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Parent Today pictureToys that teach prove valuable long after the holidays

Toys that teach are gifts that keep on giving long after the decorations have been packed away. But remember: The packaging doesn't have to scream "learn something from this" for its contents to be educational. In fact, toys that obviously promote a lesson may be less appealing and have less play value than those that encourage a child to unknowingly explore and learn. read more

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Students use knowledge, creativity to build longhouses

Using tree bark, marshmallows, clay and other supplies, fourth-graders let their imagination and creativity shine during a recent class project. Photo gallery

First- through eighth-graders sought for Schalmont Pee-Wee wrestling

Schalmont first- through eighth-graders sought for Schalmont's Pee Wee Wrestling program. Practice begins Dec. 15, 6:30-7:30 p.m. at Schalmont. Download flyer [PDF]

Jefferson teams with WNGA on anti-bullying song/video

Richie Phillips and his "Reading, Writing, and Rhyming" tour from WGNA 107.7 country radio visited Jefferson Elementary School and helped the children in Mrs. Pink's class produce the latest anti-bullying parody song. learn more

2015-16 school year kindergarten registration

Jefferson Elementary School is holding an orientation program for parents of next year's kindergarten class on Thursday, March 19, 2015 at 6:30 p.m. at the school. To make sure you receive the paperwork necessary to pre-register your child, parents of eligible children are asked to contact the school at 355-1342, ext. 5080. (Please note the March date was inadvertently left off the printed district calendar). kindergarten registration process

Monthly school newsletters online

The latest school newsletter includes important information and reminders from the school principal's, music/art/library news and much more. november Newsletter [PDF] | December Newsletter [PDF]

Highlights from the elementary music department

Read the Schalmont Music Department & Friends of Music December newsletter to find out what's happening in the elementary music programs. music  Newsletter [PDF]

School menus

The monthly school menus are now available online for Jefferson Elementary School. November menu [PDF] | december menu [PDF]

Fourth and fifth graders spread holiday cheer

Schalmont fourth- and fifth-graders are using their creativity to spread holiday cheer and give back. photo gallery

Thanksgiving feast brings students, families together

Gobble, gobble! Thanks to the generosity of parents who prepared and donated food, students in Michelle Adalian and Sue DiCaprio’s fourth-grade classes enjoyed an early Thanksgiving feast with all of the fixings in late November at school. photo gallery

High school key club provides academic support to Jefferson students

The Schalmont High School Key Club Mentoring Program kicked off in late October at Jefferson Elementary School. The year-long program pairs ninth- through twelfth-graders with elementary students interested in receiving academic and peer support on alternating Mondays afterschool. Mentoring dates [pdf]

Jefferson third grader treated like 'Millionaire for a Day'

Nikos Johnson, a third grader at Jefferson Elementary, was randomly selected to be treated like a Millionaire for a Day by First New York Federal Credit Union on November 13. full story

Jefferson PTO November update

Download Jefferson Elementary School PTO's November newsletter for updates on activities and events. November [PDF]

Jefferson Elementary School PTO student banking program

Want to teach your child to save money? The PTO-sponsored school banking program makes saving money both fun and rewarding. By opening and maintaining a savings account, students learn the principles of saving, gain a sense of responsibility, and realize the importance of investing money for a return. The program reinforces basic math skills, and gives hands‑on experience in handling money. Participation is entirely voluntary. school savings program details/application [PDF]

School Attendance: 'Got to be in it to win it!'

Schalmont Schools takes attendance very seriously! In fact,daily attendance is one of the most important factors in whether or not a student will succeed in school. Every minute counts ... every student counts! more about attendance More about attendance

Jefferson students honored for perfect September attendance

Jefferson Elementary School honored students at each grade level for having perfect attendance during September. full story |  view list by grade level (pdf)

Watch Jefferson's parent-teacher conference video

The video will be running throughout each parent-teacher conference. It includes important reminders and information from the building administrators along with video footage of students from last school year. Watch video

Jefferson Principals' Coffee Hours

Once again this school year, Principal Joby Gifford and Assistant Principal Jason Thompson will be hosting a series of Principals' Coffee Hours in an effort to facilitate communications between school leaders and parents.  event schedule [PDF]

Welcome back to school!

Schalmont was filled with excitement on Thursday, Sept. 4, as students returned for the 2014-15 school year. Photo gallery

Welcome back letter from building principals

We are pleased to welcome each of you for another exciting year at Jefferson Elementary School. We are certain that the 2014-2015 school year will provide your child with many opportunities for academic rigor, while also learning valuable lessons in citizenship along the way. We invite you to join us in this journey as your participation in and support of the learning process will be a crucial factor in your child’s academic and social growth in school. read more [PDF]

Jefferson PTO welcome back packet

Here is your Jefferson Elementary School PTO welcome packet for the 2014-15 school year. It includes important information about upcoming events for the year and how you can volunteer to help out. View Packet (PDF)

The Jefferson PTO needs your help!

All the research says that students whose parents are involved in their education have better grades and fewer discipline problems. Involvement at Jefferson also makes it easier to establish friendships with teachers and other parents. Find out how you can get involved.  Jefferson PTO

Safety procedures at Jefferson

The front doors at Jefferson Elementary School facing Princetown Road are only being used for student arrival and dismissal each day. These doors will remain locked at all other times. All student drop offs, pickups, and parent visitors should enter the building via the primary office accessed by Ford Avenue. Learn more


Nominations sought for Schalmont High School's 2015 Alumni Wall of Distinction

Freshman class gets a glimpse of college life

Schalmont English teacher an 'Educator of Excellence'

Schalmont ranks 19 among 83 Albany area school districts

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