New York State Governor Andrew Cuomo has extended the closure of all schools in the state until
This means that no students are to report to school from
Monday, March 16th through Wednesday, April 15th.
There will be no activities or events during this time.
As more cases of the Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) are confirmed in our district and community, I am encouraging you to visit the link below for more information on:
What to Do If You Are Sick or Feel Sick, https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/if-you-are- sick/steps-when-sick.html.
Also, please visit the link below for more information on 15 Days to Slow the Spread of COVID-19, https://www.whitehouse.gov/wp- content/uploads/2020/03/03.16.20_coronavirus-guidance_8.5x11_315PM.pdf.
The Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) Hotline Number is 1-888-364-3065.
FREE GRAB AND GO LUNCH PROGRAM
Beginning Wednesday, March 18, 2020, we will be providing our students a free Grab and Go lunch between the hours of 11am and 1pm. There will be no Ala Carte items for sale. Lunches will be distributed for both schools at the Floral Park Bellerose Elementary School (the entrance for pickup will be on the Poppy Place side lunch door on the black top). All students who are eligible for the free and reduced meal program are encouraged to participate in the meal pick up program. If you should have an issue with transportation or have a special dietary need, please contact the school lunch office at 516 434 2758 or email Karen Crenshaw at KCrenshaw@fpbsd.org
ALTICE HOME INTERNET
Altice (formerly Cablevision) offers a free internet product for students with no Internet access at home. Installation charges are also waived. The relationship is directly between parent/guardian and Altice so the school districts and BOCES are not involved except to provide information. Parents call 1-866-200-9522 to enroll
Through the prompts, they will need to select new customer, new service, new Internet.
Please fill out the form below to request an iPad for home use. Please complete one for each child you are requesting an iPad for.
Starting Monday, March 23, 2020, the fields and play structures
at both the Floral Park-Bellerose and the John Lewis Childs schools
will be closed.
State Education Department and New York's Public Television Stations Announce Expanded Remote Learning During Statewide School Closure
Local Public Media Channels to Broadcast Educational Content for Pre-K to 12th Grade
Effective 3/12/20, we will not be permitting any outside community groups to use our indoor school facilities. This does not effect the School Life Plus Program. All outside community groups are currently being contacted. Girl Scouts, Boys Scouts and any other groups who enter our buildings prior to 6pm are included in this decision as well. Again, this is another precautionary measure and we thank you for your patience and cooperation.
Please CLICK HERE for the most up to date information regarding the virus.
Please CLICK HERE for Information about Talking to Children About COVID-19 (Coronavirus)
Our District is continuing to take extra precautionary measures such as:
A proud artist displays his work at Floral Park-Bellerose School!
Puzzles for Remembrance
Fifth grade Student Council members went to an assisted living residence and assembled puzzles with the residents as part of Floral Park-Bellerose School’s "Puzzles for Remembrance " service learning project.
100 Days of School at Floral Park-Bellerose
On Feb. 25, students and staff at Floral Park-Bellerose School celebrated the 100th day of school.
Kindergartners and first graders paraded down the halls to music. The kindergartners wore headbands and crowns that said statements like, “Hip hip hooray! We’ve been here 100 days!” and “I’m 100 days brighter!” First graders dressed up as 100-year-old people, donning mustaches and wigs and holding canes.
Class 4A made a special craft for Valentine’s Day.
Buddy Classes 2C and 4C at Floral Park-Bellerose School recently participated in a STEM Challenge together. The students were tasked with building a bridge that could hold 21 penny rolls, which represented elephants. To introduce the challenge, the class read the book titled, "Twenty-One Elephants and Still Standing.”
Owl Pellet Dissections
Fifth graders at Floral Park-Bellerose School recently dissected owl pellets.
Highlights with Class 2F
Class 2F has fun at yoga, dressing like it's the 70s and during Challenge Friday.
Superheroes at Floral Park-Bellerose School
As part of the Great Kindness Challenge week, students and staff at Floral Park-Bellerose School dressed as superheroes on Jan. 29.
Fourth graders in Patricia Cirisano’s class participated in a yoga class during the school day.
Floral Park-Bellerose School students recently participated in a STEM Challenge, building a structure using marshmallows and pasta!
Floral Park-Bellerose School gets Zen with yoga classes
Floral Park-Bellerose School students have been learning the poses and relaxing techniques of yoga during classes offered through the Nassau BOCES Arts in Education program. This is the second year that the students have been able to take yoga classes during the school day.
