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LevyNorman J. Levy Lakeside School

21 Babylon Road, Merrick, NY 11566

Phone: 516 992-7230






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Lakeside FLES Classes Learn About Food

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This week in Señora Casey's FLES classes at Lakeside, third grade students are learning to express which fruits and vegetables they like or dislike in Spanish. Fourth grade students are learning about the famous market of Chichicastenango in Guatemala, and how to express how much items cost.

Date Added: 3/16/2023

Lakeside Fourth Graders Are Electric Learners

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Danielle Lagasse's fouth grade class at Levy Lakeside has been learning about electricity. After constructing circuits, they tested objects to learn more about insulators and conductors.

Date Added: 3/9/2023

Lakeside First Graders Know a Lot About That

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Kerin Kaplan’s first grade class at Lakeside celebrated Dr. Seuss’s birthday this week. The Cat in the Hat – they know a lot about that!

They read poems, books and made hats designed with rhyming words.

Date Added: 3/2/2023

Merrick Marks 100th Day of School in 100th Year

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To kick off 100th anniversary celebrations for the Merrick School District, teachers treated students to a presentation about “The Velveteen Rabbit,” a book written in 1922, the same year the district was founded.

Students and staff across the district were encouraged to dress like they were 100 years old or in 1920s era garb.

Birch teachers incorporated various math, literacy and history lessons about the last century.

At Chatterton, preK and kindergarten students paraded around the building to cheering peers. Fifth graders celebrated their 1,000th day of school with reading, writing and math activities.

At Lakeside, first graders strutted the catwalk for a fashion show. They adorned T-shirts with 100 items on them to signify the 100th day of school.

Click here to view the slideshow for Birch.

Click here to view the slideshow for Chatterton.

Click here to view the slideshow for Lakeside.

Date Added: 2/15/2023

VIDEO: Lakeside Student Make Sandwiches for Charity

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To spread some love on Valentine’s Day, students at Lakeside School donated and assembled cold cut sandwiches that were later distributed by The River Fund, a poverty center that connects those with food insecurity.

“You should know what a difference you are making because of you, people are going to have delicious food today,” teacher Melissa Robinson addressed the group.

The Lakeside PTA also donated food and funds towards the effort and were instrumental to the event’s success. In total, the classes donated 1,649 sandwiches, 250 bags of chips, 30 bags of Goldfish and 10 extra loaves of bread.

Date Added: 2/15/2023

Lakeside Sixth Graders Learn from Holocaust Survivor

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Lakeside School welcomed Holocaust survivor, Marion Lazan in early February.

“Sixthgrade students and their families had the opportunity to hear the firsthand account of Mrs. Lazan's childhood, and of time spent in concentration camps in Holland and Germany during World War II,” explained Assistant Principal Meredith Kelly.

After Mrs. Lazan shared her story, one of determination, perseverance and hope, students had the opportunity to ask questions. Each student also received a copy of Mrs. Lazan's book, “Four Perfect Pebbles.”

This experience was organized by the Lakeside PTA and Cultural Arts Committee.

Date Added: 2/6/2023

Author Amps Up Lakeside During PARP Week

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Lakeside had an inspiring visit from author and inspiring reading enthusiast, John Schu on Jan. 27.

“He spoke to all students throughout the day about the importance of books and reading in our lives and engaged every student and staff member in an unforgettable presentation,” explained librarian Melissa Levine.

Schu gave away tons of books he loves, as well as ones he wrote.

“He met every student that purchased or received a book or writing notebook from him and shared personal anecdotes with each of them,” Levine added. “We were touched and honored with his energetic and heartwarming assemblies.”

Date Added: 1/30/2023

Student Corner

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We continue to celebrate all of the great lessons and activities taking place in our schools. Here, in the Student Corner, we hear from our students in their own voices.

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The Levy Lakeside Student Council Crew just finished a very successful service project! We decided to collect donations for the Ronald McDonald House of the Metro New York area. The Ronald McDonald House is a place that provides housing for parents of very sick children who are in a hospital far from their home. We collected items like: boxed & canned food, paper goods, baby supplies, and toiletries.  

These items are used to help guests feel more comfortable while they are away from home. We set up bins in the lobby. We collected over 14 boxes/bags of the items that were listed on the flyer we sent home. We were thrilled with the outpouring of love that was received! We want to thank all the Lions who donated! It feels good to know we made a huge difference in the lives of others! 
By: Marin K. 

