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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.

1601 Newbridge Road
North Bellmore, NY 11710
Tel: (516) 992-3116
Fax: (516) 992-3214
Principal: Ms. Amanda Licci

 

Welcome to Newbridge Road Elementary School!

As principal of our beautiful building, I’d like to extend a warm welcome to any and all community members visiting our page. Here at Newbridge Road, my aim is to create a safe and supportive learning community in which all of our community members can grow and flourish.

I recognize that in order to meet with success and work to their potential, our children need support from both the home and school. As partners- parents, students, teachers, staff and administrators- we share the responsibility for our children’s progress and the joy in our children’s success. Parents/guardians are equal partners in providing our children with meaningful educational experiences that extend beyond the walls of the school. Together, we will continue to build upon the excellence of our school community and provide the best for the children of Newbridge Road Elementary School.

The district’s mission states that it is essential for us “…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.” It is with effort that we will strive to unlock the true potential of each and every student. In the words of Maria Montessori, “Free the child's potential, and you will transform him into the world.” Together we will grow our children to transform this world and be the leaders they have the potential to be!

The faculty, staff and I will work diligently to create the educational foundation upon which the children at Newbridge Road grow, while keeping the district’s mission and core values at heart. We will model diligence, resilience, and perseverance as our children continue to develop and strengthen these very skills. I am looking forward to taking part in the learning and growth of all of our students this year.

Please feel free to contact me with any questions or concerns. One of the strongest attributes of the North Bellmore School District is our relationship with the community, and I plan to foster that connection during my time as Principal of Newbridge Road School.

Warm regards,

Amanda Licci

Principal

Current News

Spanish Program Delights Language Learners

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Asked if they are excited to learn another language, the answer by students across the North Bellmore School District is simple – “Si.”

The district relaunched its Spanish program this year, with regular instruction for fifth and sixth graders at the five elementary schools, as well as a kindergarten enrichment program. Spanish teacher Kristen Giris incorporates Spanish language and culture into her lessons. Early topics have included the Spanish alphabet, numbers, greetings, feelings, holidays, the calendar, weather, colors, shapes, family members, classroom objects and adjectives.

“To get students engaged in learning language, I like to make the class fun,” Ms. Giris said. “I incorporate a lot of games, pictures, choral repetition, songs and movement. Language in meant to be spoken and we work in groups and pairs frequently.”

Spanish culture is an important part of her lessons. Hispanic Heritage Month, celebrated annually from Sept. 15 to Oct. 15, gave Ms. Giris an early opportunity to integrate Spanish customs into her instruction. Students also learn about the history of Latin American nations, famous Hispanic people and points of interest in Spanish-speaking countries.Music frequently plays in the background during class.

Students say the Spanish skills they are developing now will help them in middle school and beyond. Martin Avenue Elementary School fifth grader Kendall Cava said the vocabulary sheets provided by Ms. Giris help her memorize words. Her favorite assignment was a research project on famous people from Spanish-speaking countries and she chose Celia Cruz, the Queen of Salsa.

Kendall said that learning Spanish will help her communicate better with several relatives. Sixth grader Rex Dietrich, whose great-grandfather hails from Argentina, enjoys connecting with his Hispanic heritage. He appreciates that Ms. Giris spends most of class speaking Spanish, not English, which helps him learn the language better.

“It’s important because around this age, we’re going to start meeting people who speak other languages, and one of the most popular languages is Spanish,” Rex said.

Kallyx Agpalo fondly remembers an activity about feelings. Working with a partner, one student would say an emotion in Spanish, and the other would match it to a card with a picture of that emotion.

Sixth grader Shiba Das loves learning other languages and about other countries. He has already been overseas with aspirations to travel to even more places, so he knows that knowledge of any language will be a great benefit.

Madison Badillo, a sixth grader, said she looks forward to speaking with her grandfather in Spanish. She has particularly enjoyed studying Hispanic culture and liked writing poems inspired by a tradition from the Mexican holiday, Day of the Dead.

“It’s a really good opportunity for us because we get to be exposed to Spanish before we go off to middle school,” she said.

Madison plans to continue with Spanish in middle school to master the language, while other students say they’d like to use the spark that was lit this year to add a third language to their repertoire. Kallyx explained that he is thinking about taking French or Italian next year because it’s good to learn multiple languages and be able to communicate with many different people.

Fifth and sixth graders receive one 40-minute block of Spanish per six-day cycle. The kindergarten enrichment program is designed to expose the children to the language at a young age, focusing on basic vocabulary and phrases. Ms. Giris described the classes as fun and communicative, with lots of singing and games.

“Learning languages at the elementary level provides a huge benefit for students,” Ms. Giris said.“At a young age, they are more inclined and open to trying new things. Research shows that when students begin language learning at the elementary level, they are able to pick up languages faster with more native-like fluency and a higher level of proficiency. A language is a bridge to understanding and an appreciation of differences in a rapidly diversifying world.”

Date Added: 11/15/2022

Cultivating Community at Newbridge Road

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Community building is a major emphasis this year at Newbridge Road Elementary School in the North Bellmore School District. The entire school recently gathered for an assembly to celebrate their Newbridge Pride.

In music classes with Alexander Roff, students learned the Newbridge Road song. They sang it together as a school for the first time in the assembly, led by reading teacher Michellene Barrett. Thunder the Tiger, the school’s mascot, danced along and gave high-fives to students.

Principal Amanda Licci explained the communities live, work and play together, but they also strive to help others. She announced that the school had raised almost $600 during its September fundraiser for Pediatric Cancer Awareness Month. Gold ribbons throughout the school show the collective commitment of students and staff to helping others.

Each class will participate in a community building activity by designing a class flag that represents their values. Ms. Licci explained that when the flags are completed, they will be displayed at all future schoolwide assemblies.

Fourth grade teacher Joann Belferder, who advises the student council along with second grade teacher Cristina Guadagnino, then met with children in grades 3-6 to tell them how they can get involved in an organization that supports both the Newbridge Road and North Bellmore communities. She explained that the student council is tasked with coming up with ideas that raise school spirit and help people in need. Past projects have included food and toy drives. In class elections, two students from each class will serve on the student council.

Ms. Licci added the community and citizenship are part of the social studies curriculum in each grade, and now students can experience those concepts first-hand in their school. She emphasized the importance of students having a voice in their school.

Date Added: 11/2/2022

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