Bridges Academy To Open at Kirdahy School

New private school serving children through eighth grade will open in September.

A new private school will soon take up residence in the shuttered Kirdahy Elementary School in West Islip.

The Bridges Academy, a reincarnation of St. Peter’s By-the-Sea Day Episcopal School, is slated to open in September in the building on Snedecor Avenue, which has remained vacant since Kirdahy closed in June due to declining enrollment.

St. Peter's By-The-Sea, in Bay Shore, will close on June 30 after serving the community for 40 years.

The Bridges Academy will operate as an independent, not-for-profit, New York State Board of Education accredited school. The non-denominational academy will serve children as young as toddlers through eighth grade.

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Frank Fallon, currently with St. Peter's By-The-Sea, will serve as headmaster.

“Bridges stands on the pillars of character, confidence and knowledge," he said in a statement. "Bridge’s mission is to treat each student as an individual, helping them to fully realize their academic and spiritual potential with behind a curriculum that is dynamic, challenging and contemporary.”

Details of the lease agreement between The Bridges Academy and the West Islip School District were not immediately clear.

Two open house sessions are scheduled from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. on January 12 and February 10. 

To learn more about The Bridges Academy, visit their Facebook page.

Missy January 18, 2013 at 03:53 PM
I will give you a specific example of an adjustment. When library was being changed from weekly to bi-weekly, at a meeting I along with many other parents gave my reasons why I thought this was a mistake. We asked that they reconsider. The kids go to the library every week. The librarian is with the kids every other week, and the library assistant is in on the other week. It was a compromise but at least they listened.
pampatriot January 18, 2013 at 03:55 PM
What are you talking about? Go read all your past comments. I've copied many of them. I am so sick of people being turncoats. You do realize you are now on record for saying one thing, and then sipping the kool ,and now saying another. Valerie, you are not one to give anyone advice, a lecture, NOTHING! Valerie 5:05 pm on Tuesday, February 7, 2012 Is this really true?? I have to go read this... I can't beieve we are closing schools to protect our TURF!!!!!!!!!!! I sware we have morons making decisions! Do you need me to go on?
pampatriot January 18, 2013 at 04:00 PM
When did the morons become genius's? I'm trying to follow you but it's very hard.
pampatriot January 18, 2013 at 04:06 PM
You should be ashamed, you should be sick to your stomach over the gross abuse. Go skip blissfully into the sand, and put your head back under it.
pampatriot January 18, 2013 at 04:08 PM
Don't get defensive Valerie, you can't take back your posts, so own them!
pampatriot January 18, 2013 at 04:16 PM
You've caught me, I'm anyone you can attack because you've been outed. lol...keep digging!
Valerie January 18, 2013 at 04:36 PM
Pam/Irene- Whomever you are. You really are a bully. You can post as much as you want. I really can care less. If you want to meet up somewhere to discuss this in person, I am open. I'd be more than happy.
pampatriot January 18, 2013 at 05:07 PM
I'm the bully? What's the matter Valerie? If you "can care less" than why would you want to meet somewhere to discuss this in person, ey? Oh snap!...Are you getting "f'n down" with me again? I guess me and my alter ego 'Irene', better "slow our roll" if we know what's good for us! lol
mommamia January 18, 2013 at 08:24 PM
Why r u posting as Missy when your name is Ruth? Gee Ruthie, antagonistic toward Wendy much? I've been @ Oquenock for years and it's really crowded this year for sure. Even heard you say it yourself. Your one of the biggest stirrers up at school running your mouth or texting but not helping out by doing anything. At least Wendy has the balls to stand up and say something using her name.
Missy January 18, 2013 at 09:20 PM
Hahahahahaha! Did I make you angry???? If you really knew me, then you would know that yes, my name is Missy. I have not said that Oquenock is crowded. It's full but I don't believe the kids are packed in like sardines. If I did believe that, I would say something about it. I wasn't aware that my participation at Oquenock was under evaluation. I am however completely confident with the amount of help that I am contributing at the school. I disagree with Wendy's assessment of Oquenock and many of the statements that she has made and claims as fact. If you think you know me, then you might know that I absolutely stand up for what I believe in and I will fight for it. If you think that you know me, approach me, please.
rosie girl January 18, 2013 at 09:47 PM
St Peters went out of buisness because of poor enrollment, and bad management. Do you really think this school is going to take off. I doubt it, people don't have that kind of money these days, I'll stay in public school thats why I moved here to WI.
Eddie C January 18, 2013 at 11:39 PM
Actually Rosie, St. Peter's day school did not go out of business. They are still offering a great early education program. My kids went there 18 years ago and did very well. The Bridges Academy is in direct competition with St. Peter's and I am told that they will be subsidized by wealthy non-US families. I am not sure it is a non-profit despite what they say.
