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Nov. 17, 2015

WES Math & Movement Family Fun Night: Strong math skills a hop, skip and jump away

Activity books and pencils in hand, nearly 100 students hopped, skipped and jumped their way to better math and literacy skills during Watervliet Elementary School’s Math & Movement Family Night in November. Read more

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Park Playhouse performs “A Year with Frog and Toad” for K-2 students

Albany's Park Playhouse presented the musical “A Year with Frog and Toad” at Watervliet Elementary School in November. Read more


Celebrating Thanksgiving 2015 with a feast fit for kindergartners!

WES kindergarten students celebrated Thanksgiving with teachers and classmates a few days early. View photo gallery


WES Principal Theresa O'Brien retires

Last spring, Watervliet Elementary Principal Theresa O'Brien submitted her intention to retire to the Board of Education. Mrs. O'Brien has served the students, parents, staff and community of Watervliet Elementary School for many years and her leadership will be greatly missed. On behalf of the entire WCSD community, we wish Mrs. O'Brien all the best in her retirement. Read Principal O'Brien's farewell letter to parents (PDF)


Grade 6 Hoffman Carwash fundraiser underway

Grade 6 is participating in the Hoffman Car Wash Helping Hands fundraiser to raise money for its annual class trip. Car wash tickets are available for purchase online at the WES Grade 6 home page on the Helping Hands website. This link will be available until December 4. Tickets purchased online are delivered directly to your email or mobile device. Car wash tickets make great holiday gifts for family and friends!


Date change for WES Winter Concert

Please be sure to mark this important date change in your calendars: WES winter concert at the high school has been rescheduled to Monday, December 21 at 7 p.m.


WES celebrates Halloween 2015

Students at Watervliet Elementary School celebrated Halloween on Friday, Oct. 30 with classroom activities, snacks and the annual costume parade. View photo gallery


WES Math & Movement Family Fun Night set for November 10

Elementary students and their families will have an opportunity to play and learn together as they participate in a unique, high-energy family event on Tuesday, November 10 beginning at 6:00 p.m. that combines physical activity and fun to help children improve math and reading skills. More information  


WES students get lesson in fire prevention, safety

Watervliet Elementary School held its annual Fire Safety Awareness assembly on Friday, October 16 for kindergarten through grade 3 students. The event coincides with National Fire Prevention/Safety Awareness Month. Read more


WES thanks Target for generous donation of school supplies

Watervliet Elementary School recently received a substantial donation of school supplies from Target. The donation included lunch boxes, notebooks, pens, backpacks, and other basic items needed in the classroom. Read more


Grade 3 students receive free dictionaries from Watervliet Elks

Every third grader at Watervliet Elementary School received a special gift that will help them become better learners: their very own personal dictionary. Members of the Watervliet Elks Lodge #1500 stopped by the elementary school on Oct. 8 to distribute free dictionaries to third-grade students and teachers. Read more


Award-winning children’s author shares powerful messages depicted in her books with elementary students

Award-winning children’s book author, illustrator and speaker Kathryn Otoshi completely engaged students during a recent visit to Watervliet Elementary School. Read more


Kindergarten Apple Run 2015

Students from all five kindergarten classes took turns running in groups as fast as they could around the perimeter of the athletic field outside the school on Friday October 2. Family members, teachers and coaches cheered the students on to the finish line in the Kindergarten Apple Run, an annual fall tradition at WES. View photo gallery


WES News and Notes for October 2015 is available online. Please check the newsletter for important updates and information about school events. Download copy of newsletter


Kindergarten, UPK Readiness Night set for Sept. 30

Kindergarten and UPK Readiness Night will take place on Wednesday, Sept. 30 at 6 p.m. Readiness Night offers an opportunity for parents to meet classroom teachers, the building principal and support staff, gather program-specific information and learn more about school expectations and procedures.


