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    UNIVERSAL PRE K REGISTRATION

    ISLAND PARK SCHOOL DISTRICT
    F.X. HEGARTY SCHOOL
    100 Radcliffe Road
    Island Park, N.Y. 

    UNIVERSAL PRE K REGISTRATION 

    February 11, 2020:
    9:00 A.M. – 11:30 A.M.
    1:00 P.M. -    3:00 P.M. 

    February 12, 2020:
    9:00 A.M. – 11:30 A.M.
    1:00 P.M. -    3:00 P.M.  

    February 13, 2020:
    9:00 A.M. – 11:30 A.M.
    1:00 P.M. -    3:00 P.M.                             

              In order to register for September 2020 classes: 

    1. Child must be 4 years of age by December 1, 2020 
    1. Please bring the following: 
    • original birth certificate
    • three (3) proofs of residency
    • immunization records and current physical 

      Call 434-2670 for an appointment between 9:00 a.m. & 3:30 p.m.

    Francis X. Hegarty Elementary
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    Island Park Recreation Department Enjoyed a Trip to Long Beach Cinemas

    The Island Park Recreation Department enjoyed a trip to Long Beach Cinemas on Saturday, November 23. The boys and girls viewed the opening weekend premiere of Frozen 2. It was a fun-filled afternoon for the children that participated. This fun excursion to the local movie theater was highlighted with all the animated characters from the original Frozen movie returning along with delicious popcorn and other treats. We look forward to the next trip to the theater.

    Francis X. Hegarty Elementary
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    Full Hearts and Tables

    Student Council organizations at Island Park’s Lincoln Orens Middle School and Francis X. Hegarty Elementary School held food drives prior to Thanksgiving, in order to provide donations to local families in need. They collected non-perishable goods that made Thanksgiving meals possible for others.

    Francis X. Hegarty Elementary
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    Island Park Students Stand Against Bullying

    Anti-Bullying Week brought many celebrations of kindness, acceptance, respect and other positive qualities to the Island Park Public Schools. Lincoln Orens Middle School and Francis X. Hegarty Elementary School both participated in four consecutive days dedicated to the notion that “Change Starts with Us.”

    Hegarty students kicked off the week on Nov. 11 with “odd socks” as they proudly expressed themselves and celebrated each other’s unique styles. The following day, they said “peace out” to bullying in the form of tie-dye attire. They wore sports gear to “Team Up Against Bullying,” and on the final day, donned yellow or gold to signify friendship and the Golden Rule of treating others as one would like to be treated. They received friendship bracelets that coincided with this focus and also signed anti-bullying pledges and created posters in accordance with the theme.

    At Lincoln Orens, students and faculty members entered the week wearing blue as a symbol of peace and safety. Student Council members provided anti-bullying stickers and read a poem about bullying prevention. They also hosted a poster contest, and the entire school signed a pledge.

    The program also included morning announcements that focused on the topics of anti-bullying and respect. The Island Park Public Schools are proud of students’ continuous demonstration of good character, which continue well beyond the weeklong observation and can be observed year-round. 

    Francis X. Hegarty Elementary
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    F.X. Hegarty Student Council Toy Drive

    The F.X. Hegarty Student Council is once again sponsoring a toy drive this holiday season to benefit the needy families here in our Island Park community.

    Please send in a new, unwrapped toy that is appropriate for a boy or girl ages 1-18.  We will be accepting toys from December 2nd through December 13th.

    When you bring your toy to school, please place it in the box that is located in the front hallway. 

    If you are unable to find the time to go shopping, you may send in a monetary donation instead.  All money collected will be used to purchase items for the local children.

    If you have any questions, please contact Denise Benedetto or Patti Pozin at 434-2670.

    Thank you in advance for making the holiday season bright for a child.

    The F. X. Hegarty Student Council

     

    Francis X. Hegarty Elementary
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    Letter to Parents - Flu Season

    November 22, 2019

    Dear Parent(s)/Guardian(s):

    The flu season is upon us and it is important to recognize symptoms of the flu, which can affect children in different ways.   Symptoms may include headache, fever, chills, body aches, runny or stuffy nose, sore throat and/or cough, fatigue, vomiting and/or diarrhea, and may include shortness of breath.

