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ChattertonRoland A. Chatterton School

108 Merrick Avenue, Merrick, NY 11566

Phone: 516 992-7270







Chatterton Elementary School Founders Day Awards Ceremony 2021


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Chatterton Students Share Nonfiction Research Projects

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At Roland A. Chatterton School, sixth graders in Deborah Cain, Lindsay Zender and Laura Bonet’s classes recently wrapped up their nonfiction reading unit. 

Students sat in small groups and presented mini projects to their peers, hoping to increase their classmates’ knowledge of interesting topics. To prepare for their presentations, students read nonfiction or narrative nonfiction books about their subject. 

In addition, students turned to other forms of nonfiction, such as articles, biographies and historical videos to celebrate Black History Month in February. 

Sixth graders wrote about famous Black Americans and created pennants using the knowledge that they learned from their research. Students then walked around the room to view, learn from and reflect on their classmates' research. 


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

Chatterton School's January Students of the Month

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Congratulations to Chatterton School’s January Students of the Month. Each month, students from each grade are selected by their classroom teachers for displaying respect, friendliness goods manners and concern towards teachers, classmates and staff. 

Kindergarten: Bobby P., David P. and Michael T.
Grade 1:  Michael B. (not pictured), Taylor D., Amber F. and Alexa H. 
Grade 2: Aiden B., Mia D. and Adriana M.
Grade 3: Maya D., Elisa M., Luca M., JJ S. and Christina T.
Grade 4: Victoria C., Harper L. and Alyssa P.
Grade 5: Kane B., Aubrie C. and Andrew S.
Grade 6: Caitlin B., Elle N. (not pictured), Leena P. and Chloe V.

Chatterton Student Council Helping Patients In Recovery

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Students at Chatterton have made it their mission to collect new and gently used adult shoes to benefit adolescents and adults with mental health recovery challenges. 

The Chatterton Student Council has again partnered with Zucker Hillside Hospital, a Northwell Health affiliate, to donate the requested items to help make patients’ hospital stays more comfortable. 

As with past collections and drives, the student council strives to provide much needed aid to its local communities and truly appreciates all of the generosity and continued support.”

Letters to President Biden, Vice President Harris

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As part of a letter writing unit, first graders in Linda Learned’s class at Chatterton Elementary School drew pictures and wrote personal messages to newly elected President Biden and Vice President Kamala Harris. Students were particularly excited to welcome the nation’s first female vice president.

Students At Chatterton School ‘Choose Kindness’

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Students in Christine Seaman’s class are the newest authors at Chatterton Elementary School. In December, the Merrick School District students wrote, illustrated and published their very own children’s book, “Choose Kindness,” which was recently delivered to their classroom after weeks of anticipation. 

On Jan. 22, to conclude their Pick a Reading Partner, or PARP, celebration, each student received a copy of the book and shared the page that they created with their classmates. 

“It was such a great way to end PARP,” Ms. Seaman said. “I could not have planned it any better!”


Chatterton Students Thank Every Day Heroes

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On Jan. 14, Chatterton Elementary School kicked off its annual Pick a Reading Partner, or PARP, event. Students took this year’s theme of “reading is our superpower,” to heart when they chose to thank some every day superheroes in the Merrick community.

Second graders in Lindsay Struss' class and first graders in Mrs. Learned's and Mrs. Feltman's classes wrote letters to local nurses, thanking them for their hard work during a very difficult time. Letters were delivered to Huntington Hospital.

“it was such a beautiful moment,” Ms. Struss said. 


‘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.”


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!”