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A Trip to the Post Office

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Reinhard students in Katy O’Bier’s class took a trip to the Bellmore post office with faculty and parents to learn about the mail system.

Prior to the trip, the students created colorful Mothers’ Day cards to mail during their visit. They also learned how the mail system works, the job of a mail carrier and how letters, packages and bills get delivered to homes and businesses each day.

Reinhard Families Walk for Fitness

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Reinhard students and families slipped on their sneakers and athletic wear to join in on the fun during the annual Fitness Walk.

For the past several weeks, students have been working to better their levels during recess, and the Fitness Walk is a culmination of these physical education activities and initiatives. Principal Patricia Castine also noted that the Fitness Walk not only encourages students to exercise more, but is a great activity for the families to participate in together.

After a walk around the perimeter of the school’s secret and main playgrounds and a quick jaunt to the finish line, each student received a certificate.

A Visit with NYS Assemblyman David McDonough

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Shore Road students received an inside look at how the state’s government works during a visit with New York State Assemblyman David McDonough. The  sixth-graders are learning about state government, and McDonough’s talk emphasized how a bill becomes a law, as well as how the government houses work together to govern. McDonough also gave insight into why he became involved in public service.

An Exploration of American Indian culture

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Shore Road fifth-graders attended an in-house filed trip called Journeys Into American Indian Territory to learn about the culture of the Eastern Woodland Native Americans. During the curriculum-based event, presenters Maddi Cheers and Richie Cornacchio shared artifacts from their portable museum, told Native American tales and taught students to play Hoop and Stick and the Ball Game, popular with the Native American children.

Students learned how the Eastern Woodland Native Americans used the whole buffalo for clothes, food and shelter, and select students demonstrated how to tan clothing out of hides. The most popular part of the program, however, was the installation of a traditional teepee in the gymnasium for the students to explore.

A Celebration of Mexican culture

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Reinhard students celebrated Mexican culture during the festive holiday of Cinco de Mayo. Foreign language teacher Lisa Goldberg organized the annual event and explained that the school’s Cinco de Mayo celebration was an opportune occasion to strengthen the students’ knowledge of the Spanish language.

During the day, students constructed and painted serapas, a Latin American shawl, out of paper bags. Rotating through four stations, the students honed their Spanish language skills through song and Latin dance, while playing Bingo, creating Mexican flags and reading about a Mexican boy’s day in school. The celebration commenced with a snack of chips and salsa.

Everyone is a Super Hero Leader

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In addition to their core academic subjects, Reinhard students celebrated the district’s core values and leadership principles associated with leadership during Super Hero Leader Day on April 28.

Students and faculty dressed up as their favorite super heroes or wore a graphic super hero T-shirt to commemorate the occasion. They also wrote about the school’s super hero leaders, with pronouncements read over the loud speaker and posted on the Super Hero Leader bulletin board.

Principal Patricia Castine explained, “The students are internalizing the district’s core values and leadership principles and are recognizing the leadership powers they each possess.”

Art Teacher Granted Tenure

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During the April 20 Board of Education meeting, art teacher Michelle Block was granted tenure, one of the most important accomplishments of a teacher’s career, effective Sept. 1, 2017.

Mrs. Block has taught art at both the Charles A. Reinhard Early Childhood Center and Winthrop Avenue School since 2014. She has also accrued more than 400 hours of additional professional development and has been influential in preparing and selecting student-artwork for the annual Bellmore Star Arts Gallery.  

Bellmore Administrators Association representative and Shore Road Principal Patrice Matthews said, “Thanks so much for sharing your talent with the students of Bellmore.” In addition, teacher David Reilly, who represents the Bellmore Faculty Association described Mrs. Block “not only as a talented artist, but a talented teacher.”

Celebrating and Nurturing Earth

Celebrating and Nurturing Earth Photo

Reinhard students learned ways to nurture the planet during the school’s annual Earth Day celebration.

Kindergarten students kicked off the celebration with a recycled hat parade. They recited the Earth Day pledge during a gathering in the auditorium, where they sang, under the direction of music teacher Randi Andersen, the “Reinhard Song,” “Spring is Here,” “Spring has Sprung” and “This Land is Your Land.” Nassau County Legislator Steven Rhoads was also in attendance and told the students they are responsible for the planet.

“Earth Day teaches us that you have the power to make a difference in the world around you,” he said.

First- and second-grade students gathered in the auditorium to also recite the Earth Day pledge and to listen to Principal Patricia Castine’s recitation of Jane Yolen’s poem “Earth Day.” They performed several songs for including “What do Animals Need” for friends and family.

In addition to the class celebrations, students assisted faculty with the planting of flowers in the courtyard and a tree, purchased with donations from the PTA and Legislator Rhoads.

Throughout the day, the students were constantly reminded that they are stewards of the planet. They also received a special treat of ice pops from Legislator Rhoads to celebrate the day.

Newest Artworks Unveiled at Bellmore Star Arts Gallery

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The exemplary artwork of K-6 students was unveiled during the opening of the 2017 Bellmore Star Arts Gallery, held at the district office on April 20. More than 40 pieces of artwork were exhibited in matching gold frames, donated by alumnus James Perna. Under the guidance of teachers Michelle Block and Stephen Gorey, the students expressed themselves through a variety of media and skills sets including mask making, watercolor, pencil and more.

