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City School District of Albany

Arbor Hill Elementary: A Community School

Arbor Hill Elementary:

A Community School

Prekindergarten-Grade 5

 

1 Arbor Drive

Albany, NY 12207
Phone: (518) 475-6625
Fax: (518) 475-6627

 

Rosalind Gaines-Harrell, Principal

E-mail: rgaines-harrell@albany.k12.ny.us

Janet Escoto-LaVoie, Assistant Principal

E-mail: jescoto-lavoie@albany.k12.ny.us

 

Middle school enrollment update for Arbor Hill families

In order to reduce enrollment at Edmund J. O’Neal Middle School of Excellence, the City School District of Albany Board of Education has approved a plan to convert North Albany Academy to a small, temporary middle school for the next four years.

 

This will have no impact on where Arbor Hill Elementary School students attend middle school. Our students will continue to attend O’Neal beginning in sixth grade.  However, our students will benefit from reduced enrollment at O’Neal in sixth grade in 2019-20, and throughout the school for the next several years.

 

Under the enrollment changes the board has approved, students from North Albany and Philip J. Schuyler Achievement Academy will attend the temporary middle school at North Albany through the 2022-23 school year. Students from Arbor Hill Elementary and Sheridan Preparatory Academy will continue to attend middle school at O’Neal.

 

At O’Neal, these enrollment changes will reduce the size of the sixth grade by about half next school year. These reductions will extend to grade 7 in the 2020-21 school year and throughout all grades in the 2021-22 school year, lowering the overall enrollment in the building over that time. We believe this will allow us to better serve all students.

 

The district intends for this short-term middle school enrollment pattern to be in place until the 2023-24 school year. The district anticipates that North Albany will re-open as a permanent 650-student middle school beginning in 2023-24. The district will plan for the permanent enrollment pattern for that school, as well as for Hackett and Myers middle schools, through an open and inclusive community process in the coming years.

 

If you have any questions or would like more information, please contact Principal Rosalind Gaines-Harrell at (518) 475-6625. You also can click here to download a letter from Principal Gaines-Harrell.

 

School times

  • Early Bird Program (space is limited, application required) -- 7:45 a.m.

  • Breakfast begins -- 8:35 a.m.

  • School day begins -- 9 a.m.

  • School day ends -- Arbor Hill Elementary uses staggered dismissal times to avoid congestion in the building:

    • Pre-K -- 3:15 p.m. dismissal in the cafeteria. Parents must sign out students.

    • Kindergarten -- 3:25 p.m. dismissal in the front lobby. Parents picking up students must sign them out.

      • Yellow bus dismissal 3:25 p.m. from the cafeteria.

    • Grades 1-5 -- 3:35 p.m. dismissal from the side door/bridge area.

  • After-school child care ends -- 6 p.m.

Upcoming events

 

  • Monday, July 8-Friday, Aug 9 -- Elementary summer enrichment for students who have been notified, 8 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Breakfast and lunch are included, and so is transportation. Please note that the program will be held at Sheridan Preparatory Academy, 400 Sheridan Ave.

2018-19 news and information
  • Third grade lobbies Mayor Sheehan -- Students shared suggestions on how to improve the city from opinion letters they wrote in class. Erin Heid, Marion Richards and Kristina Shaw’s classes are already change-makers!

  • Special Olympics end of year celebration -- Students from across the district enjoyed a picnic and activities. LINK to pictures of the event You don't need a Facebook account ot view the pictures: A window may display the text "To see more from Albany City Schools on Facebook, log in or create an account," but you can dismiss it by clicking "not now."

  • Thank you volunteers! -- More than 170 people donated their time to Arbor Hill Elementary School this school year. LINK to pictures of the recognition ceremony. You don't need a Facebook account ot view the pictures: A window may display the text "To see more from Albany City Schools on Facebook, log in or create an account," but you can dismiss it by clicking "not now."

  • Spring Concert delights students, staff and families -- Band, Orchestra and the African drumming and dancing club showed off all they've learned this year. For pictures for the concert, click here. You don't need a Facebook account ot view the pictures: A window may display the text "To see more from Albany City Schools on Facebook, log in or create an account," but you can dismiss it by clicking "not now."

  • Learning different cultures -- Israelis visited with with fourth and fifth-graders to share information about their country.  LINK to photos of the event. You don't need a Facebook account ot view the pictures: A window may display the text "To see more from Albany City Schools on Facebook, log in or create an account," but you can dismiss it by clicking "not now."

