Marion Street Elementary School

100 Marion Street
Lynbrook, NY, 11563
Main Office Telephone: 516-887-0295
School Nurse Telephone: 516-887-0296



Principal:
Mrs. T. Macchia
Nurse: Mrs. J. Lecce
Principal's Secretary: Ms. R. Fasullo
Clerk TypistMrs. M. Artuso


School Year Office Hours:
8:00 AM - 4:00 PM, Monday through Friday
Summer Office Hours: 8:00 AM - 2:00 PM, Monday through Friday
All visitors must have an appointment to meet with staff in any school building. Please DO call ahead. Thank you!

Important Contact Information:
NYS Child Abuse Hotline: 1-800-342-3720
NYS línea de abuso infantile: 1-800-342-3720
Medicaid Fraud Hotline: 516-612-5200

 

Welcome to Marion Street
Welcome to Marion Street Elementary School.  We pride ourselves on providing a rich learning environment for all of our students in grades one through five.  Our students are provided with the tools necessary to face a challenging curriculum. We strive to make every learning experience meaningful while also supporting the social and emotional well-being of our students.  

We hope that you find this information about our staff, programs, and PTA helpful.Welcome!

Current News

Marion Street Staff Gets Soaked for a Cure

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In honor of ALS Awareness Month, Marion Street Elementary School students and faculty gathered outside for the school’s third annual ALS Ice Bucket Challenge on May 4, sponsored by the student council. Throughout the week, classes were encouraged to raise as much money as possible to support ALS Ride for Life in their fight to find a cure. With the Ice Bucket Challenge alone, the classes raised a total of $3,600. 

With the help of advisers Kelly Donovan and Melissa Sider, student council members advertised for the event through morning announcements. Principal Theresa Macchia kicked off the event by congratulating the fifth-grade classes for generating the highest amount of donations to date. Winning teachers and their classes included Tracey Reisert, first-grade; Cathy Solace and Diana Intrabartola, second-grade; Steve Freifeld, third-grade; Jim Marr, fourth-grade and Amy Cohen, fifth-grade. One by one, the winning classes from each grade level had the opportunity to dump buckets of ice cold water on their teachers and other faculty members. 

Students cheered as the freezing water was spilled over the faculty members’ heads. At the conclusion of the event, Cohen’s fifth-grade class was invited to dump water on Macchia for raising the most money out of all the classes in the building. This event was just one of the many ways that the school supports ALS Ride for Life throughout the year. The $3,600 from the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge was included in a $5,400 check that students presented to Christopher Pendergast, an ALS patient and advocate, during his Ride for Life tour at the school on May 9. 

Marion Street Students Honor an American Hero

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Music filled the hallway as Army Serviceman Major Thomas Woods received a warm welcome home by students and faculty at Marion Street Elementary School on April 12. He was joined by his family, wife Iris Woods, Marion Street first-grader Matthew Woods and fourth-grader Sophia Woods.
 
Major Woods returned home on a short leave on Easter where he surprised his children. While he was home, he was invited into his daughter Sophia’s classroom by teacher Christine Castellano to speak about himself and his life in the Army. Son Matthew’s first grade class with teacher Christina Toscano also joined the celebration. Both classes had written letters prior to Major Woods’ arrival which he was now able to take back with him. The fourth-grade class teamed up with the first-graders to help them write their letters and decorated the hallway and their classroom in patriotic fashion.  Major Woods was touched by the warm welcome that the classes gave him. 

“Thank you, that was very sweet,” he said. “And thank you for the letters.” 

An Army man for the past 22 years, students listened closely as Major Woods shared a PowerPoint presentation about serving in the Ukraine, the people he works with and his role in the Army. Major Woods also spoke about celebrating holidays such as Christmas away from home and displayed photos of where he lives in the Ukraine. Throughout his slideshow of photos, students were encouraged to ask questions. As a sign of gratitude for Major Woods’ service, fourth-grader Sophia Schoen performed “God Bless America” at the conclusion of the visit.

