Digital Learning During School Closure

i-Ready

Instructions for Connecting to i-Ready

  1. Log on to www.clever.com
  2. Click on Log in as a student
  3. Type in Francis X. Hegarty where it says, "Search for School."
  4. Click on where it says, "Log in with LDAP."
  5. Username - first initial of first name and last name (ex. Joe Smith = jsmith)
  6. Password- password you use to log into your school computer account
  7. Click log in
  8. Click on i-Ready icon
  9. Click on a subject

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News & Announcements

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    Distance Learning Parent Survey

    Parents,

    Please respond to the survey below to help the District understand your level of satisfaction regarding distance learning during the extended school closure. Survey responses will be accepted through noon on Monday, April 6, 2020.

    Thank you,

    Vincent Randazzo
    Assistant Superintendent
    Island Park UFSD

    https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/SGM7227

    Lincoln Orens Middle School
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    Grab and Go Meals @ LOMS, 3/30/20

    Beginning tomorrow, March 30, we will resume our Grab and Go food distribution program at Lincoln Orens Middle School. Meals are for Island Park children who are eligible for free or reduce price meals. Please pick up your child’s breakfast and lunch meals from 8:30 to 11AM.  Thank you Mrs. DeBari, food service staff members, and our custodians who are making this program possible!

    Lincoln Orens Middle School
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    Get Well Wishes to Our IPS Employee

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    Lincoln Orens Middle School
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    Alert: Students Eligible for Free Meals Go to Long Beach

    Because of the confirmed case of COVID-19 at Lincoln Orens Middle School, the building is closed.  Island Park students will join Long Beach students and go to St. Ignatius Church in Long Beach for their meals. Breakfast is 7:30am-9:00 am in the morning, and lunch is 11:30 am-1:00 pm. The address is:  721 W Broadway, Long Beach.

    Lincoln Orens Middle School
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    Meals for Island Park Students

    Families eligible for free or reduced price breakfasts and lunches as well as any family residing in Island Park and whose children attend our schools who is not able to provide these meals, please note the following:

    " Island Park UFSD is providing Grab and Go Meals.

    " The meals are available for pick up from Lincoln Orens Middle School, 150 Trafalgar Blvd. Island Park, NY 11558.

    " We distribute the meals through a sliding window from the kitchen cafeteria in the back of the school during the hours of 8:30 am to 11:00 am.

    " Breakfast includes: milk, fruit juice , fruit cup or fresh fruit, choice of bagel, roll or cereal with cheese stick or yogurt.

    " Lunch includes: milk, fruit juice, fruit cup or fresh fruit, choice of deli sandwich or pre-packaged peanut butter and jelly sandwich.

    " All students with records of allergies have an allergy-free meal prepared for them that are kept separate from the other meals. Each allergy-free bag is labeled with the student's name on it.

    Lincoln Orens Middle School
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    IPS RELATED SERVICES

    ISLAND PARK SCHOOLS 

    RELATED SERVICES: 

    The following are activities for physical therapy and occupational therapy.  These activities and supports may provide each student equitable access in order to maintain or promote meaningful progress in accordance with his/her IEP, 504 Plan, or other educational needs.  

    SPEECH 

    Please visit Ms. Marconi’s (for Mrs. Gold) or Mrs. Lynch’s website for related activities.  These pages are posted under “Teacher Pages” for both Francis X. Hegarty Elementary School and Lincoln Orens Middle School.  On the teacher page, there are activities specifically targeting student skills and IEP Goals. 

    PHYSICAL THERAPY 

    Games  

    • Simon Says
    • Bean bag or balloon toss
    • Hot potato 
    • Egg in spoon
    • Hop scotch 

    Outdoor Activities 

    • Jump rope 
    • Ride a tricycle or bicycle 
    • Jumping or jumping jacks
    • Playing ball – bounce/catch
    • Bubble play 

    Indoor Fun 

    • Dance party 
    • Building a fort – boxes, blankets 
    • Walk like an animal
    • slither like a snake
    • hop like a frog
    • gallop/horse
    • bear/all 4s tummy down
    • crab/all 4s tummy up

    On Line Resources 

     

    Preschool Students 

    Get Moving 

    • Take the stairs, not the elevator 
    • Walk around the block- play I spy while walking 
    • Run relays with siblings and/or caregivers 
    • Step on/off a step stool 
    • Place pillows on floor and have child walk on them