  • Financial Literacy Workshop -- Students aren't the only ones learning at our school! We strive to support the entire family to increase student success. LINK to photos of the class. You don't need a Facebook account ot view the pictures: A window may display the text "To see more from Albany City Schools on Facebook, log in or create an account," but you can dismiss it by clicking "not now."

  • Bike to School Day -- In advance of the summer months, students learned important bicycle safety. LINK to photos of the event. You don't need a Facebook account ot view the pictures: A window may display the text "To see more from Albany City Schools on Facebook, log in or create an account," but you can dismiss it by clicking "not now." More information about the event can be found here.

  • Mother's Day Breakfast -- Moms, grandmothers, aunts and special women were treated to a feast. LINK to photos of the event. You don't need a Facebook account ot view the pictures: A window may display the text "To see more from Albany City Schools on Facebook, log in or create an account," but you can dismiss it by clicking "not now."

  • Principal Gaines-Harrell recognized for leadership -- The Capital Area Principals and Supervisors Association has named Arbor Hill Elementary School's Rosalind Gaines-Harrell the Administrator of the year for 2018-19. For more on the honor, follow this link.

  • Spring 'clap-in' -- Younger students cheered on grades 3-5 on the first day of the New York State math assessment. Here are some photos of the event. You don't need a Facebook account ot view the pictures: A window may display the text "To see more from Albany City Schools on Facebook, log in or create an account," but you can dismiss it by clicking "not now."

  • AHES Literacy Night Success -- There was something for everyone at this well attended spring event. Check out a Facebook photo album from the evening. You don't need a Facebook account ot view the pictures: A window may display the text "To see more from Albany City Schools on Facebook, log in or create an account," but you can dismiss it by clicking "not now."

  • Olympics of the Visual Arts - Congratulations to our third through fifth-grade all-girl team that competed in the state-wide event in Saratoga. Here are some pictures of the team preparing. And here are some pictures of the competition. You don't need a Facebook account ot view the pictures: A window may display the text "To see more from Albany City Schools on Facebook, log in or create an account," but you can dismiss it by clicking "not now."

  • STEM success -- Students, staff and families enjoy the wonders of science. Check out a Facebook photo album from the event. You don't need a Facebook account ot view the pictures: A window may display the text "To see more from Albany City Schools on Facebook, log in or create an account," but you can dismiss it by clicking "not now."

  • VIP guest reader at AHES -- Albany Mayor Kathy Sheehan delighted prekindergarten classes with "Pete the Cat." Check out a Facebook photo album from the event. You don't need a Facebook account ot view the pictures: A window may display the text "To see more from Albany City Schools on Facebook, log in or create an account," but you can dismiss it by clicking "not now."

  • CPR class draws huge crowd -- Albany is a safer city now, thanks to a filled to capacity CPR/First Aid certification class at AHES. Check out a Facebook photo album from the event. You don't need a Facebook account ot view the pictures: A window may display the text "To see more from Albany City Schools on Facebook, log in or create an account," but you can dismiss it by clicking "not now."

  • Black History Celebration -- Student-led program included prekindergarten through fifth-grade. Check out a Facebook photo album from the event. You don't need a Facebook account ot view the pictures: A window may display the text "To see more from Albany City Schools on Facebook, log in or create an account," but you can dismiss it by clicking "not now."

  • Morning of Culture -- AHES students traveled to 17 different countries without having to leave their classroom. Check out a Facebook photo album from the event. You don't need a Facebook account ot view the pictures: A window may display the text "To see more from Albany City Schools on Facebook, log in or create an account," but you can dismiss it by clicking "not now."

  • Cafeteria transformed into Italian restaurant -- In honor of Valentine's Day, fourth and fifth-graders served younger students a special lunch. Check out a Facebook photo album from the event. You don't need a Facebook account ot view the pictures: A window may display the text "To see more from Albany City Schools on Facebook, log in or create an account," but you can dismiss it by clicking "not now."

  • Winter Concert - AHES community treated to chous, orchestra, band and dancing. Check out a Facebook photo album from the performance. You don't need a Facebook account ot view the pictures: A window may display the text "To see more from Albany City Schools on Facebook, log in or create an account," but you can dismiss it by clicking "not now."

