waverlyWaverly Park Elementary School

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

 

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Principal:
Ms. Allison Banhazl
Nurse: Mrs. Grace Sarlo
Principal's Secretary: Mrs. Margaret 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.

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.

Current News

Students Perform Seuss-tastic Musical

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Fourth and fifth grade students at Waverly Park Elementary School recently took the stage for their production of “Seussical Kids.” Directed by music teacher Michael Worshoufsky and Michael Berrios, the cast portrayed characters from popular Dr. Seuss books during the musical extravaganza. The students captivated audiences during two performances; one for students and staff and the other for family and friends.
 
The talented cast dressed in creative costumes with the help of costume adviser and set designer Meghan Ceglie. Katja Rabus served as stage manager and several students volunteered as stage crew, including those from Lynbrook High School. The crew featured Waverly Park student Orji Agwu and high school students Finn Boyle, Amelia Pollicino, Karyn Gribbin and Thomas Berrios. 
 

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!

Waverly Park Students “Book to the Future”

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Students and staff at Waverly Park Elementary School kicked off their annual Pick a Reading Partner week on Jan. 31 with a school-wide pep rally. The PARP program was established by the New York State PTA to encourage students to read in school and at home.

This year, Waverly Park students voted for the PARP theme that the school followed from Jan. 31-Feb. 7, resulting in “Book to the Future, Reading Through the Decades.” The school’s PARP committee hosted the pep rally to get students excited about the week ahead. 

Several Lynbrook South Middle School students, with the help of their music teacher Annie Pasqua, helped bring the celebration to life by performing the NeverEnding Story theme song with books in hand. Waverly Park students also learned more about what to expect during PARP week and some of the fun activities planned. This included dressing for the different decades, an author visit from Booki Vivat, guest readers, a trip to the Kindergarten Center to read to students and a timeline graffiti wall activity. 

In addition, the school planned to host their annual “PARP wRap Up” contest. Using a FlipGrid code, students were encouraged to create their own parody or original song about reading, PARP or “Book to the Future” by filming a fun FlipGrid video. The winners of the contest served as guest DJ’s during lunch on the last day of PARP.
  
Waverly Park teachers performed cartwheels during the pep rally and students participated in a GoNoodle movement activity called “Not Dog Time Machine.” Students had fun following along with the video as it related to the PARP theme of time and the future. At the end of the celebration, Principal Allison Banhazl presented Waverly Park’s new photo backdrop. She told the students that the backdrop would be stationed in the school lobby throughout PARP week to take photos with.  

NY Islanders Player Shares Life Lessons with Students

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Third graders from Waverly Park Elementary School received a special visit from New York Islanders defenseman Devon Toews on Jan. 24. The visit was organized by third grade teacher Jaclyn Miller who is a friend of Devon. The professional hockey player spoke with third grade students about how he began his hockey career, the importance of education, hard work and sportsmanship.

Students learned that Devon started playing hockey in Vancouver at the age of three and attended early morning hockey practices all throughout elementary school to build his skills. Devon spoke about the importance of doing well in school and how he attended Quinnipiac University. During his time there, he was drafted by the New York Islanders to play for their farm team, the Bridgeport Sound Tigers.

Unfortunately, Devon's plans to play for the actual New York Islanders were postponed when he hurt his shoulder and needed surgery. Students learned that he joined the New York Islanders team two years ago. Students were highly engaged as Devon answered questions and signed autographs for some lucky Islanders fans in the classroom.

“He is a great example of all that a professional athlete should be,” said Mrs. Miller.