    The flu spreads by:

    • airborne respiratory droplets (coughs or sneezes)
    • skin-to-skin contact (handshakes or hugs)
    • saliva (kissing or shared drinks)
    • touching a contaminated surface (blanket or doorknob)

    Thorough hand washing is a good preventative measure to help the spread of the flu virus.

    If your child is exhibiting any of the above symptoms, please keep your child home and contact your physician immediately.   Please do not send your child to school.   Children should not return to school until they are without a fever for 24 hours and have a note of clearance from your physician.

    In addition, be sure to call to notify the school of your child’s absence and/or use the on-line absence form at www.ips.k12.ny.us.   Click on the Absence Form under Quick Links, select Francis X. Hegarty School, fill it out, and click to submit.

    Thank you for your cooperation.

    Sincerely,

    Cynthia Cameron
    Principal

    Francis X. Hegarty Elementary
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    At the PEAK of Music Education

    Francis X. Hegarty music teacher Marie Bluebello-Sambolin and students Rebecca Arden, Emerson Earley, Gianna Fabris, John Fandaros, Joseph Henn, Gia Mosey and Chloe Robertson represented the Island Park Public Schools at the 2019 All-County PEAK Music Festival on Nov. 16. The students were also accompanied by parents and grandparents for an exciting musical experience.

    PEAK is sponsored by the Nassau Music Educators Association and stands for Parents, Educators and Kids. This annual event is held for selected fourth grade musicians throughout Nassau County and provides a Saturday morning filled with musical workshops in which parents, educators and students have unique opportunities to make music together.

    The Hegarty students and their chaperones enjoyed sessions in folk dancing and Australian rhythms. They all sang as part of the event as well.

    Francis X. Hegarty Elementary
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    Kindergarten Registration

    January 22, 2020
    9:00 A.M. – 11:30 A.M.
    1:00 P.M. -    3:00 P.M.             

              In order to register for September 2020 classes: 

    1. Child must be 5 years of age by December 1, 2020 
    1. Please bring the following: 
    • original birth certificate
    • three (3) proofs of residency
    • immunization records and current physical 
    1. If your child is currently enrolled in the Island Park Universal Pre K Program, you do not need to make an appointment for registration. 

      Call 434-2670 for an appointment between 9:00 a.m. & 3:30 p.m.

    Francis X. Hegarty Elementary
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    Island Park Board of Education Meeting Brings Many Recognitions

    The Island Park Public Schools’ Nov. 18 Board of Education Meeting featured student recognitions as well as numerous exciting announcements and important district updates.

    The evening kicked off with the announcement of Students of the Month who represented each grade at Francis X. Hegarty Elementary School and Lincoln Orens Middle School. Jack Paine (kindergarten), Anthony Sodano, Jr. (grade 1), Chase Goodwin (grade 2), Chantal Soto-Acosta (grade 3), Faith Castillo (grade 4), Angela Estupinan (grade 5), Jaime Rodriguez (grade 6), Jaiden Almodovar (grade 7) and Julia Hibson (grade 8) received medals and certificates of excellence. Principals Cynthia Cameron and Dr. Bruce Hoffman read remarks from the students’ respective teachers that described their excellent character and positive leadership qualities.

    In October, Superintendent of Schools Dr. Rosmarie Bovino noted that the featured pieces  selected and showcased in the Conference Center Board Room serves a symbolic reminder that students and their achievements are at the center of the board’s work. Several of the artists were present at this meeting and acknowledged with Art Achievement Certificates. The students recognized were Kayla Carney (grade 8), Christian Colon (grade 9), Katie Flaniken (grade 9), Jillian Goldbach (grade 8), Maxene Martin (grade 8), Isabella Mejia Aceveda (grade 9), and  Sage Muckle (grade 6).Various announcements were made, including that of a vacancy in the Universal Pre-K program. A new registration will be scheduled for Dec. 10. Dr. Bovino and Assistant Superintendent Vincent Randazzo shared that the district has been selected for a Smart Start Science Technology Engineering and Mathematics Program Grant through Nassau BOCES, and staff members will receive extensive training in STEM instruction beginning next school year. The goal is to prepare students for careers in computer science and expand interest in the field.