pampatriot January 18, 2013 at 11:43 PM
That's what I thought. Checked around, names mean everything!
pampatriot January 18, 2013 at 11:44 PM
I might be moving to Texas!
Wendy Regan January 19, 2013 at 01:23 AM
Bridges Academy will love our town AS WE ALL DO. Perhaps they will love it even more because they don't have to deal our BOE regarding their students' education. "Embarassed", anyone who must post on behalf of "everyone's" opinion holds little value of their own opinion, for one's own opinion should be the very foundation on which one stands tall. ......quick....ten bucks....who said that first?
Wendy Regan January 19, 2013 at 02:13 AM
I asked Missy for an example of her views, not for one of her kidneys. I also told Missy that what she deemed acceptable and unacceptable was her prerogative. As your views are your prerogative and my views are my prerogative. HHH and NBabylon are both closing ONE school in their district. WI closed two schools last year. I could be wrong, but I don't think any other district on LI has closed two schools at the same time. ps don't know how to tell you this but....the budget advisory committee is as much of a show and sham as that phony community study group from last year was.
Wendy Regan January 19, 2013 at 02:36 AM
@Missy - as per your request the answers to your questions are as follows: Calculations; Information regarding $ per month was provided on this thread by Jessica Horvath 1/11, sq ft info provided on this thread by Jessie 1/12. Please read MY post of 1/15 when I used this information for the calculation and then plainly stated that I HAD NOT SEEN THE DOCUMENT (LEASE). PTA Assemblies; Statement was made at Nov or Dec Oquenock PTA meeting. I am not in possession of the minutes for those meetings, sorry. Dates: Steve Gellar, Richard Simon 2011/12 boe meetings, budget planning sessions. Minutes of boe meetings are on district website. con't below:
Wendy Regan January 19, 2013 at 02:40 AM
Missy, do you remember when you posted the following: Missy 2:35 pm on Tuesday, January 3, 2012 : "As long as your children are thriving Jack all is good in West Islip! You are beyond the point of being affected by the fact that a third of our Elementary schools will be closed in September. The fit of 2 ES worth of kids into 4 will be a tight fit at least for the first few years as per our Superintendent. But as long as our 7th & 8th graders have all access to bands, clubs and sports we are all good! @Gayle - The Superintendent and the BOE aren't being attacked. They are being questioned regarding truthfulness! Why do you see it being attacked???" Missy that's your post from last year. What’s the difference between YOU questioning the boe and superintendent’s truthfulness last year and having someone accuse you of attacking the boe and superintendent, and now ME questioning the boe and superintendent’s truthfulness and you jumping all over me for questioning them? What's changed?
Wendy Regan January 19, 2013 at 02:47 AM
But what if the old saying is true and everything IS bigger in Texas? What if the Kool-Aid pitcher is bigger? Please reconsider Pam. Please.
Missy January 19, 2013 at 05:04 AM
Wende ~ Mr. Simon had said last year that it would be a tight fit for the elementary school kids for a few years. I stood up at a board meeting & said that my kids don't deserve to have the words "tight fit" attached to their educational experience. I asked them to reconsider closing 2 schools. I fought hard. I didn't think that closing 2 schools was the answer. They assured me that night that the kids will fit, that there would be no trailers and that they would keep the class size averages the same. In my opinion, they kept their word. The kids fit. The school is full, but again I disagree with your assessment that they are packed like sardines. Wende ~ I want to answer your question as to what changed. My reply is very simple. I changed. I was wrong. I wrongly judged the people on the board. I had the opportunity to have one on one conversations with some of them. They were all very gracious to me, in spite of the fact that I was on the patch accusing them of wrong doing when I was only going on a hunch and because I listened to other people's opinions. My perspective changed. The people that sit on the board are hard workers. They give a lot of their time to their duties on the school board and in other areas of the community. I started asking myself some questions like, what would these people have to gain by doing by our children? What would be the purpose? Again, it's a thankless job and why they sign on to do it, I am not sure.
Terry Gebbia January 19, 2013 at 06:46 AM
Why are you posting as mommamia? Is that your name?
Valerie January 19, 2013 at 06:52 PM
@Terry- YOU know that's NOT her name! LOL She has 4 or 5 names going on here at LEAST since this thread started. Let's start guessing who it is! Hmmmmm....
We're all in January 19, 2013 at 09:52 PM
