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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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December 2022

Dear FJC Families,

Happy December!  As the days get colder, we all grow a little closer as we look forward to the holiday season together.  You can already see lights being hung, candles being lit, and hear carols filling the air.  The warmth of our traditions, helping to fend off the cold outside.

Exciting things are on the horizon at FJC as well.  We begin the month with our second grade chorus concert, the holiday boutique at the Middle School, and parent teacher conferences, all great opportunities for FJC families to be together.  

The month ends with a “Holiday Spirit Week,” where we will get a chance to have some fun.  The week includes our annual holiday sing-a-long and culminates with a reading of the Polar Express by Mr. Westerlund and Ms. Pletka as all the students gather in their pajamas.

Speaking of pajamas, we are also excited to support the community by hosting a pajama drive to benefit Little Flower.  If you’d like to participate, please send in new pajamas (any size) with your child to school during the first week of December (12/5-12/9).

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.

Important Dates:

December 1st-  Second Grade Chorus Winter Concert- 7 pm in the High School Auditorium 

December 2nd – FJC and JAE End of First Trimester Marking Period

December 3rd- Holiday Boutique—Rocky Point Middle School from 9am-3pm 

December 5th- 9th – Pajama Drive

December 7th - Afternoon & Evening Parent Teacher Conferences- Early Dismissal (11:45 am). Parent-Pick-up begins at 11:25 am.  Evening conferences begin at 6:00pm.

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

December 9th-  FJC & JAE report cards posted to the Parent Portal

December 12th-14th- Holiday Shopping for students (during the school day for students)

December 13th & 14th-  Kindergarten Field trip to North Shore Public Library (date/class specific schedule)

December 19th-23rd-  Holiday Spirit Week:

  • 12/19 Merry Monday- Favorite holiday shirt/sweater/holiday colors AND FJC Sing-a-long at 10am & 2pm (students only)
  • 12/20 Tinsel Tuesday- Holiday Accessories- wear your favorite holiday head wear, shirt/pants, necklaces/bracelets, or socks
  • 12/21 Winter Wonderland Wednesday- Wear white, blue, or something with snowflakes
  • 12/22 Colorful Candy Canes- Wear your best red and white outfits
  • 12/23 T'was the Night before Winter Break- Comfy, cozy, pajama day

Whatever your family traditions may be during this time of year, we wish you and your family the very best.  May you enjoy the warmth of the season and time together as we celebrate the end of the year and look forward to a happy and healthy 2023!

As always, if you have any questions or concerns please don’t hesitate to reach out.  We look forward to working together to continue to make FJC the place to be in 2023 (extra bonus rhyme )!

Gratefully Yours, 

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.



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

FJC Staff Member Goes Above and Beyond

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Every day when students head home from school, an incredible group of custodians work after hours to ensure that Rocky Point school building hallways and classrooms are ready to go for the following day. One custodian at FJC, Alex Derenze, found a unique way to connect with students he doesn’t see during the day. In the evening, Mr. Derenze leaves small origami animals in the classroom for them to discover the following day. Students look forward to seeing what may be waiting for them when they arrive.

Last week, Mr. Derenze was invited into Julianne Warren’s classroom to meet the students and show them a little bit of the art of folding paper. “The children loved to see not only the person who helps clean our classroom, but the person who was leaving them origami animals throughout the year,” Ms. Warren said. “They loved watching him create one and were so excited to see that they could make it themselves!”

Principal Jason Westerlund commended Mr. Derenze. “It’s just another example of how all our staff go above and beyond to connect and make a difference in the lives of our students. We are grateful for all our staff who continue to find creative ways to make FJC the incredibly unique and wonderful place it is.”

Date Added: 11/21/2022

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