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Board of Education Meeting

  • The Regular Meeting of the Board of Education will be held via teleconference on Monday, October 1 9, 2020 at 7:00 p.m. The Board will immediately adjourn to executive session to consider confidential matters relating to negotiations, personnel and legal matters, and at approximately 7:30 will reconvene for an Audit Committee review of draft financial statements.

    The Regular Meeting will commence immediately following at 8:00 p.m.

    The Meeting will be closed to the public due to COVID 19, Governor’s Executive Order No. 202.60, which was extended through November 3, 2020.

    The public may participate by submitting questions or comments by 5:00 p.m. on Friday, October 16, 2020 to Marybeth Altobelli, District Clerk, at maltobelli@fpbsd.org.  The email should be no more than 3-4 sentences and shall include name and address. Given the virtual format, the Board may not be able to respond to all comments. The Board will prioritize general questions by topic and will follow up personal questions directly or through the Superintendent. 

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    Zoom Information

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    Time: Oct 19, 2020 07:30 PM Eastern Time (US and Canada)

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Important COVID-19 Update for the Floral Park-Bellerose School

  • Important COVID-19 Update

    for the Floral Park-Bellerose School

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Outdoor Tents Pop Up at Floral Park-Bellerose School

  • 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.

Letter from Dr. Sottile, Superintendent of Schools

Board of Education Meeting

Welcome Back Letter from Dr. Sottile, Superintendent of Schools

2020-2021 School Calendar and Handbook

  • 2020-2021 School Calendar and Handbook


    Click here for the Student 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.

Remote by Choice Schedule

John Lewis Childs School Opening PowerPoint

Floral Park-Bellerose School Opening PowerPoint

Floral Park-Bellerose SD Response to Coronavirus Testing & Contact Tracing and Digital Equity

State Education Department Issues Guidance to Reopen New York State Schools

  • The New York State Education Department today released guidance to help schools and school districts as they plan to reopen, whether that occurs in person, remotely, or in a combination of the two.

    Click here to see the Guidance.

A message from Dr. Kathleen Sottile

Reorganization Meeting of the Board of Education

  • The Reorganization Meeting of the Board of Education will be held at 7:30 p.m. It is anticipated that the Board will immediately adjourn to executive session to consider confidential matters relating to negotiations, personnel and legal. Public session will commence at 8:00 p.m. followed by a Public Hearing on the District Wide Safety Plan. The Regular Meeting will commence immediately following. The Meeting will be held live via teleconference.


    Click here to Listen to the Meeting

School Budget and Trustee Vote Results

  • Thank you for your support,
    the Floral Park-Bellerose UFSD budget PASSES!

    YES - 2,293
    NO - 1,150

    School Board Trustee

    Laura Trentacoste - 2,589 Votes

Board of Education Meeting 6-17-2020

Summer 2020 Newsletter – Now Available

Stock Market Game Winners at Floral Park-Bellerose School

  • Floral Park-Bellerose School’s fourth grade Programs Reaching Out to Broaden Experiences (P.R.O.B.E.) class had two teams place in the Long Island Stock Market Game. Nhailly Celestin and Courtney Gray placed third place, while Ryan Dwyer came in fifth place.

    The students participated in the simulation by being given $100,000 to virtually invest in various stocks. These two teams topped 195 other Long Island elementary teams in the year-long competition. Congratulations, Nhailly, Courtney and Ryan!

NYSED Digital Equity Survey

  • The New York State Education Department has asked school districts to gather information regarding access to devices at home.

    We ask that you please complete following survey.

    Click here to take the survey

District Secures Lower Borrowing Rate on Bond

  • The district is proud to announce that it received a lower than anticipated interest rate on the bond taxpayers approved in October 2018. When budgeting for the bond, an interest rate of 3.25% had been calculated into the cost. However, the district bonded the work this week at the much lower rate of 1.82%, resulting in long-term savings for the community. This lower interest rate was due to the district’s strong financial position, its Aa2 Moody’s Rating and the current credit market yielding historically low interest rates.

    “While I wish for better circumstances overall, the sale of this bond came at a time that will really benefit our community in the long-term,” said Assistant Superintendent for Business Michael Fabiano.

    Over the course of the 20-year bond, this will amount to a $1.88 million reduction in the total amount paid in interest costs, resulting in a savings to the budget each year of $94,000. Repayment on the October 2018 bond doesn’t begin until the 2021-22 school year. Work has already begun and is anticipated for completion by Fall 2021.

Spring/Summer 2020 SCOPE Newsletter

FPBSD - Lean on Me

Thank you, Floral Park-Bellerose Community
for always being there for us to lean on!

Virtual Field Day 2020

Executive Order 202.39

  • Executive Order 202.39 FAQ

Public Hearing on the FPBSD Proposed Budget: Monday, June 1, 2020 at 8:00 PM

Third Grader Recognized in Nationwide Essay Contest

  • A big congratulations goes out to Lily Dono, a third grade student in Mrs. Higgins’ class at John Lewis Childs School! She came in third place in a nationwide essay contest sponsored by The Be Kind People Project. Lily’s essay was chosen from other third-fifth grade entries all over the country. We are so proud of you, Lily! Keep making a difference and the world will be a better place because of people like you!


Superintendent Update - May 29th, 2020


  • On May 1, 2020, Governor Cuomo issued Executive Order 202.26 setting forth provisions for the rescheduled Annual Meeting for school board elections and budget votes.  The new uniform voting date is Tuesday, June 9, 2020.  All voting will take place via absentee ballot.

