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Mission Statement

Our mission is to inspire all students to be confident, passionate learners with the courage and skills to lead their lives with integrity, while contributing to our global community with creativity and compassion.

pa1599 Park Avenue.
North Merrick, NY 11566
Tel: (516) 992-3117
Fax: (516) 992-3274
Principal: Mr. Michael DeBlasio





 

 

 

 

Dear Park Avenue Families,

It is with the greatest of pleasure and excitement that I welcome you to Park Avenue School. As principal, I have the honor of leading our fantastic teachers, students, and school community through an amazing educational journey. We are dedicated to providing your children with a safe and nurturing environment where they feel valued and confident to expand their knowledge and abilities. By fostering the development of the whole child, our students acquire the skill set needed to become productive, compassionate, and educated leaders of tomorrow. Our focus is to guide your children as they navigate through a rigorous curriculum, develop strong character, and surpass our high expectations.

The partnership between the Park Avenue families and our staff provides our young scholars with educational experiences that last a lifetime. By adhering to a growth mindset, we here at Park Avenue strive to be our best selves by working through challenges, helping others, and exuding the willingness to learn new and exciting things. It is through our teachers’ powerful instructional practices that Park Avenue students receive an education that focuses on academic, social, and emotional growth. This holistic approach ensures that the students of Park Avenue School develop strong foundational skills that they may build their successes upon.

Our district’s mission is to inspire all students to be confident, passionate learners with the courage and skills to lead their lives with integrity, while contributing to our global community with creativity and compassion. Together, we will carry out this mission and reach even higher levels of success.

The love and passion for learning is what makes Park Avenue School an incredibly special place. We approach all that we do here with a perspective of empathy, curiosity, and exploration. I am looking forward to another fantastic school year! Please feel free to contact me as I am readily available to work with you and answer any questions that you may have.

Warmly,

Michael DeBlasio
Principal

 

Penguins Emerge at Park Avenue

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A few dozen cold-weather birds were found at Park Avenue Elementary School on Jan. 27. They may have been just kindergartners in disguise, as they youngsters celebrated Penguin Day, an annual winter tradition.

Students dressed in black and white to look like the birds found in the Southern Hemisphere. The kindergartners read books to learn various facts about penguins, and made miniature books to sum up their new knowledge. Wearing their special hats, children did a penguin dance, waddling along to music.

Date Added: 1/31/2023

Talented Musicians Earn All-County Nod

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The North Bellmore School District congratulates 43 students who were selected to the All-County music festival, hosted by the Nassau Music Educators Association. 

Fifth and sixth grade musicians were selected to countywide ensembles in band, chorus and orchestra. Rehearsals and performances are held in January at the Tilles Center at LIU Post.  
 
The All-County musicians are: 

John G. Dinkelmeyer Elementary School: Alina Chan and Carlyn Masiulis (band), London Abbott, Adriana Aglio, Lennyuyshka Cadet, Giuliana Gibaldi, Cole Marullo, Vianna Olson, Charli Polihronopoylos, Ava Rothschild, Meghan Saint Joy, Emma Schowerer and Christian Truglio (chorus) and Kailin Connizzo (orchestra).  

Martin Avenue Elementary School: Catherine Arnoff and Lui Dorsainvil (band), Nora Daly, Chloe DeTurris, Ellie Jakubowski and Asher Katz (chorus) and Caylee Aiello and Rochelle Mangles (orchestra). 

Newbridge Road Elementary School: Brian Barrera and Matthew Dworkin (band) and Charlotte Belliveau, Hadley Gross, Quinn Gross and Kingston Lambre (chorus).  

Park Avenue Elementary School: Arya Chandhok and Colin Crichton (band), Giavanna Artale, Macey Cataldo, Carlos Flores, Gianna Hayes, Amber Kaur, Julianna Nardo, Camilla Roman and Reagan Tyskowski (chorus) and Michael Liguori (orchestra). 

Saw Mill Road Elementary School: Caitlin Anderson (band), Shira Rosen (chorus) and Charlotte O’Hea and Katherine Rios (orchestra). 

