Hegarty School Highlights

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    Monday, October 16, 2017 (UPK & LOMS)

    Monday, October 23, 2017 (FXH)


    Wednesday, November 29, 2017 (FXH, UPK & LOMS)

    On Monday, October 16th & Monday, October 23th the PTA will be sponsoring school pictures.  Your child will be photographed individually as well as with his/her class (class pictures are for Pre-K through 5th grade students only).  All students will have an individual picture taken for school records, even if a package is not purchased.

    If your child is absent, another opportunity will be available on picture retake day, which is scheduled for Wednesday, November 29th for FXH, UPK & LOMS.

    Kindly follow the directions on the attached order form. Please note the instructions are different than in years past. This year the company we are using is “Irvin Simon Photographers.”

    Payment and order form is due back on Picture Day.  Portrait packages will be printed only for students paying on PHOTO DAY.

    If your child does not have their order form and payment with them on Picture Day, their picture will only be taken for school records.  They will then have to return on picture retake day with their order form and payment.

    If you would like to volunteer for Picture Day at either school or have any questions, please contact TinaMarie Ruzicka, Picture Day Chairperson, at (516) 924-5739 before October 9th.

    Thank you.

    PTA forms and flyers are also available on the IP schools website and PTA Facebook Page

    Francis X. Hegarty Elementary

    October 20, 2017 

    Dear Parents:

    The F.X. Hegarty Student Council and the Physical Education Department will be sponsoring a WINNER’S WALK FOR AVALON ELEMENTARY SCHOOL, in Naples Florida, on Friday, October 27, 2017!  

    This year, we will be asking for sponsor pledges.  A flat donation of your choice of any amount is appreciated.  Please make your personal check or money order payable to Avalon Elementary School and indicate “Winner’s Walk” in the memo.  Please place the check in an envelope, mark the envelope WINNER’S WALK, and return it to school no later than Monday, October 30.  Your donation will help the children of Avalon Elementary School in Naples, Florida who were affected by Hurricane Irma.  

    All parents are invited to cheer our participants during the walk, which takes place on Friday morning (October 27) at 9:30 a.m.  Visitors will enter the yard from the Deal Road playground gates only.  For security reasons there will be no entry through the school.  At the gate, you will sign in at the back yard entrance and be directed to a designated area.  If you plan on attending, please fill out the form below and return it with your child.  The Visitor Policy is followed.  Therefore, all visitors must be on the RSVP record for the event.  The students are excited and with your help this will be a very successful walk.

     Please be aware that in the event of rain, the Winner’s Walk will be held in the gym and parents will not be able to attend due to capacity limitations in the gym. 

    In the past, the F.X. Hegarty Student Council has raised money for many organizations because of the hard work, generosity, and understanding of the needs of others shown by our parents and children.  We thank all of you for your efforts and cooperation during this worthwhile program.  Avalon Elementary School appreciates your support! 


    Denise Benedetto                      Annie Neglia

    Patricia Pozin                                Dominick Barone

    Student Council Advisors         Physical Education Teachers


    See Attached for Winner's Walk Form...

    Francis X. Hegarty Elementary
  • Red Ribbon Week

    Island Park School District
    F.X. Hegarty School

    Red Ribbon Week

    “The Future Is Key To Staying Drug Free”

    October 23-October 27, 2017

    Dear Parents/Guardians,

    During the week of October 23, 2017, F.X. Hegarty school will be celebrating Red Ribbon Week. This year to celebrate Red Ribbon Week, we ask the students to participate in the “Your Future Is Key So Stay Drug Free” theme. Please help your children celebrate Red Ribbon Week through daily themes to promote the spirit of making choices that will lead to a healthy and bright future. Activities for the week will include morning announcements, discussing the importance of Red Ribbon Week, and signing poster pledges that will be displayed in the school hallways.  Also, classroom lessons for 3rd and 4th grade students will be led by our health teacher, Mrs. Augello.   Parents are encouraged to become a part of this by continuing discussions at home about making healthy choices. Together, we can make a difference in keeping kids healthy and drug free. 

    Monday-10/23/2017: Red Ribbon spirit days begin.  Students start signing poster pledges.

    Tuesday-10/24/2017: “Let’s Scare Drugs Away” All students and faculty are encouraged to wear super hero t-shirts.

    Wednesday-10/25/2017: Peace Out to Drugs” All students and faculty are encouraged to wear tie-dyed clothing or clothing with the peace sign.

    Thursday-10/26/2017Looking Towards a Bright Future” All students and faculty are encouraged to wear clothing that has a positive statement/phrase/word/quote.

    Friday-10/27/2017: I am Proud to be Drug Free” Students and faculty are encouraged to wear Red!  See how much red you can wear from head to toe!

    Francis X. Hegarty Elementary
  • Emergency Evacuation/Early Dismissal Drills

    October 20, 2017 

    Dear Parents: 

    As part of the State Mandated Emergency Plan, we are required to conduct Emergency Evacuation/Early Dismissal Drills.  On Friday, November 3 and Wednesday, November 22, dismissal will occur at 2:45 p.m.  On both of these days, students will leave the Hegarty School and walk to the Island Park Public Library on Long Beach Road where they will briefly shelter and then board school buses to go home.  

    Children will be supervised by school staff and assisted by the Nassau County Police.  The process should take about 45 minutes.  Buses are expected to bring the children to their stop at about the usual time.  However, the bus may arrive earlier or later than normally scheduled.   Parents are asked to plan accordingly.  Please avoid changing your child’s customary dismissal routine on November 3 and November 22.  


