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Homecoming Lives on in Lynbrook

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A pandemic could not stop Lynbrook High School from celebrating its senior student-athletes. The school hosted a festive and safe homecoming car parade for its senior athletes which was followed by the school’s annual homecoming football game at Marion Street School on April 10.

Student-athletes from Lynbrook High School’s Class of 2021 decorated their cars in green and gold and met in the high school parking lot. While honking and waving to onlookers, the seniors made their way to Marion Street School where they continued the car parade on the school’s track. Three seniors, along with Lynbrook High School Principal Joseph Rainis and Superintendent of Schools Dr. Melissa Burak led the parade. Homecoming Queen Maeve Mooney was one of the parade participants. She was crowned queen in school the day before, along with Homecoming King Joseph Giovinco, a senior on the football team.

Prior to the football game against the Division Avenue High School Blue Dragons, senior members of Lynbrook’s cheerleading, kickline and football teams were announced onto the football field with their loved ones. Attendees and teammates cheered them on as they prepared to close the chapter on their high school athletic careers. In addition, the Lynbrook community held a moment of silence for RoseAnne Strife, a longtime supporter of the Lynbrook Public Schools and student athletics. She was both a member of the Lynbrook Moms’ and Dads’ Club executive board and a devoted PTA member for many years and was well-respected in the district.

During the football game, the Lynbrook cheerleaders showed their school spirit as they chanted and cheered on the Lynbrook Owls. To keep everyone safe, a limited number of spectators were allowed to attend the game and masks were required. That did not stop the crowd though from showing their Lynbrook pride and support.

The cheerleading team continued to entertain the crowd during halftime with a spirited performance. This was followed by a spectacular performance by the kickline team. Although the Lynbrook Owls did not take home the victory, the day was a memorable one for all as the community came together for a taste of normalcy.

“I am thrilled that we were able to celebrate our hardworking senior athletes this year and hold a homecoming event,” said Dr. Burak. “Although there were health and safety protocols in place and less of a crowd, it was a beautiful day to come together to support our Lynbrook Owls. For those who participated, smiles were definitely behind the masks. My hope is that we are one step closer to normalcy.”

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Reading Connects Lynbrook Students

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The PTAs of Marion Street, Waverly Park and West End elementary schools recently joined forces to create Lynbrook’s first unified Pick A Reading Partner celebration. With the chosen theme of “Reading Connects Us,” administrators, families, teachers and the community came together to make the week-long celebration of reading a success for both remote and in-person students.

All students were gifted the book “The Magnificent Makers #1: How to Test a Friendship” and enjoyed a virtual visit from the author Theanne Griffith. Students who finished the book were eligible to enter a contest to attend a special virtual author meet and greet. School librarians Meghan Ceglie, Heather LaBarbera and Marie Sarro-Pizarro also helped to arrange video read alouds which were recorded by Lynbrook administrators and shared with all classes.

In addition, students were able to extend their excitement for the book’s science theme by participating in a science dress up day at school. They were also encouraged to visit the East Rockaway and Lynbrook Public libraries to pick up science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) kits to build at home. Students who sent in photos of their PARP fun were entered to win gift card prizes from local Lynbrook businesses as well as the next books in the Magnificent Makers series.

Weekly Bulletin - April 9, 2021

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First Graders Honor Historic Women

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In celebration of Women’s History Month, first graders in Lorraine Troici’s remote class read about influential women who impacted the world. Students researched Amelia Earhart, Mae Jemison and Frida Kahlo and enjoyed listening to read-alouds. The class collaborated on organizing facts into digital graphic organizers and created a directed drawing which showcased the amazing contributions that these fascinating women attained during their lives.