Throughout a six-week period, which began on Jan. 6, all grade levels will meet twice with Donna Coogan, a yoga instructor with more than 20 years of experience. The classes last approximately 40-50 minutes.
Donna noted that she has heard positive feedback from the students, with some noting that a yoga session felt like they were “on a vacation.”
The purpose of bringing yoga to the schools is to provide students with social emotional learning.
The fifth grade PROBE students from Floral Park-Bellerose School performed their Mock Trial at the Floral Park Village Hall on Jan. 9. Judge D. Hayden led the proceedings in which he elaborated on the workings of our court system. The students did a wonderful job!
Experiments with Big and Little Buddies
Big and Little Buddies at Floral Park-Bellerose School did an experiment to see what would happen when they placed candy canes into different liquids. The students had a blast and love their buddies!
Fun with Crafts
Third graders at Floral Park-Bellerose School love being crafty!
Fourth grade “Survivor” teacher welcomed back
On Dec. 20, Floral Park-Bellerose School students flanked a red carpet set up outside and held handmade signs to welcome back fourth grade math and science teacher Thomas Sheehan, who was recently named the grand prize winner of CBS’ 39th season, “Survivor: Island of the Idols.”
Third, fourth, fifth and sixth grade students and teachers were in attendance for Sheehan’s celebration, chanting “Mr. Sheehan” as he walked outside through the school’s doors. Sheehan, all smiles and dressed in holiday attire as the Grinch, stopped along his red carpet walk to high-five and hug students.
Sheehan, along with the school’s mascot Buzz, also joined in on the holiday singalong in the auditorium.
The school congratulates Mr. Sheehan on winning “Survivor”!
Winter and Wellness
Physical education classes at Floral Park-Bellerose School incorporated wellness and winter by creating snowmen in the gym.
High School Heroes visit Floral Park-Bellerose School
Students from Floral Park Memorial High School visited kindergarten and first grade students at Floral Park-Bellerose School, on Dec. 4, as part of the Junior Achievement of New York High School Heroes program. The program encourages high school students to become role models by teaching and inspiring elementary students.
The topics of the day focused on financial literacy and entrepreneurship. The kindergarten classes were taught from the JA Ourselves program, which introduces the students to personal economics and the choices consumers make to meet their needs and wants. As part of the lesson, the kindergartners participated in the Needs and Wants activity, choosing essential and non-essential items from a colorful poster. The high school students then read aloud an illustrated book, “Welcome Home!” about how the main character earns money to host a party for her friend.
The first grade classes were taught from the JA Our Families program, which introduces students to entrepreneurship. One portion of the lesson included a floor map and toy car to help the students learn about map symbols and highlight neighborhood businesses.
Principal Jamie Adams said that many of the visiting high school students were once students at Floral Park-Bellerose School, which made the program that more special.
To participate in the Junior Achievement of New York High School Heroes program, high school student-volunteers are required to attend two training sessions to learn how to teach the curriculum.
Big and little buddies met and created these adorable turkeys. The buddies really enjoyed working together, and they came up with some very creative turkeys!
Turkey Trot at Floral Park-Bellerose School
On Nov. 27, kindergartners at Floral Park-Bellerose School donned handmade turkey costumes to participate in the Turkey Trot. Cheered on by their fellow schoolmates, the students paraded down the main hallway, waving and saying, “gobble, gobble!”
The trot, which was attended by both Principal Jamie Adams and Superintendent of Schools Dr. Kathleen Sottile, was a fun activity before the Thanksgiving break.
Student Council Officers Announced
Floral Park-Bellerose School held an election for Student Council on Nov. 15. The elected officers for the 2019-20 school year are President Eric Naronis, Vice President Maya Harrison, Secretary Alisha Ballie, Treasurer Tessa Fennell and Sergeant at Arms Grace Sotirhos.
Third graders at Floral Park-Bellerose School had fun creating a Thanksgiving craft.
Pre-K loved Halloween.
Students love fall activities of picking leaves and making apples prints.
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PARENTS! This is a secondary system, and most school to home communication is sent via the ConnectED system. If you are not receiving messages from your school, please contact the main office of your school.
As we are coming to the end of our two week packets please be aware that teachers will be contacting parents shortly to ensure continuity of learning in the weeks ahead. Please continue to check your email or any other means of communication you are using with your teacher (ex: Remind, Class Dojo).
Additionally, please continue to check the district website for information regarding the ongoing health emergency and school closings.