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October 06, 2015

photo of Westmere Elementary School signstudents working at their desksstudent on a library computerstudents participating in Camp Wildcatstudents playing musical instruments

Dr. Beth Bini, Principal

6270 Johnston Rd. Albany, NY 12203

Phone: 518/456-3771

Fax: 518/464-6443

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WES supply lists now available
Westmere Elementary students and parents can get a jumpstart on school supply shopping by downloading the common supplies list. The school will distribute this information with August placement letters, along with any additional items teachers may request. VIEW THE LIST (PDF)


This September, get ready and be prepared to read!
Ever wonder what Librarian Mrs. Johnson does during the summer? View the video


Farley Follies have been canceled

After five years of fun and festivities, the Farley Follies event has come to an end. There will NOT be a Farley Follies show this year, as listed on the district calendar. Westmere will continue to fund the Daryl Farley Scholarship for a senior going into the field of education. Thank you for your understanding.

Congratulations to Tracy Martone on being named a Technology in Education award winnerWestmere teacher Tracy Martone named Technology in Education award winner

Congratulations to Tracy Martone, a third grade teacher at Westmere Elementary School, for recently being named a district Technology in Education award winner. Martone has been teaching in the district since 2000, and has always been interested in finding ways to include technology into her teaching. "I find inspiration from colleagues in Guilderland and the many teachers around the country who I follow and exchange ideas with on Instagram, Twitter, Facebook," she said. Learn more

Volunteer Melia Steed and her dog, Carly, work with a reading student at WESVolunteer brings therapy dog
to assist with Westmere reading program

Throughout the fall and winter, reading students at Westmere Elementary School once again had two very special guests to help them with their studies. Melia Steed, a recent graduate of South Colonie, visited weekly along with her dog, Carly, to provide a relaxed and "dog friendly" atmosphere in which children could practice their reading skills. Read more

**Update: 01/15/15**

McKenzie receives her grand prize award from Albany County District Attorney David SoaresFourth grader McKenzie Murphy wins grand prize in Albany County WORDS campaign

Congratulations to Westmere Elementary School fourth grader McKenzie Murphy, who was selected as the December grand prize winner of District Attorney David Soares' "Words Can Hurt or Words Can Heal" campaign. Soares visited the school on Wednesday, Jan. 14, to surprise McKenzie with her prize at the What's Up at Westmere assembly. "WORDS" is an anti-bullying program which encourages youths to do random acts of kindness in their communities throughout the county. Learn more McKenzie submitted an entry into the contest describing how, as a bystander, she helped stop bullying on her school bus using kind words.

Camp Invention returns to GCSD this summer

The program, for children entering grades one through six this fall, runs from August 10-14, from 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m., at Farnsworth Middle School. Download an informational flyer (PDF)

Do you have a child that will start kindergarten next fall? If so, we want to hear from you! Learn more

Student information updates

Earlier this fall, a letter was distributed to all parents via the district's SchoolTool Parent & Student Portal highlighting some important details regarding student information updates in the new school year. In particular, the letter addresses changes to how report cards and Individual Student Reports (ISRs) for grade 3-8 assessments will be available to parents as well as information about verifying and updating your child's health information. View the letter

2104-15 elementary parent handbook

Please take a few moments to read through this important handbook. View it now

Have you verified/updated your child's student health information for the new school year? Learn more


District transitioning to paperless report cards in 2014-15

Beginning in the 2014-15 school year, Guilderland Central School District will be transitioning to a paperless report card system for all students, grades K-12. Report cards will no longer be sent or mailed home; instead, parents will be able to access and review their child’s report card online via the district’s SchoolTool Parent and Student Portal. Learn more

Important immunization changes for students entering grades K-6

The NYS Department of Health and NYS Education Department recently issued immunization requirement changes starting with the 2014-2015 school year. A letter will be sent home to all parents of students in grades K-6 on April 22 explaining these changes. Parents can also read the letter here (PDF).

Note to parents regarding access during afternoon dismissal time

Please note that the back doors for parent pickup at the 2 p.m. dismissal time will be opened from 1:50 p.m. until 2:15 p.m. only. Y-time will have someone stationed to watch for people that will be picking up children from their program after 2:15 p.m.

Help us earn free equipment

As the school year gets underway, please be sure to register your Price Chopper AdvantEdge card with the WES Tools for Schools code 15921. By doing so, you will automatically earn credit for our school every time your AdvantEdge Card is used. Visit the Price Chopper Web site to sign-up today!

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