    Doing Other Activities 

    • Do puzzles or play with building blocks while squatting 
    • Read a book while lying on belly 
    • Do chores like setting/clearing the table, 

    Play Games 

    • Head, shoulders, knees, and toes 
    • Act out animal walks

    Outdoor Activities 

    • Visit the playground 
    • Play ball- catch, throw, kick
    • Push heavy items in a stroller/wagon

    Games You Can Play 

    • Simon says 
    • Scavenger hunt 
    • Bean bag or balloon toss
    • Hot potato 
    • Egg in spoon

    Outdoor Activities  

    • Play ball – bounce/catch 
    • Bubble play 
    • Wet sponge toss 

    Indoor Fun 

     

    OCCUPATIONAL THERAPY 

    Fine Motor, Visual Motor, and Perceptual Skills 

    Cutting Tips 

    • Bold the outline with a highlighter or marker.
    • Hold scissors and paper with “thumbs on top.” You can place a sticker on your child’s thumb nail as a reminder.
    • Begin first with cutting straight lines, then basic shapes, then complex shapes.
    • Use hand-over-hand assistance as needed.

    Gluing Tips 

    • When gluing, put the glue on the object being glued and NOT the paper.
    • Make a mark or draw a line as a visual of where the glue should go.
    • Try glue sticks for children with decreased strength.

    Pencil Grasp Tips 

    • Use broken crayons and short pencils to encourage an efficient grasp
    • Have your child hold a small coin or cotton ball with their pinky and ring fingers leaving only their ring finger, middle finger and thumb available to hold the pencil.

    Hand Strengthening Activities 

    • Hand weight bearing activities, such as wheelbarrow walks, crab walks, push-ups, and crawling.
    • Lego and Playdoh play: roll into balls, make a snake, press with stamps, hide and find pegs or beads, etc.
    • Pinch clothespins, paint with eyedroppers, & pick up items with tweezers.
    • Crafts, such as beading, lacing, ripping paper to make a collage, and hole punch activities.
    • Use a spray bottle to play in the bath, help with cleaning, etc.
    • For in-hand manipulation, place coins in a piggy bank or make your own with a coffee can with a slot in the top.

    Visual Skills Activities 

    • When reading use an index card or ruler to help isolate one line or word at a time.
    • Activities such as mazes, cryptograms, Dotto-Dot, word finds, puzzles, ball or balloon toss, etc.
    • To view more visual perceptual activities, visit the free website: eyecanlearn.com(Open external link)(Open external link)

    Writing Skills 

    Proper Posture When Writing on a Table Top 

    • Feet flat on the floor (A footstool or thick book can be placed under the feet to assist if feet do not reach the floor.) Sit upright in chair.
    • Wrist supported on table. Paper stabilized by nonwriting hand.

    Letter Formation 

    • When printing, prompt your child to use a top down formation: “Start at the top!”
    • Try this routine: You write the letter…Your child writes the letter…You write the letter…Your child writes the letter.

    Spacing 

    • Have child use their finger or a Popsicle stick after each word to create an appropriate space before beginning the next word.
    • Use graph paper to give a visual cue for spacing out words and letters.
    • There are many types of writing paper. Be sure to check with your child’s therapist on the best type of paper or strategy for your child.

    Letter and word placement 

    • Draw a green line along the left margin of the paper and a red line on the right to signal where to “start” and “stop.”
    • If your child has difficulty writing on the line, darken the baseline with a marker.
    • Use a highlighter to indicate where to write between lines.

    Typing 

    Practice Writing Skills 

    • Schedule a 10 minute interval daily to practice writing.
    • Encourage your child to write about a preferred topic of choice.
    • Help your child make greeting cards for family and friends.
    • Write a grocery list together.
    • Make lists: favorite TV programs, movies, things to pack before a trip.

    Self-Regulation and Sensory Processing 

    Self-regulation is the ability to control one’s thoughts, emotional responses, actions and level of alertness/attention. It can be influenced by several different factors including sensory processing. Sensory processing is how we process information from the world around us as well as what is going on inside of us to produce an appropriate behavioral response. 