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The Student Council would like to thank all of the Lakeside families who contributed over the last few weeks to our collection for the Town of Hempstead Animal Shelter. The Town of Hempstead Animal Shelter has dogs and cats that can be adopted. We are so happy to be able to help many animals at the shelter while they are waiting for a family to adopt them. We collected newspapers, food/treats, toys, leashes, collars, blankets, sheets, wee wee pads and more! We collected ten big bags and eight boxes worth of items! The Lakeside Lions are grateful to all of the generous families for helping our furry friends. 

Rina G. 

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Recently the Lakeside Student Council has been buying different things to help the school including the purchase of a new bench for our lobby, buying even more cups and cup dispensers, and buying three new trash cans for the outside fields.

In the front lobby of Lakeside, there is a brown bench and the student council has purchased a brand new red bench. This is so all students or visitors have a comfortable place to sit while waiting to be let in.

Last year the Student Council Crew tried putting cup dispensers in the 5th and 6th grade hallways and it was successful. Because of this success, they installed one next to each water fountain I the building. The cup dispensers are there so if you forget a water bottle you can always get a drink.

Recently, the Student Council Crew has purchased new trash cans for the back playground and fields. If you are at recces or even if you are here for a baseball game it is more convenient to throw out trash. These new cans have a covered lid so no trash can blow out of them.

These are only some of the things that the Student Council happily does to help our school.

By: Zachary K.

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In early December, the Lions of the Levy Lakeside Elementary School collected brand-new toys for the Toys for Tots program. Members of the Merrick Kiwanis came to pick up all the bags. In total, we collected enough bags to fill 11 HUGE bags. The toys collected were brand-new and unwrapped. The toys will be distributed to Long Island Children who may otherwise go without a holiday gift. The collection lasted for just 10 days and hundreds of toys were donated. We thank all the Lakeside Lions who brought in a toy for the collection. 

Thomas K. 

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In late October, the students of Levy Lakeside placed Kindness Rocks in the front of the school. Last year all the Lakeside Lions in each class painted rocks with positive messages. Due to the construction that was taking place in the front of the building, we were not able to place the rocks outside at that time. Now that the construction has been completed, the Student Council Crew was able to finally place the rocks in front of the building. Now when students and parents come into our school their minds will be filled with positive words, messages, and quotes on beautiful, bright colored painted rocks. Last year The Student Council purchased hundreds of rocks and the materials for this project. During art class Ms. Raadsen oversaw the project making sure that the rocks were made the best they could be by each and every student. The rocks were thoughtfully placed around the island and front of the school. We hope you stop by to delight in a message of kindness. 

By: Jack Z. 

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Recently, Norman J. Levy Lakeside hosted a Veteran’s Day ceremony to honor all the amazing veterans. This was an incredibly special moment because we have not hosted this event since before Covid. Our music teacher, Mr. Glemboski, played the piano and led us in the singing of the Star-Spangled Banner. We also had some of our 5th grade Student Council representatives stand as our color guard. We are so thankful that the veterans made time in their day to come and speak to all the Lakeside Lions. It is truly inspiring to see what others have done and continue to do to protect our country. Thank you to all the veterans for serving our nation. These veterans' honorable acts should be something we all continue to look up to. 

By: Lena M. 

Norman J. Levy Lakeside hosted a Veterans Day

On Monday, March 21, our school supported World Down Syndrome Awareness Day. We dressed up in blue and yellow, and wore our most unique socks. It is important that we recognize this special day to ensure that everyone feels accepted for who they are. We thank all the Lakeside Lions who dressed up in recognition of World Down Syndrome Awareness Day. We wanted to show that respecting everyone's differences is the key to FRIENDSHIP!

Written by: Jenna F.

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Date Added: 4/27/2022

On March 22, the Levy Lakeside Students helped collect items for its annual Harvest of Love Day. The Harvest of Love Day gave the Lakeside family an opportunity to donate to those who are going through a rough time.

We would like to thank everyone who brought in items to donate, they were much appreciated. The items were brought to a local soup kitchen, The Inn.

