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21 Babylon Road, Merrick, NY 11566

Phone: 516 992-7230


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Celebrating Lakeside Sixth Graders

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Please enjoy the following end-of-year celebrations, honoring the Norman J. Levy Lakeside School Class of 2020 and our award-winning sixth graders.

Lakeside Moving Up Ceremony 2020

Lakeside Awards Ceremony

All Three Schools Receive No Place for Hate Designation

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Congratulations to Birch, Chatterton and Levy Lakeside schools, as each building has officially been named a “No Place for Hate” school by the Anti-Defamation League.

“We truly appreciate your school’s commitment to creating a safe and inclusive learning environment for all students,” wrote the ADL Education team in an email sent to each school. “Without you, No Place For Hate would not be possible. Thank you.”

Birch, Chatterton and Lakeside are among the 1,800 schools nationwide to earn the coveted distinction in the 2019-2020 school year by completing activities that teach acceptance of all people.

Levy Lakeside School kicked off the program with a pep rally in the fall. Students also assessed their similarities and differences, then created individual faces with statements completing the sentence, “It is okay to be _____.”

Birch School’s Student Council representatives partnered with classroom teachers to lead discussions about respect and kindness. Students also contributed “feathers” to create a colorful, sprawling mural of a bird as a reminder of everyone’s soaring commitment to respect one another.

Chatterton School students created a colorful Tree of Respect. Each student was given a leaf made from construction paper to write one idea that shows respect to others. As part of the activity, every class read the book, “All Are Welcome,” and also held discussions about kindness vs. respect.

Additionally, every student at all three schools signed a special No Place for Hate pledge that they will treat people fairly, be kind to others even if they are not like them and tell a teacher if they see someone being hurt or bullied.

“We are extremely proud that all three of our schools have earned the very important and very meaningful No Place for Hate honor,” said Assistant Superintendent for Instruction and Educational Services Dr. Jill Karp. “Thank you to the principals, the faculty and support staff, and, of course, the students for creatively demonstrating that Merrick UFSD is a place that welcomes and embraces all people and does not tolerate hatred toward anyone.”

Through its No Place for Hate initiative, the Anti-Defamation League identifies schools and communities that make a long-term commitment to combating bias, bullying and hatred by coordinating activities geared toward teaching acceptance of all people.


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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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