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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.

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2801 Saw Mill Road
North Bellmore, NY 11710
Tel: (516) 992-3118
Fax: (516) 992-3324
Principal: Mr. Jeff Rosof
Assistant Principal: 
Mr. Daniel Madden



 

 

 

 

 

Welcome to Saw Mill Road School! I am happy that you have stopped by for a visit to our website. Saw Mill Road is a K-6 school in the North Bellmore School District. We have a population of almost 700 excited and motivated students and a faculty of 65 committed and passionate teachers. Supporting our students and teachers is a wonderful group of aides, custodians, office staff, and administrators. No school would be complete without the community it serves and the Saw Mill community is incredibly proud and supportive of their school.

Here at Saw Mill we work hard every day implementing the K-6 curriculum and strive to reach the inspiring goals of our district’s mission statement. As an elementary school, we have our students for the beginning steps on the passage through their academic life. While ensuring we create a warm, fun and energetic school environment, we also pay careful attention to the fact that students are learning the foundational skills that will set them up for a lifetime of learning.

Whether you are a Saw Mill family, a local resident, or just someone checking out our website, I know you will feel the spirit and energy that pervade our school.  Wishing you a wonderful day!

Jeff Rosof
Principal

 

 

Announcements

No Pets Policy
Please be aware that pets are not allowed on school grounds. I know you support our efforts to keep our children safe; therefore, I appreciate your cooperation and ask that you refrain from bringing your pets on school grounds at any time. All North Bellmore Schools follow this No Pets policy.

Please Keep Contact Info Up to Date
If any of your contact information changed over the summer– email, phone numbers, address, etc. please call the office and inform them of the change. It is vital that we have the most up to date information in case we need to contact you.

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

Saw Mill Students Become Fire Safety Experts

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Volunteers from the North Bellmore Fire Department visited Saw Mill Road Elementary School at the end of October, which is Fire Prevention Month, to share some potentially life-saving information.

Students got to check out a fire truck and learn about the equipment and tools on board. They also got to see the gear that a firefighter wears, so they understand that underneath is a person who is there to help them.

In their visit to the fire safety trailer, children learned how to escape their homes in case of an emergency and understood the importance of knowing two ways out. The simulated bedrooms filled with fake smoke, and students made their way to a window where they were led to safety by firefighters. Children were sent home with plastic fire helmets and goodie bag with a coloring book and important fire safety information.

Date Added: 11/4/2022

Saw Mill Buddies Take on a Spooky Task

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Every Friday, kindergartners and sixth graders have a standing appointment to get together at Saw Mill Road Elementary School. Students from Soula Sotirakos’ kindergarten class look forward to the visit from their older buddies in Katelyn Panchyn’s class, so they can read together or play educational games.

With Halloween approaching, students did a fun craft on Oct. 28, making haunted houses. Each pair received a piece of paper with a blank house, and another with graphics they could add like doors, windows, ghosts and bats. The kindergartners and their sixth grade friends colored, cut and glued to make a spooky decoration.

Date Added: 11/1/2022

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