    Calming Activities 

    • Play games that reinforce structure and require waiting/ turn-taking: red light green light, freeze dance, Simon says.
    • Yoga, meditation and belly breathing will help child develop better control of their physical body, thoughts, and emotional states. You can start by sitting still with eyes closed with a slow count of 5.
    • Routines, structure and clear expectations will help your child with selfcontrol. Review any changes to normal routine early.
    • Provide a quiet personal space for your child to calm. Relaxing music, a bean bag chair or soft pillows to burrow in may be helpful.
    • Encourage a variety of play/work positions such as standing, lying on the floor, kneeling.
    • Offer your child a chewy snack to provide organizing sensory input (i.e. Twizzlers, dried fruits, bagels, etc.).
    • “Heavy work” activities (carrying heavy items, push/pull activities, etc.)

    Energizing Activities 

    • Have your child jump on a mini-trampoline, perform jumping jacks or play hopscotch.
    • Push-ups on the floor or push-ups against the wall.
    • Organized sports activities- running, yoga, karate, gymnastics, bike riding.
    • Climbing on or hanging from playground equipment.
    • Eating crunchy foods (i.e. popcorn, pretzels, carrots, apples, etc.).
    • Play and dance to loud, fast-paced music.
    • Use toys that make noise or light up.

    Tips for Children with Tactile Sensitivities 

    • Gradually expose your child to different textures going from the least to most messy. (i.e. Play-doh is less messy than shaving cream or finger paints.)
    • Provide firm pressure rather than light touch when holding hands or giving hugs.
    • Make sure that blankets, pajamas and clothes are comfortable for the child as this may disrupt their sleep and other daily activities. (i.e. Cut out clothing tags if causing discomfort, wear socks inside out if irritating, etc.)
    • Use unscented laundry detergent. 

    Attention and Focus 

    Also refer to the Self-Regulation and Sensory Processing section; strategies may also result in improved attention and ability to focus. 

    • Choose a location in the home with minimal distractions when completing structured activities such as homework or studying.
    • Break down instructions into simple 1-2 step directions.
    • Have child repeat directions to reinforce understanding.
    • Use a visual timer to gradually increase attention to a non-preferred activity.
    • Allow your child to take short, intermittent movement breaks.
    • Use a reward chart with stickers or checkmarks to reinforce positive behaviors.

    Toilet Training 

    • Look for signs for readiness, like discomfort when wet or soiled or staying dry for several hours at a time.
    • Have your child wear easy to manage clothing (i.e. sweatpants).
    • Establish a schedule according to wetness pattern.
    • Toileting symbol may be helpful for requests.
    • Use charts for positive reinforcement and celebrate each success.

    Shoe Tying 

    • Children typically require demonstration, explanation, and lots of practice to master tying their shoes.
    • Remember there are two common methods for tying laces; the bunny ear approach using two loops, or the wrap-around technique, making one single loop then wrapping the other string around and tucking through. Try both and see what works best for your child.
    • Be sure laces are long enough so that your child can make large loops if needed.
    • Practicing knots on a jump rope or pipe cleaner can also make it easier and more fun.

    Dressing 

    • Practice dressing skills through pretend play with dress-up clothes or dolls. 
    • Help your child up until the very last step to allow him/her to successfully complete the dressing task. Do less and less as your child can do more and more. For example:
    • Assist with fastening the zipper but allow the child to pull it up.
    • Help your child put each leg into his/her pants but have your child pull his/her pants up independently. 
    • Insert a button halfway into the hole, but let your child pull it fully through.
    • Teach your child to locate the tag first to identify the front when putting on shirts or jackets. 

    Hand Washing 

    1. Use Soap
    2. Scrub palm to palm
    3. Scrub back of hands
    4. Wash between fingers
    5. Wash thumbs
    6. Scrub fingernails
    7. Wash wrists
    8. Rinse hands
    9. Dry Hands

     

    Lincoln Orens Middle School
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    Digital Learning During School Closure

    FRANCIS X. HEGARTY ELEMENTARY

    LINCOLN ORENS MIDDLE SCHOOL

     

    Instructions for Connecting to i-Ready

    1. Log on to www.clever.com
    2. Click on Log in as a student
    3. Type in Francis X. Hegarty where it says, "Search for School."
    4. Click on where it says, "Log in with LDAP."
    5. Username - first initial of first name and last name (ex. Joe Smith = jsmith)
    6. Password- password you use to log into your school computer account
    7. Click log in
    8. Click on i-Ready icon
    9. Click on a subject
    Lincoln Orens Middle School
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    Superintendent's Message Re: Coronavirus (COVID-19) Update 3-13-20

    March 13, 2020

    Dear Parents/Guardians and School Community Members:

    I am writing to keep you informed with respect to the District’s efforts as we move forward with teaching and learning amidst reports from county, state, and federal officials concerning the new Coronavirus (COVID-19). Please be advised that out of an abundance of caution, and to minimize instances of students, parents and community members assembling in our schools and so that at our buildings can be thoroughly cleaned every night the District is suspending all large group gatherings and postponing several events:

    1. All field trips and after-school sports practices and games are cancelled through the end of the April break.
    2. All after-school clubs are cancelled through the end of the April break.
    3. All adult and student recreation activities are cancelled through the end of the April break.
    4. All large group gatherings and assemblies are cancelled through the end of the April break. The following events are postponed and will be rescheduled after the April break:
    • Defensive Driving- Saturday 14th LOMS
    • LOMS Theatre Production- Friday, March 20th – Sunday, March 22nd
    • Site-Based Meetings- Monday, March 23rd
    • Music in Our Schools- Wednesday, March 25th – Friday, March 27th
    • UPK Parent Meetings- Thursday, March 26th
    • NJHS Induction, Thursday, April 2nd
    • Recreation Easter Egg Hunt, Saturday April 4th is CANCELLED
    • PTA Meeting- Monday, April 6th
    • District-Wide Art Show- Tuesday, April 7th

     

    1. FXH parent-teacher conferences will be conducted via telephone.
    2. Pre-K Mystery Readers are cancelled through the end of the April break.
    3. The LOMS and FXH School Store will be closed through the end of the April break.
    4. Pretzel days are cancelled through the end of the April break.
    5. After-school bond work scheduled at LOMS and FXH will be postponed until the start of the April break when students and staff are not in attendance. 
    6. Summer Recreation registration will occur using personal checks through the mail or by credit card only (no in-person registration). 

     

    Please note, early morning activities and early morning Regents classes will be conducted as usual. Also, breakfast will be served for students receiving free or reduced price meals.

    In the event of an extended school closure, digital instruction will be communicated with students and parents via each teacher’s page on the District’s website. All teachers will begin providing students with assignments and due dates by 12:00 PM of the first day that schools are closed. During an extended school closure, a message will appear on the District’s website that will read “School Closure Digital Instruction.” Parents and students will use this link to be directed to either the FXH or LOMS Teacher Pages.  In addition, the District has also acquired the i-Ready online instruction platform for all students to use in school and at home. I-ready offers personalized online lessons in English language arts and mathematics based on each student’s individual skill level and needs. An informative letter about the program including your child’s unique username and password will be sent home today via backpacks and in the mail.

    It is important for us to be prepared in the unlikely event that we must temporarily close our schools. We are sure that questions will arise about the information presented above. A Parents Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) Regarding School Closures document has been prepared in the hope of addressing some of your concerns and is posted to the District’s website.

    As members of the Island Park Community, it is imperative that we all do our part to prevent the possible spread of any illness. As a reminder, please have children engage in all proper hygiene protocols outlined in my previous letter regarding hand washing, coughing and sneezing and please have children stay home when they are sick.

    Thank you for your understanding and continued support during these challenging times. We will continue to update the community as new information becomes available. Please check our website and Facebook daily as well as the New York State Department of Health website for updates: https://www.health.ny.gov/diseases/communicable/coronavirus/

    Sincerely,

    Rosmarie T. Bovino

    Rosmarie T. Bovino, Ed.D.
    Superintendent of Schools

    Lincoln Orens Middle School
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    PTA MEETING

    PLEASE JOIN US!

    PTA MEETING

    DATE: MONDAY, APRIL 6, 2020
    TIME: 7:00PM
    PLACE: FXH CAFETERIA

    School reports will be given by:

    Dr. Bovino, Superintendent of Island Park School District

    Ms. Cameron, Principal of Francis X. Hegarty

    Dr. Hoffman, Principal of Lincoln Orens Middle School

    PTA Executive Board will provide updates on current and future events/programs

    The Nominating Committee will present their slate for the 2020-2021 Executive Committee

    **Additional nominations may be made from the floor, provided the written consent of the nominee has been secured and the Chair of the Nominating Committee (Marie Boncina) has received notice at least two business days prior to the Election Meeting (April 6th) of the candidate's intention to run (per Island Park PTA Unit Bylaws).