WES hosts Meet the Teacher Nights this week

A reminder that Meet the Teacher Night for parents of students in grades 1-3 is tonight Monday, Sept. 21 beginning at 6 p.m. On Wednesday, Sept. 23, WES invites parents of grades 4-6 parents to Meet the Teacher Night, also at 6 p.m. View flyer for details


Students sign classroom pledges on Constitution Day

In observance of Constitution Day on September 17, Watervliet Elementary School students from all K-6 classes developed and signed individual classroom pledges to abide by expectations that include respect, responsibility, honesty and safety each and every day. Read more View photo gallery


PTA and Student Ambassadors to host Family Night at WES

The WES Student Ambassadors’ program invites students and their families to ‘Family Night’ on Thursday, September 24 from 5-7 p.m. on the softball field (weather permitting) at the elementary school. Download flyer for more details (PDF)


Welcome back K-6 grade students!

WES teachers and staff enthusiastically greeted students on the first day of the 2015-16 school year. View photo gallery


The first WES News and Notes of the 2015-16 school year is available online. Please check the newsletter for important information about the start of school. Download copy of newsletter


WES Welcome Back Letter online

Attention parents of grades 1-6 students: This year's welcome back letter from Principal O'Brien is available here. A reminder that hard copies will not be sent home. Parents may find out their child's teacher for the 2015-16 school year by accessing the Parent Portal. Download the Parent Portal instruction sheet or refer to the orange sheet in your child's 2014-2015 report card envelope for directions to log-on. Please call the registrar at 629-3204 with any questions about Parent Portal.


A note about the start date for the Civic Center's Pre-K/K Before & After School Program

The Watervliet Civic Center Before & After School program will begin on September 9 for children in grades 1-6 (school-age program). Because of the rolling schedule for kindergarten students and the half-day for Pre-K children on the first day of school, the Pre-K/K Before & After School program will begin on September 14.


Kindergarten to follow a rolling schedule on September 9

To provide parents an opportunity to meet their child’s teacher and learn more about the school schedule, WES kindergarten students will begin their first day of school Wednesday, September 9 with a rolling start that will allow children and parents to attend together. more information (PDF)


School supply lists for grades K-6

Watervliet Elementary School 2015-16 school supply lists are available by grade level to help students and their parents get a head start on back-to-school shopping. (PDFs) Kindergarten Grade 1 Grade 2 Grade 3 Grade 4 Grade 5 Grade 6


ATTENTION PARENTS AND GUARDIANS: Report cards for students who were not in school on the last day may now be picked up in the main office at the elementary school. Please call 629-3400 with any questions.


WES Grade 6 Graduation 2015

WES sixth-graders gathered with family, friends, teachers and school leaders to mark the completion of their elementary school years during a formal ceremony on June 24 at the Watervliet High School auditorium. View photo gallery


Kindergarten Moving Up Ceremony 2015

More than 100 kindergarten students from five classes received their diplomas during Watervliet Elementary School's Moving Up Day ceremony on Tuesday, June 23. Congratulations to all the graduates and their families! See you in first grade in September! view Photo Gallery


Students, staff enjoy Field Day, an annual tradition that signals the end of the school year is near

A talent show, water balloon toss, tug-of-war, scooter races, and bouncy-bounce rides were all part of the fun of WES Field Day 2015. View Photo Gallery


English Language Learners create, present video celebrating languages and cultures at WES

Laura Abate’s English Language Learners (ELL) at Watervliet Elementary created a video called “The Best of Two Worlds” that debuted during the school's Grandparents and Special Persons Night in May. Read more


Summer reading at Watervliet Public Library

The Watervliet Public Library invites students from grades Pre-K through 12 to participate in the Summer Library Program that kicks off June 29 with registration. A number of fun programs and events are planned throughout the summer. The theme, Every Hero Has a Story, explores all kinds of topics from community heroes to superheroes and more. The programs are free and open to children of all abilities. Read parent letter see schedule of events  


WES News and Notes June edition is available online. Please check the newsletter for important end-of-year dates and information. Download newsletter


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WES yearbooks on sale

Elementary school yearbooks are currently on sale and are going fast get one while supplies last. Yearbooks can be purchased for $15 with cash or a check made payable to Watervliet City School District (WCSD). See Mr. Roberts for more information or to purchase your copy today!


