Mr. Spicer making sand castles with Mrs. Curry’s Pre-K class.

Fire Prevention Day at JLE.

Mrs. Crandall exchanging Little Hawk tickets for prizes!

Mrs. Ohl’s class wins the Golden Trophy for hallways complements!

Mrs. Sweet’s class wins the Golden Dustpan for best lunchtime behavior!

Mrs. Cincotti’s class visits the Hudson Fire Station.



Annual United Stationers Backpack Give Away

The Annual United Stationers Backpack Give Away for the 2016-17 school year will be Tuesday, August 16, 2016 from 3:30 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. at JLE.

Tickets will be available in JLE's main office beginning on August 1. 2016 (please note that we are operating on summer hours: Monday through Friday 8:00 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.). Students must come in person, along with the backpack ticket, on August 16th to receive a backpack.

Harmony Project Hudson: Summer Session

The Harmony Project Hudson is having a summer session!

July 11 - 29, 2016 (Mondays through Thursdays)
12:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m.

​Hudson Youth Department
18 S. 3rd Street
Hudson, NY 12534​

Transporation will be provided from Greenport Town Park Summer Program and City of Hudson Summer Program held at Oakdale. Please contact Zoe Auebach at 845-235-6189 with any questions. (Applications are available in the main office at JLE Primary School.)

Collecting items for Squeaky Clean Kids

cartoon kids getting cleanThe Hudson City School District is partnering with Columbia Opportunities, Inc. (COI), their Hudson Family Literacy Program, and the NYS Community Action Angels to collect personal hygiene supplies for area preschool and school age children so they will stay healthy, self-confident and have the best chance for personal and school success. The goal is to collect at least 2500 personal hygiene items for children enrolled in COI programs, the Hudson City School District, and the Taconic Hills Backpack Program. Read more here

If you, your family, or your business would like to participate in this effort please contact COI at (518) 828-4611 or the Hudson Family Literacy Program at (518) 828-4360, ext. 4350.

The project objective is to collect donations of shampoo, conditioner, soap, toothpaste, toothbrushes, and other personal care items to discreetly distribute to low income children. Donations can be dropped off at the following locations:

  • Columbia County Chamber of Commerce, 1 North Front Street, Hudson
  • Columbia Opportunities, Inc.  540 Columbia Street, Hudson
  • Hudson Family Literacy Program, JLE Primary School, 360 State Street, Hudson
  • Columbia Opportunities, Inc. Weatherization Program Office 2 Rock Street, Philmont

"B" is for Breakfast (for lunch)

teachers serving breakfastMrs. Barnes' class is celebrating these last days of school by the alphabet! Every day they will enjoy a new activity based on the letters A to Z. May 23rd was B-Day. “B” stands for Breakfast (for lunch) Day! Mrs. Barnes and Mrs. Conte served up dozens of hot, homemade pancakes with blueberry syrup, bacon and fruit cups. The entire class joined in the mixing and preparing and eating, and a tasty B-Day was had by all!



Teacher Appreciation Weekteacher appreciation cake

Thank you to Mrs. Forsyth, who brought in this beautiful and delicious treat for Teacher (and staff!) Appreciation Week!





Dr. Seuss Read-A-Thon is a huge success

children wearing red striped hats

The JLE kids took to the Dr. Seuss Read-A-Thon like a tornado, reading dozens of books to be the top winners of the event. Pictured here are the JLE winners of Read-a-Thon and Guy Scoffier the top winner who won a Tablet for his hard work. Congratulations to all of our winners!

teacher and student with certificate

Black History presentation at JLE

primary school students holding up black history month projects Every child in Mrs. Duryea's 1st grade class wrote a report on a famous African American. They also read their reports to the Principal during a class presentation on March 11th.

Mr. Spicer heard how Jackie Robinson was the first African American to play baseball in the major leagues. He also heard about Ruby Bridges, the first black child to attend an all-white elementary school in the American South, Dr. Martin Luther King and his fight for Civil Rights, Rosa Parks and her refusal to give up her bus seat during the Montgomery Alabama bus boycott and Astronaut Ron McNair who, as a little boy, protested that black children were not given library cards.

Mr. Spicer said It was an exciting, educational presentation and a wonderful celebration of Black History.

The Cop in the Hat

school resource officer Hoffman with children This past Wednesday, March 2nd, Mrs. Lueck's class celebrated Dr. Seuss Day with a special reading by Officer Hoffman, who in full regalia was a perfect substitute for the original Cat in the Hat. Our own Cop in a Hat!

