June 22, 2016
WES Grade 6 Graduation 2016
Sixth-graders marked the completion of their elementary school years during a formal ceremony on June 22 at the Watervliet Junior/Senior High School auditorium. View Photo Gallery │ Visit WCSD's Facebook page for more photos
Reminder about summer reading
The WES Reading Department reminds students to read this summer! Literacy experts have long encouraged students to read during the summer because it reinforces literacy skills developed throughout the school year. Reading for enjoyment is a practice that helps children increase their vocabulary, fluency and comprehension. Before returning to school in September all students should read 2-4 books of their choice. More information
School supply lists available
See what supplies your students will need for school this fall by grade level: kindergarten │ grade 1 │ grade 2 │ grade 3 │ grade 4 │grade 5 │ grade 6 │ grade k-2 self contained │ grade 3-4 self contained │grade 5-6 self contained
Students, staff enjoy Field Day 2016
WES hosted its annual Field Day on Friday, June 17, offering students and staff a break from the classroom to enjoy the beautiful weather and participate in activities including relay races, hula hoop challenges, parachute games, tug-of-war competitions, face painting and more. View Photo Gallery
UPK Graduation 2016
Congratulations to the Universal Pre-kindergarten students who graduated from the UPK program on June 20. View photo gallery
WES to follow half day schedule the last week of school: June 20-23
During the week of June 20, school will be in session for half days only; please make note of the dismissal times below:
Monday, June 20 — 11:30 a.m.
Tuesday, June 21 — 11:30 a.m.
Wednesday, June 22 — 11:30 a.m.
Breakfast and lunch served.
Thursday, June 23 — 10:30 a.m.
Breakfast only served.
*Please note that the Civic Center after school program ends on Friday June 17*
Elementary students observe life cycle, then set butterflies free
After observing them grow from tiny caterpillars, second grade students released their Painted Lady Butterflies into the wild on June 7. Read more
New school principal to be introduced at WES PTA meeting in June
WES families are invited to a meet and greet with recently named elementary principal Loida Lewinter at the final WES PTA meeting of the school year on Tuesday, June 14. Mrs. Lewinter has served as the assistant principal at Watervliet Jr./Sr. High School since 2014. She is a skilled and dedicated educator who has done an excellent job supporting teachers, staff and her administrative peers, as well as building strong relationships with students through the successful Character Education/No Place for Hate program over the past two years. Please join the PTA at 6:30 p.m. and welcome Mrs. Lewinter to the elementary school.
Students receive grand prize thanks to community votes!
Mrs. Hoefer's grade 3 class was recently recognized for 100 random acts of kindness by the Albany County District Attorney's WORDS campaign to end bullying. read more
Class wins Albany County District Attorney’s WORDS campaign grand prize
Congratulations to Mrs. Hoefer's third grade class on winning the WORDS campaign grand prize for school group for performing 100 random acts of kindness as part of a class project. The WORDS campaign is sponsored by the District Attorney's Office and is an effort to end bullying in schools and communities throughout Albany County. Read more
WES English as a New Language students create video parody
Laura Abate’s English as a New Language students (ENL) at Watervliet Elementary created a 6-minute video parody for Special Persons Night called “How to Learn English.” Read more
Students share class projects with family, friends during Special Persons Night
Students from Pre-K through grade 6 welcomed grandparents, moms, dads, siblings and special family members and guests to their classrooms during Watervliet Elementary School's Special Persons Night on Monday, May 9. List of classroom projects │ View Photo Gallery │ view more photos on facebook
Vote for Grade 3 Random Acts of Kindness
Mrs. Hoefer’s Grade 3 students at Watervliet Elementary School set a goal earlier this year to perform 100 random Acts of Kindness and they succeeded! Now the class is in the running to win the the Group Act of Kindness prize through the Albany County District Attorney’s WORDS campaign. Read more │ Cast your vote
Fundraiser for Watervliet family displaced by fire
An overnight structure fire in the city last Friday has displaced a family with two children who attend Watervliet schools. Thankfully, no one was injured in the fire, however, the family lost everything. To help them out, the Civic Center is hosting a pancake breakfast at the Senior Center on Saturday, May 14, from 8-11 a.m., and all proceeds will be donated to the family. The cost of breakfast is $10. Pancakes, scrambled eggs, toast, bacon, home fries, juice and coffee will be served. Donations for the family are also being accepted at the Watervliet Civic Center. More information (PDF)
WES News and Notes for May 2016 is available online. Please check the newsletter for important updates and information about school events. Download copy of newsletter
Watervliet students receive special Earth Day gift
Student members of Watervliet Elementary School's Environmental Club received an Earth Day surprise from a neighbor – Green Renewable, Inc., a local company with a facility located on Crabapple Lane adjacent to the school building. Read more