    GUEST PRESENTATION: TBD

    • Memberships, volunteer forms and In-Need donations accepted at meeting
    • Question and Answer session open to the floor
    • Free babysitting is available (children must be at least 4 years of age and toilet-trained)
    • PTA forms and flyers are also available on the Island Park Schools’ website and PTA Facebook Page

    Lincoln Orens Middle School
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    The excitement of the circus was on display at Island Park’s Lincoln Orens Middle School

    The excitement of the circus was on display at Island Park’s Lincoln Orens Middle School on Feb. 14, when fifth grade students showcased an assortment of amusements that require great skill, focus, collaboration and talent. The auditorium seats were filled with students’ families, teachers and older peers. The event culminated a weeklong National Circus Project cultural arts program sponsored by the Island Park PTA.

     The National Circus Project visited Lincoln Orens throughout the week of Feb. 9 for a residency in which professionals worked with students on traditional circus activities. Instructors Julia AleChina and Joyce Kung enlisted the assistance of physical education teachers Cathy Gerbino and Matthew Tarasenko to train students in juggling, hula hooping, plate-spinning, “devil sticks,” diabolo, stilt walking, staff-poi and more.

    Students rose to the challenges with enthusiasm and demonstrated their mastery of the activities during their outstanding and entertaining show. They combined their individual strengths and talents in order to bring the circus event together. 

    Lincoln Orens has been inviting the National Circus Project to work with students for the past 14 years in an effort to give every child the opportunity to succeed in physical activity and experience physical self-expression with confidence.

     

    Lincoln Orens Middle School
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    Message From Superintendent - Coronavirus 3-2-20

    Dear Families and Community Members,

    Since my letter to you on Friday, I received additional communication regarding the new Coronavirus (COVID 19) from the NYS Department of Health (NYSDOH).  The attachment herewith provides a NYSDOH Situation Summary and an outline of approaches they are using for Identification and Testing of Persons under Investigation (PUIs).  As we know from media broadcasts this morning, the first case of COVID 19 was confirmed in New York City. 

    The district proceeds with daily cleaning and sanitizing protocols for high touch point areas as outlined by the CDC, SED, and NCDH. Students and adults are being directed to wash their hands regularly and to use sanitizer when soap and water are not available.  In addition, we had teams of custodians in each school building “deep cleaning” on Saturday; this is consistent with our ongoing efforts in fall and winter to curb colds and flu.

    As promised, I will keep you informed of any changes with respect to the status of COVID 19 or any other relevant communications.  Please continue to visit our website and FB pages for timely communications.

    Thank you.

    Yours sincerely, 

    Rosmarie T. Bovino, Ed.D.
    Superintendent of Schools

    Lincoln Orens Middle School
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    Island Park Musicians Advance to Prestigious Festivals

    The Island Park Public Schools commend a total of 16 Lincoln Orens Middle School students that are among the most skilled and talented musicians on Long Island, based on their selection to prominent ensembles. These achievements are the results of their outstanding performances at last year’s New York State School Music Association Solo Evaluation Festival.

    Thirteen students took the spotlight at the Nassau Music Educators Association’s All-County concerts, which were held in January at the Tilles Center for the Performing Arts. Michael Ducorsky, Lourdes Garcia and Kirsten Lilly participated in the Division III band, orchestra and chorus, respectively. Division II featured Benedict Baetiong in the band; Summer Milares in the orchestra and Angelina Deik and Rachel Guzman in the chorus. For Division I, Lincoln Orens was represented by Cillian Cantwell in the band, Allyana Lucas in the orchestra and Valentina Boncina, Samantha Nagy, Sophia Stevenson and Emily Trainor in the chorus. 

    Three orchestra students earned placements in the Long Island String Festival Association’s Nassau Intermediate Festival, and will perform in concerts for their respective grade levels at Uniondale High School in March. Congratulations to Cassidee Clark, Nickolle Guevara and Steven Misrok for this accomplishment.

    Lincoln Orens Middle School
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    Little Doctors of Lincoln Orens

    Lincoln Orens Middle School’s “Little Doctors” made a big difference on Jan. 30 at the district’s annual blood drive. Members of the Student Council dressed the part in scrubs, then took great care of those donating for the New York Blood Center.

    The students escorted participants, distributed thank you cards and sent their “patients” home with snacks and juice boxes for replenishment. This event is one of the many ways in which Island Park students do their part in the community and aim to help others.     

