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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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VISION STATEMENT:
 Our children are our future. We are dedicated to their success.

MISSION STATEMENT:
Our mission at Grundy is to always be the best that we can be.
  We will be respectful and responsible leaders and learners.
 
PLEASE NOTE:
 **ALL VISITORS MUST PRESENT PHOTO IDENTIFICATION UPON ENTERING THE BUILDING.**

***TO ENSURE THE SAFETY OF OUR SCHOOL, CHILDREN WILL NOT BE PERMITTED TO RETURN TO THEIR CLASSROOMS BEFORE OR AFTER SCHOOL. ***

In the News

Sachem Elementary Student Takes the Lead

Sachem Elementary Student Takes the Lead photo
Sachem Elementary Student Takes the Lead photo 2
On Oct. 27, the field behind the Grundy Avenue Elementary school was blanketed by students and staff members in pink supporting a great cause – raising awareness for breast cancer during a student-organized walk. Leading the charge during the event was student-coordinator and advocate Bret Auricchio.

Bret, a Grundy third-grader, took the lead on this initiative last month to raise money for the American Cancer Society. After realizing the success these walks have had elsewhere in the district, Bret was confident that his school could make a significant impact. He developed a plan for the event from start to finish, including creating and reading daily announcements and designing and distributing flyers for the students to bring home to their families. 

Reflecting on Bret’s actions, Principal Amato remembered a quote from renowned American cultural anthropologist Margaret Mead, “Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world; indeed, it’s the only thing that ever has.” 

As a result of student and faculty participation throughout the building, the breast cancer awareness walk raised a total of $1,100. 

Collaborative Construction Builds Bridges at Grundy Avenue

Collaborative Construction Builds Bridges at Grundy Avenue photo

Fourth-grade students at Grundy Avenue Elementary School came together to complete a common goal as they applied basic engineering principles to construct a bridge capable of holding an added load.

Students in Donna Marie Sherwood’s class were challenged with the task of creating a bridge that could withstand an unspecified amount of added stress. To begin the activity, students learned about the engineering process and how different shapes withstand force. It was determined that a triangle was the strongest shape and would be a valuable design element to incorporate into their bridges. Students were broken up into teams, and each group was provided with toothpicks and Dots candy to assemble the strongest bridge. 

With a designated span of 6 inches to cross between student desks, each member of the team shared ideas as they navigated through their respective bridge constructions. At the conclusion of construction, students tested each bridge, adding blocks until their bridge broke. 

Throughout the activity, teamwork was emphasized, and how with input from all team members each goal becomes more attainable. 

 

Grundy Avenue Parade for Patriots

Grundy Avenue Parade for Patriots photo

American flags waved in the wind as students across all grade levels gathered to honor veterans during a parade in front of Grundy Avenue Elementary School.

The patriotic students, dressed in red, white and blue, cheered as the veterans marched down the road. They then joined the students in reciting the Pledge of Allegiance as part of a flag raising ceremony. Students then performed two songs for the veterans, thanking them for their extraordinary sacrifice for our country. 

Following the parade, students in grades 3-5 had the opportunity to ask the veterans questions about their experiences as members of the military. The panel of veterans fielded questions about each branch of the armed services, their individual terms of service and what influenced them to become a member of the military. 

To conclude the celebration, the students served the honorees cake and coffee and invited them to continue to share their past memories. 

Grundy Avenue Draws from Dots

Grundy Avenue Draws from Dots photo
Opening doors of artistic creativity and inspiration, Grundy Avenue Elementary students in Nicole Liuzzi’s third-grade classes participated in their annual monthlong International Dot Day art project.

Students began their project by creating a single dot on a sheet of paper. Mrs. Liuzzi then read her class “The Dot,” by Peter H. Reynold. The book portrays a little girl who is shy about expressing her artistic abilities. After some encouragement from her art teacher, she becomes inspired by a tiny dot she put on a piece of paper and then goes on to create many more works of art, all stemming from a single dot. The students in Mrs. Liuzzi’s class mirrored this process, revisiting their original dots at the completion of the book and creating their very own masterpieces. 

“I feel that the book and this project truly embody what art is all about, creativity and innovation,” said Mrs. Liuzzi. “The art room is truly the one place where students can lose their fear of being wrong and just have fun.”

While creating their works of art, the students often looked to a line from the book, “Just make a mark and see where it takes you.” Each dot took the students though their very own enriching artistic journey.