Walter B. Howard Elementary School
Andrew Kourt, Principal
1478 Route 20
New Lebanon, NY 12125
Phone: (518) 794-8554
Fax: (518) 766-2220
December Principal's Corner message now available
Breslin receives National Board certification
(December 4, 2014) Kindergarten teacher Jason Breslin recently received certification from the National Board for Professional Teaching Standards (NBPTS) as an Early Childhood teacher. He is one of only 104 teachers in New York State to receive certification this year. Learn more.
WBH students surpass read-a-thon goal
(November 26, 2014) On Friday, November 21, WBH students had the pleasure of duct taping Principal Andrew Kourt to the wall. Students suprassed their goal of 60,000 total at-home reading minutes with a total of 61,578 minutes in just two weeks. Learn more.
WBH students stack for World Record
(November 13, 2014) On Thursday, November 13, Walter B. Howard Elementary students, along with thousands of participants from around the world, participated in what the Guinness World Records terms the “World’s Largest Sport Stacking Event.” Learn more.
Students particpate in first annual Read-A-Thon
(November 13, 2014) In honor of American Education Week, students at Walter B. Howard are participating in the first annual Read-a-thon. Students are logging their reading hours in an attempt to read a school-wide total of 60,000 minutes by November 21. If the goal is reached, Mr. Kourt will be duct taped to the wall during the celebration assembly on November 21 (all families invited)! Learn more.
Save the date!
(November 13, 2014)
Nov. 13 - Drama Club - 3:15 - 4:30 p.m.
Nov. 17 - 21 - American Education Week
Nov. 17 - Board Game Club - 3:15 - 4:30 p.m.
Nov. 19 - PTA Meeting - 6 p.m.
Nov. 20 - Drama Club - 3:15 - 4:30 p.m.
Nov. 20 - School Decision Making Team - 3:30 p.m.
Nov. 21 - Readathon Assembly - Tiger Jam Schedule
Nov. 24 - Board Game Club - 3:15 - 4:30 p.m.
Nov. 24 - Science Club - 3:30 - 4:30 p.m.
Nov. 25 - Emergency Release Drill – 3 p.m.
WBH students learn '7 happy habits'
(October 30, 2014) Each month, students at Walter B. Howard Elementary learn a new happy habit that will not only help them academically, but will prepare them to succeed in life. Learn more.
Students discover music through their peers
(October 30, 2014) On October 22, New Lebanon first grade students traveled to the historic Proctor’s Theater in Schenectady to watch the Empire State Youth Orchestra perform the Young People's Concert. Learn more.
Scholastic Book Fair - November 4
(October 28, 2014) WBH is sponsoring its fall Scholastic Book Fair on Tuesday, November 4, from 8:30 a.m. – 7 p.m. Families are invited to shop throughout the school day and after school. Feel free to send your child to school with money so that they can shop on their own as well. Happy reading!
Early intervention helps eliminate 'catch up' later on
(October 28, 2014) This year at Walter B. Howard Elementary School, additional academic support has been placed in grades K-2 in an effort to ensure that students are reading at or above grade level by Grade 3. Learn more.
Students learn about fire safety
(October 21, 2014) On October 20, firefighters from the Lebanon Valley Protective Association visited Walter B. Howard Elementary to talk to students about fire safety. Learn more.
Join us on October 31 for Trunk or Treat
(October 9, 2014) The New Lebanon community is invited to participate in Trunk or Treat on Friday, October 31, from 5 to 6 p.m. in the Walter B. Howard Elementary parking lot. Decorate your car, fill your trunk with treats and dress up your children for trunk-or-treating! Learn more.
September Students of the Month
(October 9, 2014) Congratulations to the Walter B. Howard Elementary students who have been named September Students of the Month! Students are selected by the homeroom teacher for showing overall good character that month. See who they are.
Please support the WBH Drama Club
(September 19, 2014) Show your school spirit and support the WBH Drama Club by placing an order for your New Lebanon Tigers apparel by October 3. Visit the company website or call 1-800-328-6681 to place your order.
