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Carnival Fun at Connolly

Carnival Fun at Connolly photo

Connolly School students enjoyed a variety of outdoor activities, games and delicious snacks when the PTA hosted a carnival on June 15.

The PTA, led by Co-presidents Jaryme Demostheni and Deneen Jackson, planned the annual carnival for the entire student body. The group purchases games, small toys to use a prizes and outdoor equipment, such as frisbees, checkers and hoppity hops, which ultimately were donated to the physical education department for student use. They also secure vendors such as Mister Softee, to bring the students carnival-like treats. Jackson said the PTA fundraises for the carnival all year. 

“We do it because the children love it,” Jackson said. It gives them a day outdoors to really enjoy themselves.” 

Mrs. Mullen expressed her great appreciation for the PTA and everything they do for the students throughout the school year, especially the carnival, which she described as “a truly wonderful event.” 

Connolly K-Kids Raise Funds for Local Animal Shelter

Connolly K-Kids Raise Funds for Local Animal Shelter photo
The Connolly School K-Kids held a fundraiser for Cove Animal Rescue. Their successful effort resulted in a $312 donation to the local Glen Cove animal shelter. Diane Connolly from Cove Animal Rescue visited the K-Kids and thanked them for their generous donation to help the animals of Glen Cove. 

NBC Reporter Visits Connolly Students

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Connolly School students in Ms. Susan Gielbeda’s and Ms. Erin O’Beirne’s fourth-grade classes have been studying the art of journalism in Writing Workshop. The students have been working on writing feature articles as well as “beat” stories. NBC field reporter Checkey Beckford visited Connolly School to meet and mentor the students. The students were able to learn firsthand what it takes to be a journalist. Then they pitched some feature story ideas, which Ms. Beckford helped explain how they could further develop.

Research Highlighted at Connolly’s International Feast

Research Highlighted at Connolly’s International Feast photo

Connolly School fifth-graders celebrated the completion of their research projects, which focused on a variety of different countries, with an International Feast on June 6.

Students enjoyed multicultural music and traditional ethnic foods and desserts prepared by their parents. They also had an opportunity to view the informative, research-based posters created by their classmates, which were displayed on the walls of the cafeteria. Students used iPads and books from the school’s library to conduct their research. They also watched videos in their classroom that highlighted different holidays, cultural dances and feasts of their respective country of study. The projects included information on geography, well-known landmarks, famous people and capital cities. 

The culminating event was organized by special education teacher Valerie Scicchitano and featured colorful placemats created by the students. A wonderful time was had by all!



Connolly Faculty Wears Jeans for Troops

Connolly Faculty Wears Jeans for Troops photo
Connolly School faculty and staff recently raised more than $150 for the military during its Gi Go Jeans for Troops fundraiser. In the fall, Connolly raised $190, bringing the school’s donation total to more than $350.

Ancient Civilization Museum at Connolly

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Fifth-grade students in Krystle Gonzales’ class have been learning about and researching ancient civilizations. Combining their nonfiction research unit with the social studies unit on ancient civilizations of Latin America, students chose an ancient civilization that they wanted to learn more about. They were then paired with other students interested in the same topic and worked cooperatively with their research group to prepare a Google slide, hands-on project and a fact poster.

Connolly Students Sell Pencils for a Good Cause

Connolly Students Sell Pencils for a Good Cause photo
Connolly School students participated in a fundraiser for Pencils of Promise, a non-profit organization that raises money to build schools in developing countries. The youngsters sold decorative pencils every morning in the lobby to raise money for this important cause. On Star Wars Day (“May the 4th be With You”) the students wore Star Wars clothing, outfits and costumes for a $1 donation to Pencils of Promise. Teachers placed a 10-foot Darth Vader inflatable in the lobby and took a picture with many of the students who participated. The kids had a blast while donating to this charity. 

Educators Become Students at Connolly School

Educators Become Students at Connolly School photo
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Connolly School teachers took part in professional development with Columbia University’s Teachers College Reading and Writing Project staff developer Amanda Denmore on April 23. 

Glen Cove educators have been receiving ongoing training in the program, which is new to the district this year. According to Connolly School Principal Julie Mullan, Ms. Denmore shares teaching strategies and best practices with the educators in narrative writing, research-based writing and other topics. In their most recent session, teachers went over on-demand quick assessments. The teachers were tasked with producing a writing sample based on a specific prompt in an allotted time. Ms. Denmore modeled the assignment for the teachers, discussed the theory behind it and described what the lesson should look like in the classroom. 

As for the students, Mrs. Mullan said the new curriculum has excited students and sparked a deeper love for writing.  

Connolly K-Kids Raise Money for Autism Speaks

Connolly K-Kids Raise Money for Autism Speaks photo
The Connolly School K-Kids held an autism awareness event to begin the month of April. Students and teachers were encouraged to “Light it up Blue.” Assisted by special education teacher Kathleen Madigan, the K-Kids encouraged the student body to wear blue and purchase blue bracelets to promote awareness and acceptance of students with autism. Teachers got in the act as well, purchasing T-shirts, which they will wear each Tuesday throughout the month. The Connolly family of students, teachers and staff helped the K-Kids raise $305 dollars to donate to the organization Autism Speaks.