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Albany Devils logoJanuary is Screen Free Month at Jefferson

During Screen Free Month, Jefferson families are encouraged to join the fun by unplugging from their devices and joining us for a series of special events throughout the month.

Events include:

January 9, 7 p.m., Albany Devils Game, $17 pre-paid only

January 13, 6-8 p.m., Instrument Petting Zoo, School Cafeteria - Free!

January 21, 6-8 p.m., Night at the Museum, MiSci Museum - Free! MiSci Offering Special Family Memberships [PDF]

January 29, 6-8 p.m., Reptile Adventure, Jefferson Play Area, Free!

January 30, 6-8 p.m., BINGO, Jefferson Cafeteria - Free!

Important ski club notice - Friday, Jan. 30

Tonight’s forecast is calling for temperatures to drop at approximately 6 p.m. While we are not cancelling transportation to Maple Ski Ridge, we wanted to inform parents of students involved in ski club to ensure that all students are dressed accordingly.

Safety drill conducted at all three school buildings 

Schalmont conducted a formal lockdown drill in all three school buildings this morning in cooperation with the Rotterdam Police Department. learn more

February School menu

The monthly school menu is now available online for Jefferson Elementary School. february menu [PDF]

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. february news [PDf]

'Show of Love' returns to Jefferson

Jefferson Elementary School will welcome back Joe Trianforo and his “Show of Love” character education assembly on Jan. 29, with two morning performances for K-4 students. The show focused on the theme of respect. The show has been rescheduled from a previous snow day. learn more

Jefferson honors students for perfect December attendance

Jefferson Elementary School held its monthly assemblies to recognize students who had perfect attendance during December. learn more

Budget Advisory Committee meetings underway

A group of community volunteers came together last night for the first in a series of Budget Advisory Committee (BAC) meetings to learn more about the budget development process. The entire community is invited to be part of the planning process by attending any number of BAC meetings, budget forums and board meetings, and staying up-to-date with budget news on the district website. View 2015-15 budget development calendar [PDF]

Winter chill advisories in effect, students please dress appropriately for school

Schalmont reminds parents and students to keep in mind the importance of dressing appropriately for the winter weather. Students should arrive to school and leave wearing a coat and other winter accessories, such as hats, gloves/mittens, scarves, and boots, as necessary. Together, we can keep our students safe and healthy during this cold spell. cold weather safety tips

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

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

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

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

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]

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 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]

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


Participate in the annual budget development process

Eighth annual 'No Tap' bowling outing set for Jan. 31

Communicating weather-related announcements

"Schalmont City" brings home two Future City awards

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

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