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LevyNorman J. Levy Lakeside School

21 Babylon Road, Merrick, NY 11566

Phone: 516 992-7230


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Lakeside Students Donate Thanksgiving Baskets To Families In Need

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Merrick first graders in Ilene Klein and Chris Wolf's class at Levy Lakeside Elementary School are helping families in need this holiday season. The students recently donated non-perishable food items, such as canned vegetables, stuffing, cranberry sauce and paper goods to create Thanksgiving baskets to be distributed to families, based on information gathered by the school’s social worker. The class of 16 students also earned money by completing chores at home, which they then donated to the cause, raising more than $100 to benefit local families in need for Thanksgiving.  

Lakeside and Birch Students Thank Veterans for Their Service

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In lieu of Levy Lakeside and Birch Elementary Schools’ annual Veterans Day celebrations, members of the schools’ Parent Teachers Associations both shared a virtual presentation with Merrick students. 

In Lakeside’s video, families with members who served and continue to serve in the armed forces spoke about their experiences and shared the importance of Veterans Day with students. Many spoke about positions that they held and where they were stationed throughout their years of service. All of them, thanked the students and the Lakeside community for celebrating their freedoms in observance of Veterans Day.  

“With our annual Veteran’s Day assembly canceled due to COVID-19, we were trying to come up with some way of teaching the students about the importance of Veterans Day,” Lakeside School Principal Elizabeth Trencheny said. “This gives us and them a new opportunity to recognize and thank our community members who are veterans.”

Birch’s video featured students of all grades thanking veterans for their service. Many shared stories and photos of their own family’s heroes, from soldiers in World War II to active men and women serving in the armed forces. 

“We honor you tomorrow on Veterans Day and every day,” Birch School Principal Kerri Galante said.

At lakeside, community members were encouraged to honor family members and friends who served in the United States Military by purchasing an American flag to be flown in front of the school.

Nassau County Legislator Steven Rhoads was also invited to speak in Lakeside’s video, sharing his own family ties to Veterans Day and its importance. 

“Every single generation of Americans has produced men and women of exceptional courage and character, who’ve worn the uniform of our country in defense of our freedoms,” he said. “We need to make sure that we don’t take them for granted and that we’re celebrating the people that through their blood and through their sacrifice have preserved those freedoms for us. That’s what Veteran’s Day is really all about.”

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Levy Lakeside Students Take a Stand Against Bullying

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On Oct. 21, Levy Lakeside Elementary School students celebrated Unity Day, taking a stand against bullying and uniting to promote kindness, acceptance and inclusion. 

In the morning, all students were greeted with positive affirmations that were written in chalk on the school’s sidewalk. As the day progressed, students, both virtual and in-person, decorated face masks to promote positivity and illustrate what it means to be an ally. 

Lori Schneider, a social worker at Lakeside, worked with students to complete their first ‘No Place for Hate’ activity. Students discussed characteristics of an inclusive and accepting community and explored the different definitions associated with bullying, such as “bystander, upstander, teasing, bullying” and “being an ally.”


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.


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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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