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    Flu Season

    January 24, 2020

    Dear Parent(s)/Guardian(s):

    As a friendly reminder, 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.


    Cynthia Cameron

    Francis X. Hegarty Elementary
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    PE Demo - Grades 1-4

    January 17, 2020
    Dear Parents/Guardians,

    On Tuesday and Wednesday, February 4th and 5th, we will be conducting our annual Hegarty School Physical Education Open House. This Open House will provide our students the opportunity to showcase what they have been learning throughout the school year in their physical education classes.

    We invite you and any other family members to observe and encourage our students during this very exciting and memorable time. Our student athletes are looking forward to our Open House and are diligently preparing for it. A schedule displaying your child’s class time is listed on the reverse side of this letter.

    This year’s program will consist of games and dances themed to Retro Video Games. Physical activity provides children and youth with many opportunities to grow physically and socially, as well as emotionally. Moreover, physical activities with other children allow them to build social skills through peer interaction.

    Our physical education department will continue its commitment to provide “age and developmentally appropriate” activities throughout your child’s educational career. We encourage you to keep your children active every day, and through both of our efforts, we can help our children experience happy and healthy lifestyles.

    Upon arrival, all visitors must enter through the Deal Road entrance and be on the RSVP record for the event. The Visitor Policy is followed. Please return the tear-off form below to RSVP.


    Annie Bennett-Neglia
    Dominick Barone

    For more details see PDF attached...

    Francis X. Hegarty Elementary
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    Final Board Meeting of 2019 Honors Students, Brings Updates

    The Island Park Public Schools’ Dec. 16 Board of Education Meeting closed out 2019 with student recognitions and important information that affects both the district and community.

    The evening featured the announcement of Students of the Month who represented each grade at Francis X. Hegarty Elementary School and Lincoln Orens Middle School. Melina Pothos (kindergarten), Zachary Castell (grade 1), Sophia Santiago (grade 2), David Ospina (grade 3), Ella Mele (grade 4), Carolina Hernandez-Paratore (grade 5), Madison Brandt (grade 6), Nicholas Ruzicka (grade 7) and Jessi Morales (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.

    The meeting also included an update on the district’s lawsuit against LIPA. At this time, no decision has been rendered by Justice Emerson with regard to Island Park, although there is the strong likelihood it will issue a summary judgment in LIPA’s favor. The district is negotiating to keep the Barrett Plant on the tax Nassau County property tax rolls. The district will also work with State legislators to change the Combined Wealth Ratio that determines State Aid so that this source of revenue can be increased.

    If the PILOT is implemented, the district will consider filing a lawsuit against the County to obtain a “stay of proceedings” at least until a decision is rendered. The district will consider filing an appeal if an unfavorable judicial decision is rendered at the NYS Supreme Court of Suffolk County. The District will additionally consider how it can use unrestricted reserve funds to help mitigate the impact of PILOTs or new Property Tax Assessments, i.e., Adjusted Base Proportions on homeowners. To view the full presentation, please visit www.ips.k12.ny.us.

    Francis X. Hegarty Elementary
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    TIME: 7:00PM

    School reports will be given by:
    Dr. Bovino, Superintendent of Island Park School District
    Ms. Cameron, Principal of Francis X. Hegarty
    Dr. Hoffman, Principal of Lincoln Orens Middle School

    PTA Executive Board will provide updates on current
    and future events/programs


    • Memberships, volunteer forms and In-Need donations
    accepted at meeting
    • Question and Answer session open to the floor
    • Free babysitting is available (children must be at least
    4 years of age and toilet-trained)
    • PTA forms and flyers are also available on the Island Park
    Schools’ website and PTA Facebook Page

    Francis X. Hegarty Elementary
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    Island Park Students Grant Holiday Wishes

    ‘Tis the season to share with others, as students in Island Park do throughout the school year. Student Council members from Francis X. Hegarty Elementary School and Lincoln Orens Middle School took on an extra level of generosity in anticipation of the holidays by organizing toy drives that will bring gifts to those less fortunate.  

    Students, staff members, parents and local businesses donated brand new toys and winter necessities. The Student Council members and their advisors sorted and wrapped the gifts just in time to bring families in need some of the items on their wish lists.   

    Francis X. Hegarty Elementary
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    Holiday Harmonies from Island Park Musicians

    The Island Park Public Schools’ Francis X. Hegarty Elementary School and Lincoln Orens Middle School each held winter concerts in the month of December, featuring holiday songs and décor. Musicians at both schools provided festive ambiances for their audience members as they celebrated the season.

    At Hegarty, third- and fourth-grade chorus participants performed a number of holiday melodies under the direction of Music Department Coordinator Marie Bluebello-Sambolin, who accompanied them on the piano. The show, held on Dec. 12, also included dance choreography and special instrumentals. Among the tunes included in the program were “Happy Happy Holiday,” “Celebrating Hanukkah,” “On a Silent Night Long, Long Ago,” and “Be a Santa Claus.”

    Lincoln Orens Middle School’s fifth-and sixth-grade chorus, senior string orchestra, seventh- and eighth-grade chorus and concert band represented an assortment of holidays on Dec. 5. The groups performed tunes such as “Hanukkah Night,” “Jingle Bell Rock,” “Tue, Tue Ghanaian Folk Song,” “Last Christmas,” “It’s a Marshmallow World” and “All You Need is Love.” They continued their tradition of uniting for one culminating finale performance of, “It’s the Most Wonderful Time of the Year.” Special recognitions go to Ms. Sambolin for coordinating the event, as well as Orchestra Director Ryan Walter, Choral Director Kristen Papillo and Band Director Mario Blanco.

    Francis X. Hegarty Elementary
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    100 Radcliffe Road
    Island Park, N.Y. 


    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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    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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    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. 


    Cynthia Cameron

    Francis X. Hegarty Elementary

FXH School Calendar

  • Lunar New Year

    Francis X. Hegarty Elementary
  • Day 3

    Francis X. Hegarty Elementary
  • Site Based Mtg

    Francis X. Hegarty Elementary
  • Faculty Mtg

    Francis X. Hegarty Elementary
  • Day 4

    Francis X. Hegarty Elementary
  • PTA Book Fair

    Francis X. Hegarty Elementary
  • @ Conf Ctr

    Bd of Ed Mtg

    Student of the Month Celebration

    Francis X. Hegarty Elementary
  • Day 1

    Francis X. Hegarty Elementary
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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

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Formulario de ausencia   


Island Park Schools

Registration & Enrollment Packet