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photo of student holding puppetStudents Work with Local Artist

This week, in Mrs. Quackenbush and Mrs. Levandusky’s second grade classes, worked with local artist Chris Moran making puppets. The puppet making was a culminating event for their Fairy Tale and Fractured Fairy Tale unit. The students had a great time making the puppets and relating them back to the books they previously read. See more photos. Posted 5/19/15


Ice Cream Social & Ticket Town Fundraiser

Tamarac Elementary School will host its annual Ice Cream Social and Ticket Town fundraiser from 5 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. on Tuesday, May 19.  Ice cream sundaes will be available for $2 in the elementary cafeteria.  A variety of adult and kid prizes will also be on display for the Ticket Town Raffle. Friends and family are encouraged to walk the hallways of the elementary school and see student projects on display.  All proceeds from the fundraisers will benefit the Character Education Committee, who plan on landscaping the front of the elementary school around the peace pole.  Come join us for some ice cream after the budget vote! Posted 5/15/15

Knitters Needed for Teddy Bear Dressing Day

Once again, Tamarac Elementary School is supporting the work of the Double H Hole in the Woods Ranch by decorating Bear Den Bags and dressing teddy bears. If anyone in our community is interested in knitting or crocheting sweaters for the teddy bears, the pattern for the sweaters can be found here.

Knitted sweaters can be sent to the elementary school until June 5. For questions please contact Sanada Bailey.Posted 5/13/15

photoofgrandparentsdayGrandparents & Special Visitor's Day

Hundreds of proud grandparents and family members visited the elementary school on May 6 and 7. During the visit, there was food, dancing, games, poem writing and more. See more photos Posted 5/13/15


photo of students with wool marbleStudents Get Lesson in Weaving

Recently, in celebration of Agricultural Literacy week, first and second grade students read the book “Weaving the Rainbow” by George Ella Lyon. It is a story about a young girl raising and caring for sheep, with an end result of shearing, carding, spinning, dying the wool and then weaving it to make a tapestry. Students also participated in a hands-on activity of hand weaving wool into different shapes.

Thank you to parent Mary Margaret Corcoran for volunteering to read the book to students, and for organizing the activity. The Rensselaer County Farm Bureau donated a copy of “Weaving the Rainbow” to the school library. See more phots..Posted 5/01/15


photo of students holding awardsStudents Nominated for Physical Education Leadership Award

The Tamarac Physical Education Department recently nominated a number of students from both the Elementary, and Middle School, to receive the Sandra G. Morley Physical Education Leadership Award. The award is given in recognition of students that demonstrate the following qualities:
1. Responsible personal and social behavior, sportsmanship and citizenship.
2. Desire to learn and improve.
3. Exhibits a physically active lifestyle.
4. Demonstration of leadership and positive influence upon peers. 

This year's recipients from Tamarac are as follows:
8th Grade Students:  Ryan Derby, Nate LaPlante, Anthony Styles, Brionna Daniels, Isabella Bisceglia and Haley Honsinger. 

5th Grade Students: Tony Derival, Zach Rice, Rocco DiCarlo, Abigal Becker, Abigal Buckley and Jenna Hunt.  Posted 5/01/15

photo of tree collageFirst Grade Students Earth Day Collage Project

Last week, four first grade classes worked together to make a collage project for Earth Day

Mrs. Akin and Mrs. Huneck's students created a beautiful tree from old magazines. Cutting out brown and green pictures and gluing it down took almost a week to complete. They also made butterflies to hang around the tree.

Mrs. Bailey and Mr. Share's classes cut out blue and green pictures to create the earth. Then they made their faces to go around the earth. If you are in the elementary building, take a walk down the A wing to enjoy these beautiful pieces of art! Posted 4/28/15


Grandparent's Day May 6 & 7 at the Elementary School

Grandparent’s Day at the Elementary school is scheduled for:
Grades 3-5 on Wednesday, May 6 from 9:30 a.m. to 10:30 a.m.
Grades PK-2 on Thursday, May 7 from 9:30 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. Posted 4/23/15

photo of select choirElementary Select Choir Performs at Troy Music Hall

On March 29, the Tamarac Elementary Select Choir performed at the Capital District Youth Chorale's (CDYC) "Choral Fantasy" held at the Troy Savings Bank Music Hall.  The only elementary chorus invited, the Select Choir performed alongside select ensembles from Guilderland Middle School, Saratoga Middle School, and CDYC.  The audience and organizers of the event alike were impressed by the professionalism and the beautiful singing of our young musicians.  For pictures of the event, visit Mr. Siegenthaler's website.  Congratulations Select Choir! Posted 3/30/15

photo of students at BEEPAnother Successful BEEP Session

The BEEP (Brittonkill Educational Enrichment Program) 2015 was a huge success with more than 250 elementary students registering for one or more of the 20 classes offered.

