Mandalay Elementary School

Mandalay Elementary School

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Welcome to Mandalay Elementary School
 where our children strive to...
 Be LEADERS not followers!
Quote of the month (January):
"Be the kind of leader you would follow." 



    The festive spirit of the holidays resonated throughout the hallways of Mandalay School as kindergarten and first-grade students participated in Hanukkah dreidel games and gingerbread house creations.

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    In honor of Veterans Day, Mandalay Elementary School’s student council members hosted a collection drive for a local chapter of the Blue Star Mothers of America, a nonprofit organization that sends care packages to members of the Armed Forces with items requested by them. The students packaged all of the items with handmade cards.

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    To enhance the District’s STEAM initiative, students at Mandalay, Forest Lake and Wantagh elementary schools are provided with additional science, technology, engineering, the arts and mathematics workshops in the schools’ STEAM labs. Under the direction of STEAM teacher Kaitlin Dayton, students can work on various projects during recess time.

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    In addition to learning core academic skills, Mandalay students have been brushing up their manners with the Manners of the Month program. During this yearlong program, students focused on one key “manner” per month including choosing words carefully, saying thank you and sorry, watching their tone of voice, demonstrating patience, complementing peers, greeting others and saying excuse me.

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    Mandalay students were eager to try their hands in a number of science, technology, engineering, arts and mathematics workshops as they partnered with parents during the school’s inaugural STEAM Night. During the event, each student was enrolled in two creative and challenging activities, which emphasized the district’s instructional approach to guide students in dialogue, critical thinking, problem-solving, collaboration and inquiry.

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    Mandalay third graders in Arlene Berman’s class looked to the sky as their handmade Stomp Rockets propelled toward the sun during a workshop with STEAM Powered Learning.

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    During a workshop with the New York Hall of Science, Mandalay third graders learned about microbes that live in freshwater lakes and ponds on Long Island and are not visible to the naked eye.

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Principal's Message


Dear Parents:

Summertime seems to move faster than we would hope for, and before you know it I will be greeting all of the Mandalay children back to school on September 1st.  The start of a school year marks new beginnings, and memories to be made.  I am pleased to know each child’s name that is returning to Mandalay, and eager to learn about our incoming kindergartners and new students to the district.  One of the greatest joys of my job is gaining a small glimpse of the children each day while they are at school.

This summer my family and I embarked upon our own new journey, as we moved to another town.  Watching my children prepare to attend a new school (with an anxious feeling inside themselves) reminded me once again on just how important the role of a school factors into a child's social and emotional well-being. 

Rest assure, the staff at Mandalay is your partner in ensuring the success of your child.  Our goal is to promote a child's self-confidence while attending Mandalay, balanced with their academic success.  We will continue to prepare the children with a rich curriculum, and embed opportunities for them to think critically, exposing them to STEAM initiatives.

I look forward to a successful school year. 

Warm Regards,

Marie Pisicchio


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