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Dutch Broadway School

Mrs. Cynthia Qasim, Principal
Mr. Brendan Alfieri, Asst. Principal
Dr. Ed Thomas, Asst. Principal

1880 Dutch Broadway, Elmont, NY 11003
Phone: (516) 326-5550
Fax: (516) 326-0519
Hours: 8:35 a.m.-2:55 p.m.

"Dutch Broadway Pride!"




Message from the Principal


On behalf of the Dutch Broadway School’s faculty and staff, we are pleased to welcome you back for the 2021-2022 school year! A special welcome is extended to all of the new families joining the Dutch Broadway School family. I am honored to be your principal. It is a true privilege to be a part of a community where parents, teachers, and students care for each other and strive to build positive relationships that support academic success and social growth. Although this school year is starting out much differently than the norm, I look forward to getting to know the students as I form positive and supportive relationships with them. As we welcome the children back, one of our primary focuses will be to nurture our children’s social-emotional learning. Dutch Broadway’s faculty, consisting of both teachers and the school’s Mental Health Team has formed a committee to initiate “Project Good Vibes,” a combination of mindfulness strategies and character development activities. In keeping with the district’s mission to “Educate the Whole Child,” this initiative will provide the students with daily mindfulness breathing techniques and monthly themed activities. These resources will provide the students, who may have been directly or indirectly affected by the recent events, with an array of strategies and coping skills. A key factor to student success is the partnership between home and school and this is most important now more than ever. To enhance communication between all stakeholders, the district has provided our families with the following resources:

  • The Remind app – your child’s teacher will provide detailed information on how you can join your child(ren)’s class. This feature will allow teachers and parents to communicate directly with one another.
  • The Elmont District app – from your favorite app store download Elmont Union Free School District. When installed click on the tool and check off Dutch Broadway. You will receive all notifications sent by the school.
  • The Elmont UFSD website – – Visit the website to receive the most up-to-date information throughout the school year.
  • Blackboard Connect – a pre-recorded voice call sent to the phone number on file. We ask that your contact information be updated accordingly.


Our teachers understand that part of our children’s success relies heavily on the support offered both at school and at home and realize that a strong partnership with you will make a great difference in your child’s education. I am certain that our common responsibility for our children’s success will provide fruitful outcomes as the year progresses no matter the challenges.

My door is always open. Please feel free to call or email me to discuss any concerns you might have throughout the school year. Thank you for your continued support as we work together as a school community inspiring our children to strive for and achieve their goals.

Mrs. Cynthia Qasim
Principal, Dutch Broadway School


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Dutch Broadway Students Remember the Holocaust

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Dutch Broadway School fifth graders in Mr. Bambrick's, Mrs. Kelly's and Mrs. Kerasotis's classes recently completed a unit of study on the Holocaust.

Students began the unit by reading “Number the Stars” by Lois Lowry. While reading the novel, they also studied events during World War II and the Holocaust. The fifth graders researched victims and survivors, sharing their stories with their classmates and completing the projects online.

In Mr. Bambrick’s class, students read the poem “The Butterfly” by Pavel Friedmann, a young author who was killed during the Holocaust. They then created butterflies with the names of victims and brief summaries of their time during World War II. The butterflies were displayed in the hallway as a sign of remembrance to those lost. His class also read “Twenty and Ten,” learning how children in France assisted in hiding Jewish children during the end of the war.

As a culminating activity, computer teacher Mrs. Havrylkoff scheduled a two-day virtual field trip to the Holocaust Museum and Tolerance Center of Nassau County for all three fifth grade classes. During the first part of the trip, students virtually toured the museum and obtained various facts about the Holocaust from Dr. Bernie Furshpan, who also shared stories of his parents' time fighting for survival during the Holocaust. During the second part, students heard from virtual guest speaker and Holocaust survivor Renee Silver.

Date Added: 4/26/2022