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Mission Statement

Our mission is to inspire all students to be confident, passionate learners with the courage and skills to lead their lives with integrity, while contributing to our global community with creativity and compassion.

John G. Dinkelmeyer Elementary School2100 Waltoffer Avenue
North Bellmore, NY 11710
Tel: (516) 992-3114
Fax: (516) 992-3054
Principal: Mrs. Danica Brugge









Dear John G. Dinkelmeyer Families,

It is my pleasure to write to you as the Principal of John G. Dinkelmeyer School. It is an honor and a great privilege to lead this incredible learning community on behalf of your children. As a mother of three young children, and an educational leader, I believe that every child deserves to be treated with respect and love. Leading with love, is vitally important in this day and age and doing so means that we recognize and validate the talents of each child as we give each learner what he/she needs to experience a happy, healthy and fulfilling elementary school experience. 
Our school is filled with teachers, faculty and staff that inspire me each day. Our faculty and staff are passionate educators and dedicated to each student's success and personal growth. We are committed to making our school a safe, enjoyable and memorable experience for all. We want our learners to be thinkers, problem solvers, joyful readers and writers, lifelong learners and great leaders in our community. We want each learner here to know that they are valued and that they have great potential.
Your children are treasured here! On behalf of the John G. Dinkelmeyer faculty and staff, I thank you for the trust you put in our school as you share your children with us. We have so much to look forward to!
Danica Brugge

Current News

Dinkelmeyer Students Tackle Home Building

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A book inspired a building project in Ellen Tournour’s second grade class at John G. Dinkelmeyer Elementary School in the North Bellmore School District. Students read “How a House is Built,” then turned their attention to construction.

The book was part of a writing workshop author study of Gail Gibbons. Students explored nonfiction texts to learn techniques for writing informational stories. They noted her style of explaining the steps in a process.

After reading the book, students researched various types of homes. They worked in small groups to construct models of brick, clay, cinder block, glass, wood and tree houses, as well as an igloo and a log cabin. Ms. Tournour provided each group with a flat piece of cardboard as their plot of land. From there, it was up to students to find the necessary supplies to build their models. Just like real homebuilders, they first had to draw up a design and map out the steps for construction.

Once the models were complete, students presented the homes to their classmates, along with their research. The young architects had to determine the climate, region and natural resources used for their specific type of home.

Ms. Tournour said students gained valuable skills including research through technology, planning a project, gathering materials, problem-solving, collaborating with a partner and public speaking. She added that students enjoyed making connections to their reading through a hands-on project.

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Date Added: 1/27/2023

JGD Kindergartners Honor Civil Rights Leader

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Kindergartners at John G. Dinkelmeyer Elementary School learned about Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. through the lens of kindness and respect. To celebrate the renowned Civil Rights leader, students in Jennifer McGovern’s class studied the impact he made on the United States through his fight for equality.   

On Jan. 13, kindergartners decorated peace symbols and wrote “I can” sentences with ways they can spread peace. They also wore “I Have a Dream” hats to invoke Dr. King’s famous speech. Ms. McGovern said that she wanted her students to understand the significance of the holiday, which was observed this year on Jan. 16, and reflect on the positive values that Dr. King stood for. 

Date Added: 1/17/2023

Talented Musicians Earn All-County Nod

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The North Bellmore School District congratulates 43 students who were selected to the All-County music festival, hosted by the Nassau Music Educators Association. 

Fifth and sixth grade musicians were selected to countywide ensembles in band, chorus and orchestra. Rehearsals and performances are held in January at the Tilles Center at LIU Post.  
The All-County musicians are: 

John G. Dinkelmeyer Elementary School: Alina Chan and Carlyn Masiulis (band), London Abbott, Adriana Aglio, Lennyuyshka Cadet, Giuliana Gibaldi, Cole Marullo, Vianna Olson, Charli Polihronopoylos, Ava Rothschild, Meghan Saint Joy, Emma Schowerer and Christian Truglio (chorus) and Kailin Connizzo (orchestra).  