    Click here for more information.

Express – Budget Newsletter/Boletín de Presupuesto

Budget Presentation: Thursday, May 21, 2020 at 7:30 PM

Budget Presentation

Floral Park Student Featured on News 12

Board of Education Meetings

Mother's Day Message from Dr. Kathleen Sottile, Superintendent of Schools

Letter from the Assistant Superintendent regarding report cards.

  • Click Here for a letter from the Assistant Superintendent regarding report cards.

Art From Home

  • District art teachers Maria Mecchi and Amanda Ellis have been communicating with students daily during this time of remote learning. For students in grades 3-6, they have been utilizing Google Classroom; and, for students in grades K-2, they have been using Padlet.

    Students from both Floral Park-Bellerose School and John Lewis Childs School are able to submit their artwork, and then Mecchi and Ellis are able to comment, offer encouragement and post the work on the Google Classroom stream and the Padlet.

Individuals interested in running for the Board of Education

  • Individuals interested in running for the Board of Education must submit their petition no later than 5:00 p.m. on May 11, 2020.

    Click Here for more information

Update - May 1, 2020

  • New York State Governor Andrew Cuomo has announced that K-12 schools will remain closed for the rest of the academic year. We will continue to provide distance learning for the remainder of this academic year.

    A decision about summer school will be made at the end of May.

Our Amazing Cafeteria Staff!!

  • Thank you to our amazing Cafeteria Staff!!  Great job feeding many families each week.  Behind the masks are huge smiles!!!!!

    Amazing Cafeteria Staff!!

Former JLC graduate Joseph Leone

Joseph recorded, filmed, played every instrument and sings his own back up vocals!!!!!
We all need this positive message!!!! Thank you Joseph!!!!!!

Workshop Meeting of the BOE - April 21, 2020

Workshop Meeting of the BOE - April 21, 2020 8:00 a.m


    April 21, 2020 
    8:00 a.m. 


Updated Parent Letter – April 20

Superintendent Update - April 17, 2020

New Grab n Go meal flyer

  • Click here for information about our Grab n Go meal program.

School Closing Information Update - April 16, 2020

Board of Education Meeting - April 6, 2020

BOE Meeting Update


    April 6, 2020 
    8:00 p.m. 


April 3, 2020 Update

  • Superintendent Kathleen Sottile would like to share this inspirational message with the community. Stay well. 


    Click Here for a letter from Dr. Kathleen Sottile, Superintendent of Schools.

    Video: YOU'VE GOT A FRIEND performed by the worldwide cast of BEAUTIFUL (in quarantine) for The Actors Fund


  • Click Here for information on changes to our Grab and Go lunch Program.

Important Greenkill Information

  • Due to the Covid-19 outbreak, it has been decided with a heavy heart that the Greenkill 2020 5th grade field trip will be cancelled. The safety of our students and staff is of the utmost importance.  Parents that already submitted payment will be contacted and we will make arrangements to return checks.  If you have any questions regarding your payment, you can contact Janice Hyland at jhyland@fbpsd.org.  

Child Care for Essential Workers

  • Click Here for information on Child Care for Essential Workers

Resources for Families

    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 (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

    • When a parent calls in, they can say they are calling about the offer for free internet service.
    • No documentation is required – just self-identification that they have a K-12 or college student in the household and do not currently have internet access at home.
    • There is no install fee or out of pocket costs for 60 days (as of now)
    • If the address does have an outstanding balance from another account, there is a chance they may deny this unless they can pay that balance or can prove it was not theirs.

     Through the prompts, they will need to select new customer, new service, new Internet.

Superintendent Update

Field and Playground Closure

  • 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

  • NYSED Logo

    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

    Click Here

Information Regarding COVID-19 Coronavirus

Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA)

  • Please see the attachment about student participation in statewide assessments under the
    Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA)

    Click here for the Attachment

April 1st transportation notice for private and parochial school application submission.

  • Parents and guardians of children who legally live in the Floral Park-Bellerose Union Free School District, who contemplate sending their children to private and/or non-public schools outside the school district during the 2020-21 school year, are reminded that they must file an application for bus transportation by April 1, 2020. This is New York State Law.

    Application forms are available on the District website under the Departments tab then click on Transportation or at the Floral Park-Bellerose UFSD Administration Offices, 1 Poppy Place, Floral Park, NY 11001, Monday through Friday from 8:30 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.

    All applications must be completed with corresponding paperwork and returned before the April 1st deadline to: Transportation Office, Floral Park-Bellerose UFSD, 1 Poppy Place, Floral Park, NY 11001.

2020-2021 Pre-K and Kindergarten Registration information

District Calendar Change

  • Attention Parents

    Current School Year Calendar Revision (2019-2020)
    Thursday, March 19, 2020 and Friday, March 20, 2020 will now be non student days.
    Teachers will be doing professional development in the morning.
    Parent/Teacher conferences will remain as scheduled in the afternoon.



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Mission Statement

  • The Floral Park-Bellerose Union Free School District is committed to fostering a safe learning environment that promotes social-emotional, physical and intellectual growth, where students use their creativity, critical thinking and problem-solving skills to be successful, kind and compassionate members of a global society. Students will be prepared for their future, while embracing their individuality with an eagerness to face challenges. Through open, on-going communication, we strive to have our parents, teachers and community members actively involved in educating and developing the whole child.

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