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Sept. 6, 2017

2017-18 school year gets underway

A little rain did not dampen the spirits of teachers and staff who welcomed students to the first day of school on Wednesday, Sept. 6. View Photo Gallery

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Parents invited to annual Meet the Teacher Nights

Watervliet Elementary School hosts Meet the Teacher Nights on Tuesday, Sept. 19 and Wednesday, Sept. 20. More information about WES Meet the Teacher Nights


New law requires 5-year-old children in the city to attend school

Five-year-olds in Watervliet will be required to attend kindergarten under legislation signed by Governor Cuomo on Sept. 13. Read more about the legislation


Phone, internet service restored at WES

Phone and internet service at Watervliet Elementary School has been restored. Thanks for your patience!


Welcome Back Message from WES Principal

Mrs. Lewinters welcome back letter includes important dates and information for parents, students and staff. Read letter


Classroom assignments available on Parent Portal

Elementary School classroom assignments are available on the Parent Portal. Go to the Parent Portal


Important Reminders

Pre-K Parent/Student Orientation is Wednesday, August 30 at 9:30 a.m.
Kindergarten Teacher Meet & Greet is September 5 at 1:00 p.m.
School begins for all students on Wednesday, September 6.


Elementary School Supply Lists for 2017-18

Elementary school supply lists for grades K-6 are available online.

Kindergarten Grade 1Grade 2 Grade 3Grade 4Grade 5Grade 6 Cusack (K-1) Maes (1-3)Moran (2-4)



Summer learning gets underway with Watervliet’s Summer Academy

Summer learning is underway as the first day of the K-8 ExTRA Summer Academy found students engaging in reading, math, art and physical education activities. Read more about K-8 Summer Academy


Rainy forecast does little to dampen spirit of WES Field Day

The rain drove WES Field Day activities indoors this year, but that didn't matter as students had fun in the bounce houses, riding scooters, hula hooping, jumping rope and more on Friday, June 16. View Photo Gallery Facebook Photo Album

6.12.17 - UPDATE

Important information for the final week of school

Please make note of dismissal for WES students during the final week of school. Students will be dismissed at 11:30 a.m. Monday, June 19 through Wednesday, June 21; during these three days, Lunch-on-the-Go will be served. On Thursday, June 22, students will dismiss at 10:30 a.m.; only breakfast will be served.

A reminder, the Grade 6 Moving Up Ceremony is Wednesday, June 21 at 9:30 a.m. in the WJSHS auditorium. Please note this date change from the district calendar.


Reminder: Grade 6 sports physicals set for June 14

A reminder for sixth-graders who are interested in playing sports next year in junior high school, the school doctor will be here Wednesday, June 14 at 9 a.m. for physicals for the upcoming 2017-18 school year. Students must remember to bring completed paperwork to school with them. Please contact school nurse Sue Vogel at 518-629-3402, if you have questions.


Grandparents & Special Persons Night

Students welcomed grandparents, moms, dads, siblings, family members and special guests to visit their classrooms during Watervliet Elementary Schools Special Persons Night on Monday, May 15. View Photo Gallery


Lockdown drill completed at WES

Watervliet Elementary School conducted a lockdown drill this morning. State law requires lockdown drills to be practiced four times during the school year.


Students plant garden at WES

Students will learn about science, the environment and healthy eating through a new garden planted this week at WES. View Photo Gallery


Elementary ExTRA program ends for the 2016-17 school year on May 25

Attention parents: Thursday, May 25 will be the final day for the ExTRA after-school program for the current school year.


Mark your calendar for end-of-year date changes

There are some schedule changes to previously announced June 2017 events and activities. View changes


Math specialists build foundational skills one grade level at a time

Learn about the educators Watervliet elementary students can count on when they need extra help with math. Read moreMeet the math Specialists


Date change: WES Spring Concert moved to June 6

The WES Spring Concert will take place on Tuesday, June 6 at 6:30 p.m. in the Watervliet Jr./Sr. High School auditorium.


