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Rocky Point Union Free School District Schools | Joseph A. Edgar Intermediate

525 Route 25A | Rocky Point, NY 11778
Phone: (631) 744-1600 | Fax: (631) 744-4898
Principal: Mrs. Linda Greening
Assistant Principal: Mr. Benjamin Paquette
Hours: 8:40 AM - 2:50 PM
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February 2023

Dear JAE Families,


 JAE really W.A.R.M.ed up the month of January with the “We are Reading More” program. It was a wonderful event that encouraged and celebrated reading. Although the last few days of January felt like spring, February began with a dusting of snow on the ground and freezing temperatures, the reminder that winter is still here. Hopefully, Kindness Week, beginning on February 13th will warm our hearts, and the Kids Heart Challenge will keep us moving on these long, cold winter days.

Please check out JAE’s upcoming events for the month of February:

● February 1st- February 10th- Souper Bowl of Caring- (please bring in non-perishable food items to donate to a local food charity)
● February 1st- February 28th- Kids Heart Challenge
● February 6th- Harlem Wizards Assembly
● February 6th- Board of Education Meeting- High School Auditorium- 7pm
● February 8th- Shared Decision Making Meeting- 3pm
● February 10th- Swoopin’ & Hoopin’ Charity Basketball Game- 6pm
● February 10th- PTA Game Night- FJC- 7pm
● February 13th-17th- Kindness Week
● February 20th- Preseident’s Day
● February 20th-24th- Mid-Winter Recess- School Closed

Character Education Update:
Our third pillar in our Character Counts education program is RESPONSIBILITY. We will continue learning about and practicing this pillar for the month of February. Our school counselors will be teaching lessons on responsibility in the classrooms throughout the coming weeks.

Students will learn that responsibility is:
● Being accountable for your own behavior.
● Doing things you are supposed to do and accepting the results of your actions.
● Making good choices.
● Keeping your word and being dependable so people can count on you.
● Doing something to the best of your ability.

Ideas to help your child think about responsibility:
● Brainstorm a list of things that show you are responsible.
● Learn how to make a simple meal.
● Make sure to go to bed and get up on time.
● Learn how to solve conflict in a positive way.
● Volunteer to do a chore around the house.

We are excited to recognize our Students of the Month from January this month:

3rd Grade:
Dina Gomez
Ramirez Carina
Nunziata Sarahi
Diaz Galo
James Parker III
Aylin Canbaydar
Kendall Daly
William Fishman
Katelyn Harris
Emma Wurm
Keira Mohammed
Aengus Walsh

4th Grade:

Gavin Damiano
Liliana Cook
Cayden Pepper
Lailah Martone
John Henry
Julian Gomez
Katelyn Mercurio
Dylan Zarella
Mia Williams
Deivid Reyes Portillo
Henry Fiore

5th Grade:

Brooklynn Dwyer
James Simonetti
Malia King
Eliza Hoelzer
Jennifer Ortiz
Annalyse Spinelli
Bella Renois
Aubrey Kantor
Ariel Mantione

Friendly Reminders:

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 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.

Thank you for all you do for our community, and for making JAE such a wonderful place to be. Kindly,


 Mrs. Linda Greening              Mr. Benjamin Paquette

      JAE Principal                   JAE Assistant Principal


JAE’s Dirty Paint Pour!

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Date Added: 1/23/2023

We Are Reading More!

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It is certainly WARM in Joseph A. Edgar Intermediate School!

Students are engaged in many reading activities, celebrating the colder days of January with WARM (We Are Reading More). School librarian Mrs. Monica DiGiovanni coordinated many encouraging reading activities for students with Book-opoly, a game board with fun challenges, including reading for 30 minutes per day, selecting a book from SORA, choosing a nonfiction book, sharing a story with a sibling and even reading with a flashlight! One of the highlights of the two-week festivities was the Teacher Switch, where Mrs. DiGiovanni made an announcement and a surprise reader entered their classroom on Jan. 19 to find someone new at the desk! A short story was read in each classroom for students to experience the reading strengths of various voices.

“Teachers, nurses, aides, secretaries, special-area teachers and administration all switched with various classroom teachers,” Mrs. DiGiovanni said. “It was a fun morning for everyone!”

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Date Added: 1/19/2023

The Colors of Love at JAE!

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JAE students in Mrs. Gina Hale’s class celebrated Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Day by learning about fairness, love and equality. They used a picture sort to understand the difference between fair and unfair. Students expressed how we should love and respect everyone. One student, Peyton Zambuto, even said, “Thank goodness for Martin Luther King, or we wouldn’t be able to all be together!” They also finger-painted hearts that symbolized love coming in all different colors. The finished projects hang in the hallway to share in the mission of spreading kindness and love.

Date Added: 1/18/2023

Lightbulb Ideas from JAE!

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Third graders in Ms. Kim Smokler’s class at JAE are working together and learning to problem-solve by figuring out four ways to light a bulb.

The unit on electricity is teaching them how a circuit is a path which electricity travels. The electricity must have a source (dry cell battery), a path (aluminum foil), and a user for the flow of electrons (bulb). The students will build their own complete circuits as they are discovering simple circuits, parallel circuits and series circuits. The students will also use their complete circuits as an electric indicator to determine what types of materials conduct electricity (conductors/insulators). 

“As scientists, we have been relating this to our lives and learning how electricity is generated, used and how safety features such as fuses and circuit breakers prevent overheating and fires,” Ms. Smokler said.

The students also engaged in a conversation on how holiday lights are wired as well as how their homes are wired with alternate paths, in a series circuit, so everything wouldn’t turn off at once. They all related to this as the “lightbulbs” went on in their heads when using too many electrical devices in their homes causes the circuit breaker to pop or open. 

Ms. Smokler shared that the PTA supplied activities and materials and librarian Mrs. Monica DiGiavonni’s library lessons sparked the idea for the science lesson.

Date Added: 1/12/2022

JAE Chorus Ensembles Spread Holiday Cheer at Winter Concert!

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Joseph A. Edgar Intermediate School held its Winter Concert on Dec. 6 in the High School auditorium.

The JAE Grade 3 Beginner Chorus and the JAE Grade 4 and 5 Intermediate Chorus, both under the direction of JAE School Chorus Director Mr. Craig Knapp, performed a cheerful, festive and challenging program of holiday and winter-themed music. The students performed magnificently, and the concert was extremely well-received by the audience. 

“I am so proud of the JAE Chorus students,” said Mr. Knapp, who is also the District’s K-5 music department chairperson. “The chorus members worked extremely hard preparing for their concert. Eleven weeks is a relatively short time to put together a performance, and these kids truly rose to the occasion! The children were focused on stage, they did a remarkable job of watching me and they sang with great artistry, beautiful sensitivity, excellent diction and a lovely and gentle tone quality. It was an absolutely delightful evening of heartwarming and merry music-making. The children were so proud and were glowing with happiness before, during and after the performance. Congratulations to both of the JAE chorus ensembles. I am very proud of these incredible student musicians, and I’m honored to be their teacher.”

JAE Principal Mrs. Linda Greening added, “It was a wonderful evening for JAE families to come together, celebrate the students’ hard work and dedication, and get into the holiday spirit. The students’ remarkable performance filled hearts with joy and spread holiday cheer to all of those in attendance.”

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Date Added: 12/9/2022

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