Waverly Park Elementary School

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

Mrs. L. McAssey
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.

For daily postings on many of the wonderful classroom activities and events that happen at Waverly Park, please follow me on Twitter using my Twitter handle @LucilleMcAssey.

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.

Lucille McAssey


Current News

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. 

Young Scientists Showcase Their Talents

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Fourth- and fifth-graders at Waverly Park Elementary School put their innovative ideas and research on display during the school’s Young Scientist Fair on April 25. The school gymnasium featured 30 student-created individual and group projects for students, staff and community members to explore. 

In the afternoon, classes throughout the building visited the science fair where students practiced their presentation skills and educated their peers on their projects. The young scientists’ researched different topics that fit their interests. Experiments answered questions such as how to make a tesla coil, how to make a car move using solar power, how to melt ice the fastest and how to create a power generating bicycle. 

Participation in the fair was voluntary as fair coordinator and teacher Sara Rubin helped the students with their ideas and projects through a mentoring process, starting at the end of January. Those that wanted extra help with their experiments, had the opportunity to brainstorm with Rubin and were offered helpful tips on how to present. 

During the evening, family, friends and community members, including students from other buildings in the district, visited the school to see the students in action and learn more about their projects.

Waverly Park Students “Light It Up Blue”

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In honor of Autism Awareness Month, Waverly Park student council members recently sold “Light it Up Blue” bracelets during lunch periods. Through their efforts, they raised $212 for the Piece by Piece Foundation. Students also posed for pictures in the school’s “Light it Up Blue” Frame that was made by the fifth grade student council members and wore blue in support. 

District Prepares Community for Budget Vote While Focusing on Future

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Music filled the Lynbrook High School cafeteria as high school orchestra students kicked off the Lynbrook Public Schools’ Board of Education meeting on May 2. Administrators, board members, faculty, students and community members gathered for the district’s budget hearing in preparation for the budget vote on May 15 and listened to important district updates. 

Meghan Ceglie, Waverly Park School’s library media specialist, and Corinne Teichman, districtwide Voyager program instructor, were presented with the Charles and Marjorie Spector Grant for enhancing learning in the fields of reading, writing and research by members of the Spector family. The grant was originally writing based but shifted its focus this year to benefit students in different programs. The Spector family established the grant in 2004 to honor the memory of longtime board member Charles Spector. He was a member of the Lynbrook Board of Education for 15 years, serving as its president for 11 years. His wife Marjorie was an author and past PTA president in the district. 

Assistant Superintendent for Finance, Operations, and Information Systems Dr. Paul Lynch presented an overview of the district’s 2018-19 budget which consisted of specific highlights, the expenditure budget, revenue, the four propositions which the public will vote on and a budget summary. 

Following the budget hearing, a video was shown about the benefits of an Education Foundation, a non-profit organization formed by community members which holds events to raise grant money. Lynbrook community members formed the Lynbrook Excellence in Education Foundation years ago to help fund district programs and materials. Due to declining membership though, it was disassembled. Lynbrook resident Ivy Reilly has made it her mission to bring the foundation back to help benefit the schools. Reilly provided an update during the meeting and stated that the foundation is seeking more members. 

Superintendent of Schools Dr. Melissa Burak reminded the public about the budget vote on May 15 and that the last day to register is on May 9. On May 9, the Lynbrook Teachers Association, in conjunction with the district and the New York Life Insurance Company, will be offering its free annual Child ID Program. The program provides parents with an ID card of their child containing a picture and important information to keep them safe.

Dr. Burak also praised Joseph Palotta, director of fine and performing arts, and staff members for their guidance and commitment to the district’s music program. The Lynbrook Public Schools’ earned its sixth consecutive Best Community for Music Education award. Additionally, Dr. Burak addressed the new instructional time requirements to be adopted by the Board of Regents for the 2018-19 school year. For full-day kindergarten, a school is required to have a minimum of 900 hours of instructional time. This will impact the current kindergarten school hour. As a result, the district plans to eliminate the two session day to a one session. The district is planning on making the new kindergarten instructional day from 8:30 a.m. – 2:30 p.m. Dr. Burak noted that there still are discussions taking place about transportation. Administrator for Personnel and Student Support Services Maureen Berman is working with the bus company on routes and scheduling so that family members can pick up all their children from different schools in an efficient manner. 

Assistant Superintendent for Curriculum, Instruction, and Assessment Gerard Beleckas provided a curriculum update for the community. He shared that his committee submitted the district’s technology initiatives to the Future Ready Schools group and received an overall digital learning readiness score of 8.8 out of 10. The committee is in the process of developing an action plan and will be splitting the committee into two sub committees in order to develop a fuller plan. 

In addition, Dr. Lynch reported a capital projects update. He stated that the SMART Bond plan has now been resubmitted to New York State and was certified by Dr. Burak. The district is waiting for the state to respond with the next steps. Dr. Lynch also shared that the bond planning is going well. The early plans have cleared through architectural review and will be reviewed in other stages. Summer project meetings are also in place for the Waverly Park boiler and the West End brick-pointing. The high school plans are being prepared as the district has had meeting with the architect and have explored the rooms at the high school so that the design is properly executed. Dr. Lynch reported that they are on schedule.

