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‘Exasperation’ Spells Success for Connolly Student

‘Exasperation’ Spells Success for Connolly Student photo
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Connolly fifth-grader Sara Roditi was named the winner of the school’s Scripps Spelling Bee contest.

Sara competed against the top spellers in the fifth-grade class in the competition. In all, 12 students took part in the bee after placing first and second in their individual class contests. During the competition, each student took turns spelling words off the Scripps spelling word list, presented by STREAM teacher Cheryl Carmody in front of the entire fifth-grade class. Principal Julie Mullan and AIS teacher Dora Ricciardi judged the event. The spelling bee concluded with Sara spelling the word “exasperation” correctly, winning the competition. Logan was named runner up.

Principal Mullan congratulated Sara, as well as the other contenders, Isabel Basil, Jason Basil, Page Bennett, Ella Dalk-Mall, Gio Galo, Hanna Glasky, Logan Grech, Stefano Malatos, Julia Petrizzo, Alexa Sincore and Mert Suyabatmaz.

Connolly K-Kids Visit Glen Cove Senior Center

Connolly K-Kids Visit Glen Cove Senior Center photo
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Connolly’s K-Kids made a holiday visit to the Glen Cove Senior Center on Wednesday, Dec. 20. 

The K-Kids sang the songs they learned for their winter concert to the seniors and held an intergenerational holiday sing-a-long with favorites, including “Jingle Bells,” “The Dreidl Song,” “Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer” and others. The K-Kids also made holiday cards for the seniors. The students enjoyed juice and cookies supplied by the Glen Cove Senior Center after the performance. All had a good time! 
 
This is the 20th year that the Connolly School K-Kids have made a holiday visit to the Glen Cove Senior Center. Connolly teachers Krystle Gonzalez and Sandra Vigliotti serve as the group’s advisers and retired Connolly teacher Leslie McCarthy is the Kiwanis liason for the group.

New Writing Curriculum in Full Swing at Connolly

New Writing Curriculum in Full Swing at Connolly photo
Connolly School is fully immersed in its new writing curriculum, Teachers College Reading and Writing Project. 

Fifth-graders in Mrs. Alison Fletcher and Ms. Stephanie Duignan’s class have been working on journalism writing. Students learned that journalists are observers who are always on the lookout for a newsworthy topic to report on. Children were given the opportunity go on a “beat” and walk around Connolly School to observe and to collect newsworthy story ideas. Students worked hard to collect their ideas in their notebook, while paying close attention to details they wanted to report.  

After collecting their ideas, students created their own news article.  Concluding the unit, students had the opportunity to create a feature article, where they further researched their news topic on their iPad and added their opinion to their piece. On Friday, Dec. 8, students celebrated their writing by sharing with the class and giving positive feedback to their peers. 

Connolly K-Kids Donate to Operation Christmas Child

Connolly K-Kids Donate to Operation Christmas Child photo
The Connolly K-Kids recently took part in Operation Christmas Child, collecting school supplies, personal hygiene items and toys to send overseas this December. 

Thanks to the generosity of the Connolly School community, the K-Kids packed and shipped off seven boxes of holiday cheer. The Connolly K-Kids is a community service organization for fifth-grade students that is sponsored by the North Shore Kiwanis Club. The students’ Kiwanis liaison is retired Connolly teacher Leslie McCarthy, and Krystle Gonzalez and Sandra Vigliotti serve as the Connolly K-Kids advisers.
 

Monthly Family Nights Begin

Family Nights Begin

To combat the busy schedules of families, the district has implemented a monthly Family Night. On Family Night, students will not be assigned any homework from their classroom teachers, allowing their families to preplan fun activities, without interruption.

Family Night will be held on the following dates:
Oct. 25        Jan. 31          April 18
Nov. 22        Feb. 14         May 23
Dec. 20        March 21       June 13