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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
Principal: Ms. Amanda Licci
Instagram: @nbrpride

 

Welcome to Newbridge Road Elementary School!

As principal of our beautiful building, I’d like to extend a warm welcome to any and all community members visiting our page. Here at Newbridge Road, we welcome all children and all families to our learning community so that they may grow and flourish with us. Each and every child who walks through our doors is valued for the individual they are and the contributions they make to the whole group.

As we look forward to Newbridge Road School’s 100th year in operation, we recognize the rich history of the building, the community with which it serves, and the success of countless students who have been educated here. While continuing the tradition of excellence here in North Bellmore and respecting the deep-rooted history, we also aim to equip our students with the knowledge, power, and skills they will need to navigate our ever-changing world and make a positive impact wherever they may go. It is always with the district’s mission in mind, “…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,” that we go about our daily work.

Being part of the Newbridge Road school community means taking pride in who you are, where you come from, how you treat others, and what you represent; it means showing your Newbridge HEART at all times. At Newbridge Road, we stand for Honesty, Empathy, Acceptance, Respect and Teamwork. All members of our school community – parents, students, teachers, staff and administrators – will aim to demonstrate HEART as we partner to help our children and our community thrive. I am honored and inspired to be participating in and leading this work with our entire community.

Warm regards,
Amanda Licci
Principal

Current News

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

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

Newbridge Road, Nassau Police Celebrate Commitment to Safety

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Hundreds of children and adults from the Newbridge Road Elementary School community packed the gymnasium on Jan. 19 to show Nassau County police officers well-deserved gratitude for their response to a threat at the school just three days earlier.

The appreciation was mutual. Patrick Ryder, commissioner of the Nassau County Police Department, had equal praise for students, faculty and staff for their exemplary implementation of the emergency safety plan on Jan. 16. They calmly enacted the practices and procedures learned in lockdown drills.

The threat turned out to be unfounded, everyone went home safe, and school resumed the next day. The shared commitment to safety between the school community and the police department was a cause to celebrate. Students, staff, Board of Education trustees, district administrators and officers from multiple divisions of the police department came together.

Commissioner Ryder and officers passed out frisbees and squishy balls to students. Children handed out handmade cards to the police and held up thank-you signs.

Music blared as the commissioner introduced officers from the different bureaus that responded on Jan. 16, including emergency services, Homeland Security, POP, special operations, and the canine, motorcycle and mounted units.

Superintendent Marie Testa said that one of the goals of the assembly was for students to see police officers in a fun and relaxed setting, after seeing them during a serious situation a few days earlier. She wanted to remind the children that police officers are community helpers.

“We have a very strong relationship with the Nassau County Police Department,” Ms. Testa said. “We are coming together to celebrate our partnership for safety and security.”

Principal Amanda Licci said that Newbridge Road is a home away from home for students and staff, it is important for everyone to feel safe and secure there. She thanked the police officers for their commitment to the safety of the hundreds of people who call the school their second home. Ms. Licci presented Commissioner Ryder with a Newbridge HEART award that is based on the school’s values – honesty, empathy, acceptance, respect and teamwork.

To thank the police officers on behalf of the Newbridge Road, main office secretary Diane Agoglia read a poem that she wrote for the event.

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Date Added: 1/19/2024

Musicians Earn All-County, LISFA Selections

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Nearly three dozen students from the North Bellmore School District were selected to the 2024 All-County music festival, hosted by the Nassau Music Educators Association.

Fifth and sixth grade band, chorus and orchestra students were recognized for their musical talents. All-County rehearsals and concerts were held throughout the first two weeks of January.

The district congratulates the following students:

John G. Dinkelmeyer Elementary School: Adriana Aglio and Viana Olson, sixth grade chorus; Jake Duverneau, Charlotte Giannetta, Madison Lau, Brielle Orphee and Nicholas Truglio, fifth grade chorus.

Martin Avenue Elementary School: Summer Ferrie, sixth grade band; Seraphina McGill and Ariana Vargas, sixth grade chorus; Adalyn Perez, sixth grade orchestra; Alayna Mangels, fifth grade orchestra.

Newbridge Road Elementary School: Brian Barrera, sixth grade band; Daniella Capritto and Keira Ferris, sixth grade chorus; Thomas Howe, sixth grade orchestra.

Park Avenue Elementary School: Arya Chandhok, sixth grade band; Andrew Udilovich, fifth grade band; Carlos Flores and Camilla Roman, sixth grade chorus; Giuliana Ferraro, Harnoor Kaur, Elianna Macaluso, Micah Millington and Olivia Sparks, fifth grade chorus; Temitayo Otuyemi, sixth grade orchestra; Michael Liguori, fifth grade orchestra.

Saw Mill Road Elementary School: Ryan Paruch, sixth grade band; Sean Egan and Shira Rosen, sixth grade chorus; Isabella Rodriguez, Kayla Schieren and Madison Tam, fifth grade chorus; Charlotte O’Hea, sixth grade orchestra.

Additionally, Michael and Temitayo from Park Avenue and Charlotte from Saw Mill Road were selected to participate in the Long Island String Festival Association’s Nassau intermediate festival in early March.

North Bellmore’s music students are under the direction of music educators Desiree Behr, Christopher D’Orio, Dana Hirsch, Maritza Lopez, Ed McCullagh, Carol Ng, Alexander Roff and Lisa Uckardes.

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Date Added: 1/11/2024

Newbridge Artists Have Winter Thoughts in North Bellmore

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From snowmen to polar bears to natural phenomena, young artists at Newbridge Road Elementary School have been creating winter-themed projects. Under the tutelage of art teacher Erica Farley, they are working with a variety of media while also exploring different techniques.

Fourth graders have been doing textured polar bear drawings. Students chose from oil pastels, pencils or Sharpie markers. They learned how to create implied texture through the use of shading techniques. First graders completed guided polar bear drawings and then made cool-color background with tissue paper.

In third grade, students explored the northern lights with chalk pastel drawings. Their depictions included snow-covered mountains silhouettes of cabins and trees. They used a folding and pressing technique to create reflections. Kindergartners made snowmen collages using found objects after reading the Lois Ehlert book, “Snowballs.”

“I want my students to see art all around them and feel connected to their art,” Ms. Farley said. “Bringing the world around them, such as scenery of the season, into the classroom is very beneficial for them as artists.”

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Date Added: 1/2/2024

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