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Students Shine at Chatterton Peace & Friendship Day

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Chatterton students enjoyed games, activities and treats during Peace & Friendship Day on June 21.

Donning various school spirit wear, students made tie dye t-shirts and spray-painted canvas art, danced the day away during a DJ glow party, tried their hands at various carnival games, maneuvered around blow up obstacles courses and blaster zones and attempted to hit the dunk tank target. Temporary tattoo and face/body painting stations were set up, as well as popcorn and Italian ices.

Friendship Day started in 2001 after the attacks of September 11. It is celebrated as a day of school unity and community at each respective building.

The day was organized by the school’s PTA and Chatterton staff.

 

Date Added: 6/21/2024

Lakeside Hosts Engaging Peace & Friendship Day

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Lakeside students enjoyed games, activities and treats during Peace & Friendship Day on June 21.

Dressed in grade-level colored t-shirts, students raced to hit their buzzers during an educational quiz game show, The Brain Show, shimmied to a DJ dance party, tried their hand at lawn and carnival games, competed in relay races and more.

Friendship Day started in 2001 after the attacks of September 11. It is celebrated as a day of school unity and community at each respective building.

The day was organized by the school’s PTA and Lakeside staff.

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Date Added: 6/21/2024

Birch Sixth Graders Celebrate Moving Up

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Birch School graduated its sixth grade Class of 2024 beneath an arch of black and gold balloons on the Brookside stage on June 21.

Student Council Co-Presidents Georgianna and Madeline greeted guests and recalled memories from their time at Birch.

“We had some amazing teachers supporting us throughout the years,” said Madeline. “Their patience, intelligence and kindness has help guide and shape us into who we are today.”

“We will miss the Birch School spirit,” added Georgianna. “It is nothing something you can put into words. It is simply something you feel. This feeling travels throughout the school.”

Board Trustee Jill Levine spoke of cherished memories the students will carry from elementary school and offered advice as they continue their educational journey.

“Things are not always easy, but things are worth it,” she said. “Go do great things. We know that you can. Everyone’s great is different store to be how you define great.”

PTA Co-President Jennifer Cohen excitedly spoke about the new experiences students will have at Merrick Avenue Middle School while also acknowledging core values instilled at Birch.

“Birch School has given you a strong foundation and we know that you will continue to build on it,” she noted.

Kelley Merkle, the Merrick Faculty Association building chairperson, presented a donation to the Hospice Foundation of America on behalf of the Class of 2024.

Principal Kerri Galante said she always tries to center her moving up speech around something the students can really connect to. Before delving into her analogy about YouTube, Galante cautioned students to be mindful of their digital footprint as they enter middle school.

“Think back to your first day of elementary school,” she began. “It was a bit like joining or creating a new YouTube channel. You were excited and maybe a bit nervous, but ready to explore a whole new world. Just like starting a channel, you started with a blank slate; ready to fill it with your unique personality, creativity and hard work. Over the work you have soaked up and created your own content here at Birch. Each day was like a new video full of learning, fun and sometimes challenges. You’ve gained subscribers in the form of friends and your views have increased with every project, every test and every new experience. Your teachers have served as collaborators, guiding you and supporting you - and sometimes even joining in your adventures. And your parents as your ultimate fans and subscribers are always there to support and cheer you on.”

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Date Added: 6/21/2024

Chatterton Commemorates Class of 2024

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Chatterton sixth graders cerebrated their moving up ceremony on June 20, in a sea of blue and gold pomp and circumstance.
Members of the color guard handed over duties to the Class of 2025 ahead of the ceremony during a presentation of flags.
Principal Dana Bermas mentioned how one of her favorite aspects of being a building principal is the “happy opportunity to watch students learn and grow.”

“Over these past seven years, I have watched you develop from our tiniest students into mature, well-rounded young people ready to take on the world,” she said. “Along the way, you have learned foundational and academic skills that will serve as a springboard to your continued success. But more importantly, you have learned invaluable lessons about collaboration, problem-solving, and how to be caring and compassionate citizens.”

Merrick Board President Jill Levine told graduates that the qualities the Chatterton community help foster “will help you succeed in your future.”
“You have proven what you can do here in Chatterton and we cannot to wait watch all that you continue to do as you move onto middle school and beyond,” she added.

Raquel Bodner, a PTA representative, recalled challenges students faced through Covid and how they continued to thrive.
“This sixth grade class has proven to be some of the most adaptable people that I know,” she added. “If you feel nervous about going to middle school, just remember all of the changes and challenges you have already faced and conquered here at Chatterton.”

Student Council representatives Carly Richardson and Nolan Auyeung addressed the crowd, recanting various memories of their time spent at Chatterton. “We stand before you, feeling accomplished,” Auyeung said. “It has been a long journey filled with countless memories and experiences that have shaped us into who we are today.”

Richardson noted how the Student Council has “contributed to the school and community in meaningful ways.” “Throughout the year, we collected and donated toys, Legos and animal resources to those in need,” Richardson listed.

Traci Colfer, a building representative for the Merrick Faculty Association, announced a donation being made to Stand Up To Cancer on behalf of the Class of 2024. “This organization is very close to Chatterton’s heart,” she explained.

Dr. Richard Nasto coordinated choral arrangements of “Vienna” and “Turn the Beat Around.” While students Isaac Diamant and Max Schlosser penned lyrics for the traditional sixth grade song parody, “A Million Dreams.”

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Date Added: 6/20/2024


Lakeside Students Move Up to Middle School

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In a ceremony filled with songs and celebration, Levy Lakeside School graduated its 97th sixth grade class on June 18 in the Brookside auditorium.  

Principal Libby Trencheny addressed graduates, explaining that they are on the brink of an exciting new chapter of their lives.

“You have grown in ways that are truly remarkable,” she noted. “You faced challenges with determination and embraced new opportunities with enthusiasm. Your achievements span the realms of academics, arts, sports leadership and involvement. And by participating in various events and clubs, you have brought joy and pride to our school community.”

Sander Gross said that Lakeside “has truly shaped who we are.”

“We have learned to be bucket fillers and R.O.A.R.S. students,” he added. The school motto R.O.A.R.S. means to be respectful, open-minded, accepting and responsible students. 

Board Member Jill Levine told the crowd, “we always say that a Merrick Education is the beginning of a bright future.”

“You have showed that you are strong, you are flexible, you are resilient, and you are courageous,” she noted. “These qualities are now a part of you forever and I have no doubt that they will help you succeed in the future.”

PTA Co-Presidents Alicia Forkos and Andrea Kaplan thanked staff administrators and volunteer parents before addressing the graduates.

“We hope that when you look back on your time at Lakeside that these memories will bring a smile to your face,” Kaplan said. 

Students sung their traditional parody, this year to Miley Cyrus’ “I’ll Always Remember You.” Lyrics were rewritten by sixth grader Olivia Walter. The song was arranged by Choral Director Jeff Glemboski.

Jennifer Meschkow, a Merrick Faculty Association building representative and a fifth grade ELA teacher, announced that this year’s donation in honor of the Class of 2024 would be to METAvivor. A nonprofit organization for metastatic breast awareness, research and support, this donation was also in memory of longtime former Lakeside parent Brooke Jones.

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Date Added: 6/18/2024