A North Merrick Minute
An e-newsletter from the North Merrick Schools: Fall 2021
Update from the Superintendent of Schools, Dr. Cynthia Seniuk
We have had a wonderful start to the new school year with a robust return to in-person instruction and instrumental music, library, physical education, and art lessons. We are scheduling a mix of virtual and real-life meetings, events, and field trips to best meet our needs. The WINGS program is again being offered in the format of after-school virtual modules in anticipation of moving to in-person instructional experiences in December, while this fall's Parent University will be presented in a new, fun game show format. And I'm sure you join me in looking forward to the book fairs, fall festivals, Halloween parades, and faculty-sponsored Trunk or Treat. Through the sharing of creative ideas and collaborative thinking, North Merrick schools are moving forward on a positive and proactive path for the 2021-22 school year.
Students Receive Mindfulness Journals to Start Off the New School Year
Closing Circles Added to Complement Morning Meetings
Marine Science Trips for Grades 2 and 3 to Short Beach
North Merrick second grade students took their traditional field trips to Short Beach to observe marine life this month as part of their science unit of study. The program was also extended to the third grade classes this year to provide them with the experience they missed last year due to pandemic restrictions. Dr. Dan McCann, who facilitates the hands-on marine science program, said he received many thanks from third grade parents to include them. Brenda McCann, co-facilitator, added, “Some of the third graders did their research on horseshoe crabs last year and were very knowledgeable about them, and the students used related vocabulary appropriately when describing the shoreline.” All the students enjoyed the day at the beach, working together, and learning about the Long Island ecosystem.