    The Little Doctors Program is organized by the New York Blood Center and is designed for faculty members and students at elementary and middle school levels to increase their knowledge and understanding about the science of blood and the body’s circulatory system as well as to learn about volunteerism and community service.

    Lincoln Orens Middle School
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    Culture of kindness shines in Island Park

    Island Park’s culture of kindness was especially plentiful during No Name-Calling Week, observed between Jan. 21-24. With the goal of promoting safe and caring environments, Lincoln Orens Middle School and Francis X. Hegarty Elementary School each held activities based on the district’s Six Pillars of Character: Respect, caring, trustworthiness, fairness, citizenship and responsibility.

    Guidance counselor Andrea Porzelt and school social workers Allison Janofsky and Felicita Carranza coordinated an assortment of initiatives that emphasized positive behaviors and actions.

    Lincoln Orens held a “Kindness Counts” campaign in which teachers handed out certificates to students seen demonstrating kindness. At the end of the week, those recognized were entered into a raffle for a snack pass. A mural created by art teacher Naomi Seifert illustrating the six pillars was displayed in the hallway and a No Name Calling Week poem written by Student Council members was read over the PA system. Students promised to carry ethical values into the future and signed a No Name-Calling Week Pledge.

    Hegarty students read and discussed kindness quotes during morning announcements and reviewed related activities such as Anti-Bullying Week and Acts of Kindness Month. They reinforced the significance of the paper chain that was created in December and remains on display in the cafeteria as a year-round symbol of kindness. An at-home activity prompted students to express themselves by listing qualities they would like their peers to notice they possess. The elementary students culminated the week with a special “crumpled paper” exercise that shed light on the lasting negative impact of bullying, while simultaneously promoting empathy and compassion.

    At both schools, students and staff members dressed to show their support of the six pillars. Each day, they wore specific colors representative of the qualities discussed.

    Lincoln Orens Middle School
  • Spots Available Universal Pre-Kindergarten

    September 21, 2018

    Dear Parents and Community Members,

    One place is now available for parents interested in enrolling their eligible child in the District’s Universal Pre-Kindergarten for the 2018-19 school year.

    The program is a full-day, five days per week program for children turning four-years old by December 1, 2018. Children must also reside within the Island Park School District and meet all health and immunization requirements. Enrollment is limited so get your application in today and attend UPK registration!  

    UPK registration will be on October 4, by appointment only. Please call Francis X. Hegarty School 434-2670/71 between 8am-4pm for your registration packet and to schedule an appointment.

    The day of your appointment, please bring:

    • Child’s Birth Certificate confirming your child will be four years of age on or before December 1, 2018.
    • 3 Proofs of Residency confirming you are a full-time resident of Island Park (e.g., driver’s license, telephone bill, deed to home, bank statement, etc.).
    • Updated physical and immunization documents from your child’s pediatrician.

    If more applications are received than slots available, a special board meeting will be held at a later date. Please call (516) 434-2670 for additional information.

    Should other openings occur during the school year, those children not selected at the lottery will be notified in the order in which their name was selected.

    Thank you for your continued support of the Island Park Schools.

    Lincoln Orens Middle School
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IPS RELATED SERVICES

ISLAND PARK SCHOOLS 

RELATED SERVICES: 

The following are activities for physical therapy and occupational therapy.  These activities and supports may provide each student equitable access in order to maintain or promote meaningful progress in accordance with his/her IEP, 504 Plan, or other educational needs.  

SPEECH 

Please visit Ms. Marconi’s (for Mrs. Gold) or Mrs. Lynch’s website for related activities.  These pages are posted under “Teacher Pages” for both Francis X. Hegarty Elementary School and Lincoln Orens Middle School.  On the teacher page, there are activities specifically targeting student skills and IEP Goals. 

PHYSICAL THERAPY 

Games  

  • Simon Says
  • Bean bag or balloon toss
  • Hot potato 
  • Egg in spoon
  • Hop scotch 

Outdoor Activities 

  • Jump rope 
  • Ride a tricycle or bicycle 
  • Jumping or jumping jacks
  • Playing ball – bounce/catch
  • Bubble play 

Indoor Fun 

  • Dance party 
  • Building a fort – boxes, blankets 
  • Walk like an animal
  • slither like a snake
  • hop like a frog
  • gallop/horse
  • bear/all 4s tummy down
  • crab/all 4s tummy up

On Line Resources 

 

