Welcome to VR – A place where we Show Pride every day!

Our school has the privilege of working with over 650 students spanning from prekindergarten through grade 6. The school day begins at 8:15 a.m. and ends at 3:15 p.m. The school day for our prekindergarten students will end earlier at 2:30 p.m. Parents dropping off their child(ren) may do so no earlier than 8:00 a.m. Please understand there is no supervision for students before that time. For parents in need of before or after school supervision, please contact the Rensselaer Boys and Girls Club for information about their programs.  

It is important that students learn independence, so parents or guardians who bring their child(ren) to school are asked to say their good-byes at the Elementary Entrance doors. Children arriving after 8:20 a.m. should be accompanied by a parent or guardian to the Elementary Office using our entrance doors. It is important that students arrive on time to school, so tardiness should be an infrequent occurrence. 

Dismissal for our students will begin at 3:05 p.m. with the buses departing at about 3:15 p.m. Students will not be called out of class after dismissal has started, so please plan accordingly. For parents who will be picking up their child(ren) daily, please plan on doing so at the Auditorium Entrance doors located across from the first parking lot. Parents are required to enter these doors to pick up and sign out their child(ren). It is important that students be in school for the entire day, so please do not pick up your child early each day from school as this is disruptive to their education. Students being dismissed early from school should be an infrequent occurrence. 

Building Access

The school year is off to a wonderful start! As I expressed in my newsletter, the children came back with such excitement and enthusiasm! It has been great to see them again. With the start of the new school year, it is important to review the expectations for visiting our school and other procedures to […]

Six Pillars of Character

A September Note from the Principal

We have had a wonderful beginning to the school year! After a quiet month of July, the faculty and staff spent last month preparing their classrooms and our hallways for the arrival of the students. On September 6th, we were quite excited to welcome back all of the students. As always, they came back with […]

Van Rensselaer Elementary

Jeffrey Palmer, VRES Principal
518-436-4618 , ext. 1001

Eric Ferrone, Dean of Students
518-436-4618 , ext. 1201

Christine Jevons, VRES Secretary
518-436-4618 , ext. 1003

Jay Foust, Attendance Officer
518-436-8564