Gribbin Elementary School

School Hours: 8:55 a.m. – 3:40 p.m.

Early Dismissal Time: 12:10 p.m.

Seaman & Walnut Roads, Glen Cove, NY 11542
(516) 801-7210


Welcome To Our School

The Eugene J. Gribbin Primary School was built in 1966. Our school was named after Mr. Gribbin, a former principal at Glen Cove High School as well as a Superintendent for the district in 1941. Mr. Gribbin's name was synonymous with education in Glen Cove for many years.

Currently Gribbin School houses 399 students in grades k-2.

The entire staff is dedicated to educating and nurturing the whole child. We strive for a safe and secure environment where every child is encouraged to excel.

"The lesson you teach today is not confined to the walls of the classroom. Once it is implanted in the heart and mind of a child it can change the world".

Kindergarten  |  Grade 1  | Grade 2

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You can support Gribbin School while you shop

All year we will be collecting Box Tops for Education.  Clip those Box Tops and send them to school.    Save your King Kullen receipts and bring them to school too. 
Register your Target & Stop&Shop savings card and a portion of your sales will go to our school.
Just a few ways you can support our school without doing any work! 

Current News

Administrators and Students Present at Board Meeting


Building administrators joined members of their respective schools’ Site Based Committees to provide a summary of their yearlong goals and accomplishments to Board members at the most recent Board of Education meeting.

During the Gribbin School presentation, Principal Francine Santoro and Site Based Committee members described how they highlighted the school’s theme on kindness through a song taught to students and a video compilation that allowed students to share their stories of kindness.    

Principal Nomi Rosen and members of Deasy School’s committee shared information on the school’s World of Imagination Night, which gave students an opportunity to show their parents the unique learning opportunities available at their school.

Landing School Principal Dimitri Kryoneris highlighted the school’s continued tradition of signing its “Bill of Rights” and its Martin Luther King Jr. Day celebration, which focused on students spreading kind hopes and wishes for world peace.  

Connolly Principal Rose Sekelsky, Finley Middle School Principal Nelson Iocolano and Glen Cove High School Assistant Principal Allen Hudson also presented at the meeting, highlighting the wonderful activities at each of their schools.

Following the Site Based Committees’ presentations, Finley students shared the research they had conducted as part of the school’s newly implemented research program. During the half-year course, students selected a topic of interest and wrote extensive research papers on what they had learned.

Adopt an Animal Program Winds Down at Gribbin

Gribbin School students completed their participation in the Riverhead Foundation for Marine Research and Preservation’s Adopt an Animal program with a visit from the Theodore Roosevelt Bird Sanctuary.

The program was brought to the school by the Gribbin Adopt an Animal Team to enhance students’ knowledge of wildlife conservation and preservation. During the visit, students learned about both local and global endangered species and what they can do to help the animals. They also viewed a wood turtle, box turtle and a screech owl up close and had an opportunity to ask questions about the animals and ask what the sanctuary does to care for and protect them.

At the end of the assembly, poster contest winners were announced from each grade level and were presented with a nonfiction book, stuffed animal and folder from the Riverhead Foundation. Each teacher also received a framed certificate of adoption to display in his or her classroom.

During the past three weeks, the students at Gribbin raised more than $877 to be donated to the Riverhead Foundation for Marine Research and Preservation. While the Adopt an Animal Project only lasted three weeks, the Gribbin staff hopes that information about these animals and the compassion and caring toward the environment will stay in the students’ hearts and minds for a lifetime.


Scenes from Gribbin School’s Field Day

Fine Arts and Fun at Annual Festival


Gribbin School students displayed their artistic talents at the school’s annual Fine Arts Festival on June 3.

The evening began with a dance performance by second-grade students, led by New York City jazz dancer Mickey Davidson, who spent four weeks preparing the children during their physical education classes. Next was a jazzy singalong, under the direction of music teacher JoAnn Criblez. Students and their families also enjoyed a jazz-inspired student-art exhibit coordinated by art teacher LeeAnn Palazzo and took part in jazz-related activities in the library. In addition, students enjoyed outdoor activities and a performance by a professional jazz band.    

According to music teacher JoAnn Criblez, the interdisciplinary event brought the school’s art, library, music and physical education departments together to highlight the world of jazz music through dance, song, books and art.

“Jazz music came from diverse people living together,” Criblez said. “It was exciting to unite for a month and show the children how the theme of jazz connects in different areas.”

The festival was dedicated to late librarian Robin Schapira, who lost her battle with cancer in February. Schapira’s mother attended the event.

Gribbin’s Animal Museum


Gribbin School second-graders exhibited their extensive knowledge of animals, as well as their creativity, during the Animal Museum at their school.

Dioramas, murals and nonfiction books created by students were on display. Each class studied a different habitat and researched an animal found in it, writing a book based on their research findings.

As part of the process, every second-grade class rotated to different teachers during a five-day period, allowing them to learn about various habitats, including oceans, rainforests, savannahs, the Arctic, deserts and woodland forests. Students also researched their animals’ classification, appearance, diet, movement, sounds and offspring. Along the way, they learned fun facts about their animals.

On the day of the museum, the second-graders wore clothing related to the habitat they studied and showed off their creations to their parents and the entire student body.


Sunday, August 02, 2015