A North Merrick Minute

An e-newsletter from North Merrick Schools: Fall 2019

Report Cards on the Parent Portal

Thursday, Dec. 5th, 3pm

This is an online event.

The PowerSchool Parent Portal will go live on Thursday, December 5 at 3 p.m. to view report cards for students in grades 1-6. The NWEA reports can also be viewed as of Thursday, December 12 at 3 p.m. If you have any questions about the Parent Portal, refer to the user guide on the district homepage. If you have questions regarding your PIN (the portal access confidential ID), please contact the main office of your child's school.

PLEASE NOTE CHANGE IN START TIME: December Board of Education Meeting

Tuesday, Dec. 10th, 7:30pm

1057 Merrick Avenue

North Merrick, NY

The December 10 Board of Education Meeting will begin at 7:30 PM at Harold D. Fayette School. The meeting will begin with a seasonal choral performance by our students! To extend the spirit of the season, bring an unwrapped toy for the holiday toy drive and drop it in the labeled box in the lobby.

North Merrick Families Share the Joy of Reading

The Parent University on October 22 focused on the joy of reading and featured author Selene Castrovilla as the keynote speaker. Ms. Castrovilla described her love of history and writing, which resulted in her publishing several children's books. She talked to parents about choosing good books for their children, and Jackie Perez from the North Merrick Public Library discussed the many services for families at the library. Meanwhile, students participated in a variety of workshops in which they read books together and created related crafts. The evening was topped off with milk and cookies! See the photo gallery here.
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All Hands on Deck for Science Immersion

North Merrick students actively participate in a hands-on science curriculum across grade levels throughout the school year. Consultant Dan McCann has created interactive lesson plans so students can become explorers, engineers and scientists inside and outside the classroom.
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NEW SERVICE: Guidance Counseling for K-6

To meet the new state mandate for guidance counseling services for all grades, guidance counselor Rebecca Mantle has been working with our students once a week on a rotating basis. Kindergartners are learning about ways to spread kindness. First graders are discussing facial expressions and how they relate to feelings. Students in grades 2-4 are gaining coping skills and calming strategies while grade 5 students will soon be focused on empathy and responsibility. Sixth graders are preparing for middle school by talking about peer pressure, social media, time management and using a planner. Later in the year, the sixth grade classes will be introduced to Naviance, a guidance software used on the secondary level, to begin aligning their strengths and interests to college and career choices.

NEW PROGRAM: Enrichment for All

During the third week of November, North Merrick students and their teachers had the opportunity to participate in engaging and creative activities in their classrooms in a variety of "Enrichment for All" modules. For an hour and a half, classes throughout the district were busy learning a new skill, such as solving tangrams or puzzles, weaving or crocheting, or designing Lego cars or marshmallow towers. The Enrichment for All modules will be repeated again during the school year.