A look back at Grandparents & Special Persons Night 2015

Elementary students had an opportunity to share some of what they have been learning this year with family members during the school's annual Grandparents & Special Persons Night in May. View photos


Elementary students tour nearby high-tech plant

WES fifth-graders had an opportunity in May to tour the research and development division of the neighboring Saint Gobain Coated Abrasives plant. Read more


Members of RPI Crew Team visit WES

Four members of Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute’s (RPI) Crew Club recently visited Watervliet Elementary School to talk with students about the practice and teamwork that is necessary to be successful in the sport of rowing. View photo gallery


WES teacher to participate in Gates Foundation education conference this summer

Third-grade teacher Jennifer Hoefer has been invited to join other teachers from around the country at an educational conference in Seattle this summer hosted by the Gates Foundation. Read more


Park Playhouse performance teaches WES students about the 'space race'

Students in grades 3 through 5 learned about the famous and historic “space race” that occurred between the United States and the former Soviet Union (Russia) during the late 1950s and lasted throughout the 1960s. Read more


WGNA radio host composes teacher appreciation song with help of fourth-graders

Kathi Grill's fourth-grade class at Watervliet Elementary School spent a fun-filled morning composing a song in honor of Teacher Appreciation Week with WGNA-107.7 FM radio morning show host Richie Phillips. Read more View photo gallery


WES News and Notes May edition available online! Download newsletter


WES pays tribute to an everyday hero: Farewell 'Superman'

On Wednesday, April 29, beloved custodian Charles Rorie's received a send-off befitting a super hero the day before his official retirement after 20 years of service to WES. Teachers, students and staff wore Superman t-shirts in honor of the man they often refer to as "Superman." WNYT NewsChannel 13 sent reporter Dan Bazile to  cover this super event. Watch video view facebook photo gallery 


The Shooting Star available online

Check out the latest edition of The Shooting Star, Watervliet Elementary School's newspaper. Download The Shooting STAR


WES News and Notes April edition available online! Download newsletter


Preparing for state tests

Watervliet students in grades 3-8 are preparing to take the NYS English Language Arts (ELA) and math exams this month. More information


Grade 2 student's kindness recognized by Albany County DA

WES student Mya Sentmier received a pleasant surprise on Friday, March 13. The second grader was awarded a prize pack from a representative of the Albany County District Attorney’s office in school after she was selected the weekly winner of the DA’s “Words Can Hurt or Words Can Heal” contest. Vote for Mya to win the March 2015 Grand Prize here. Voting will be open until Friday, April, 10. More information


Hat Day raises money for WES fourth-grader

WES Character Education sponsored a very successful Hat Day on March 17 that raised more than $730 dollars for fourth-grader Paige Grimmick and her family. Read more


Sixth-graders mix together words and illustrations to express meaning in concrete poems

Students in Kim Tallmadge's sixth-grade class recently cementedtheir understanding of a unique genre of poetry known as concrete poems. Read more


Students participate in hands-on learning in a college setting

A month into the Help Yourself Academy, an after-school enrichment program at Sage College in Troy, WES fourth-grade students have participated in several hands-on learning experiences. Recently, students dissected small squid to learn about the creature’s different body parts and systems. Read more


Third-grade students research and debate roles of prominent African Americans in U.S. history

In recognition of Black History Month in February, grade 3 students at Watervliet Elementary School debated the roles of prominent African Americans in United States history. Read more View Photo Gallery


Kindergarten registration scheduled for March 19 at Watervliet Elementary School

WES kindergarten registration will take place on Thursday, March 19. If you are a resident of Watervliet and have a child who will turn 5 years old by December 1, 2015 call the elementary school main office at 629-3400 to schedule a registration appointment. Paperwork can be picked up at the main office or download registration materials from our website. View flyer for more information


WES students attend Sage College's Help Yourself Academy

Grade 4 students are participating in an enrichment program housed on the Sage College campus in downtown Troy. The program, called the Help Yourself Academy (HYA), is an after-school program sponsored by the Esteves School of Education that offers students from nearby school districts an opportunity to build skills in science, technology, engineering, art and mathematics (STEAM) through fun, hands-on projects. Read more