    In terms of facilities news, the district shared that the Lincoln Orens Middle School basketball courts will be unveiled and celebrated during the week of Nov. 25. Other discussions focused on Hegarty playground surfacing proposals, which are still being explored further. Hegarty’s LED sign is in the process of being repaired and restored. 

    Francis X. Hegarty Elementary
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    Hegarty Students Learn the Meaning of Veterans Day

    Francis X. Hegarty Elementary School held a special Veterans Day tribute on Nov. 8, when they honored guests from American Legion Post 1029. Local veterans representing various branches of the military were in attendance and students stood before them to express their gratitude.

    Third graders, under the guidance of music teacher Marie Sambolin, performed songs based on the day’s significance. They also wrote and read appreciative poems and letters acknowledging the veterans for their service.

    “We wanted the students to learn that Veterans Day is more than a day off; it’s about thanking the veterans for all that they have done,” said Principal Cynthia Cameron.

    Francis X. Hegarty Elementary
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    Elections at All Levels

    Island Park’s Francis X. Hegarty Elementary School and Lincoln Orens Middle School held their own renditions of Election Day a bit early, on Nov. 4. At both buildings, students exercised their right to vote for their respective student council officers.

    Candidates presented their speeches and focused on how they would be positive leaders. In anticipation of the events, the contenders created posters to support their campaigns. One by one, they took the spotlight and discussed their ideas for the school and dedication to their peers. At Hegarty, the third and fourth grade classes concluded the event with a performance of their school’s theme song.

    The new student council officers at Hegarty are Chloe Robertson, president; Leah Schade, vice president; Ella Mele, secretary and Julia O’Connell, treasurer. Those at Lincoln Orens are Isabella Anzalone, president; Nico Thertus, vice president; Maurice Dupree, secretary and Jake Delgado, treasurer.

    Congratulations to these students and all those who had the courage and character to run in the elections.

    Francis X. Hegarty Elementary
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    Letter To Parents: Cold Weather

    Dear Parents,

    As winter approaches the cold weather will soon be upon us.  Therefore, please be mindful that all children should come to school wearing heavy coats, pants, and a hat.  Children will have the opportunity to go outside if the temperature, including wind chill, is above 32 degrees.  However, if children do not have proper attire they will be kept inside for obvious health reasons.  In addition to wearing protective clothing, we ask that hand washing also be reinforced in the home, to promote overall hygiene and to avoid the flu and common illnesses.  We are focusing on this, as well, in school.

    Thank you for your attention.

    Sincerely,

    Cynthia Cameron
    Principal

    Francis X. Hegarty Elementary
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    Career Day

    Dear Parents: 

    Career Day will soon be upon us.  We are currently looking for volunteers to be presenters for Career Day, a school-wide program that includes grades K-4.  In order to make this day a success, we are asking for your assistance.  Volunteers are needed to present a variety of careers that can be shared with the children. 

    The program will take place on Thursday, February 27, 2020.  Based on the number of volunteers there will be one or two sessions scheduled throughout the day.  Each volunteer will be asked to visit 2-3 classrooms to discuss their career.  The discussion will last 15 minutes, followed by a 5-minute question and answer period. If you feel your career is more appropriate for a particular age, please indicate below. 

    Please complete the attached tear-off form, indicating whether or not you are interested in participating in this special day and your choice of session.  Please return this form by Friday, November 22, 2019. 

    As always, thank you for your support. 

    Sincerely,  

    Cynthia Cameron
    Principal

    Francis X. Hegarty Elementary
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    Hegarty’s Winners Walk Supports Research for Aniridia Treatments

    Island Park’s Francis X. Hegarty Elementary School held its annual Winners Walk, organized by the Student Council in collaboration with the physical education department, on Oct. 25. This year’s event benefitted the Aniridia Foundation International to support research for better treatment of a genetic condition that affects the eyes and causes visual difficulties.  

