Waverly Park Elementary School

320 Waverly Avenue
East Rockaway, NY, 11518
Main Office Telephone: 516-887-6589
School Nurse Telephone: 516-887-6587


Principal:
Ms. A. Banhazl
Nurse: Mrs. G. Sarlo
ClericalMrs. M. Marchell


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 Waverly Park
Welcome to the Waverly Park Website. Our website is designed to serve as a window into our school community. Information about programs and activities, our PTA, links to individual teacher websites, as well as events taking place in our school can be found here.

Our school is a true learning community where children thrive. The combination of our teaching staff supported by our caring and involved parents is at the heart of our school's success.

Current News

Waverly Park Celebrates Flag Day

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Third-graders at Waverly Park Elementary School recently celebrated Flag Day with a presentation titled, “You’re a Grand Old Flag.” Students taught their audience about the history of the flag, some famous places where the flag has been displayed and placed, flag etiquette rules and how our National Flag Day came to be!

Waverly Walks for a Cause

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Students, staff and family members at Waverly Park Elementary School gathered for the school’s annual Walk-A-Thon on June 1 to honor and help those in need. The school community raised more than $1,500 for various children’s charities through donations and T-shirt sales. The Waverly Park student council facilitated the event and presented checks to the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation, the Fly a Kite Foundation, the Princess Deeds Foundation and the Ronald McDonald Foundation during a special assembly before the walk. 

With the help of advisers Shari Bowes and Courtney Jacobs, student council members spoke during the assembly about each foundation, which fit their schoolwide theme “All About the Kids.” Representatives were invited to the Walk-A-Thon to accept the donations on behalf of their organization. Guests included Hannah Burton, a former Waverly Park student and representative from the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation and Liza Corvetti, a representative from the Princess Deeds Foundation. Upon accepting the donations, they expressed their gratitude to the students for their generosity. 

Following the assembly, students and staff made their way outside the school building for their walk. Wearing matching yellow T-shirts, the classes each held a sign to represent their class. Principal Lucille McAssey, staff, students and family members walked in unison around the neighborhood.   

District Launches New Summer Reading Program

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The district will be initiating a new 2018 Summer Reading Program, “Get Lost in a Book” for students in grades K-5.

For the first time this summer, students will share their thoughts about what they are reading using the platform Flipgrid, a video discussion platform. For more information and updates on the program, please visit websites.nylearns.org/summerreading/default.aspx or click the link on the “Quick Links” section of the district website, lynbrookschools.org. 

 

 

Lynbrook Welcomes Two New Principals

Lynbrook Welcomes Two New Principals
The Lynbrook Union Free School District is pleased to announce the appointment of Waverly Park Elementary School Principal Allison Banhazl and Lynbrook South Middle School Principal Joseph Wiener, effective July 1. Banhazl will replace current Waverly Park Principal Lucille McAssey who will retire at the end of the 2017-18 school year, while Wiener will replace current South Middle School Principal Caryn Blum, who will also be retiring at the end of the month. 

Banhazl, a Rockville Centre resident, grew up in Merrick and has held the position of assistant principal in the Merrick Union Free School District for the past six years. Prior to her role in Merrick, she was a teaching assistant in the Baldwin Union Free School District while in college and served as a teacher in Brooklyn while working for the New York City Department of Education. 

During her undergraduate career at Loyola University in Maryland, Banhazl majored in elementary education. She continued her studies at Hunter College where she received her master’s degree, along with an advanced certificate from the College of Saint Rose in educational leadership.

“I am excited and honored to join the Lynbrook Union Free School District, which is known far and wide for its dedication to excellence, but more importantly, to children,” she said. “I look forward to being the principal of Waverly Park, a rich and challenging learning community where students thrive and ‘tomorrow begins today!’”

Wiener, a Merrick resident, was as a biology teacher at Benjamin Cardozo High School in Bayside, Queens, for three years. He then taught biology for seven years at Jericho High School and has served as the assistant principal at Jericho Middle School for the past 11 years. 

He comes with a wealth of knowledge, graduating from Tufts University with double majors in biology and English. Wiener also holds a master’s degree in literacy from Long Island University and a master’s degree in school administration and supervision from Touro College.

“I am most looking forward to learning from and learning with staff, students, parents and community members,” he said. 

The district welcomes both new administrators with open arms and looks forward to having them join the Lynbrook family.  

A Home Run Performance by Lynbrook Students

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With crowds of people gathered to watch the New York Mets take on the Arizona Diamondbacks, Waverly Park Elementary School chorus students, along with kindergarteners from the Lynbrook Kindergarten Center, took to the field to perform the National Anthem at Citi Field on May 19. 

Guided by music teacher Maddi Jabin, the students sang dressed in their school t-shirts and were featured on the jumbotron for all to see. Following their performance, Lynbrook Director of Fine and Performing Arts Joseph Pallotta was invited onto the field to throw the first pitch. To end the memorable evening, each student went home with a Stars Wars Bobble head as a souvenir to commemorate it also being Star Wars Night at Citi Field. 

Students Transform into Sports Professionals

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Waverly Park fifth-graders in Amy Garfinkel’s class put their creativity to the test during their Sports Cardboard Challenge on May 3. The class, along with other fifth-graders throughout the district, have incorporated careers in sports into their lessons to correspond with the Lynbrook Public Schools’ theme of the year, “Where Tomorrow Begins Today.” 

During the course of approximately two months, students were challenged to utilize cardboard and other recyclable materials to create a model of their research topic, highlighting a specific sports profession. With the help of Garfinkel and library media specialist Meghan Ceglie, the students researched professions such as sports photographer, general manager, physical therapist, sports announcer and more. Each student was required to write a creative essay about their findings. For their model, the students brainstormed ideas with their classmates for inspiration and wrote a paragraph about their projects. 

Students from various grade levels throughout the building were invited to the school library where the students displayed their projects. The fifth-graders presented on what they learned and spoke about how they built their creations.  

“I’m an NFL team owner and I made a skybox which overlooks the field because that’s where the NFL team owner sits during a game,” said fifth-grader Owen Asch. “My favorite part of the project was gluing the field to the bottom of the box and taping the skybox together.” 

Garfinkel incorporates a cardboard challenge into her lessons every other year after being inspired by the Global Cardboard Challenge. The challenge was created based on the film “Caine’s Arcade,” which takes viewers through the life of nine-year-old Caine Monroy who created a cardboard arcade. It encourages creativity among students which was the goal of the project.