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Kindergarten Celebrations!

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Tears of joy and pride rolled down the faces of kindergarten parents as they watched their children celebrate the completion of their first year of school. At Ann MacArthur Primary School and Bayville Primary School, kindergarteners dressed in their best clothes smiled big and sang songs about growing up.

Classroom teachers and music teachers worked together to help the children perform for their families in the schools’ multipurpose rooms. Although there are still officially a few days left of school, when the singing was done, the children were congratulated for completing kindergarten.

See the slideshow below for photos from both schools.

Memorial Day Salute

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Elementary students gave patriotic tributes that showed that they truly understand the meaning of Memorial Day and the importance of honoring our country’s veterans.

Students and staff from Ann MacArthur Primary School and Locust Valley Intermediate School gathered together at AMP to show their respect and to listen to words of wisdom from a local veteran.  Joe Rydzewski shared stories of his time in the military and encouraged students to appreciate the freedoms they have because of soldiers that work to protect the United States of America.

Bayville Primary School and Bayville Intermediate School students and staff walked to Bayville Village Hall for their Memorial Day ceremony. Veterans in attendance were honored for their service.

Decked out in red, white and blue, carrying American flags and performing patriotic songs, children at both events proved that they care about our veterans and that they appreciate the sacrifices these men and women have made. The bands and orchestra from both intermediate schools made the events more festive, while still respecting that this holiday commemorates those that were lost while serving the country in the armed forces. Students placed flowers at the base of the flagpoles and played taps as is customary at military memorial services.

Superintendent of Schools, Dr. Anna F. Hunderfund and Board of Education trustee Margaret Marchand attended both ceremonies. Nassau County Legislator Josh Lafazan attended the Bayville event and told the children that because of our veterans, they have the freedom to live the American dream.

We wish everyone a safe Memorial Day weekend and send our thanks to all of our country’s veterans.

Bilingual Night Provides Support

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Spanish-speaking parents in the Locust Valley Central School District were offered support at Bilingual Night, held in Locust Valley and Bayville. The event was open to elementary, middle and high school parents.

The school/community partnership was emphasized for more than 80 people to facilitate and improve parental involvement in education.

Information was shared by building principals, ENL teachers, SEPTA and representatives of outside organizations, such as the library and medical facilities.

Topics included ways in which parents can obtain support for their children in academics and where they can find information and homework assignments. The district website at www.lvcsd.k12.ny.us has an option to translate pages into a variety of languages, one way the non-English-speaking parents can stay informed.

The information sessions were facilitated and organized by Cindy Ergen, teaching assistant at Locust Valley Intermediate School, who assists in translating for and communication with Spanish-speaking parents. Parent organizations assisted by providing snacks.

Ms. Ergen said the feedback from attendees was overwhelmingly positive. “They appreciated the presentations and said they feel more comfortable now reaching out and being part of the school community.”

Bilingual nights will be scheduled for the 2018-19 school year as well. “We will continue to make sure our Spanish population feels included and informed,” Ms. Ergen said.