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Ichabod Crane Primary School

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


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

Festival of Trees a Success!

(Dec. 17, 2014) The PTA and the Primary School faculty and staff presented Festival of Trees 2014 on Tuesday, Dec. 16. Events included thematically-decorated trees throughout the hallways in the classroom windows, wreath and baskets raffle and a Holiday Bazaar. Admission was one nonperishable food/personal item for the Valatie Food Pantry or one item of pet food to be donated to The Columbia Greene Humane Society.

Sandra Funk, who coordinates the event, said, “Thank you to everyone for all your help to make Festival of the trees a huge success! A special thank you to Rich and Mike for all they do! Also the night crew did a great job cleaning up.” 

Mrs. Funk said the event raised about $1,200 and the money will be used to buy some shade trees for the playground this spring. Thank you to all of the staff members who created wreaths or baskets to be raffled off, the PTA and all of the families for coming out to attend the event. See more photos

Tree of Thanks

Tree of Thanks Tree of Thanks

The Tree of Thanks at the Primary School is made up of special leaves decorated at the Harvest Moon Party on Oct. 30. On these leaves, students expressed what they are thankful for.

Thanksgiving Feast


(Nov. 25, 2014) Mrs. Loefke's and Miss Abatto's first grade classes celebrated Thanksgiving today with a feast. Happy Thanksgiving from these little Pilgrims and Native Americans to you!

Primary School Faculty & Staff Go Pink!

Pink Day

The Primary School went pink for the district's "Pink Day" Oct. 24 in support
of Breast Cancer Awareness. Go ICPS!

Letters to SoldiersThird Graders Write Letters of Appreciation to Soldiers

(Nov. 4, 2014) In honor of Veterans Day next week, some of the Ichabod Crane Primary School's third grade students have been writing letters of appreciation to our troops currently serving our country.

The letters will be sent to school secretary Katy Nichols' son, Jason, a captain in the Army and to the soldiers under his command in Bandit Troop out at Ft. Riley, Kansas. Jason is a 2005 graduate of ICC.

Mrs. Nichols went in to a few of the classes and talked to students about Jason and what he and his soldiers do. "The kids were so excited and so sweet and I think writing letters gave them a better appreciation for the men and women out there fighting for this country every day," she said. "The soldiers are going to love the letters!"

Renowned Storytellers Highlight Harvest Day


(Nov.3, 2014) The nationally renowned storytellers, The Storycrafters, came to the Primary School on Oct. 31 for the school's Harvest Day. Barry Marshall, and Jeri Burns, PhD, performed in two assemblies for Kindergarten through third grade students. The children listened, clapped and sang along. The Storycrafters' collection of stories and songs was fall and Halloween themed with images of rolling pumpkins, autumn leaves, apple picking and ghost stories.

Storycrafters' visit was another program brought to the Primary School through the PTA's Arts in Education program.

Author Michael Arndt Visits the Primary School

(Nov. 12, 2014) Ichabod Crane Primary School is pleased to have had an all-day author visit from Michael Arndt on Nov. 7. Mr. Arndt is the author and illustrator of the picture book Cat Says Meow and other animalopoeia. He is also an ICC alumus and Kinderhook native.

Mr. Arndt presented to the grades in two morning assemblies. He then conducted select classroom visits and collaborated on art projects with art teacher Ms. Addison.

Visit to Katchkie Farm Introduces First Graders to Seasonal Cooking and Gardening

Kathckie Farm(Oct. 31, 2014) Over the course of three days In October, all of our first grade students at Ichabod Crane Primary School visited Katchkie Farm in Kinderhook. The students are taking part in the “Fresh Food Comes from the Farm” program, which is being funded through the PTA. All of the kindergarten students will also be partaking in the program in the spring.

Through this 4-hour experiential program, children are introduced to seasonal cooking and gardening. They are engaged in every step of the story of food from farm to plate including planting seeds, meeting the farm animals and collecting fresh eggs, working in the garden, harvesting vegetables, and preparing a healthy meal.  Learn More/Photos

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.

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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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