Preschool Students 

Get Moving 

  • Take the stairs, not the elevator 
  • Walk around the block- play I spy while walking 
  • Run relays with siblings and/or caregivers 
  • Step on/off a step stool 
  • Place pillows on floor and have child walk on them

Doing Other Activities 

  • Do puzzles or play with building blocks while squatting 
  • Read a book while lying on belly 
  • Do chores like setting/clearing the table, 

Play Games 

  • Head, shoulders, knees, and toes 
  • Act out animal walks

Outdoor Activities 

  • Visit the playground 
  • Play ball- catch, throw, kick
  • Push heavy items in a stroller/wagon

Games You Can Play 

  • Simon says 
  • Scavenger hunt 
  • Bean bag or balloon toss
  • Hot potato 
  • Egg in spoon

Outdoor Activities  

  • Play ball – bounce/catch 
  • Bubble play 
  • Wet sponge toss 

Indoor Fun 

 

OCCUPATIONAL THERAPY 

Fine Motor, Visual Motor, and Perceptual Skills 

Cutting Tips 

  • Bold the outline with a highlighter or marker.
  • Hold scissors and paper with “thumbs on top.” You can place a sticker on your child’s thumb nail as a reminder.
  • Begin first with cutting straight lines, then basic shapes, then complex shapes.
  • Use hand-over-hand assistance as needed.

Gluing Tips 

  • When gluing, put the glue on the object being glued and NOT the paper.
  • Make a mark or draw a line as a visual of where the glue should go.
  • Try glue sticks for children with decreased strength.

Pencil Grasp Tips 

  • Use broken crayons and short pencils to encourage an efficient grasp
  • Have your child hold a small coin or cotton ball with their pinky and ring fingers leaving only their ring finger, middle finger and thumb available to hold the pencil.

Hand Strengthening Activities 

  • Hand weight bearing activities, such as wheelbarrow walks, crab walks, push-ups, and crawling.
  • Lego and Playdoh play: roll into balls, make a snake, press with stamps, hide and find pegs or beads, etc.
  • Pinch clothespins, paint with eyedroppers, & pick up items with tweezers.
  • Crafts, such as beading, lacing, ripping paper to make a collage, and hole punch activities.
  • Use a spray bottle to play in the bath, help with cleaning, etc.
  • For in-hand manipulation, place coins in a piggy bank or make your own with a coffee can with a slot in the top.

Visual Skills Activities 

  • When reading use an index card or ruler to help isolate one line or word at a time.
  • Activities such as mazes, cryptograms, Dotto-Dot, word finds, puzzles, ball or balloon toss, etc.
  • To view more visual perceptual activities, visit the free website: eyecanlearn.com(Open external link)(Open external link)

Writing Skills 

Proper Posture When Writing on a Table Top 

  • Feet flat on the floor (A footstool or thick book can be placed under the feet to assist if feet do not reach the floor.) Sit upright in chair.
  • Wrist supported on table. Paper stabilized by nonwriting hand.

Letter Formation 

  • When printing, prompt your child to use a top down formation: “Start at the top!”
  • Try this routine: You write the letter…Your child writes the letter…You write the letter…Your child writes the letter.

Spacing 

  • Have child use their finger or a Popsicle stick after each word to create an appropriate space before beginning the next word.
  • Use graph paper to give a visual cue for spacing out words and letters.
  • There are many types of writing paper. Be sure to check with your child’s therapist on the best type of paper or strategy for your child.

Letter and word placement 

  • Draw a green line along the left margin of the paper and a red line on the right to signal where to “start” and “stop.”
  • If your child has difficulty writing on the line, darken the baseline with a marker.
  • Use a highlighter to indicate where to write between lines.

Typing 

Practice Writing Skills 

  • Schedule a 10 minute interval daily to practice writing.
  • Encourage your child to write about a preferred topic of choice.
  • Help your child make greeting cards for family and friends.
  • Write a grocery list together.
  • Make lists: favorite TV programs, movies, things to pack before a trip.

Self-Regulation and Sensory Processing 

Self-regulation is the ability to control one’s thoughts, emotional responses, actions and level of alertness/attention. It can be influenced by several different factors including sensory processing. Sensory processing is how we process information from the world around us as well as what is going on inside of us to produce an appropriate behavioral response. 

