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A Forest of Frosting

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Third-graders at Great Neck Road Elementary School created an edible forest of trees on Dec. 21. Using sugar cones, icing and plenty of candy, the students designed one-of-a-kind woodlands that tasted as delicious as they looked.



Keeping Soldiers Top of Mind During Holidays

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In an effort to help those soldiers in need this holiday season, fifth-graders in Kerri Maroney’s class at Great Neck Road Elementary School spearheaded a schoolwide collection of goods.

Over a month’s time, the class collected donations of nonperishable food items and toiletries to donate to soldiers and veterans. Their “stockings for soldiers” campaign yielded 15 boxes of donated goods. The class also created handmade cards to include with the packages. On Dec. 15, members of the local Knights of Columbus picked up the boxes and delivered them to the Amityville Civic Association. The Civic Association shipped the boxes to soldiers abroad in time for the holidays. 

A Sweet Lesson in Architecture

A Sweet Lesson in Architecture
Kindergartners at Great Neck Road Elementary School participated in a sweet lesson by constructing their own gingerbread houses on Dec. 14. Using graham crackers, icing and plenty of candy treats, the students showed off their design creativity by building unique, one-of-a-kind creations to take home and enjoy.  
  

Save the Date: Prince & Princess Ball

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Tickets are now on sale for the Second Annual Prince and Princess Ball. Open to elementary school students, the ball will be held on Friday, Feb. 9 from 6-9 p.m. at Walter G. O’Connell Copiague High School. Tickets are $10 per person and proceeds go toward the Security Department Scholarship, which will be presented to a graduating senior this spring. All children must be accompanied by an adult 18 years of age or older to attend. For ticket information, please call the Security Department at 631-842-4010, ext. 442.

 

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Great Neck Road Gets Creative

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Great Neck Road Elementary School had close to two dozen students recognized in the New York State Sen. John Brooks Thanksgiving Day Creative Celebration. Students in grade 1-3 participated by either writing a poem or essay or creating a poster on what Thanksgiving means to them.

The district congratulates the following students: Natasha Abarca; Noemi Villatora Bermudes; Alexha Monge Diaz; Sophia Duran; Liyah Estrada; Rayli Fernandez; Mia Paz Garcia; Kiera Green-Wilson; Kaitlyn Gomez; Marley Gomez; Genesis Hylton; Mirta Lopez; Madison Mais; Shameel Malik; Davion Mckenzie; Angie Menjivar; Daniel Nunez; Lily Nunez; Ashley Vinas Peralta; Marilyn Peroza; Kamila Rodriguez; and May Wong.

Young Flutists Hone Their Skills

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Student-musicians from the district’s elementary schools and Copiague Middle School participated in the Long Island Flute Festival held at Walter G. O’Connell Copiague High School on Nov. 18.

The Long Island Flute Festival is organized by the Long Island Flute Club and offers the opportunity to flutists of all ages to participate in a day of performances, workshops and concerts. Copiague student-musicians had the chance to work on a solo piece at their level, rehearse music in an ensemble setting with students from other schools at their level, watch a concert given by world-renowned flutist Robert Dick, and perform their ensemble pieces as a group in a concert for their parents. 

The district congratulates the following student participants: Madison Allen; Malik Andilza; Caitlyn Carrington; Anamaria Espinosa; Alexa Gourdette; Mariska Kroog; Noemi Marmol; Esmeralda Clara Sanchez; Evelyn Sarmiento; Alyson Tenebro; Vania Vallejo Vasquez; Keyrin Yanes; and Alexa Zepherin.
  

Kindergarten Doctors Help Nurse Stuffed Animals

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Kindergarten students at Great Neck Road Elementary School played doctor to their stuffed animals thanks to the Teddy Bear Clinic sponsored by the Trauma Center at Stony Brook Children’s Hospital on Nov. 28.

The hands-on program helps to ease the fear of doctors and hospitals and also teaches the students about injury prevention. Stony Brook Children’s Hospital representative Erin Zazzara first spoke to the classes about different safety tips, such as wearing a helmet during sporting activities, keeping safe in the car and always wearing a seatbelt.

The students – who were dressed in their scrubs and equipped with their masks – then performed proper medical treatments on a “sick” stuffed animal or doll they had brought in from home. 

After visiting the waiting room, they worked to diagnose their stuffed companions; first checking their weight and temperature before applying bandages and dispensing proper medicines based on their conditions. The students each performed different job functions, such as doctor, nurse, receptionist or pharmacist, throughout the workshop. 

 

Messages of Thanks

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Third-graders in Kaileen Spadaro’s class at Great Neck Road Elementary School are remembering local heroes this Veterans Day. The class crafted cards and wrote letters to veterans, thanking them for their service using descriptive vocabulary words such as protective, caring, helpful, fearless, courageous and fighter. The cards were delivered to veterans at Broadlawn Manor Nursing Home & Rehabilitation Center in Amityville. 

Signing On to Stay Drug Free

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Great Neck Road Elementary School is celebrating Red Ribbon Week from Oct. 23-27. During the kickoff, students and staff dressed head to toe in red for this year’s theme, “We Mustache You to Be Drug Free.” One by one, each class signed the pledge to stay healthy and drug free.

Throughout the week, the students participated in different Red Ribbon activities, such as wearing their shirt backward to turn their backs on drugs; stomping out drugs by wearing their favorite sneakers; sunglasses day to shade out drugs; and teaming up against drugs by sporting their favorite jerseys.