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Nature Exploration at Gribbin

Nature Exploration at Gribbin photo

Gribbin kindergarten and first-grade science buddies in Miss Irene Kamola’s and Mrs. Antoinette Hatzopoulos’ classes have been taking nature walks and exploring fall science.

Miss Kamola recently drove by the biggest and heaviest sunflower she had ever seen. It barely fit in her truck, but she knew she had to take advantage of this unique teaching opportunity. The students learned about the parts and lifecycle of a sunflower and used their math skills and vocabulary to measure themselves. They made a graph of their favorite sunflower seeds to eat – raw, roasted or salted – and read books and learned a poem and a song about sunflowers. Teachers also explained how seeds get around, with students letting their own seeds go in anticipation of new plants sprouting in the spring.  

As students in the Teachers’ Greentree Ecology Workshop this past summer, Miss Kamola and Mrs. Hatzopoulos continue to nurture their own love of science and nature in their students. They are inspired by Anna Comstock, known as “the mother of nature education,” Comstock said, “Nature study cultivates in the child a love of the beautiful. The nature story is never finished. There is not a weed or an insect or a tree so common that the child, by observing carefully, may not see things never yet recorded.”


Gribbin Donates Food to Local Families in Need

Gribbin Donates Food to Local Families in Need photo
Students at Gribbin Elementary School collected nonperishable food items to support local community members this Thanksgiving. The students, their families and staff members donated traditional Thanksgiving meal items, which were transported to St. Rocco’s Church in Glen Cove to assist with its food drive.

Schools within the Glen Cove District joined other local community organizations to collect food for St. Rocco’s. Complete dinners will be distributed to families in Glen Cove prior to the Thanksgiving holiday.

Gribbin Hosts Operation Safe Child

Gribbin Hosts Operation Safe Child photo
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The parents and guardians of Gribbin School students will receive special identification cards with pertinent information about their children, thanks to Operation Safe Child and the Glen Cove Police Department.

The program, which is held at the school annually, collects vital information on students and incorporates it on an ID card to aid parents and law enforcement officials in the event of an emergency. Students had their photographs, fingerprints, height and weight taken by members of the police department. That information, along with the child’s hair color, date of birth and gender, will be stored in a database in Albany that can be accessed within minutes all over the country.

Gribbin Second-Graders Pay Tribute to Veterans

Gribbin Second-Graders Pay Tribute to Veterans photo

Gribbin second-graders in Mrs. Coleen Brunhuber’s class wrote thank-you letters to veterans in honor of Veterans Day. The students put their letters in a book, which will be distributed to local veterans who live in Glen Cove. They also put a book of letters together for Sergeant Anthony Lucic, a friend of Mrs. Brunhuber. Sgt. Lucic served two tours in Iraq. In addition to writing letters, students brought home stars to recognize any family members who are veterans.

Collaborative Lesson for Gribbin Students

Collaborative Lesson for Gribbin Students photo

Gribbin first-graders in Vanessa Broglia's class and second-graders in Coleen Brunhuber's class recently worked together on a cooperative project.

Using the school’s vocabulary board, the classes selected the word symbol, a term that correlates with the social studies curriculum. The teachers differentiated the lesson by breaking the two classes into three groups. One team was worked on cutting and gluing U.S. symbols, while the second drew symbols that represented themselves. The third group used an iPad to research different U.S. symbols and wrote about them. The students had a great time learning together!

Gribbin Students Enjoy Annual Fall Festival

Gribbin Students Enjoy Annual Fall Festival photo

The students at Gribbin School celebrated the season at the school’s annual fall festival on Oct. 27. The students participated in a variety of fall-themed fitness games and races with the help of student-athletes from New York Institute of Technology. The Gribbin School PTA also created a pumpkin patch, where each student was able to pick his or her own pumpkin to bring home. Finally, the students were treated to the show “The Energized Guyz,” which focused on various ways to conserve and use energy efficiently. Principal Francine Santoro extended her gratitude to the Gribbin PTA and NYIT for creating such a special day for students.

Gribbin Kindergartners Embrace New Literacy Program

Gribbin Kindergartners Embrace New Literacy Program photo

Kindergarten students at Gribbin School are learning to write and form letters in a fun and interesting way, thanks to Wilson’s early literacy phonics program Fundations.

The Fundations program, which was implemented by the district for kindergartners this September, employs a research-based approach and extensive program materials to assist teachers in presenting a carefully structured literacy curriculum using multisensory techniques.

During a recent class lesson, teacher Sable Battaglia reviewed the letters “g,” “a,” “i” and others. Using baby Echo, an owl puppet that helps reinforce key concepts for students, she said each letter, reviewed the sound it makes when pronounced and identified a word that began with the letter. Students then were asked to echo what they heard. After reviewing the letters and sounds, the class was asked to skywrite each letter. Each student raised an arm, closed one eye and made the shape of each letter with an outstretched finger. Battaglia also reviewed sky line, plane line, grass line and worm line — guidelines used to help students write letters. The children then returned to their seats and continued the lesson by tracing the letters in their workbooks.

“I really like the systematic nature of this program,” Battaglia said. “It’s very structured and routine, which is essential for students at this age. They are also making a strong connection between the letters and sounds, thanks to the integration of the visual aids.”  


Monthly Family Nights Begin

Family Nights Begin

To combat the busy schedules of families, the district has implemented a monthly Family Night. On Family Night, students will not be assigned any homework from their classroom teachers, allowing their families to preplan fun activities, without interruption.

Family Night will be held on the following dates:
Oct. 25        Jan. 31          April 18
Nov. 22        Feb. 14         May 23
Dec. 20        March 21       June 13