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Ichabod Crane Primary School

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

Mrs. Guntlow's Message for March

Principal Mrs. Guntlow shares her latest message for March on the Principal's Corner. Please click on the link on the left.

Primary School Reading Challenge 2015

Help Our School Build a Snowman

PS Snowman

(Feb. 24, 2015) The Primary School Snowman is beginning to grow. The Library Snowman Reading Challenge is underway, and the forms are coming in daily. To help build the snowman students just need to read, write a title in each box, decorate the snowman and return it to Mrs. Almstead in the Library. If your child needs a form, they can see either Mrs. Almstead or Mrs. Nichols in the office. The Reading Challenge has been extended to Monday, March 9! Be sure to get your forms in! Download the flyer

Movie Night for K-5 Families February 27

Location changed to high school cafeteria
The PTA will be sponsoring Movie Night for K-5 Families on Friday, Feb. 27. Starts at 6:30pm at the High School cafeteria (Please note this is a change of location as originally planned). We will be showing Big Hero 6. Running time is 1 hour, 42 minutes. Popcorn and water provided. Bring a blanket to sit on. Fun for the whole family! Volunteers are needed to help make popcorn for this event starting at 5:30pm. If you are able to help out please email


There is a lot to celebrate in March! Let’s fill the food pantry collection box with things that help with the celebrations during this month….

For Dr. Suess’s Birthday – cake mix, brownie mix and frosting

For St. Patrick’s Day – Think GREEN – Green beans, asparagus or peas, green jello, green tea, green juice or green ???

For The First Day of Spring – Cans of Veggies or Fruit

Be creative – and as always, thank you for your continued generosity! We do make a difference!

Students Enjoy Race to Read Week

(Feb. 17, 2015) It was "Race To Read" week at the Primary School, Feb. 9-13. Throughout the week special guest readers volunteered to read to students. The kids loved this special library time - and they received a free book, courtesy of the ICC PTA! The guest readers spent about 20 minutes reading, followed by selection of a Race to Read book and then library book exchange. In total, 14 readers volunteered their time! See Photos

Students Learn About Importance of Oral Health

dental visit

(Feb. 5, 2015) Today, technicians from the dental office of Beth Hendlin, D.D.S., located in Valatie visited Ichabod Crane Primary School to talk to all Kindergarten and first grade students about the importance of brushing and flossing. The visit is in conjunction with February being National Children's Dental Health Month, sponsored by the American Dental Association's (ADA) to raise awareness about the importance of oral health. Students were also given a goodie bag consisting of a toothbrush, floss, pencil and stickers.

Columbia Land Conservacy Visits First Graders to Teach Them About Animal Tracks


Animal Tracks

Animal Tracks(Jan. 15, 2015) Chelsea Benson of the Columbia Land Conservancy visited the first graders this week to teach them about animal tracks.

The first graders learn about animals in winter and Benson comes in to teach the children about animals that live in our area that are active during the winter. She then shows them the different animals tracks. The children then get to look at different molds of the tracks and stamp them.

"The students always have a great time when the CLC comes in to show them hands on learning experiences," said teacher Kara Abatto.

Primary School "Wacky Weather" Odyssey of the Mind Team Helps Deliver Forecast

Primary School students visit WTEN

(Jan. 13, 2015) An Odyssey of the Mind team from the Ichabod Crane Primary School visited WTEN on Saturday, Jan. 10, and helped meterologist Tim Drawbridge deliver the forecast. Chris McGuirk and Ryan Morris are the co-coaches for the team working on the "Wacky Weather Warning" primary problem. The team includes first grade students Noah Hotaling, Emma McGuirk and Finley Nelson and kindergarten students Lion Bianchi, Heidi Chung, Cassandra Michalek and Kaitlyn Morris. Learn More

Kindergarten Registration for Fall 2015

(Jan. 6, 2015) In May, the Primary School will be conducting registration and screening for those students entering Kindergarten in September, 2015. In order to be eligible to enter Kindergarten this fall, a student must be five (5) years of age on or before December 1, 2015 and be a resident within the Ichabod Crane School District. Learn More

Third Annual ICC Family Holiday Tradition Helps 14 Local Families

(Dec. 18, 2014) Through the generosity of staff, parents and students at the Primary School, Elementary School and Middle School, 14 families have received support for their Christmas. The Primary School, with its Generosity Tree, collected enough food to provide each family with an overflowing box for the holiday feast. Hannaford generously donated gift cards for each food box. The Elementary & Middle School, with their two Giving Trees, collected and wrapped gifts and necessities for each of the families. Learn More

PTA Book Cart in Full Swing at Ichabod Crane Primary and Elementary Schools!

PTA Book Cart(Oct. 28, 2014) Once a week, students in grades K-5 can purchase new and gently used books for just $0.25 each. Also, all of our teachers are on the lookout for good behavior, and students can earn a coupon for a free book from the book cart. All proceeds are used to purchase new books throughout the year. 

At the Primary School, the book cart hours are as follows:

8:30am - 8:50 a.m.
Tuesdays: K-1
Thursdays: Grades 2-3

In the next few months, the PTA will be requesting donations to continue to stock the book carts. Learn More

Second Graders Explore Literature Through Movement and Dance

Minds in Motion

(Oct. 28, 2014) This month, artist-in-residence Susan Griss spent two weeks at the Primary School teaching dance and creative movement to second graders. This is Ms. Griss' second year working with the entire second grade through her program, Minds in Motion, a kinesthetic approach to teaching and learning academic curriculum using creative movement, dance, and simple movement activities. Learn More

Schenectady Theater for Children Performs for Primary School

Schenectady Theater for Children

(Oct. 28, 2014) Thanks to the PTA's Arts in Education program, Ichabod Crane Primary School students were treated to a performance by the Schenectady Theater for Children on Friday, Oct. 24.
During two assemblies, the theater group performed "The Relunctant Dragon," a story about a boy who befriends Dragon and sticks up for his friend when the townspeople feared Dragon. In the end, Dragon was accepted as one of their own. More Photos

Primary School Students Learn Importance of Fire Prevention and Safety

Fire Prevention Day

(Oct. 9, 2014) In recognition of Fire Prevention Month, the Primary School welcomed firefighters from the Niverville, Valatie and Kinderhook Fire Departments this morning (Oct. 9) to talk to our students about fire prevention and safety. The educational program consisted of a presentation to second and third graders followed by classroom visits. Kindergarten and first grade students went outside to visit the fire trucks.

Principal Suzanne Guntlow thanked the firefighters for taking the time out of their busy schedules to visit the school and educate students about the important topic of fire safety.

To view photos from Fire Prevention Day, please visit the photo album on Facebook. You do not need to have an account to view the album.

School Banking Information

The Primary School and the Bank of Greene County have teamed up to offer your child the opportunity to learn the importance of saving money. Through the Student Savings program, your child will be able to actually "go to the bank at school." School banking starts on Sept. 18. view the letter

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.

Price Chopper's TOOLS FOR SCHOOLS: Tools for Schools graphic
Help the Primary School Earn Free Equipment

As a new school year will soon get underway, please be sure to register your Price Chopper AdvantEdge card with the Ichabod Crane Primary School Tools for Schools code 15889. Every time you use your AdvantEdge Card from July 27, 2014 through March 28, 2015 helps ICPS earn free equipment. Visit the Price Chopper Web site to sign-up today!

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

8:50 a.m. - 3 p.m.
(Students can enter the building as early as 8:30 a.m.)


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