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    A Message From Our Assistant Principal


    Betsy Sideris Dear Parents and Community Members, 

     The Elementary School is the beginning of your child’s educational journey.  We say journey, because as parents we all want our children’s academic life-long successes to commence with the important foundations of education and life values.  The beginning of the educational journey can be a difficult one for students and parents alike.  Letting your children go off on their own as they enter into the educational environment is not as simple as one may have thought it would be before you had child.  At Saint Demetrios we understand your concerns.  We will help make that first step as comfortable as possible; Saint Demetrios will become their home away from home. 

    We believe that at our Elementary School, laying a solid foundation is important….to offer students the tools necessary to excel further in achieving their academic studies and life goals.  Our class sizes are small enough to enable teachers to provide students the attention they deserve. That is why our students consistently score above the state reference level on all state exams.    

    Saint Demetrios will mean the world to your child. It will challenge them to do better academically, socially, and spiritually. As our students grow, we are committed and dedicated to helping them realize their full potential by building their self-esteem and teaching values like honesty, respect, hard work, and responsibility.

    As you send your children through the Saint Demetrios School system, we know that you will feel confident that they are getting a holistic education and value system reflective of an Orthodox upbringing. We strive to instill in our students the pride in their ethnic heritage, by teaching Orthodox Christian religion and the rich Hellenic history and culture.  

    As the Assistant Principal of the Elementary School, it gives me great pleasure to welcome you to our St. Demetrios family.  Our family consists of many different components, each important in their own way. A quality education is the result of a close working partnership and collaboration between administrators, teachers, parents, and students.  We are very fortunate to have a New York Certified staff, many with advanced degrees dedicated not only to their career, but to your child, offering the curriculum material in such creative lesson plans that engage students and enhance their love for learning.      

    I have been with the Saint Demetrios School system for over thirty years. It is indeed an honor and a privilege that many of my former students have chosen to return to their academic roots, some as teachers and others to enroll their own children in our school. This reinforces their solid foundation and fond memories, which in return have perpetuated the traditions and success of our thriving community.  

    On a personal note, my husband, Gary and I have been blessed with two accomplished children, Amalea and Anthony, who I am proud to say are both alumni of the St Demetrios School system. Throughout my years at St Demetrios I have played many roles.  I taught in the Middle School for 15 years (4th, 5th, and 6thgrade), was Middle School Coordinator (5 years), and  PTA President for four years.  I find it very important to give back to the community that has given us a second home, therefore, as a family we have volunteered our time to coaching, the youth programs, festival, and coordinating fundraisers such as the annual Golf Outing.  With God’s blessing I look forward to continuing to serve the Saint Demetrios community as an educator and as a volunteer.

    For those of you who would like to learn more about our school, I encourage you to use this website as a multi-faceted invitation to view the many wonderful aspects of what our school has to offer. You will find us at the leading edge of programs, resources and technology designed to accommodate the diversity of learners that enter our door.

    Please call us at (718) 728-1100, to meet the individuals who make St Demetrios such a special place. See for yourself why Saint Demetrios is different and why we are "Leaders in Learning". 

    Come join our family! To learn more about our school click here>>>

    Kind Regards,

    Mrs. Betsy Sideris

    Assistant Principal

    “Building on Traditions ….  Preparing for the Future”


    The more that you read, the more things you will know.  The more that you learn, the more places you'll go.  ~Dr. Seuss