RPI hosts STEM learning opportunity for grades 4-8 at WJSHS

Grades 4-8 students and their families are invited to learn about nanotechnology using simple materials to solve fun engineering challenges at a special event on Saturday, April 8 from 9 a.m. to 12 noon at Watervliet Jr./Sr. High School. More information


Second graders write and illustrate The Adventures of Cannoneer Bear

Rachel Manning’s second-grade class recently published a book titled, The Adventures of Cannoneer Bear. The story recounts the adventures of the grade 2 mascot who travels the world, visiting the countries of the students’ ancestors and families. Read more


Cabin Fever Day 2017

During Cabin Fever Day, students participated in team-building and other activities designed to reinforce school and classroom expectations in the hallways, on the playground, in the cafeteria, on field trips and during school assemblies.  View photo gallery


Reading specialists share what is new in reading at Watervliet Elementary School

Reading specialists at Watervliet Elementary School have switched up the way they deliver support to struggling readers this year and that change is making a real difference for students. Read moreMeet the Reading Specialists


WES celebrates Read Across America Day

Watervliet Elementary School students, teachers and staff celebrated Dr. Seuss’s birthday during Read Across America Day on March 2. Students read many of the beloved authors classic stories throughout the day and participated in a variety of reading-focused activities. The celebration ended with a special “Rock Concert” by resident UPK musician: Andy “The Music Man” Morse for students and their families. View photo gallery


Grade 2 commemorates the first 100 days of school with art

Second graders marked the 100th day of school in February by creating art projects from a variety of materials they had at home, including popsicle sticks, cotton balls, seashells, stickers, and Goldfish (crackers, not the swimming creatures!). View Photo Gallery


Kindergarten students mark February holidays with fun crafts and Super Bowl predictions

So, the groundhog saw his shadow meaning another six weeks of winter that did not stop Watervliet kindergarten students from celebrating the holiday with fun learning activities. View Photo Gallery


Study of one of the earliest civilizations offers grade 6 students many different ways to learn

The study of Ancient Egypt provided an opportunity to integrate learning across the curriculum, including science, English language arts, math, social studies and art. Read moreQ&A with Grade 6 Team


WES crowns 2017 spelling bee champ

Fifth-grader Jovanni George knows how tough the competition can be in the annual Watervliet Elementary School Spelling Bee after earning second place last year. This year's winner battled through 23 rounds before capturing the title. Read more


Thanks for supporting Adopt-a-Family

WES thanks the community members, organizations, staff and families who supported the Adopt-a-Family program this season. Together we were able to make the holidays special for 25 families and 65 children. Read more


Third-graders receive dictionaries courtesy of the Watervliet Elks

Third-grade students at Watervliet Elementary School received a special gift that they can use throughout their school career to become better learners: their own personal dictionary. Read more View photo gallery


Meet members of our elementary school team

Learn more about the food service staff who work behind the scenes supporting elementary students by preparing and serving school meals every day. READ MORE


Pajama Day fundraiser nets more than 100 pairs of PJs for children in need

Elementary students had an opportunity to wear their favorite PJs to school on Friday, Dec. 9 to support a great cause. Read more


Grade 4 students learn important skills thanks to small creatures

As part of the grade 4 science curriculum, students spend significant time studying animal habitats and behaviors. The fourth-graders are doing so with the help of African dwarf frogs and fiddler crabs that have become residents in their classrooms. Read moreQ&A with Grade 4 Team


WES lockdown drill

Students and staff practiced a lockdown drill at Watervliet Elementary School with assistance from the Watervliet Police Department this morning. More information


Pasta dinner & learning fair offers help with study skills and one less meal to plan!

Watervliet Elementary School will host an informational night of learning and parent teacher collaboration on Tuesday, Dec. 13 at 5 p.m. Parents are invited to join elementary teachers to learn strategies and techniques that can be used at home to help children build math and reading skills, as well as good study habits. Childcare for school-aged children will be available. After the learning, stay and enjoy a delicious pasta dinner courtesy of the food service department! View flyer for details & fill out and return the participation form (page 2) to your child’s teacher


Kindergarten students celebrate Thanksgiving

Kindergartners celebrated Thanksgiving a few days early with their teachers and friends. View photo gallery


Grade 5 students elect class leaders from among a dozen candidates

Fifth graders at Watervliet Elementary School experienced a real-life lesson in the democratic process recently when they elected a class president from among 12 of their peers. Read more Q&A with Grade 5 Team


Meet members of our elementary school team

Learn more about staff members who often work behind the scenes supporting our students in the library, cafeteria and school offices at Watervliet Elementary School. Read more


Parent Technology Survey

The Watervliet City School District is seeking feedback from K-12 parents that will help determine upgrades to classroom technology. Please be sure to complete the survey (it will take about 5 minutes) by November 18. Go to survey links


Results of grade 1 mock election are in!

Find out which candidate would win the 2016 presidential election, as decided by Watervliet first-graders. Read more


November newsletter

The WES News & Notes for November is available online. Download your copy here.


