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Walter B. Howard Elementary School

Andrew Kourt, Principal                             

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

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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.



photo of top reader with PrincipalWBH Students Surpass Reading Goal

(December 1, 2015) On Friday, November 23, all students at Walter B. Howard Elementary tallied their reading log sheets to see if they reached their school-wide reading goal of 60,000 minutes. They surpassed their goal reading a total of 61,257 in just two weeks. The prize? Principal Andrew Kourt dancing to “Whip Nae Nae.” Read more..

Letter to Parents from Principal Kourt

November 24, 2015

Dear Families,

A very sad thing has happened in our school community.  Mrs. Michelle Schrader, our art teacher, has passed away.  Her death was confirmed yesterday evening.  We are all profoundly saddened by her death.

We have shared this information with your children today and had discussions with all the students in their classrooms.  Crisis counselors, teachers, and other support staff have been and will continue to be available to students, teachers, and parents.  Please do not hesitate to contact the school if you have any questions or concerns.  If you need or are interested in contacting the Mobile Crisis Assessment Team you may contact them directly at (518) 943-5555 (12pm – 8pm – 7 days a week including holidays.) Read more

2015-2016 1st Quarter Honor Rolls

(November 18, 2015) New Lebanon CSD has announced the high honor roll and honor roll students for the first quarter of the 2015-16 school year.

Congratulations to the following students on your achievement: Read more

read-a-thon graphicRead-AThon Goal 60,000 minutes

(November 16, 2015) WBH Elementary students have been logging their reading minutes for weeks, and on Friday, November 20 their minutes will be tallied. If students reach the school-wide goal to read 60,000 minutes, Principal Kourt will dance the “Whip Nae Nae” on Monday, November 23! The top reader from each class will have their picture taken with Mr. Kourt. See Read-a-thon Letter and Reading Log sheet.



photo of game night flyerWBH PTA Family Board Game Night

(November 10, 2015) The WBH PTA Family Board Game Night is scheduled for Friday, November 20 from 6 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. Games for all ages from our Pre-K class to our 6th graders. See Flyer for more details.






photo of craft fair flyerWalter B. Howard PTA Holiday Craft Fair

(November 4, 2015) The Walter B. Howard PTA Holiday Craft Fair on Saturday, December 5, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Jr/Sr High School. There will be crafters, silent auction, raffles and more! See Flyer for more information.


WBH Collecting Thanksgiving Donations

(November 4, 2015)

Dear WBH Friends and Families,
As the Thanksgiving holiday quickly approaches, the need for some of the families in our community cannot go unnoticed.   As a school we can make a difference this Thanksgiving for a family in need!  We are going to be collecting donations of non-perishable food items starting Monday November 2nd. We will be accepting donations until Friday, November 20th. This food drive is of course optional. Read more..

students with firefightersStudents Learn Fire Safety Lessons

(November 3, 2015) On October 29, firefighters from the Lebanon Valley Protective Association visited Walter B. Howard Elementary to talk to students about fire safety. Students learned important fire safety lessons, and firefighters focused on the importance of smoke detectors. Principal Kourt put fire fighter gear on to show students what to expect if fire fighters ever had to come to their house for a fire. See more photos from event.

Students to Participate in Relocation Drill

(October 29, 2015)

Each month as a school community we conduct a different emergency drill. On Monday, November 2 we are going to practice a relocation drill. This type of emergency procedure would be used if we ever had to leave our school property. At 9 a.m. on November 2, our teachers will walk their students to the bus garage behind our school. The children and their teachers will quickly board a school bus. Read more:

WBH Elementary Important Reminders

(October 29, 2015)

  1. Friday, October 30 – Superintendent’s Conference Day – No school for students
  2. Monday, November 2 – Relocation Drill - 9:00-9:45 a.m.
  3. Tuesday, November 3 – Book Fair – The book fair will be open from 9:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. Students will visit the book fair with their classes during the day
  4. Friday, November 6 – Tiger Jam will be at 1:45 p.m. instead of 2:10 p.m.
  5. Friday, November 6 – 15-Minutes Early Go Home Drill - This means students will be dismissed 15 minutes early and will arrive home 15 minutes earlier than normal.  If you are picking up your child from school you must pick them up 15 minutes earlier than normal.
  6. Wednesday, November 11 – Veterans Day – No School
  7. November 25 – 27 – Thanksgiving Recess

Letter from Principal Kourt Regarding Medications

(October 28, 2015)

Dear Families,

This morning a student had a prescription bottle of fluoride on the school bus. He offered the chewable tablets to another student, along with a vitamin C tablet. We are very proud that a student knew to report this activity to his driver, who immediately followed up with administration. Though there was no negative health result from this event, it provides an opportunity to revisit issues around medications – especially those medications that may be tasty or may look like candy. Read more…

WBH PTA Website

October 22,2015) The Walter B. Howard Elementary PTA has a new website. Get information on upcoming events, meetings and see photos from events here.

photo of students of the monthSeptember Students of the Month

(October 15, 2015) 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. Read more

New Lebanon Ski Club Information & Registration Meeting

(September 24, 2015) The Annual Ski Club information and registration meeting will be held on Friday, October 2 at 6:30 p.m. in the Elementary School library and also on Saturday, October 3 at 10 a.m. in the High School cafeteria. We will be accepting up to 40 students from grades 3 through 12. All 3rd grade students will require a parent at Jiminy Peak every Thursday during ski club. See Flyer for registration and additional information.

photo of movie screenWBH Family Picnic and Outdoor Movie Night

(September 22, 2015) Thank you to all the families who attended the Family Movie Night at Walter B. Howard Elementary last Friday. The night was a huge success! A big thank you to Hannaford for donating the hot dogs, and hamburgers, and to the Bucknroth family for lending your sound system. See photos from night.

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.

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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