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Author Regina Calcaterra Visits Brookhaven Staff

Author Regina Calcaterra pictured with Brookhaven Elementary School staff.

Best Selling author Regina Calcaterra, came to visit Brookhaven Elementary School to share with the staff her story of resilience and optimism. Author of "Etched in Sand", Regina and her four siblings grew up on Long Island dealing with homelessness and an abusive mother. Later they were faced with the challenges of the foster-care system. 

Regina talked about how some of her past teachers, librarians and also her siblings encouraged and influenced her to get an education. Her goal was to graduate college. Today, Regina Calcaterra is a successful lawyer, New York State official, and activist. Regina’s message to the staff is that they can bring kindness to a child in that moment in time when a child in need is before them. Their kind act can forever impact a child.
Special thanks to Mrs. Nicole O’Leary and the Brookhaven Reading Department for organizing this special visit.


Brookhaven Reading Role Model Project

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Teachers at Brookhaven Elementary School have teamed up with "Book Fairies" to provide parents with some great fiction and non-fiction adult books. "Book Fairies" is a not-for-profit organization that collects reading material for people and districts in need throughout the New York metropolitan area. Their goal is to foster literacy and academic success.

The goal of the Reading Role Model project was to provide parents with books to keep in the hopes that they will serve as a great tool to model the importance of reading in each household. These books were available for pick up during our spring parent teacher conferences as well as other after school events.

Teachers have received some great feedback from parents regarding this project. Parents were excited to browse the books available and there was a great book buzz around the titles and authors that Book Fairies provided.

Brookhaven looks forward to continuing this with the support of the Book Fairies for future events such as Kindergarten Orientation and Dial Screening.

Learning from our History

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The Burning Bush Family Foundation came to visit Brookhaven Elementary School for our first Annual Black History Month Program. Renee Joshua-Porter, the Executive Director and Producer of this Foundation, provided a wonderful assembly in recognition of Black History Month. The foundation provided a multicultural theatrical presentation entitled, "The Museum". This rich and interactive story followed a class on a field trip to a museum where 2 historical figures of African American descent came to life through song, dance, rap and prose. Throughout this journey, a teacher takes a group of disinterested students to a multimedia wax museum where the historical characters come to life to retell their stories. Performing Artists, Jamel Hudson (Sammy Davis Jr.) and Regine Williams (Eartha Kitt) displayed and portrayed these historic African Americans through a live dance and song performance.

Special thanks to Mrs. Nolde, second grade teacher, for assisting in providing our students with the opportunity to learn and enjoy the talents of American Africans who have contributed to our history!
Friday, May 26, 2017