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    Device Pick-Up

    Any parent who still needs to pick-up a device for their child in grades Pre-k through 8 may do so on Wednesday, August 12th and Thursday, August 13th between the hours of 5:00 PM and 7:00 PM. All device pick-ups will take place at the Audubon traffic circle in the rear of Lincoln Orens Middle School.

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    District-Wide Plan for Transportation

    Dear Island Park Families,

    As we prepare for the reopening of our schools, we must include a district-wide plan for transportation.  Guidance from the New York State Education Department (NYSED) mandates the use of face coverings and social distancing when students use school buses to transport them to and from school. As a result, the District must reduce the bus capacity to meet the mandatory requirements. As of now, this means that a 66 passenger bus will hold a maximum of 12 occupants (including driver); this number can only be exceeded if there are family members traveling and sitting together occupying two seats in the same row.  Our plan is to assign 1 student per row, skipping every other row to meet the social distancing requirement. However, we intend to transport siblings seated together in the same row, while maintaining appropriate social distance from others. (In order to accomplish this, we will have no separate kindergarten and grade 5 buses. Only dedicated buses for Pre-K will remain.  Pre-K buses will carry 5 occupants, including the driver and monitor.

    As a result of social distancing, the District will need to add numerous runs, at staggered times. Moreover, additional safeguards are required.  For example, buses must be loaded back to front and unloaded front to back; also, buses must be sanitized in-between runs. Consequently, families should expect AM/PM bus routes to be delayed and run late, especially during times of bad weather. Families that receive transportation for their child(ren), to and from school, are being provided with the option to decline busing both before and after school. Please complete the online form at the link below by August 10, 2020 to decline bus transportation for your child(ren) and to inform the District that you will transport your child to and from school. The district appreciates your prompt response as planning the routes in accordance with the State guidance will take significant time. If you opt to return to bus transportation at any point during the school year, you must provide the Transportation Department with two (2) weeks (14 days) advance notice.


    Thank you for your cooperation,


    Vincent Randazzo
    Assistant Superintendent

    Francis X. Hegarty Elementary
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    July 24, 2020 Update Regarding the District’s Reopening Plan

    July 24, 2020

    Dear Island Park Families,

    We hope this letter finds you and your loved ones safe and healthy!

    Over the past week, the District’s Reopening Task Force Committees and Board of Education have been working tirelessly on developing a reopening plan that is in compliance with guidelines and guidance from the New York State Department of Health (NYSDOH) and the New York State Education Department (NYSED). In order for us to meet the mandatory requirements provided by the NYSDOH and NYSED, the 2020-2021 school year will be very different from what our students, families, teachers, and staff have grown accustomed to. Below are a few of the changes that our students, faculty, and staff should expect as we return to school for in-person instruction:

    - completing a mandatory daily at-home (prior to coming to school) health screening
    - social distancing (6 feet of separation between individuals at all times) in classrooms, corridors and school buses
    - wearing face coverings on the bus and throughout the day (they will be removed when eating)
    - limited movement throughout the school building

    In preparation for our return to in-person instruction, the District has been busy reimagining each classroom space to comply with mandatory social distancing protocols, planning transportation routes with social distancing protocols and procuring personal protective equipment (PPE) including but not limited to face coverings, hand sanitizer, disinfectant, and sanitizing equipment.

    The District continues to examine three (3) distinct operational approaches:

    • All-In School Model with students attending daily for in-person learning in their respective school building
      • Hybrid Model (a combination of in-person and distance learning/remote instruction)
      • Remote Only Model (schools are closed for in-person learning by Executive Order)

    Throughout this process, our focus continues to be concentrated on the ability to have our students, faculty and staff safely return to their school building in-person every single day. The All-In School Model with students coming to their school building everyday requires that the District divide each class in half for mandatory 6-foot social distancing. This requires additional teachers, monitors and security aides currently not staffed for the 2020-2021 school year.

