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450 County Line Road, Amityville, NY 11701
Phone Number: 631-565-6500
Grades: 1-3

Principal: Ms. Kathleen Hyland

Assistant Principal: Ms. Sonia Rodrigo
Hours: 9:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.



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Northwest Students Spread Joy to Seniors

Northwest Students Spread Joy to Seniors photo

With songs, crafts and games, students from Northwest Elementary School made the holidays a little brighter for seniors at Bristal Assisted Living in Amityville.

More than 40 children made the short trip down County Line Road on Dec. 17. Participants included first-graders from Margaret Brooks’ class and second-graders from Kerrin Faulkner and Jenny Smith’s class. Ms. Brooks accompanied students on the guitar as they began their set with “If You’re Happy and You Know it” before moving on to a slate of popular Christmas tunes.

During their hour stay, children and seniors did other activities together including playing bingo, balloon volleyball and gingerbread house crafts. Ms. Smith explained that the second-grade social studies curriculum focuses on communities, so her class does several community service activities throughout the year. This is the third year they have visited the Bristal.

“The students were so excited to come and spread some Christmas cheer to people right within their own community,” Ms. Smith said.



Second-Graders Sample Stories at Northwest

Second-Graders Sample Stories at Northwest photo

“Non-fiction is tasty” was theme in a second-grade classroom at Northwest Elementary School where students participated in a book tasting.

To begin the non-fiction unit in Reader’s Workshop, students on Nov. 5 visited the Smaulkner Café, named for second-grade co-teachers Jenny Smith and Kerrin Faulkner. With red tablecloths and teachers wearing chef hats, the room truly resembled a restaurant. 

There were seven tables and each had a different theme: animals, holidays, insects, people, polar animals, weather and vehicles. Each seat had several books on that topic for students to sample.

After five minutes of reading, students discussed the books with their classmates while also enjoying themed snacks like candy corn at the holidays table and gummy worms at the insects table. They rotated through all seven stations. 

Before their tasting, students learned about the different elements of non-fiction books such as the table of contents, headings, glossary and diagrams. Ms. Faulkner said that students will soon be creating their own non-fiction stories through Writer’s Workshop. Each child will be charged with selecting a topic to become an expert about. 

“The book tasting exposes them to a lot of different non-fiction stories to broaden their horizons and find topics they want to learn more about,” she said. 



Wednesday, January 16, 2019