North Bellmore music teachers include Desiree Behr, Christopher D’Orio, Dana Hirsch, Maritza Lopez, Ed McCullagh, Carol Ng, Alexander Roff and Lisa Uckardes.  

Date Added: 1/13/2023

Riding and Writing Into the Holidays at Park Avenue

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There was lots of holiday spirit at Park Avenue Elementary School on Dec. 23. The last day before the holiday break featured plenty of festive outfits and some fun activities. Third graders in Jennifer Howe’s class made winter break journals, which they assembled from kits provided by class parents. Students used string to bind the journal cover and pages, then decorated them with winter stickers.  

Ms. Howe said that these journals support their development as writers. They are encouraged to write about their endeavors over the holiday break, then share with their classmates when they return to school in January.  

Second graders in Nancy Del Rosario’s and Melanie Purificato’s classes were immersed in a popular holiday story, “The Polar Express.” After reading the book, students discussed and wrote about the theme of the story. They had a Polar Express winter party, with each student receiving a train ticket to board, as well as a red sleigh bell. 

Date Added: 1/3/2023 

Giving Season in Full Force in North Bellmore 

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Students throughout the North Bellmore School District have been involved in charitable initiatives for the past several weeks. They have embraced the giving spirit to help others near and far. 

Saw Mill Road Elementary School continued its long-standing partnership with the Stephen Siller Tunnel to Towers Foundation. Leading the effort was North Bellmore resident and retired FDNY firefighter Tom O’Connor, whose grandchildren attend Saw Mill Road. The annual toy drive, organized by the Students Against Destructive Decisions club, will benefit children in Florida impacted by Hurricane Ian.  

The partnership began in 2005, when toys were collected in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina. Since then, Saw Mill students and staff have donated toys to help children impacted by disasters across the country, including Hurricane Harvey in Texas and Hurricane Sandy in New York, among others.  

On Dec. 6, Mr. O’Connor and his fellow volunteers came to Saw Mill to pick up the toys, filling 10 large bags, which were then loaded into the back of a pickup truck for a long journey down south. Social worker Jo Ann Signorelli, co-adviser of SADD with school counselor Keara McNamara, said that this effort helps fulfill the district’s mission in contributing to the global community with creativity and compassion. 

Ms. Signorelli also noted that by having the children meet with the volunteers who bring the toys to impacted children, it helps them better understand the value of their charitable acts. 

“After everything that’s happened in Florida,” sixth grader Sophia Hoffman said, “this is going to help a lot of kids and bring a little more joy into their lives.” 

Students at John G. Dinkelmeyer, Martin Avenue and Newbridge Road elementary schools donated toys for the John Theissen Children’s Foundation, based in neighboring Wantagh. Toys will be distributed to sick and underprivileged children across Long Island, from infants to 17 years old. 

Date Added: 12/23/2022

Fourth Graders Bring Greek Tales to Life in ALPHA

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Ancient Greek folklore and theater came together in a pair of harmonious productions by for fourth graders in the North Bellmore School District’s ALPHA program.

Teacher Gayle Angert said students have been learning about Greek mythology for several weeks, and the culminating activity was a play about Demeter, the goddess of the harvest, and her daughter Persephone. The story explained how the four seasons came to be. Ms. Angert provided the script but students in each of the two fourth grade ALPHA groups were in charge of assigning roles, making sets, building props and selecting backdrop photos for the SmartBoard.

“They got to see what goes into putting on a play,” Ms. Angert said, noting that a show cannot go on without the contributions of each person.

Some students took on speaking roles for the plays, which were performed on Dec. 12 and 13 in the ALPHA classroom at Newbridge Road Elementary School, with others focused on behind-the-scenes work. Fourth graders had clay, cardboard, construction paper and other materials to build props such as a chariot, a house, trees, a throne and even Zeus’ lightning bolt.

The activity fostered teamwork as students in each group had to listen to each other and incorporate different ideas into their shows. ALPHA is the North Bellmore School District’s gifted and talented program featuring themed activities throughout the year.

Date Added: 12/16/2022

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