Calming Activities 

  • Play games that reinforce structure and require waiting/ turn-taking: red light green light, freeze dance, Simon says.
  • Yoga, meditation and belly breathing will help child develop better control of their physical body, thoughts, and emotional states. You can start by sitting still with eyes closed with a slow count of 5.
  • Routines, structure and clear expectations will help your child with selfcontrol. Review any changes to normal routine early.
  • Provide a quiet personal space for your child to calm. Relaxing music, a bean bag chair or soft pillows to burrow in may be helpful.
  • Encourage a variety of play/work positions such as standing, lying on the floor, kneeling.
  • Offer your child a chewy snack to provide organizing sensory input (i.e. Twizzlers, dried fruits, bagels, etc.).
  • “Heavy work” activities (carrying heavy items, push/pull activities, etc.)

Energizing Activities 

  • Have your child jump on a mini-trampoline, perform jumping jacks or play hopscotch.
  • Push-ups on the floor or push-ups against the wall.
  • Organized sports activities- running, yoga, karate, gymnastics, bike riding.
  • Climbing on or hanging from playground equipment.
  • Eating crunchy foods (i.e. popcorn, pretzels, carrots, apples, etc.).
  • Play and dance to loud, fast-paced music.
  • Use toys that make noise or light up.

Tips for Children with Tactile Sensitivities 

  • Gradually expose your child to different textures going from the least to most messy. (i.e. Play-doh is less messy than shaving cream or finger paints.)
  • Provide firm pressure rather than light touch when holding hands or giving hugs.
  • Make sure that blankets, pajamas and clothes are comfortable for the child as this may disrupt their sleep and other daily activities. (i.e. Cut out clothing tags if causing discomfort, wear socks inside out if irritating, etc.)
  • Use unscented laundry detergent. 

Attention and Focus 

Also refer to the Self-Regulation and Sensory Processing section; strategies may also result in improved attention and ability to focus. 

  • Choose a location in the home with minimal distractions when completing structured activities such as homework or studying.
  • Break down instructions into simple 1-2 step directions.
  • Have child repeat directions to reinforce understanding.
  • Use a visual timer to gradually increase attention to a non-preferred activity.
  • Allow your child to take short, intermittent movement breaks.
  • Use a reward chart with stickers or checkmarks to reinforce positive behaviors.

Toilet Training 

  • Look for signs for readiness, like discomfort when wet or soiled or staying dry for several hours at a time.
  • Have your child wear easy to manage clothing (i.e. sweatpants).
  • Establish a schedule according to wetness pattern.
  • Toileting symbol may be helpful for requests.
  • Use charts for positive reinforcement and celebrate each success.

Shoe Tying 

  • Children typically require demonstration, explanation, and lots of practice to master tying their shoes.
  • Remember there are two common methods for tying laces; the bunny ear approach using two loops, or the wrap-around technique, making one single loop then wrapping the other string around and tucking through. Try both and see what works best for your child.
  • Be sure laces are long enough so that your child can make large loops if needed.
  • Practicing knots on a jump rope or pipe cleaner can also make it easier and more fun.

Dressing 

  • Practice dressing skills through pretend play with dress-up clothes or dolls. 
  • Help your child up until the very last step to allow him/her to successfully complete the dressing task. Do less and less as your child can do more and more. For example:
  • Assist with fastening the zipper but allow the child to pull it up.
  • Help your child put each leg into his/her pants but have your child pull his/her pants up independently. 
  • Insert a button halfway into the hole, but let your child pull it fully through.
  • Teach your child to locate the tag first to identify the front when putting on shirts or jackets. 

Hand Washing 

  1. Use Soap
  2. Scrub palm to palm
  3. Scrub back of hands
  4. Wash between fingers
  5. Wash thumbs
  6. Scrub fingernails
  7. Wash wrists
  8. Rinse hands
  9. Dry Hands

 

NY State Assessments

  

MySchoolBucks

MySchoolBucks is an online payment system that makes school meal payments easy for busy parents on-the-go! Quickly and securely add money to your student's school meal account using your credit or debit card. 
See PDF:     MySchoolBucks 

Island Park Schools
New Point of Sale System – WebSMARTT 

  • Island Park UFSD has purchased a point-of-sale system for use in the cafeterias at FX Hegarty Elementary School and Lincoln Orens Middle School.
  • The POS system, called WebSMARTT, will eliminate the pencil to paper meal tracking, which will allow for processing of meal transactions to be completed quickly and efficiently.

See PDF:     WebSMARTT 

Vincent Randazzo, Assistant Superintendent
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