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Color Your World at GNPS Community Ed

Image of Community Education Catalog Sprint-Summer 2018 with colorful balloons

Can you see yourself doing something different? Trying something you haven’t done before? Are you motivated to learn a new skill, or revisit something from your past? When you become part of our Community Ed family, the possibilities are endless. The Community Ed program is located at 30 Cumberland Ave. in Great Neck, one block south of Northern Blvd. and Lakeville Rd.

The Community Ed Spring/Summer 2018 Catalog has been mailed out, and registration is in progress. If you haven’t received your catalog, please call (516) 441-4949, or email, and we will send one out to you. You can always find the catalog online at the school district’s webpage, (click on the Community Ed icon from the scrolling menu along the top of the page).
This season’s catalog includes 32 brand new courses. Most classes begin in late-April.

Day Trips

Our trips are first rate. We take care of everything, including luxury coach bus transportation, gourmet meals, and private, docent-led tours, so you can just come and enjoy the day.

Join us for museum trips and history tours, including: The NYC Transit Museum in Brooklyn (April 24); The Whitney Museum: American Gothic (May 3); Alexander Hamilton’s NYC Downtown History Tour (May 10); The National Museum of American Jewish History and Leonard Bernstein Centennial in Philadelphia (June 3); and The Museum of Moving Image: Jim Henson and The Louis Armstrong Museum (June 21).
Additionally, the following spring trips are scheduled: Bryn Athyn Cathedral and Cairnwood Estate, Philadelphia (May 8); The Best of Boston: a 3-Day, 2-Night, Art, History, Culture Tour (May 8-10); New York Botanical Garden: O’Keeffe (June 5); Princeton University Art Museum, Roosevelt, NJ (June 12): Green-Wood Cemetery and Brooklyn Museum (June 7); and Blue Hill at Stone Barns in Pocantico Hills, NY (June 28).

Theater Trips

Recent theater trip offerings have included My Fair Lady, Carousel, Three Tall Women, Pretty Woman, Hello Dolly!, The Band’s Visit, Come From Away, Little Foxes, War Paint, and Dear Evan Hansen. Some trips include meals before or after the show; others, with meals on your own. Due to time constraints, theater trips are announced through email only – be sure that we have your email address to stay informed!

Special Events

An upcoming special event includes a Mah Jongg evening with dinner at New Fu Run (May 2).

Creative Arts & Crafts

Our building has its own stone, pottery, painting, jewelry, and weaving facilities. We offer courses in calligraphy, fused glass, painting in several different media (pastel, acrylic, oil, watercolor), pottery on the wheel and hand building, printmaking, silversmithing, and sketching.
New offerings in Creative Arts and Crafts include “Paper Charm Peonies,” “Classical Painting: Techniques & Tricks,” “Kumihimo Braiding II,” “Learn to Crochet a Triangular Shawl,” “Learn to Knit Workshop,” “Matisse: Summer Fun Painting,” and “Aromatherapy II: Blending.”
Fitness and Movement

Get moving with aerobics, weight training, water exercise, yoga, Pilates, Zumba, Tai Chi, and meditation. We offer courses for all fitness levels, including “Gentle Stretching,” “Movement for those with Parkinson’s,” and “Seated Exercise.”

“Flamenco Dancing” and “Bollywood Dancing” are two new additions to our dance offerings, which also include ballet, line dance, classical dance (Duncan), and modern dance.

Foreign Languages

We offer beginner through advanced courses for foreign languages, including “Chinese for Travelers,” French, Italian, Hebrew, Spanish, and Yiddish.

Enrichment & Learning

New art history courses include “American Artists,” “Sculpture through the Ages,” and “17th Century Dutch Artists.” Book groups will read Arthur Miller’s Manhattan Beach, Voltaire’s Candide: or Optimism, and Jessica Shattuck’s The Women in the Castle. New programs with a historical focus include “The Age of Jackson” and “The Post Civil War Era.” These courses join a popular line-up of book clubs and writing workshops, as well as group discussions about current events, sports, and more.


Let us help you become more tech savvy with programs focusing on social media, website design, Google Docs, cartoon animation, and iPhone basics.


We offer Bridge, Canasta, and Mah Jongg, for beginner and advanced levels.

Music & Performing Arts

Enjoy “Singing for Fun” or “Cabaret Singers,” join the Cumberland Singers, or learn to play the piano. New offerings include “A Star is Born Theater Workshop,” “Best Actress: Women of The Oscars,” and “Gene Kelly: Dance for the Common Man.”

Personal Development

 “Dating Transformation,” “Personal Reinvention,” “Defensive Driving,” “7 Steps to Strengthening to Memory,” and “REAP” (Retired, Energetic, Active People).

Classes for Teens

Offerings for teens include speed reading, ACT and PSAT/SAT preparation, and NYS-approved Driver Education.

Registration and additional information are available by calling the Community Ed office at (516) 441-4949 or visiting our website at


Lakeville Students Create Caring Cards

Lakeville students volunteered their time before school over three days to design hand-made greeting cards for residents in the Bristal and Atria nursing homes. These “caring cards” are blank on the inside and will be available for seniors to send to family members and friends. Students created greeting cards for different occasions, including Thinking of You, Thank You, Happy Birthday, and Get Well Soon. This project was organized by the school’s Shared Decision Making Team to encourage acts of kindness. Here, third graders from Ms. Victoria Weiss’s class are photographed with cards created by Lakeville students.


College Scavenger Hunt at North Middle

Image of North Middle students participating in the College Scavenger Hunt Image of North Middle administrators and staff during College Scavenger Hunt

School counselors at North Middle School recently organized a fun activity for students in grades 6-8 to encourage discussions about college. The “College Scavenger Hunt” challenged students to find North Middle staff members who meet 15 different criteria based on their college experiences.
During this 20-minute activity, students walked around the building, asked teachers where they attended college, and identified North Middle staff members who had a major and a minor, graduated Magna or Summa Cum Laude, earned a scholarship, attended college in a different time zone, attended a private university, played an instrument or a sport in college, and participated in a study abroad program. Students who successfully completed the activity received a prize from one of the 50 colleges that supported this program with donations.

The College Scavenger Hunt required students to use vocabulary words related to the college search and learn about different college offerings, while fostering connections with North Middle teachers. Students and faculty were also encouraged to wear collegiate attire for the day.
The U.S. Department of Education (1999), the National Association of Secondary School Principals (1996) and the National Association of College Admission Counseling (1999) recommend that students begin planning for college as early as the sixth grade. North Middle school counselors are Michele Israel, Brendan Nelson, and Department Head Tracey Segal.


World’s Fair at Parkville School

Photo of Parkville Principal and Parent Volunteers for World's Fair Photo of the country display for Ghana with students seated on floor

Parkville School hosted a World’s Fair for Pre-K and Kindergarten students on March 16. Inside the gymnasium, students “traveled” to different countries and received stickers in their passports. Parent volunteers spoke with students about traditional clothing, food, languages, and activities from their heritage. This culminating event wrapped up a month-long focus on world cultures that started with the school's Lunar New Year celebration on February 9.