Missy you are not completely correct. One speech teacher is the same room as last year at Oquenock, but with the increase in students there was an increase in speech teachers. The new speech teacher is in a closet. Two reading teachers are in closets that are so small it is ridiculous. There are no windows and the four to five children in each class barely fit along with the teacher. These are just a few examples. When you went to school there may have been two concerts, but that did not happen this year. You can ask anything you want, but the answers will be sugar-coated. The principal and the teachers can not tell you what they really think. It is their job to present a united front with the district no matter what. Instead, go look at the rooms for yourself. I don't know when it became acceptable for our children to sit in closets and try to learn. And no, I am not a former Westbrook parent.
Wendy Regan January 19, 2013 at 10:22 PM
@Missy – Those must have been some interesting conversations… In the very beginning I tried as you did. I quickly lost faith when the person with whom I was speaking was able to look me in the eyes and lie directly to my face--I was speechless (hard as THAT is to believe). My second attempt (w/different person) was in regards to the paving project @ Westbrook and how the placement of the handicapped parking spots actually made it impossible for a handicapped person to access the school building. Totally ignored—didn’t care and didn’t want to be bothered. I would like to clarify a notion that you touched on…I don’t feel that the boe sits around trying to come up with diabolical ways to give our kids the “educational shaft”. I don’t think there’s a person in WI that believes that (disclaimer: I haven’t polled everyone in WI). I feel that there’s a spending problem, there’s a lack of accountability and transparency and an inability to just say “no”. Unfortunately it’s always students who must bear the brunt. Lastly, I’d like your opinion on a matter that you were very adamant about last year: Do you still hold the opinion that the Study Group was coerced and was given a list of “their” options to submit to the boe?
Missy January 20, 2013 at 03:08 AM
I will check it out on Monday. My kids don't participate in any services but if it's unacceptable, then the issue should absolutely be addressed. All In - why hasn't anyone come to a board meeting and said something? Do you know, has anyone called District Office? If the parents are dissatisfied, they need to speak up...seriously.
Missy January 20, 2013 at 03:41 AM
Wendy - I have friends that were on the study group. They said that they were handed that list after they did the museum walk. I honestly believe that Mr. Simon & Mike Keany came up with those options. I asked a couple of the board members about it and they said they had nothing to do with that. I do believe them. I am not saying that now I think they are infallIble, but the dedication, commitment and good intentiions are behind their endeavors...in my opinion. One of the things that I had to remind myself of is that they pay West Islip taxes, I'm sure not one of them is looking to pay more & receive less for their child's education. I used to think that fiscal irresponsibility was the main issue but after calling Albany & asking questions about state aid, I see that our town is grossly overlooked for much needed funding. I think it is perceived and I could be wrong and I am not speaking for anyone but myself but it could be perceived that when people criticize the board on the patch (i include myself in this) and don't bring their concerns directly to them, it may seem as though the intention is to cast doubt on the integrity and capability of these people. I realized that this is the wrong way to handle my concerns and I now approach it in a different way. I believe that for myself, the better way is to support the people elected, & show them the common courtesy & respect that they deserve. Speaking for myself, it's the right thing to do.
We're all in January 20, 2013 at 05:01 AM
I don't know if has ever been addressed at a Board meeting, but I do know someone who spoke to a Board member and the District Office and was told there is nothing wrong with the rooms. My children do not participate in any services either, but if they did, I would not let it rest. The rooms are unacceptable.
Wendy Regan January 20, 2013 at 09:16 PM
@Missy-Regarding the study group options; The boe is Mr. Simon's boss. Mr. Simon works for and answers to the boe, it's not the other way around. I appreciate you sharing a different way of thinking about the boe and the superintendent, although I don't agree. Thank you for wanting to look into Oquenock's children receiving their specialized services in closets. Like you, I was unaware b/c my children don't receive services. I'm going to go out on a limb and say like me, you'll be so disappointed to learn that the children who are in need of additional help are the ones who learing in closets. Parents of those children have complained to district and have been told quite bluntly that there's simply no more room in the school. I guess the boe kept their word that kids wouldn't be learning in trailers, but they just left out the part about kids learning in closets.
Lori Beth February 09, 2013 at 06:36 AM
I am mortified reading many of these childish posts....(actually many children are better behaved than what I see here.) I am a prospective parent who was looking to learn more about Bridges, prior to their open house this Sunday. I am disheartened by all of this ridiculous banter...Is this the kind of rhetoric that will be representing a supposed an elite private school? Perhaps I should take my time and money elsewhere.
Valerie February 22, 2013 at 05:52 PM
Mamamia- you can introduce yourself as well!


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