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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.  

  • Sportsman’s Bowl Youth Bowling League
    There is a Bumper Program for ages 4-7 – They bowl 15 weeks - $5/week and receive their trophies at their pizza party at the end of the 15 weeks. The League starts on Friday, September 7 at 3:50 or Saturday, September 8 at 9:30 am or 11:30 am.
    There are 4 divisions in the Junior Program. They start on the same dates listed above but their times are:
    Friday, September 7 at 3:50 or
    Saturday, September 8 at 9:00 am or 11:30 am
    Bantams – 8 and under
    Preps – ages 9 - 11
    Juniors – ages 12 – 14
    Majors – ages 15 – 20
    The League bowls 30 weeks.
    First week is $18 ($10 sanction and $8 weekly dues)
    Every week there after it is $8/week ($3 if absent).
    There are tournaments for the bowlers to participate in if they are interested.
    Banquet at end of season.
    Contact Marianne on 518-393-8907 or e-mail for an application or stop at Sportsman’s Bowl – 1652 Crane St, Schenectady, NY
  • 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'.
  • 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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