Message from Principal

  • Dear Grimes Families,

    Welcome to the 2018-19 school year. I am thrilled to be entering my third year as principal of this great school. The Grimes school community made great progress last year. I have enjoyed sharing this success with all of you at our Back to School Night, during our record-breaking Dad’s Bring Your Kids to School Day, and on a daily basis here at the school. I cannot thank you enough for all of your help and support. Your girls and boys are well on their way to reaching their goals – but we are not there yet. We can soar even higher as a school community.

    At Grimes, we believe that families, staff members, and community members must work together as partners to ensure that each of our students develops and thrives. Our talented and dedicated teachers and staff members work hard to meet the academic, social, and emotional needs of our girls and boys.           

    We will have more opportunities for you to be active here at Grimes. Our Parent Teacher Association (PTA) and School Leadership Teams meets monthly during which we discuss important matters and bring changes to the school. There are always volunteering opportunities.  Please let us know what you would like to bring to the Grimes community and we will help you do this. Our new parent liaison, Ms. Rita James, is ready to help our families on a daily basis.

    Please enjoy the school website.  We now have a monthly calendar, classroom pages and links to our Super Kids movies and Staff Shout Outs. More than ever, we will be able to communicate with our parents and families about all the great things happening at Grimes School.  

    As always, feel free to call me at (914) 665-5025 or email me at with any questions or concerns.

    I look forward to working with you on our journey to excellence.     

    Erik Van Gunten




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