Social networking a topic at next WES PTA meeting
Watervliet’s Acting Chief of Police Lt. Mark Spain will present an overview of the social networking sites that are popular among children and teens at the upcoming PTA meeting on Tuesday, April 12 at 6:30 p.m. in the Watervliet Elementary School cafeteria. This presentation is open to parents of K-12 students. Read more
WES News and Notes for April 2016 is available online. Please check the newsletter for important updates and information about school events. Download copy of newsletter
Elementary students, staff celebrate heritage and culture
WES News and Notes for March 2016 is available online. Please check the newsletter for important updates and information about school events. Download copy of newsletter
UPK registration for 2016-17 school year is scheduled for March 14-15; parent conferences set for March 21-22
Registration for the Watervliet City School District Pre-K program will take place on Monday, March 14 and Tuesday, March 15 at Watervliet Elementary School. Meanwhile parents of current UPK students should plan to attend conferences with their child's teacher on Monday, March 21 or Tuesday, March 22 between 3 p.m. and 8 p.m. More information
WES News and Notes for February 2016 is available online. Please check the newsletter for important updates and information about school events. Download copy of newsletter
Cabin Fever Day offers students refresher on expectations and classroom behaviors midway through school year
Wearing comfy pajamas and slippers, WES students participated in the third annual Cabin Fever Day on January 29. View photo gallery
Sixth-grader crowned champ in annual WES Spelling Bee
Sixth-grader Sanya Choudry emerged
as the WES spelling champion after outlasting 11 other spellers in a
competition that went about 20 rounds.
She will represent the school in the Capital Region Spelling Bee in March. Congratulations to all the students who participated in Watervliet Elementary School’s annual spelling bee! View Photo Gallery
WES Kindergarten Registration is March 16-17
If your child will turn 5 years old by December 1, 2016, please call Watervliet Elementary School at 629-3400 to schedule an appointment to register your child for kindergarten. WES kindergarten registration will take place this year on Wednesday, March 16 and Thursday, March 17. Download Kindergarten Registration flyer
ENL students perform skit for WES students
Fifth and sixth grade English as a New Language (ENL) students, who studied economics in social studies in December, performed a skit about a fundamental principle of economics: supply and demand. Read more
WES News and Notes for January 2016 is available online. Please check the newsletter for important updates and information about school events. Download copy of newsletter
A reminder about change in date for WES Winter Concert
A reminder that the WES winter concert, originally scheduled for December 10, has been rescheduled to Monday, December 21. The start time for the WES winter concert is 7:00 p.m. at the Watervliet Jr.-Sr. High School auditorium.
Elementary School welcomes interim principal
On Dec. 1, the Board of Education appointed veteran school leader and educator Paul Scampini as interim principal at Watervliet Elementary School. Mr. Scampini will serve as the interim principal through the end of the school year as the search for a new principal progresses. Parents will have an opportunity to meet him during Tuesday’s PTA meeting. The meeting starts at 6:30 p.m. in the school cafeteria. Read an interview with Mr. Scampini
Grade 6 students “Drop Everything to Read” to kindergarten class on DEAR Day
Sixth-graders from Mrs. LaBoissiere's class at Watervliet Elementary School dedicated part of their day on Tuesday, November 24 reading to Miss Taylor's kindergarten students. View DEAR day Photo Gallery
Park Playhouse performs “A Year with Frog and Toad” for K-2 students
Albany's Park Playhouse presented the musical “A Year with Frog and Toad” at Watervliet Elementary School in November. Read more
Celebrating Thanksgiving 2015 with a feast fit for kindergartners!
WES kindergarten students celebrated Thanksgiving with teachers and classmates a few days early. View photo gallery
WES Principal Theresa O'Brien retires
Last spring, Watervliet Elementary Principal Theresa O'Brien submitted her intention to retire to the Board of Education. Mrs. O'Brien has served the students, parents, staff and community of Watervliet Elementary School for many years and her leadership will be greatly missed. On behalf of the entire WCSD community, we wish Mrs. O'Brien all the best in her retirement. Read Principal O'Brien's farewell letter to parents (PDF)
Grade 6 Hoffman Carwash fundraiser underway
Grade 6 is participating in the Hoffman Car Wash Helping Hands fundraiser to raise money for its annual class trip. Car wash tickets are available for purchase online at the WES Grade 6 home page on the Helping Hands website. This link will be available until December 4. Tickets purchased online are delivered directly to your email or mobile device. Car wash tickets make great holiday gifts for family and friends!
Date change for WES Winter Concert
Please be sure to mark this important date change in your calendars: WES winter concert at the high school has been rescheduled to Monday, December 21 at 7 p.m.
