Feb. 4, 2014
WES students, staff get Cabin Fever
Members of the Character Education and Positive Behavior Interventions and Supports (PBIS) teams dubbed the last day in January—Cabin Fever Day—and took the opportunity at this midway point in the school year to review behavioral expectations in a fun and creative setting. Read More
A reminder that Spring Picture Day at WES is Monday, March 24.
In this edition of the Shooting Star, you can read tips for staying warm when it's cold outside, find out which headphones (Beats vs. Flips) are the best, learn if the movie “Catching Fire” is worth watching, and more! Download a copy
March newsletter is available online Download a copy of WES News & Notes
2014 kindergarten registration scheduled for March 20
The Watervliet City School District will conduct its annual kindergarten registration for children who are residents of Watervliet and turn five years old on or before December 1, 2014. Registration is by appointment. Download a copy of the kindergarten registration flyer │Kindergarten registration packet
February newsletter is available online Download a copy of WES News & Notes
January newsletter is available online Download a copy of WES News & Notes
WES Shooting Star newspaper is now available Download a copy
Students participate in 2013 Character Education Youth Leadership Summit
A team of students from Watervliet schools–including sixth-graders–participated in the annual Character Education Youth Leadership Summit at Russell Sage College in Troy on December 5. Read More
Fourth grade students experience a lot of drama in one day
In November, Watervliet Elementary School’s grade 4 students worked with two local artists from the Arts Center of the Capital Region to create and perform a theatrical performance based on the Iroquois Creation story—all in one day. Read more
December newsletter is available online Download a copy of WES News & Notes
Students “Drop Everything And Read” on DEAR Day
DEAR Day has become a tradition for Watervliet Elementary School fifth-graders. On this one day every year, fifth-grade classes Drop Everything and Read (DEAR). Read more
WES Thanksgiving celebration
Kindergarten students enjoyed partaking in a feast of turkey, cranberry sauce, corn bread, pumpkin pie and more on the day before the day before Thanksgiving recess! Happy Thanksgiving everyone! View Photo Gallery
WES teachers benefit from Sam’s Club Teacher Rewards Program
Sam’s Club of Latham awarded $50 reward cards to 20 teachers from Watervliet Elementary School to purchase classroom supplies as part of the company’s Teacher Rewards program. Read more
Watervliet Elks provide free dictionaries for third graders
Every third grader at Watervliet Elementary School recently 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 Nov. 4 to distribute free dictionaries to third grade-students and their teachers. Read more
WES Kindergarten Apple Run
In case you missed it, here are some pictures from the Kindergarten Apple Run on October 11. View Photo Gallery
November newsletter is available online Download a copy of WES News & Notes
An important message from WES Principal regarding early arrivals to school
In recent weeks, we have noticed an increase in the number of students being dropped off or walking to school early. It is important to note—especially as the weather turns colder—that Watervliet Elementary School does not have staff available to supervise students prior to the 8:35 a.m. start. Parents who drive their children to school and arrive before that time should be prepared to keep their children in the car—and parents who walk children to school must stay with them—until greeted by a WES staff member outside. Students who walk on their own will be sent back off campus until the school day begins. If you have a childcare need, the Watervliet Civic Center offers a fee-based before- and after-care program. For more information about the program, please call Bill Sheehy at (518) 273-5922.
NYS ELA, math reports sent home October 18 to parents of current grades 4-6 students
Watervliet Parents of current grades 4-6 students will receive their child's NYS ELA and math reports today–Friday, October 18. The reports are being sent home in a sealed envelope addressed “To the Parents/Guardians” in student backpacks. View letter from curriculum office about test scores
Annual Food Drive kicks off during Books for Bingo Night on Oct. 18
Watervliet Elementary School is again
sponsoring its annual Food Drive with the unofficial kick-off
happening during Books for Bingo Night on Friday October 18.
Please plan to bring one item to drop off on your way in. The official start of the Food Drive is Monday, October 21. It runs through Friday, November 8.
Donations of non-perishable food and healthcare items will be accepted during this time. Every little bit is greatly appreciated. Thank you for your support!
Math Night + Parents = Homework Support Children Need
Question: Do you need help to be able to help your child with his or her math homework? If you answered yes, then Watervliet Elementary School's Math Night for Parents is exactly what you need. Let WES teachers show you how to do the math at Math Night for Parents on Monday, October 7 at 6 p.m. All grades 1–6 parents are invited! Show up and get a “Gotcha Token″ for your child! Download flyer
Students sign School Constitution, individual classroom pledges on Constitution Day
In observance of Constitution Day, all students at Watervliet Elementary signed their names to a school-wide Constitution pledging respect, responsibility, honesty and safety for themselves and others. Read more
Parent Guides to Student Success provide overview of key skills, concepts children are learning at each grade level
The National PTA® has created Parent Guides to Student Success that describe the key skills and knowledge children should learn by the end of each year by grade level for English language arts and mathematics based on the Common Core State Standards. The guides for grades K-8 include activities that parents can do to help support student learning at home and are available for download in English and Spanish. Visit the National PTA website
Meet the Teacher Nights set for Sept. 16 & Sept. 18
Meet the Teacher Night is an important event for parents and teachers alike. For parents, it provides an opportunity to meet your child's teachers and to learn more about the school and curriculum. For teachers, it is a chance to meet parents and discuss expectations for the school year. WES has scheduled grade-level Meet the Teacher events from 6-7:30 p.m. on the following dates:
Monday, September 16: Grade 1, Grade 2 and Grade 3
Wednesday, September 18: Grade 4, Grade 5, and Grade 6
The evening begins for everyone in the auditorium. Read letter from Principal O'Brien
September newsletter is available online Download a copy of WES News & Notes
Welcome back WES students!
Watervliet Elementary School teachers, administrators and support staff greeted students and their families during the first day of school on Wednesday, September 4. View Photo Gallery
Important information for parents of incoming kindergarten students about the first day of school: Wednesday, September 4
The first day of school for kindergarten students will operate on a staggered schedule to provide parents and children an opportunity to attend together and meet teachers and staff members, as well as learn about the curriculum and building a strong home-school connection. Read letter from Principal O'Brien
WES Summer Reading
Looking for some good books to read over the summer? Check out our new Summer Reading web page with its extensive recommended reading list, links to online stories and fun activities for elementary students and their families. learn more
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The award-winning Parent Today e-newsletter is now available to families in the Watervliet City School District. Sign up to receive this free e-newsletter today! Read more
Grade 2 teachers and students model Common Core math instruction for NYSED video series
Watervliet Elementary School teachers and students are featured in a new online video series developed by the New York State Education Department (SED) as a resource for educators throughout the state as they continue to implement the Common Core Learning Standards. Read more | View video
Board of Education meeting, 7 p.m., WJSHS Conference Room
WES Achievement Report Sent Home
Superintendent’s Conference Day – No School
WES PTA Meeting, 6:30 p.m.
WES Kindergarten Registration
WES Spring Pictures
WES Prekindergarten Registration
NYS English Language Arts exam, Grades 3-6
WES PTA Meeting, 6:30 p.m.
WES Hats on for Good Character
Spring Recess – No school