WBH Family Movie Night – September 26
(September 18, 2014) WBH students and families are invited to the Family Movie Night on Friday, September 26 on the front lawn of the school. The outdoor blow-up movie screen will feature Disney’s Bears (Rated G), as voted on by the students. Popcorn and juice will be provided and families should bring blankets and chairs. Come set up at 6:30 p.m., the movie will start at 7 p.m. Please remember this is not a drop-off event - families should stay with their children.
Kindergarten Open House - September 4, 2014
(July 28, 2014) Walter. B. Howard Elementary School will host a Kindergarten Open House on Thursday, September 4, from 9:30 to 11 a.m. Parents and children will be picked up and dropped off by the school bus at their regularly scheduled pick-up location (Transportation Department to mail specific information). Parents and children will have the opportunity to explore their classroom, meet their teacher and learn about school bus safety. Specific information will be mailed home mid-August. The first day of Kindergarten is Friday, September 5.
WBH Recognizes 4th Quarter Honor Roll Students
(July 2, 2014) Walter. B. Howard Elementary School students in grades 3-6 who attained honor roll for the fourth quarter of the 2013-14 school year were recognized during an Honor Roll Assembly on June 25. View the Honor Rolls
June Students of the Month
(July 2, 2014) Congratulations to the Walter B. Howard Elementary students who have been named June Students of the Month! Students are selected by the homeroom teacher for showing overall good character that month. See Who They Are
(June 24, 2014) Walter B. Howard Elementary's kindergarten classes of Mrs. Bove, Mr. Breslin, and Mrs. de Oliveira’s graduated on June 20. Their first grade classmates were in attendance along with many of their family and friends. During the ceremony, the children sang several songs, guests enjoyed a slide show of their kindergarteners through the year, and the attendees celebrated with refreshments afterwards. We are very proud of our kindergarteners and our class of 2026!
2014-15 K-6 Supply List
Download the 2014-15 supply list for Kindergarten through 6th grade, here.
Literacy-Based Summer School Program
Parents whose child has been selected for this program should return application by June 16
(June 16, 2014) New Lebanon Central School District is excited to continue its literacy-based Summer School Program for students in Kindergarten through 5th grade. The purpose of this program is to maintain literacy skills for students who are reading and/or writing below grade level and provide enrichment practice throughout the summer. Students have been selected by their teachers and applications have been sent out to students who meet the criteria. Please return to your classroom teacher or to the school's main office no later than June 16.
The Summer School Program will take place at the Jr/Sr High School from Monday, July 7, 2014 Thursday, August 14, 2014. The program will be 4 days a week, Monday – Thursday, from 8:00-10:30 a.m. You can contact, Tamara Thorpe-Odom, Summer School Coordinator, at 794-8554, with questions or for additional information.
May Students of the Month
(June 9, 2014) Congratulations to the Walter B. Howard Elementary students who have been named May Students of the Month! Students are selected by the homeroom teacher for showing overall good character that month. SEE WHO THEY ARE
Mr. Kourt's Introductory Letter
(June 5, 2014) New Walter B. Howard Elementary Principal Mr. Andrew Kourt has sent home a letter of introduction to parents. Download the letter, here.
April Students of the Month
(May 22, 2014) Congratulations to the Walter B. Howard Elementary students who have been named April Students of the Month! Students are selected by the homeroom teacher for showing overall good character that month. SEE WHO THEY ARE
Walter B. Howard Students Engage in "The After School Filmmaking Project"
(May 15, 2014) For six weeks this spring, seven 6th grade Walter B. Howard Elementary students met after school in the library once a week to engage in "The After School Filmmaking Project." Their film "After School Terror" was screened at the Crandell Theater on May 4. Learn More
Walter B. Howard Elementary Pairs With SPAC to Bring “Classical Kids” Program to Students
(May 12, 2014) Walter B. Howard Elementary School is partnering with the Saratoga Performing Arts Center (SPAC) to introduce 5th and 6th graders to the world of classical music and dance through SPAC’s Classical Kids program.
