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Our school has the privilege of working with about 500 students spanning from pre-kindergarten through grade 5. The school day begins at 8:20 a.m. and ends at 3:15 p.m. The first 10 minutes will be a time for students to transition into school. The school day for our prekindergarten students will end earlier at 2:30 p.m. Students may be dropped off in the morning between 8:15 and 8:30. Please understand that we do not have supervision before 8:15, so it is important that you wait until that time. Students in grades 2-5 may be dropped off at the Auditorium Entrance.
Our younger students should be dropped off using the parent pull-off near the newer playground unless they have an older sibling that can assist them with getting to class. Staff members will be in each location to help ensure this is a safe and efficient process. Please only use these two drop-off locations. As a reminder, parents will not be allowed to enter the building during this process. Children arriving after 8:30 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 K-5 students will begin at 2:50 p.m. with the buses departing at about 3:15 p.m. Students will not be called out of class after dismissal has started. For parents who will be picking up their child(ren) daily, please park in the first row of parking spots in the first main lot near the Auditorium Entrance. These spots will be reserved for dismissal. Please stay in your car and a staff member will facilitate the process with you. You may pick up your child between 2:55 and 3:15.
Parents picking up their pre-kindergarten children should do so between 2:30 and 2:40. Please use the parent pull-off near the newer playground and a staff member will facilitate the process with you.
Overall, 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.
Dear VR Families, We are very excited to welcome you to the 2018-2019 school year, and look forward to a great new year with an active and hardworking PTA here at VR. There are many new faces in our PTA, and we are hoping to increase that number substantially. PTA is a very important part […]
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 […]
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’s Community Service Club, Ram Pride Press, as well as VR’s Student Council visited Albany for a tour of our State Capitol.