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F. E. Bellows Elementary School

200 Carroll Avenue,
Mamaroneck, NY 10543


Michael Scarantino
Principal
(914) 777-4602
mscarantino@ryeneck.org

 Announcements


The parent orientation for incoming 6th graders was held on Tuesday, April 17th.  If you were unable to attend, please click HERE to view the presentation.  Feel free to contact MS Guidance Counselor Meegan Lawlor with any questions.

 

Fifth Grade Book Writing Project

Click here to read Finding Wrigley, the culmination of the fifth grade's collaborative book writing project. 

 

Summer 2018 Reading Lists

 

Fourth into Fifth Principal's Conversation--May 2018

Click here to see presentation.

 

BALANCED LITERACY INFORMATION FOR PARENTS

Click here for information on the Balanced Literacy Initiative in the Elementary Schools.

2018-2019 PTSA SCHOOL SUPPLY FORM


School Breakfast Program

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Bellows Times

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MySchoolBucks Information:

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MySchoolBucks Parent Information

 

Parents:  The 2017-2018 Bellows Parent-Student Handbook is located in the documents section.

  

 *****Please visit our  Nurse Services page for health requirements and forms.

 

News


Fifth-Graders Move Up to Rye Neck Middle School

F.E. Bellows Elementary School fifth-graders celebrated one of many milestones in their academic careers and said farewell to their elementary school days during a moving up ceremony on June 15. The students will embark on the next phase of their educational journey as sixth-graders at Rye Neck Middle School in the fall.

The program began with the processional to “Pomp and Circumstance” and a flag salute before Principal Michael Scarantino welcomed the guests and honorees. He shared a few words of wisdom with the students and encouraged them to continue to show kindness toward others. 

“I am so proud. Without question, you clearly have the capacity to be kind,” Scarantino told the students. “But most impressively, you make the choice to be kinder than necessary. So, when I really think about it, you have essentially left me with something extraordinary. You have left a positive and uplifting memory of the fifth-grade class who took care of one another, no matter what. We at Bellows will always remember you for your courage, kindness, character and positive mental attitude. I am confident you will accomplish greatness.” 

Superintendent of Schools Dr. Barbara Ferraro acknowledged that the students are ready for the challenges and new opportunities that await them at middle school. 

“You are special students who enjoy learning, exploring and having fun,” Dr. Ferraro said. “You approach each day with a curiosity that leads you to new and exciting opportunities. When I visit your classrooms, I observe you writing stories, reading books and solving problems. And whenever I stop by at lunchtime, I hear happy voices ready to enjoy some special time with friends.” 

Before the students were called one by one to receive their certificates, they performed “Let There Be Peace,” a song that was written by the students themselves as third-graders and music teacher Tom Galgano. They shared that they feel empowered with the ability to bring peace to the world one person at a time by showing respect, joy, friendship, kindness, empathy, cooperation and forgiveness. 

The ceremony, which was a celebration of the students’ achievements and successes throughout their time in the elementary school, concluded with a performance of “The Moving Up Song 2018,” which was another song that the students and Galgano wrote themselves.

 


Fourth-Graders Bring Awareness to Water Crisis in Africa

A group of fourth-graders in Susan Marks’ Seekers and Solvers’ class at F.E. Bellows Elementary School – who had studied the water crisis in Africa, and more specifically, the water walk that young girls take to get water for their villages – recently held a “Be Aware Fair” to share their knowledge with the rest of their peers.

Having read numerous articles and books, watched videos and researched information about the water crisis and its effects on young girls’ education, the students felt compelled to educate others about it and make a difference. They worked collaboratively to create posters, videos, slideshows and drawings to bring attention to the global issue. At the fair, the students welcomed other fourth-graders to their tables, where they presented the information they’d gathered and engaged in important discussions on the topic. 

“Watching my students become so engaged in this project was amazing,” Marks said. “They were exposed to a global issue that many of them had no idea was even a problem. They showed compassion, were pushed out of their comfort zone and really were impressive in their eagerness to learn more.” 

At one station, students were challenged to carry a large backpack around their school’s gymnasium to simulate what young girls their age experience in Africa every day. 

“The main thing that the students discovered is that they are so lucky to live in a place where water is so accessible,” Marks added. “When they are thirsty, they can leave the classroom at any time and get water from a water fountain. Not everyone has that ability.”

Fourth-grader Brady Sergio said he felt passionate about bringing awareness to the water crisis in Africa and hopes that more people can get involved to solve the problem.  

“They have to walk for hours and the water isn’t even clean,” he said. “Hundreds of thousands of people die because of this dirty water that they’re drinking. And to think about that they have to work for it, it’s astounding how they do that.”

The project was part of the district’s Schoolwide Enrichment Model and F.E. Bellows’ Seekers and Solvers STEAM (science, technology, engineering, the arts and mathematics) program, designed to develop students’ ability to think critically and creatively through project-based learning experiences.

 


Third-Graders Gain Authentic Experiences on Japan Day

Donning traditional Japanese kimonos, third-graders at F.E. Bellows Elementary School participated in a variety of hands-on activities and workshops to immerse themselves into the Japanese culture. Deeply connected to the third-grade curriculum, the annual Japan Day celebration took place on May 11.

Throughout the day, the students – who had been studying the culture, geography, food and history of Japan – learned about the significance of kimonos and discussed what school is like for students in Japan. They also tasted traditional food, practiced calligraphy by writing Japanese words with a brush and ink, created origami and learned about kendo, the modern Japanese martial art. 

“The day gave students a glimpse into the life of a Japanese student,” said Ann Cullagh, a third-grade teacher and team leader. “We provided students with an authentic experience covering various facets of life.”

Cullagh added the experience allowed students to gain a greater global perspective and sensitivity, as well as appreciation of other cultures. 

“They learned how we can be different, yet similar,” she said. “They also learned about the importance of rituals and traditions both in Japan and maybe even their own lives. In the end, they saw how we are all globally connected.”

The celebration was made possible thanks to parent volunteers and members of the Japanese community, who provided insight into numerous Japanese traditions.

 


Art Show Celebrates Students’ Creativity

Kindergarten through fifth-grade students showcased their best artwork during the annual art show, held at F.E. Bellows Elementary School from May 8-10. Under the direction of art teachers Trisha Appel and Dara Goodman, the art show featured one project from each student.

“This year we focused on a pop-art theme and students in each grade level created at least one project based on the art movement and different pop artists like Andy Warhol and Keith Haring,” Appel said. “The projects were inspired by artists, art movements, global cultures, use of different techniques and media while focusing on the elements and principles of art and design.” 

Kindergartners created colorful flower collages, while second-graders created soup cans inspired by Andy Warhol. Meanwhile, first- and fourth-graders created artwork inspired by Peter Max, and third-graders worked on clay figure artworks, which were inspired by Keith Haring. Fifth-graders drew inspiration from Romero Britto – who painted the “Mona Cat” as a cat dressed in the same Renaissance attire as the Mona Lisa  – to create their own versions.  

Through their art projects, the students were able to express their creativity and learn about new artists while developing their skills in different media and techniques. In addition to the art exhibit, Appel and Goodman created an interactive and hands-on experience for the students, who were encouraged to complete different worksheets with word searches of the artists’ names, color in different images and participate in a scavenger hunt to find their artworks throughout the show.