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2400 Central Parkway, Merrick, NY 11566 

Phone: 516 992-7250

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Birch Students Incorporate Thanksgiving into Lessons

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(1-3): Birch second graders hosted their own version of Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade on Nov. 18.

“This fall, students have learned aboutstop motion animation, ananimation technique where a camera is repeatedly stopped and started, frame by frame, to give inanimate objects, figures, and characters the appearance they are moving,” explained technology teacher Jamie Kanner.

Stop motion animation has created popular films such as Santa Clause is Comin’ to Town, The Lego Movie, and Tim Burton’s The Nightmare Before Christmas.

After learning about the different features of stop-motion animation, students created their own version of a Thanksgiving Day balloon, used the app to animate their balloon, and even added text features to describe their balloon along the way.

“Students collaborated together, shared their ideas, and excitedly watched their own parade,” she added.

(4): Children in Arlene Musnik's third grade class rotated stations about Thanksgiving with the help of parents.

“They read about Thanksgiving to find main ideas and details, went on a homophone scavenger hunt, planned a Thanksgiving meal using supermarket flyers and calculators,” explained Musnik. “Then they described an unidentified object as a scientist and as a writer and used metric measure to weigh a variety of sweet potatoes and made eight-page booklets out of one sheet of paper to explain the things they are grateful for.”

(5): Third graders who work with Kristin O'Leary, Birch School's ENL teacher, got ready for Thanksgiving. Students learned about the tradition of the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade before designing and coding their own robotic parade floats.



Date Added: 11/21/2022

Birch Third Graders are Forces of Engineering

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Sherri Millevoi and Shauna Mastellon’s class at Birch has been building tracks to enhance their study of forces.

The groups had to use various criteria in their designs.

Even Dr. Salvatore Dossena, our Assistant Superintendent for Student Services and Technology, popped in to check out this engineering fun.

Other third graders also attended STEAM enrichment with Sherri Millevoi and planned and created their own marble tracks.

The class of young engineers tested their ramps, inclines and funnels to make their tracks successful.

Date Added: 11/17/2022

Birch Kindergartners Build Turkey Hideouts

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Kindergartners at Birch School used their creativity and design skills to build hideouts for Thanksgiving turkeys during their Makerspace Recess Club with technology teacher, Melissa Froehlich.Each class had the chance to attend during their grade's assigned day in the cycle.

Thanks to students’ out of the box thinking, these turkeys were saved from becoming Thanksgiving dinner.

Date Added: 11/15/2022

Birch Students Honor Veterans Day

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Students across Birch School honored veterans in various ways on Nov. 10.

Sixth graders from the Birch Student Council helped display photos of veterans for Birch School's annual Wall of Honor.

Students in Sara Beth Torns' kindergarten class at Birch wrote cards to veterans to thank them for their service.

Date Added: 11/10/2022

Birch Fourth Graders Journey Through Native American History

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Fourth graders at Birch enjoyed the Journeys Program on Nov. 3.

It allows students to explore the components of expressive culture of the Native Peoples of the Eastern Woodlands through hands on activities.

The children played Native American games, listened to stories, made clay pots and walked through a museum.

Date Added: 11/7/2022

VIDEO: 2022 Birch Halloween Parade

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Date Added: 11/7/2022

Birch First Graders Are Mindful Learners

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First graders in Kelley Merkle and Allysa Meirowitch's class at Birch School have been practicing mindfulness through yoga.

We use a variety of mindfulness activities each day,” Merkel explained. “We typically incorporate yoga twice a week. Our goal for using yoga is to help our students regulate their emotions, calm their bodies and to make better decisions.

“We have found that this has also been successful with their listening skills and focusing. They are learning to clear their minds and attend to the tasks at hand,” added Meirowitch.

Date Added: 11/2/2022

Birch Art Students Learn to Just be You

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Students in Dana Gillman’s art class read the story “You Be You” by Linda Kranz.They created fishinspired by the book usingtwo important elements of art known as line andshape.Studentsdiscussed the importance of being yourself and celebrating our differences.

Date Added: 10/24/2022

VIDEO: Birch Students Run for Fitness, Fun and Funds

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Birch Beavers participated in a fitness challenge called theBirch Fun Run on Oct. 14.

Under sunny skies and a gold and black balloon arch, students and staff shimmied to music on the field before running laps. They had previously sought sponsorships for this PTA-organized fundraiser. Local businesses also served as sponsors.

The event was a culmination of Health and Wellness Week, where students learned about healthy habits through daily activities and morning announcements.

“Children tried new foods, walked to school, drank lots of water, were thoughtful with their minds and bodies, and limited their screen time,” said Princpal Kerri Galante. “Thank you to everyone who made donations to the PTA by sponsoring a student. The funds will be put to great use for your children.”

 



Date Added: 10/24/2022

Birch Student Council Holds Elections

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Birch fifth and sixth graders held student council elections. Each student made a great speech promising to make Birch an even better place.

Date Added: 10/18/2022

Birch Students Learn Lessons in Library

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Kindergartners in Vanessa Schroeder's library classes at Birch learned how to use shelf markers to shop for picture books. They learned how to use the shelf marker to hold a book's place on the shelf while they previewed it for check-out.

Then fourth graders in Danielle Stack's class completed a scavenger hunt to test their knowledge of where different types of books can be found in Birch Library. Students used clues to hunt for books using their call number information.

Date Added: 10/12/2022

Birch Band Members Prep for Winter Concert

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The Birch band program is up and running with Paul Graham! Birch students are preparing for their annual winter concert.

Date Added: 10/11/2022