Classical Kids is a school-based program designed to introduce elementary and middle school students to the classical performing arts through in-school demonstrations by professional dancers and musicians and attendance at SPAC to experience world-class performances. Students who attend both the lecture/demonstration and the summer ballet or concert are given two SPAC season lawn passes for classical performances each year, until they graduate from high school. Learn More
WBH Recognizes 3rd Quarter Honor Roll Students
(April 24, 2014) Walter. B. Howard Elementary School students in grades 3-6 who attained honor roll for the third quarter were recognized during an Honor Roll Reception this morning. View the Honor Rolls
Author John Farrell Visits WBH
(April 10, 2014) Award winning songwriter, author and peace educator John Farrell visited Walter B. Howard Elementary School on March 25. During his visit he spoke to all students at two sessions. He first spoke with Kindergarten through third grade students about "Respect and Understanding: Positive Attitudes" followed by a session with students in grades 4-6 about "Global Awareness and Appreciation: Building Bridges." Learn More
March Students of the Month
(April 10, 2014) Congratulations to the Walter B. Howard Elementary students who have been named March Students of the Month! Students are selected by the homeroom teacher for showing overall good character that month. SEE WHO THEY ARE
WBH Music Students Selected to Perform in Elementary Chorus at All County Music Festival April 3 & 4
(March 28, 2014) Students from the New Lebanon Central School District's Music Department have been selected to participate in the Columbia County Music Educators Association (CCMEA) All County Music Festival on Thursday, April 3, and Friday, April 4, 2014. This festival will be hosted by the Ichabod Crane Central School District and will be held in the ICHS Auditorium. Students in All County Elementary Chorus, Junior High Band, and High School Chorus will represent Chatham, New Lebanon, Germantown, Hudson, Taconic Hills and the Ichabod Crane school districts. The all county experience will culminate in a concert on Friday, April 4 at 7:30 p.m. in the ICHS Auditorium. Doors will open to the public at 7:00 p.m. The event is free. Learn More
Board Appoints Andrew Kourt Next Principal of Walter B. Howard Elementary School
(March 20, 2014) On Wednesday, March 19, the New Lebanon Central School District Board of Education approved the appointment of Andrew Kourt to the position Walter B. Howard Elementary School Principal, effective June 1, 2014. As part of the district’s Succession Plan, Kourt will work with current Principal Leslie Whitcomb though June before she transitions to the role of Superintend-ent of Schools on July 1. Superintendent Karen McGraw and Ms. Whitcomb have been working together throughout the school year and will continue to do so through July until Ms. McGraw retires on July 31, 2014. Learn More
NL Music Students Participate in All County Music Festival in Hudson
(March 11, 2014) Students from the New Lebanon Music Department were selected for the All County Music Festival hosted by the Hudson City School District on March 5 & 7, 2014. The festival consisted of students in All County Elementary Band, Junior High Chorus, and High School Band. Learn More
February Students of the Month
(March 5, 2014) Congratulations to the Walter B. Howard Elementary students who have been named February Students of the Month! Students are selected by the homeroom teacher for showing overall good character that month. SEE WHO THEY ARE
WBH Recognizes 2nd Quarter Honor Roll Students
(Feb. 10, 2014) Walter. B. Howard Elementary School students in grades 3-6 who attained honor roll for the second quarter were recognized during an Honor Roll Reception this morning. LEARN MORE
4th Graders Learn About Electricity Through Distance Learning
(Feb. 6, 2014) Walter B. Howard's fourth grade students participated in an Electricity E-Lab on Jan. 24. Through a Distance Learning experience, the lab director guided them in making predictions and asking questions as they discovered how to build parallel and series circuits. LEARN MORE
January Students of the Month
(Feb. 6, 2014) Congratulations to the Walter B. Howard Elementary students who have been named January Students of the Month! Students are selected by the homeroom teacher for showing overall good character that month. SEE WHO THEY ARE
Kindergarten Registration for 2014-15
(Jan. 23, 2014) The New Lebanon Central School District has begun the process of registering students for the 2014-15 Kindergarten class. Students need to be legal residents of the school district and reside with parents or guardians within the school district at the time of the opening day of school and must be five (5) years of age or more on December 1, 2014 in order to register for Kindergarten.
