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Ichabod Crane Primary School

Half Day October 31

All students have a half day of school on Friday, Oct. 31 due to afternoon professional development for staff. The students will be participating in Harvest Day themed learning activities in their classrooms during the morning before they are dismissed at 11:30 a.m. Please do not dress your child in Halloween costumes.

Harvest Moon Party Oct. 30

BOO! It’s almost time for the Harvest Moon Party! But don’t worry, this isn’t a scary event – it will be a lot of fun with DJ Jeff Ouelette, games, crafts, slushies, pumpkins, free pizza while it lasts, photo booth and maybe just a spooky story or two!
Harvest Moon will take place on Thursday, Oct. 30 from 6:00 – 8:00 pm in the Middle/ Elementary School Cafeteria. Admission is a canned good or non-perishable item for the food pantry. All children must be accompanied by an adult. The annual party is sponsored by the PTA. We hope to see you there!

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

Emergency Early Release Drill Nov. 7

All students dismiss 15 minutes early on this day
(Oct. 14, 2014) The annual "Go Home Early" drill is scheduled for Friday, November 7. On that day, all students will be dismissed 15 minutes earlier than the normal dismissal time. This is a requirement of the NYS Education Department to ensure that students and staff are prepared in case an emergency requires school grounds to be cleared and students to be transported home or to another location.

Please plan accordingly as students will then also be arriving home approximately 15 minutes earlier than normal. For more information on the drill, please contact your child's school building main office.

Calendar Change: Nov. 17 Half Day for Parent Conferences

(Oct. 9, 2014) At its Oct. 7 meeting, the Ichabod Crane Board of Education approved a change to the school calendar. The half day scheduled for Thurs., Nov. 20 to accommodate parent conferences has been changed to Mon., Nov. 17. November 20 will be a regular school day.

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.

Helping Hands - Feeding Our Friends (October)

Our collection for the Valatie Food Pantry is off to a great start! Thank you to everyone who has been putting contributions in the box in the lobby! Please see the suggested contributions for the month of October, here.

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

Message from Principal Mrs. Guntlow

(Sept. 2, 2014) Read Mrs. Guntlow's welcome back message on the Principal's Corner by clicking on the link at left.

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.

Primary School 2014-15 Supply Lists

The school supply lists for each grade are available as follows: Kindergarten; Grade One; Grade Two and Grade Three

Suggested Summer Reading 2014

Download the suggested summer reading lists for students going into Kindergarten, first grade, second grade, third grade and fourth grade. You can also download the Intro to Summer Reading Fun for Kindergarten or the Intro to Summer Reading Fun (general).

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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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