    Organizing the Hybrid Model provides for a combination of in-person and remote instruction and allows the District to overcome many of the biggest hurdles to reopening our schools, which include:

    • double the staff for double the classes
      • stress on the system, including closing of school in the event of teacher/staff absence
      • limited movement by students in the building resulting from the large number of students who must be social distanced
      • complications with busing that require numerous runs at many staggered times due to the social distancing mandate

    In this Hybrid Model, Distance/Remote Learning would be structured very differently when compared with the spring 2020 school closure model. In the Hybrid Model, some students attend school in-person, while other students attend remotely. Students in a remote setting would follow a daily schedule and will be engaged in “live teaching” (synchronous) and independent (asynchronous) learning on the days they are not in the school building. When students attend class remotely, they would participate in classroom instruction with their teacher(s) and peers through the use of Google Meet and Google Classroom. In this revamped model, the increased access to live teaching (synchronous) experiences reduces the family burden to support student learning at home.

    Over the course of the next week, we have scheduled additional meetings with our teachers, administrators, staff, and parents to finalize our plan. More detailed information regarding our reopening plan will be included in my letter to the community on July 31, 2020 and at the Special Business Meeting of the Board of Education on Monday, August 3, 2020 at 6:30 PM via WebEx. In the interim, we welcome your questions via Please continue to monitor the District’s website and Facebook page, to stay abreast of all updates.


    Vincent Randazzo
    Assistant Superintendent


    Francis X. Hegarty Elementary
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    Update to Families - School Reopening

    Dear Island Park Families,

    We hope this letter finds you and your loved ones safe and healthy!

    As you have likely heard, there has been much debate as to how schools should reopen in the fall. In the Island Park UFSD, our goal remains the same; we are developing plans for a safe and equitable return to school for all students and staff with the safety of students and our employees as our top priority. As we strive to develop a reopening plan with health and safety as our top priority, we fully understand that the reopening plan has many educational, economic, and childcare implications for our families.

    On July, 16 we received Reopening Guidance from the New York State Education Department (NYSED). As we develop our plans, we are using guidance and guidelines for the New York State Department of Health, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the New York State Education Department. Over the next two weeks, we will refine our plan to ensure that it is compliant with all of the guidance and guidelines, including but not limited to social distancing measures and the use of face coverings. The preliminary reopening plans are not yet finalized and will likely continue to be revised through the submission date of July 31, 2020. It is impossible to detail all of the specifics regarding our planning, at this stage and in this letter. However, please know that our goal is to provide the healthiest and highest quality education for our students.

    Currently, we are examining both in-person and a combination of in-person/remote (synchronous and a synchronous) teaching and learning models in our reopening plan.

    Listed below are some resources and links that you may access to promote a deeper understanding of the role that the New York State Department of Health and the New York State Education Department play in helping guide school districts in developing their reopening plan:

    NYS Department of Health School Reopening Interim Guidance-

    NYSED School Reopening Guidance-

    In the coming weeks, more details will be released regarding the District’s reopening plan. We encourage you to monitor the District’s website and Facebook page, to stay abreast of all updates. We are planning to provide our families with updates each Friday (July 24 and July 31), so that you are informed of the District’s Reopening Plan. In the interim, we welcome your questions via We anticipate having a Special Business Meeting of the Board of Education on Monday, August 3, 2020 at 6:30 PM to share the District’s Reopening Plan with the community via WebEx.

    Throughout this process, we will continuously communicate our plans with you. As we move forward, please remember our priority is to provide our students with the opportunity to learn in an environment that is both academically and socially engaging.

    We appreciate your patience during this process and assure you that we have been meeting with teachers, staff, administrators and parents. All of our stakeholders are working tirelessly to provide the best educational setting for our students.

    Vincent Randazzo
    Assistant Superintendent


    Francis X. Hegarty Elementary
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    Reopening Playgrounds

    On Monday, July 6th, the District will be reopening its playgrounds and athletic fields at the Francis X. Hegarty and Lincoln Orens Middle Schools for community use from 8AM to 9PM each day. Community members may enter the playgrounds and athletic fields from the following entrances:

    Francis X. Hegarty- Deal Rd. Entrance and Warwick Rd. Entrance

    Lincoln  Orens Middle School- Audubon Blvd Pre-Kindergarten Playground Entrance, Trafalgar Blvd Parking Lot Entrance, and Baseball Field Entrance

    Community members using our playgrounds and athletic fields are reminded that:

    ·         They use our playgrounds and athletic fields at their own risk and understand and accept the risks due to COVID-19.

