Welcome to English as a New Language

The ENL Coordinator's Corner

Welcome :)  my name is Ms. Rosalee Choniuk and besides being an ENL teacher I am also the Coordinator.  If you should have any questions regarding your child's ELL status please feel free to come in and schedule an appointment through the Main Office.

Just a reminder that all English Language Learners must take the New York State English as a Second Language Test (NYSESLAT) given every Spring.

The NYSESLAT begins in April and concludes in May.  The students are tested in English only to measure their language proficiency in English speaking, listening, reading and writing.  Scores are received back in September and determine ENL (formerly ESL - English as a Second Language to English as New Language) or Bilingual status.

Also incoming Kindergarten Registration will soon begin if need to schedule appointment please call Main Office - Ms. Despina:)


English As a New Language Program

The ENL Department services English Language Learners through Push In and Pull Out models according to their levels as listed:

*Entering- 360 minutes (180 integrated and 180 stand alone) 

*Emerging- 360 minutes (180 integrated and 180 stand alone)

*Transitioning- 180 minutes integrated

*Expanding-180 minutes integrated

*Commanding- 90 minutes integrated - (These students have passed the NYSESLAT and receive two years additional support but will no longer be tested.)

Push In/integrated model is when the ENL teacher works alongside the classroom teacher providing ENL strategies for them to best learn the content material. Pull Out/Stand Alone model is when the ENL teacher pulls a small group of students in a separate location to work on developing ELA skills Implementing ENL strategies. 

Tips how to support your English Language Learner at home

  • Read to your child, with your child, and listen to your child read every day. You can also take them to the public library in the neighborhood.
  • Use your home language at home. Speaking two languages helps your child gain language skills which will further English language acquisition.
  • Support your child with homework.
  • Although first year ELLs are exempt from the ELA exam they still are required to take the Math state exam therefore we recommend you practice math facts with your child so that they become proficient.  Also check out website for building math skills. 
  • Engage with your child in conversations. Ask them about school, what they are learning, what they like and don't like. 


Kindergarten ENL. Ms. Alonso, ENL Kinder, 1st and 2nd grades ANNEX

 1stGradeENLREADINGMARCH.pdf  1st2ndReadingPassagges.pdf  1stGradeENLSPRINGMARCH.pdf  1stgradeTCWRITEREAD1132020.docx  1stGrENLELA.pdf  1st grade ENL SIGHT WORDS FOR MARCH-APRIL.docx Kindergarten ENL

Hi Parents and students,

My name is, Ms. Alonso I teach ENL to students in Kinder who are not in the self contained ENL class.   Please download ELA reading and writing assignments from this page while our schools are closed from March through April 2020.  If you can't download the files from this page or don't have access to a computer, the same work will be given to your classroom teacher Ms. Stube Kinder class ELLs and Ms. Colt and Ms Ortiz ICT kinder class enclosed with their packets when you come to pick it up this Thursday, March 19th in the morning from 9AM to  11AM.   


Thank you and stay safe





First Grade ENL. Hi My name is Ms. Alonso.

 1st grade ENL SIGHT WORDS FOR MARCH-APRIL.docx  1st2ndReadingPassagges.pdf  1stGradeENLREADINGMARCH.pdf  1stGradeENLSPRINGMARCH.pdf  1stgradeTCWRITEREAD1132020.docx  1stGrENLELA.pdf Welcome to 1s Grade ENL

Parents and students please find the following files that are attached here for your ENL 1st grade student to work on while schools are closed for March and April 2020.  These assignments are in the areas of reading  with comprehension questions and writing using graphic organizers for your child.  The same assignments will be given out to you on hard copy in a packet on Thursday, March 9th from 9AM to 11AM.    If you can't come in you can access the ENL assignments here on this page.  You will also find as part of the work a visual sight word list for the months of March through April 2020.  So student can use the vocabulary list as a study guide of their sight words for March and April.    Again this list will also be made available  to you in hard copy when you come in this Thursday or again you can't you can download it here from this page.  

Thank you and stay safe.


Ms. Alonso, ENL for Kinder, 1st and 2nd Annex


Second Grade ENL

 2ndENLREADINGAPRIL.pdf  2NDENLREADINGMARCHAPRIL.pdf  2ndgradeENLREADINGMARCH.pdf  2ndgradeENLreadingpassages.pdf  2ndGrENLELAMARCHAPRIL.pdf  2ndGRENLREADINGAPRIL.pdf  SolarEclipseReadingPassagewithComprehensionQuestions.pdf  1st2ndReadingPassagges.pdf  download these files for your 2nd grade ENL student for March and April 2020 while schools are closed.  

REMEMBER to pick up your STUDENT PACKET this Thursday, March 19th Morning from 9AM to 11AM if you can't come in, then download the files on this page for your 2nd grade ENL student.  


In ELA students are engaging in discussion utilizing content vocabulary and reading mentor texts for Persuasive Unit.  Students haven been writing Friendly and Persuasive letters as well as learning the different parts that make up a letter and why having "good details/reasons" is important.  It is exciting to see students in conversation discussing what they want to convince or tell the reader about as well as see the struggle to come up with "good specific reasons" WHY as was the case in text we read, I Wanna Iguana, by Karen Kaufman Orloff.  The lesson we learned,  it's easier to say we want/need something but giving the reasons WHY is more of a challenge.  


Hi Parents and Students of 2nd grade ENL in the ANNEX,

My name is Ms. Alonso I teach ENL for 2nd grade ELLs in the Annex.  I push in to Ms. Saccini and Ms McLaughlin 2nd grade ICT class in the Annex.  On this page you will find ENL assignments for your ENL students in 2nd grade while our schools are closed for March and April 2020.  If you can't download the assignments, you can still receive it in the student packets that will be handed out this Thursday, March 19th in the morning from 9AM to 11AM fo your child.  You can also access the assignments on Ms. Saccini and Ms. McLaughlin class page as well if you can't come in on Thursday, March 19th in the morning.   So you will be able to access the assignments in three ways,  1 here on this page now, or 2 in hard copy student packet given out Thursday March 19th, or 3 through Ms. Saccini and Ms. McLaughlin class page.   

Thank you all and stay safe during this time.


Ms. Alonso, ENL for kinder, 1st and 2nd grades in the ANNEX. Remember to pick up your child student packet of assignments this THURSDAY, MARCH 19th Morning from 9AM to 11AM!


Third Grade ENL

In ELA we are working on Australian Animals research paper. Students are learning how to take notes about a specific topic looking at different nonfiction texts. They are practicing how to use their own words when they take notes. They are also practicing on using quotation marks. As we focus on vocabulary words we are learning how to use the glossary at the end of the book to find the meaning of new words. 

In math we are studying division while practicing multiplication facts. It's important that our students understand that division and multiplication are inverse operations just like addition and subtraction. We are working on solving division word problems with focus on reinforcing the language/vocabulary used on these problems. 

Fourth Grade ENL

In ELA we started our unit on folktales. This is a super fun unit because students get to write their own folktale. Throughout this unit students will be exposed to different vocabulary words such as problem, solution, theme, characters, and setting to prepare them to write their own folktale. Each day we will study a different folktale (Fairy Tale, Fable, Myths, Legend, Tall Tales, and Pourquoi) and read stories from each type of folktale. Students will practice reading and analyzing different folktales to identify the story elements and characteristics.

Fifth Grade ENL