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Rhame Avenue School


At Rhame Avenue, we treat everyone with KINDNESS and RESPECT!

September 2018
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Dear Families:

Welcome back from what I hope was an exciting, yet rejuvenating and relaxing summer vacation. I am looking forward to hearing the wonderful stories from your children about their family vacations, summer camp experiences and trips to the beach! It is always a very special time of year for our entire staff as we welcome back all of the kids I can’t wait to see their smiling faces and feel the energy once again throughout the hallways and in the classrooms as we embark on another school-year filled with new and exciting learning experiences for all!

This year, we welcome several new and returning staff members. I know that they will work hard to provide our students with a top-notch education to meet all of their individual needs.

  • Christine Ericson – Reading Teacher
  • Jessica Salaway – General Music & Chorus
  • Kimberly D’Agostino - (Leave Replacement for Jessica Beufve in grades 3 & 5)
  • James O’Driscoll – Guidance Counselor (1.5 days per week)

We wish all of our new and returning staff members a great beginning to the school year and the best of luck! It is our collective goal to make sure that every child feels safe and comfortable when they are learning in school. As a whole, we will continue to make sure that this is top priority each and every day. In order to further support our students, we are introducing a Guidance Counselor into our Elementary Schools this year on a part-time basis. We are excited to have Mr. James O’Driscoll joining us from ERHS to work with all students K-6. This is yet another exciting opportunity!

I want to encourage all members  of our school  community to join the PTA and take an active role in helping to better  the opportunities that we provide for our students. The more that we communicate as a team, the better experience our children will have throughout the course of their education. The culture of volunteerism is strong at Rhame and there are many ways to become involved. Please feel free to contact the main office, or our fabulous PTA Board under the leadership of Co-Presidents Wendy Sirchia and Samantha Yagnisis if you would like to talk about a  special  project,  share an idea and/or become a volunteer. We all benefit, but most importantly the children benefit from strong parent involvement. This ties in perfectly with our District’s goal to better “Engage Every Family.” We look forward to helping pave the way to a better home-school connection for your entire family.  Our first PTA Meeting will take place on Monday, September 24th at 7 p.m. in the Library here at Rhame. We hope to see you there! 

An easy way to keep informed about Rhame Avenue’s news, events and activities is by logging on to our website at Please take a moment to check it out! Click on the “Schools” tab and then on “Rhame Avenue School” in order to access our school’s website specifically. Please check frequently for current events happening as well as links to a variety of resources that can be very helpful to both parents and students. Our district also has a Facebook page that we encourage you to visit too! Our newest platform to help provide information to families in an easily accessible fashion is through the East Rockaway Schools APP. This can be downloaded from the APP store at no cost. We encourage all families to download this free APP in order to stay up-to-speed with our school’s events. 

Although September may seem like a short month on paper, it is filled with important school events that we encourage all parents to attend. Please consult the District Calendar for a detailed list of events across all schools and look for a Rhame Avenue School calendar that is sent home each month as well. Among many things happening, this month we are looking forward to our PTA sponsored Welcome Back Picnic on the 14th, Back to School Ni ght which will be held on Thursday, September 20 th and the PTA Book Fair which will take place toward the end of the month. More information will be sent home soon.

I wish everyone an exciting and successful 2018-19 school year!

Erik C. Walter, Principal