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Grundy Avenue Elementary School

950 Grundy Avenue
Holbrook, New York 11741
Principal: Laura Amato
Principal Aide: Susan Turner
Principal Aide: Tricia Troise
Phone: 631-471-1820
Fax: 631-467-3867
School Hours: 9:15 am -3:15 pm


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 Our children are our future. We are dedicated to their success.

Our mission at Grundy is to always be the best that we can be.
  We will be respectful and responsible leaders and learners.


In the News

Grundy Students Show Support for Autism

Grundy Students Show Support for Autism photo
In celebration of Autism Awareness month, students and staff from Grundy Avenue Elementary School joined together to raise awareness and funds for a special cause. 

Throughout the building, students and staff dressed in autism awareness shirts and bracelets that were sold to raise money for the Spectrum of Dreams Foundation. Additionally, students decorated countless creative puzzle pieces that lined the hallways of the building.

During the month, students learned about the autism spectrum as they watched various videos and listened to announcements each day in which a number of prominent role models with autism were highlighted for their outstanding achievements.  

As a culmination to the monthlong initiative, the school presented a $1,025 check to the Spectrum of Dreams Foundation President Tim Szlosek.

Teachers Share Favorite Stories

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A special selection of stories was on display at the Grundy Avenue Elementary School library recently as part of the building’s celebration of National Library Week. 

Lining the library shelves was a collection of staff-selected stories chosen for students to take home and read. Each book was labeled with the name of the teacher who selected the book as one of their favorites. Once students read one of the teachers’ picks they were asked to provide their own review on the story for other students to see before checking out their own book. 

The initiative served as a unique addition to the library for the special celebration of literacy and learning. 

Middle School Musicians Share Experience

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Seneca Middle School music students shared their performance experience with fifth-grade musicians from Grundy Avenue, Merrimac, Nokomis and Tamarac Elementary Schools during the annual moving-up music visit. 

The visit was an opportunity for elementary students to become better acclimated to the various experiences they will encounter while practicing and performing on the middle school level. The fifth-grade students were able to ask the middle school musicians questions about their experience, including when they received their instruments, what extra music opportunities are available to them and how lessons are taught in a large group setting. 

Following the opportunity for questions, band and orchestra students separated into their respective ensembles for a large group performance that joined middle and elementary school students together. The band performed “The Great Gate of Kiev” by Modest Mussorgsky and the orchestra performed “Dragon Slayer” by Rob Grice.

Each Sachem middle school welcomes students from its feeder elementary schools for a similar music experience each year. 

Exploring the Wonders of Wizardry

Exploring the Wonders of Wizardry photo

Magic and mystery filled Allison Poffenbarger’s classroom at Grundy Avenue Elementary School as her fifth-grade students participated in multiple engaging, Harry Potter-themed STEAM activities throughout the day.

As part of the English language arts curriculum, students recently completed the first book of the Harry Potter series, “Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone.” Looking to make cross-curricular connections, Poffenbarger then developed collaborative thinking and problem-solving skill-building activities based on the story. 

Separated into four groups representing each house depicted in the book, the students began work on each activity in timed 30-minute increments. Students were challenged to create a contraption capable of launching the “Golden Snitch” the greatest distance possible. Equipped with rubber bands, tape, scissors, string and paper towel rolls, the students were free to design and construct the most efficient launcher. In a different activity students were asked to design a marble maze mirroring the one in Gringotts Bank. Each maze was required to have three turns and use 3 feet of paper towel rolls, among other objects, to transfer the marble. 

Continuing the fun-filled activities, students crafted their own wands out of various materials provided. Students wrapped their wands in pipe cleaners and string and covered them with colorful glitter to show off their wizardly crafts. As part of another activity, students were tasked with designing the longest dragon possible out of paper towel rolls.

As the culminating activity to the day’s events, each group raced to the finish in a Harry Potter-themed Breakout EDU activity, navigating clues from the popular novel. 

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