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Snow Unique

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Commack Road students recently pondered how, like snowflakes, no two people are alike. The “Snow Unique” activity was sponsored by the school’s Lighthouse Committee, which tailors lessons based on Stephen Covey’s teachings about leadership and helping students become productive and kind individuals.

During a lesson given by school counselor Sara Comisky, the students described snowflakes and analyzed snowflake photos, coming to the conclusion that snowflakes have different shapes, sizes and designs. They were then asked how snowflakes and people are alike and discussed how people have unique characteristics, just like snowflakes.

“I explained how all of us are special in our own unique way, and our strengths and differences are what make Commack Road Elementary School such as special place,” Ms. Comisky said.

The students were then given a snowflake with the phrase, “I am unique because… .” During the month, students have been completing their snowflake with words and pictures describing what makes each of them unique. The snowflakes are currently being hung on the bulletin board located in the school’s main hallway for the entire learning community to read.

Date Added: 1/24/2022

CRES Lights up the World with Kindness

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Inspired by Stephen Covey’s “Leader in Me” and “7 Habits of Happy Kids,” the Commack Road learning community strives to help students understand what it means to be a productive citizen in school and beyond. In order to emphasize how to be proactive and kind, the Commack Road Lighthouse Committee sponsored a schoolwide activity highlighting acts of kindness on campus.

Third grade students in co-teachers Shannon Dignam’s and Meghan Flynn’s class were each given a construction paper light bulb and instructed to write about “When I was Kind” or “I saw someone doing something kind.” After the lightbulbs were colored, they were hung on the class’s bulletin board to resemble strings of lights. As peers passed the Light Up the World with Kindness bulletin board, they were able to read about all kind acts by fellow students.

Date Added: 1/20/2022

Board of Education Meeting - Tuesday, January 25th

The Islip Board of Education will hold their next regular business meeting on Tuesday, January 25, 2022, beginning at 6:00 p.m. in the Islip High School. It is anticipated that after opening the meeting the Board will convene into executive session, with the public business portion following in the HS auditorium at approximately 7:30 p.m.

In keeping with current NYS mandates, all those in attendance must wear a mask and maintain social distancing from non-family members. As a reminder, anyone choosing not to wear a mask will not be permitted to enter the building.

The public session will also be livestreamed via the Board's YouTube channel. Please note that this medium does not allow for real-time participation from the virtual audience. Any questions or comments for the Board from those attending virtually may be emailed to prior to the 6:30 p.m. start time. The agenda will be available to the public at least 24 hours before the meeting via BoardDocs on the District website. We hope to see you there!

Making a Difference with Bologna Sandwiches

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First grade students in Justin Lollo’s class at Wing Elementary School in the Islip School District took a bite out of hunger this holiday season by making 184 bologna sandwiches for Bethany House, a shelter in Bay Shore. Mr. Lollo has been hosting the community service project since 2018, and he happily reported that the students broke the old record by making 47 additional sandwiches this year.

In addition to learning their core subjects, the first graders discussed and learned that there are people in the community who are struggling. “I want my students to realize that there are people who are less fortunate than we are, and they might find it difficult having enough money to obtain food, clothing, etc.,” Mr. Lollo explained. “In preparing bologna sandwiches, students can feel a sense of giving and make a difference by supporting those who are less fortunate.”

Mr. Lollo also thanks Grilli’s Gourmet Deli and Catering for donating the bologna for the project.

Date Added: 1/11/2022

Inside Islip School e-Newsletter - December 2021

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