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Communicating while saving resources!

Community News eBackpack logoSchool officials frequently receive requests from a variety of community groups, as well as organizations outside of the school district's boundaries to distribute information about events, activities and programs that may be of interest to district children and their families.

The district has a long-standing tradition of cooperating with community agencies and organizations and serves as a central hub of activity in the community, particularly as it relates to educational and recreational opportunities available to children. To that end, the district strives to assist in making students and parents aware of additional opportunities for growth and development.

In the past, requests have been fulfilled by sending flyers home via backpack mail at the elementary school and middle school levels, and occasionally by posting online. However, at that time, there was not a clear policy or guidelines in place to follow when considering approval of such requests and appropriate distribution channels based on the type of organization and content submitted.

In addition, the distribution of such information and announcements to each student takes time from the instructional day. To that end, the district is making an effort to save paper and the time of our busy teachers and office staff.

 Instead of distribution via traditionally printed backpack mail, flyers for non-profit community organizations will be posted on this "Community News eBackpack" page.

The district's communications guidelines will be followed when considering approval of such requests and any other appropriate distribution channels based on the type of organization and content submitted.

If you have any questions, please contact the district's Communications Office at 355-9200, ext. 4006, or

Thank you for your understanding and cooperation as we make this transition.


Share information about your local, non-profit community organization's event or activity!

If you have a community announcement you would like posted, please click here to access the online submission form. Be sure to also read our terms and conditions for posting. Requests from for-profit organizations will not be fulfilled.  

  • Beat the Heat this summer with Swim lessons att he Duanesburg YMCA
    Splash into the new season with our Summer Session!

    WHEN: July 3 - August 20
    TIME: Monday-Friday
    Classes offered between 5 p.m. - 6.55 p.m. depending on group

    WHEN: July 8 - August 19
    TIME: Saturday
    Classes offered between 9 a.m. and 12:20 p.m. depending on group

    For more information, contact Sheyenne Wales – Aquatics Coordinator, 518.895.9500 or download PDF with complete schedule here
  • Flag, Tackle and Cheer with Rotterdam Pop Warner
    Online registration has begun for our fall 2017 season at
    Open to students from 5 to 16, and if you'd prefer to sign up in-person, join us at the field on Saturday May 20 or June 17 from 10 a.m. to noon.

    WHEN: May 20 or June 17

    TIME: 10 a.m. to 12 noon
    PRICE: $75 per player for Cheer and Tackle, $50 for Flag and Cubs (Discounts available: $10 sibling discount, $25 discount if play Spring Flag)

    For more information, contact Shawn Hawkins at or (518) 951-8190
  • Fast track swim lessons at the Duanesburg YMCA
    Fast track swim lessons is a one-week long swimming lesson program designed to help children start learning to swim or to practice their swimming skills. Lessons are divided by ages (3-5) and (6-12). Children are broken up in accordance to ability by the swim instructors once in class, which gives children an opportunity to set individual goals for the end of the week with their instructor. Classes run Monday-Friday for a half hour each day.

    WHEN: April 20-April 24
    TIME: Pre-School (3-5) —10:00am-10:30am OR 5:00pm-5:30pm
    Youth (6-12) — 10:30am-11:00am OR 5:30pm-6:00pm
    PRICE: MEMBER $35.00, NON– MEMBER $70.00

    For more information, contact Sheyenne Wales – Aquatics Coordinator, 518.895.9500
  • Swim Lessons at the Duanesburg YMCA:

    Spring II session: May 8-June 25 *no classes on Memorial Day (May 29)
    Weekday Group Classes:
    Parent & Child: Wednesdays 5 – 5:30pm
    Pike: Mondays 5 – 5:30pm OR Fridays 5:30 – 6:00pm
    Eel: Mondays 5:35 – 6:05pm OR Fridays 6:05 – 6:35pm
    Ray: Tuesdays 5 – 5:30pm
    Polliwog: Tuesdays 5:30 – 6:10pm OR Thursdays 5 – 5:40pm
    Guppy: Tuesdays 6:15 – 6:55pm OR Thursdays 5:45 – 6:25pm
    Minnow: Mondays 6:10 – 6:50pm

    Saturday Spring II Group Swim Lessons: May 13–June 24
    Parent & Child: 11:50am – 12:20pm
    Pike: 10:30—11:00am OR 11:15–11:45am
    Polliwog: 9:45 – 10:25am OR 10:30 – 11:10am
    Eel: 9:00 – 9:30am OR 11:15 – 11:45am
    Ray: 11:50am – 12:20am
    Guppy: 9:00 – 9:40am OR 9:45-10:25am

    Adult Beginner and Adult Intermediate Swim Lessons: Wednesday evenings from 6:30pm until 7:15pm (beginner); Thursday evenings from 6:30pm until 7:15pm. (intermediate)

    Registration for the Spring II Session will open on April 3 for members and April 10 for the community. Registration will close on May 21. Ask about our private swim lessons, group private swim lessons, and our private family swim lessons! To register, visit, call (518)895-9500, or email
  • Learn to Swim at Home with the YMCA’S Backyard Pool Program
    This summer, bring swim lessons to your neighborhood with the YMCA’s Backyard Pool Program. Qualified team of swim instructors will come to your private pool to deliver the Y’s nationally recognized swim program to participants of all ages. Lessons can be scheduled for one-on-one swim instruction or for a group of family or neighbors.

    Program Overview: 8, half-hour swimming lessons conducted in your pool over a two week period or one-week session of 4 one-hour lessons. Private, semi-private and small group class sizes maximize learning and help children master swim skills.

    Call Jennifer to learn more: 518-895.9500 ext. 115'.
  • Rotterdam United Soccer Club Spring Soccer Program
    The Rotterdam United Soccer Club Spring Soccer Program is a six week mini foot skills camp for children ages 4 to 10. The goal is to teach basic soccer skills in a non-competitive, fun, and healthy atmosphere. Instructors consist primarily of players from local high schools and the Rotterdam United Soccer Club (RUSC) travel soccer teams, with guidance and oversight from experienced travel coaches and staff. The program will teach the basics of soccer and develop skills through practice, drills, and small-sided games. This is not competitive play. For more information and to register, visit
  • Kids Night Out at the Duanesburg Y
    The Duanesburg Y is holding "Kids Night Out" events on the following Saturdays: March 25, April 29 and May 27. The events are for ages 3-12 and will be from 4:15 to 8:15 p.m. Come and enjoy open swim, gym games, and a variety of other activities. Please note that swimming is for grades 3-5, or any age who can pass the deep end test. A piece of pizza, snack, and drink will be provided! Other snacks are available for sale $1 each. All participants must be signed in by a parent or guardian, and will be required to complete a short guest release form.

    Registration costs are as followed:
    $10 (preregistration)/$15 (walk-in); Family: $35 (preregistration)/$45 (walk-in)
    Non Members:
    $20 (preregistration)/$25 (walk-in); Family: $45 (preregistration)/$55 (walk-in)
  • Summer Camp
    TSL is offering summer camp June 27-Aug. 26, 7:30 a.m.-5:30 p.m. for kids ages 5-12 at TSL, 590 Giffords Church Road, Schenectady. Prices start at $165/week. For more information and to register, visit
  • CPR, First -Aid, AED and Lifeguard Certifications
    Duanesburg Area Community Center
    For dates and information, contact or (518) 895-9500


The "Community News E-Backpack" page is provided as a service to parents for informational purposes only. Programs listed are not necessarily affiliated with nor endorsed by the Schalmont Central School District. For more information about the activities and organizations listed above, please use the contact information provided with each entry.  

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