A welcome addition to this year’s art venue was a performance by student-musicians, under the direction of Kathleen Rostholder.  

Block said one of the purposes of the art show is “to infuse a love of the arts while showcasing students’ best works.”

In addition, Gorey said, “The Bellmore Star Arts Gallery is a nice way to reward student leadership in the arts.”

Frog Versus Toad

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In learning about the life cycles of frogs, Reinhard first-grade students met with science consultant Brian “Frogman” Walrapp and Tammy the tree frog, Freddy the toad and Bob the bullfrog, among others.

During the lesson, the students became familiar with the creatures’ characteristics, including the differences in the shapes of their bodies, skin texture, vocalizations and position of their eyes. For instance, they learned that toads have eyes that do not protrude from their heads, while frogs have eyes that bulge from their heads.
The students are now viewing tadpoles in their classroom tanks and are recording their different stages during their growth into frogs.

A-buzz With Spelling Talent

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Otto Velting was the first-place winner in Shore Road School’s annual sixth-grade spelling bee, with Hayden Schneider finishing second in the competition.

Fourteen student spellers battled it out on the auditorium stage for the title of top speller, with teachers Carolyn Acevedo and Kelly Popielaski as moderators and teachers Laurie DiMaina, Regina Harten and Michelle Stein as judges. The competition was challenging when after eight rounds and the misspelling of the word “metropolis,” Otto gave the correct spelling of “vaguely” to clinch the title.

Prior to the spelling bee, contests were held in individual classrooms, and the two top spellers from each class were invited to participate in the spelling bee on April 7.

The district also congratulates participants Jessica Blumberg, Taylor Conroy, Christopher Field, Nicole Giordano, David Greenberg, Richard Ippoliti, Gabriela Mazzaferro, Christopher Panza, Nicholas Rinaldi, Skye Saunders, Samantha Schneider and Matthew Wallace for their participation and outstanding sportsmanship.

Reinhard SAC Donates to Canine Companions

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Reinhard’s Student Advisory Council presented a $300 donation to Canine Companions for Independence, an organization that supplies dogs to individuals with disabilities. During the fundraising event, students each colored the picture of a puppy and brought it to school with a donation of one dollar.  

The students also received an opportunity to meet service dogs Bamboo II, Hooley, Hubert and Tea and their handlers during an assembly about the importance of service dogs. They learned that they are trained to learn 35 commands for 18 months prior to attending Puppy College. Most importantly, the students learned that kindness goes a long way in training a dog.

VIDEO: Ukulele Club


Under the direction of music teacher Laura Laude, students at Shore Road are taking time to learn to play the ukulele during the school’s new ukulele club, which meets during lunchtime each Friday.

Guilty as Charged!

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The courtroom erupted as the jury delivered a guilty verdict in the case of The State of Virginia vs. Judd Travers, who was accused of shooting a doe while hunting out of season.

Such was the case tried during a mock trial at Winthrop Avenue by Theresa Wallace’s fourth-grade students. Not only did the students prepare for their parts as defendant, plaintiff, trial lawyers, jurors, stenographers, bailiffs and court reporters for several weeks, but invited parent and attorney Christopher Elliot to serve as the judge. Elliot presented a workshop on criminal justice prior to the mock trial, which prompted the activity. 

‘The mock trial experience is authentic, because things are happening as they unfold,” Wallace stated. “During this experience, the students have honed listening and speaking skills and have learned to craft open-ended questions, which are important life skills.”

The prosecution team won with a presentation of evidence suggesting that the doctor who diagnosed Judd Travers with severe myopia did not have a medical license after pleading guilty to writing false prescriptions. They also noted that Travers did not wear his glasses during the trial, making it unlikely he had severe myopia. 

Winthrop Avenue Musicians Attend a Day of Recorder

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Winthrop Avenue student-musicians participated in the Suffolk County Music Educators Association Day of Recorder, also known as the Eugene Reichenthal Recorder festival, held at Brentwood High School on March 18. The program’s goal was to provide festival opportunities for recorder players, many who are emerging as instrumentalists.

Music teacher Erica Davis congratulates Jayden Chiu, Brenden Chiu, Grace Ham, Sean Harris, Jack Levitt, Athina Malafis and Abbey Racer for this musical achievement, as well as Cari Einbinder who attended the rehearsals prior to the festival.

Once Upon a Time

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Dressed as fairy princesses, kings and queens, farmers and more, Bellmore second-graders at Reinhard performed short plays based on the fairytales “The 12 Dancing Princesses,” “Many Moons” and “One Gift Deserves Another” (“The Turnip”) for delighted parents and peers. The plays were a culmination of workshops held by artist-in-residence Lorraine Zeller-Agostino, who taught the students nonverbal improvisational acting techniques through the study of fairytales.

“We are bringing these stories to life and have learned that there are many versions to a story by the way we transport ourselves into the characters,” Ms. Zeller-Agostino said.

In addition to reading and studying fairytales, the students learned to depict expression, emotion and choral techniques on stage. They were cast and then practiced their parts in the classroom and on stage for several weeks. In addition to learning acting techniques, the goals of the program were to provide them with opportunities to explore their creativity, learn cooperation skills, feel successful and examine the art of drama.   

Sunday, May 28, 2017