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Barnum Woods

500 May Lane
East Meadow, NY 11554

Principal: Gregory J.R. Bottari

Assistant Principal: Harriet Alfano

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The Barnum Woods Elementary School is a school dedicated to creating a learning environment, which enables our students to meet the demands of a challenging, dynamic society. Our children know that parents, teachers, administrators and the Barnum Woods community, as a whole, are focused on ensuring their development as life-long learners. "
~Gregory J.R. Bottari, Principal

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East Meadow Celebrates Black History Month

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Every day throughout the month of February, Janelle DeSouza, a monitor at Barnum Woods Elementary School, provides Black History Month facts for students to listen to during the morning announcements.

On Feb. 9, Janelle’s daily announcement contained information on Ruby Bridges, who was the first Black child to attend an all-white school in Louisiana in 1960. She wrote, “Because of her bravery, today we are all able to attend school with people from different backgrounds, races and cultures!”

Janelle, who has been working as a monitor since 2018, said that her project is aimed at shining a light on some of the lesser-known facts surrounding prominent figures from the civil rights movement.

“I think it’s important that students become more aware of events in their entire history,” she said. “The Black History Month announcements highlight people and events in the Black community that are not as well known.”

Janelle thanked Principal Gregory Bottari and Assistant Principal Harriet Alfano for the opportunity to develop this project. In addition, she thanked second grade teacher Jennifer Keicher who helped her create fact slideshows for teachers to use when discussing the historical figure or event in their classrooms. Lastly, she thanked former Barnum Woods teacher Christine Waters, who provided some of the resources used for the Black History Month facts.

‘Souper Bowl’ Donations at Barnum Woods

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From Feb. 1-5, students, faculty and staff at Barnum Woods Elementary School collected nonperishable food items for the school’s 2021 Souper Bowl Food Drive to benefit the district’s food pantry. 

VIDEO: 20-21 Virtual Young Artist Exhibition

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The East Meadow School District Art Department proudly presents the 2020 -2021 Young Artist Exhibition. Although we were unable to view the exhibit in person or celebrate together, we are excited to share the work of our students virtually. The exhibition, which will remain on display through May at the Leon J. Campo Salisbury Center, features works of art from students in grades K-12, representing every school in the district.

We would like to thank our students for sharing their talents and for allowing us to experience their work. Our students are leaders in our mission to create and to explore the arts and we hope the exhibit is a representation to our community that we are continuing to celebrate our students and the work they have shared.

We hope you enjoy!

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