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Paul J. Bellew Elementary School

25 Higbie Lane, West Islip, New York 11795
(631) 504-5680 FAX (631) 893-3346










Mrs. Rhonda Pratt, Principal

Principal's Secretaries: Michelle Grover / Cathleen McQuade
Nurse:  Kristina Mezzacappa
Phone: (631) 504-5687 

School Hours: 9:15 am - 3:30 pm
Pre-K ~ 5th Grade

Kindergarten Registration: Tuesday, November 5 and Wednesday, November 13, 2019

PTA President:  Wendy Khokhar

Current News

Garden Club Reps Demonstrate Centerpiece Creation at Bellew

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Sumpwams Garden Club representatives Marie Capitano and Jean Ann Gottsch recently visited Amy DeJoseph’s class at Bellew to demonstrate how to create holiday centerpieces. Gottsch, a former West Islip School District speech pathologist, and Capitano, whose grandchildren attended Bellew, provided greens from their own gardens and assisted students in making the displays.

“Our class is looking forward to another visit in the spring,” said DeJoseph.

Bellew Kindergartners Explore Local Library

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Kindergartners at Bellew recently took a walking field trip to the West Islip Public Library. Each students participated in a tour, listened to a story, made crafts and received their very own library card, and in a trip highlight, checked out a book of their choice.  

Bellew Dedicates Buddy Bench to Former Student Ferruggiari

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Bellew recently dedicated a Buddy Bench in memory of former Bellew student Robert Ferruggiari, with Ferruggiari’s parents and family members in attendance at the dedication ceremony held in the Bellew auditorium. The bench was donated by Douglas Winter, a childhood friend of Ferruggiari who also attended Bellew. The Buddy Bench – meant to encourage friendship, kindness and inclusiveness – was installed in the school’s courtyard next to a student-created rock garden.  

“We thank the district’s buildings and grounds crew for installing the bench,” said Bellew Principal Rhonda Pratt. “It looks terrific!”

West Islip Sends 32 Student-Musicians to SCMEA Day of Tuba

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The district again broke the record for the highest attendance at the Suffolk County Music Educators Association’s annual Day of Tuba, sending 32 students from grades 5-12 to participate in rehearsals, clinics and a massed ensemble. Several West Islip students were also selected to perform in the event’s All-Star ensemble. Held at Central Islip High School, the event featured several hundred tuba and euphonium players from across the county.

West Islip participating student-musicians were Victoria Swicord from Bayview; Lucille Charbonneau, Joseph Nealon, Savas Sioutopoulos and Colin Stueber from Bellew; Salvatore Randazzo and Matthew Rao from Oquenock; Billy DeWitt, Andrew DiStefano, Alexander Dumitru, James Kennedy, Thomas Mueller and Samantha Rivelli from Beach; Robert Govier, Michael Harbord, Thomas Kerrigan, Sydney Krowles, Laveeza Malik and Daniel Pipitone from Udall; and Matthew Cammarano, Drake Castonguay, Eve Castonguay, Andrew D'Agostino, Jonathan Delanoy, Timothy Hantzschel, Dylan Latargia, Andrew Palmer, Marisa Pastore, Sophia Randazzo, Vincent Santini, Nicholas Vallejo and Nicholas Veiga from the high school.