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420 Albany Avenue, Amityville, NY 11701
Phone Number: 631-565-6400
Grades: Pre-K, K
Principal: Dr. Pauline Collins
Hours: Kindergarten: 9:10 a.m. - 3:10 p.m.
Pre-K: 9:10 – 11:40 a.m.; 12:40 – 3:10 p.m.



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Northeast Kindergartners Feast and Give Thanks

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Kindergartners learned about the true meaning of Thanksgiving, and also improved their literacy and math skills, during classroom activities at Northeast Elementary School.

As kindergartners sat around the table in Renee Chandler’s classroom on Nov. 27, they discussed what they are thankful for before enjoying apple and pumpkin pie. Ms. Chandler also used it as an opportunity to teach her students about etiquette, noting that they shouldn’t start eating until everyone had their slices of pie. 

Lisa Iannotta’s students gathered for a Thanksgiving feast with turkey and all of the trimmings, prepared by parents and staff. Before the meal, they disguised paper turkeys and wrote an accompanying story. 

Kindergartners in Maria Lievano’s bilingual class made handprint turkeys to accompany poems as a gift for their parents. In Spanish, the children wrote about their reasons for giving thanks this year. They also made a Thanksgiving-themed snack by using candy corn and candy eyes to make turkeys out of chocolate-frosted cookies.

Teacher Andrew Babington taught children about the Pilgrims and the Wampanoag Native American tribe, and how they came together to celebrate a successful corn harvest. Children then enjoyed a snack of corn muffins and grape juice.

Turkey math in Nicole Faber’s room taught children all the different ways to make 10, while Dyan Aversa’s students honed their math skills by counting turkeys.   


Kindergartners Show, Spell and Tell at Northeast

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Show and tell, a time-honored tradition in elementary school classrooms, just got a little more interesting in Amityville. Kindergartners at Northeast Elementary School are not only sharing their favorite items with their classmates, they are also writing about them and building their literacy skills.

For the Show and Tell unit in Writer’s Workshop, an initiative through Columbia University Teacher’s College, each student was asked to bring in three items that are meaningful. For the first assignment, children picked one object to draw and label. They became “brave spellers” by using their alphabet charts, the classroom word wall and labeled objects around the room to spell out words they didn’t know.

As the unit progresses, students will write full sentences and eventually craft full stories about these objects.

“It helps them enjoy writing more because it’s meaningful to them,” kindergarten teacher Renee Chandler said about having students use personal belongings as inspiration. “The pictures also come out better because they have something right in front of them.”

Ms. Chandler said this writing unit helps children expand their vocabulary in learning words to describe the look and feel of their objects. She said that the finished works will become part of their writing journals.  


Friday, December 13, 2019