Kindergarten Center

111 Atlantic Avenue
Lynbrook, NY, 11563
Main Office Telephone: 516-887-8065
School Nurse Telephone: 516-887-8077

 

3/17 Important Message from Mrs. Postman Regarding COVID-19 
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Principal:
Mrs. Ellen Postman
Health Services: Mrs. Dorota Zois
Clerical: Mrs. Andrea Michielini


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

 

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"The Lynbrook Owl is a wise old scholar. If you're in kindergarten, stand up and holler."





Current News

District Spotlights Next Steps; Honors Staff and Student

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During the Lynbrook Public Schools Board of Education meeting on March 11, staff members and a student-athlete were proudly recognized. Important updates regarding construction projects and the COVID-19 outbreak were also shared with the community.
  
Lynbrook High School senior Dominick Barbuto was commended for making the New York State Sportswriters Association’s All-State football team. This is the second consecutive year that Dominick received the honor. Three staff members were also recognized during the meeting. Deborah DeBetta, a physical education and health teacher from Lynbrook High School was honored for being selected as a 2020 Distinguished Teacher by the Harvard Club of Long Island. One of Ms. DeBetta’s former students who now attends Harvard University recommended her for the distinction based on the positive impact that she made on his life.
 
The Spector family returned to the district to award the Charles and Marjorie Spector Grant, established to honor the memory of Charles and Marjorie Spector. Charles served on Lynbrook Board of Education for 15 years and his wife Marjorie was a former PTA president and author. The grant supports teachers in the district each year. In the past, the scholarship was based on writing but this year it was changed to reflect the times and the importance of innovation in the classrooms. The Spector family presented their grant to the Lynbrook Kindergarten Center and the district’s English as a New Language department. With the generous grant, kindergarten teachers will enhance their use of the GoNoodle program into their classrooms to support physical activity. The ENL department will be able to purchase more diverse reading materials and some bilingual texts for new students who need extra support.
 
Following the recognitions, Dr. Paul Lynch, assistant superintendent for finance, operations, and information systems, reported that the two air conditioning projects at Marion Street and West End elementary schools and the elevator project at Waverly Park Elementary School were awarded. Due to this construction which will be taking place this summer, the Lynbrook Summer Playground Program will be housed at Lynbrook North and South middle schools. In addition, Superintendent of Schools Dr. Melissa Burak shared that the high school would be doing a brief groundbreaking ceremony to mark the start of the high school construction. The Lynbrook High School bond project was approved in 2017 by voters and will create a 33,000 sq./ft. school extension.
  
Dr. Burak also reminded the community about the importance of participating in the 2020 census. She explained that census data is used to decide how much funding the region receives for hospitals, schools, roads, health insurance and more.
 
In addition, Dr. Burak provided a new update about the preventative measures that the district is making during the COVID-19 outbreak. Thus far, the district has instituted disinfecting and cleaning protocols, emphasized the frequent use of hand washing and hand sanitizer use and encouraged social distancing in the classrooms. Moving forward, all evening events in the district will be suspended, along with field trips, until further notice to keep everyone safe and limit the exposure of COVID-19. She explained that performance-based events will still be conducted by the students and will be videotaped for families. The goal is to limit the number of visitors in the schools. Principals will be sharing individual details about their specific school events.
  
Lastly, Dr. Gerard Beleckas, assistant superintendent for curriculum, instruction and assessment, shared a curriculum update with the community. He spoke about the writing progression tool which is part of the Teachers College Reading and Writing program. The assessment tool helps teachers determine student reading levels, the overall development of student writing and more. Staff developers from Teachers College have been instrumental in coaching Lynbrook teachers how to use this tool for students in grades K-8. 

Sharing the Love of Reading

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Students from Waverly Park Elementary School visited the Kindergarten Center on Feb. 7 to read to younger students as part of Waverly Park's PARP week. The students served as positive role models and did a great job sharing their love of reading with the kindergartners!

Junior Brings Story to Life with American Sign Language

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Lynbrook Kindergarten Center students in Lisa Genicoff and Nicole DiMichele’s class received a special visit from Lynbrook High School American Sign Language student Christina Franco on Feb. 12. Christina is a junior with a hearing impairment and has been taking American Sign Language since the seventh grade.

With the help of her ASL teacher Elaine Miller, she wrote and illustrated her first book during her freshman year of high school entitled “Ben’s Boat Trip.” Christina shared the book with Mrs. Genicoff’s class in the spring of 2018. Ms. Miller read the story to the kindergartners while Christina interpreted it through sign language.

Christina was inspired to keep writing and this year expanded on her main character Ben, a beaver. She wrote and illustrated a second book entitled “Ben Builds a House” and returned to Mrs. Genicoff’s class with Ms. Miller once again to share her new story and to teach the students sign language.

Kindergarten Center Principal Ellen Postman, Christina's family and Lynbrook’s Foreign Language chairperson Leonard Bruno were present for the reading as the kindergartners got comfortable on their classroom carpet. Using stuffed animals, Ms. Miller and Christina introduced the students to the characters in the book by teaching them the signs for each animal. Just like during Christina's first visit with Mrs. Genicoff’s class in 2018, Ms. Miller read the story as Christina interpreted it in sign language.

After the reading, the kindergartners showed off the signs that they learned from the story. Christina thanked the class for being a great audience, gifted each student two pencils and encouraged them to write their own stories. She hopes to write a third book about her main character Ben and return to Mrs. Genicoff’s class in the future.