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Dayton Avenue School

151 Dayton Avenue, Manorville, NY 11949

Phone: (631) 801-3080

Fax: (631) 878-6404

Hours: 8:30 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.

Grades: 3 - 6

Principal: Dr. Shelita Watkis

Dayton Avenue School building


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ESM Music Boosters Cards for a Cause

Please consider purchasing a lovely box of greeting cards to support our fundraiser to benefit our school's Music students' program!

Each box contains 30 (or more!) high quality, hand-embellished cards for $30.00 that, if purchased from a store, would easily cost $4-7 each. Save money now and time later. It's a great deal for a great cause!

See the current card box contents in this video that families are welcome to share, too! Click here to view the video

Once all orders and payments have been received, the cards will be ordered and may take up to 2 weeks to arrive. Local pick up or delivery may be arranged through email and/or phone depending on location, so please provide that when ordering.

For any questions, please contact
Coleen Meyers - 631.740.4009
Dawn Schlegel - 516.448.5159



School Announcements

Dayton Avenue News

ESM Elementary Students Celebrated the Thanksgiving Season

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Elementary school students attending Dayton Avenue, Eastport Elementary and South Street schools prepared for the Thanksgiving holiday with an array of activities to bring on the festivities of the season.

At Eastport Elementary School, sixth grade students hosted a Thanksgiving feast get-together. This is an annual tradition that was discontinued during the pandemic, and students were delighted to bring it back and share thanks during a special holiday meal.

At South Street School, first grade students made tea lights for their family Thanksgiving table. They pasted colored tissue squares to a mason jar and inserted a battery-operated tea light. The creative activity assisted the students in the development of their fine motor and directional skills and was a wonderful gift for the family. Pre-kindergarten students also shared the gift of music with their parents and caregivers before settling down to a Thanksgiving feast. Prior to the activity, the students learned to be giving and thankful, made turkey hats and handprinted cards and practiced singing Thanksgiving songs.

Additionally, a Thanksgiving food drive at Dayton Avenue School collected 1,100 food and personal care items, which was donated to The Presbyterian Church of Center Moriches.

Click here to view the photo slideshow.

Date Added: 11/29/2022

Readers Walk of Fame

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Dayton Avenue School students received a loud round of applause from peers as they walked down the red carpet studded with stars during the Readers Walk of Fame, held on Oct. 3. The event was the culmination of the school’s summer reading program, which encouraged students to read daily and record the number of minutes read.

In all, 29 students qualified to walk the red carpet and received a certificate of recognition and a gift from Principal Dr. Shelita Watkis and co-host Rebecca DiLorenzo. Dr. Watkis told the student body to talk to the voracious readers for a recommendation for a good book.

“Fall in love with some good books now, so when the summer comes, you will be prepared,” Dr. Watkis said.

Date Added: 10/19/2022

Students Learn to Accept Others’ Differences

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Dayton Avenue School and Eastport Elementary School students learned about the wonder of being an upstander, or a person who speaks up or intervenes on behalf of an individual being bullied.

In addition to sixth grade students reading R.J. Palacio’s “Wonder,” students at Dayton Avenue created colorful artwork decorated with inspirational words, such as “beautiful,” “athletic,” and “smart” to remind peers that they are wonderful the way they are. During a myFace Wonder Program assembly at both schools, students listened to myFace board representative Sandra Neuschotz and Director of Family Programs Dina Zuckerberg about various types of craniofacial differences, like Augie Pullman in “Wonder.” They learned what having a cranial difference was like for Ms. Zuckerberg while growing up, and how some people automatically assume that those with craniofacial differences are not smart, when, in reality, they are just like everyone else.

“Bad words and actions leave a mark on our hearts,” Ms. Zuckerberg said. “These things last and stay with you.”

The assembly also engaged students in the ways in which they can step in and stop a peer from being bullied.

Date Added: 10/7/2022

Virtual Backpack