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Sept. 5, 2018

Welcome Back!

Watervliet Elementary School welcomed back UPK through grade 6 students on Wednesday, Sept. 5 -- the first day of the 2018-19 school year. View pictures from the first day of school at WES

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Annual emergency early release drill set for Oct. 5

A reminder that Watervliet schools have early dismissal on Friday, Oct. 5, so that teachers and instructional support staff may attend professional development in the afternoon. Please be aware that all students will dismiss 15 minutes earlier than the regular early release time in order to practice the district's annual "Go Home Early" emergency preparedness drill required by the state. More information about Oct. 5 dismissal


Welcome Back Message from WES Principal

In her welcome back letter, Principal Loida Lewinter provides answers to frequently asked questions, as well as information on school events and important dates. Read the elementary principal’s letter


State issues new health exam form

New York state has released a new School Health Examination Form that parents and doctors should begin using this school year. Read more about the form Download the form from the State Education Department website


Summer programs underway

Summer learning is underway for students participating in the district's K-8 ExTRA Summer Academy at Watervliet Elementary School. Information about summer programs


2018-19 School Supply Lists

Supply lists for elementary students are now available. Kindergarten Grade 1Grade 2 Grade 3 Grade 4 Grade 5 Grade 6 Mrs. Cusack Grades K-1 Mrs. Maes Grades 1-3 Mrs. Ciampi Grades 3-4 Ms. Bianchi Grades 4-6


Summer reading helps children strengthen literacy skills

Watervliet Elementary School students can have a strong start to the new school year in September by reading at least 20 minutes every day during the summer. The Watervliet Public Library will host a number of fun reading programs and activities over the summer, and is a great place to borrow new books to read, listen to a story and get recommendations for reading activities. More information about summer reading


Students learn about budgeting and financial decision making with help of SEFCU

In May, fourth grade students at Watervliet Elementary School were introduced to SEFCU's challenge-based iPac learning lab: Change Your World, Making Financial Decisions. This unique, first-of-its-kind program introduces basic financial concepts and decision making using iPads and Apple robots. Read more about SEFCU’s Institute for Financial Well-Being at WES


Safety drill complete

The lockdown drill at Watervliet Elementary School is complete. The drill began at 9:20 a.m. with assistance from the Watervliet Police Department. This and other safety drills, which are required by the state, provide an opportunity for students and staff to practice and become familiar with procedures in the event of an emergency.


Meet the second-grade team

Second-grade teachers integrate literacy strategies with science curriculum by having students write stories to connect and reflect what they learned during their research of the butterfly life cycle. Read about the second-grade Butterfly Book project learn about the second-grade team

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Google Expeditions: Students visit landmarks, travel to exotic locations without leaving the classroom

Virtual field trip technology supports student exploration and learning at Watervliet Elementary School. View Google Expeditions Classroom Photos


Grades 4-8 students invited to RPI Nanotech Engineering Event

Students in grades 4-8 and their families are invited to learn about nanotechnology and how it is being used in our world today! The free Nanotech Engineering Event takes place Saturday, April 14 at the Watervliet Jr./Sr. High School from 9:00 a.m. to 12 p.m. (noon). More information about the event and how to register


Principal Letter: NYS Testing

Watervliet Elementary School, like public schools around the state, is preparing for the upcoming state tests in English Language Arts and mathematics. Elementary students in grades 3-6 will take the ELA test in April, and the math exam in May. Grade 4 students will take the science test in June. Read Principal Lewinter’s letter about testing


Spirit Week: Dress Like A Teacher Day

Watervliet Elementary School students began Spirit Week with Dress Like A Teacher Day on Monday. Spirit Week continues with Dress Like a Rock Star Day, Wacky Wednesday, Super Hero Day and Garnet & Grey Day. View Dress Like A Teacher Day Photos


Kindergarten registration set for March 15

If you are a resident of Watervliet and have a child who will turn 5 years old by December 1, 2018, please call Watervliet Elementary School at 518-629-3400 to schedule an appointment to register your child for kindergarten. Registration day is Thursday, March 15. More information about kindergarten registration


“Miss Geraldine” named CASDA 2018 Friend of Education

Geraldine Ferris, Outreach Coordinator for the Watervliet City School District, recently received a Friend of Education Award from the Capital Area School Development Association (CASDA) for her support of Watervliet students and families. Congratulations Geraldine! Read more about the Friend of Education Award winner


WES to celebrate Read Across America Day with stories and music on March 1

Watervliet Elementary School students, parents and teachers will celebrate Dr. Seusss birthday and Read Across America Day with a “Rock Concert” featuring performances by Watervliet High School’s à capella singing group – Delta Force – and resident UPK musician: Andy “The Music Man” Morse. More information about the Read Across America celebration and how you can win prizes!