WES celebrates Halloween 2015
Students at Watervliet Elementary School celebrated Halloween on Friday, Oct. 30 with classroom activities, snacks and the annual costume parade. View photo gallery
WES Math & Movement Family Fun Night set for November 10
Elementary students and their families will have an opportunity to play and learn together as they participate in a unique, high-energy family event on Tuesday, November 10 beginning at 6:00 p.m. that combines physical activity and fun to help children improve math and reading skills. More information
WES students get lesson in fire prevention, safety
Watervliet Elementary School held its annual Fire Safety Awareness assembly on Friday, October 16 for kindergarten through grade 3 students. The event coincides with National Fire Prevention/Safety Awareness Month. Read more
WES thanks Target for generous donation of school supplies
Watervliet Elementary School recently received a substantial donation of school supplies from Target. The donation included lunch boxes, notebooks, pens, backpacks, and other basic items needed in the classroom. Read more
Grade 3 students receive free dictionaries from Watervliet Elks
Every third grader at Watervliet Elementary School received a special gift that will help them become better learners: their very own personal dictionary. Members of the Watervliet Elks Lodge #1500 stopped by the elementary school on Oct. 8 to distribute free dictionaries to third-grade students and teachers. Read more
Award-winning children’s author shares powerful messages depicted in her books with elementary students
Award-winning children’s book author, illustrator and speaker Kathryn Otoshi completely engaged students during a recent visit to Watervliet Elementary School. Read more
Kindergarten Apple Run 2015
Students from all five kindergarten classes took turns running in groups as fast as they could around the perimeter of the athletic field outside the school on Friday October 2. Family members, teachers and coaches cheered the students on to the finish line in the Kindergarten Apple Run, an annual fall tradition at WES. View photo gallery
WES News and Notes for October 2015 is available online. Please check the newsletter for important updates and information about school events. Download copy of newsletter
Kindergarten, UPK Readiness Night set for Sept. 30
Kindergarten and UPK Readiness Night will take place on Wednesday, Sept. 30 at 6 p.m. Readiness Night offers an opportunity for parents to meet classroom teachers, the building principal and support staff, gather program-specific information and learn more about school expectations and procedures.
WES hosts Meet the Teacher Nights this week
A reminder that Meet the Teacher Night for parents of students in grades 1-3 is tonight – Monday, Sept. 21 – beginning at 6 p.m. On Wednesday, Sept. 23, WES invites parents of grades 4-6 parents to Meet the Teacher Night, also at 6 p.m. View flyer for details
Students sign classroom pledges on Constitution Day
In observance of Constitution Day on September 17, Watervliet Elementary School students from all K-6 classes developed and signed individual classroom pledges to abide by expectations that include respect, responsibility, honesty and safety each and every day. Read more │ View photo gallery
PTA and Student Ambassadors to host Family Night at WES
The WES Student Ambassadors’ program invites students and their families to ‘Family Night’ on Thursday, September 24 from 5-7 p.m. on the softball field (weather permitting) at the elementary school. Download flyer for more details (PDF)
Welcome back K-6 grade students!
WES teachers and staff enthusiastically greeted students on the first day of the 2015-16 school year. View photo gallery
The first WES News and Notes of the 2015-16 school year is available online. Please check the newsletter for important information about the start of school. Download copy of newsletter
WES Welcome Back Letter online
Attention parents of grades 1-6 students: This year's welcome back letter from Principal O'Brien is available here. A reminder that hard copies will not be sent home. Parents may find out their child's teacher for the 2015-16 school year by accessing the Parent Portal. Download the Parent Portal instruction sheet or refer to the orange sheet in your child's 2014-2015 report card envelope for directions to log-on. Please call the registrar at 629-3204 with any questions about Parent Portal.
A note about the start date for the Civic Center's Pre-K/K Before & After School Program
The Watervliet Civic Center Before & After School program will begin on September 9 for children in grades 1-6 (school-age program). Because of the rolling schedule for kindergarten students and the half-day for Pre-K children on the first day of school, the Pre-K/K Before & After School program will begin on September 14.
Kindergarten to follow a rolling schedule on September 9
To provide parents an opportunity to meet their child’s teacher and learn more about the school schedule, WES kindergarten students will begin their first day of school – Wednesday, September 9 – with a rolling start that will allow children and parents to attend together. more information (PDF)
School supply lists for grades K-6
Watervliet Elementary School 2015-16 school supply lists are available by grade level to help students and their parents get a head start on back-to-school shopping. (PDFs) Kindergarten │ Grade 1 │ Grade 2 │ Grade 3 │ Grade 4 │ Grade 5 │ Grade 6
ATTENTION PARENTS AND GUARDIANS: Report cards for students who were not in school on the last day may now be picked up in the main office at the elementary school. Please call 629-3400 with any questions.
Labor Day - No School
Staff Orientation, Professional Development Day
First Day of School – Welcome Back WES!
Board of Education meeting, 6 p.m., WJSHS Conference Room