Pillow Cases with a Message of Thanks

Students in Mr. Perceaballi’s six-grade class at Wheeler Avenue Elementary School shared their artistic talents and showed their appreciation for the homeless veterans living on Long Island during their Community Service Project day.

Miss Sonja and Miss Yvonne, two representatives from the Nassau County Council of the American Legion Ladies Auxiliary, helped to organize this special event. Thanks to the talents and generosity of the students, homeless veterans who sleep in shelters on Long Island will receive a clean decorated pillowcase along with a drawing or message from the students thanking them for their service.

The Community Service Project Day provided the perfect opportunity for the students to express their patriotic pride and to share their compassion for those veterans in need.


School Board Appoints Members to BOCES Budget Advisory Committee

On Tuesday, Dec. 16, 2014 during the Valley Stream UFSD Thirteen Board of Education meeting, the Board appointed four community residents to serve on the Board of Cooperative Education Services (BOCES) Budget Advisory Committee.

Community residents Jennifer Oliveri, Sarwat Paracha, Wesly Mathurin and Jay Ellis will be joining Valley Stream UFSD Thirteen Board of Education President Joseph DiSibio and Board Trustee William P. Stris on the BOCES Budget Advisory Committee. The Board of Education would like to extend their appreciation to the four community residents for their service to the school district and to BOCES.

Holiday Sign Language Sing-a-long Performance

Students at Howell Road Elementary School enjoyed a special holiday sign language performance presented by the students from Valley Stream North and Central High Schools.

The Howell Road students eagerly learned how to sign many holiday favorites and then sang along during a special performance celebrating the holiday season. They also enjoyed a special surprise visit from the Grinch. All had a jolly time.

Willow Road collects mittens and toys for those in need

Students at Willow Road School combined multiple efforts to give back to those in need.

The entire school collected mittens as part of the Mitten Tree program. Approximately 158 pairs of mittens were donated to Blessed Sacraments and Holy Name of Mary charities. Older students at Willow Road School read the Mitten Tree book to the younger students as well.

Students also collected approximately 110 toys to donate to the Marines’ Toys for Tots Program and to Senator Dean Skelos’ drive, which will benefit local families in need.

“We’re pleased to provide toys to children in need,” Librarian Carole Anne Gravert said. “The generosity of the students and their families is extraordinary. They’re doing whatever they can to help in our neighborhood.”

Howell Road Annual Sing-A-Long

Every year, in the midst of holiday shopping and the excitement of the approaching New Year, Howell Road Elementary School is filled with the sounds of children singing. Students, parents, administrators and teachers gather together on the final day of school, before the holiday vacation, to participate in Howell Road's traditional sing-a-long.

The sing-a-long provides a wonderful opportunity for everyone to simply come together to celebrate the holiday season with a wide variety of traditional holiday music. It also allows students to use the common language of music to bring everyone together to celebrate and appreciate our diversity. Students in kindergarten through fourth grade, dressed in their finest attire, raised their voices and shared their gift of song, a gift we all can appreciate and enjoy.

Wednesday, January 28, 2015