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



Important Letter to Parents


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 382 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 collectingBox 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 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!

Use the Gribbin PTA Amazon link. Amazon will contribute up to 10% from your purchases to the Gribbin PTA whenever you access their website using our unique Amazon link.

Current News

Gribbin Students Honor Dr. King

Gribbin Students Honor Dr. King

Students at Gribbin School celebrated the life and legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. during a heartfelt assembly on Jan. 13.

The event began with kindergartners singing, “Freedom Let it Ring,” led by kindergarten teacher Irena Kamola on accordion. It continued with first-grade students sharing biographical information about Dr. King’s life and work. First-graders also recited the poem “Dream,” while they held up painted letters that spelled out the word dream. Members of the school’s Character Club shared characteristics they believed Dr. King exhibited, such as honesty, patience and being a great leader. Second-graders also performed, delivering an outstanding rendition of “It’s In Every One of Us.” Students from Cynthia Van Ommeren’s class shared quotes from different speeches by Dr. King. The moving assembly concluded with Principal Francine Santoro leading the entire student body in a peace pledge. The children then sang “We Shall Overcome” as they exited the school’s multipurpose room.       

Glen Cove School District App


A New Year has begun!

Help us enhance communication by downloading the updated Glen Cove School’s Information App for Apple and Android.  Available through the app store on your device.  

Click here for directions to set up and manage your schools and notifications.  Receive up to the minute information on school news, weather closings or delays, virtual backpack flyers and much more.  

Student Talent on Display at Gribbin Concert

Gribbin School students brought their talents to the stage during the annual Winter Concert on Dec. 9.

Music teacher JoAnn Criblez directed the show, entitled “Once Upon A Northern Night.” It featured a play performed by Giselle Taylor's second-grade class, which told the story of a mother, her child and the northern lights. The kindergarten, first-grade and second-grade choruses all performed five songs each. Many of the songs in the show included a "light" theme. Light is the cultural arts theme for the entire school year. Many more illuminating performances will be happening throughout the year. Everyone had a wonderful time!

Hour of Code Kicks Off in Glen Cove


Elementary students in the district participated in a worldwide celebration of computer science education with an Hour of Code, sponsored by

During a recent STEAM (science, technology, engineering, the arts and math) class at Gribbin, kindergartners engaged in “Meet the Fuzz” during their Hour of Code. The lesson began with STEAM teacher Jessica McKenna discussing with students different types of machines and some of the careers that computer scientists can attain. The students were then introduced to coding and learned several commands, which allowed them to move their fuzz character through a maze. Each level of the game became increasingly difficult.

Students in Ken Altamirano’s and Cheryl Carmody’s STEAM classes also participated in grade-appropriate coding lessons as part of the Hour of Code celebration. Over the next few months, students will continue to learn about computer science and be taught how to program various characters across multiple platforms. Children in the primary grades will use symbolic and block coding, while students in grades 3-5 will continue to use block coding and learn JavaScript.

Additionally, district STEAM teachers are using Common Sense Media’s Digital Passport and Everfi Ignition Digital Citizen programs to teach students in grades 3-5 how to be safe and kind citizens while on the internet.

The History of Thanksgiving at Gribbin

Second-graders in Giselle Taylor’s class at Gribbin Elementary School learned the history of Thanksgiving using information on the websites and

In addition to studying the historical events of the celebrated day, the class used the Google Earth app to visualize the voyage from England to the "New Land." They also baked pumpkin muffins, made butter, (noting the scientific reason for the change from liquid to semi-solid) and created breadbasket turkeys with recycled paper grocery bags. 

As part of their studies, students learned that Native Americans were very resourceful. For instance, after hunting and capturing a deer, they would eat the meat and would write symbols on the hide or use it for blankets or clothing. The class emulated their actions by using part of the grocery bags as paper bag books, on which they drew symbols to tell stories, just like the Native Americans did. The lesson concluded with the class sharing what they were grateful for.  

Saturday, January 21, 2017