  • Holiday house construction -- Parents and grandparents join third graders to build graham cracker and candy houses. Check out a Facebook photo album from the event. You don't need a Facebook account ot view the pictures: A window may display the text "To see more from Albany City Schools on Facebook, log in or create an account," but you can dismiss it by clicking "not now."  

  • Job Fair -- AHES connects job seekers with companies that are hiring. Check out a Facebook photo album from the event. You don't need a Facebook account ot view the pictures: A window may display the text "To see more from Albany City Schools on Facebook, log in or create an account," but you can dismiss it by clicking "not now."  

  • 2018 Pumpkin Run -- Annual event marks 28th year.  Check out a Facebook photo album from the race. You don't need a Facebook account ot view the pictures: A window may display the text "To see more from Albany City Schools on Facebook, log in or create an account," but you can dismiss it by clicking "not now."

  • October Chat and Chew -- AHES treated moms to breakfast and a guest speaker. Check out a Facebook photo album from the gathering. You don't need a Facebook account ot view the pictures: A window may display the text "To see more from Albany City Schools on Facebook, log in or create an account," but you can dismiss it by clicking "not now."September PBIS assembly recognizes parents -- Students, staff and parents who volunteered were honored.  Check out a Facebook photo album of the event. You don't need a Facebook account ot view the pictures: A window may display the text "To see more from Albany City Schools on Facebook, log in or create an account," but you can dismiss it by clicking "not now."

  • District playgroup targets tiny learners -- The youngest future Falcons in the City School District of Albany enrolled in their first-ever class on Sept. 25 . It’s called “Play, Learn, Soar,” and it’s a brand new early education program offered to infants and children up to age 3 at Arbor Hill Elementary School. Read more about the program -- open to all district families -- here. You also can check out a Facebook photo album from the playdate. You don’t need a Facebook account to view the pictures: A window may display the text “To see more from Albany City Schools on Facebook, log in or create an account,” but you can dismiss it by clicking “not now."

  • Families, staff and community partners enjoy Field Day - Check out a Facebook photo album from the event. You don’t need a Facebook account to view the pictures: A window may display the text “To see more from Albany City Schools on Facebook, log in or create an account,” but you can dismiss it by clicking “not now."

About Arbor Hill Elementary School

Built in 1973, Arbor Hill Elementary School is located on Arbor Drive, across the street from Whitney M. Young Jr. Health Center. A two-year project to renovate the building  was completed in September 2010 and students and families returned to Arbor Hill Elementary School's familiar 1 Arbor Drive home!

 

At the new Arbor Hill Elementary, students learn in a modernized facility with new computers in every classroom, walls and doors surrounding every classroom (as opposed to the school's former open-classroom layout), new computer and science labs, a restored indoor atrium and a new heating and cooling system.

 

Early dismissal procedures

Please pick up all students for early dismissal before 3 p.m. Teachers read, review PBIS points and bring closure to the day between 3-3:30 p.m. It is extremely disruptive to the learning environment as well as experiencing a delay in your early pick-up if the rules are not followed. If you pick your child up daily at 3 p.m., they miss 2.5 hours of instruction in one week! That's 10 hours in a month -- more than a full day of school missed in a month!

 

Messages to students

Due to instruction and dismissal, we do not interrupt classrooms for student messages during the day. Students will receive the message before they go home, but we will not interrupt the class to speak to them directly.

 

Signing out students

Sign out your child in the book located in the front lobby. A hall monitor will bring your child to the front lobby.

 

Visiting classroom areas

For safety reasons, parents are NOT permitted in the classroom areas unless it is by appointment or for a special class presentation. If you have an appointment to see a teacher, come to the desk in the front lobby to receive a visitor's pass. We will call your child's classroom to confirm the appointment or presentation with the teacher, you then can go to the classroom.

 

Late students

Hall monitors will accompany all late students to their classrooms.

 

Anti-bullying efforts at Arbor Hill -- Let's complete the puzzle together

We invite you to visit Arbor Hill Elementary School's anti-bullying website.

 

Bullying hurts people, and at Arbor Hill Elementary we continue working toward making our school a better place. Our interactive website for students, parents and teachers will help everyone in our school community to understand the painful scars that are caused by bullies as well as what we all can do to stop it. Let’s complete the puzzle together!

 

Absence from school

If your child is absent for school for any reason, call the school at (518) 475-6625 during the morning and provide a written excuse when your child returns to school.

 

 
   

 
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