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: 8:15 AM - 2:35 PM

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3rd Grade Orientation 2023


Dear JAE Families,

It’s hard to believe that summer vacation is coming to an end, and that on Wednesday, September 6th we will be reopening our doors for the start of the 2023-2024 school year. For the past two months, Mr. Paquette and I have been enjoying the quiet that summer creates, giving us time to prepare for the new school year. However, we are eager now for the energy and life the students bring to the school. Their smiling faces and laughter will be a welcome change to the quiet, empty halls at JAE.

As we look forward to our first day, we wanted to take a moment to share with you some important information and reminders.

School Day:
The student school day will begin at 8:15am and will conclude at 2:35pm.

Arrival and Dismissal:
Bus routes for the 23-24 school year have been adjusted across the district. Although the bus stops remain unchanged, the bus route letter may be different than in years past and elementary bus routes may be different from Middle School/High School routes. When bus routes become available, you will be able to find your child’s assigned bus stop and route by accessing the eSchool Parent Portal.

In order for us to ensure that your child is dismissed safely and correctly, we ask that parents complete their child’s PLAN FOR DISMISSAL digitally by clicking here or by filling out the attached page and sending it to school with your child on the first day of school. This form should reflect your child’s typical dismissal procedure. This will help ensure that your child and his/her teacher are aware of your dismissal plan. If we do not receive a completed form, our default practice is to place your child on his/her assigned bus route at the end of the school day. Thank you in advance for your cooperation.

Buses will arrive at JAE between 8:05 and 8:15 am. Students will be permitted to enter the building beginning at 8:15 am.

For students who arrive at school by car, walk, or ride their bike to school, doors will open at 8:15 am using our drop off area in front of the school. Drop off is from 8:15-8:25. At 8:26 students will be considered late and will need to be signed in by a parent/guardian. *We know the first few days of school we all will be learning our new routines. As such, students will not be marked late the first few days of school. Starting Monday, September 18th any child arriving at 8:26 or later will be marked late.

Tips for Expediting the Drop-off Process:
- When you arrive you will be directed by staff to pull up as far as possible around the drop off loop.

Once staff is present on the sidewalk, students will exit their cars independently and will be directed to the main entrance.

Please do not exit your vehicle at any time. If your child needs assistance exiting your car (i.e. unbuckling) please pull into a marked parking spot to assist your child. Security will then help your child safely cross from the parking lot to the sidewalk.

- Once all students have exited their vehicles, cars will be directed out of the drop off loop and a new line of cars will fill in. Please do not attempt to go around any car in the loop.

Students arriving on the first day of school (and throughout the school year) will be met by JAE staff members, who will assist our students in entering the building and locating their classrooms.

Buses depart JAE at approximately 2:40 pm. If, for any reason, a bus is running late, you will receive messages via text and email to inform you of the delay.

For students who will be picked up via car, walk or ride their bike home dismissal will begin at 2:30 pm using the loop in the front of the school.

If your child will be picked up regularly, you will be given a special dismissal tag to be displayed on your rearview mirror during pick-up. You can pick up your dismissal tag on Tuesday, September 5th from 10am- 3pm or on Wednesday, September 6th from 7am-5pm. Please be sure to have a photo ID with you to pick up your child’s dismissal tag.

Parents/Guardians will NOT be exiting their cars during dismissal, but will pull up to the curb and follow the cones to the pick-up area. A JAE staff member will radio students to be dismissed using the dismissal tags.

Tips for Expediting the Pick-Up Process:
- When you arrive, please be sure your child’s dismissal tag can easily be seen by staff members.
- You will be directed by staff to pull up as far as possible around the loop to wait for your child. A JAE staff member will escort your child to your car.
- Please do not exit your vehicle at any time.
- To keep the process moving, please have your child buckle quickly and save the conversation about their day for the ride home.
- If your child gets into your vehicle and you realize they forgot something please pull into a marked parking spot so as to not hold up the process. A JAE staff member will be able to assist you.

Before and Aftercare:
There are before and after school child care programs run by North Shore Youth Council. If you need to set up child care, please contact the North Shore Youth Council at 744-0207 or check their website for registration information.

On the first day of school, your child will receive a packet with a variety of forms. Please go through each of them carefully and return the completed forms to the building with your child the next day. Please take the time to verify that contact information is correct and up to date in the parent portal.

Breakfast/ Lunch/ Snacks:
We encourage anyone who is eligible to complete a Free and Reduced Meal Application. Menus for breakfast and lunch can be accessed by clicking here. Please be sure to discuss breakfast and lunch options with your child before they go to school each morning to help expedite the process. In addition to breakfast and lunch, our cafeteria will be offering snacks for the students to purchase during their lunch periods. We strongly encourage you to utilize your child’s myschoolbucks account if your child will be purchasing lunch and/or snacks during their lunch period.

All classroom teachers allow students to have a snack at some point throughout the school day. Snack times are different for each class based on their class’ lunch time and schedule. We encourage you to pack a healthy snack and a bottle of water for your child every day. This will help keep their bodies well-fueled for a busy day of learning.

Medication Drop-Off:
If you have medication that needs to be dropped off with the nurse please make arrangements to drop off your child’s medication on September 5th between 10am-3pm. Thank you!

Early Dismissal/Dismissal Changes/Dropping off Items:
If you need to pick your child up early, please send a note in the morning with your child. If you have to enter the building you will be asked to show your license or a picture ID. If you are dropping off items for your child, they will be left in the entrance vestibule and will be picked up/delivered to your child. We also must have accurate names and phone numbers of other people that are authorized to pick up your child(ren) in order to ensure a safe dismissal.

Please note: In the event you need to pick your child up early, we ask that you arrive before 2:25 pm. We do not dismiss after this time, as we are preparing for our end of day dismissal.

If you have any questions or concerns, please do not hesitate to call the JAE Main Office.

Thank you again for being flexible and patient as we prepare for the 2023-2024 school year. We look forward to seeing everyone soon and a great year ahead.


Mrs. Linda Greening, JAE Principal

Mr. Benjamin Paquette, JAE Assistant Principal

Rhythm + Tempo = Musical Excellence

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The Rocky Point School District has an exemplary fine arts program, and with the addition of the Grade 4 Band and Orchestra offerings it is destined to be even better. The courses, Band taught by Miss Cailyn Monastero and Orchestra headed by Mr. David Ventura, are aiding students to further develop language and reasoning, their mastery of memorization, collaboration and cooperation with their peers, and increased coordination, all while gaining important life skills at a young age.

“The musical learning opportunities at this younger grade level is one of the initiatives in our Strategic Plan’s Academic Supports component,” said Superintendent of Schools Dr. Scott O’Brien. “These students will continue to advance these skills and be recognized and celebrated for their musical achievements, contributions to school culture and community involvement.”

The addition of the program had been a progressive undertaking before being implemented this school year. Last spring, both third and fourth graders were introduced to the instrumental program at JAE by Elementary Music Department Chairperson Craig Knapp, music teachers and fifth graders, offering an up close and personal experience, where they were able to see, hold, hear and, in some cases, play the instruments.

Now, many of those same third graders have confidentially started the 2023-24 school year on a high note as the inaugural class of fourth grade students sharpening their musical talents.

Click here to view the photo slideshow.

Date Added: 9/22/2023