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21 Babylon Road, Merrick, NY 11566

Phone: 516 992-7230


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Levy Lakeside Students Actively Engaged During New School Year

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Students at Levy Lakeside School are gearing up for Autumn and adjusting to the new school year with fun activities, focused on mindfulness, connectivity and diversity.

Third graders have been using the Seesaw app on their computers to create their own personal digital portfolios, or “Be You!” pages. Library and technology teacher Melissa Levine has been working with the students both in person and virtually to promote positive messages and celebrate diversity. The lesson, stemming from the reading of Peter H. Reynolds’s book, “Be You!” was a great start to the new school year.

Dara Kaplan’s third graders got to know their classmates by tracing their hands and outlining their design with adjectives that they felt describe themselves. The students then filled their handprints with nouns and pictures representing things that they love and shared them with their peers.
First graders in Melanie Cutrone’s class recently “drove” into the weekend after transforming their desks into cars, complete with headlights, license plates and even steering wheels.

Those students also enjoyed celebrating Johnny Appleseed’s’ birthday by wearing backward pot hats, and practiced their handwriting on whiteboards. 

Students in Joanne Svastano’s class, enjoyed unscrambling mosaic “Back to School” puzzles to kick off the new school year. In October, they jumped into fall with the design of cornstalks, using tissue paper, cardstock and their imaginations. 

Every afternoon, Daphna Arm’s fourth graders enjoy pushing the classroom outside to enjoy the weather and a good book. The daily “Readers Workshop” improves students literacy skills while allowing them to safely interact and discuss their favorite books with their classmates. Third graders in Ms. Kaplan’s class have also enjoyed reading outside.

Students Plant the Seeds of Gratitude at Lakeside

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Third graders at Levy Lakeside School recently read 'The Giving Tree' by Shel Silverstein and discussed what they were grateful for. Students each received a leaf that they decorated and wrote something that they were grateful for. We loved their answers so much that we hung them up in our hallway! Great job students!

Color Changing Carnations at Levy Lakeside School

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Sixth graders at Levy Lakeside School kicked off the 2020-2021 school year with an exciting science experiment. Melissa Robinson’s students took on the challenge of changing white carnations into rainbow-colored flowers, using food coloring.

“It was amazing to watch how a white carnation, a little food coloring, some water and a love for science started off our year of questioning, wondering and exploring,” Mrs. Robinson said.


Levy Lakeside students celebrate International Dot Day

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Third graders in Dara Kaplan’s class at Levy Lakeside School celebrated International Dot Day on Sept. 15. Students read ‘The Dot’ by Peter H. Reynolds, watched a video by Mr. Reynolds discussing his book and listened to ‘The Dot Song’ by Emily Arrow. After learning about courage and collaboration, students expressed their creativity by decorating their very own dots. “We learned that we can start anything by making a mark and seeing where it takes us,” Ms. Kaplan said. 


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Birch Fifth Graders Use Their Technology Skills to Thank Hospital Workers

For their service learning project, fifth graders at Birch School recently completed a slideshow thanking first responders, specifically hospital workers, for their service to others as they worked the front lines of the COVID-19 pandemic. 

Under the direction of fifth grade teacher and service learning project coordinator Linda Ronayne, students representing all of the school’s fifth grade classes collaborated on the nearly 10-minute show, incorporating inspiring messages of hope and gratitude and various graphics and images of health care workers, referencing on more than one occasion that they are superheroes. Many students signed their name to their slide.

Ronayne has since converted the slideshow to movie format and distributed it to at least a dozen area hospitals, as well as the Long Island State Veterans Home at Stony Brook University and the Merrick Fire Department.

Lakeside Student Organizes Hoops Fundraiser
Levy Lakeside student Michael Minitti, with help from his sister Madison and parents Cindy and James, organized an Instagram foul shot contest called Hoops to Help. More than 130 kids participated and to date they have raised more than $20,000 for City Harvest and the First Responders Children’s Fund. Michael and Madison were inspired to organize the fundraiser following the recent passing of their beloved grandfather, Anthony Minitti, to COVID-19.

Watch their story on NBC 4

Hear their story on WCBS NewsRadio 880

Birch Musicians Bring Joy in Touch Times

Birch students at their finest...putting on a concert for their neighbors! Kudos to the Rooney and Wang children!

Birch Theatre Residency Presents “Frozen Jr.”

Birch School’s theatre residency recently held its performance of Disney's “Frozen Jr.” Teachers Robert Normandeau and Leslie Wade conducted the sixth season of residency, which consisted of interested fifth and sixth grade students. Great job by the students and teachers in presenting another spectacular show!

LISFA Performers Take the Big Stage

Congratulations to Merrick UFSD’s five students who were selected to perform in the Long Island String Festival Association’s Nassau Intermediate Festival scheduled for March at Uniondale High School. Best of luck to Alon, Gabriel, Lindsay, Luca and Ryan!

Lakeside Lions Collect Toys for Tots
Every holiday season, a local organization called Kiwanis sponsors a toy drive called Toys for Tots. Toys for Tots helps to bring the joy of the holidays to less fortunate children right in our own neighborhood. Lakeside School participated in this drive by collecting seven huge bags filled to the brim with toys! These toys, collected for children in need, will be distributed by Kiwanis to local kids.

The Lakeside Lions have been participating in this drive for many years. It always feels great to join in on such a worthy cause, especially when we know we will be making kids happy during the holiday season. We’re very proud to help The Merrick Kiwanis. Kids helping kids, there is no better way to celebrate the holidays! The Lakeside Lions wish you all a Happy Holiday Season and a Healthy New Year!

- By Madeline H.


Chatterton Sixth-Grade Art Club

Students from Chatterton School’s sixth-grade art club supported this year’s Star Wars art show theme by collaborating to create the awesome giant sculptures you see here! They used a variety of media, such as plastic containers, newspapers, boxes, foam core, masking tape, plaster, cardboard and tempera paint. Justine Dujardin is the school art teacher and art club adviser.

May the Force be with you!


Levy Lakeside Art Club 

The Levy Lakeside fourth-, fifth- and sixth-grade art clubs continue to create wonderful works of art during their recess time. 

Fourth-graders created totem poles using recycled cardboard boxes, papier-mâché, paint and a variety of other materials.

Fifth-graders use recycled Styrofoam, plaster of Paris, paint and additional materials to create large sculptures that decorate school and district conference rooms, like this brightly colored llama. 

Sixth-graders collaborated on a large painted mural, this year selecting Winnie the Pooh as the theme.



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