We collected 26 bags/boxes of fresh apples and oranges, individual packages of snacks and individually wrapped rolls of toilet paper! This collection only took place for one day.

The Lakeside Lions did an incredible job of collecting and we hope that we were able to help those in need!

Written by: Sami G.

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Date Added: 4/12/22

This past month, the boys and girls at Levy Lakeside School helped collect tissue boxes for a service project. The idea was to decorate and color them.

Then, bring to the Hewlett house which is a community resource center for anyone suffering with cancer. We collected so many boxes and would like to thank everyone that brought them in. We are so glad that we could give back to the community.
The Lakeside Lions are so proud that we could help put a smile on their faces.

Ryan D.
Lakeside Student Council Member

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Date Added: 3/22/2022

The Lakeside Levy School Student Council crew tries hard to help other kids ALL year long.

Over this past week, members of the Levy Lakeside student council helped collect many items for the Town of Hempstead Animal Shelter and Ruff House Rescue. We collected so much and would like to thank everyone who donated because it is super important to give back to the community. This will help our furry friends out until they can find a family to adopt them. We are so grateful that these wonderful shelters were willing to accept pet food, toys, towels, and so much more! Again, thank you to all who donated. All the Lakeside Lions are proud to live in such a giving community.

Owen K.

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The Lakeside Levy School Student Council crew tries hard to help other kids ALL year long.

During the holidays we want to make sure that every child in our neighborhood receives something special. This year we tried to help out by collecting brand new toys. We participated in Toys for Tots. The Lakeside Lions were able to collect nine HUGE boxes of brand-new toys for children of all ages.

We want to thank all the grown-ups and students who helped out by donating toys. We are so proud that we were given the chance to help. We wish you all a Happy and Healthy New Year!

Written by: Ben M.

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Rainbow Day, Day of Acceptance

On Friday, May 14th, the Lakeside Lions had their 3rd spirit day which was sponsored by its student council! It was called Rainbow Day, Day of Acceptance. Each grade level wore their own color to show that although we may be different in some ways, we all fit together like the colors of the rainbow. Lakeside is an inclusive school. No matter how different people are from one another, we are loving and accepting of all! Our differences make us UNIQUE! This spirit day just goes to show that no matter how different we are on the outside, we are all the same on the inside. It is our job to make everyone feel included at the Levy Lakeside School!

For each spirit day we announce spirit day questions during the morning announcements. When classes submit correct responses, they earn a class set of paw pencils. For the first time ever, we had two different sets of spirit day questions, one for k-3rd grade and one for 4th-6th grade. All these questions had something to do with DIVERSITY and EQUALITY! These are the things that make the world so much fun! They teach us to accept everyone no matter what! This spirit day was a huge success! To wrap up this fun filled colorful day; we got the chance to win super cool pencils! This was a great way to come back from a relaxing day off! There is always a ton of Lion Pride at the Lakeside School!

Written by: Sami G.

“The Student Council Crew of Lakeside would like to say a HUGE thank you to all the Lion Families for sending in items for our collection for Bobbi and the Strays. Bobbi and the Strays is a local animal shelter who has cats and dogs that can be adopted. The furry pets live there until they find their FOREVER HOME! Some of the items we collected were: Old towels, spray disinfectant, kitty litter, wee wee pads, and cat/dog treats. In addition, some of the Lakeside Lions brought in items that Bobbi and the Strays weren’t able to use. These items were donated to the Nassau County Animal Shelter. Thanks to everyone’s generosity, we were able to help out many of our furry friends!”

By: Reese G.

“This year has been a difficult one for many people. Each year the Lakeside Student Council hosts a dance-a-thon. Typically, the 4-6th graders raise money for two chosen charities. Since a dance-a-thon was not permitted this year, the crew wanted to still donate to two charities. It was decided that we would donate $400 from our own account. We decided to donate $200 to The Ronald McDonald House. The Ronald McDonald House provides all the comforts of home to family members when their children are hospitalized and they are far from home. The second charity we donated $200 to is St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital. St. Jude is a hospital that focuses on the care of children with life threatening illnesses. The doctors there also conduct research so they can find cures for many of the diseases. We are sure both charities will put our money to good use. Even in rough times, the Lakeside Lions are very proud to help in every way possible! ROAR!!!!

By: Samara B.

Date Added: 5/7/2021