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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.

Exterior photo of Minnesauke Elementary School building

 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

Donating ‘Little Bits of Love’

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Mrs. Frole’s third grade class at Minnesauke Elementary School participated in a service-learning project for Valentine’s Day. Students collected “Little Bits of Love,” or small items including ChapStick, nail polish, notebooks, candies and socks to create goodie bags for residents of local nursing homes and assisted living facilities.

Students wrote heart shaped notes to pair with the donations with messages such as, “You are loved,” “Today is a good day to smile,” and “You are important.” The facilities handed out the goodie bags on Valentine’s Day to spread love and bring smiles to the residents.

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Date Added: 2/14/2024

P.S. I Love You Day in Three Village

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Students and staff turned the Three Village Central School District purple on Feb. 9 to celebrate P.S. I Love You Day. The annual event encourages communities to foster an environment where everyone feels welcome, loved and supported. It also seeks to end the stigma surrounding mental health. This year’s theme was “Love is Meant to be Given.”

Buildings across the district were decorated and students wore purple as a visual display of support for P.S. I Love You Day. This year, P.J. Gelinas Junior High School and Murphy Junior High School coordinated their efforts to celebrate. Art teachers Ms. Cappiello and Ms. Maritato at Gelinas worked with their students to create a backdrop inspired by the P.S. I Love You Day theme. Students were excited to take photos in front of it.

Several elementary schools held spirit weeks to kick off the festivities and students participated in kindness activities throughout the week. At W.S. Mount Elementary School, the student government wrote kind messages on a valentine to be displayed in the building. Staff greeted students on P.S. I Love You Day with more positive messages on the sidewalks outside. Students were encouraged to spread the messaging of P.S. I Love You Day throughout the entire year.

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View a video recap of the celebrations at Gelinas and Murphy Junior High Schools here.

Date Added: 2/13/2024

Celebrating Lunar New Year

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The Three Village Central School District celebrated the Year of the Dragon ahead of Lunar New Year on Feb. 10. Students and staff learned about Lunar New Year’s many traditions and the cultures that celebrate.

At W.S. Mount Elementary School, Ms. McNally’s Pre-K classes paraded through the hallways while holding a large dragon and several instruments. Students lined the halls as spectators and chanted, “Gung Hay Fat Choy, alongside the Pre-K students, which translates to wishes of happiness and prosperity.

Similarly, at Nassakeag Elementary School, Mr. Prinzo’s sixth grade class held a parade with a dragon being carried through the halls. The dragon symbolizes good luck, strength and health. Additionally, Ms. Toner’s fourth grade class held a celebration where parent volunteers set up five stations to showcase various aspects of Asian cultures. Students participated in hands-on learning and cultural enrichment through the Lunar New Year activities.

The celebrations continued at Minnesauke Elementary School, where students created paper dragons, held a parade and participated in a dragon scavenger hunt upon arrival on Feb. 9.

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Date Added: 2/13/2024

Spreading Love in Three Village

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Students in Three Village are spreading the love ahead of Valentine’s Day. Several classes and school clubs created valentines to send to local nonprofits and organizations.

At Minnesauke Elementary School, students in Mrs. Babb’s third grade class worked with their buddies in Mrs. Sheridan’s kindergartners to create tissue paper flowers. The flowers were created as the building participated in The Great Kindness Challenge. They will be delivered alongside meals during the week of Valentine’s Day.

At P.J. Gelinas Junior High School, seventh and eighth graders in the Community Connections Club spread love and joy by creating Valentine’s Day cards to be donated to the Ronald McDonald Family Room at Stony Brook Children’s Hospital.

Date Added: 2/8/2024

Musician Visits Pre-K Classes

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New York-based musician Johnny Cuomo recently visited Pre-K classes across the district. Cuomo travels around the globe and uses his musical talents to share stories and folktales. The district’s youngest students were excited to get on their feet and move to the music during this authentic learning experience!

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Date Added: 2/8/2024