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PhillipsPhillips Avenue Elementary School


141 Phillips Avenue
Riverhead, NY 11901
Telephone: 631.369.6786/87



Principal: Debra Rodgers Assistant Principal: Alison Conroy



Phillips Avenue Elementary School is one of four K-4 elementary schools in the district. It is located at 141 Phillips Avenue in Flanders. (Directions to the Phillips Avenue School). Phillips has a full day kindergarten program, a SCOPE Pre-Kindergarten. School hours are 8:55AM to 3:30PM.
Phillips is working hard to help students develop the skills they need to meet the NYS Common Core Standards. See the PowerPoint Presentation Ms. Rodgers gave at a Board of Ed meeting on the 4th grade standards.

Popular annual events include Reading Week, Five Days of Peace & Goodwill, the English as a New Language Family Night. Phillips celebrates fully the diversity of its students through events like Unity Day, Black History Month and Latin American celebrations.

PTO Information

The Phillips Avenue PTO meets on the third Thursday of every month (please check the district calendar for any changes) at 7pm in the Cafetorium of the school. All parents, guardians and teachers are welcome to join and share ideas to enrich the educational experience for our children.     

You can contact Phillips Avenue PTO by filling out their contact form on their website or by sending a note into school marked "PTO". Click HERE for the PTO's website.

Current News

Helping to Create Peace in their Schools

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Fourth-graders members of Roanoke and Phillips Avenue elementary schools’ Peacemakers Club are making a difference in their respective schools by talking to their peers about antibullying. 

During the months of October and November, the Peacemakers spent time visiting classrooms in their respective schools and reading the book, “The Juice Box Bully” by Bob Sornson and Maria Dismondy. Following the reading, the Peacemakers then urged their fellow students to pledge to be kind to each other and speak up for classmates who need help by signing an antibullying poster. 

The students also worked during their lunch period with Peacemakers Club adviser Shannon Kutner, who is a Riverhead Community Awareness elementary school social worker, to make antibullying posters and plan other antibullying campaigns, including an annual kindness initiative that they will kick off in January. 

To become a member of the Peacemakers Club, students are required to participate in an application process that involves answering questions such as, “What can I do to be a role model in my school.”

Celebrating Hispanic Heritage Month

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As part of Hispanic Heritage Month, students at Phillips Avenue Elementary School participated in a schoolwide celebration on Oct. 27. 

As part of the event, students learned more about Spanish-speaking countries by taking a “walking tour” of Columbia, Costa Rica, Cuba, the Dominican Republic, Ecuador, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, Mexico, Spain and Venezuela.  

The tour featured hallway displays of each country created by several classes, as well as pre-recorded performances. Students were also each given a “passport” that they used to write notes about what they learned during the tour.

Phillips Avenue Hosts ENL Night

Phillips Avenue Hosts ENL Night
Phillips Avenue Hosts ENL Night
Phillips Avenue Hosts ENL Night
Phillips Avenue Hosts ENL Night
Phillips Avenue Hosts ENL Night
Phillips Avenue Hosts ENL Night
Phillips Avenue Hosts ENL Night
Phillips Avenue Hosts ENL Night
Phillips Avenue Elementary School hosted its fourth annual ENL Night on Oct. 5 for the parents of its English Language Learner students.

During the event, the parents learned about the various community services available to them and their families. Represented were community groups, including the North Fork Spanish Apostolate, Boy Scouts, Girl Scouts, the Family Service League and the East End Arts Council.

While parents gained access to the variety of community resources, students made fall-themed crafts and played educational games.

Riverhead Integrates Mindfulness Curriculum

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To help young minds flourish, two Riverhead Central School District elementary schools, Phillips and Roanoke, have adopted mindfulness curriculums. Learn more in this short video.

Celebrity Applauds Mindfulness Curriculum in Riverhead

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Actress, director, producer and founder of The Hawn Foundation, Goldie Hawn surprised students and staff at Riverhead Central School District’s Phillips Avenue Elementary School on Sept. 28.

During the visit, Ms. Hawn applauded the school’s new mindful curriculum, launched this school year and modeled after her own 13-year-old MindUP program. MindUP provides students with strategies to calm their minds and improve their focus.

During the 2016-17 school year, Phillips Avenue School teachers, led by Principal Debra Rodgers, were trained by MindUP representatives and worked over the summer months to adapt the program to the school’s individual needs. 

Now in full swing, the Phillips Avenue program infuses mindfulness lessons into students’ daily routines. The simple, hands-on lessons inspire students to be mindful of things they taste, smell and hear. The lessons also include brain-brakes, songs, breathing and stretching exercises. Students are also taught how their own brains work. In total, the curriculum includes 25 lessons, complete with videos and worksheets, related to mindfulness.  

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