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Rocky Point Union Free School District Schools | Frank J. Carasiti Elementary


90 Rocky Point-Yaphank Road | Rocky Point, NY 11778
Phone: (631) 744-1601 | Fax: (631) 744-1396
Principal: Jason Westerlund | Assistant Principal: Nicole Pletka
Hours: 9:30 AM - 3:50 PM 
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January 2023

Dear FJC Families,

Happy New Year!!!  We hope that you and your family enjoyed a happy and healthy break, and look forward to beginning 2023 together.  As we get back into the swing of things after some time apart, we have a lot to look forward to during the month of January including a Mad Science Assembly on January 19th, the Great Kindness Challenge, and Parents as Reading Partners.

During the month of January (1/23-1/27), we will participate in The Great Kindness Challenge 2023!  The Great Kindness Challenge is a positive global kindness initiative that creates a culture of kindness in homes, schools, communities, and the world.  In our SEL classes, led by Ms. Adamski and Ms. Dominguez (school counselors), students will hear the story, “We’re All Wonders.”  This story presents a great opportunity to explore social awareness and celebrate what makes us unique.  It will also help us gear up to see just how many acts of kindness we can share as a community.

As it continues to be cold outside, we wanted to take a moment to remind families to make sure students are dressed to participate in outdoor recess and/or physical education.  Please make sure students come to school with their coats, gloves, and hats, as appropriate.  We will be going outside as often as we can.  We also ask that all clothing and accessories be labeled with your child’s name so that misplaced items can be returned.

Beginning January 30th and continuing through February 10th, we will also be celebrating Parents as Reading Partners (PARP).  This years activities will include a Laser Light Show assembly for students, a book fair, and various other opportunities to celebrate reading.  Look for more information soon to see how you can be involved.

Important Dates:

January 9th-  Board of Education Meeting—High School Auditorium, 7pm 

January 11th – Technology Committee Meeting—District Office Large Conf. Room, 3pm

January 13th - PTA Movie Night—High School Auditorium, 7pm

January 16th – Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Day—School Closed

January 18th - FJC Shared Decision Making Team Mtg.—FJC Library, 3:50pm

January 19th - Mad Science Assembly (students only)

January 23rd-27th-  Great Kindness Challenge (more information to follow)

January 30th-  Laser Light Assembly (students only)

January 30th-February 10th- PARP (Book Fair Feb. 6-10)

As we begin the year together, we wanted to take a moment to thank you all for your partnership and support.  We have no doubt that together we will continue to make FJC the place to be!

As always, please reach out if you have any questions or concerns.

Jason Westerlund                                      Nicole Pletka

        Jason Westerlund                                                                                 Nicole Pletka

                Principal                                                                                     Assistant Principal


Inclement Weather When school is closed due to inclement weather, bad road conditions, or other emergencies, please listen to one of the following radio/TV stations for the announcements regarding Rocky Point Schools: WALK Storm Center 97.5 FM WBLI /WBAB Storm Center 106.1 FM WRCN 103.9 FM NEWS 12 LI

The Rocky Point Union Free School District uses Connect-ED, a school-to-parent telephone notification system, as part of our efforts to communicate more effectively with parents or guardians. Connect-ED will enable the Rocky Point Union Free School District to notify families immediately in the event of a snow day or school-wide emergency. The system can deliver up to 3,000 messages within minutes—ensuring that you quickly know what's going on. To receive these messages, FJC must have your up-to-date contact information. If you move, change jobs, or obtain a new cell phone number, be sure to log onto the eSchool Parent Portal to update your information so you won't miss a single Connect-ED message.

Two-Hour Delayed Opening
When road conditions in the early morning are hazardous but are expected to improve rapidly as the morning progresses, the District may utilize a two-hour delayed opening for all schools. Students will report to their bus stops exactly two hours later than they normally would. Dismissal for all schools will be at their normal times. This delayed opening may also be used for other emergencies. Notice of the delayed opening will be made as early as possible and broadcast on the listed radio stations and TV-Cablevision News 12 and the District's Connect-ED Telephone Notification System will be activated. In the event that we cannot transport students to school as a result of a “two-hour delayed opening” based on forecast predictions for improved weather and conditions by 7 AM, school officials will announce that schools will be closed. It is important that you continue to listen carefully for just such announcements.

Inclement Bus Stops
Inclement weather bus stops are available on the eSchool Parent Portal. Due to the geographic nature of our area, “inclement” weather stops will be utilized when adverse road conditions exist. At various times during the winter season, inclement weather bus stops will be used to ensure the safety of our student population. The use of these stops may be necessary at any time during the school day, without prior announcement. Parents should listen to the radio stations or call First Student Transit at 744-2204 if they have any questions regarding whether or not the Inclement Weather Bus Stops will be used. The district's voice mail will also have the announcement. Please make arrangements for someone to meet children at these alternate stops.



FJC Students Note the ‘I’ in Kindness

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FJC students work throughout the school year to promote kindness, and they pumped up their efforts by celebrating the Great Kindness Challenge during the week of Jan. 23-27.

Students and staff enjoyed spirit dress-up days and daily activities, and individual classes created their own independent kindness initiatives. The school’s Google Classroom also housed videos, books, quotes, activities and resources for classroom teachers. The colorful bulletin boards in the hallways share messages to make anyone smile.

Daily themes included “Favorite Team Gear,” “Peace, Love and Kindness,” “Crazy for Kindness Day,” during which lots of crazy clothes, hairstyles and funky socks were worn; “Dreaming of Kindness Day,” in which many wore pajamas or cozy clothes; and “Kindness Spirit Wear,” when students wore shirts with messages of kindness.

The annual event, coordinated by school counselor Mrs. Jamie Adamski, is an encouraging way for students to gain the social-emotional skills to help improve school climate, increase student engagement and create a culture of kindness.

Date Added: 1/27/2023

Service Club Welcomes Service Dogs

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Frank J. Carasiti Elementary School students welcomed a few special guests to the school this week. Second graders in the school’s Service Club, along with advisers Mrs. Jamie Adamski and Ms. Julianne Warren, met two guide dogs in training from the Guide Dog Foundation.

Jillian and Antonia, two yellow labrador retrievers, visited along with trainer Ms. Lisa Cummins. Ms. Cummins shared the mission of the foundation’s work and how fostering and training the puppies help to serve people in the community.

The students were able to pet the puppies and ask questions. They ended the visit by presenting treats they created for other dogs in training.

Date Added: 12/15/2022

All Aboard the Polar Express!

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Who were the elves spotted decorating the classroom doors at FJC on Dec. 8? None other than the Rocky Point Middle School National Junior Honor Society who visited for some festive fun! The students visited their former FJC teachers and added some seasonal spirit to the classroom entrances. In addition to a Polar Express scene, the students joined forces to create colorful and magical gateways for the teachers and younger students to enjoy. They even had time to visit the District Office and decorate Superintendent of Schools Dr. Scott O’Brien’s door!

Date Added: 12/8/2022
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