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Fifth Grade Report Card Letter

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Town of Smithtown

Parent Study Group (Parenting skills program)
Starting this Thursday, March 23rd - FREE of charge. Register ASAP.

Provided at the Town of Smithtown Horizons Center/Youth Bureau
161 E. Main Street, Smithtown
5:30 PM – 7:00 PM

Topics include:
Encouraging Responsibility & Cooperation in the Family

Changing Behavior by Changing Parent Response

Replacing Power Struggles & Conflict with a More Democratic Family Environment

How Consequences Replace Punishment
Click here to view the Parent Study Group flyer

PLEASE feel free pass this information on to any parents who may be interested in participating.

Contact Karen Aldrich - 631-360-7595 for further information and/or registration.



Courage Award Winners

Moms Get the Royal Treatment at St. James

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Kindergarten students at St. James Elementary School gave their mothers and special guests the royal treatment as they walked the red carpet to enter their Mother’s Day celebration on May 12.

The kindergartners lined the hallways as their special guests walked in. After escorting them to their classrooms, the students shared special stories about why their mothers are so important, sang songs and had treats together to celebrate Mother’s Day.

It’s Fun to Be Fit

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Students from St. James Elementary School participated in the first Fit Kids Day, sponsored by Suffolk Zone of the New York State Association for Health, Physical Education, Recreation and Dance. The event was held at Lincoln Avenue Elementary School in Sayville on May 8.

St. James Elementary was one of 12 Suffolk County schools chosen to participate in this pilot program. Based on their fitness-gram scores as well as their overall character, physical education teachers Tom Vulin and Patti Petrucelli selected 24 fourth- and fifth-graders. The students competed in fitness-based individual and team events. They learned teamwork, good sportsmanship as well as the importance of maintaining physical fitness throughout their lives.

Poetry Stars Shine Bright

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It was a night under the stars, as the fifth-graders at St. James Elementary School showed off their poetic prowess during the school’s annual Poetry Café on April 26.

In the transformed gymnasium, invited guests lounged on cozy couches, sat at café tables complete with dimly lit candles and snapped their fingers as each student shared their original poetry. The Poetry Café gave students a chance to not only show off their writing skills, but also their public speaking and presentation skills.

Rhyme Time at St. James Elementary

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The kindergarten classes at St. James Elementary School reenacted some of their favorite tales during the annual Nursery Rhyme Show on April 21. Dressed as the classic characters in each of the poems – including the Three Little Kittens, the Three Little Pigs, Little Bo Peep, and her sheep, Old McDonald and farm animals and many more – students showed off their poetry skills to family and friends.

NYPD Band Visit

Working Together Is ‘EPIC’

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At St. James Elementary, a group of fifth-grade students have been busy at work in an effort to give back to their community.

The EPIC Club, a community service and leadership club, meets weekly to work on projects and activities for the betterment of their local community. They are currently working on painting flowerpots for a local nursing home and a macaroni and cheese drive for the Long Island Coalition for the Homeless.

Other initiatives this school year include food drives for the Smithtown Food Pantry, volunteering at the Project Hope soup kitchen in Greenlawn and making peanut butter and jelly sandwiches for St. Anne’s Church in Brentwood. The club has also worked on Valentine’s for Vets and a project called Caitlyn’s Smiles, making craft kits for children in local hospitals.

The EPIC Club doesn’t forget about their animal friends either, making bird seed feeders for the local nursing home, organizing a food drive for Tuff Tails (animal fostering program) and working with Save-a-Pet, the Guide Dog Foundation for the Blind and the Smithtown Animal Shelter.

PLTW Takes Flight

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Students in Mrs. Janouskovec-Renahan's class designed, built and tested their gilder planes during a recent PLTW activity. After learning about the forces that affect flight, each student used Autodesk 123D Design, a 3D software App, to choose wings and a horizontal stabilizer in order to design their glider. Next, they built their gliders and tested their designs using a prepared launch site. The students were able to determine what variables, such as adding a downward force (weight), helped to make their glider plane fly a greater distance.


Baseball Day Knocks It Out of the Park

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Major League Baseball’s opening day festivities paled in comparison to all the baseball-themed learning activities at St. James Elementary School on April 3.

Donning their favorite baseball team attire, fourth-grade students celebrated the start of a new baseball season by participating in Baseball Day which featured math, literacy, science, music and art lessons. Students dissected the poem “Casey at the Bat” and answered questions and read biographies about famous baseball players. Classes listened to the famous comedy act “Who’s on First?” by Abbott and Costello and tried to determine who was at each position. Students also wrote their own poems to the tune of “Take Me Out to the Ball Game.”

In an hands-on science experiment, students had to bounce a tennis ball, baseball, softball, ping pong ball, golf ball and whiffle ball to predict and measure its bounce height. The fourth-graders listened to “The Greatest” by Kenny Rogers and wrote their thoughts on the song’s meaning on their own baseballs. The students practiced fractions and ordering during their math lesson to determine innings played by different baseball players. During their physical education classes, students headed to the fields to play ball.

Show-Stopping Sensations at St. James

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Fifth-graders at St. James Elementary School showed off their theater, vocal and dance skills during the Broadway Bonanza 2017 on April 3 and 4.
The students took to the stage for classmates during the day and again for an encore performance for their families in the evening. This year’s show started with excerpts from the musical “Wicked,” followed by “The Wizard of Oz.” “Mary Poppins” and “Aladdin” featured some of the most popular songs from the shows, and “The Lion King” had audiences singing along to some of their favorite tunes from the Disney movie and show. The performance closed with Disney’s “High School Musical” featuring the cast in their St. James Elementary School attire.

Science Fair Winners

On April 19th, St. James Elementary had its annual Science Fair. The presentations were outstanding which shows how much time and effort the children of St. James put forth. This years winners will advance to the prestigious Brookhaven National Science Fair at Brookhaven Labs on May 6th. We are so proud of each and every entrant and wish all the best to our students representing St. James Elementary School at the fair. Congratulations goes to...

Oliviagrace Ruf- Kindergarten
Sienna Cuomo- First Grade
Alexandra Sengstaken- Second Grade
Shane Glenn- Third Grade
Belle Thompson- Fourth Grade
Lilyana Zimmermann- Fifth Grade