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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
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Important Contact Information:
NYS Child Abuse Hotline: 1-800-342-3720
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Medicaid Fraud Hotline: 516-612-5200


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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 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.

Reading Connects Lynbrook Students

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The PTAs of Marion Street, Waverly Park and West End elementary schools recently joined forces to create Lynbrook’s first unified Pick A Reading Partner celebration. With the chosen theme of “Reading Connects Us,” administrators, families, teachers and the community came together to make the week-long celebration of reading a success for both remote and in-person students.

All students were gifted the book “The Magnificent Makers #1: How to Test a Friendship” and enjoyed a virtual visit from the author Theanne Griffith. Students who finished the book were eligible to enter a contest to attend a special virtual author meet and greet. School librarians Meghan Ceglie, Heather LaBarbera and Marie Sarro-Pizarro also helped to arrange video read alouds which were recorded by Lynbrook administrators and shared with all classes.

In addition, students were able to extend their excitement for the book’s science theme by participating in a science dress up day at school. They were also encouraged to visit the East Rockaway and Lynbrook Public libraries to pick up science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) kits to build at home. Students who sent in photos of their PARP fun were entered to win gift card prizes from local Lynbrook businesses as well as the next books in the Magnificent Makers series.

West End Readers Embrace Women’s History Month

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West End Elementary School reading specialists Debra Aronson and Melissa Kulikowsky recently celebrated Women’s History Month with their fourth and fifth grade students by collaborating and exploring specific influential women from history.

The West End students were first motivated by an EdPuzzle video of famous women in history and then selected a historic woman to research. The students picked women such as Coco Chanel, Jane Goodall, Frida Kahlo and more to explore. They focused on the background information of these women, such as details of their lives, famous quotes and momentous events. After finishing their research, the students decorated a biography pendant with important facts and information about their influential woman. They then shared what they had learned with their peers.

West End Students Celebrate Women’s History Month

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Students throughout West End Elementary School kicked off Women’s History Month by exploring different influential women from the past. Classes heard nonfictional stories about specific women such as Harriet Tubman and Frida Kahlo, which was followed by reflective activities. Fourth and fifth graders created their own comic strips of a woman that they learned about. Using the website storyboardthat.com, they edited and placed characters, scenes and more. Through these unique lessons and activities, West End students learned that these diverse, resilient women are responsible for much of our society today.

West End Students Spread Kindness

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Throughout the month of February, members of West End Elementary School’s Student Council raised $367 for the Ronald McDonald House Charities through their sale of $1 kindness grams. The kindness grams were displayed as a mural at the entrance of the school with student names on them and positive phrases such as “WHOOOOOO is proud to be KIND?,” “OWL Always be KIND!” and “It’s a real HOOT to be a West End CHAMPION!”

On March 4, the student council members, along with advisers Heather LaBarbera and Melissa Kulikowsky, had the honor of meeting with Devon Daniel, senior director of development for the Ronald McDonald House Charities, at their virtual student council meeting. Mr. Daniel explained the mission and purpose of the Ronald McDonald House Charities which strives to create, find and support programs to improve the health and well-being of sick children and their loved ones.

He also explained to the students how their donation will help keep the facilities clean, active and perfect for the families living there. After Mr. Daniel discussed the charities, the students acknowledged how amazing and kind it was. Mr. Daniel returned the praises by thanking the students for their generosity and kindness. It was an eye-opening experience for the West End Student Council who continue to make a difference not only in their school community, but for others beyond Lynbrook.