Please call the elementary school office by March 31, 2014 at 794-8554 ext. 3002 to ensure your child is on the registration list.
6th Graders Explore "Mystery of the Albany Mummies"
(Jan. 16, 2014) Sixth grade students at Walter B. Howard Elementary School attended the “The Mystery of the Albany Mummies” at the Albany Institute of History & Art on January 8. LEARN MORE
Students Have Fun at "Snowmen at Night" Event
WBH students in grades 4 and under attended a fun evening on Thursday, Dec. 19 from 6-7 p.m. in the cafeteria. WBH Librarian David Hawkins read the book "Snowmen at Night." Other activities included a snowman craft, cookie decorating and hot chocolate. The evening was sponsored by the Shared Decision Making team. Be looking for our monthly family-geared activities.
WBH 5th & 6th Graders Make Cookies for "Snowmen at Night" Event
(Dec. 19) WBH students in fifth and sixth grades used math to double cookie recipes and make sugar cookies from scratch for the “Snowmen at Night” cookie decorating activity on Dec. 19 from 6-7 p.m. in the cafeteria. VIEW MORE PHOTOS
December Students of the Month
(Dec. 18, 2013) Congratulations to the Walter B. Howard Elementary students who have been named December Students of the Month! Students are selected by the homeroom teacher for showing overall good character that month.
The students and their teachers are: Breslin - Lyndsey Pratt; Bove 0 Autumn Doslop-Land; deOliveira - Claudia Stickles; Ouimet - Ben Klein; Griffin - London Exley, Jubie - Mateo Priest; Cook - Kaitlynn Spencer; Rank - Sadie Owens; Chandler - Brendan Carmel; McKinney - Jocelyn Stalker; Maclutsky - Tyler Darcy; Moore - Sydney Smith; and Bonaquisti - Shawn Pawlows.
Students at Walter B. Howard Elementary School Help Set New World Record in Sport Stacking
(Dec. 12, 2013) With help from 139 stackers at Walter B. Howard Elementary School, a new Guiness World Record was set on November 14th as part of the 2013 STACK UP! Way to go WBH! LEARN MORE
4th Graders Go Back in Time
(Dec. 5, 2013) Since New York State history is a large part of the fourth grade social studies curriculum, Mrs. Chandler and Mrs. Rank's classes recently took a field trip to the Luykas Van Alen House and Ichabod Crane Schoolhouse, and to the Columbia County Museum to tour the exhibition “Civil War Panorama, Columbia County 1860-1865." LEARN MORE
Food Service Launches New Meal Payment System
(Dec. 5, 2013) New Lebanon's Food Service Department is excited to offer mySchoolBucks, a convenient, easy and secure online pre-payment service to deposit money into your child’s school meal account at any time. LEARN MORE
WBH recognizes 1st quarter honor roll students
(Nov. 21, 2013) Congratulations to all the Walter. B. Howard Elementary School students in grades 3-6 who attained honor roll for the first quarter! The students were recognized during an Honor Roll Reception this morning. LEARN MORE/VIEW PHOTOS
Environmental Club cleans up school grounds
(Nov. 14, 2013) WBH's Environmental Club got to work doing fall cleanup on the school grounds recently. With their hard work, the grounds look beautiful and cleaned up for winter. Great job Environmental Club!
Third graders crazy for crayfish discovery
(Nov. 14, 2013) Walter B. Howard Elementary's third grade classes finished a six-week Crayfish Unit last month that culminated in the release of the crayfish into the creek. LEARN MORE
Learn what's new in our Special Areas
(Nov. 12, 2013) Download the latest newsletter for WBH's Special Areas, here (PDF).
