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    Reopening Playgrounds

    On Monday, July 6th, the District will be reopening its playgrounds and athletic fields at the Francis X. Hegarty and Lincoln Orens Middle Schools for community use from 8AM to 9PM each day. Community members may enter the playgrounds and athletic fields from the following entrances:

    Francis X. Hegarty- Deal Rd. Entrance and Warwick Rd. Entrance

    Lincoln  Orens Middle School- Audubon Blvd Pre-Kindergarten Playground Entrance, Trafalgar Blvd Parking Lot Entrance, and Baseball Field Entrance

    Community members using our playgrounds and athletic fields are reminded that:

    ·         They use our playgrounds and athletic fields at their own risk and understand and accept the risks due to COVID-19.

    ·         Children using the playground structures and athletic fields should be supervised by adults to ensure physical distancing measures are being met.

    ·         Children and adults should wear face coverings.  

    ·         Children and adults should wash their hands with soap and water or sanitizer before and after using playground equipment.

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    Dear Parents,

    We are happy to announce that we have chosen to sell prepackaged school supplies fir the next school year through School Tool Box. School supplies delivered directly to your home address - It doesn't get any easier!

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    Child Care for First Responders & Health Care Workers

    IPS will continue its participation in the SCOPE child care program for parents and guardians who are first responders or health care providers in need of child care coverage while at work.  This service is from July 1 through August 31, 2020 and it is free of charge.  Register by visiting Go to “Click Here for SCOPE Emergency Child Care.” The host site is:

    Rhame Avenue School
    100 Rhame Ave
    East Rockaway, NY

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    Grab & Go Meals for Eligible Families

    Beginning July 1 through August 31, 2020 Island Park Schools is participating in the free Grab & Go Meal Program at:

    St. Ignatius Roman Catholic Church
    721 West Broadway
    Long Beach NY

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    Message From The Principal 6-12-20 - Dr. Hoffman

    Dear Parent(s)/Guardian(s):

    As we come to the close of another school year, we never imagined what this year would bring us. Since March 13, 2020, our teachers and students have been practicing distance learning.  Social distancing, Zoom and Google Meets have become part of the new norm.  We also learned about grit and perseverance.

    I congratulate all of our students for striving towards excellence during this unique time. I wish our fifth, sixth and seventh graders a wonderful summer and look forward to seeing  you in September.

    I wish our 8th graders a wonderful summer and look forward to a traditional Lincoln Orens Middle School graduation celebration for you in the Steven L. Foster Auditorium on August 18 at 7 PM.  I also look forward to hearing from Mr. Meyers, Principal at Long Beach High, about your wonderful accomplishments and successes in the coming years.

    While we all think of summer vacation as a time of relaxation and recreation, why, then, are students given summer reading? Current research on summer reading loss reveals that young readers who do not continue to read during the summer, especially those who are reluctant to, lose crucial ground in their Lexile reading levels. One summer of not reading can often result in an entire next school year of struggling academic performance.

    Research indicates that summer reading helps youngsters maintain the skills that they have developed during the school year.  Just as many activities, such as music, art, dance, and sports require practice, reading also requires practice.   Summer reading provides children with the opportunity to practice reading in a relaxed environment.  It also promotes reading as a lifetime activity that takes place at home, at camp, in the park and/or on the beach.

    Wishing you and your family a safe, happy and restful summer!


    Bruce Hoffman, Ed.D.

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    Message From The Principal 6-5-20 - Dr. Hoffman


    Dear Parent(s)/Guardian(s):

    As we prepare for the final days of school, I am truly proud of the hard work and commitment to education that our students have shown during the school closure. The students learned to navigate a whole new way of learning, while dealing with a pandemic that turned their lives upside down.

    On Thursday, June 11th and Friday, June 12th , the district will begin dropping off our students’ personal belongings.  We will also be picking up District owned property that your child is no longer in need of; Textbooks, classroom or library books, etc.  However, students who have instruments or school-loaned devices at home will not have those items picked up/returned until June 15th or June 16th.  Please see the schedule, below, for the date and time of home drop-off for each grade. 

    Thursday, June 11            Grade 5                  8:30 AM – 11:30 AM
                                                      Grade 6                  12:15 PM – 3:15 PM

    Friday, June 12                 Grade 7                  8:30 AM – 11:30 AM
                                                    Grade 8                  12:15 PM – 3:15 PM

    As you are aware, June 15, 2020, will be the last day of school/instruction for our students. It is important for all students to finish the year strong. Please encourage your child to continue to attend the Google Meets, finish assignments, make-up any missing assignments and continue to use our “Virtual Hand Raise”. I encourage you to discuss with your child his/her standing and how they can finish the year off strong.

