


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