Martin Avenue Elementary School: Catherine Arnoff and Lui Dorsainvil (band), Nora Daly, Chloe DeTurris, Ellie Jakubowski and Asher Katz (chorus) and Caylee Aiello and Rochelle Mangles (orchestra). 

Newbridge Road Elementary School: Brian Barrera and Matthew Dworkin (band) and Charlotte Belliveau, Hadley Gross, Quinn Gross and Kingston Lambre (chorus).  

Park Avenue Elementary School: Arya Chandhok and Colin Crichton (band), Giavanna Artale, Macey Cataldo, Carlos Flores, Gianna Hayes, Amber Kaur, Julianna Nardo, Camilla Roman and Reagan Tyskowski (chorus) and Michael Liguori (orchestra). 

Saw Mill Road Elementary School: Caitlin Anderson (band), Shira Rosen (chorus) and Charlotte O’Hea and Katherine Rios (orchestra). 

North Bellmore music teachers include Desiree Behr, Christopher D’Orio, Dana Hirsch, Maritza Lopez, Ed McCullagh, Carol Ng, Alexander Roff and Lisa Uckardes.  

Date Added: 1/13/2023

Dinkelmeyer Second Graders Create Birthday Boxes

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Second graders received the gift of giving at John G. Dinkelmeyer Elementary School. On Dec. 21, they embarked on a charitable endeavor to support other children on Long Island.

With the help of teachers and parent volunteers, students put together birthday boxes for a Hicksville-based nonprofit, Birthday Wishes. The organization provides children and their families with supplies to host a birthday party.

Dinkelmeyer second graders wrapped large boxes and then filled them with all of the necessary party items including cups, plates, napkins, decorations and juice boxes. Each box also included three presents – glitter glue and two board games.

The idea was spearheaded by second grade parent Kimberly Cassara. Students from Jennifer Kafka’s, Stephanie Meehan’s, Alexa Rossi’s and Ellen Tournour’s classes came together in the cafeteria after lunch to create the birthday boxes. The initiative captured the giving spirit of the holiday spirit and students left with a sense of fulfillment.

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Date Added: 1/5/2023

Giving Season in Full Force in North Bellmore 

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Students throughout the North Bellmore School District have been involved in charitable initiatives for the past several weeks. They have embraced the giving spirit to help others near and far. 

Saw Mill Road Elementary School continued its long-standing partnership with the Stephen Siller Tunnel to Towers Foundation. Leading the effort was North Bellmore resident and retired FDNY firefighter Tom O’Connor, whose grandchildren attend Saw Mill Road. The annual toy drive, organized by the Students Against Destructive Decisions club, will benefit children in Florida impacted by Hurricane Ian.  

The partnership began in 2005, when toys were collected in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina. Since then, Saw Mill students and staff have donated toys to help children impacted by disasters across the country, including Hurricane Harvey in Texas and Hurricane Sandy in New York, among others.  

On Dec. 6, Mr. O’Connor and his fellow volunteers came to Saw Mill to pick up the toys, filling 10 large bags, which were then loaded into the back of a pickup truck for a long journey down south. Social worker Jo Ann Signorelli, co-adviser of SADD with school counselor Keara McNamara, said that this effort helps fulfill the district’s mission in contributing to the global community with creativity and compassion. 

Ms. Signorelli also noted that by having the children meet with the volunteers who bring the toys to impacted children, it helps them better understand the value of their charitable acts. 

“After everything that’s happened in Florida,” sixth grader Sophia Hoffman said, “this is going to help a lot of kids and bring a little more joy into their lives.” 

Students at John G. Dinkelmeyer, Martin Avenue and Newbridge Road elementary schools donated toys for the John Theissen Children’s Foundation, based in neighboring Wantagh. Toys will be distributed to sick and underprivileged children across Long Island, from infants to 17 years old. 

Date Added: 12/23/2022


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