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West End Gives Back This Holiday Season

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The West End Elementary School community recently celebrated the season of giving by supporting in the Marine Toys for Tots program, which gives toys to children in need. Coordinated by third grade teacher Lisa Liguori, the school collected unwrapped toys and raised $417 for Mrs. Liguori to buy more toys to send to the Toys for Tots organization. 

To raise money, Principal Dr. Cindy Lee suggested having two “dress down” days for staff. Those that wore West End attire or colors (red and white) or Lynbrook colors (green and gold) donated $5 or more towards the cause, with many showing their generosity and giving more.

“’To whom much is given, much is expected,’ is my favorite quote,” said Mrs. Liguori. “I’ve been so fortunate in my life, and it feels great to make others happy. I got involved in the Marine Toys for Tots program years ago because they distribute toys to children whose parents cannot afford to buy them gifts for Christmas. The program was founded in 1947, so they have a long record of helping the needy.” 

West End STEAM Night

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More than 125 students and their special guests attended West End Elementary School’s first STEAM (science, technology, engineering, arts and mathematics) Night on Nov. 13, in collaboration with Molloy College. Prior to the anticipated event, West End students from grades 1-5 were encouraged to sign up with an adult for the evening of exploration and innovation. Learn more about the exciting event by watching the video below!

Lynbrook Educator Earns Master Teacher Title

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Annmarie Roth, a West End Elementary School science teacher, was recently designated as a New York State Master Teacher. Mrs. Roth is among 275 educators from across the state to receive an invitation into the New York State Master Teacher Program and is one of only six elementary teachers who were selected from across Long Island. 

NYS Master Teachers are educators who demonstrate a deep understanding of their content area, pedagogy, students’ families and communities, as well as a commitment to grow in these areas. These passionate professionals teach coding, computer science, engineering, math courses, robotics, science and technology throughout grades K-12. As part of this prestigious program, Master Teachers share best practices with each other to provide the most innovative STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) education for all students. They also mentor current and pre-service teachers and inspire their students, who are the next generation of STEM teachers. 

Mrs. Roth has proved her abilities time and time again in connecting with the community and inspiring West End students. She coordinated West End’s first STEAM Night on Nov. 13 with professors and students from Molloy College. The evening of innovation allowed students, along with their special guest, to challenge themselves with STEAM projects. The event was highly successful. 

This was the first year that New York State selected elementary school teachers into the NYS Master Teacher program. To be selected, Mrs. Roth went through an intensive yearlong application process, which included a science content test, letters of recommendation, essays, submitting prior observation reports, Annual Professional Performance Review scores and college transcripts. After she was selected as a finalist, Mrs. Roth went to Stony Brook University for a panel interview, essay and conducted a presentation on a STEM topic.

“I’m thrilled to represent Lynbrook as a NYS Master Teacher,” said Mrs. Roth. “I’m looking forward to collaborating with other Master Teachers and sharing innovative STEM practices with Lynbrook’s students.” 

West End Hosts Annual Turkey Trot

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A Spectacular STEAM Night

Thank you to all those who came out for our first West End STEAM Night last night! We hope you had a great time experimenting, exploring and learning! Special thanks to Mrs. Roth and Molloy College for coordinating and facilitating such a successful evening. Check back soon for a full video of the event!

Students Dare to Dream During Red Ribbon Week

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As part of Red Ribbon Week, students throughout West End Elementary School participated in an engaging “Drugs Won’t Ruin Our Dreams” project in their classes on Oct. 26. Red Ribbon Week is celebrated annually across the nation as a drug prevention awareness program. Students are encouraged to live a drug free life by participating in different activities and lessons during the week. 

West End students and staff members were invited to wear their best pajamas to school and make their mark on Red Ribbon Week by discussing their dreams. Students learned that dreams are unattainable when bad decisions and drugs come into play. Each student received a dream bubble and let their dreams run wild, writing their biggest dream and coloring their creation. First-graders in Johanne Gaddy’s class spoke about dreams before the activity and read the children’s book “Violet the Pilot” by Steve Breen to reinforce the importance of following your dreams. 

The students then brainstormed their own dreams and wrote their ideas in their dream bubbles. After adding some color to their creations, the students gathered back on the carpet and went around in the circle, sharing their dreams to the delight of their peers. 
 

Champion Shout-Out!

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Yesterday, Luke was engaged in reading first thing in the morning. We are so proud of him. Great job, Luke! 

A Very Happy West End Halloween

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Math Olympiad Students Soar

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Students involved in the Math Olympiad Club at West End Elementary School recently participated in their second session with club advisor Ms. Chelsea Jaret. The students did an amazing job showcasing their problem solving skills! 

Going Pink for Breast Cancer Awareness

Going Pink for Breast Cancer Awareness
West End Elementary School staff dressed in their best pink outfits in honor of Breast Cancer Awareness Month. 

Safety Week Stunt Show

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Students and staff had the opportunity to watch an engaging stunt show outside during Safety Week! 

West End Raises Over $250 for the Owl Coin Project

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West End Elementary School recently raised $283.35 for the Owl Coin Project. This project allows the community to donate spare change that will go towards outstanding food services bills for Lynbrook families with children who have a demonstrated need. Last year, the schools were able to help over 50 families just by collecting donated nickels, dimes, quarters and pennies. All funds collected will go directly towards purchasing meals for Lynbrook students. Great job, West End!  
 

Focusing on Fire Safety

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First graders in Mrs. Gaddy’s class learned about fire safety with the Lynbrook Fire Department!