west end photoWest End Elementary School

30 Clark Avenue
Lynbrook, NY, 11563
Main Office Telephone: 516-887-0288
School Nurse Telephone:


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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




Welcome Back West End Families!

I am a very fortunate principal! Words cannot express how excited and eager I am to continue another year with you as principal of the fabulous West End Elementary School!  We are back to business and embarking on what I hope will be another amazing school year! 

At West End we strive to encourage, support, inspire, and challenge our students to become critical thinkers, and peacemakers. Pillars of character such as respect, kindness, honesty, responsibility, and cooperation are integrated into all aspects of our curriculum and school life. Our outstanding teachers and staff have spent countless hours beautifying classrooms and mapping out instruction and character education to ensure that our children have an unbelievable year.  We understand the importance of establishing an environment conducive to learning; a climate where students are able to reach their potential and attain academic success because they are supported socially, emotionally and intellectually.  Our students are our Champions and we are here to make sure they achieve their personal best each and every day.

I am so thankful and proud of the positive home/school connections that we have established over the year and hope that our partnership will continue to grow stronger.  I am happy to share that our PTA has worked all summer to plan a year chock full of cultural arts presentations and events for our children.

I am, once again, honored to be your principal! We have an amazing school filled with awesome children who are eager to learn and do the right thing.  It is truly an honor to work closely with such a dedicated community of educators and parents! I look forward to another thrilling and stimulating year ahead as West End continues to be a school where "children come first."

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

Author Shares Stories Through Skype with West End Students

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In honor of Read Across America Week, West End Elementary School fourth and fifth graders participated in a virtual meet and greet on March 4 with Culliver Crantz, author of the book series FrightVision. Organized by Heather LaBarbera, library media specialist, the fourth and fifth grade classes visited the school library throughout the day to speak with Mr. Crantz via Skype to learn about his life, his books and the writing process.
Mr. Crantz explained that his FrightVision series is for students who enjoy spooky stories. He shared why he decided to become an author and worked with the students to brainstorm a story together. Through their virtual conversation, the fourth and fifth graders learned about the book writing process and the key elements that every writer needs to make their story come to life. The students had fun getting creative with Mr. Crantz as they took turns sharing their ideas for a possible plotline and characters. It was a great way to not only give students a glance into the life of an author but to also encourage them to read and use their own imaginations to write their own unique stories. 

West End Students Celebrate Black History Month

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In honor of Black History Month, fourth and fifth grade students from West End Elementary School studied important black leaders during their library periods. Coordinated by Heather LaBarbera, library media specialist, each fourth grade class created large collage posters of leaders such as Ruby Bridges, Shirley Chrisholm, Nelson Mandela, Barack Obama and Booker T. Washington, while fifth graders conducted research on “unsung heroes.”

Following the creation of their colorful collage posters, the fourth graders researched their individual leader and wrote different facts about their assigned person to place around the portrait. Their completed work will be displayed in the school hallways. 

While researching “unsung heroes,” West End fifth graders compiled a portfolio on the background of their person, their hero’s impact on the world and what trials they had to face to make such a sacrifice. The students will later create a quilt square filled with similar information from their portfolios. Together, they will make a fifth grade Freedom Quilt of all the unsung heroes that were researched.

West End Students Spread Love This Valentine’s Day

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Students from West End Elementary School recently followed their tradition of creating hundreds of Valentine’s Day cards for local veterans in nursing homes and hospitals as part of the Valentines 4 Vets program run by Town of Hempstead Councilman Anthony D’Esposito. Coordinated each year by West End teacher Amy Bruno, the handmade cards were made with love and showed the students’ appreciation for the veterans by thanking them for their service and wishing them a happy Valentine’s Day. 

The 100th Day of School

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West End students participated in different activities to mark the 100th Day of School on Feb. 13. Some even dressed as 100-year-olds to mark the special occasion. It was a great day for all! 

West End’s Kindness Crew Strives to Make a Difference

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Third graders in Marisa Amalfitano’s class at West End Elementary School are on a mission to spread kindness and positivity throughout their school this year. The class refers to themselves as the Kindness Crew and with the help of their teacher, finds new ways to brighten the day of students and staff. 

Connecting with the district’s theme of the year “A Community of Caring,” the class brainstormed ideas at the beginning of the school year on how they could achieve their goal to promote kindness and positivity. They read a book called “Words and Your Heart” by Kate Jane Neal and learned that words can be used to heal.

The class broke their ideas up into different missions and have already accomplished two this school year. For their first mission, the students created approximately 50 bookmarks with kind messages on them. They then hid the bookmarks in books throughout the school library. Students who visited the library were pleasantly surprised to receive a handmade bookmark courtesy of the Kindness Crew. 

The class recently participated in their second mission. Each student created 2-3 colorful posters filled with kind messages and positive quotes to be displayed in bathrooms across the school building. According to the students, if someone is having a difficult day, they can see the posters and hopefully feel better.  

“I hope they feel joyful when they see our posters,” said third grader Jiselle Johnson.

The Kindness Crew has enjoyed fulfilling their missions not only for others but for themselves. The activities allow the class to feel good about what they are doing. In the future, the Kindness Crew has plans to spread kind messages through surprise Post-its on classroom doors and a plan to host a special morning to brighten the day of students and staff. In the Spring, the class will write kind messages outside the school with chalk and cheer on students as they get dropped off at school. 

Although the class has their group missions of kindness, Mrs. Amalfitano said that she has witnessed each individual student perform their own acts of kindness on a daily basis. The class is truly embracing the Community of Caring theme and making a difference at West End Elementary School.  

Students Learn the Power of Teamwork

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Students at West End Elementary School learned about the importance of teamwork with an engaging New York Islanders assembly! Sparky, the team's mascot, was also there to greet students. It was a great assembly!