    • Bus Students will be escorted to their buses in the library parking lot. 
    • Walkers and students being driven home will return to Hegarty School with their teachers. They will be dismissed at the school.  Parents should wait for their child(ren) at the school since it will not be possible to move vehicles on Long Beach Road.  Upon return to the building, Deal Road walkers will be dismissed at the front of the school. 
    • When picking up your child upon his/her return to school, you will be asked to sign him/her out. Students who attend After Care will meet their caregivers in front of the school.  

    Since we must plan for emergencies occurring at any time, the drills will be conducted rain or shine.  Children should dress for outdoors and/or inclement weather.  We ask for your cooperation and patience during this important New York State required exercise.  If you have any questions, please call the Hegarty School office.


    Jacob M. Russum

    Francis X. Hegarty Elementary

    We are happy to announce that the
    will be open on Wednesday, October 25th during lunch periods. 

    The children will have the opportunity to purchase items such as fun pencils & pens, key chains, magnets, erasers, pencil sharpeners, coin purses etc. Squishies are in stock!!! (prices range from 25¢ to $8.00). Parents don’t forget the PTA dollar you earned by joining the PTA. Spirit Wear is also on SALE (prices range from $10.00 to $35.00)!

    If you would like your child to purchase item(s) from the School Store, please send money to school with your child in an envelope marked “School Store”.  Sorry but parents cannot shop with their children.

    The children really love browsing and buying things at the School Store.  Money that is earned from the sale of items in the School Store will go directly back to the children via special programs and activities provided for by the PTA.

    Volunteers are needed to work the School Store any time during lunch periods (11:00 am - 2:30 pm).  The days that the School Store will be open depends on the number of volunteers that are available to help.

    If you would like to volunteer at the School Store or if you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact Ralitsa Sundquist at raliny@gmail.com. 


    Francis X. Hegarty Elementary
  • UPK Registration

    Dear Parents and Community Members,

    This announcement is regarding the Island Park Schools’ Universal Pre-Kindergarten (UPK) registration for the anticipated 2018-19 School year.

    UPK registration will be at Francis X. Hegarty School Tuesday, February 13, Wednesday, February 14, and Thursday, February 15, 2018 by appointment. Please call Francis X. Hegarty School 434-2670/71 between 9am-3pm for your registration packet and to schedule an appointment.

    The day of your appointment, please bring:

    • Child’s Birth Certificate confirming your child will be four years of age on or before December 1, 2018.
    • 3 Proofs of Residency confirming you are a full-time resident of Island Park (e.g., driver’s license, telephone bill, deed to home, bank statement, etc.).
    • Updated immunization documents from your child’s pediatrician.

    Thank you and your continued support of the Island Park Schools.

    Francis X. Hegarty Elementary
  • Parent Portal 2017 New York State Assessment Information

    The Parent Portal has been updated with results for 2017 New York State assessments in ELA, Math, Science (grades 4-8) and the assessment test for English as a Second Language (grades 1-8).  This applies to students who participated in those assessments.  In addition, Spring 2017 NWEA student reports are available for students in grades 1-8.  

    To access these reports, log into the Parent Portal.  Click on Student Portfolio in the left-hand menu.  On the next screen, click on NYS Assessment Reports or on NWEA and then click on the 2016-2017 link to see your child’s results.

    Francis X. Hegarty Elementary

FXH School Calendar

  • Picture Day

    Francis X. Hegarty Elementary
  • Site Base Mtg

    Francis X. Hegarty Elementary
  • Red Ribbon Week

    Francis X. Hegarty Elementary
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    Bd of Ed Mg

    Francis X. Hegarty Elementary
  • Day 4

    Francis X. Hegarty Elementary
  • Faculty Mg.

    Francis X. Hegarty Elementary
  • Day 1

    Francis X. Hegarty Elementary
  • PTA School Store

    Francis X. Hegarty Elementary
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Halloween Safety Tips

Walk Safely

  • Cross the street at corners, using traffic signals and crosswalks.
  • Look left, right and left again when crossing and keep looking as you cross. 
  • Put electronic devices down and keep heads up and walk, don’t run, across the street.
  • Teach children to make eye contact with drivers before crossing in front of them.
  • Always walk on sidewalks or paths. If there are no sidewalks, walk facing traffic as far to the left as possible.  Children should walk on direct routes with the fewest street crossings.
  • Watch for cars that are turning or backing up. Teach children to never dart out into the street or cross between parked cars.

Keep Costumes both Creative and Safe

  • Decorate costumes and bags with reflective tape or stickers and, if possible, choose light colors.
  • Choose face paint and makeup whenever possible instead of masks, which can obstruct a child’s vision.
  • Have kids carry glow sticks or flashlights to help them see and be seen by drivers. 
  • When selecting a costume, make sure it is the right size to prevent trips and falls.

Find us on Facebook!

In our ongoing effort to keep the community up-to-date with the latest district news and announcements, the Island Park Public Schools has launched an informational Facebook page. This page can be accessed by searching “Island Park Public Schools” on Facebook. By clicking “like,” you will be able to see the latest posts about student achievements, exciting events, interesting programs and important alerts in your newsfeed. Thank you for your support of our students and educational initiatives. We look forward to sharing many success stories as the year progresses.