Walter B. Howard Elementary School
Andrew Kourt, Principal
1478 Route 20
New Lebanon, NY 12125
Phone: (518) 794-8554
Fax: (518) 766-2220
Sign up for the Parent Portal
Are you signed up for our Parent Portal? Parents who have signed up have electronic access to the school's records on their child's: progress reports, report cards, contact information, health information and discipline reports. Learn how.
Important Back to School Dates for WBH Families
(August 13, 2015) Attention WBH Families:
I hope you are having a relaxing and restful summer. I want to share some important dates with you as we get ready to welcome your child back to school:
~ Tuesday, September 8 - First day of school for students in grades 1-6
~ Tuesday, September 8 - Preschool & Kindergarten orientation - 9:30 a.m. - 11:00 a.m. in the WBH Cafeteria. Read more here
2015-16 K-6 School Supply Lists
(August 4, 2015) The 2015-16 K-6 School Supply Lists are available here
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: email@example.com