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Smithtown Elementary School held two information workshops for parents of English language learners on Feb. 8 and 12 to help them better understand community resources and the support services that Smithtown Central School District provides them.
“We felt the need to get more information to parents so that their children can become actively involved in sports organizations, library programs, and for the parents, gain a better understanding of our adult education opportunities,” said Principal Janine Lavery.
The workshops were a collaborative effort led by the Smithtown Elementary School faculty, with support from the ENL department, community resources, Parent-Teacher Association and translators. Parents learned about the school-family connection and parent portal. Attendees could sign up for PTA notifications regarding events and volunteer opportunities.
The Smithtown Library issued cards to families, and the St. Patrick’s Youth programs spoke about some of their offerings. The adult education director’s presentation sparked several parents to register for English classes.
First graders at Smithtown Elementary recently had Special Person Day. Students interviewed their special person and enjoyed making a craft, reading a book and eating a snack together.
Smithtown Elementary School’s Kindergarten classes had a special visit from Stony Brook Hospital’s nursing students. The children learned about rules before crossing the street, bike and helmet safety and the importance of hand washing. The children also enjoyed an interactive Teddy Bear Clinic to care for stuffed animals.
Even during the winter months, Smithtown Elementary School physical education teacher Kurt Margraf knows how to get students to stay active. As part of his weekly before school sports program, Margraf is teaching his students about the Iditarod sled dog race. The two-week race takes place annually each March in Alaska. Fourth-graders were taught facts about the race, and necessary clothes they need to wear before trying to mimic the race by pulling one another on sleds.
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