A Workshop Meeting of the Board of Education will be held via live teleconference on Tuesday, April 20, 2021 at 7:30 a.m.
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Each year, the John Lewis Childs School Student Council hosts a Pennies for Patients program to help raise funds for the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society. The program, held virtually this year due to the pandemic, raised $7,341 for cancer research, patient education and support services, and advocacy efforts.
From March 8-17, students participated in various in-class activities and themed days. Each day, a video, STEM experiment or read-aloud was shared that connected to the program's core values and gave students a chance to understand who their fundraising will benefit. Themed dress-up days included Pajamas for Pennies on March 11, Be a Superhero on March 12 and Team Green on March 17.
Students were encouraged to complete acts of kindness or help around the house to earn donations, and parents entered the funds online.
The Floral Park Camol Clan #2438 First Lego League team competed and won an award at the remote School-Business Partnerships of Long Island, Inc. (SBPLI) Qualifying Tournament on March 13.
The team includes Floral Park-Bellerose School fifth graders Selwyn, Leo, Grace, Preston and Nicole; John Lewis Childs School fifth grader Parker; and Floral Park Memorial eighth graders Ainsley, Colin and Henry.
For this year’s theme, RePlay, teams were challenged to get people to be more active. The Floral Park team received the Engineering Excellence Award for their solution, which was developing an additional parental control app to be added to video game platforms that would add limits and have kids earn more playing time by completing exercises. The award recognizes an efficiently designed robot, an innovative project solution and great core values, as well as a team that effectively addressed the challenge.
The Camol Clan team is among one of 10 teams selected to proceed to the remote Long Island FIRST Lego League Championships on April 17.
Floral Park-Bellerose School fourth graders Nora and Christina were recognized as winners of the Junior Women’s Club of Bellerose Writing Contest. Nora’s poem and Christina’s story will move onto the next level of the competition, sponsored by the General Federation of Women’s Clubs.
Floral Park-Bellerose School first graders in Andrew Branca’s class discussed the importance of inclusion, equity and diversity after reading their grade’s book of the month, “Strictly No Elephants.”
For the in-class activity, the students were asked to enter themselves into the story and depict how they would react when the two main characters are left out. The goal of the lesson was to inspire the students to stand up for others.
Dear Floral Park-Bellerose School District Community,
I would like to take this opportunity to inform you of our next step in returning to a regular full day of school. Starting April 6th, we will return to our regular school hours.
Many factors were involved in our decision to return to regular school hours. Here are a few; COVID cases are decreasing, vaccine availability is increasing, the schools are successfully implementing all safety protocols, schools are not identified as spreaders, regions are opening up (entertainment, restaurants, sports), and outdoor spaces will now become available due to Spring weather. Additionally, the CDC is loosening travel restrictions and increasing the number of people allowed at gatherings.
Sixth graders at John Lewis Childs School participated in a virtual Junior Achievement program on Feb. 23.
Junior Achievement is an organization dedicated to giving students in grades K-12 the knowledge and skills they need to own their economic success, plan for their futures, and make smart academic and economic choices. Volunteers from the community deliver the Junior Achievement lessons and share their own personal experiences with students.
During the presentation, the Junior Achievement volunteer, a local financial adviser, discussed her job responsibilities and career path. She also went over a survey the students had completed that aimed to help them gauge their career interests based on potential work environments. The survey allowed students to consider careers as a baker, veterinarian, teacher, lawyer, salesperson, accountant and more.
The goal of the program was to inspire the students to explore their options through clubs or volunteer activities, as well as upcoming high school elective classes, and to eventually find a job that they love.
John Lewis Childs School raised more than $16,000 as part of its yearly Boosterthon fundraiser, sponsored by the PTA. This year, the culminating activity was a Dance Fit Challenge on Jan. 29.
The fundraiser took place over two weeks and kicked off with a Digital Pep Rally. Family and friends helped to raise funds by pledging for the students to participate in the Dance Fit Challenge, which was 35 minutes of straight dancing and yoga moves. The PTA purchased glow necklaces for each student and disco lights to enhance the atmosphere of the classrooms. Since the program was fully virtual this year, remote students were able to participate from home.