WES alleviates “cabin fever with day of creative activities to reinforce school and classroom expectations

On Jan. 30, a fever spread throughout Watervliet Elementary School. Symptoms included students (some teachers, too) clad in pajamas and slippers, and lots of smiles and laughter emanating from classrooms. The diagnosis: Cabin Fever Day 2015. Read more view photo gallery


WES News and Notes February edition available online! Download newsletter


WES Breakfast Club builds reading skills for K-2 students

Following its highly successful launch in the fall, the WES Breakfast Club – a before-school reading program for K-2 students – will enthusiastically begin its spring session the week of February 9. More information enroll your child in the program (PDF)


The Shooting Star available online

Check out the latest edition of The Shooting Star, Watervliet Elementary School's newspaper. Download The Shooting STAR


WES fifth-grader captures top spot in schools annual Spelling Bee

Thirteen students in all, from the fourth to sixth grades, advanced to the annual school spelling bee after being successful in classroom spelling competitions. Read more View Photo Gallery


Local law enforcement, emergency responders and Watervliet teachers vie for trophy in basketball tourney to support PTA

Support the Watervliet PTA and cheer on our teachers, Watervliet Police Department, Watervliet Fire Department and Rensselaer County Correction Officers as they compete in a community basketball game this Saturday, January 17 at 6 p.m. at Watervliet High School. Proceeds from the tournament will help support the PTA’s events and programs. More information


Watervliet Public Library to host Story Time starting January 15

The Watervliet Public Library will be hosting Story Time on Thursdays at 11 a.m. beginning January 15. Pre-school children accompanied by an adult are invited to stop in for a story every Thursday. Following the story, children will have an opportunity to work on a craft related to the story. Information


WES News and Notes January edition available online! Download newsletter


WES students, staff celebrate the season with music, fun activities

The Watervliet Elementary School PTA held its annual Breakfast with Santa in early December. Later in the month, Band A performed a special concert for fellow students at WES. View Photo Gallery


Grade 4 News and Notes video available

Fourth graders have completed news and notes videos that describe all they are learning in their core subjects and special classes. View Mrs. Webster's class video View Ms. Heid's class video


The Shooting Star available online

Check out the latest edition of The Shooting Star, Watervliet Elementary School's newspaper produced by the student council. Download The Shooting STAR


PTA reschedules December meeting

Due to the weather, the WES PTA has rescheduled its meeting for Tuesday, December 16 at 6:30 p.m. in the WES cafeteria.


Grade 5 students celebrate everything reading on DEAR Day

On November 25, WES fifth graders celebrated Drop Everything And Read (DEAR) Day. Students participated in a variety of activities that involved reading and enjoying literature through various forms and genres. Read more


Watervliet students learn about healthy eating through fun, interactive assembly

FoodPlay, a national award-winning school theater production, presented its message of healthy living recently at Watervliet Elementary School just in time for the holidays—a busy time of year when healthy habits often take a back seat. Read more


A look back at the WES kindergarten Thanksgiving celebration

Kindergarten students enjoyed a feast of turkey and all the fixings the day before Thanksgiving recess. The kindergarten Thanksgiving feast is an annual event. View photos


Pinkalicious appears at WES

“Pinkalicious” the Musical has Watervliet's UPK through second grade students seeing red ... no, make that pink! Presented by Albany's Park Playhouse, the performancebased on the popular book by Victoria Kann and Elizabeth Kannis complete with Broadway-style show tunes and dancing cupcakes, but delivers important messages for children. Read more


WES News and Notes December edition available online! Download newsletter


Sixth-grader's writing recognized at statewide conference

The New York State Teachers of English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL) Executive Board selected Watervliet student Shanzeyh Hussain's essay the winner in the grades 4-5 category of its annual statewide essay contest. Read more


Hot off the presses: The Shooting Star

Check out the new edition of The Shooting Star, Watervliet Elementary School's newspaper produced by the student council. Download The Shooting STAR

You are invited to help the Watervliet Public Library celebrate the 50th birthday of “Charlie and the Chocolate Factory” at 11:30 a.m. on Saturday, November 22. Please stop by the library to register or call 274-4471. Registration is required! Information


