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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 horizons. By fostering the development of the whole child, our students acquire the skill set 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 teachers, parents, and 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 whole-child approach ensures that your children develop strong foundational skills that they 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. I am looking forward to a fantastic 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

 

Science Gets Egg-Citing at Park Avenue

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A simple egg turned into a valuable learning tool for young scientists at Park Avenue Elementary School during their study of cells.

During a four-day experiment to study osmosis, sixth graders in Sarah Mazeika’s class worked in small groups and placed their eggs in different substances. Each egg spent 24 hours in vinegar, then corn syrup and finally water.

When taking their eggs out of each liquid, students made observations about the changes in appearance and texture. They also weighed the egg and measured the remaining liquid to see if any had been absorbed. Ms. Mazeika explained that the goal of the experiment was to show students how cells always try to maintain water balance with the surrounding environment.

North Bellmore’s Music Makers Have a Blast

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Whether they are singing, dancing or playing instruments, students throughout the North Bellmore School District are having a blast in their general music classes.

Maritza Lopez, Carol Ng and Alexander Roff bring a passion for music that engages their students. They create topical lessons that not only teach children fundamentals but also create an appreciation for music. Their goal is for students to leave class understanding that music is purposeful and universal.

At the end of November, Ms. Lopez, began incorporating holiday songs into her music lessons at Saw Mill Road Elementary School. But it wasn’t just about teaching the notes and words, it was a culture experience. She explained that music is an important part of the traditions associated with holidays celebrated around the world.

Students learned the lyrics to “Light the Menorah” and incorporated percussion instruments in their rendition of “Feliz Navidad.” Using claves and conga drums, half of the class kept a beat while the other half sang.

Thanksgiving sparked musical opportunities in Ms. Ng’s classes at John G. Dinkelmeyer and Park Avenue elementary schools. Students learned how Native Americans used materials from nature to make their own instruments such as the bamboo flute and pan pipes. Children in the younger grade studied rhythmic patterns in turkey songs. To perform holiday music, the young musicians will get to use bells.

Mr. Roff, who teaches at Martin Avenue and Newbridge Road elementary schools, said music literacy is an important part of his classes, with students learning how to read notes and sing different scales. His fourth through sixth graders regularly play percussion instruments such as xylophones to learn different songs.

“Our students are making the most of each music class,” he said.

Park Avenue Students Craft a Tasty Tale

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What are the important components of a Thanksgiving meal? Just ask kindergartners at Park Avenue Elementary School as they recently created books on that very subject.

As a fun literacy activity to get them ready for the holiday, students in Melissa Reime’s class made “Thanksgiving Dinner” books. The stories highlighted turkey, mashed potatoes, green beans, pumpkin pie and, for the last page, a clean plate.

Children learned about different literary elements including patterns and rhyming. They even made pictures of the food with construction paper and other materials, which gave them practice on their fine motor skills.

“They learned how to tell a story,” Ms. Reime, “and it’s something they get to take home and can share at Thanksgiving dinner.”

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