    ·         Children using the playground structures and athletic fields should be supervised by adults to ensure physical distancing measures are being met.

    ·         Children and adults should wear face coverings.  

    ·         Children and adults should wash their hands with soap and water or sanitizer before and after using playground equipment.

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    Grab & Go Meals for Eligible Families

    Beginning July 1 through August 31, 2020 Island Park Schools is participating in the free Grab & Go Meal Program at:

    St. Ignatius Roman Catholic Church
    721 West Broadway
    Long Beach NY

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    Child Care for First Responders & Health Care Workers

    IPS will continue its participation in the SCOPE child care program for parents and guardians who are first responders or health care providers in need of child care coverage while at work.  This service is from July 1 through August 31, 2020 and it is free of charge.  Register by visiting Go to “Click Here for SCOPE Emergency Child Care.” The host site is:

    Rhame Avenue School
    100 Rhame Ave
    East Rockaway, NY

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    Message From The Principal 6-5-20 - Ms. Cameron

    June 5, 2020

    Dear Hegarty Family,

    I cannot believe we are down to the homestretch! I know the last couple of months have been quite the challenge for all of us. Our Hegarty community pulled together as a family and supported one another through these unprecedented times. I am thankful for all the support from the FXH staff and family members during remote learning.
    We are truly Hegarty Strong!

    Next week the district will begin to deliver student belongings to each of your homes. Students who have instruments or school loaned devices, will have their belongings returned during June 16th. The following schedule will be followed for the drop-off of student belongings who do not have an instrument or school loaned device.

    Monday, June 8th. Kindergarten drop-off 8:30 AM - 11:30 AM
    Grade 1 drop-off 12:15 PM - 3:15 PM

    Tuesday, June 9th Grade 2 drop-off 8:30 AM - 11:30 AM
    Grade 3 drop-off 12:15 PM – 3:15 PM

    Wednesday, June 10th Pre-K drop-off 8:30 AM – 11:30 AM
    Grade 4 drop-off 8:30 AM – 11:30 AM

    All Pre-K and kindergarten students may return their completed packets on Friday, June 12th at the Lincoln Orens Middle School Audubon Boulevard entrance between 9:30 AM and 12:30 PM. I will have a table set-up with labeled boxes for each grade level. Please be sure that your child’s first and last name as well as his or her teacher’s name is on the packet. These packets will be placed in your child’s learning portfolio and passed up to the following year’s teacher.

    As a reminder, we will be celebrating our moving-up ceremonies virtually via a WebEx link that will be posted on the district website as well as the FXH website on the day and time of your child’s ceremony. Below are the scheduled times and days of these events:

    June 12th. Kindergarten End of Year Celebration 9:30 AM
    June 15th Grade 4 Moving Up Ceremony 9:30 AM
    June 15th Pre-K Stepping Up Ceremony 11:30 AM

    Our summer reading program will begin during the first week of August 1st. I am excited for the upcoming FXH Summer Reading Challenge. Each student will record their individual books and minutes read in a daily log that will be mailed home in the upcoming weeks. Students who return their completed logs during the first week of school will receive a certificate. In addition, students will be required to complete assignments noted in their individual grade level packets. I look forward to seeing your wonderful work!

    Ms. Cameron


    Francis X. Hegarty Elementary
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    Message From The Principal 5-22-20 - Ms. Cameron

    Dear Hegarty Family,

    As the year is quickly coming to an end, I cannot believe Memorial Day is upon us. As the weekend is approaching, let us not forget about our veterans. Memorial Day is a time to remember those who died while serving our country. I want to thank all of the veterans in our community as well as the men and women who are currently on active duty, serving our country.

    Beginning the week of June 1st, we will begin the delivery of each student’s locker contents/ personal belongings. As we drop-off personal belongings, we will also pick-up District property that the students are NOT currently using for distance learning; i.e. classroom or library books and textbooks.

    Please note, however, that we will not deliver or pick-up from students who are currently using Districtowned Chromebooks and/or instruments, on loan for distance learning, until after school has officially ended for students on June 15th. Prior to the delivery/pick-up, each family will receive a phone call from a District representative with specific delivery/pick-up instructions and an estimated time for delivery/pick-up (a two-hour window).

