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Mission Statement

Our mission is to inspire all students to be confident, passionate learners with the courage and skills to lead their lives with integrity, while contributing to our global community with creativity and compassion.

pa1599 Park Avenue.
North Merrick, NY 11566
Tel: (516) 992-3117
Fax: (516) 992-3274
Principal: Mr. Michael DeBlasio





Dear Park Avenue Families,

It is with the greatest of pleasure and excitement that I welcome you to Park Avenue School. As principal, I have the honor of leading our fantastic teachers, students, and school community through an amazing educational journey. We are dedicated to providing your children with a safe and nurturing environment where they feel valued and confident to expand their knowledge and abilities. By fostering the development of the whole child, our students acquire the skill set needed to become productive, compassionate, and educated leaders of tomorrow. Our focus is to guide your children as they navigate through a rigorous curriculum, develop strong character, and surpass our high expectations.

The partnership between the Park Avenue families and our staff provides our young scholars with educational experiences that last a lifetime. By adhering to a growth mindset, we here at Park Avenue strive to be our best selves by working through challenges, helping others, and exuding the willingness to learn new and exciting things. It is through our teachers’ powerful instructional practices that Park Avenue students receive an education that focuses on academic, social, and emotional growth. This holistic approach ensures that the students of Park Avenue School develop strong foundational skills that they may build their successes upon.

Our district’s mission is to inspire all students to be confident, passionate learners with the courage and skills to lead their lives with integrity, while contributing to our global community with creativity and compassion. Together, we will carry out this mission and reach even higher levels of success.

The love and passion for learning is what makes Park Avenue School an incredibly special place. We approach all that we do here with a perspective of empathy, curiosity, and exploration. I am looking forward to another fantastic school year! Please feel free to contact me as I am readily available to work with you and answer any questions that you may have.


Michael DeBlasio


Spanish Program Delights Language Learners

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Asked if they are excited to learn another language, the answer by students across the North Bellmore School District is simple – “Si.”

The district relaunched its Spanish program this year, with regular instruction for fifth and sixth graders at the five elementary schools, as well as a kindergarten enrichment program. Spanish teacher Kristen Giris incorporates Spanish language and culture into her lessons. Early topics have included the Spanish alphabet, numbers, greetings, feelings, holidays, the calendar, weather, colors, shapes, family members, classroom objects and adjectives.

“To get students engaged in learning language, I like to make the class fun,” Ms. Giris said. “I incorporate a lot of games, pictures, choral repetition, songs and movement. Language in meant to be spoken and we work in groups and pairs frequently.”

Spanish culture is an important part of her lessons. Hispanic Heritage Month, celebrated annually from Sept. 15 to Oct. 15, gave Ms. Giris an early opportunity to integrate Spanish customs into her instruction. Students also learn about the history of Latin American nations, famous Hispanic people and points of interest in Spanish-speaking countries.Music frequently plays in the background during class.

Students say the Spanish skills they are developing now will help them in middle school and beyond. Martin Avenue Elementary School fifth grader Kendall Cava said the vocabulary sheets provided by Ms. Giris help her memorize words. Her favorite assignment was a research project on famous people from Spanish-speaking countries and she chose Celia Cruz, the Queen of Salsa.

Kendall said that learning Spanish will help her communicate better with several relatives. Sixth grader Rex Dietrich, whose great-grandfather hails from Argentina, enjoys connecting with his Hispanic heritage. He appreciates that Ms. Giris spends most of class speaking Spanish, not English, which helps him learn the language better.

“It’s important because around this age, we’re going to start meeting people who speak other languages, and one of the most popular languages is Spanish,” Rex said.

Kallyx Agpalo fondly remembers an activity about feelings. Working with a partner, one student would say an emotion in Spanish, and the other would match it to a card with a picture of that emotion.

Sixth grader Shiba Das loves learning other languages and about other countries. He has already been overseas with aspirations to travel to even more places, so he knows that knowledge of any language will be a great benefit.

Madison Badillo, a sixth grader, said she looks forward to speaking with her grandfather in Spanish. She has particularly enjoyed studying Hispanic culture and liked writing poems inspired by a tradition from the Mexican holiday, Day of the Dead.

“It’s a really good opportunity for us because we get to be exposed to Spanish before we go off to middle school,” she said.

Madison plans to continue with Spanish in middle school to master the language, while other students say they’d like to use the spark that was lit this year to add a third language to their repertoire. Kallyx explained that he is thinking about taking French or Italian next year because it’s good to learn multiple languages and be able to communicate with many different people.

Fifth and sixth graders receive one 40-minute block of Spanish per six-day cycle. The kindergarten enrichment program is designed to expose the children to the language at a young age, focusing on basic vocabulary and phrases. Ms. Giris described the classes as fun and communicative, with lots of singing and games.

“Learning languages at the elementary level provides a huge benefit for students,” Ms. Giris said.“At a young age, they are more inclined and open to trying new things. Research shows that when students begin language learning at the elementary level, they are able to pick up languages faster with more native-like fluency and a higher level of proficiency. A language is a bridge to understanding and an appreciation of differences in a rapidly diversifying world.”

Date Added: 11/15/2022

Park Avenue Writers Stage a New Reality

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Children love their stuffed animals and for fifth graders at Park Avenue Elementary School, those fluffy friends are serving as inspiration for a writing and technology project.

Students recently read “The Miraculous Journey of Edward Tulane” which follows the tale of a China rabbit and how his personality evolves over time. The story served as an example on how to identify character traits in literature. Fifth graders then wrote stories from the perspective of their own stuffed animals.

Teachers Melissa Danowski and Jenna Stack said that the students had to write action and dialogue in their original stories that reflected the characteristics they gave their stuffed animals. The project then continued with a technology component. On their iPads, they used the camera and an augmented reality app, AR Makr, to create scenes for their animals with 3D objects.

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Date Added: 11/9/2022

Buddies Learn Together at Park Avenue

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Kindergartners and sixth graders at Park Avenue Elementary School will get together throughout the year for shared learning opportunities. During their first meeting, buddies were paired up and they read books to each other.

The kindergarten classrooms of Anne Griffin and Sarah Mazeika, as well as the sixth grade rooms of Amanda DiMonda and Nicole Giusto, gave the buddies ample space to spread out. The sixth graders served as reading role models for their younger peers, while kindergartners were able to show how much they progressed as readers in the first few weeks of the year.

The students also worked on drawings together based on the books they read. The goal is for the buddies to get together at least once a month for reading, seasonal activities and other fun collaborative projects.

Date Added: 10/21/2022

Students Take Aim at Cancer With Gold Garb

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“Compassion” is a cornerstone of the North Bellmore School District’s mission statement, and students and staff at the five elementary schools showed their care and concern for others on Go Gold Day in support of children battling cancer.

On Sept. 30, gold could be found just about everywhere. The color was chosen because the gold ribbon is the symbol of Childhood Cancer Awareness Month. Children and adults united for a good cause by adding splashes of yellow, gold and neon green to their wardrobes. They made a bright statement in the fight against pediatric cancer.

At Park Avenue Elementary School, a high number of students were donning gold. Every classroom was filled with children in yellow shirts and a few even added gold coloring to their hair.

“We want to represent the cancer patients and we want to save lives,” said Park Avenue fourth grader Catalina Fioranelli.

Date Added: 10/4/2022

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