WES annual Food Drive nets 1,395 items

Students collected nearly 1,400 food donations for the community during Watervliet Elementary School's annual Food Drive, surpassing the school's original goal of 1,000 Read more


Mrs. Webster's fourth-grade class release new video edition of News and Notes

Mrs. Websters fourth graders have completed their next news and notes video that describes all they are learning in their core subjects and special classes. View video


WES third graders receive free reference books from Elks

Every third grader at Watervliet Elementary School recently received a special gift that will help them become better learners: a copy of their own personal dictionary. Read more


WES Lockdown Drill Complete

This morning, a lockdown drill was completed at Watervliet Elementary School. The drill was conducted in cooperation with the Watervliet Police Department. These ongoing safety drills are required by the New York State Education Department, and provide good practice for students and staff in the event of a real emergency. The safety of our students and staff is a priority, and drills are an important way to practice and improve protocols and procedures.


Sixth-grade student proposes weekly meat-free menu option in support of the environment

Starting Friday school lunches at Watervliet Elementary School in November will be free of a specific ingredient: meat. Sixth-grader Dezmond Rohenez proposed the initiative, called Meat Free Fridays at WES, which encourages students and staff members to refrain from eating meat one day a week in an effort to help protect the environment. Read more


WES News and Notes November edition available online! Download newsletter


Whats new with Mrs. Webster's fourth-grade class? Find out in this new video edition of News and Notes

Mrs. Websters fourth graders have completed their second video news and notes. View video


Disney princesses, super heroes rule at this year's Halloween Parade

Watervliet Elementary School students celebrated Halloween with classroom activities and the schools annual Halloween parade. View photo gallery


Wear a hat to school on October 30, help support classroom libraries!

One of WES’s goals this year is to ensure that as many children as possible receive books and have access to books. One way to do that is through the All for Books program. With a $1 donation, students can wear their favorite hat to school on Thursday, October 30! All proceeds from Hat Day will go toward purchasing more books to expand our classroom libraries. More information Download flyer


WES physical education challenge for September: 40-yard dash

Coach Lane and Coach Hotaling engaged all elementary students in a monthly challenge during physical education class. September’s challenge was the 40-yard dash. Congratulations to all students who won certificates of achievement for their performance in the 40-yard dash. View pictures


Grade 4 students debut news and notes video, discuss what they are learning

Mrs. Websters fourth graders have been working hard at completing their first video news and notes. View video


WES students collecting food donations for community

The Watervliet Elementary School is currently hosting a Food Drive to benefit Sacred Heart of Mary’s. Students are asked to bring in non-perishable food items to help combat hunger in their community. More information


2014 Kindergarten Apple Run

Annual autumn event offers exercise, fun for kindergarten students. View photo gallery 


Math Night is October 9

Math Night + Parents = Homework Support Children Need
Math education has changed significantly in recent years. What and how mathematics is taught is very different than many parents recall from their own school experience. If you have questions about how best to help your child with his or her math homework, please plan to join your childs teacher for Watervliet Elementary Schools Math Night on Thursday, Oct. 9 to learn tips and strategies for helping children with their homework. View flyer (PDF)


Peaceful Bus program drives positive behavior for WES students

On September 26, Watervliet Elementary School’s Character Education group led staff and students through the Peaceful School Bus program during which students reviewed school bus rules and discussed behavior that is appropriate and inappropriate while riding the bus. Read more Photo Gallery


WES News and Notes October edition available online! Download newsletter


Students sign classroom pledges and school-wide Constitution

Watervliet Elementary School students recently celebrated Constitution Day, a federal observance established by Congress in 2004 to commemorate the signing of the Constitution on September 17, 1787. Read more


Dads Take Your Child to School Day

Dozens of fathers showed support for their children’s education by taking part in “Dads Take Your Child to School Day” at Watervliet Elementary School. Read more


