June 25, 2015
Sixth-grade students mark milestone
WES grade 6 students earned their certificates of promotion during a ceremony on June 24. They will enter Watervliet Junior-Senior High School in September as the Class of 2021. Congratulations!
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
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
3.30.15 - UPDATE: VOTE FOR MYA TO WIN WORDS MONTHLY GRAND PRIZE FOR MARCH
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 ‘cemented’ their 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 school’s annual Spelling Bee
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
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 performance—based on the popular book by Victoria Kann and Elizabeth Kann—is 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. Webster’s 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
What’s new with Mrs. Webster's fourth-grade class? Find out in this new video edition of News and Notes
Mrs. Webster’s 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 school’s 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. Webster’s 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
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 child’s teacher for Watervliet Elementary School’s 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
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
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 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
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
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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.
Labor Day - Holiday
Staff orientation/Staff Development Day
First Day of Classes
Kindergarten Rolling Start
UPK dismissed at 11 a.m.
WES PTA meeting, 6:30 p.m.
WES Constitution Day
Board of Education meeting, 7 p.m.
WES Picture Day
WES Grades 1-3 Meet the Teacher Night, 6 p.m.
WES Grades 4-6 Meet the Teacher Night, 6 p.m.
WES Kindergarten Readiness Night, 6 p.m.