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Ichabod Crane Primary School

Welcome to the Ichabod Crane Primary School for students in grades K through 3.

Festival of Trees - Wednesday, December 12

(December 6, 2018) The annual Festival of Trees is coming up soon on Wednesday, December 12! Festival of Trees is one of our most beloved Primary School traditions and we think this year will be the best yet!

Don't forget to stop over at the High School before or after the Festival to cast your vote for our Capital Improvement Project. Learn more


Half Day for Primary and Middle School - Thursday, December 6

(December 3, 2018) There is a half day this week for the Primary and Middle School on Thursday, December 6. This half day is only for the Primary School and Middle School (grades K-8). Please review the new half day dismissal and bus departure times effective this year due to the single bus run. Additionally, there is now brunch time scheduled for students on half days. Learn more

November Character Trait: Generosity - Outstanding Students

(December 3, 2018) The Primary School Character Trait for November was Generosity. See which students went above and beyond showing generosity in November here.

Picture Re-Take Day is Friday, November 30

(November 26, 2018) Primary School Picture Re-take Day is this week on Friday, November 30.

December 2018 Newsletter from Principal

(November 26, 2018) The December 2018 newsletter from Primary School Principal, Andrea Williams, will go home this week and is online here.

Primary School STEAM Projects

(November 19, 2018) You're never too young for STEAM projects and their academic benefits! Pictured here is Mrs. Bailey’s 3rd-graders doing a project in Ms. Addison's class where they designed and built ships. Afterward, they tested it out to see if they would float and added items to see which boat could carry the most cargo.

Don't forget to vote on Wednesday, December 12 for our Capital Improvement Project. A key component of the Project is an initiative to make our STEAM program even better!

New Half Day Dismissal and Brunch Times

(November 5, 2018) There are two half days coming up on Thursday, November 15 and Thursday, December 6. These half days are only for the Primary School and Middle School (grades K-8). The High School has a full day of school on both days. There are new half day dismissal and bus departure times this year due to the single bus run. Additionally, there is now brunch time scheduled for students on half days. Learn more

Principal's November 2018 Newsletter

(November 1, 2018) The November 2018 Newsletter from Primary School Principal, Andrea Williams, is now online. Read it here.

REMINDER: No School on Tuesday, November 6

(November 1, 2018) There are no classes for all grades on Tuesday, November 6 due to a superintendent's conference day.

Annual "Go Home Early Drill" on Friday, November 9

(November 1, 2018) The annual "Go Home Early" drill is scheduled for Friday, November 9. On that day, all students will be dismissed 15 minutes earlier than the normal dismissal time. Learn more

Primary School October Character Trait Award Winners

(October 29, 2018) Each month at the Primary School, teachers choose students who display exceptional behavior within that month's character trait. October's character trait is Responsibility. Learn more

Race to Read Week Wraps Up

(October 29, 2018) Race to Read Week recently wrapped up over at the Primary School. It's a week when special guest readers are invited to share their love of reading with the students. Learn more

Primary School Library Card Initiative

(October 22, 2018) We're pleased to announce the start of our Primary School Library Card Initiative! In an effort to encourage student reading at an early age, this year all the Primary School classes are visiting the Kinderhook Library, where students will sign-up for a public library card. Learn more

Fire Dept. Visits Students for Fire Prevention Week

(October 16, 2018) Firefighters stopped by the Primary School during Fire Prevention Week (October 7-13) to teach the students more about fire safety. They even brought their trucks!

Primary School Spirit Week Daily Themes

(October 5, 2018) Spirit Week daily dress-up themes for October 9-12 are listed below:

  • Tuesday, October 9: Pajama Day
  • Wednesday, October 10: Crazy Hair/Hat Day
  • Thursday, October 11: Mismatch Day
  • Friday, October 12: Blue & White Day (School Colors)

Helping Hands - Donating to the Valatie Food Pantry

For several years, we at the Primary School have had a weekly collection for the Valatie Food Pantry to assist our friends in the community who may need a helping hand. It has been a huge success, and the Food Pantry counts on us to help keep their shelves full throughout the year!

Won't you please consider picking up an extra item or two each week to put in the collection box in the lobby? Pick up is every Friday! It's a great way to teach your child about generosity and helping others in our own community. View the flyer

Arrival & Dismissal Procedures

Please become familiar with the updated arrival and dismissal procedures. These can be viewed by clicking on the first link at left.

About the Primary School

In addition to the regular K-3 curriculum, students participate in art, music, library, and physical education. The Health Office is staffed with a full-time registered nurse.

Students with special needs have a full compendium of service providers to assist them. These include speech and language therapists, counselors, and remedial reading teachers.

The Primary School is an active and enjoyable setting for the students. Parents are frequently involved as volunteers in their child's classroom and in other programs offered through the Parent Teacher Association (PTA).

Primary School Hours

Daily Hours: 8:15 a.m. - 2:20 p.m. Office Hours: 7:30 a.m. - 4 p.m.

Morning Bus Arrival/Parent Drop-off: 7:50 a.m.

Afternoon Bus Arrival/Departure: 2:38 p.m. - 2:45 p.m.

Afternoon Parent Pick-up: 2:30 p.m.

Half-Day Student Ending Time and Departure: 11:53 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.


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