The JLE Family would like to thank Officer Hoffman and the HPD for their wonderful support of JLE reading programs.


Princesses rule!

girls dressed like princessesThe JLE PTA's first annual Princess Ball was a huge success! Over 100 Princesses, escorted by their Princes (aka Daddies, Uncles, Grandpas), made arts and crafts, got their pictures taken and danced the night away. There was even a silly photo booth!

The Princes capped the night with a raised toast (of juice!) to all the princesses to the delight of all. The PTA would like to thank all the parents and teachers who supported the event and all Princes who escorted their Princesses.

Visit the district Facebook page for more photos.

Virtual field trip to Michigan farm

books by robbyn smithThe 2nd grade JLE RTI group that meets with Mrs. Skoda enjoyed a Skype session with Michigan-based author Robbyn Smith and illustrator Gijsbert van Frankenhuyzen (people call him Nick!). This comes after the students read four books by the duo and did some reading comprehension with study guides.

The class was able to take a virtual field trip to ask the authors questions about their books as well as the farm on which many of their stories are based. The students were absolutely enthralled with the experience and did not want it to end!

Visit the district Facebook page for more photos.

Openings in Pre-K Program

There are openings in the universal pre-kindergarten (UPK) morning program, which runs from 8:15 to 10:45 AM, at JLE Primary School (no transportation provided).

For application information, call Nikki DeDominicis at (518) 828-4360, ext. 2103.

NFL player Rashad Barksdale brings Christmas to Hudson!

principal with Rashad Barksdale and his motherAs part of his foundation "It's OK to Dream," former NFL player and Hudson native Rashad Barksdale pulled up to John L. Edwards in a stretch limousine and took two lucky children and their parents on a $100.00 shopping spree at Wal-Mart, then to Club Life Sports Zone in Valatie for fun, and finally to Labella’s Pizzeria for dinner!

Eliza Elmendorf and Davarie Dunkle know they are the luckiest kids in Hudson today! On behalf of the JLE Family, Mr. Spicer would like to thank Mr. Barksdale for his generosity and kindness.

male student with his mother in a limofemale student with her father in a limo


VFW Spreading Tidings of Comfort & Joy


Jr. Vice President Cathy Staats, Treasurer Judy Snow, Sr. Vice President Heather Barber and Member Richard Brennan, presented Mr. Spicer a bag filled with dozens and dozens of hats, gloves and scarves for the JLE children on behalf of the Hudson VFW.

This is just one of a number of continuing acts of kindness and support JLE receives from the caring folks of VFW.


Hat Day at JLE

kids wearing suilly hats

The annual hat day PBIS fund raiser went over big at JLE this year. After contributing a dollar to the PBIS fund, the children and staff got to wear amazing hats on this day. This years array ran from Easter bonnets to turkey hats. Great fun for good cause.


JLE's Second Grade Parents Learning How To Support Their Children

JLE's Second Grade Parents Learning How To Support Their Children

At a parent workshop this week, Mrs. Sweet and Mrs. Barnes tutored the JLE 2nd Grade parents in understanding second grade reading and math curriculum and how to support their children. Our parents came with many questions and left with a much better understanding of the work and skills their second graders will need to become our next class of third graders.


Parents Get Crash Course In Being A First Grader!

Parents Get Crash Course In Being A First Grader!

Mrs. Barnes and Mrs. Sweet helped JLE's first grade parents understand the challenges of the first grade curriculum. The parents who participated did learning activities to help them support their children better.


Kindergarten Parent Education Workshop Big Hit!

Kindergarten Parent Education Workshop Big Hit!

Mrs. Rutkey and Mrs. Ohl led a group of JLE's kindergarten parents through fun activities to help them understand the educational challenges their children face and give them tools to be more active participants in their children's education.


Community Helpers Presentation

Community Helpers Presentation

Mrs. Duryea's first grade class proudly presents a reading of their writings on community helpers. The children wrote and read their writings about doctors, fire fighters, policemen, garbage men and many others. It was an impressive public reading and showing off their writing skills.


CMH Dental Van Returns to JLE

CMH Dental Van Returns to JLE

JLE is pleased to have the dental van return to serve our children. Special thanks to the dental van staff Corie Mulvaney, Lilly Kahn and Sumit Sehgal.


Trip to Meet Hudson's Community Helpers

Hudson Fire Dept

Mrs. Cincotti and Mrs. Chalavoutis Miller's class took a walking field trip to meet Hudson's community helpers. Their first stop was the fire station followed by a trip to the police station.

