A Summer of Arts and Crafts

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As part of the District’s Summer Recreation Program, now in its 61st year, students created various art projects. Students attending the program at James A. Dever and Wheeler Avenue schools, participated in daily art projects to expand their knowledge and raise their awareness of the beauty of various art forms.

Class of 2029 Gets a Head Start on Kindergarten

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This summer, the district offered a kindergarten readiness program, which focused on skills that students will need on a daily basis when they begin school in September. It was the first time the district has provided the program, with 26 students from the class of 2029 benefitting from the three-week introduction to kindergarten.
    
Students from throughout the district participated in both small and large group activities led by a kindergarten teacher, speech therapist, occupational therapist and aide for three hours a day for 15 days in July. The children moved through different stations featuring hands-on learning activities, which focused on language development, motor skills and academic readiness.   
    
In one activity, students would hear a story and then answered questions using the Smart Board, a way of enhancing their listening skills and becoming familiar with technology used in the classroom.
    
Lisa Sells-Asch, the district’s assistant superintendent for special services, said that she and the teachers saw tremendous growth in the students during the three-week program. “We're excited to have been able to invite children who are entering kindergarten to participate in a program that would help transition them to kindergarten more smoothly,” she said. “The program focused on developing and enhancing skills that all students utilize as kindergarten scholars.”
    
The program took place in a kindergarten classroom, which enabled students to familiarize themselves with their new environment and experience daily routines such as unpacking backpacks, following instructions, completing tasks and important socialization skills.
    
The kindergarten readiness program was in addition to the district’s long-standing summer recreation program.

Board of Education Annual Reorganization Meeting

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During the Board of Education’s annual reorganization meeting on July 6, William P. Stris, Vinny Pandit and Frank Chiachiere, Ph.D. were elected to serve as president, vice president and alternate vice president respectively. Re-elected Trustee Antoinette “Toni” Pomerantz and newly elected Trustee Milagros Vicente join Trustees Sean Douglas, Ph.D. and Patricia Farrell.

Remember to Register Your Child for School

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New residents living in Valley Stream UFSD Thirteen must register school-age children by obtaining a registration packet from their school, on the district’s website at www.valleystream13.com, or by calling the Central Registration Office at 516-872-5674.
    Kindergarten students must be 5 years of age by Dec. 1, 2016 to be eligible for kindergarten in the 2016-2017 school year. Upon completion of the packet, an appointment must be made with the residency officer, located at 1 Kent Road, Valley Stream, NY 11580, by calling 516-872-5674, for review before the student is able to attend school. Students entering sixth grade must show proof of varicella vaccine or proof of disease signed and stamped by a doctor.

Summer registration hours are as follows:
July 5- Aug. 19 on Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday, from 9-11 a.m.
Aug. 22-Sept. 6, from 8 a.m.-4 p.m.
Closed Sept. 5 for Labor Day
Sept. 7-9, from 4-9 p.m.


Saturday, August 27, 2016