    I would also like to highlight some important dates and events to celebrate the class of 2020. Virtual graduation ceremonies have been planned for grades pre-k, kindergarten and grade four students. We will be celebrating their accomplishments during prerecorded virtual ceremonies. I have outlined some important dates below:

    • June 12, 2020. Kindergarten Virtual End of Year Celebration 9:30 AM
    • June 15, 2020 Grade 4 Virtual Moving Up Ceremony 9:30 AM
    • June 15, 2020 Pre-K Virtual Stepping Up Ceremony 11:30 AM
    • June 15, 2020 Last Day of School for all Pre-k through Grade four students. The parent portal will also be open for retrieval of student report cards.

    For each event, parents will be receiving a program with students’ names. A link will be posted on the Island Park website as well as the Francis X. Hegarty webpage during the above listed times for your convenience. I am so proud of all the children especially for their diligence and excellent work habits during the school closure. Thank you to all of the families who have supported and assisted the children during distance learning.

    I wish everyone a healthy and safe Memorial Day Weekend!

    We are Hegarty Strong!

    Ms. Cameron

    Francis X. Hegarty Elementary
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    Message From The Principal 5-8-20 - Ms. Cameron

    May 8, 2020

    Dear Hegarty Family,

    I want to wish the teachers of Francis X. Hegarty a Happy Teacher Appreciation Week. I am so lucky to work with a wonderful group of professionals who go above and beyond for their students. I know they put in countless hours of planning, keeping in contact with families as well as creating a sense of community within the Island Park School District. Together, we appreciate having your greatest gifts, the students of Hegarty Elementary School.

    It has been so nice seeing the children during the Google Meets. I am just as excited as they are to see everyone! This is a time that none of us could have ever anticipated or planned for. I want to send a great big “thank you” to our parents and families who are doing their best to assist the children with online learning. I understand the complexity of working from home or out in the field as a health care worker or first responder while trying to attend to the needs of our families. I am so appreciative of everything you have done to help the children complete their daily assignments.

    As a reminder to all Pre-k through grade four students, please send in your artwork to Mrs. Horn, via e-mail to participate in our Virtual Art Show. The last day for student entries is May 15th. This is going to be a show to remember.

    I want to wish a Happy Mother’s Day to all of our Hegarty moms. Your dedication during this very demanding time is greatly appreciated. I am grateful to you for all that you have done to maintain our home-school connection for the benefit of your child(ren) throughout the school year and especially during these past several weeks since schools have been closed.

    Be sure to check my principal page for daily updates and news. I am looking forward to seeing the Teacher Appreciation slideshow that will be posted on the district website this week. I want to thank the children for sending their letters of appreciation to our teachers. I also want to thank Ms. Appel and Mr. Giardino for arranging this presentation.

    We are Hegarty Strong!

    Ms. Cameron


    Francis X. Hegarty Elementary
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    Message From The Principal May 1, 2020 - Ms. Cameron

    May 1, 2020

    Dear Hegarty Family,

    I hope everyone is doing well and in good spirits. It has been so nice speaking to families and students during the school closure. To continue our communication with students and their teachers, our weekly Google Meets with students will begin Friday, May 1st. Be sure to check the Island Park homepage as well as the Francis X. Hegarty teacher webpages for scheduled Google Meet days and times. I’m looking forward to seeing the children and staff during this time. It has been too long since I’ve seen the beautiful smiles of my Hegarty children. I truly miss you all and cannot wait to see you at the Google Meets. 

    Our Google Meets will provide the children with a sense of community. It will also allow time for the children to connect with their peers and teachers. This connection is necessary to support the social and emotional needs of our children.  As the students prepare for their Google Meets, make sure they are in a comfortable spot where they can be seen and are surrounded by some of their favorite possessions. It is important for parents to monitor their children during these Google Meets. The children can practice accessing their e-mails prior to meeting with their peers and teachers.  Student e-mail addresses are needed in order to join a Google Meet session. We want to keep in mind proper online etiquette during a Google Meet. I know we are all going to be so excited to see one another but want to keep in mind good manners. Remember to listen to others and take turns speaking. We want to give all of our peers the opportunity to participate in the discussion. As a friendly reminder, please do not record or photograph any part of the session. We want to ensure a safe online environment for all. 

