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Walter B. Howard Elementary School

Leslie Whitcomb, Principal                             

1478 Route 20
New Lebanon, NY 12125
Phone: (518) 794-8554
Fax: (518) 766-2220


Open Letter To WBH Families About Keeping Students Safe Regarding Prescription and Over-the-Counter Medications — September 20, 2013



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 Has Got Talent! Join Us for Our Talent Show, April 10

(April 7, 2014) The 2014 WBH talent show is here! The talent show is going to be held at Walter B. Howard Elementary on Thursday, April 10, beginning at 6:30 PM. The talent show is a special time for students to show the school and community all of the wonderful and unique ways in which they are talented. Admission to the event is free.

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

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.  A plain language version is included in our parent handbook. 

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.

Parent Portal

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 , 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. 

Parent Handbook

View the 2013-14 Parent Handbook

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

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:

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