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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: Linda Greening
Hours: 9:30 AM - 3:50 PM 
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November 2021


Dear FJC Families,


Can you believe it’s already November?!  It seems impossible how fast the last 2 months have gone by and how close we are to the holiday season.  As we look back, we want to say a huge thank you to the PTA for sponsoring our pumpkin patch.  All of our students had a great time running out into the field and finding their favorite pumpkin.  A big thank you, also goes out to all of our families who came to celebrate our students at our Harvest Day Parade.  It was so great to be in one place together, creating a memorable experience for all our students.

Throughout the month of November, we will focus on the character trait of respect.  Students will continue to explore what this concept means and begin to think about ways in which we can grow in our ability to be respectful both to ourselves and to others.  To show our school spirit, we are encouraging all members of our school community to wear our school colors and/or school apparel every Friday.

As it gets colder 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 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.

As we look towards the month of November, there are a few highlights we wanted to bring to your attention.

November 10th – Veterans Day Assembly (2nd Grade Students)

November 11th – Veterans Day (School Closed)

November 15th-19th-  Book Fair during regular library times

November 18th - To celebrate the 50th day of school, we go back in time to 1950.  If your child would like to dress up and celebrate with us, they can dress in clothing to represent the era.  Your child can wear poodle skirts, jeans, white t-shirts, or any fun 50’s attire and accessories you have.

November 23rd - District Emergency Drill - All students dismissed 15 minutes earlier than usual.  Anticipate students arriving 15 minutes earlier to their bus stops.  Parent pick-up will begin at 3:10 pm.

November 24th-26th - Thanksgiving Recess (School Closed)

December 8th - Early Dismissal (11:45 am) Parent-Pick-up begins at 11:25 am.  Afternoon & Evening Parent Teacher Conferences

December 9th - Early Dismissal (11:45 am) Parent-Pick-up begins at 11:25 am.  Afternoon Parent Teacher Conferences 

As is tradition, November is a month in which we take a moment to think about all that we are grateful for.  We can say, without hesitation, that we are absolutely grateful to be part of this incredible community.  From our students who bring us their daily energy and creativity, to our incredible staff that work tirelessly to make sure our students are happy and loved, to our families that constantly support us…there are a multitude of reminders of just how lucky we are to be a part of the Rocky Point Family.

As always, if you have any questions or concerns please don’t hesitate to reach out.

 Gratefully Yours,

Jason Westerlund                                   Linda Greening

        Jason Westerlund                                                                              Linda Greening

                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.



What Community Means in Rocky Point

The mural created by Mrs. Meschi's first graders. thumbnail207583
Photograph of Jennifer Meschi with her students' mural displayed in a school window. thumbnail207584
Students in Jennifer Meschi’s class at FJC have been learning about communities. As part of the unit, they read “Maybe Something Beautiful” by F. Isabel Campoy and Theresa Howell, in which the community got together and created a mural to beautify an area in San Diego, California.

After reading the story, the first graders were inspired to create their own mural. They collaborated and decided to create a mural inspired by the combined towns of the school district: Rocky Point, Sound Beach and Miller Place. They brainstormed which buildings should be in the mural and added vehicles, birds, trees and even themselves. They used construction paper, paint, colored pencils and crayons to create a final masterpiece.

To keep in the spirit of the book, Mrs. Meschi thought of an additional way to teach the children that even at their age they can give back to their community.

“I noticed a few vacant store fronts on my drive to and from school every day and thought they could use a little beautification with our mural,” she said. “I reached out to the real estate agent for one of the buildings to see if we could hang our mural in the window. He was so kind to call the owner of the building, and I was so excited that the owner said yes!”

The real estate agent, Bob Batuyios, opened the building for Mrs. Meschi to hang the mural. She invited families to meet her and stand outside of the building while it was being hung in the window.

The mural will be on display for several weeks. Mrs. Meschi thanks Mr. Batuyios and the building’s owner, Anthony Bongiovanni, for truly showing what community means.
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