Meet the first-grade team

First grade students are gearing up to participate in their most important (and fun!) project of the year when they begin researching different animals as part of their study of living organisms. Read about the first grade animal research project and learn about the first-grade team


Fourth graders vie for championship in annual Spelling Bee

On January 12, Watervliet Elementary School students in grades 4-6 competed in the annual school spelling bee. After nearly 20 rounds, fourth-grader Ava Lindley was crowned champion, while fellow fourth-grader David Kayembe was first runner up. Read more about the spelling bee


Elementary report cards available on the Parent Portal

The first trimester report cards have been posted to the Parent Portal. If you do not currently have a Parent Portal account, you may register for one online. Visit the Parent Portal web page to sign up for an account


Students, staff get decked out for sweater contest

Watervliet Elementary School students and staff members were decked out in the least attractive holiday sweaters they could find or make, in some cases, for the schools Ugly Sweater Contest. View Photo Gallery


Safety drills complete at WES, WJSHS

The Watervliet Elementary School successfully conducted a lockdown drill this morning. Thanks to the Watervliet Police and Fire departments and the Arsenal Police for assisting with the drill. At the same time, a lockout drill was conducted at WJSHS. These drills are practiced to reinforce safety procedures with students and staff in the event of an emergency.


Meet the kindergarten team

The kindergarten team is responsible for keeping an annual WES tradition going strong the Kindergarten Thanksgiving Feast. As individuals, these educators have more in common than just teaching young learners the ABCs. Read how the thanksgiving feast began and Learn more about the kindergarten team


Thanksgiving Celebration 2017

Kindergarten students had an early taste of Thanksgiving as they enjoyed a feast of turkey, cranberry sauce, veggies and fruit, corn bread, pumpkin pie and more with their teachers and friends before the holiday recess. View Photo Gallery


Heritage Night postponed until spring 2018

PLEASE NOTE: Heritage Night scheduled for Wednesday, Nov. 8 at WES has been cancelled. The event will be rescheduled in the spring.


WES Halloween Parade 2017

Elementary School students dressed as witches, zombies, Disney princesses, superheroes and other characters marched in the schools annual Halloween parade. View Photo Gallery


WES students to Read for Ronald McDonald House in November

Watervliet Elementary students received a challenge for the month of November: Become reading warriors and help make a difference in their community through the Read for Ronald McDonald House program. more about Read for Ronald McDonald House at WES


Safety drill complete at WES

A lockdown drill was completed successfully at Watervliet Elementary School on Monday, Oct. 23. This safety drill provides practice for students and staff in the event of a real emergency.


WES students learn about fire safety and prevention from city firefighters

Local firefighters visited Watervliet Elementary School to share fire safety tips with students during assemblies in recognition of Fire Prevention Week. Read more about fire safety assemblies view photo gallery


Mark the Date: November 15 is Chipotle Grade 6 fundraiser

Help support Watervliet Elementary School’s grade 6 class trip by dining at Chipotle in Latham on Wednesday, November 15, from 4:00 to 8:00 p.m. Bring in the flyer (link below), show it on your smartphone or tell the cashier that you are there to support WES and Chipotle will donate 50% of the proceeds that night to our grade 6 students. Download copy of Chipotle Flyer


Parents invited to annual Meet the Teacher Nights

Watervliet Elementary School hosts Meet the Teacher Nights on Tuesday, Sept. 19 and Wednesday, Sept. 20. More information about WES Meet the Teacher Nights


New law requires 5-year-old children in the city to attend school

Five-year-olds in Watervliet will be required to attend kindergarten under legislation signed by Governor Cuomo on Sept. 13. Read more about the legislation


2017-18 school year gets underway

A little rain did not dampen the spirits of teachers and staff who welcomed students to the first day of school on Wednesday, Sept. 6. View Photo Gallery


Welcome Back Message from WES Principal

Mrs. Lewinters welcome back letter includes important dates and information for parents, students and staff. Read letter


Classroom assignments available on Parent Portal

Elementary School classroom assignments are available on the Parent Portal. Go to the Parent Portal


Elementary School Supply Lists for 2017-18

Elementary school supply lists for grades K-6 are available online.

Kindergarten Grade 1Grade 2 Grade 3Grade 4Grade 5Grade 6 Cusack (K-1) Maes (1-3)Moran (2-4)



Summer learning gets underway with Watervliet’s Summer Academy

Summer learning is underway as the first day of the K-8 ExTRA Summer Academy found students engaging in reading, math, art and physical education activities. Read more about K-8 Summer Academy


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Oct. 5

Staff Professional Development, Early Release PreK dismissal: 10:45 a.m.
K-6 dismissal: 11:15 a.m.

Oct. 8

Columbus Day, No School

Oct. 11

Board of Education meeting,
6:00 p.m.

Oct. 26

WES Spirit Day

WES PTA Halloween Dance, 6:00-8:00 p.m.

Oct. 31

WES Book Fair begins

WES Halloween Parade

WES First Trimester Progress Reports available on Parent Portal

Nov. 5

WES Parent Teacher Conference Night, 5:30-7:30 p.m.

WES Book Fair, 5:30-7:30 p.m.

Nov. 6

Election Day, No School for students

Staff Professional Development Day

Parent Teacher Conferences

Nov. 8

Board of Education meeting, 6:00 p.m.

Nov. 12

Veterans Day, No School

Nov. 13

WES PTA meeting, 6:30 p.m.

Nov. 16

WES PTA Bingo for Books, 6:30 p.m.

Nov. 21-23

Thanksgiving Recess


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