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Minnesauke Elementary School

Address: 21 High Gate Drive, East Setauket, NY 11733
Main Office: (631) 730‑4200
Fax: (631) 730‑4204
Principal: Nancy Pickford
Asst. Principal: Karen Mizell
School Hours: 8:43a.m. - 2:58p.m.

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School Vision Statement

Students of Minnesauke Elementary School will strive to achieve their highest academic potential while respecting themselves and all others as reflected in our Minnesauke STARS Pledge: Minnesauke STARS are Sharing, Trustworthy, Accepting, Respectful, Serving.

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For information on how to access our free electronic resources from home, please refer to the instructions on the Parent Portal.  Included there are confidential passwords strictly for Minnesauke families to use.

Transportation Information 

We ask that you please be considerate of our neighbors during drop-off and pick-up times. Please use caution when traveling on Highgate Drive. This road is always open to both north bound and south bound traffic. The safety of our school community and our surrounding neighbors is a top priority.

For long-term child care purposes only, permission to take a different bus to and/or from school may be granted by the school principal by advance written request from the student's parent or guardian. The child care provider must be listed on the emergency contact information.

Current News

The Great Kindness Challenge Kicks Off

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Elementary schools across the district held events to kick off The Great Kindness Challenge on Jan. 20. The Great Kindness Challenge is a worldwide campaign to promote kindness in schools in order to create a culture of caring, positivity and respect. This year, it runs from Jan. 23-27 and the theme is “grow kindness.”

It marks the fifth year Minnesauke Elementary School is participating in the week. Students gathered in the building’s auditorium for a kickoff assembly where they were introduced to a checklist of kind acts that they can participate in. Throughout the week, there will be schoolwide events including creating a kindness paper chain and a Coins for Cancer fundraiser, which donates money to local families.

Arrowhead Elementary School also held a kickoff assembly. Students participated in a singalong and happy dance with their teachers on stage. Throughout the week, students will be able to participate in kindness stations in the cafeteria where they can write kind notes and fill a mitten tree with acts of kindness.

It’s the first year W.S. Mount Elementary School is participating in The Great Kindness Challenge. Similar to the other buildings, Mount Elementary School will be hosting a spirit week where students and staff will dress up in different themes to promote unity. Additionally, the building is conducting a “Pack the Pantry” event and collecting donations for its food pantry.

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Date Added: 1/23/2023

Sink or Float Lab

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Students at Minnesauke Elementary School are putting their own clay “boats” to the test. During a science experiment, they were challenged with molding clay to make it float in a bin of water. They added objects to their boats, such as marbles, to see how weight affected their creations. During this science lab, students learned about buoyancy and density through making predictions and observations.

Date Added: 1/6/2023

Programming Bee-Bots

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Minnesauke Elementary School kindergartners are being introduced to coding through a fun, hands-on activity. During library, students programmed Bee-Bots to follow commands.

Bee-Bots, shaped like bumblebees, can move forward, backward, left and right as students press buttons on their backs. Kindergartners commanded the robots to move different directions through a floor map while following a path.

While the Bee-Bots are an early introduction to programming, they also help students understand directional language and cause and effect.

Date Added: 1/4/2023

Stuff-A-Bus Spreads Holiday Cheer

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Across the Three Village Central School District, students are learning the power of giving through the annual Stuff-A-Bus campaign. Originating at R.C. Murphy Junior High School, Stuff-A-Bus collects toys to be donated to the Gerald Ryan Outreach Center in Wyandanch, which supports Long Island families in need.

At the district’s elementary buildings, student council members collected toys from their school communities. Members of the Murphy JHS student government then took a school bus across the district to collect the toys and drop them to the organization. Students of all ages were excited to participate and spread cheer this holiday season.

Date Added: 12/20/2022

Festive Fun at Minnesauke

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Pre-K students at Minnesauke Elementary School invited their family members into the classroom for some festive fun. Students created gingerbread houses, using frosting to glue graham crackers to milk cartons. They decorated their houses with different kinds of candy and took them home to enjoy. The activity got students excited about the upcoming holiday break.

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Date Added: 12/16/2022

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