    As we are moving forward in our instruction, pre-k and kindergarten students will have new learning packets delivered to their homes on May 1st. In addition, all students are required to check their teacher’s website daily for assignments and updates. It is also important to click on the special area teacher webpages daily. Mrs. Horn and Ms. Appel have been busy organizing our Virtual Art Show. Students, please remember the deadline for your submissions is May 15th. This is your time to display your artistic talents. Continue to send in pictures of your artwork! I know this is going to be a show to remember.  

    As always, please feel free to e-mail me at If you have any questions or concerns, please continue to use the “virtual hand raise” code in the email subject to communicate with your me and your child’s teacher(s). Be sure to check my principal page for daily updates and news. 

    We are Hegarty Strong!

     Ms. Cameron


    Francis X. Hegarty Elementary
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    Grab and Go Meals @ LOMS, 3/30/20

    Beginning tomorrow, March 30, we will resume our Grab and Go food distribution program at Lincoln Orens Middle School. Meals are for Island Park children who are eligible for free or reduce price meals. Please pick up your child’s breakfast and lunch meals from 8:30 to 11AM.  Thank you Mrs. DeBari, food service staff members, and our custodians who are making this program possible!

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    Meals for Island Park Students

    Families eligible for free or reduced price breakfasts and lunches as well as any family residing in Island Park and whose children attend our schools who is not able to provide these meals, please note the following:

    " Island Park UFSD is providing Grab and Go Meals.

    " The meals are available for pick up from Lincoln Orens Middle School, 150 Trafalgar Blvd. Island Park, NY 11558.

    " We distribute the meals through a sliding window from the kitchen cafeteria in the back of the school during the hours of 8:30 am to 11:00 am.

    " Breakfast includes: milk, fruit juice , fruit cup or fresh fruit, choice of bagel, roll or cereal with cheese stick or yogurt.

    " Lunch includes: milk, fruit juice, fruit cup or fresh fruit, choice of deli sandwich or pre-packaged peanut butter and jelly sandwich.

    " All students with records of allergies have an allergy-free meal prepared for them that are kept separate from the other meals. Each allergy-free bag is labeled with the student's name on it.

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    Digital Learning During School Closure




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    3. Type in Francis X. Hegarty where it says, "Search for School."
    4. Click on where it says, "Log in with LDAP."
    5. Username - first initial of first name and last name (ex. Joe Smith = jsmith)
    6. Password- password you use to log into your school computer account
    7. Click log in
    8. Click on i-Ready icon
    9. Click on a subject
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The following are activities for physical therapy and occupational therapy.  These activities and supports may provide each student equitable access in order to maintain or promote meaningful progress in accordance with his/her IEP, 504 Plan, or other educational needs.  


Please visit Ms. Marconi’s (for Mrs. Gold) or Mrs. Lynch’s website for related activities.  These pages are posted under “Teacher Pages” for both Francis X. Hegarty Elementary School and Lincoln Orens Middle School.  On the teacher page, there are activities specifically targeting student skills and IEP Goals. 



  • Simon Says
  • Bean bag or balloon toss
  • Hot potato 
  • Egg in spoon
  • Hop scotch 

Outdoor Activities 

  • Jump rope 
  • Ride a tricycle or bicycle 
  • Jumping or jumping jacks
  • Playing ball – bounce/catch
  • Bubble play 

Indoor Fun 

  • Dance party 
  • Building a fort – boxes, blankets 
  • Walk like an animal
  • slither like a snake
  • hop like a frog
  • gallop/horse
  • bear/all 4s tummy down
  • crab/all 4s tummy up

On Line Resources 


Preschool Students 

Get Moving 

  • Take the stairs, not the elevator 
  • Walk around the block- play I spy while walking 
  • Run relays with siblings and/or caregivers 
  • Step on/off a step stool 
  • Place pillows on floor and have child walk on them

Doing Other Activities 

  • Do puzzles or play with building blocks while squatting 
  • Read a book while lying on belly 
  • Do chores like setting/clearing the table, 

