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Idle Hour Elementary School

334 Idle Hour Boulevard
Oakdale, NY 11769-1998
Principal: Sandra Rubin

Welcome Back Idle Hour Students!

First day of School is September 6, 2022


Idle Hour Mantra

I am somebody
I was somebody when I came
I will be a better somebody when I leave
I am powerful, and I am strong
I deserve the education that I get here
I have things to do, people to impress, and places to go


Idle Hour Elementary Celebrates Reading

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The school cafeteria at idle Hour Elementary School was filled with excitement as students celebrated Parents as Reading Partners Day by playing a game of Zingo. Much like the game Bingo, student-players placed their game pieces on illustrated squares of covers from their favorite books and screamed “Zingo” if they filled a row.Each student received a bookmark and a pencil, courtesy of the PTA.

Sponsored by the PTA, PARP is a program that asks a partner to read with a child for 20 minutes each day. Idle Hour’s older students were encouraged to read 15-20 pages of a chapter book each night during the two-week period. Students logged their reading each day.

During PARP, students also listened to mystery masked readers in their classrooms, read a book with library media specialist Julia DeMaio and participated in spirit day activities.

Date Added: 1/26/2023

Monster Project Generates Collaboration and Creativity

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Students enrolled in Krystal Zaglool-Rivera’s class at Idle Hour Elementary School recently collaborated with John Rapone’s Connetquot High School drawing students on a Monster Project. 

The elementary students first drew monsters from their imaginations. The high school students then reimagined the monsters by using their high skill drawing levels to recreate them. 

Ms. Zaglool explained that the high school students “showed the first graders where you can go with your art if you keep working on your artistic techniques.” 

At the end of the collaborative drawing unit, the teachers published the elementary and high school students’ works in a Monster Project book. To see a digital version of the Monster Project book, log onto the following link:

Date Added: 1/6/2023

Idle Hour Students Spread Cheer at The Arbors

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Idle Hour Elementary School fifth grade students in Gina Cerulli’s class visited the residents of The Arbors Assisted Living in Bohemia prior to the holidays. The students made gingerbread men with their grandfriends, sang holiday songs and shared a snack. It was a wonderful way for students to spread holiday cheer. 

Date Added: 1/5/2023

Idle Hour Students Instruct ‘How To’ Make a Gingerbread House

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The sweetness of candy, graham crackers and icing permeated the Idle Hour Elementary School solarium as first grade students constructed gingerbread houses made from supplies from home. 

The activity was the culmination of a Teachers College Writers Workshop ‘How To’ unit in which the genre taught students to succinctly write directions or “how to” do a task. For this particular activity, the students were instructed to write the steps and to draw a picture demonstrating the directions to a parent, grandparent or guardian.During the gingerbread house-making activity, the first graders were able to individually recall how to build and decorate a delightful, festive house to decorate their individual homes for the holidays.

Date Added: 12/27/2022

Living Museum Showcases Iroquois Way of Life

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Idle Hour Elementary School students held a living museum showcasing the Iroquois way of life as a culmination of their studies on Native American life and government. Wearing headdresses designed with Native American symbols, the fourth graders first gave an oral presentation about the Iroquois society and system of government, their homelife and other important facts about this nation. The students also delivered information to their guests about their created museum pieces, symbolizing important aspects of the Iroquois life, which included spears, lacrosse sticks, jewelry, dioramas of native American villages, longhouses, headdresses and more.

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Date Added: 12/1/2022

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