Students learned a variety of skills including: arts and crafts, animation & gaming and Lego Robotics instructed by six RPI mentors, two CMOST (Children’s Museum of Science & Technology) staff members and one from Dyken Pond instructing simple machines, chemistry and amazing animals, basketball, cooking & baking basics, lacrosse and many more.

“On behalf of the BEEP student participants and their families we would like to thank the efforts of the parents, teachers, coaches and 30 middle and high school students who volunteered their time,” said BEEP Coordinator Vickie Russell. View more photos...Posted 3/3015

School Calendar Change - Friday, March 27 is full day of Instruction

The Board of Education approved a revision to this year's calendar changing March 27 from a Professional Development Day to a full day of instruction for students. Please see the revised calendar. Posted 3/2415

photo of reading trainThe Reading Train

Last week, Mr. Share and Mrs. Bailey had their first grade classes make a reading train right outside their classrooms in the hallway.  During DEAR (Drop Everything And Read), students read quietly for 10 minutes from their Book-N-Bags (each child has their own bag of books that include their Guided Reading, self-selected and sight word books).  Students were excited to be aboard the reading train and we invite other classes to join us in the future! "Allllllllll aboard!"Posted 3/2415



image of vegetablesConnecting the School Garden to the School Cafeteria

Elementary school cook, Susan Harker has been teaching students daily fun facts about different fruits and vegetables. Ms. Harker does a question of the day with prizes and is growing vegetables in a mini greenhouse that is kept in the cafeteria. In June, Ms. Harker and students will transfer the crops outside in the elementary school courtyard. “The students are more interested and willing to try different vegetables when they are engaged in related activities,” said Harker. Posted 3/13/15


photo dental lessonElementary Students Learn about Importance of Dental Health

Last week, kindergarten and pre-k students learned about the importance of dental health and what they can do to keep their tiny teeth healthy. Thank you to parent Karen Baldwin for teaching the lesson! Posted 3/13/15


photo of odysseyOdyssey of the Mind Competition

Tamarac was well represented at the Regional Odyssey of the Mind competition on March 7 at Algonquin Middle School.  At the competition, the five Tamarac teams presented creative solutions to problems they have been solving throughout this school year.  This year's problems included putting a video game spin on "Pandora's Box" performing a team-created "Silent Movie" and inventing devices that are powered entirely by rubber bands.  Every Tamarac team that competed placed in the top 3 of their problem/division.  The team from Tamarac High School placed first in their problem and will be advancing to the New York State tournament in Binghamton on April 11. Posted 3/9/15

3rd Annual Girls in STEM

Come experience the FUN with STEM at the 3rd Annual Girls in STEM Event sponsored by Hudson Valley Community College and NYSERDA.  This FREE event is for girls in grades 4-8 and will be held on Saturday, March 28 from 9:00 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. at Hudson Valley Community College's TEC-SMART located in NYSERDA's Saratoga Technology + Energy Park® (STEP®). Registration details are on the attached flyer.  Posted 3/10/15

photo fitness ualbanyFifth Graders Participate in Activities that Promote Physical Activity

On February 11, Tamarac fifth graders attended education day at the University at Albany as part of the health and physical education (PE) curriculum. Students had the opportunity to participate in activities that promote physical activity, and listened to student athletes from UAlbany talk about the important responsibilities that come with being a student athlete. The day ended with a UALBANY women's basketball game. The trip illustrated the importance of life long health and wellness, and also incorporated many of the lessons the students learn in their PE classes.Posted 2/26/15


photo of 100 day100 Days Smarter

First graders in Ira Share and Sanada Bailey’s classes celebrated the 100th Day of school by rotating through a number of math and literacy centers.  Centers included: making sculptures out of 100 plastic cups, 100 marshmallows and toothpicks, constructing a picture using 100 patterns blocks, building ice cream cones by counting to 10 and so much more!

Doesn't it look like fun? See more photos..Posted 2/26/15




photo of student making heart pillowFirst Grade Students Make Heart Pillows for Cardiac Patients

First grade students did more than celebrate Valentine’s Day this February, in honor of National Heart month, students learned how to stuff and sew heart pillows for the Capital District YMCA Hug-a-Heart project.

Students paired up and stuffed and sewed 17 heart pillows for cardiac patients at Ellis hospital. These pillows help patients with the healing process after surgery.

This special learning project was completed by Ira Share and Sanda Bailey’s first grade classes with the help of retired teacher Ginny Hanby. These pillows were donated last week at the Troy YMCA. Learn more about the Hug-a-Heart project at YMCA Posted 2/19/15

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School District Calendar

Click here to see and print the entire 2014 - 15 school year calendar. Posted 7/2514

Dignity for All Students ActDignity for All Students Webpage Helps With Efforts to Stop Bullying

As part of the district’s continued efforts to address bullying and harassment, the district has created a webpage that provides parents with characteristics of bullying, ways to stop it and contact information to report concerns. Click here to see the webpage… Posted 10/18/12.


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