Play Games 

  • Head, shoulders, knees, and toes 
  • Act out animal walks

Outdoor Activities 

  • Visit the playground 
  • Play ball- catch, throw, kick
  • Push heavy items in a stroller/wagon

Games You Can Play 

  • Simon says 
  • Scavenger hunt 
  • Bean bag or balloon toss
  • Hot potato 
  • Egg in spoon

Outdoor Activities  

  • Play ball – bounce/catch 
  • Bubble play 
  • Wet sponge toss 

Indoor Fun 



Fine Motor, Visual Motor, and Perceptual Skills 

Cutting Tips 

  • Bold the outline with a highlighter or marker.
  • Hold scissors and paper with “thumbs on top.” You can place a sticker on your child’s thumb nail as a reminder.
  • Begin first with cutting straight lines, then basic shapes, then complex shapes.
  • Use hand-over-hand assistance as needed.

Gluing Tips 

  • When gluing, put the glue on the object being glued and NOT the paper.
  • Make a mark or draw a line as a visual of where the glue should go.
  • Try glue sticks for children with decreased strength.

Pencil Grasp Tips 

  • Use broken crayons and short pencils to encourage an efficient grasp
  • Have your child hold a small coin or cotton ball with their pinky and ring fingers leaving only their ring finger, middle finger and thumb available to hold the pencil.

Hand Strengthening Activities 

  • Hand weight bearing activities, such as wheelbarrow walks, crab walks, push-ups, and crawling.
  • Lego and Playdoh play: roll into balls, make a snake, press with stamps, hide and find pegs or beads, etc.
  • Pinch clothespins, paint with eyedroppers, & pick up items with tweezers.
  • Crafts, such as beading, lacing, ripping paper to make a collage, and hole punch activities.
  • Use a spray bottle to play in the bath, help with cleaning, etc.
  • For in-hand manipulation, place coins in a piggy bank or make your own with a coffee can with a slot in the top.

Visual Skills Activities 

  • When reading use an index card or ruler to help isolate one line or word at a time.
  • Activities such as mazes, cryptograms, Dotto-Dot, word finds, puzzles, ball or balloon toss, etc.
  • To view more visual perceptual activities, visit the free website: external link)(Open external link)

Writing Skills 

Proper Posture When Writing on a Table Top 

  • Feet flat on the floor (A footstool or thick book can be placed under the feet to assist if feet do not reach the floor.) Sit upright in chair.
  • Wrist supported on table. Paper stabilized by nonwriting hand.

Letter Formation 

  • When printing, prompt your child to use a top down formation: “Start at the top!”
  • Try this routine: You write the letter…Your child writes the letter…You write the letter…Your child writes the letter.


  • Have child use their finger or a Popsicle stick after each word to create an appropriate space before beginning the next word.
  • Use graph paper to give a visual cue for spacing out words and letters.
  • There are many types of writing paper. Be sure to check with your child’s therapist on the best type of paper or strategy for your child.

Letter and word placement 

  • Draw a green line along the left margin of the paper and a red line on the right to signal where to “start” and “stop.”
  • If your child has difficulty writing on the line, darken the baseline with a marker.
  • Use a highlighter to indicate where to write between lines.


Practice Writing Skills 

  • Schedule a 10 minute interval daily to practice writing.
  • Encourage your child to write about a preferred topic of choice.
  • Help your child make greeting cards for family and friends.
  • Write a grocery list together.
  • Make lists: favorite TV programs, movies, things to pack before a trip.

Self-Regulation and Sensory Processing 

Self-regulation is the ability to control one’s thoughts, emotional responses, actions and level of alertness/attention. It can be influenced by several different factors including sensory processing. Sensory processing is how we process information from the world around us as well as what is going on inside of us to produce an appropriate behavioral response. 

Calming Activities 

  • Play games that reinforce structure and require waiting/ turn-taking: red light green light, freeze dance, Simon says.
  • Yoga, meditation and belly breathing will help child develop better control of their physical body, thoughts, and emotional states. You can start by sitting still with eyes closed with a slow count of 5.
  • Routines, structure and clear expectations will help your child with selfcontrol. Review any changes to normal routine early.
  • Provide a quiet personal space for your child to calm. Relaxing music, a bean bag chair or soft pillows to burrow in may be helpful.
  • Encourage a variety of play/work positions such as standing, lying on the floor, kneeling.
  • Offer your child a chewy snack to provide organizing sensory input (i.e. Twizzlers, dried fruits, bagels, etc.).
  • “Heavy work” activities (carrying heavy items, push/pull activities, etc.)

