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pa1599 Park Avenue.
North Merrick, NY 11566
Tel: (516) 992-3117
Fax: (516) 992-3274
Principal: Dr. Lynn Coyle
Instagram: @parkavepride



Dear Park Avenue Families,

Welcome to Park Avenue School! I am thrilled to introduce you to our homepage and welcome all of you back to the start of a brand-new school year! As the new principal of Park Avenue, I am honored to serve our community and be provided with the opportunity to lead and support our amazing students, staff, and families.

At Park Avenue we are committed to creating a safe, nurturing, and inclusive environment where every child can thrive and reach their full potential. I believe that a strong partnership between home and school is essential for student success, and I look forward to fostering close relationships with all of you to ensure that our students feel supported, loved, and challenged. At PARK we strive to be Positive, maintain a hard-working Attitude, be Respectful to others, and always be Kind.

I am excited to get to know each and every one of you and making this school year a truly memorable and successful one. Please don’t hesitate to reach out to me with any questions, concerns, or ideas. My door is always open, and I am here to support you and your children in any way that I can.

Thank you for entrusting us with your children’s education. I am proud to serve as your new principal, and I am confident that together we will make this a fantastic school year!

Warm regards,
Dr. Lynn Coyle

New Park Avenue Principal Brings a Passion for Learning

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The North Bellmore School District welcomes Dr. Lynn Coyle as the new principal of Park Avenue Elementary School. She brings 25 years of experience as an elementary teacher and administrator.

Most recently, Dr. Coyle was the associate principal of John Quincy Adams Primary School in Deer Park, which serves students in pre-K through second grade. After beginning her career in New York City, she was an elementary teacher for 19 years at Sherwood Elementary School in Islip. In 22 years in the classroom, she taught every grade from first through fifth.

A staunch believer in student voice and choice, Dr. Coyle created a leadership club during her time as a teacher in Islip, then launched a second grade student council in Deer Park, a club that focused on community service. She is also an advocate for social and emotional learning, noting that children need to be well supported so they can thrive and succeed academically.

As the school’s academic leader, Dr. Coyle wants to hit the ground running as she is already familiar with many of the programs that North Bellmore uses, particularly for literacy.

Dr. Coyle holds a bachelor’s degree in elementary education from Dowling College, a master’s degree in special education from LIU Post and a doctorate in administration and leadership from St. John’s University. She now inspires the next generation of teachers as an adjunct professor at LIU Post in the graduate education program.

In joining the leadership team in North Bellmore, Dr. Coyle said she has received a warm welcome and is looking forward to meeting her students in September. One of her top priorities will be developing strong connections with children and their families, and her teachers and staff.

“Relationships are the foundation for everything, and North Bellmore embraces that,” she said. “I’m eager to bring my experience, dedication and vision to this position, and create a nurturing and challenging school environment. I want to make a positive, lasting impact on the Park Avenue School community.”

Date Added: 7/11/2024

A Half-Millennium of Service Saluted in North Bellmore

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The end of the school year will mark the end of successful careers for 18 staff members in the North Bellmore School District. The board of education honored its departing teachers and support staff at their June 13 meeting for their steadfast devotion to children.

The 18 retirees collectively totaled 484 years of service. Their time in North Bellmore spanned from a decade to nearly 40 years. Superintendent Marie Testa commended them for their hard work and dedication in support of the district’s mission and vision. She said their careers will be remembered for the love they showed students.

“All that you did for children will come back to you,” Ms. Testa told the retirees as she wished them happy and healthy retirements. There were also congratulatory remarks from North Bellmore Teachers Association President Joann Signorelli and North Bellmore Paraprofessionals Association President Lisa Basbin.

Retiring teachers include Gayle Angert (24 years), Desiree Behr (25 years), Tim Byrne (33 years), Chris DaRold (32 years), Celeste Diogo (38 years), Dana Hirsch (37 years), Laura Horvath (34 years), Jean Patterson (21 years), Robyn McClellan (20 years), Christine South (23 years) and Kristin Sturniolo (31 years).

Support staff included Laurie Weintraub (34 years) from the Prevention Department, paraprofessionals Maryann Adams (25 years), Geralyn Delaney (20 years), Sandra Goldsmith (22 years), Lynn Paolillo (23 years) and Rose Salerno (10 years), and custodian Joseph Lombardo (32 years).

Each month, sixth grade leaders from one of the five elementary schools begins the board meeting with a presentation. This month, student speakers from John G. Dinkelmeyer Elementary School paid tribute to the retirees, before the presentations to honor each individual began.

Date Added: 6/18/2024

Park Avenue Field Day Filled With Excitement

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The sun was shining and the energy was high for field day at Park Avenue Elementary School on June 7. Donning their blue and white T-shirts, students competed in various activities on the back field during a day that was filled with school pride.

Students in grades K-2 spent the morning outside, while grades 3-5 took the afternoon session. Activities were coordinated by physical education teacher Bill Green and based on sports and games they have played throughout the year. Chicken cacciatore was a relay-race in which students from two teams passed off a rubber chicken to each other, ran around a circle and tried to tag the opponent. In guard the castle, students had to try to sink a basketball into a heavily-protected bucket.

There were also traditional activities like the tug-of-war, and a sponge relay race that proved to be a great way to cool down.

Sixth graders, enjoying their final elementary field day, had a full-day experience. Each class spent a half-day playing the games and the other half leading the stations for their younger peers. The latter is a tradition that allows them to take on a leadership role as the oldest students in the school.

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Date Added: 6/14/2024

Artists Dazzle at District Exhibition

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The North Bellmore School District held its annual district art show on May 21. Student work from the five elementary schools was featured at the evening exhibition, which was held in Newbridge Road Elementary School’s cafeteria.

There were drawings, paintings, sculptures and mixed media projects on display, created by students from kindergarten through sixth grade. The work was a sampling of projects created throughout the school year and showcased the various artistic techniques students have learned.

Artwork was completed under the direction of Jillian Bock at John G. Dinkelmeyer and Park Avenue elementary schools, Erica Farley at Martin Avenue and Newbridge Road elementary schools and Amy Lopez at Saw Mill Road Elementary School.

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Date Added: 6/3/2024

Annual Track Meet Brings Together Sixth Graders

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It will be a couple of years before the soon-to-be graduates of the North Bellmore School District are circling the halls of Mepham High School, but on May 20, they got to circle the track. Students from all five elementary schools gathered on the sunny spring day for the annual sixth grade track meet.

The event, which was coordinated by the physical education teachers, featured a mix of short- and long-distance races. It ranged from 50 meters to 800 meters, which was two full laps around the track. After four-person relay races, the day concluded with field events such as discus, javelin, long jump and shot put.

Students wore their school Class of 2024 shirts. In just a few months, they will be unified under one roof at Grand Avenue Middle School, and the track meet was an opportunity to meet their future classmates.

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Date Added: 5/30/2024

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