A relay race with Assistant Principal Kristina Lynch and other teachers was the students’ incentive to raise $12,000, and an ice cream party was their incentive to raise $15,000.
The funds raised will be used to help pay for programs and activities for the students.
The Regular Meeting of the Board of Education was held via teleconference on Wednesday, February 10, 2021 at 7:15 p.m.
The Board immediately adjourned to executive session to consider confidential matters relating to negotiations, personnel and legal matters.
The Regular Meeting commenced at approximately 8:00 p.m.
Floral Park-Bellerose School second graders in Melissa Soldati’s class recently participated in an election.
After reading the books “Duck for President” and “Grace for President,” the students chose their favorite candidate and designed campaign posters that were presented to their classmates. The students registered to vote, received a voter registration card and cast their ballots in a mock polling booth. The votes were counted, and Grace won the election.
John Lewis Childs School fifth graders recently studied elements, compounds and molecules as part of the Inspire Science Curriculum with teachers Marianna Antonakis and Patricia Olson.
As a culminating project, students were asked to create a Google Slide about an element of their choice and a model of a compound, which would then be presented to the class. Students created models of water, salt and carbon dioxide, among others.
The assignment focused on the “elaborate” portion of the 5E model of Science Inquiry: Engage, Explore, Explain, Elaborate and Evaluate.
John Lewis Childs School kindergartners in Patricia Mancusi’s class recently read “Jack and the Beanstalk” by Mary Ann Hoberman. The students drew the ogre’s castle and taped the image to the top of their clear desk dividers. Then, they designed a beanstalk using various materials, such as blocks, cups, and Lego. When each student finished their beanstalk, they had action figures climb the beanstalk as “Jack.”
Floral Park-Bellerose School first graders in Megan White’s class recently created Valentine’s Day cards for Cards for Hospitalized Kids. The charitable organization delivers handmade cards to children in hospitals across the United States.
Floral Park-Bellerose School students from pre-K to sixth grade have been bringing in gifts for the annual toy drive for the Hance Family Foundation, held from Nov. 30-Dec. 17. The foundation will distribute the toys to children in need around Nassau County on behalf of the students.
In the event the Floral Park-Bellerose School District is identified as part of a Micro-cluster in the Yellow, Orange or Red Zones, our District will be required to test 20% (yellow zone) of our students and staff.
With the climbing numbers of positive COVID-19 cases and those students who must quarantine, the District has been preparing our teachers to “livestream.” At this point, we are working collaboratively with our technology department, technology coaches, teachers, and administrators to prepare for this new programming. “Livestreaming” into an in-person class with a quarantined student or students is different than Zooming with an entire class.
Class 2C recently participated in a cause and effect activity for “The Bremen Town Musicians.”
On Nov. 6, John Lewis Childs School hosted its election for president and vice president of Student Council.
Students from kindergarten through sixth grade had the opportunity to listen to the candidates’ speeches and then cast their vote.
Aaminah Khondker was elected as president, and Roberto Salinas was elected as vice president.
Class 2B’s X-Rays
As part of their Halloween celebration, Class 2B at Floral Park-Bellerose School learn about the bones in their bodies. They wrapped up their lesson by making X-Rays of their hands!
Floral Park-Bellerose School first graders are budding artists during their lunch recess.
Outdoor Tents Pop Up at Floral Park-Bellerose School
Floral Park-Bellerose School students have been able to spend extra time outdoors during the school day due to the recent addition of tents.
The school currently has three tents, which teachers can sign up to utilize through Google Forms. Classes have been using the tents for outdoor classrooms, mask break locations, social time and more. The tents allow for additional time outside for the students, separate from their scheduled daily recess.
Reading in the Courtyard
Students at Floral Park-Bellerose School enjoy reading out in the fresh air of the courtyard! While outside and seated apart, they are also allowed to take mask breaks.
2020-2021 School Calendar and Handbook
Editor’s Note: Due to the pandemic, the calendar grids will be posted on a monthly basis.
Please click the CALENDAR link on the website.
The information contained in the
2020-21 calendar grids is subject to change. In addition, the information
contained in the text pages summarizes the District’s standard procedures.
For 2020-21, many items including hours of the school day,
tunnel hours, School Life Plus, programs and field trips will differ.
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