west end photoWest End Elementary School

30 Clark Avenue
Lynbrook, NY, 11563
Main Office Telephone: 516-887-0288
School Nurse Telephone:
516-887-6570


Principal: Dr. Cindy S. Lee
Elementary Curriculum Coordinator: Mrs. Allison Curran
Nurse: Mrs. Sue Deery
Principal's Secretary: Mrs. Patti LaBarbera
Typist Clerk: TBD


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

 

Dear West End Families,

Welcome to the 2017/2018 school year at West End School!  The staff has been very busy all summer preparing for a successful school year.  We are looking forward to creating a strong home-school partnership with you in order to form a positive learning environment for the children.

We will begin many new and exciting initiatives this year to enhance the programs we offer to our students.  We are looking forward to sharing the new initiatives with you during our “Meet Your Teacher Night” which will be held on Tuesday, September 19th  at 7:00 PM.

West End prides itself on being an exemplary school.  Please encourage your child(ren) to become positive members of the school community by adhering to the West End School Mission Statement:

As students of the West End School and members of our school community, we have responsibilities.  We should be respectful of our class, our grade and our school.  We should take pride in ourselves and in the work we produce.  This will make our years at West End special and rewarding.  It will prepare us for the future.

Please adhere to the following school procedures to ensure a safe and productive school year:

  • School begins at 8:30 AM, all students are expected to arrive at school on time.
  • Flip flops are not permitted to be worn in school.  All sandals must have an ankle or back strap.
  • To avoid a loss in instruction, siblings are not permitted to leave class to attend parent presentations.  Parent presentations are for parents and family members not enrolled in West End.
  • Pets are not permitted on school property.  Please stay across the street if you have a pet with you.

Thank you for your cooperation and have a wonderful school year!

Sincerely,

Cindy S. Lee
Principal

“The classroom should be an entrance into the world, not an escape from it.”
John Ciardi


Current News

Field Day Fun

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The Game of Chess

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West End Elementary School students tested their problem solving abilities during a chess match. 

West End's Little Doctors Lend a Hand

West End's Little Doctors Lend a Hand
West End Elementary School fifth-graders volunteered their time during the school's annual blood drive and participated in the Little Doctors Program, sponsored by the New York Blood Center.

Buzzing with Kindness at West End School

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Buzzing with Kindness at West End School
West End Elementary School recently honored the life of former West End student Melissa McHenry with a school sponsored Black and Yellow Day to remind everyone to always “BEE” YOURSELF, “BEE” BRAVE and “BEE” KIND. Messages were conveyed throughout the school as students and staff dressed in black and yellow honeybee colors and wore rubber bracelets with Melissa’s words, “BEE” YOURSELF or “BEE” BATMAN embossed on them. She was the kind of person who helped everyone and wanted everyone to be included.

A Gallery of Cultures

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In preparation for West End Elementary School’s International Night on April 18, West End fifth-graders participated in a gallery walk on April 13 and displayed a symbol or artifact that represented their heritage. Each student brought in or supplied a photo of their item and showcased their artifact on their desk with a paragraph about where it originated from and what it means to their family. 

The school transformed into a museum as the fifth-grade classes traveled around the building to observe what their peers brought in. Each student received a packet where they wrote about one artifact from each class that made an impression on them. Artifacts included pieces of clothing, family crests, flags, jewelry, utensils and more. 

The lesson encouraged students to explore their own heritages while learning about the diverse backgrounds of others.

“I learned that there are many different heritages and that they are all different,” said fifth-grader Alexa Saborido. “You should love where you come from.” 

Delivering Words of Encouragement

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West End Elementary School third-graders in Marisa Amalfitano’s class recently celebrated National Card and Letter Writing Month by writing and mailing cards to children at St. Jude’s Research Hospital. 

The class discussed the difference between sending an email or a digital message versus a handwritten letter. Students agreed that letters show that you care because of the time and commitment involved to make someone else feel special. Using stationary with the words “Sending mail is a hug in an envelope” printed on the cover, students personalized their cards to the children. 

“Our mission was to send a positive message via the mail,” said Amalfitano. “Each child wrote a letter of encouragement and decorated the card. We will be walking to the mailbox to mail them.”

West End Staff Wins PTA Scholarship Volleyball Game

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Congratulations to the West End Elementary School staff for winning the PTA Scholarship Volleyball Game! 

West End Spotlights Famous Americans

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Second-graders at West End School performed their Famous Americans Presentation on March 27 to the delight of their family members. The students worked hard to learn six patriotic songs and sang them with the intent that the composers had, to declare gratefulness and pride in our country and flag.

The students dressed as various famous Americans. After the singing, the program continued in their individual classrooms. The students shared information about the characters portrayed by their costumes. They were able to showcase all the research they had done in a very entertaining manner.
 

Students Solve and Score During Math Madness Event

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In the spirit of March Madness, the time of the annual National Collegiate Athletic Association college basketball tournament, Lynbrook’s West End Elementary School students and staff participated in their own basketball tournament, while incorporating math skills on March 23. This was the second year that the students took on the event, Math Madness.

Coordinated by physical education teachers Danielle Marquardt and Greg Brosokas and math specialist Chelsea Jarret, the West End gymnasium was transformed into a competition space for each grade level to enjoy. The object of the competition was to give students the opportunity to work in groups to solve a number of math problems while engaging in basketball. Each problem increased in difficulty level based on color. Once the group successfully completed their math problem, a student from the group would stand on their corresponding color dot and try to score a basket. If they missed, the next student in their group would attempt to make the shot. 

With each successful basket, the group would receive a colored stick which was worth a certain amount of points. The sticks were tallied up during the day and the prize for each class with the most points in their grade received an extra 15 minutes of recess time. Each class was also encouraged to submit up to four posters for the math challenge and received five bonus points for each poster they created.   

At the end of each grade level tournament, the teachers joined the fun. One physical education teacher and one math teacher were assigned to each group as the two tried to score more baskets and obtain extra sticks for their students. The students cheered them on, creating signs on their dry-erase boards as a sign of support. 

“Math in basketball is a great opportunity to practice simple skills like counting, addition and subtraction,” said Marquardt. “Our goal today was to get the students excited about math, work as a team, solve problems and score baskets while realizing how important math is in everyday life.”

Mad About Math

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The West End Elementary School community recently celebrated their annual Math Night with their theme “Spring Into Math.” Students worked with their family members and peers to complete as many math activities as they could during the evening event. 

Each of the teachers on the Math Night committee created a math game that was interactive and engaging for the students. The teachers modeled the activities and provided the students with directions for the games. 

In addition, students were encouraged to use the school’s computer lab to enhance their problem-solving skills on the Hour of Code. The program consists of a one-hour introduction to computer science, designed for anybody to learn the basics with the goal to broaden participation in the field of computer science.

The students used a variety of critical thinking skills throughout the night and were expected to apply their problem-solving skills. The event also encouraged the students to practice and play the games at home to reinforce their math skills.

“The night was a huge success,” said math lab teacher Chelsea Jaret. “All of the teachers were so proud of the students' hard work.” 

West End Second-Grader Helps the Fight Against Pediatric Cancer

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Second-grader Jack Doran from West End Elementary School recently raised $300 in just one day for pediatric cancer with the help of the West End school community. Jack partnered with the New York Islanders Jam Kancer in the Kan fundraiser to support families of children on Long Island battling this dreaded disease. Students could donate a dollar to the cause and as a result, wear their pajamas to school. They also received bracelets and stickers for supporting the cause.