Tier Two

Briarcliff Manor Union Free School District

Incoming Kindergartens Receive Prizes During Screening

What’s better than being a future Todd student? Being a future Todd student and receiving prizes just for doing the kindergarten screening! This week, incoming kindergartners met Todd staff at the K-2 cafeteria at Todd Elementary School for screening and received a prize at every “station.”

In the stations, they were screened by staff such as guidance counselor Gillian O’Connell, reading specialist Jennifer Alfinito and occupational therapist Audrey Curley. The staff gave the incoming students tasks such as copying a picture, finding differences in shapes, hearing differences in words and detecting rhymes. They also checked their comprehension.

The incoming kindergartners received items such as pencils, erasers, a coloring book and a book called “Kindergarten, Here I Come!” The books were generously donated by the Briarcliff Manor Education Foundation.

“We are expecting a high number this year, around 70-plus students, which is more than usual,” said reading specialist Marcelle Fumusa.

Ms. Fumusa is looking forward to the fall and the incoming students seem to share her excitement.

“They are so enthusiastic and many of them have older siblings here at Todd, so they cannot wait to be in the same school as their siblings,” she said.

Assistant Principal Anne Marie Foley is joining in the enthusiasm.

“We are excited to welcome the new group of Todd students, to help them foster the love of learning,” she said.

According to Ms. Foley, Kindergarten is a pivotal year and feeling loved and cared for is crucial to a student’s success.

“They come in like little babies, wide-eyed, nervous and worried, and they leave confident and ready to take on the world as first graders,” she said. “We want them to be a part of the Todd family and to feel that as soon as they walk in the door they feel welcomed. We cannot wait to watch them grow.”

We can’t wait to see out little bears in the fall!