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.
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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
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.
Ian the Violinist