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Howell Road Walks for Hope

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Howell Road School parents and staff decided to make a difference by walking and raising funds during the American Cancer Society Making Strides Against Breast Cancer Long Island event.

The team, who walked under the name Howell Walks for Hope, participated in the event on Sunday, Oct. 19 at Jones Beach State Park. So far, the team has raised $3,000.00 for breast cancer awareness.

Books Come Alive at Willow Road

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Much to the delight of students, singer/songwriter Lee Knight presented Willow Road's first "Book's Alive" assembly sponsored by the PTA as a kick-off to PARP. Ms. Knight has written more than 120 songs for school age children. She creates music for popular children's literature and engages the children in the audience by bringing them onstage to perform with her. With the use of simple costumes and props and the assistance of Ms. Laura Williams, the books are brought to life.

Willow Road's music teacher, Ms. Lotito was given the music Ms. Knight was to perform a few weeks before the assembly. The music was shared with the students in advance so that they knew the words to the songs for the assembly and were singing and dancing in their seats.
  
 Among the books highlighted by Ms. Knight were “Diary of A Wimpy Kid,” “Strega Nona,” “The True Story of the Three Little Pigs,” “The Lorax” and “Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire.”


A Visit from Our Town Clerk

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First grade students at Willow Road School had the unique and exciting opportunity to learn the responsibilities of our Town Clerk first-hand.

Ms. Nasrin Ahmad, Clerk of the Town of Hempstead, came to meet with the students in Miss Anderson and Mrs. Salvatore classes.

Everyone listened attentively as she read the book “Frog and Toad Together.” Following the reading, the children had the chance to answer Ms. Ahmad's questions and to ask a few questions of their own. What a wonderful opportunity for our students! Thank you Ms. Ahmad.


Spooky Rooms Inspire Creativity

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Students in Mrs. Rogers, Mrs. Goldberg and Ms. Ginny's 4th grade classes created spooky rooms, which served as an inspiration to write a descriptive writing piece. The students used a 4 square writing organizer and created a descriptive essay describing their spooky room. The rooms are displayed in front of the school’s front office. Go check them out. If you dare...

Annual Pick A Pumpkin Festivities

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Each year students at Willow Road School look forward to the annual Pumpkin Patch event, which is sponsored by the PTA. This year was no exception. Students enthusiastically entered the school’s baseball field, which had been transformed by the PTA into their very own pumpkin patch filled with pumpkins of all sizes to choose from.

Laughter could be heard as the children closely examined the pumpkins before making their final selection. The students were able to bring their pumpkins home to share and decorate with their families.
 
    

Senior Friends Share Love of Reading

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Students in Mrs. Robbins-Jean's first grade class were thrilled to welcome their senior friends from the Atria Assisted Living Home for the first of their monthly visitations. There was no better way to get acquainted and make new friends than to enjoy their common love of reading. The students were eager to share their books and demonstrate their reading skills. The classroom was filled with laughter and conversation as everyone enjoyed their time together. The students are already excited about seeing their new senior friends again next month.

The Gift of Reading

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The Willow Road School PTA generously donated books to students as part of the PTA’s Scholastic Literacy Partnership Program; B.E.A.R. (Be Excited About Reading). Each student had the opportunity to select a book, which they were then able to take home. Thanks to Melissa Clayton (B.E.A.R. Chairperson), Maria Crimi and Kristie Rivera for all their hard work.
 

A Reading Role Model

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First grade students at Wheeler Avenue Elementary School were treated to a visit from Incorporated Village of Valley Stream Mayor Edwin Fare. The mayor read a book to the children and went beyond the content of each page by discussing the meaning of the story being told.

Mayor Fare read to first-grade classes during two different sessions. Both times he introduced himself to his young audience and explained that prior to his role he was a teacher, and has actually taught every grade from K-12. His educational background showed as he asked questions and prompted students to think about the book, “How to Heal a Broken Wing,” by Bob Graham. The storyline involves a boy who finds an injured pigeon in a large city and takes the bird in to care for it and help it heal. Eventually the pigeon is set free and able to fly again.