Students learn about fire safety
(Nov. 7, 2013) Walter B. Howard Elementary students recently learned about the importance of fire safety.
Mike Guido of the Lebanon Valley Protective Association reviewed fire safety guidelines and tips before everyone went outside to view the fire truck. LEARN MORE
NYS math and ELA individual student assessment reports mailed week of Oct. 7
(Oct. 7, 2013) Individual student assessment reports were mailed to parents of Walter B. Howard Elementary students who took the NYS math and ELA tests in spring 2013. To read Principal Whitcomb's cover letter for the student test results click here. To read NYS Education Department Commissioner John King's letter click here. The EngageNY website provides a Parent Resources page to help parents interpret their child's results and learn more about the Common Core Learning Standards.
Topics for Parents
Code of Conduct
Click here to view the WBH Code of Conduct. Students in grades 2-6 will receive a student friendly version of the code.
Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA)
From time to time, student directory information (e.g., name, grade, photo, awards) depicting activities in the New Lebanon Central School District is released for use in district publications, on the district Web site, or by the media. Parents who object to the release of their child’s directory information and/or photograph should notify both the superintendent and their child’s building principal in writing on or before October 15 each school year.
FERPA allows the District the right to publish or disclose specific "directory information" about your child. CLICK HERE to find out more about your rights under FERPA.
Parents now have electronic access to the school's records on their child's progress reports, report cards, classroom grades, contact information, health information and discipline reports. The teacher gradebook links may be only partially available until October because teachers are still being trained in use of this electronic gradebook.
To begin setting up your parent account, visit the Parent Portal website , https://esd-parentportal.neric.org. Once you are at the website, look in the blue rectangle for the words, " First time Here? Click to create a new account." Follow the directions to set up your account. You will need your child's student ID number. We can provide this to you. Once you have set up the account, you may come in at any time during the school day to see Lisa Kreutziger in the main office and she will activate your account.. Please bring a photo ID when you come to school. Once your account is activated, you can access information about your child through the Parent Portal at any time you choose.
WBH School Day start & end times
The school day begins at 8:25 am and ends at 3:20 pm. There is no supervision for students before 8:25AM, unless students are enrolled in the Bee Happy Pre-School Care Program. Any student arriving after 8:35 am will be marked tardy.
Snow Closings & Delay Information
In the event of inclement weather, school closing and delay information is available on the school information line. You can reach the school information line by dialing 794-8554 option #3. If school is delayed 1-hour, students will be picked-up 1-hour later than normal. If school is delayed 2-hours, students will be picked-up 2-hours later than normal. If you are dropping your child off at school on a 1-hour delay, they must be dropped off between 9:25 and 9:30 am; on a 2-hour delay, they must be dropped off between 10:25 and 10:30 am.
If school closes early, due to inclement weather, you will be contacted by the school’s automated service. You will only be contacted at the numbers you provided on the emergency form in September. Please remember to contact the school any time your phone numbers change.
Students eating breakfast are allowed in the building at 8:20am. All other students should arrive and enter the building at 8:25am. There is no supervision for students before 8:25am. Students are dismissed at 3:15pm.
Teacher eboards provide information on classroom expectations and activities. All teachers are encouraged to update their eBoards regularly so that parents may remain knowledgeable about their children's education. EBoards also provide a quick access to emailing any faculty member.
Free and Reduced Meal Information
With tight budgets pinching most of us, I want to remind parents of the free and reduced price lunch (breakfast too!) program. The savings can be substantial, especially to families with more than one child in the district. If parents have any concern that a student's eligibility will in some way be identifiable, please don't be worried. The students who receive free or reduced meals are on the same list with students whose parents pre-pay for their meals. When going through the line, they are simply another student whose meal has already been paid for. You may apply at any time. If you would like the form mailed to you, please email me and I will see that we send it right out to you: firstname.lastname@example.org