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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 April

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

Primary School's 1st Annual Math Night a Huge Success!

math Night

(April 2, 2015) Ichabod Crane Primary School held its 1st Annual Math Night on April 1 and it added up to be a great time! Students participated in a variety of exciting math games and parents left with interactive and easy to learn games that they can play at home to help reinforce the skills their child is learning at school.

"Thank you to everyone involved in making our first annual math night such a huge success!," said Principal Suzanne Guntlow. "We had a great crowd in attendance and I heard wonderful feedback from so many parents and children as they were leaving last night. A special thank you to Darcie Jaskot for all of her time and effort in organizing the evening and to all the volunteers who stayed and ran the math stations!"

View photos of the event on Facebook, here. You do not need to have a Facebook account.

Domino the Great Visits the Primary School

Domino the GReat

(March 30, 2015) Domino the Great performed assemblies at both the Primary and Elementary Schools on Friday, March 27. Students in grades K-3 saw “Read to Succeed” and students in grades 4 and 5 saw the “Buddies Not Bullies” assembly. These assemblies were a treat before Domino the Great was scheduled to perform a Just 4 Fun magic show that evening for K-5 families.

This event was made possible through the ICC PTA Arts & Education committee and the generous sponsorship of the following local businesses: Kinderhook National Bank, Platinum Sponsor; The Evelyn Bordewick Charitable Foundation; Elite Builders of NY, Silver Sponsor; F. H. Stickles & Son, Inc, Silver Sponsor; D/N Excavating Inc., Bronze Sponsor; and Dr. Neal Baillargeon.

Primary School Reading Challenge 2015

Reading Challenge

(March 19, 2015) Congratulations to all the students who participated in our Snowman Reading Challenge. There were 196 students who helped create our snowman and “Max” the snow dog! Do you realize that this means 3,920 books were read by our students? That is an amazing number, and we are so proud of all of our students who read all these books.

In the very wise words of Dr. Seuss “The more you read, the more things you will know. The more you learn, the more places you will go.” Keep reading and you will be sure to go far!!! See more

Second Graders Learn About Sheep & Wool


(March 18, 2015) Two former ICC teachers, Donna Beaudry and Janice Fingar, returned to ICC today to talk to our second graders about sheep, wool and fiber production in New York State as part of Agricultural Week presentations. Mrs. Beaudry read "Weaving the Rainbow" by George Ella Lyon to the children. Mrs. Fingar showed the children how sheep are shorn. It was very interesting for the students especially since we have so many sheep farms in our area. One student commented that "I think I drive by the scene on one of the pages of the book every day on the bus."

Thank you for visiting the Primary School Mrs. Beaudry and Mrs. Fingar!

Air National Guard Commander Visits Teacher-Daughter's Class

Colonel Clouthier Visits(March 13, 2015) Col. Shawn Clouthier, Commander of the 109th Airlift Wing, Stratton Air National Guard Base in Schenectady, paid a visit to Mrs. Westover's and Miss Clouthier's class today to talk about his visits to Antarctica with the Air National Guard. He has been taking annual trips since 1988. Miss Clouthier said she can remember when her Dad used to come into her class when she was growing up, and how nice it is that now he's coming into the classroom that she teaches in.

Thank you for visiting us Col. Clouthier!

Puppet People Visit ICPS, First Grade Students Participate in Puppet Making Workshop

Puppet workshop

(March 12, 2015) On Wednesday, March 11, Ichabod Crane Primary School kindergarten and first grade students watched an assembly by The Puppet People who performed “The Wizard of Oz." Following the assembly, all of the first grade students participated in a puppet making workshop in their classrooms. Learn More

Primary School Math Night April 1

(March 10, 2015) The Primary School's first annual Math Night will be held on Wednesday, April 1. Kindergarten and first grade will be 5:45-6:30 p.m. and 2nd and 3rd grade 6:45-7:30 p.m. Parents are required to stay and accompany their children as they enjoy the activities. Please RSVP by March 25. Download RSVP form

ICC Students' Artwork on Display at Empire State Plaza

(March 4, 2015) Thirty (30) artworks from Ichabod Crane CSD were selected for display at the sixth annual K-8 Empire State Plaza Art Collection Exhibit which takes place March 1-22. This event is a one of a kind, as it is the only Capital Region exhibition for K-8 students. It is an opportunity for students to showcase how their art was inspired by artwork from the Empire State Plaza Collection. Learn More

SRD Van Alstyne Teaches Primary Students About Safety

SRD VanAlstyne Eddie Eagle

(March 3, 2015) Our School Resource Deputy, Toby VanAlstyne, presented to all K-3 students about building safety and gun safety through the NRA Eddie Eagle program. This program makes children aware of proper ways to avoid situations that could present danger. There was a question and answer period and then a six minute film featuring Eddie Eagle. Students were taught that if they see a gun "Stop, don't touch, leave the area, tell an adult."


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.

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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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