The mayor brought the students into the book and helped them relate to the characters’ experiences -- he asked if they have ever been to the city, if anyone had ever broken a bone and how that felt, and what they thought would happen next. At the end, he discussed the moral of the story and emphasized the point that there was an important message to take from it. “We learned that we need to help others who need it,” he stated. “With our help, maybe they can heal.”

Superintendent of Schools Dr. Adrienne Robb-Fund, who attended both reading presentations, also addressed the students on the importance of helping others. “The Mayor helps us here at Wheeler,” she explained. “He gave us a tree that makes our school more beautiful while helping the environment.” Dr. Robb-Fund also noted that the mayor provided a new traffic sign in front of the school to promote safety during arrival and dismissal times. “The Mayor does a lot of nice things, and we should thank him,” she stated. The children, who were all given water bottle gifts from their guest, said a happy and hearty “thank you” before the mayor left.  


Virtual backpack simplifies communication

The district has added another communication feature to its website in an effort to enhance communication with students, parents and the community, while at the same time being more cost efficient and aware of preserving the environment.

The Virtual Backpack is filled with important information about the school district and also contains important individual school building notices, fliers, forms, principals’ newsletters and other materials that are sent home with your child from the school's main office.

With the just the click of your mouse, you can be kept up-to-date on school activities and important announcements. The Virtual Backpack will also have information for the Valley Stream UFSD Thirteen community and the entire school district as well.

To use the Virtual Backpack, visit the district’s website at www.valleystream13.com. Scroll down to the bottom of the homepage and click on Virtual Backpack. Be sure to visit the website often for the latest news and information.

P.B.I.S. Kickoff at Howell

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The start of the new school year was the perfect time to kickoff the Howell Road School Positive Behavior in School (P.B.I.S.) program. P.B.I.S. has been part of the school’s culture for several years. Students learn about proper behavior when in school and the social behavior expectations for ten different location including the courtyard, bus lines, lunchroom and playgrounds.

Several of the presenters, who were all Howell Road School staff members, made the presentation more interesting and memorable by using signs, role play and small skits to demonstrate the four pillars of P.B.I.S. Safety, Responsibility, Respect and Caring.

A Trip to the Opera

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Sixth grade students from Howell Road School ventured to Lincoln Center's Metropolitan Opera House in Manhattan with Howell music teacher, Mr. Rodgers, to enjoy the Metropolitan Opera's production of Puccini's "La Boheme." Supported and sponsored by the Howell Road PTA the sixth grade takes this yearly trip so they can have the opportunity to experience some of the finest opera productions in the world.     

The students were enthralled by the production originated by legendary Italian director Franco Zeffirelli. Damani Rose, a sixth-grader from Mrs. Schimmenti's class, described the experience as "Amazing." The trip supports not only the music curriculum, but also allows the students to study characters, plot lines of stories, vocabulary, and history. Surrounded by the sights and sounds of Manhattan, the students loved being thrust into the artistic community of Lincoln Center and walked away with a memory to last a lifetime.


Moment of Silence Commemorates September 11

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Students at the Howell Road School commemorated this year's thirteenth anniversary of tragic events that occurred on September 11, 2001 with a school-wide outdoor ceremony. Students and staff members, dressed in patriotic colors, shared poetry, sang patriotic songs and observed moments of silence. The students and staff honored the heroes of September 11th by uniting to demonstrate their patriotic spirit and pride.

Parents Head Back to School

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On September 16, Howell Road School Parents went Back to School to take part in the school’s annual Open House. The parents had the opportunity to meet their children's teachers and learn about the many ways Valley Stream UFSD Thirteen is preparing students for the future implementing the Common Core Learning Standards curriculum.

The evening was separated into three venues. First, the teachers in grades kindergarten though third grade met their students’ parents and previewed the year ahead. This was followed by a welcome from principal, Mr. Huplosky who stressed that a strong school-parent partnership is essential to a child's success both in and out of the classroom. Mr. Huplosky also introduced the members of the special area staff to parents. Finally, it was time for the upper-grade teachers to meet their students’ parents and share their expectations for the 2014-2015 school year. Once again, this annual tradition of Open House was very successful and provided a great start to the school year.
Saturday, October 25, 2014