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Manor Oaks School

1950 Hillside Avenue
New Hyde Park, New York 11040
Jane Ruthkowski, Principal
Phone: (516) 434-2350

Jane Ruthkowski, Principal
Laura Caines-Giralde, Assistant Principal
Anita Fager, Main Office Secretary


Dear Manor Oaks School Community,

Manor Oaks School is creating its' FIRST ever cookbook. Your assistance is needed to fill this book with treasured recipes. Please click on the link below to access the flyer for more information along with the recipe template and sample recipe submission.


The Manor Oaks Building Level Team 


Principal's Back to School Night Presentation

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Vision Statement
As a school community, we at Manor Oaks are bound by the common goal of providing a safe, nurturing, learning environment for all students.  We will inspire and challenge our students through inquiry, collaboration, and exploration to empower them to become creative problem solvers of the future.

Current News

Manor Oaks School Kindergartners Learn About Winter

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Kindergartners in Elizabeth Powers’ class at Manor Oaks School have been learning about the chilliest season.

To explore through sensory play and experiment with different materials, students created their own snow with baking soda, hair conditioner and glitter. They discussed adjectives while playing with the artificial snow. The class also read “The Three Snow Bears” and compared and contrasted it with the classic “Goldilocks and the Three Bears” tale.

A non-fiction reading and writing unit on polar animals is planned as students continue to learn about the winter season.

Date Added: 1/20/2022

Upstander Appreciation Week at Manor Oaks School

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To reinforce the importance of being an upstander rather than a bystander or bully, Manor Oaks School hosted Upstander Appreciation Week from Dec. 6-10.

Organized by school social worker Lori Cohen and Student Council Advisor Christina Sciarrotto, the weeklong event featured various activities and discussions that focused on the positives about being an upstanding student. The week kicked off with students being encouraged to help spread positivity by writing kind messages on Post-It notes to be displayed on the new bulletin board called, “Take What You Need, Give What You Can.” On Tuesday, all classes attended grade-level-appropriate virtual DASA (Dignity for All Students Act) assemblies that featured videos on bullying and provided upstanding tips and strategies. All students received a special upstander sticker on Thursday; and, on Friday, they wore yellow or orange to “be bold like a marigold” to nurture and support others to help one another grow.

Throughout the week, each class also participated in a virtual Google Meet with the school’s Caring Ambassadors, who are sixth graders. All sixth graders had the opportunity to participate as an ambassador, and those interested needed to complete an essay sharing why they would be great in the role. Thirty-six students were chosen as Caring Ambassadors for this school year.

The Caring Ambassadors announced daily Upstander Awards for two students per grade-level during morning announcements. Teachers nominated the students and shared the characteristics and qualities of the student, which were then read aloud during the morning announcements. Each recognized student received a certificate and a stuffed cardinal, which is the school’s mascot, with a citizenship medal. Manor Oaks School provided a collection of books featuring upstanding characters that the students were able to listen to or read during the week, as well.

Upstander Appreciation Week at Manor Oaks School directly aligns with the board of education’s goal to “implement a shared, systematic approach to explicitly teach, integrate, and encourage positive behaviors.”

Toy Drive a Success

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In honor of the holiday season and to get in the spirit of giving, Manor Oaks School hosted a Toy Drive that collected more than 75 toys, which will be donated to the Hance Family Foundation.

Turkey Trot and Food Drive

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Manor Oaks School participated in its 10th annual Turkey Trot and food drive, hosted by physical education teacher Lisa Santos, on Nov. 17.

Students participated in the Turkey Trot as a race or fun run, and they were encouraged to dress in Thanksgiving-themed costumes. Winners of the race and the costume contest were awarded with an extra gym class.

A food drive was held in conjunction with the trot. Due to the donations of students and staff, 21 local families in need received food for the upcoming Thanksgiving holiday.

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