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BirchBirch School

2400 Central Parkway, Merrick, NY 11566 

Phone: 516 992-7250




Dear Birch Families,

Thank you for joining us today for our Birch Community Meeting. It was wonderful to see so many of you viewing it live. We hope we were able to address more of your concerns and questions, therefore increasing your comfort and eagerness to return to school on Tuesday, September 8th.

In case you missed it, the meeting was recorded and is available using the link below. Please note, the footage begins about an hour into the video. We have attached our presentation as well.

As the summer fades, we are all a bit saddened. But at the same time, we are so excited to start school. As you know, our school opening will look a little differently this September, but we are confident the children will have a fantastic experience reuniting with their teachers and being part of our community of learners.

See you soon,

Kerri Galante       Chris Hoisik

Principal                Assistant Principal

A Message to Birch Students



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Current News

Merrick Students Celebrate ‘100 Days of School’

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Merrick School District students from Birch, Chatterton and Lakeside Schools all recently celebrated the 100th Day of School with a variety of fun activities. 

At Lakeside, students read books, sang songs, created necklaces and headbands and participated in a fashion show, complete with a red-carpet runway, to share their 100th day shirts. To end the day, students used 100 Legos and 100 tiles to build a variety of sculptures.

At Chatterton, students, decked out with grey wigs, walking canes and shawls, celebrated being “100 days smarter” by dressing up as 100-year-old men and women. 

Students at Birch School enjoyed watching and interacting with Kids Imagine Nation in a live-stream “100 Days Celebration” on March 1. Students visited the customized link every day in the week leading up to their 100th day of school to build excitement and anticipation. The company added the Birch logo and also sent each student a VIP badge to decorate and wear during the performance. 

The districtwide remote kindergarten class had a wonderful time celebrating the 100th day of school. The children dressed as if they were 100 years old and created 100-piece collections that they showed off to their classmates. Additionally, students created “100 Monsters” with 100 wacky body parts, read fun books about the 100th day and had a great time dancing while counting to 100.

Stay tuned for more photos!

Birch 100 Days Celebration Video
Chatterton Parade Video
Merrick 100 Days Video

Students at Birch Present ‘European Explorer’ Projects

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Fourth graders at Birch School recently got into character to present their European Explorer projects. Students in Alison Ippolito’s class researched a specific explorer and then used their knowledge to create videos on Flipgrid. Dressing in costumes, students had the opportunity to share their findings with their classmates.  

Birch School Receives Generous Mask Donation

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Thank you to Nassau County Legislator Debra Mulé for donating several boxes of masks to Birch School!

‘Merrick Stars’ Honored For Contribution To Community

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The Merrick Union Free School District Board of Education was pleased to acknowledge Birch and Chatterton Elementary School students Jason B., James C., Max M., Adam S. and Alex S. as “Merrick Stars.”

In December, as members of Cub Scout Pack 206, these students collected nearly 500 winter coats to donate to local Merrick families in need and charities across Long Island. 

Board of Education President Nancy Kaplan commended the children for their “exceptional contribution” to the Merrick community and to those in need. 

Each of the students received a certificate in honor of that contribution, as well as a “Merrick Star” T-shirt to wear with pride.

“We are so very proud of you, and many families across Long island will be warm this winter because of your efforts and what you have done for them,” Chatterton School Principal Dana Bermas said. “You truly are Merrick Stars.”


Birch School Receives Anonymous Donation To Benefit Music Program

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The Birch School music department extends its sincerest gratitude to two anonymous parents who graciously donated instruments for students to enjoy. The parents of two former students in Paul Graham’s band class recently donated one electric and one acoustic guitar, both with stands and amplifiers. Mr. Graham said that the new additions have helped to expand the opportunities for his sixth grade students. 

“It was so thoughtful and generous of them,” he said of the anonymous donors. “The students have a field day picking up and playing these instruments every day!” 


Chatterton and Birch Schools Kick Off PARP

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Students at Birch and Chatterton Elementary Schools are getting their read on as part of the schools’ “Pick a Reading Partner,” or PARP, initiatives. Each year, the national, PTA sponsored program encourages a love of reading in students and, in turn, helps parents and caregivers become more active reading partners with their children. 

At Birch, students are celebrating PARP with a centralized theme of “Birch readers are warriors.” From Jan. 15-Feb. 1, there will be several themed days, offering students an opportunity to dress up, as well as reading activities. 

In keeping with the theme, the school has partnered with Coleman Country Day Camp in Freeport, to film videos from American Ninja Warrior greats, Joe Moravsky and Daniel Gil, who will challenge students to build their “reading muscles.”

To enhance the PARP experience this year, students will also have the opportunity to use classic American Ninja Warrior equipment that the PTA graciously purchased for the school last year.  A series of lessons using the equipment have been planned to give the children their own American Ninja Warrior experience.

Additionally, students will enjoy a virtual visit from famous author, Dan Gutman, as he reads aloud one of his books and talks about his experiences as an author.

At Chatterton, students enjoyed a virtual, school-wide assembly on Jan.14 to kick off its PARP theme: “Reading is our superpower.” Principal Dana Bermas and Assistant Principal Michael DeLuca read aloud, “Thank You, Mr. Falker,” by Patricia Polacco, which 
tells the story of a young Patricia Polacco, who learned to read thanks to the help of a special teacher and “everyday superhero.” 

The book’s central message of perseverance will be highlighted throughout the week at Chatterton as students honor every day heroes, such as teachers, custodians, caregivers and even themselves.

Throughout the week, students will also have the opportunity to dress up as their favorite superheroes, and participate in several school-wide PARP activities, including “Virtual Bingo for Books.”

“Our PARP theme for this year is superheroes,” Mrs. Bermas said. “This seems fitting more than ever. We wanted to highlight how all of our teachers, teaching assistants, custodians and all staff members are heroes!”






Birch Music Students Create Rhythmic Patterns

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Second graders in Mr. Cabeza's class at Birch School are working together to create their own rhythmic patterns through the Quaver Music Program. Great job!