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    Green Club

    Dear Parents/Guardians

    I am Please to Announce that Francis X. Hegarty's Green Club will begin after school, virtually on Monday, November 2nd, 2020, from 4:00pm-5:00pm.

    See PDF attached...

    Francis X. Hegarty Elementary
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    Dear Parents/Guardians:

    We are pleased to announce that the Student Council will begin for the third and fourth grade students.

    Student Council with Mrs. Pozin and Mrs. Benedetto
    Thursdays via Google Classroom beginning at 4:00pm

    This club will meet virtually via Google Classroom starting at 4:00pm on Thursdays. Students will be expected to return home after school and sign into the Student Council Google Meet at 4:00pm. If your child is interested in joining the Student Council, please fill out the form below completely and return it to your teacher no later than Wednesday, October 28.

    Students will be added to the Student Council Google Classroom page where start dates and additional information will be provided.

    See form attached...

    Francis X. Hegarty Elementary
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    Island Park BOE Meeting features recognitions and updates

    The Island Park Public Schools held a Board of Education Meeting on Oct. 19 that included recognitions, announcements and presentations. While the board and administration met in person, other attendees tuned in virtually in light of the pandemic.

    Students of the Month were honored from each grade level. This year, Student of the Month awards have been restructured to focus on the International Baccalaureate Learner Profile traits. Students are considered for the distinction by demonstrating that they are knowledgeable, caring, reflective, inquirers, open-minded, thinkers, balanced, communicators, principled and risk-takers. 

    The September Students of the Month honored for their distinction as inquirers are as follows: Franco Stamile (kindergarten), Frankie Paccione (grade 1), Rebecca Meyer (grade 2), Quinn Boyle (grade 3), Brandon Battaglia (grade 4), William Lordi (grade 5), Cillian Cantwell (grade 6), Abigail Ramsaran (grade 7) and Anya Burchianti (grade 8). Francis X. Hegarty School Principal Cynthia Cameron and Lincoln Orens Middle School Principal Dr. Bruce Hoffman read teachers’ words of praise about each student honoree as a slideshow with the students’ pictures was displayed on screen.

    The meeting took place on the first day of School Board Recognition Week, and the central administrators, Administrators Association, Island Park Faculty Association, Island Park Educational Secretary’s Association and PTA presented gifts to the board members in appreciation for their contributions to the community and educational program.

    Superintendent of Schools Vincent Randazzo shared benchmark data on the district’s literacy programs. Last year brought the implementation of the Fountas & Pinnell curriculum at the elementary level and the Teachers College Reading and Writing Project in grades 5-8. Both buildings have seen improvements in achievement since January 2020, with 56% of students at Lincoln Orens and 64% at Hegarty increasing their performances by or more levels. Mr. Randazzo also discussed the tiers of instructional support that are provided as needed.

    Given the low infection rate in Island Park and the New York State Department of Health’s social distancing guidelines that allow for less than six feet in between individuals when sneeze guards are in place, the district has planned for a phased-in return to full in-person instruction. Starting with the elementary grades, students will be coming back in school five days a week in November. The prospect of bringing grades 6-8 back fully will be evaluated throughout December, and an all-remote accommodation is still available for families who prefer it.

    “Health and safety are still top priority,” said Mr. Randazzo. “Now our goal is to remain open. It is important that all parents and guardians really examine the health screening form that is available on our district website.”

    Mr. Randazzo reiterated that air quality improvements are in place as the district prepares for more students in the classrooms. The meeting also included an announcement that LED signs outside both schools will be replaced in the next 6-8 weeks through the capital budget.

    Francis X. Hegarty Elementary
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    Character Day

    Dear Parents/Guardians:

    This year we are celebrating Character Day over two days to accommodate our hybrid model. Our Gold Team will celebrate Character Day on Wednesday, October 28th, and the Blue team on Friday, October 30th. Students have the option to wear costumes representing their favorite literary character. For safety reasons, masks, face paint, or capes are not permitted for adults and children. Also, students should wear costumes that do not restrict or limit them from normal classroom activity. There will be an alternative plan in place for students who do not wish to participate in Character Day. If you prefer for your child not to participate, please send a note to your child’s classroom teacher indicating such.

    In connection with the library curriculum, students have been asked to share with their classmates a brief description about their favorite character. In addition, classroom activities are scheduled to take place.

    Food brought to school must follow the approved district snack list, be store-bought and individually wrapped, with an ingredients label approved by the school nurse beforehand. The approved snack list was distributed to parents but can also be found on the district website. Attached is a copy of the list for your convenience. Items not on the list and not having an ingredients label cannot be distributed to students. Healthy, nutritional snacks are encouraged. Fresh fruit is also encouraged. “Goodie bags” are not permitted due to the need to check all contents for each bag. However, “activity bags” may provide a positive alternative in place of bags containing food, as long as the items are labeled suitable for students of the given age. Class parents are asked to communicate with their child’s teacher about any classroom events.

    We look forward to an engaging and creative day for all!


    Cynthia Cameron

    Francis X. Hegarty Elementary
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    Winner’s Walk

    Dear Hegarty Families,

    I hope this letter finds you and your family in great health. Based on the Governor’s Executive Order limiting gatherings to 50 individuals or less, this year’s scheduled Winner’s Walk has been cancelled. As a result, our Winner’s Walk has been reimagined and will take place during the students’ physical education periods. The children will be engaged in relay races and obstacle course activities during their assigned physical education classes. In addition, we will not be collecting money or donating toward a specific cause this year. We hope to continue our annual Winner’s Walk in the near future.

    Together we are Better!


    Ms. Cameron

    Francis X. Hegarty Elementary
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    Falling For Books Reading Club

    Island Park Public Library
    Falling For Books
    Reading Club

    Grades Pre-K - Grade 8
    October 15th - November 15th

    - Stop by the library to pick up your Reading Log OR
    - Go to to download your log.

    See PDF attached...

    Francis X. Hegarty Elementary
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