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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