Energizing Activities 

  • Have your child jump on a mini-trampoline, perform jumping jacks or play hopscotch.
  • Push-ups on the floor or push-ups against the wall.
  • Organized sports activities- running, yoga, karate, gymnastics, bike riding.
  • Climbing on or hanging from playground equipment.
  • Eating crunchy foods (i.e. popcorn, pretzels, carrots, apples, etc.).
  • Play and dance to loud, fast-paced music.
  • Use toys that make noise or light up.

Tips for Children with Tactile Sensitivities 

  • Gradually expose your child to different textures going from the least to most messy. (i.e. Play-doh is less messy than shaving cream or finger paints.)
  • Provide firm pressure rather than light touch when holding hands or giving hugs.
  • Make sure that blankets, pajamas and clothes are comfortable for the child as this may disrupt their sleep and other daily activities. (i.e. Cut out clothing tags if causing discomfort, wear socks inside out if irritating, etc.)
  • Use unscented laundry detergent. 

Attention and Focus 

Also refer to the Self-Regulation and Sensory Processing section; strategies may also result in improved attention and ability to focus. 

  • Choose a location in the home with minimal distractions when completing structured activities such as homework or studying.
  • Break down instructions into simple 1-2 step directions.
  • Have child repeat directions to reinforce understanding.
  • Use a visual timer to gradually increase attention to a non-preferred activity.
  • Allow your child to take short, intermittent movement breaks.
  • Use a reward chart with stickers or checkmarks to reinforce positive behaviors.

Toilet Training 

  • Look for signs for readiness, like discomfort when wet or soiled or staying dry for several hours at a time.
  • Have your child wear easy to manage clothing (i.e. sweatpants).
  • Establish a schedule according to wetness pattern.
  • Toileting symbol may be helpful for requests.
  • Use charts for positive reinforcement and celebrate each success.

Shoe Tying 

  • Children typically require demonstration, explanation, and lots of practice to master tying their shoes.
  • Remember there are two common methods for tying laces; the bunny ear approach using two loops, or the wrap-around technique, making one single loop then wrapping the other string around and tucking through. Try both and see what works best for your child.
  • Be sure laces are long enough so that your child can make large loops if needed.
  • Practicing knots on a jump rope or pipe cleaner can also make it easier and more fun.


  • Practice dressing skills through pretend play with dress-up clothes or dolls. 
  • Help your child up until the very last step to allow him/her to successfully complete the dressing task. Do less and less as your child can do more and more. For example:
  • Assist with fastening the zipper but allow the child to pull it up.
  • Help your child put each leg into his/her pants but have your child pull his/her pants up independently. 
  • Insert a button halfway into the hole, but let your child pull it fully through.
  • Teach your child to locate the tag first to identify the front when putting on shirts or jackets. 

Hand Washing 

  1. Use Soap
  2. Scrub palm to palm
  3. Scrub back of hands
  4. Wash between fingers
  5. Wash thumbs
  6. Scrub fingernails
  7. Wash wrists
  8. Rinse hands
  9. Dry Hands


Digital Learning During School Closure


Instructions for Connecting to i-Ready

  1. Log on to
  2. Click on Log in as a student
  3. Type in Francis X. Hegarty where it says, "Search for School."
  4. Click on where it says, "Log in with LDAP."
  5. Username - first initial of first name and last name (ex. Joe Smith = jsmith)
  6. Password- password you use to log into your school computer account
  7. Click log in
  8. Click on i-Ready icon
  9. Click on a subject

Teacher Appreciation Week

Hegarty School Highlights

New York State Assessments


Island Park Schools
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.

See PDF:     WebSMARTT  


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. 
See PDF:  MySchoolBucks 

Vincent Randazzo, Assistant Superintendent
See report:  Chronic Absenteeism.pdf  

Absence Form

English | Spanish
Formulario de ausencia   


Island Park Schools

Registration & Enrollment Packet