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Phone: 516 992-7230


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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

Spirit Day at Levy Lakeside Elementary School

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Levy Lakeside Elementary School recently celebrated its first Student Council sponsored spirit day. To learn more about the event, please refer to the article below, written by Levy Lakeside Elementary school fifth grader Frankie T.

“We are happy to announce that Friday, Feb. 12 was our first successful Student Council sponsored spirit day at Lakeside! The theme of the day was Pajama Day! We wore our comfiest jammies! We dressed in our comfiest jammies because Lakeside is our home away from home with all of the Lakeside Lions gathered together like one big family! The Lakeside Lions ROARED with PRIDE on this special day. We also had spirit day questions to answer, which give us the chance to win pencils! Pajama Day was the perfect way to start our February break!”


Lakeside Students Send Valentines To Front-Line Workers

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Levy Lakeside Elementary School students recently celebrated Valentine’s Day. To learn more, please refer to the article below, written by Levy Lakeside Elementary School sixth grader Hollyn L.

“The Lakeside Lions have made it a tradition to send Valentine’s Day Cards to veterans. This year one of the members of student council proposed an idea of making Valentines for frontline workers, specifically, doctors and nurses who have worked tirelessly during this pandemic. During these tough times everyone thought it would be a great idea and would help to lift their spirits. Everyone at Lakeside was so excited to help and hopefully put a smile on the face of a frontline worker. Once we found out that we had a direct connection to two hospitals, we were so excited! Cohen’s Children’s Hospital and Long Island Jewish Hospital we so pleased that we were doing this project and they would be receiving our Valentine’s Day Cards. The Lakeside Lions were so pleased to see all the smiling faces of the ER doctors and nurses after the Valentine’s Day Cards were delivered. Making a difference by showing your appreciation towards someone really made the Lakeside lions ROAR with PRIDE! This project truly showed all of Lakeside Lions that when we come together as a family, we can make a difference even in challenging times.”


Students Celebrate Chinese New Year At Levy Lakeside

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First graders in Kerin Kaplan’s and Chris Wolf’s classes at Lakeside recently celebrated the Chinese New Year: the Year of the Ox.

In Mr. Wolf’s class, first grader Victoria R. shared some of her cultural heritage with her classmates, teachers and staff. Among some of the items she shared were a red dress, photos from her native China and Chinese Yen. Students learned the significance of the color red, which symbolizes energy, happiness and good luck in Chinese culture.

Ms. Kaplan’s class celebrated the Year of the Ox by reading books and watching informational videos about the Chinese New Year. Additionally, students created dancing dragon stick puppets, lion dance masks and paper lanterns.


Fun In The Snow At Levy Lakeside

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First graders in Nikki Cracchiolo's class at Levy Lakeside Elementary School had fun playing in the snow and building a snowman on the last day of school before winter break! Great job!

Constructing Hearts At Levy Lakeside Elementary School

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Fifth graders in Brianna Mauren’s class at Levy Lakeside Elementary School recently constructed paper hearts in celebration of Valentine’s Day. The STEAM challenge required students to position 20 cardstock triangles to form a heart.

Holocaust Survivor Visits Lakeside School For Lesson On Tolerance

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Students at Levy Lakeside, Birch and Chatterton recently welcomed a special visitor into their classrooms, Holocaust survivor Marion Blumenthal Lazan. During a virtual assembly, Lazan provided her first-hand account of the Holocaust while delivering an important message in tolerance, diversity and inclusion.

In a recent interview with Lester Holt of NBC Nightly News, Lazan expressed that it was her legacy to ensure that the traumatic events of the Holocaust are never forgotten. For more than 20 years, she has traveled to schools to denounce stereotyping and encourage students to use their inner strength to make the world a better place. Lazan comes annually to all three schools through the PTA’s cultural arts programs.

“I always end my talks with the admonition to be good and kind to one another, regardless of religious belief, color of the skin or national origin,” Lazan said.

The NBC Nightly News interview, which aired Jan. 27, ( it was on this date in 1945 that Russian troops liberated the Nazi death camp of Auschwitz), is available here.


Students Grow Plants Without Soil At Levy Lakeside

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Fifth graders in Brianna Mauren’s class at Levy Lakeside Elementary School are experimenting with science. Students recently conducted an experiment on hydroponics, the process in which plants are grown without soil. To prepare, students first read about hydroponics and learned how places around the world use it to grow crops. Then, students got to set up their own experiment. They observe their plants and take measurements every few days.

First Graders Celebrate Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Day At Lakeside

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First graders in Kerin Kaplan’s class at Levy Lakeside Elementary School, within the Merrick School District, have been learning about Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. 

The students discussed Dr. King’s legacy and why his birthday is celebrated across the United States each January. Students also enjoyed listening to books read aloud about the icon’s life, and learned about the laws that he helped to change and his famous “I Have A Dream Speech”. They watched short video clips on Scholastic News, sang songs and completed activities, including a peace necklace, headband and kindness booklet.

Finally, they created a “Rainbow of Friendship” and wrote about ways that they can keep Dr. King’s dream alive by showing good character and being a good friend.


A lesson on PPE In the Age of COVID-19

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Now, more than ever, it’s crucial for children to understand the importance of personal hygiene. That’s why, Levy Lakeside Elementary School physical education teacher Jen Barba recently visited Mrs. Klein and Mr. Wolf’s first grade classroom to present a lesson on personal protective equipment.

 To explain the importance of using PPE properly, and the proper hand-washing and sanitizing of students’ hands, Ms. Barba read “A Mask is For Me,” by Kristen DeLeon and “Do Not Let Your Dragon Spread Germs,” by Julie Gassman.

Students then created their own "Positive PPE Habit Cards,” which they safely shared with their classmates. “It was a great lesson that the students truly enjoyed,” Mr. Wolf said. 


Levy Lakeside Students Share New Year's Resolutions

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Fourth graders in Mrs. Lagasse's class at Levy Lakeside recently celebrated a New Year's Countdown. As a special gift to their families, students created a 2021 calendar and then shared their New Year's resolutions with their classmates!

First Graders At Lakeside ‘Dive’ Into The New Year

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First graders in Melanie Cutrone’s class at Levy Lakeside Elementary School within the Merrick School District recently “dove” into the new year when they returned to their classroom to find that their desks had transformed into fishbowls. Over the holiday break, Ms. Cutrone worked to design and create fish tanks made of cardstock that she attached to each of her students’ desks.

“I look for any way to help my students feel safe and happy to be in school during these uncertain times,” she said. “Coming back from the holiday break and entering the New Year, I wanted to surprise them with their fishbowl desks as we dive into the new year together.”


‘Desk Pets’ Move In To Students’ Desks At Levy Lakeside

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Desk Pets are moving into students’ desks in Dara Kaplan’s class at Levy Lakeside Elementary School. Third graders, whose desks remain neat and tidy, have been allowed to adopt a desk pet — an animal-shaped eraser — which serves as a reminder to keep their areas clean and uncluttered. Each desk pet comes with food and an adoption certificate that students have been eager to fill out with their pets’ names. Some students have even built small homes for their pets to feel more comfortable.

“My students have been loving this,” Ms. Kaplan said. “It has helped keep them accountable for their areas and has helped to make this year more fun!”



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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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