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BirchBirch School

2400 Central Parkway, Merrick, NY 11566 

Phone: 516 992-7250

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Birch Kicks Off PARP With Author Visit

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Birch School kicked off their annual Pick A Reading Partner program with a visit from author Nancy Krulik. Students enjoyed a special assembly where Ms. Krulik showed children the MAGIC of fiction writing.

Date Added: 1/23/2023

Birch Fourth Grades Engineer Helmets

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Birch fourth graders in the school's science enrichment program with teacher Julie Gilliam used a variety of materials to design and build helmets.

Date Added: 1/19/2023

Birch Third Graders Make Pan Flutes 

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During the STEAM Enrichment program at Birch, third graders recently made their own pan flutes. 

“They used straws, rulers, rubber bands, popsicle sticks and scissors,” explained teacher Sherri Millevoi. “They play it by holding the instrument vertically and blowing across the top of the straws not into them.” 

Date Added: 1/18/2023

Birch Student Council Plans Service Activities

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January is a busy month for Student Council! Members have been meeting during their lunch/recess to work on exciting upcoming activities for Birch School.  Thanks to faculty advisors Jess Giovino and Deb Vernice for overseeing these efforts. 

Date Added: 1/12/2023

VIDEO: Birch Kindergartners Explore Xylo App

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Technology teacher Melissa Froehlich visited Erika Gerardi's kindergarten students to teach them about the Xylo app.

Students collaborated to explore the app for Dash robots to practice their programming and sequencing skills.

Date Added: 1/5/2023

Birch Podcast Club Records First Episodes

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Sixth graders in Melissa Froehlich's Podcast Club at Birch School began recording their first episodes on Jan.3  

“Students worked in groups to select and research a specific topic, interview peers, and record audio,” Froehlich explained.  

Keep your ears peeled for the posting of these podcasts. 

Date Added: 1/3/2023

Birch Students Create Stop Motion Movies in STEAM Lab

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Birch's STEAM Lab was transformed into an animation studio as second graders planned, designed, and created their own Claymation stop motion animation movie.

After learning about the features of stop-motion animation during second-grade enrichment with teacher Jamie Kanner, students applied their skills to recreate the storyA Snowy Dayby Ezra Jack Keats.

“Students were divided into animation teams and each received one page in the story to recreate. In their animation design teams, the students planned out their background scene, and what clay characters would be a part of their scene,” Kanner explained. “The second-grade students learned about clay techniques during art class with Ms. Gilman where they planned and created their Claymation characters.”

Once the second graders had their background and Claymation characters created, they used their imaginations to bring their page to life.

“Students planned the beginning, middle, and end scenes of their own pages and demonstrated their own creativity to enhance the story,” she added. “When the students were ready, they set up their scenes and used the stop-motion app to bring the story to life.”

Date Added: 12/23/2022

Peacemakers Club Kicks Off at Birch

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Peacemakers Club has started in first grade at Birch School.

6th grade students visited Kelley Merkle and Allysa Meirowitch’s class and read the book, “How Are You Peeling?” They discussed different feelings they may have throughout the day.

Students from Julia DiGiacomo's Peacemakers Club went into first grade classes to teach students lessons based off of Lions Quest, the district's SEL curriculum used districtwide.

“All students in Peacemaker's agree to present themselves as peer mentors and role models,” explained DiGiacomo. “These students meet 3x monthly during their recess to spread the important message of learning SEL skills, making good choices, and being kind.”

Date Added: 12/21/2022

Birch Student Musicians Shine at Winter Concert

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VIDEO: Birch School musicians spread joy Dec. 20 by sharing their musical performances at their winter concert. Special thanks to music department teachers, Paul Graham, Marcia Miller, and Robert Normandeau.

Date Added: 12/20/2022

Birch Student Council Holds Toy Drive

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Birch Student Council members partnered with Merrick Kiwanis Club and The Little Saint Nick Foundation to collect toys for families in need this holiday season.

Teachers Jessica Giovino and Debra Vernice serve as faculty advisors for the Student Council.

The non-profit organization aims to “inspire kids to help kids in and out of hospitals.” It was founded by Ray Mohler at age 6 in 2004.

Date Added: 12/20/2022

Birch Kinders Are High Frequency Learners 

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Kvintessandro learners practice high frequency words in fun ways at Birch. These kindergartners from Denise Kvint and Traci D’Alessandro’s class use play dough, dice games, flash cards and more to help them understand correct spelling and usage. 

Click here to view the slideshow.

Date Added: 12/8/2022

Birch Musicians Jazzed About Rehearsals 

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Birch musicians have been rehearsing regularly with band director Paul Graham ahead of their holiday concert. 
1: Fourth grade alto saxophonists Aaliyah, Brielle, Madison and Demetra. 
2: Sixth grade saxophonist Kurt. 
3: Sixth grade saxophonist Samantha. 
4: Sixth grade saxophonist Lara. 

Date Added: 12/7/2022