FRANK J. CARASITI ELEMENTARY SCHOOL (K-2)
90 Rocky Point-Yaphank Road | Rocky Point, NY 11778
Phone: (631) 744-1601 | Fax: (631) 744-1396
Principal: Jason Westerlund | Assistant Principal: Nicole Pletka
School Hours: 9:30 AM - 3:50 PM
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Dear FJC Families,
It’s hard to believe that May is upon us. Not that long ago all our students walked through the doors for the first time in the 2022-2023 school year, and before we know it they will be walking out for the last. It’s amazing how fast a year can go…but equally incredible to think about all we have accomplished.
This month we will be hosting our annual College and Career week where students will have the opportunity to get to hear about a variety of different professions. A big thank you to Ms. Adamski and Ms. Dominquez, our guidance counselors for putting the program together, and to all our volunteers for giving of their time.
Our students will also have several opportunities to extend learning outside the classroom. A group of high school students will be presenting an assembly about pollution and taking care of our planet. Both Kindergarten and First grade students will have a chance to visit Benner’s farm and second grade students will be going to the Long Island Game farm.
Our first graders will also be visiting one of our local businesses. The Prestigiacomo family is hosting all 9 of our first grade classes for a visit to Pompeii Pizza where they will learn about Italy and make their own personal pizza, complete with little pepperonis shaped in their first initial, and an “I made my own pizza” t-shirt. We thank the Prestigiacomo family for their generosity and for the incredible experience they are sharing with our students.
During the second week of May, we celebrate National Teacher Appreciation Week. We wanted to take a moment to recognize our incredible teachers that work tirelessly to create an environment where our students feel safe, loved, and experience academic success. Each and every day, we have the privilege to walk the halls and see our students reading books, completing math problems, creating new things, writing stories, playing with friends, all while smiling and having fun. They are a living testament to the commitment of a very special and loving staff that will accept nothing less, and for that we cannot say thank you enough.
Again, I can’t believe I’m already saying this, but as we look towards June, we have many fun events to including Field Day and our 2nd Grade Moving Up Ceremony.
Some important dates to place on your calendar
May 8th-12th- Teacher Appreciation Week
May 11th- FJC Second Grade Chorus Spring Concert, HS Aud., 7pm
May 16th- BOE Meeting, HS Aud., 7pm
May 17th- K-12 Art Show, HS Gym, 6-8pm
May 19th- JAE Orientation
May 23rd & 24th- Kindergarten Orientation, FJC Library, 10:15am
May 26th-29th- Memorial Day Weekend (School Closed)
May 31st- Field Day Grade K
June 1st- Field Day Grade 1
June 2nd- Field Day Grade 2
June 12th- BOE Meeting, HS Aud, 7pm
June 16th- 2nd Grade Moving Up Ceremony, FJC back field, 10:30am
June 19th- Juneteenth Day (School Closed)
June 21st-23rd- K-5 Half-Day
June 23rd- Last Day of School
Thank you all again for your support and partnership throughout the year. We are extraordinarily proud of the work we have done together as a community and grateful to work hand-in-hand with you as we continue to make FJC the Place to Be!
Jason Westerlund, Principal Nicole Pletka, Assistant Principal
Inclement Weather Closings
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.