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Author Inspiration

Children’s author/Illustrator Michael Rex recently stopped by the Cherry Lane School library to share some of his tips/techniques for creating books. Students enjoyed hearing how Mr. Rex finds inspiration and ideas for his stories. Student volunteers also assisted him in demonstrating how he draws his popular character Fangbone.  Mr. Rex has also authored such books as “Goodnight Goon” and “Runaway Mummy.”

Thank you to the Cherry Lane PTA for supporting this annual event!

Making Global Connections

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Cherry Lane students have been connecting with children from around the world through the use of live video and activities thanks to the online tool  Empatico.

A free tool available to educators, Empatico is an initiative from The KIND Foundation, a separate philanthropic entity started by KIND Healthy Snacks.

Cherry Lane students have been exploring the world through experiences that encourage kindness, empathy and curiosity. Several classes have engaged in video interaction with students around the world, which has provided them with the opportunity to learn about the world beyond their local community.

Reading Across Cherry Lane

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Cherry Lane students recently held a weeklong celebration of literacy in conjunction with Read Across America Day, which is March 1. As a culmination to the week, K-2 students paraded into the gymnasium for a schoolwide readathon and also recognized Dr. Seuss’ birthday on March 1. Students recited an oath to read for a sustained period of time; kindergartners maintained their reading stamina for 15 minutes, while first- and second-graders read for 26 minutes before returning to their classrooms. Staff members also dived into their favorite books and thoroughly enjoyed the celebration of reading.

Reading specialist Danielle Emmel coordinated this and several other fun, literacy-based activities during the week leading up to Read Across America Day. Among them were a Storybook Character Day in which students and staff dressed like their favorite character from a book, a Curl Up With a Good Book Day in which students came to school dressed in their pajamas and a Fox in Socks crazy socks day, which payed homage to the popular Dr. Seuss book. 

Measuring Their Own Growth

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Cherry Lane students recently participated in assessments to measure their personal academic progress from the beginning of the school year.  Each student had the opportunity to review their growth data with their teachers, and set goals for the remainder of the school year.  Pictured are second graders from Ms. Santos and Mrs. Cruz’ class proudly displaying certificates earned for embracing their challenges and celebrating their growth.

Battle of the Classes on March 1

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The Carle Place High School Key Club and Student Organization are hosting Battle of the Classes at Carle Place Middle/High School on Friday, March 1 beginning at 6:30 p.m. 

Each year, students “battle” for a special cause during Battle of the Classes. This year’s charity was selected based on sophomore Victoria Argenzio’s work with the Long Island Tourette Association. Victoria’s work is inspired by her brother, Stephen Argenenzio (Class of 2018) and his struggle with Tourette syndrome.  

On Feb. 1, Carle Place Middle/High School hosted a special assembly to raise awareness about this year’s event. Jane Zwilling, co-chair of the Long Island chapter of the Tourette Association of America (TAA) and co-director of the Long Island Center for Tourette and Associated Disorders, spoke at the assembly. 

It is both the Key Club’s and Student Organization’s hope that this event will raise awareness for children with Tourette syndrome, eliminate bullying and erase misconceptions about Tourette, while also raising funding for this cause.

Carle Place High School junior and Key Club President Lauren Basso is pictured here volunteering as a member of the Long Island Tourette Association’s support group.  Lauren and Samantha Wagner were instrumental in creating the informational video about Tourette syndrome and this year’s Battle of the Classes.

To learn more about this year’s Battle of the Classes, please click on the following links:
Student-created video for the Long Island Tourette Association:
Online donation link:
News12’s announcement of the event:

Submitted by Samantha Wagner

Friendly Messages Shared on Valentine’s Day

Keeping with this month’s character education theme of friendship, and in the spirit of Valentine’s Day, Cherry Lane students wrote friendly valentine messages to one another, their teachers and school staff members. Pictured are some students “caught” in the act of placing their messages in the school valentine mailbox, which was located in the school lobby. On Valentine’s Day, everyone opened his or her messages, providing a special feeling of warmth on an otherwise chilly mid-February winter’s day.

Celebrating 100 Days


Cherry Lane School celebrated the 100th day of school on Feb. 13 with a host of fun, educational activities to keep students counting and cognizant of the number 100.

In the school gymnasium, Principal Susan Folkson led a fun, celebratory rally that included physical education teacher Conor Reardon leading students in various exercises, which they performed in sets of 10 leading up to 100. In classrooms, students participated in various mathematical activities centering on the number 100, including counting, graphing and measuring. They also made various creations using 100 parts or objects. 

Second-graders in Mary Donnelly’s class counted and sorted coins they earned for doing chores at home. Parents pledged to award each student 100 coins for their hard work, which they in turn are donating to Chris Pendergast’s Ride for Life, which benefits amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS) research and support.

Ringing in the Lunar New Year

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Cherry Lane students celebrated the Lunar New Year in grand fashion! In social studies, children learned about the different family cultural traditions. They also wore red, created noisemakers and enjoyed a Lunar New Year parade, as kindergarteners proudly marched through the halls displaying a traditional dragon and signs. Some also played their drums.


Showing Our Veterans We Care

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Students at Cherry Lane School made Valentine’s cards for veterans to thank them for their service to our country.  The Valentines for Veterans program is a Nassau County tradition for which thousands of valentines are collected from children and distributed to veterans in hospitals and nursing homes. Great job!
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