    Classes from each grade gathered on the field, where students excitedly ran and walked while motivating each other. Some took on their goals independently, while others moved in synchronization with partners and groups of friends. Physical Education teachers Annie Bennet-Neglia and Dominick Barone led the way and encouraged the students to keep moving forward.

    Superintendent of Schools Dr. Rosmarie Bovino was proud of the school’s team effort. She taught students at Hegarty about Aniridia a few days prior to the event. Parents watched the Winners Walk from the sidelines and cheered students on in their quest to support a meaningful cause and enjoy physical activity.

    Francis X. Hegarty Elementary
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    Island Park Schools Promote Positive Decisions for Red Ribbon Week

    Island Park’s Francis X. Hegarty Elementary School and Lincoln Orens Middle School both observed Red Ribbon Week from Oct. 21-25, during which they focused on the importance of positive, healthy and responsible choices. This year presented the theme, “Send a Message, Stay Drug Free,” and featured an assortment of activities, lessons and events.

    Students heard announcements that emphasized key messages throughout the week. They signed pledges stating their promise to stay drug free and wore clothing that represented the initiative’s purpose. Students and faculty donned superhero shirts in a united fight against drugs, sported college apparel signifying the importance of the future and dressed in clothing with positive statements and words over the course of the week.

    On Oct. 25, students and staff members at each building wore red for special culminating traditions. Those at Lincoln Orens convened on the blacktop to form a giant red ribbon, and Hegarty took on their Winners Walk fundraising event. Hegarty students also submitted their own stay Drug Free” drawings and messages that were compiled to create a bulletin display.

    Francis X. Hegarty Elementary
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    Island Park Students Learn About Differences

    Island Park’s Superintendent of Schools Dr. Rosmarie Bovino visited Francis X. Hegarty Elementary School on Oct. 23 to present on an important topic in anticipation of the annual Winner’s Walk. This year’s walk will benefit the Aniridia Foundation International to support research for better treatment, and Dr. Bovino discussed the significance of this effort and educated students on what the condition is.   

    Aniridia is a genetic disorder that affects the eyes – specifically, the development of the irises. It can cause difficulty focusing and blurred and double vision. Dr. Bovino read a poem that she wrote, in which she emphasizes that people are all different and all valuable. She expressed that disabilities occur for various reasons and shared her own family’s story,.

    As stated in Dr. Bovino’s poem, “Children are very much the same as well as different. But, most importantly, all are wonderfully made.”

    The students and staff members at Hegarty are proud to support a meaningful cause that will help make a difference to others.

    Francis X. Hegarty Elementary
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    Sex Offenders Are Residing in Island Park

    The Nassau County Police Department has notified us that two level 2 sex offenders are residing in Island Park. One is located near a current bus stop. In response, parents of children in the immediate vicinity have been notified of the new bus stop location effective this afternoon, October 29. Any student affected will also receive a flyer in their backpacks from our Transportation Department.

    The information on these sex offenders is on the NYS Department of Criminal Justice website: www.criminaljustice.ny.gov.

    It is unfortunate, but necessary that we all take this opportunity to review safety rules with our children at school and at home. They must be reminded to avoid circumstances that might increase their vulnerability. Please be mindful of your child’s personal safety when playing outside and trick-or-treating for Halloween.

    Thank you.

    Francis X. Hegarty Elementary
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    Car Wash Fundraiser

    Island Park PTA
    Car Wash Fundraiser
    Bring this flyer every Wednesday from October 16th through December 18th and Island Park Car Wash will donate a portion of your purchase to ISLAND PARK PTA.

    Francis X. Hegarty Elementary

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New Point of Sale System – WebSMARTT 

  • Island Park UFSD has purchased a point-of-sale system for use in the cafeterias at FX Hegarty Elementary School and Lincoln Orens Middle School.
  • The POS system, called WebSMARTT, will eliminate the pencil to paper meal tracking, which will allow for processing of meal transactions to be completed quickly and efficiently.

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MySchoolBucks is an online payment system that makes school meal payments easy for busy parents on-the-go! Quickly and securely add money to your student's school meal account using your credit or debit card. 
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