The children were very excited to meet our community helpers and we are grateful for the support of our local fire department and our police department.


JLE Students Enjoying a Rainy Day

PBIS Off And Running

Dozens of JLE boys and girls are enjoying supervised activity time. But how? It was raining outside today. Because of a special indoor recess initiative by the HCSD board of Ed., the JLE schedule was changed, new playground equipment was purchased and extra staff provided to allow our K-2 children active recess while indoors. The JLE family would like to thank the School Board for all these happy faces!


Chinese Culture And Fun

PBIS Off And Running

This past Wednesday the JLE children were amazed by the acrobatic feats, juggling and tumbling skills of the Chinese Acrobatic Team. "When they rode the bikes with one wheel, that's what I really liked," one boy said. Along with the stunts and tricks, the children were treated to stories about the Chinese New Year and other cultural information. The JLE family would like to thank the PTA for bringing such fun and culture to our children.


PBIS Off And Running

PBIS Off And Running

"I bought this with little hawks?" One girl said excitedly showing the principal her new sparkle ring. She was just one of dozens of JLE children overwhelmed by the glittering, multicolored array of childhood joy they found on the PBIS Prize Cart that rolled the halls of JLE this week. The prize cart is a new reward component of the JLE PBIS system that recognizes children when they are being safe, respectful and responsible. All during the week the children are given little hawk award tickets for correct hallway behavior, proper behavior during lunch and/or respectful behavior during class and school. At the end of the week the children can redeem their tickets for prizes or save up their tickets for bigger prizes they need more little hawks for. So the children get positive recognition two wonderful ways. They get a little hawk for positive behavior and the chance to redeem little hawks for prizes. In the words of one boy, "I hope someone sees me being safe on playground so that I can get the little hawks to get that elephant," he said pointing to a grey stuffed animal in the cart.


Fire Prevention Day at JLE

PBIS Off And Running

On Tuesday October 20th, the JLE Kids got the chance to be Jr. Firefighters with the help of the Hudson, Stottville and Greenport Fire Stations. Past Fire Chief Paul Beaumont, with the help of Hudson Firefighters, taught the JLE kids to "Stop-Drop-And Roll" if their clothes catch on fire and how to get out of a burning building. The JLE kids were just beaming when they climbed onto any one of the FIVE fire trucks the local fire stations sent to JLE, which thrilled the children. Special Thanks to Past Chief Beaumont and Chief Brisco for their outstanding support of the JLE Kids and their families.


VFW donates backpacks to JLE


On behalf of the JLE Kids, Mr. Spicer wanted to say thank you to VFW Auxiliary 1314 of Hudson NY for their generous donation of backpacks to the JLE kids. Special thanks to Chelsea Torchia President, Heather Barber Simon, Vice President, Judy Snow Treasurer and Dolores Host, Trustee.


Students participate in Honor a Vet Day


On Monday September 28, Mrs. Sweets and Mrs. Merwin-Domkoski’s 2nd grade classes participated in Columbia County’s Honor A Vet Program. The children heard speeches honoring Army Nurse Mary First Moon while sitting at the desks of the common council and then joined dignitaries and the honor guard outside for the flying of the flag at half mass. “The gun shot salute was very loud,” one second grader said. “But I loved the orange juice they gave us!” JLE is always proud to honor our Vets and all those who serve our country in War & Peace.


Grandparents Day at John L. Edwards


On Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday of this week JLE was filled with great joy with s visit from our grandparents at the annual Grandparents Day Program. The JLE kids proudly showed off their grandparents to their friends and teachers and the grandparents read to, danced and sang with the children. This wonderful event was sponsored by our PTA and we hope to have it every year. View more photos.


2015-16 Supply Lists are available

Now available are the 2015-16 Supply Lists. They are broken out by teacher and grade.


John L. Edwards Primary School 828-4360
Principal Steven Spicer - ext. 4324
Attendance: Adrianne Blanks - 4300
Main Office: April Carrasco - 4317
Nurse: Pierpont Geer - 4312
Psychologist Michele Crandall- 4313
Psychologist Kerri Appelbaum - 4315
Social Worker Deirdre Lupoli - 4321
Hudson Family Literacy - 4350
Cafeteria - 4320

Fax Number: 518-697-8516

JLE PTA Officers 2015 - 2016
President Lori Below
Vice President Victoria Groat
1st Secretary Amanda Pepper
2nd Secretary Rebecca Bouchie
Treasurer Diane Duryea
PTA Website