A Celebration of Cultures

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Lynbrook kindergarten students, teachers, families and board members gathered in the gymnasium at the Lynbrook Kindergarten Center for the school’s annual multicultural festival on March 28. 

Students opened the event by carrying in flags from different countries as their classes took their seats. In honor of the special day, all students were encouraged to dress in outfits representing their family heritage and tables were set up with artifacts that students brought in, highlighting their country of origin. Principal Ellen Postman and English as a New Language teacher Madelyn Torres hosted the event which included cultural performances from students and family members.

Families shared songs and dances from their own cultures, including instrumentals from Puerto Rico, a traditional dance from Venezuela, a traditional Korean song and a Greek dance. Guided by Mrs. Torres, kindergartners showcased their dancing skills with dance partners and members of the Lynbrook High School Japanese Club performed a traditional Japanese puppet show for students. Allison Curran, elementary curriculum specialist, also joined in the celebration as her daughter, Molly, showcased her Irish step dancing and invited a group of kindergartners to learn the steps. 

To close out the event, the kindergarten students performed “It’s A Small World” together, symbolizing the school’s unity. 

Kindergarten Center 20th Anniversary Reunion

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You’re invited! Kindergarten Center alumni from the year 1998-99 to 2017-18 are welcomed to join current kindergarten students for a special 20th anniversary reunion celebration on Sunday, June 2 from 12-3 p.m. on the Lynbrook Kindergarten Field. Brunch will be provided as Lynbrook Owls come together to reminisce and celebrate the past and the future! 

Students Dive into Reading

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During the past two weeks, students throughout the district have celebrated their love for reading with special guest readers, activities and assemblies. 

Leading up to Dr. Seuss’ birthday on March 2, also known as National Read Across America Day, Superintendent of Schools Dr. Melissa Burak read to students at the Lynbrook Kindergarten Center, while West End Elementary School students and staff marked the occasion by hosting a pajama day and gathering in the hallways to independently read for 10 minutes. 

Second-graders at Waverly Park Elementary School immersed themselves in Dr. Seuss books, read a Dr. Seuss biography and created Dr. Seuss hats with facts about the author’s life. Waverly Park first-graders also got into the spirit by creating their own “Cat in the Hat” and wrote about how they celebrate their own birthdays. At Marion Street Elementary School, students enjoyed an arts-in-education program which focused on the love of reading and kicked off their Pick A Reading Partner program on March 4. Throughout the week, Marion Street students participated in a Laser Reader assembly, visited the East Rockaway and Lynbrook libraries, invited a special person to school to read with them on pajama day and welcomed author Russel Ginns.

VIDEO: Kindergarten Students Celebrate Community Helpers Day

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Students and staff at the Lynbrook Kindergarten Center celebrated their annual Community Helpers Day in style, dressing as different professionals on Feb. 1. This is the second year that the school has embraced Community Helpers Day, a fun way to connect to the students’ social studies curriculum about community.