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30 Clark Avenue
Lynbrook, NY, 11563
Main Office Telephone: 516-887-0288
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Principal: Dr. Cindy S. Lee
Elementary Curriculum Coordinator: Mrs. Allison Curran
Nurse: Mrs. Susan Deery
Principal's Secretary: Mrs. Patricia LaBarbera
Typist Clerk: Mrs. Carmen Venezian

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


Elementary Parent Survey - Home Technology Readiness for Distance Learning



Dear West End Families,

I am both excited and anxious to begin what will most definitely be a school year for the history books! This year our priorities are mental health, what is often referred to as SEL (social emotional learning), physical health (mitigating the spread of COVID-19), and instruction. Our students will engage in either remote (green) or in person (gold) instruction. So much has happened since we last saw one another in March, and when you enter the building this year, it will look very different.

Things that we used to do like sitting side by side, sharing classroom supplies, holding hands, and playing with gym equipment, we will no longer be able to do for now. In order to stay safe, we will have to socially distance ourselves at all times in all places in the building. Just because we have to be safe, doesn’t mean we can’t have fun! We will still try to have good old West End fun in new and safe ways!

It is important that you know that just because we have to wear a mask daily and give each other space to be safe, we are the same staff of Superstars who taught, loved, and cared for your children before COVID. My staff and I have been working day and night on daily operations and ask for your patience, flexibility and understanding as we determine the best ways to educate your children under these unique circumstances. Plans for daily operations are fluid and are subject to change for improvement, so look out for home connection communications often.

Remember that West End is the home of the Champions, and with a Champion’s mindset, success will always be an option, under any circumstance!

Looking forward to an interesting and unique year!

With warmest regards,

Dr. C. S. Lee

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

Current News

West End Welcomes New Principal

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The Lynbrook Public Schools recently appointed Leah Murray as the new principal of West End Elementary School, starting July 1. Ms. Murray will take on the new building administrator role previously held by Dr. Cindy Lee who is retiring at the end of the month.

Ms. Murray enters the district with more than 14 years of experience as an educator and leader. Since 2017, she has served as the assistant principal of PS 169 Bay Terrace Elementary School in Bayside, where she showcased her commitment to students and her school community as a whole. Among her many responsibilities, Ms. Murray crafted and implemented school goals, led various professional development workshops, designed a school-wide digital curriculum tool to support curriculum programs and helped implement social emotional learning tools in the classroom. Prior to her role as an assistant principal, Ms. Murray served as a general education teacher and also a special education teacher where she continuously demonstrated her passion for student engagement and success.

She attended St. Bonaventure University where she earned her Bachelor of Science degree in Elementary and Special Education and her Master of Education degree in Literacy. Ms. Murray furthered her passion for education by receiving New York State certification in School Building Leader from CUNY Queens College. She also holds New York State Certification in Literacy (Birth to Grade 6) and in Childhood Education and Children with Disabilities (Grades 1-6).

“I feel so proud to be joining the West End Family and the Lynbrook Community,” said Ms. Murray. “I am looking forward to making meaningful relationships with all the students, staff and families! I can’t wait for all the learning and the fun we will have next year and the years to come.”

West End Students Give Thanks to Local Firefighters

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In honor of Firefighter Appreciation Day on May 4, members of the West End Elementary School Student Council created goodie bags for the brave individuals at the East Rockaway Fire Department.

The goodie bags consisted of small candies and snacks, each specifically selected for a particular reason. Each bag featured a tag labeled “Firefighters Survival Kit” and listed what the candy and snacks meant. For example, the goodie bag included a lifesaver candy because firefighters save lives. Student council members hoped that this small token of appreciation would put smiles on the faces of their local heroes.

West End Students Sprinkle Kindness with Care Packages

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Lynbrook students and staff from West End Elementary School recently gave back to the Ronald McDonald House Charities. The teachers pitched in on a dress-down fundraiser in March which resulted in the school’s student council raising approximately $100. Led by advisers Heather LaBarbera and Melissa Kulikowsky, student council members utilized the proceeds from the day to create three care packages for the families at the Ronald McDonald House in New Hyde Park based on the charity’s list of needs.

The students decorated each care package with stickers and filled each box with homemade cards, a coloring book, bubbles, laundry detergent, tooth brushes and toothpaste, floss, soap, shampoo and conditioner, dish soap, sponges and tissues. LaBarbera and Kulikowsky dropped off the care packages at the Ronald McDonald House and as a thank you, the Ronald McDonald House gave students their own bracelets for them to show off their support for the amazing charity.

Afterwards, the student council members met virtually with a representative of the Ronald McDonald Charities, Jovann Dixon. The students learned about how their efforts made a difference to the families staying at the Ronald McDonald House. Dixon shared that she was able to hand a care package off that very day to a family ready to go home and they were all set to restart thanks to the student council’s generosity.

West End Students Celebrate National Poetry Month with Poetry Picnic

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In honor of National Poetry Month, fifth grade students from West End Elementary School studied different styles of poetry and put their creative writing to the test. As a culmination of the unit, the in-person students, along with a remote class, participated in a Poetry Picnic on April 23 on the West End field.

Leading up to the picnic, each fifth grader wrote original poems in the styles of free verse, haiku, list, personification, rhyming, simile and more. Students were encouraged to bring a towel or a blanket and distance themselves on the grass for the big event as they watched as their peers presented one of their original poems. Fifth grade teachers shared in the experience as well and presented their own poems with the students.

The fifth graders cheered on their classmates as they approached the microphone to read their poetry pieces. Topics included pre-pandemic times, family, sports, springtime and many more.

“My favorite part about this poetry unit was writing about what I like and learning about the different poem styles,” said fifth grader Nicholas Marino. “I especially liked doing the rhyming poem because I wrote about my love for basketball.”

His classmate, Matthew Ryan, found a new appreciation for poetry through the comprehensive unit.

“I didn’t like poetry a lot before this and when we started doing this unit, I found that I liked it because I learned a lot of new things,” he said.

The Poetry Picnic allowed students to proudly showcase their work, practice their public speaking skills and gave them a safe environment to connect in this pandemic era.