Dec. 15, 2016
Pajama Day fundraiser nets more than 100 pairs of PJs for children in need
Elementary students had an opportunity to wear their favorite PJs to school on Friday, Dec. 9 to support a great cause. Read more
WES crowns 2017 spelling bee champ
Fifth-grader Jovanni George knows how tough the competition can be in the annual Watervliet Elementary School Spelling Bee after earning second place last year. This year's winner battled through 23 rounds before capturing the title. Read more
Thanks for supporting Adopt-a-Family
WES thanks the community members, organizations, staff and families who supported the Adopt-a-Family program this season. Together we were able to make the holidays special for 25 families and 65 children. Read more
Third-graders receive dictionaries courtesy of the Watervliet Elks
Third-grade students at Watervliet Elementary School received a special gift that they can use throughout their school career to become better learners: their own personal dictionary. Read more │ View photo gallery
Meet members of our elementary school team
Learn more about the food service staff who work behind the scenes supporting elementary students by preparing and serving school meals every day. READ MORE
Grade 4 students learn important skills thanks to small creatures
As part of the grade 4 science curriculum, students spend significant time studying animal habitats and behaviors. The fourth-graders are doing so with the help of African dwarf frogs and fiddler crabs that have become residents in their classrooms. Read more │ Q&A with Grade 4 Team
WES lockdown drill
Students and staff practiced a lockdown drill at Watervliet Elementary School with assistance from the Watervliet Police Department this morning. More information
Pasta dinner & learning fair offers help with study skills and one less meal to plan!
Watervliet Elementary School will host an informational night of learning and parent teacher collaboration on Tuesday, Dec. 13 at 5 p.m. Parents are invited to join elementary teachers to learn strategies and techniques that can be used at home to help children build math and reading skills, as well as good study habits. Childcare for school-aged children will be available. After the learning, stay and enjoy a delicious pasta dinner courtesy of the food service department! View flyer for details & fill out and return the participation form (page 2) to your child’s teacher
Kindergarten students celebrate Thanksgiving
Kindergartners celebrated Thanksgiving a few days early with their teachers and friends. View photo gallery
Grade 5 students elect class leaders from among a dozen candidates
Fifth graders at Watervliet Elementary School experienced a real-life lesson in the democratic process recently when they elected a class president from among 12 of their peers. Read more │ Q&A with Grade 5 Team
Meet members of our elementary school team
Learn more about staff members who often work behind the scenes supporting our students in the library, cafeteria and school offices at Watervliet Elementary School. Read more
Parent Technology Survey
The Watervliet City School District is seeking feedback from K-12 parents that will help determine upgrades to classroom technology. Please be sure to complete the survey (it will take about 5 minutes) by November 18. Go to survey links
Results of grade 1 mock election are in!
Find out which candidate would win the 2016 presidential election, as decided by Watervliet first-graders. Read more
The WES News & Notes for November is available online. Download your copy here.
Grade 3 students get their hands dirty for science project
Third-graders at Watervliet Elementary School don’t seem to mind getting their hands a little dirty – and most have conquered any fear of worms they may have had — all in the name of science. The students are working in pairs or small teams to learn about composting, nature’s way of recycling biodegradable materials. Read more │ Q&A with Grade 3 Team
Watervliet Elementary School students dressed as superheroes, witches, vampires, zombies, Disney princesses and other creatures to march in the annual Halloween parade on Monday, Oct. 31. View Photo Gallery
Elementary water testing results
The district has received results of water testing at Watervliet Elementary School which detected actionable lead levels in three of the 105 samplings taken. More information
Food for Fuel program helps alleviate weekend hunger
A new program called Food for Fuel kicked off last week providing dozens of students at risk of hunger with healthy food to eat over the weekend. The program is a collaborative effort between the Watervliet Civic Center and the elementary school. Read more
Watervliet firefighters visit WES for Fire Prevention Week
Lt. Scott Rentz and Firefighter Tim Delisle visited Watervliet Elementary School to share fire safety tips with students. View photo gallery
Lockdown drill completed at WES
The district completed a lockdown drill at WES this morning in collaboration with the Watervliet Police Department. These drills are intended to help students understand what they would need to do in the event of an emergency, and help school officials and first responders be prepared. This is one of several safety drills the school district must conduct each year by law.
Kindergarten Apple Run
Watervliet kindergarten students line up for the start of the annual Apple Run that was held this year on Friday, Sept. 30. View Photo Gallery
Meet members of the elementary school team
Learn more about the support staff members who greet students (and their parents) each morning at Watervliet Elementary School. Read more
Welcome Back WES!
Watervliet Elementary students from UPK through grade 6 returned to the classroom on Wednesday, Sept. 7 as the 2016-17 school year got underway. View Photo Gallery
Reminder about Sept. 7 kindergarten program
Kindergarten students and their parents are invited to a brief orientation on Wednesday, Sept. 7 before their first full day of school on Thursday, Sept. 8. The program consists of a classroom visit where students can meet their teacher and drop off their school supplies. Parents will have an opportunity to learn more about the kindergarten program and expectations for the year, while their children participate in activity time. Following the orientation, parents and students can tour the school and meet administrators and instructional support staff. View the kindergarten program flyer for details
Watervliet elementary students eligible for free school breakfast & lunch this year
With the start of school in September, all elementary students in the Watervliet City School District will be eligible to receive free breakfast and lunch at school regardless of family income. The district has been approved for Watervliet Elementary School to participate in the Community Eligibility Program (CEP) for the 2016-17 school year. More information
Welcome Back Letter from Principal Lewinter
Watervliet Elementary School Principal Mrs. Loida Lewinter shares important dates and information with WES families to prepare for the start of the 2016-17 school year. Read Mrs. Lewinter's Welcome Back Letter
Reminder about summer reading
The WES Reading Department reminds students to read this summer! Literacy experts have long encouraged students to read during the summer because it reinforces literacy skills developed throughout the school year. Reading for enjoyment is a practice that helps children increase their vocabulary, fluency and comprehension. Before returning to school in September all students should read 2-4 books of their choice. More information
School supply lists available
See what supplies your students will need for school this fall by grade level: kindergarten │ grade 1 │ grade 2 │ grade 3 │ grade 4 │grade 5 │ grade 6 │ grade k-2 self contained │ grade 3-4 self contained │grade 5-6 self contained
Students, staff enjoy Field Day 2016
WES hosted its annual Field Day on Friday, June 17, offering students and staff a break from the classroom to enjoy the beautiful weather and participate in activities including relay races, hula hoop challenges, parachute games, tug-of-war competitions, face painting and more. View Photo Gallery
UPK Graduation 2016
Congratulations to the Universal Pre-kindergarten students who graduated from the UPK program on June 20. View photo gallery
Elementary students observe life cycle, then set butterflies free
After observing them grow from tiny caterpillars, second grade students released their Painted Lady Butterflies into the wild on June 7. Read more
WES Spelling Bee
Martin Luther King Jr. Day – NO SCHOOL
WES NBA Day 3 on 3 Hoop Tourney, 5-7 p.m.
Kids of Character Celebration
WES PTA meeting, 6:30 p.m.
Second Trimester Progress Reports available on Parent Portal
Board of Education meeting, 6:00 p.m.
WES PTA Father/Daughter Valentine's Dance, 5-7 p.m.
Winter Recess – NO SCHOOL