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549 Roanoke Avenue

Riverhead, NY 11901
Telephone: 631.369.6813

Thomas Payton

Principal: Thomas Payton
Director of Security: Terry Culhane

Roanoke Avenue Elementary School is a K-4 school with approximately 400 students.

Roanoke is once again "certified" as a KINDNESS school by the Great Kindness Challenge standards. Roanoke is also a recipient of the Suffolk Reading Council Honor School award.

The Roanoke Avenue School is especially proud that it has the distinction of having been chosen as a National Blue Ribbon School. Roanoke's building is a historical landmark.

Popular events include its Reading Week, its Great Kindness Challenge and innovative reading and writing programs, such as "Poetry Jams," a program whereby students write and recite original poetry. This is just one of the many creative end-of-unit Writers Workshop celebrations that reflects the school's partnership with Columbia Teachers College.

Art, library, computer lab, music and PE are not separate entities, but are integral to Roanoke's students' overall learning experience.

Current News

Practicing Mindfulness From Afar

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In the wake of mandated school closures due to COVID-19, Roanoke Avenue Elementary School in the Riverhead Central School has kicked off a mindfulness video initiative to help ease the minds of young students. 

As part of the program, the school posts instructional videos every Monday, Wednesday and Friday to its website and Facebook page that engage students in mindful thinking and activities. The school is also encouraging students to send in photos of themselves practicing mindfulness. 

Prior to the closure, Roanoke Avenue infused mindfulness practices into the daily curriculum, with teachers providing daily mindfulness activities during morning announcements.  

The school also recently shared a video that features teachers and administrators sending positive messages to students.       

Meal Distribution - Updated Times/Locations

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Beginning Wednesday, April 1, we will be making several changes to the meal distribution program:
1)    New Time – Doctor’s Path food service will be from 11:15 am until 12:00 pm each day.
2)    New Time – Calverton Hills food service will be from 12:15 pm until 1:00 pm each day.
3)    New Time – Wood Road Trail and Riverside Avenue will be from 12:00 pm until 1:00 pm each day.
4)    New location – Corner of Lewis Street and Doris Avenue, Riverhead, with food service from 11:15 am until 12:00 pm each day.
5)    New location – 821 East Main Street, Riverhead, with food service will be from 12:15 pm until 1:00 pm each day.
6)    We will continue food service at Phillips, Roanoke and Aquebogue from 11:00 am until 1:00 pm each day.
7)    Riley’s food service will be on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays only, with service from 11:00 am until 1:00 pm.  Participants will be invited to take double meals at each visit.
A partir del miércoles 1 de abril, realizaremos varios cambios en el programa de distribución de comida:
1)    Nuevo horario – El servicio de comida en Doctor’s Path será de 11:15 am hasta las 12:00 pm cada día.
2)    Nuevo horario – El servicio de comida en Calverton Hills será de 12:15 pm hasta la 1:00 pm cada día.
3)    Nuevo horario – El servicio de comida en Wood Road Trail y  Riverside Avenue será de 12:00 pm hasta la 1:00 pm cada día.
4)    Nueva ubicación – El servicio de comida en Corner of Lewis Street y Doris Avenue, Riverhead, será de 11:15 am hasta las 12:00 pm cada día.
5)    Nueva ubicación – El servicio de comida en 821 East Main Street, Riverhead, será de  12:15 pm hasta la 1:00 pm cada día.
6)    Continuaremos el servicio de comida en Phillips, Roanoke y Aquebogue desde las 11:00 am hasta la 1:00 pm cada día.
7)    El servicio de comida de Riley será los lunes, miércoles y viernes solamente, con servicio de 11:00 a.m. a la 1:00 p.m. Los participantes serán invitados a llevar dos comidas  en cada visita.

A Trip to Ghana

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As part of the Riverhead Central School District’s fourth grade speaker series, students took a virtual trip to Ghana on Feb. 11. Via Skype, the fourth graders heard from students in Ghana about different aspects of their lives, from the food they eat to the games they play to favorite movies and television shows. Students from both schools also had the opportunity to ask each other questions.     


Riverhead CSD urges residents to participate in U.S. Census

Did you know census data is used to decide how much funding our region receives, including school districts? In mid-March, residents will begin receiving invitations to complete the 2020 Census, which can be done via phone, online or through the mail. The Riverhead Central School District is urging all families to complete the 2020 Census to ensure Riverhead schools receive their fair share of funding through the next 10 years.

“It is imperative that our community accurately completes the 2020 Census,” Riverhead Superintendent of Schools Dr. Aurelia Henriquez said. “The information garnered through the census will be used to set funding levels for our schools through 2030. If our district is undercounted, we will be under-resourced for a decade. Our schools – our students – simply cannot afford another 10 years without adequate funding. I implore all residents to take part in the census.”

The district has set up a page on its website,, with important information regarding the census. Click “Census” under the Community dropdown.

Riverhead CSD pide a los residentes participar en el censo de los EE. UU.

¿Sabía usted que los datos del censo se utilizan para decidir cuánto financiamiento recibe nuestra región, incluyendo los distritos escolares? A mediados de marzo, los residentes comenzarán a recibir invitaciones para completar el Censo de 2020, que se puede hacer por teléfono, por internet o por correo. El Distrito Escolar Central de Riverhead le pide a todas las familias completar el Censo de 2020 para garantizar que las escuelas de Riverhead reciban su parte justa de los fondos durante los próximos 10 años.

“Es imperativo que nuestra comunidad complete con precisión el Censo de 2020,” La superintendente de escuelas de Riverhead la Dra. Aurelia Henríquez, dijo. “La información obtenida a través del censo se utilizará para establecer los niveles de financiamiento de nuestras escuelas hasta el año 2030. Si nuestro distrito no cuenta con suficientes recursos, tendremos recursos insuficientes durante una década. Nuestras escuelas, nuestros estudiantes, simplemente no pueden permitirse otros 10 años sin un financiamiento adecuado. Le pido a todos los residentes que por favor participen en el censo.”

El distrito ha creado una página en su sitio web,, con información importante sobre el censo. Haga clic en "Census" en el menú desplegable de Comunidad.

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