BOE Commends Lynbrook Staff as District Focuses on Security

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The Lynbrook community gathered for the Lynbrook Public Schools regular Board of Education meeting on March 14, where staff members were honored for their exceptional work and security measures were addressed, among other important district updates. 

Marion Street Elementary School Principal Theresa Macchia was commended by the board for Marion Street’s consistent effort to support amyotrophic lateral sclerosis research with the Ride for Life organization. In addition, Lynbrook High School math teacher Maria Mantikas was recognized for receiving the Harvard Distinguished Teacher 2018 Award, after one of her students, a current Harvard freshman, recommended her for her teaching efforts. 

Administrator for Personnel and Student Support Services Maureen Berman shared the results of the middle school after-school program survey which resulted in 115 responses to weigh the decision of pursuing an after-school middle school program, similar to the district’s current after-school elementary program. Berman explained that 64 percent of families responded that they would utilize an after-school care program for their middle school students. After a discussion among board members, the board of education agreed to pursue a new program. 

Berman also kicked off the Superintendent’s Report by presenting on a possible community-based mentorship program within the district. Creating a mentoring program is one of the goals of the board of education. As part of the committee who researched different mentoring programs, Berman spoke about what the district has to consider when finding the right fit. After speaking with various programs, Berman concluded that the committee voted unanimously for Big Brothers, Big Sisters. After discussion, the board decided to move forward with pursuing a mentorship program. 

Superintendent of Schools Dr. Melissa Burak continued the Superintendent’s Report by thoroughly explaining the district’s safety protocols while reinforcing that the district takes the safety of students very seriously. Community members were encouraged to read the handouts that were provided during the meeting. These included an emergency planning guide for parents, a letter explaining the safeguarding tool Report-it.com, a handout on warning signs for students at risk, including a discussion on mental health topics and two letters to elected representatives.

The first letter was addressed to New York State Education Department Commissioner MaryEllen Elia about the district’s Smart Bond Investment Plan. The plan consists of installing security vestibules and high tech door hardening mechanisms to prevent an intruder from entering school buildings. The district's Smart Bond Implementation Plan was submitted to the New York State Education Department Office of Educational Management on Jan. 17, 2017. It passed initial review and has been listed “Under Expenditure Review” since March 2, 2017. The district was granted $892,000 by New York State for the plan and hoped to implement it by last summer but has not heard a word about the status of the application since that date.

Simultaneously, the district submitted construction plans for the security projects to NYSED Office of Facilities Planning. All plans have been approved. In a normal process, the district would be able to start work on the projects the day after the plans are approved but in the Smart Bond world, the district is unable to do any of that until the Implementation Plan is approved. 

“That is what is being held up,” said Assistant Superintendent for Finance, Operations and Information Systems Dr. Paul Lynch. “Also, it is a reimbursement program. So, we have to put out the money to get it back. We have the money set aside, but we are not permitted to spend it because we have been told not to expend any funds until after the Implementation Plan is approved by the Smart Bond Review Board.”

The second letter that was discussed during the meeting was for Nassau County Commissioners David Gugerty and Louis Savinetti about the concern on public voting in school buildings while school is in session. The letter, signed by Dr. Burak and East Rockaway Superintendent Lisa Ruiz, asked that communities hold their elections at other venues for the safety of students. 

In addition, Dr. Burak shared that the district once again received the Association of School Business Officials International 2017 Certificate of Excellence in Financial Reporting Award for transparency and high-quality financial reporting. She also made note that a change has been made in the district calendar and that school will now be in session on May 25.  

Assistant Superintendent for Curriculum, Instruction and Assessment Gerard Beleckas provided a curriculum update for the public which included digital learning opportunities in the district. Dr. Lynch concluded the Superintendent’s Report with a capital projects update. The board approved three contracts, a West End School brick pointing contract and two contracts at Waverly Park School. One for the boiler and another for new electrical service. These projects are expected to occur this summer. Dr. Lynch also provided an update on the bond. All of the smaller plans are at New York State and the district is in the process of getting the preliminary plan for Lynbrook High School going. The architect will begin meeting with the teachers and departments who will be impacted by the room plans, allowing them to have some input on the designs.