    This summer, we have changed our Summer Reading Program to now be based upon our new reading and writing program, Teachers College. Students will be requested to keep a log of how many minutes they have read each day. Students should read anywhere from 20 – 30 minutes per day, depending on their grade level.  They will also need to choose different assignments, noted in their individual grade level packet that they will receive via US postal mail. The assignments are similar to the ones that they had completed in class.

    Together we are better!


    Bruce Hoffman, Ed.D

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    Message From The Principal 5-22-20 - Dr. Hoffman

    May 22, 2020 

    Dear Parent(s)/Guardian(s): 

    It is hard to believe that it is Memorial Day weekend. This weekend, we usually all come together and show our appreciation for our veterans with the Island Park Parade. I am always impressed by the amount of people who come out of their homes and line the parade route. Although the parade won’t happen this year, I encourage all to remember our Veterans and all the sacrifices they made for our country.  

    Beginning the week of June 1st , we will begin the delivery of each student’s locker contents/ personal belongings.  As we drop-off personal belongings, we will also pick-up District property that the students are NOT currently using for distance learning; i.e. classroom or library books and textbooks. 

    Please note, however, that we will not deliver or pick-up from students who are currently using District-owned Chromebooks and/or instruments, on loan for distance learning, until after school has officially ended for students on June 15th.  Prior to the delivery/pick-up, each family will receive a phone call from a District representative with specific delivery/pick-up instructions and an estimated time for delivery/pick-up (a two-hour window). 

     As a follow up to Dr. Bovino’s letter, I have listed below all the upcoming virtual events: 

    • Thursday, May 28, 2020 – 10:00 AM - 7th Grade NYC Virtual Trip
    • Friday, May 29, 2020 – 10:00 AM - 8th Grade Washington D.C. Virtual Trip
    • Tuesday, June 2, 2020 – 7:00 PM -National Junior Honor Society Virtual Induction Ceremony
    • Thursday, June 11, 2020 – 7:00 PM – 7th and 8th Grade Virtual Awards Ceremony
    • Monday, June 15, 2020 – Noon – Report Cards
    • Tuesday, August 18, 2020 – 7:00 PM – Graduation (tentatively)

    For each event, parents will be receiving a program with students’ names. A link will be posted on the Island Park website as well as the Lincoln Orens Middle School webpage during the above listed times for your convenience. 

    Further information regarding how to access the virtual events will be forthcoming. 

    Together we are stronger! 

    Thank you, 

    Bruce Hoffman, Ed.D. 


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    Message From The Principal 5-8-20 - Dr. Hoffman

    May 8, 2020

    Dear Parent(s)/Guardian(s):

    Last Friday, Governor Cuomo announced that he would be extending the school closure through the remainder of the 2019 – 2020 school year. When I heard the news, I was sitting in my dining room (which is currently serving as my “Principal’s Office”) and I couldn’t believe the news. I always held out some hope that everyone would be back at Lincoln Orens Middle School, working together to help our students accomplish wonderful achievements. Unfortunately, we will not be able to come together in person, but we are working on different ways to keep many of our traditions for this school year, nevertheless. More information will be forthcoming about this in the weeks ahead.

    With the news of the school closure for the remainder of the year, some of our students may be feeling stressed. If you notice any of the following behavior changes and feel your child is becoming overwhelmed or stressed, please contact one of our mental health professionals:     Mrs. Janofsky, Ms. Kunz, or Mrs. Porzelt.   Look for the following behavior changes:

    1. Excessive worry or sadness
    2. Unhealthy eating or sleeping habits
    3. Irritability and “acting out” behaviors in teens
    4. Avoiding school work
    5. Difficulty with attention and concentration
    6. Avoidance of activities enjoyed in the past

    Last week, I discussed The Community of Inquiry theoretical framework; in particular, the students’ online social presence. With the school closure extended, it is imperative that our students begin to build upon their online social presence in new and meaningful ways. All of the teachers at Lincoln Orens Middle School have regularly scheduled Google Meets which will help our students build their online social presence. These Google Meets allow for students to interact in a supervised, virtual meeting with decorum where they can practice conversation, turn-taking, and the sharing of ideas that will lay the groundwork for future virtual group work.  The purpose of these virtual meetings now are for the students to begin building trust among their peers and to share their ideas and thoughts without fear of rejection.  They are meant to help them increase their capacity to reflect on what is said, to temper impromptu reactions that do not move conversation forward, and to refrain from dominating the social virtual space in ways that diminish the importance of others and what they have to say.  In addition to learning protocols for engaging in conversation, the chat function and use of emoji reactions, among  other built-in Google Meet tools are being explored and incorporated. Please encourage your child to attend their Google Meets.

    With this Sunday being Mother’s Day, I would like to wish all our Lincoln Orens’ Moms a very happy Mother’s Day.

    Bruce Hoffman, Ed.D.


