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Charles A. Reinhard Early Childhood Center, Shore Road and Winthrop Avenue students disembarked from the iconic, yellow school buses on
Sept. 2 eager to start the 2015-2016 school year. Toting backpacks and school supplies, the students received a warm welcome from Board of Education members, principals Patricia Castine, Patrice Matthews and Sally Curto and faculty as they filed into their new classrooms. While settling into their new routines, students became reacquainted with former classmates and even made new friends.

At Reinhard, Board President Jay L.T. Breakstone and trustees Brian Desmond, Janet Goller and Maryanne Kelly and Superintendent of Schools Dr. Joseph S. Famularo and Assistant Superintendent for Instruction Dr. Joanne C.  Dacek were on hand for the opening of the Bellmore Rising Star Pre-Kindergarten Program. The program will run two and a half hours per day, Monday through Friday, and will emphasize the development of cognitive, literacy, social-emotional and gross motor skills.

In addition to the pre-k program, the district is expanding its technology initiative throughout the District, including bringing iPads – currently at Winthrop and Shore Road – to Reinhard.  The District is also enhancing its dramatic arts program at Winthrop and Shore Road, allowing children to have increased opportunities to participate in the arts. This year, Bellmore will also be introducing a new K-6 writing program, Writing Fundamentals. The new program uses quality literature and informational texts to improve students’ writing.

Dr. Famularo noted he was not only impressed by the district’s smooth opening, but by the way in which students and teachers were prepared to begin instruction. “We will continue to emphasize the education of the whole child through our Bellmore Stars program and promote our core values of dedication, respect, integrity, teamwork and trust,” Dr. Famularo said. “I look forward to continuing to build upon our unique ‘Community of Learners’ and providing opportunities for our students to become productive global citizens.”