Kindergarten Screening Begins March 20
The Hudson City School District is conducting screening for students entering Kindergarten in September 2017. Children must be five years of age or older on or before December 1, 2017 to be eligible to enter Kindergarten this coming fall. Students must also reside within the Hudson City School District.
Screening begins on Monday, March 20, 2017. Please contact the John L. Edwards Primary School main office at 518-828-4360, ext. 4317 to schedule a screening appointment.
Report Card Night
The JLE 2nd Semester Report Card Night is on Thursday, March 30, 2017 starting at 5:30 p.m.
Questions about the upcoming transition of Grade 2 to M.C. Smith Intermediate School (scheduled for September 2017)? Parents/guardians of current JLE students will have an opportunity to speak directly with district staff about the upcoming transitions of primary students to MCSIS* during the JLE parent/teacher conference night starting at 5:30 p.m. The superintendent and other district staff will be available in the JLE cafetorium during this time and welcome the opportunity to discuss the capital project and answer any questions that families have.
Click here to read the letter sent home regarding details of the upcoming transition of Grade 2 to MCSIS.
*Grade 2 will relocate in September 2017; the Pre-K-Grade 1 transition is planned for September 2018
Hudson Children's Book Festival 2017
Mark your calendars for this year's Hudson Children's Book Festival on Saturday, May 6, 2017! Get more info and this year's author line up at the Hudson Children's Book Festival website.
Counting with Paper Snowballs
Mrs. Rutkey and her student teacher had a paper snowball fight with their kindergarten class to help students learn the numbers in the teens.
The students had a partner and had to compare their snowball numbers, write them down, fill in the ten-frame and see who had the greater number. Then they threw their snowballs across the room and found two new snowballs. Everyone had a blast!
100th Day Celebrations!
JLE has broken out with 100th Day Celebrations. Everyone is counting everything from pipe cleaners to lollipops!
Lucas (pictured) made a special project for the event, which he called the "100 Man The Robot." He, along with many others from Mrs. Cartwright's class, went out of their way to make special projects showcasing the creative ways they count to 100!
Dental Van Returns to JLE
There will be no tooth left behind by these dental professionals from Columbia Memorial Hospital. Dr. Sehgal, Dental Hygienist Mrs. Mulvaney and Dental Assistant Mrs. Khan are providing professional dental care for the JLE children and their families during February with the annual return of the CMH Dental Van.
The JLE Family is very grateful for all the smiles and good dental heath they provide for our families every year.
It's Beginning To Look A Lot Like Christmas!
Mrs. Zito and Mrs. Muller took children on their annual holiday trip to paint the window of the Hudson Police Department. The children painted Christmas Trees, bright packages tied up in string and many of our other favorite holiday things.
Thanks to Chief Moore and our SRO, Officer Hoffman, for their continual support of JLE!
Coming soon to a classroom near you!
This year, some HCSD teachers are piloting a communication platform called LivingTree in order to share important information with the parents of their students. Parents will be able to receive messages, photos, event notifications and more directly from their child's teacher. LivingTree even has instant translation for more than 40 languages!
So if you see an email in your inbox from LivingTree it is not junk, it is from your child's teacher!
Get more information and quick start guides here >>
Fire Prevention Day
It's National Fire Prevention Week, so on Wednesday, October 12th, the Little Hawks at JLE received a visit from the Hudson and Stottville Fire Departments to talk about fire safety and prevention. The assembly covered what a home smoke alarm sounds like, when and how to call for help, and how to help firefighters locate them if they were stuck somewhere inside a house.
Because firefighters can look a little scary when they wear full fire gear, a few firefighters came dressed in full gear so our youngest students could get used to what they look like and not be afraid when they come to help! More photos here >>
Honor a Veteran Day
Mrs. Sweet's class joined county officials and members of the American Legion to show remembrance and respect for a Columbia County Veteran. Following a review of the vet's life and contributions, the children participated in a flag raising and military gun salute. God Bless America and God Bless our Veterans.
JLE was invaded by Giants this past Friday as over 150 Grandparents came to spend the morning with their grandchildren. The event, which is sponsored by the JLE PTA, is an annual salute to the grandparents which includes a breakfast buffet and a welcome by Mr. Spicer. Then the grandparents headed to the classrooms as honored guests. They read to the children and helped them with arts and crafts.
It was a huge success and on behalf of the JLE Family, Mr. Spicer would like to thank our PTA and all the grandparents who came to join in the fun!
Poetry & Forgiveness Celebrated at JLE
Nicole May Kelby, visiting author, and Alan Milligan, a sculptor, spent two days in Mrs. Sweet's class doing a writing project. The project was a collaboration about forgiveness, which explored the nature of forgiveness in our own lives through poetry and art. The class wrote a silly poem, created paper boats, and painted a river using words from the poem.
Welcome letter from Principal Spicer
August 30, 2016
Greetings JLE Parents & Guardians,
It is with great joy and excitement that on behalf of the JLE Family of teachers and staff, I welcome you to the 2016-17 John L. Edwards school year! The teachers, staff and I have been working very hard over the summer to make this year at JLE the most productive and memorable educational experience for your child and family. In line with the District’s 2016-17 Destination Graduation goals, we have planned a rigorous and fun educational program for your child. We will also be continuing our school-wide Positive Behavioral Interventions & Supports (PBIS) program reinforcing our efforts to create a supportive learning environment where everyone knows and strives to follow the school behavioral expectations. Your support and constant communication with your child’s teacher and school administration is most welcome. This year, as all years, we look forward to hearing from you.
I am dearly looking forward to working with you and your family in support of your child’s education and well-being. Please feel free to contact us if you have any questions.
Mr. Spicer, Principal
Big Smiles & Backpacks!
On Tuesday, August 16th, over 250 John L. Edwards children brought their smiles and parents to the annual Essendant Corporation Backpack Program.
At this event, the children were given brand new backpacks filled markers, notebooks, paper, pencils and erasers to begin the the new school year ready and equipped to go! Every child received a book bag and a balloon to start their year off with fun and supplies.
On behalf of the JLE Family, Mr. Spicer would like to thank Mr. Dean Gifford, Mrs. Naheel Harrison and all the wonderful volunteers from the Essendant Corporation for their love and support of our children.
See more photos here.
Collecting items for Squeaky Clean Kids
The 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
Virtual field trip to Michigan farm
The 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.
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!
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!
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
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.
Supply lists (2016-17)
Get the 2016-17 supply lists here >>
Bus routes (2016-17)
Get the bus routes for the 2016-17 school year here >>
John L. Edwards Primary School 828-4360
Principal Steven Spicer - ext. 4324
Attendance: Adrianne Blanks - 4300
Main Office: April Carrasco - 4317
Nurse: Sheila Lewis, RN - 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 (2016-17)