Waverly’s Little Doctors Make Blood Drive a Success

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Waverly Park Elementary School recently hosted a blood drive where student volunteers participated in the Little Doctors Program, sponsored by New York Blood Services. Little Doctors consisted of student council members and the entire fifth-grade who helped to make the event a success. The students solicited donors, made posters and announcements and worked hard on the day of the blood drive. The fifth-graders also checked donors in, instructed them on where to go, handed out snacks and water at the end of their donation and provided babysitting services. The event brought in over 50 people and the school collected 38 pints of blood, helping to save 114 lives! 

Waverly Park Celebrates Opening of State-of-the-Art Playground

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Administrators, staff and students gathered outside Waverly Park Elementary School for a ribbon cutting ceremony to officially open the school’s new playground on April 20. Senator Todd Kaminsky was the guest of honor as he helped secure funding for the project.

Approximately two years ago, Senator Kaminsky visited the school and spoke to administrators and staff about what was needed. With his support, the school was the recipient of a $125,000 Dormitory Authority of the State of New York grant for a brand new, state-of-the art playground. 

To prepare for the opening celebration, each class decorated the playground with paper chains marked with words of excitement and their plans to use the new school addition. The ceremony kicked off with the singing of the National Anthem and welcoming remarks from Principal Lucille McAssey. 

“The playground has become the most popular activity at recess,” she said. “It's also wonderful to see the large number of Waverly Park students and community members enjoying the new structure during their free time after school and on weekends. Our entire school community is extremely grateful to Senator Kaminsky for this very special gift.” 

Class representatives also showed their gratitude to Senator Kaminsky by reading thank you cards during the ceremony. Each student spoke about how they will utilize the playground and how much joy it has already brought them. The students gifted Senator Kaminsky with the cards at the end. 

“Lynbrook and East Rockaway are vibrant communities and incredible places to raise a family,” said Senator Todd Kaminsky. “I was proud to secure funding to build a brand-new playground that will provide children enjoyment for decades to come. In Albany, I will continue to fight to ensure our community gets its fair share from the state.”

In addition, Superintendent of Schools Dr. Melissa Burak spoke about how the new playground will benefit future generations and extended her gratitude to the district’s facilities department led by Director of Facilities James Saitta, Assistant Superintendent for Finance, Operations, and Information Systems Dr. Paul Lynch and the Senator, who made the playground a reality. 

“Senator Kaminsky, you have done so much,” said Dr. Burak. “Thank you for allowing students to have a balanced learning environment that also enables them to play, as evidence by this playground. The district is thankful for all your support here at Waverly Park.” 

To conclude the ceremony, the Waverly Park band, led by band instructor Robert Collorafi, performed “You’re a Grand Old Flag” and Senator Kaminsky cut the red ribbon as students cheered.


Video courtesy of Kaminsky Press

Waverly Park Receives Hess STEM Grant

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Waverly Park Elementary School third-graders were recently introduced to Hess Toy Trucks for educational exploration as a result of the school’s new Hess Toy Truck Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics Kit grant. Library media specialist Meghan Ceglie applied for the grant in Feb. on behalf of Waverly Park and in March, received twelve 2017 Hess Dump Truck and Loader kits, along with a corresponding STEM curriculum.

As part of the Hess Corporation’s core value of social responsibility, the corporation partnered with Baylor College of Medicine to form a STEM Educational Outreach program for students. The program offers free learning kits which include Hess Toy Trucks along with a STEM Curriculum to teachers nationwide to demonstrate how the toys can be used as learning tools. They are awarded to qualifying teachers and are donated to their school. 

This spring, Waverly Park third-graders will utilize the Hess Toy Trucks to explore their grade-level career focus of education. Each grade level in the Lynbrook Public Schools have been challenged to research a specific career path for the 2017-18 school year as part of the district’s theme, “Where Tomorrow Begins Today.” The students will plan and teach STEM lessons using the Hess Toy Trucks to first grade students.

“The Hess trucks are more than toys. They are learning tools that offer a variety of practical and fun ways to teach STEM concepts,” said Ceglie. “Receiving the Hess STEM kit grant will allow me to continue creating a hands-on learning environment that will foster the acquisition of the 21st century skills necessary for student success.” 

Fifth-Graders Research Careers in Sports

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Waverly Park fifth-grade teachers Shari Bowes, Amy Garfinkel and Colleen Kaufmann recently integrated their grade level, districtwide career theme, Sports Careers, into their informational writing unit. The students researched different careers in sports ranging from professional athletes to sports nutritionists and even team mascots. Students interviewed people in their field to gain a firsthand account of what a day in the life would be like. They also watched videos and read articles describing the education needed to be successful, as well as the skills required for the career they picked. 

During their research process, the students also learned the requirements of informational writing according to fifth-grade standards. Multiparagraph informational essays were put on display in the fifth-grade hallway for all to read and for others to explore possible job options for their future.

History Through the Eyes of a Survivor

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Fifth-grade students at Waverly Park Elementary School recently hosted Marion Blumenthal Lazan, Holocaust survivor and author of the book “Four Perfect Pebbles, A Holocaust Story.” Fifth-graders from Marion Street and West End elementary schools were also invited to attend the special presentation. 

Lazan has been visiting Waverly Park for 19 years to give students a piece of history from her own perspective. During her presentation, she discussed her personal experiences living through the Holocaust while sharing her message of respect, love and hope with the students. 

“Let us build bridges. Let us respect each other,” Lazan told students. “We must never generalize and judge an entire group by the actions of just a few. Be kind, good, tolerant and respectful toward one another.”