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    Message From The Principal - Dr. Hoffman

    May 1, 2020

    Dear Parent(s)/Guardian(s):

    It is hard to imagine that we have turned the calendar page to May. Since we left school in March, all our families have faced many new challenges. I hope that you are all safe and doing well during this trying time.

    Our March Madness – Tournament of Books has two winners, The Boy in the Striped Pajamas, by John Boyne,  chosen by our 7th and 8th graders and Diary of a Wimpy Kid, by Jeff Kinney, chosen by our 5th and 6th graders.  You can view the March Madness – Tournament of Books bracket on my Principal’s page. 

    The Community of Inquiry theoretical framework notes that there are three interconnected pieces to make online learning successful (Swan, Garrison, & Richardson, 2009). The framework consists of three interconnected presences: social, teaching and cognitive. All three must be present to make online learning meaningful and successful.  The first step, however, is to recognize students need to develop an online social presence to allow for open communication with their classmates. This includes being able to share their emotions and values in an open and honest forum without fear of rejection from their peers. Students must also shift away from their gaming online communication habits to real life communication, as if we were in a classroom at Lincoln Orens Middle School.

    This week, we began holding Google Meets. The excitement from both the teachers and students was evident in all my conversations. Teachers shared many stories with me; for instance, one teacher had the students bring their pets to class and one student brought a pet tortoise named Eric. You may have even observed some of our students running around the house looking for the scavenger hunt items posted by their teacher. Students shared how they are dealing with the school closure and what they are looking forward to when they get back to school. The teachers all spoke about how nice it was to see and hear their students. I am looking forward to joining some of these Google Meets and might even bring my own pet dog, Belle. Some of our students were not ready to use video (which is fine) since these students are just starting to develop their social presence. 

    All of our students are encouraged to attend the many different Google Meets available to them throughout the week since Google Meets are a great way for students to begin to develop and feel comfortable with their online social presence.

    If your child is having difficulty with any of the assignments, please send an email to the teacher and title the subject line:  Virtual Hand Raise.

    Together, we are better!


    Bruce Hoffman, Ed.D.

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    Message From The Principal 4-24-20 - Dr. Hoffman

    Dear Parent(s)/Guardian(s):

    I hope this letter finds everyone doing well. Currently, we are in the final week of our March Book Madness. Our students have been voting virtually on their favorite books. You can see the March Book Madness Brackets on my Principal's page. Please encourage your child to vote through his/her Language Arts Google class.

    As a district, we are moving into Distance Learning Phase II. Our teachers will begin to hold weekly Google Meet sessions with their classes. These sessions will begin on Wednesday, April 29, 2020. Fifth grade will have a Google Meet every week at 12:30 p.m. The sixth, seventh and eighth grades will meet at 12:30 p.m. and rotate their schedules to meet with their different classes throughout the school closure. Our special area teachers will be rotating their grade level classes and meet at 12:00 p.m. Below are the schedules for the week of Monday, April 27th – Friday, May 15, 2020, “This schedule will be continued if the school closure is extended”: (See attached)

    Below are some guidelines for Google Meet. Please remind your child that our School Code of Conduct and Technology Use Agreement will be enforced during all Google Meets.

    Be Safe:
    A. Only use your school email account to log into the session.

    B. Don’t take screenshots, photos or videos of the Google Meet.

    C. Never Share your password with a friend.

    D. Do not share your class link with anyone.

    E. Only participate in a Google Meet if you are invited. No one else should be on the camera during your Google Meet.

    Be Respectful:

    A. Raise your hand if you want to talk.

    B. Ask questions if you don’t understand.

    C. Dress appropriately for the meeting (remember School Dress Code).

    D. Be respectful and thoughtful of others.

    E. Give a thumbs up if you understand.

    Be Responsible:

    A. Pick a quiet spot and remind other you are in a meeting.

    B. Look around you; make sure anything that might be on video is something that can be seen by all.

    C. When using the chat box, do your best to use correct grammar and spelling.

    D. Use headphones if you have them.

    Your child should be signing in to Google classroom daily and checking on the assigned work for all their classes. It is important that parent(s)/guardian(s) review the work their child has completed. If you or your child is having a difficult time with any of the assignments, please send an email to the teacher and title the subject line: Virtual Hand Raise.

    Together, we are better and stronger!

    Bruce Hoffman, Ed.D.

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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!

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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.

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    Digital Learning During School Closure




    Instructions for Connecting to i-Ready

    1. Log on to
    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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  • 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.

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  • 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.

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Instructions for Connecting to i-Ready

  1. Log on to
  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




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.  


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. 



  • 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 



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: 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.


  • 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.


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.


  • 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


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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
See report:   Chronic Absenteeism.pdf  

 Absence Form

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Formulario de ausencia