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Dutch Broadway School

Mrs. Cynthia Qasim, Principal
Mr. Brendan Alfieri, Asst. Principal
Dr. Ed Thomas, Asst. Principal

1880 Dutch Broadway, Elmont, NY 11003
Phone: (516) 326-5550
Fax: (516) 326-0519
Hours: 8:35 a.m.-2:55 p.m.

"Dutch Broadway Pride!"




Message from the Principal


On behalf of the Dutch Broadway School’s faculty and staff, we are pleased to welcome you back for the 2021-2022 school year! A special welcome is extended to all of the new families joining the Dutch Broadway School family. I am honored to be your principal. It is a true privilege to be a part of a community where parents, teachers, and students care for each other and strive to build positive relationships that support academic success and social growth. Although this school year is starting out much differently than the norm, I look forward to getting to know the students as I form positive and supportive relationships with them. As we welcome the children back, one of our primary focuses will be to nurture our children’s social-emotional learning. Dutch Broadway’s faculty, consisting of both teachers and the school’s Mental Health Team has formed a committee to initiate “Project Good Vibes,” a combination of mindfulness strategies and character development activities. In keeping with the district’s mission to “Educate the Whole Child,” this initiative will provide the students with daily mindfulness breathing techniques and monthly themed activities. These resources will provide the students, who may have been directly or indirectly affected by the recent events, with an array of strategies and coping skills. A key factor to student success is the partnership between home and school and this is most important now more than ever. To enhance communication between all stakeholders, the district has provided our families with the following resources:

  • The Remind app – your child’s teacher will provide detailed information on how you can join your child(ren)’s class. This feature will allow teachers and parents to communicate directly with one another.
  • The Elmont District app – from your favorite app store download Elmont Union Free School District. When installed click on the tool and check off Dutch Broadway. You will receive all notifications sent by the school.
  • The Elmont UFSD website – – Visit the website to receive the most up-to-date information throughout the school year.
  • Blackboard Connect – a pre-recorded voice call sent to the phone number on file. We ask that your contact information be updated accordingly.


Our teachers understand that part of our children’s success relies heavily on the support offered both at school and at home and realize that a strong partnership with you will make a great difference in your child’s education. I am certain that our common responsibility for our children’s success will provide fruitful outcomes as the year progresses no matter the challenges.

My door is always open. Please feel free to call or email me to discuss any concerns you might have throughout the school year. Thank you for your continued support as we work together as a school community inspiring our children to strive for and achieve their goals.

Mrs. Cynthia Qasim
Principal, Dutch Broadway School


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Dutch Broadway School Hosts Disability Awareness Assembly

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To educate students about those with disabilities and how to respect one another’s differences, Dutch Broadway School hosted its 10th annual Disability Awareness Day on Nov. 9. This year's event was organized by the school’s physical education teachers Deb Bennett and Tim Smith.

Fourth, fifth and sixth grade students each had an assembly with visitors from the Henry Viscardi School in Albertson. Henry Viscardi teacher Joe Slaninka, joined by four student ambassadors, spoke candidly about their disabilities. They shared their unique struggles and triumphs, as well as their personal lives and goals for the future.

“Our guests were treated with respect and kindness, and thoroughly enjoyed their time spent here at Dutch Broadway,” Bennett said. “Our students left school today with a newfound appreciation for individuals with disabilities and with an understanding that, at the end of the day, we are all the same.”

Date Added: 11/28/2022 

Sensory Hallway and Mindfulness Room Launch at Dutch Broadway

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As part of the expansion efforts for Dutch Broadway School's Social-Emotional Learning initiative, the sensory hallway and mindfulness room were officially launched in October.

When stepping into the colorful mindfulness room, students are greeted with positive artwork and messages on the walls, as well as comfortable bean-bag seating and mats. Students can wind down with practiced breathing exercises, weighted blankets and textured pillows, hands-on work with Kinetic Sand, self-esteem projects, yoga and more. The mindfulness room is run by school counselor Jaclyn Dias-Hansen. Classes will have a designated time in the room once per month.

Along the sensory hallway, located in the primary wing, there are now stickers on the ground prompting students to participate in different physical activities. There is hopscotch, toe-to-heel walking, stepping on rainbow circles, marching on ants, jumping on logs, hopping on all fours and wall push-ups. The goal of the sensory hallway is to give students a break from seated learning and lessen excess energy.

Mindfulness practices take place in the classrooms as well. Each morning, students get comfortable at their desks and participate in seated yoga stretches to begin the day. Teachers also implement breathing exercises throughout the day as necessary. These daily practices align with the District’s Social-Emotional Learning initiative.

Date Added: 11/15/2022

Interactive Read Aloud Program Expanded in District

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This school year, the District has expanded its Fountas & Pinnell Interactive Read Aloud program to include fourth, fifth and sixth graders. Now, all K-6 classrooms in the district’s six school buildings utilize the Fountas & Pinnell Classroom Interactive Read-Aloud Collection. IRA involves whole-group instruction, where the teacher reads aloud a selected text to the students with pauses for discussion.

During an IRA lesson at Dutch Broadway School on Sept. 28, fourth graders listened as teacher Mrs. Randee Iafrate read aloud “Snook Alone” by Marilyn Nelson. As part of their “Do Now” activity, the class discussed if they felt that dogs can show human feelings.

Dutch Broadway’s grade-level teachers select books from the provided Fountas & Pinnell IRA kits, which adhere to themes. “Snook Alone” is part of a collection of books with the theme of friendship. Other books in the collection include “The Other Side,” “Better Than You,” “The Dunderheads” and “Mangoes, Mischief, and Tales of Friendship: Stories from India.” The friendship theme ties into the building’s initiative of the month for September: social-emotional learning. During the course of this school year, teachers in grades 4-6 will select approximately 10-15 IRA themes from the kit to align the books and their messages to the curriculum.

Date Added: 10/12/2022