Grade 3 students get their hands dirty for science project

Third-graders at Watervliet Elementary School don’t seem to mind getting their hands a little dirty – and most have conquered any fear of worms they may have had — all in the name of science. The students are working in pairs or small teams to learn about composting, nature’s way of recycling biodegradable materials. Read more Q&A with Grade 3 Team


Halloween 2016

Watervliet Elementary School students dressed as superheroes, witches, vampires, zombies, Disney princesses and other creatures to march in the annual Halloween parade on Monday, Oct. 31. View Photo Gallery


Elementary water testing results

The district has received results of water testing at Watervliet Elementary School which detected actionable lead levels in three of the 105 samplings taken. More information


Food for Fuel program helps alleviate weekend hunger

A new program called Food for Fuel kicked off last week providing dozens of students at risk of hunger with healthy food to eat over the weekend. The program is a collaborative effort between the Watervliet Civic Center and the elementary school. Read more


Watervliet firefighters visit WES for Fire Prevention Week

Lt. Scott Rentz and Firefighter Tim Delisle visited Watervliet Elementary School to share fire safety tips with students. View photo gallery


Lockdown drill completed at WES

The district completed a lockdown drill at WES this morning in collaboration with the Watervliet Police Department. These drills are intended to help students understand what they would need to do in the event of an emergency, and help school officials and first responders be prepared. This is one of several safety drills the school district must conduct each year by law.


Kindergarten Apple Run

Watervliet kindergarten students line up for the start of the annual Apple Run that was held this year on Friday, Sept. 30. View Photo Gallery


Meet members of the elementary school team

Learn more about the support staff members who greet students (and their parents) each morning at Watervliet Elementary School. Read more


Welcome Back WES!

Watervliet Elementary students from UPK through grade 6 returned to the classroom on Wednesday, Sept. 7 as the 2016-17 school year got underway. View Photo Gallery


Reminder about Sept. 7 kindergarten program

Kindergarten students and their parents are invited to a brief orientation on Wednesday, Sept. 7 before their first full day of school on Thursday, Sept. 8. The program consists of a classroom visit where students can meet their teacher and drop off their school supplies. Parents will have an opportunity to learn more about the kindergarten program and expectations for the year, while their children participate in activity time. Following the orientation, parents and students can tour the school and meet administrators and instructional support staff. View the  kindergarten program flyer for details


Watervliet elementary students eligible for free school breakfast & lunch this year

With the start of school in September, all elementary students in the Watervliet City School District will be eligible to receive free breakfast and lunch at school regardless of family income. The district has been approved for Watervliet Elementary School to participate in the Community Eligibility Program (CEP) for the 2016-17 school year. More information


Welcome Back Letter from Principal Lewinter

Watervliet Elementary School Principal Mrs. Loida Lewinter shares important dates and information with WES families to prepare for the start of the 2016-17 school year. Read Mrs. Lewinter's Welcome Back Letter


Reminder about summer reading

The WES Reading Department reminds students to read this summer! Literacy experts have long encouraged students to read during the summer because it reinforces literacy skills developed throughout the school year. Reading for enjoyment is a practice that helps children increase their vocabulary, fluency and comprehension. Before returning to school in September all students should read 2-4 books of their choice. More information


School supply lists available

See what supplies your students will need for school this fall by grade level: kindergarten grade 1 grade 2 grade 3 grade 4grade 5 grade 6grade k-2 self contained grade 3-4 self contained grade 5-6 self contained


Students, staff enjoy Field Day 2016

WES hosted its annual Field Day on Friday, June 17, offering students and staff a break from the classroom to enjoy the beautiful weather and participate in activities including relay races, hula hoop challenges, parachute games, tug-of-war competitions, face painting and more. View Photo Gallery


UPK Graduation 2016

Congratulations to the Universal Pre-kindergarten students who graduated from the UPK program on June 20. View photo gallery


Elementary students observe life cycle, then set butterflies free

After observing them grow from tiny caterpillars, second grade students released their Painted Lady Butterflies into the wild on June 7. Read more


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Sept. 15

WES Picture Day

WES PTA Welcome Back Night, 6:00 p.m.

Sept. 18

WES Constitution Day

Sept. 19

WES Meet the Teacher Night, PreK-Grade 2,  6:00 p.m.

Sept. 20

WES Meet the Teacher Night, Grades 3-6,  6:00 p.m.

Sept. 21

WES Early Release, P.M. Staff Professional Development

Sept. 29

WES PTA Breakfast

WES Kindergarten Apple Run

WES Spirit Day


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