Meet the Teachers Night for Grades 1-3 is Sept 15; Grades 4-6 on Sept. 17

Meet the Teachers Night for parents of students in grades 1-3 is tonight: Monday, Sept. 15. Parents of grades 4-6 students are invited to Meet the Teachers Night on Wednesday, Sept. 17. Please don't miss this important event for both parents and teachers. It provides parents an opportunity to meet your child's teachers and to learn more about the school and the curriculum, while it offers teachers a chance to meet parents and discuss expectations for the school year. More information (PDF)


WES News and Notes September edition available online! Download newsletter


Local organization seeks coats for children and adults in need

Coats for the Community is seeking donations of gently used coats to give to those who need them most. Coats can be dropped off at the Watervliet Elementary School, Watervliet Housing Authority or the Civic Center. View flyer


New school year underway at WES

On Wednesday, September 3 Watervliet Elementary School teachers, support staff and administrators welcomed UPK through grade 6 students to the first day of the 2014-15 school year. View photo gallery


Attention Parents: Student drop-off/pick-up procedures

Student drop off and pick up procedures at WES remain the same as were in place last year. Please disregard the note in the welcome back letter that stated there is a change in procedures.
A reminder about morning arrival: The Watervliet Elementary School day starts at 8:35 a.m. In the interest of safety, students should not arrive at campus prior to that time because there is no adult supervision. If you are driving your child to school, you must keep them with you in the car until staff is outside. Walkers should plan their arrival to school for 8:35 a.m., as well. Thank you for working as partners with us to ensure a safe start to the school day.


Class assignments in the mail

Class assignment letters will be mailed Thursday, August 21. School opens for students on Wednesday, September 3. Due to construction, the building remains closed for any visits prior to school opening. The staff at Watervliet Elementary School is looking forward to a great school year. Enjoy your last week of summer vacation!


Transportation 2014-15

Transportation cards have been mailed home for students in grades K-6. Please call Roni O'Brien at 629-3224 if you have any questions. There are no changes to transportation all bus runs will remain the same for the 2014-2015 school year. Pick up times in Port Schuyler for high school students will remain the same: 7:15 a.m., 7:30 a.m., and 7:43 a.m. Elementary and high school arrival and dismissal times will remain the same, as well.


Kindergarten students to follow rolling schedule on first day of school

Kindergarten students will follow a rolling schedule during the first day of school — Wednesday, September 3. More information Download Flyer (PDF)

2014-15 school supply lists

School supply lists for the 2014-15 school year for Watervliet Elementary School students are now available. Kindergarten list | Grade 1 list | Grade 2 List | Grade 3 List | Grade 4 list | Grade 5 List | grade 6 list


Community organizations to host Back-to-School Picnic on August 16

Watervliet families can enjoy free hot dogs, a bouncy castle, climbing wall, and swimming! First 200 children (K-6) who attend the picnic with a parent will receive a free backpack with school supplies. View flyer for information


Sign-up for Parent Today ... today!

The award-winning Parent Today e-newsletter is available to families in the Watervliet City School District. Sign up to receive this free e-newsletter today! Read more


WES Grade 6 Graduation 2014

Sixth-graders celebrate the completion of their elementary years during a formal ceremony on June 25. view photo gallery


2014 Kindergarten Moving Up Ceremony

Watervliet Elementary School kindergarten students celebrate accomplishments, friendships during year-end ceremony. View photo gallery


WES Field Day photos! View photo gallery


Congratulations UPK graduates and families! View photo gallery of the June 23 Universal PreK Moving Up ceremony.




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November 25-27

Thanksgiving Recess, NO SCHOOL

December 4

WES Kids of Character Celebration

WES 1st Trimester Achievement Report Card

December 8

WES PTA Meeting, 6:30 p.m.

December 17

Board of Education Meeting, 7 p.m.

December 21

WES Winter Concert, 7 p.m., NOTE: Date Change from calendar

December 24-January 1

Holiday Recess, NO SCHOOL

January 4

Classes resume

January 8

WES Kids of Character Celebration

January 12

WES PTA Meeting, 6:30 p.m.

January 15

WES Spelling Bee

January 18

Martin Luther King Dr. Day, NO SCHOOL

January 21

Board of Education Meeting, 7 p.m.



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