Mary E. Dardess ES

Kristen Reno, Principal

NEWS

D.A.R.E. Graduation

student shakes hands with sheriff bartlettOur fifth grade celebrated successful completion of D.A.R.E. with a graduation ceremony held April 7 in the CHS auditorium. D.A.R.E., taught by Columbia County Sheriff's Deputy Wendy Guntert, kicked off at MED in October and addressed drug and tobacco use while placing a greater focus on skills students can use to make safe and responsible choices in all aspects of their lives. Along with Deputy Guntert and school officials, Sheriff David Bartlett and School Resource Deputies Todd Hyson and Toby Van Alstyne took part in the ceremony. Learn more...


Staff Goes Blue to Support Families with Autism

Staff in Blue shirts pose for photoApril is Autism Awareness Month and every year events and activities happen all around the world to increase understanding and acceptance. MED staff members joined together to support autism awareness on April 5th by wearing blue “acceptance” t-shirts and donating to Autism Speaks, a foundation that promotes education and support to families with autism. The staff raised almost $200! MED's event corresponded with "Light It Up Blue," an international campaign held April 2nd to aide families living with autism. Thank you to all for your support!


Visiting Play Digs Into Erie Canal's Beginnings

Cast of They Built AmericaFourth and fifth graders enjoyed an enriching social studies experience when the Capital Repertory Theater brought its production of They Built America to Chatham April 3. The show commemorates the 200th anniversary of the start of construction on the Erie Canal and the peopel who built it. Capital Rep actors brought to life many different characters from history to tell the story of how this important waterway came to be. This event was sponsored by the PTA. Photo by Richard Lovrich Learn more...


A Mother Goose Comedy

students rehearsing for playThe Mary E. Dardess Elementary School Drama Club presented A Mother Goose Comedy March 31 and April 1 in the Chatham Middle School auditorium. Our 4th and 5th grade performers worked for several weeks after school to update the script and add original songs and choreography. The club talked about all aspects of putting together a show, from writing scenes to casting to blocking. They also worked on props and sets, and students worked backstage as well. Learn more...


MED Caring Assembly

Mrs. Reno hands student the golden trashcan On March 10, MED held a school-wide assembly highlighting our theme of the month, which was “Caring” for March. As part of the assembly, awards were handed out by Principal Kristen Reno and Assistant Principal Mike Burns to the students who most embodied the caring spirit. Each special department (art, musical, PE, Library, and cafeteria) also handed out awards to the classes that showed the most caring, and don't forget the Golden Trash Can for the cleanest classes. See awards...


A.M. “Boot Camp”

Mr. Burns leads students through exercises during MED Boot CampFirst thing in the morning on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays, Mr. Burns leads a group of students through ten minutes of vigorous exercise, beginning with a two-minute run around the gym before they set in on calisthenics like pushups, crunches, jumping jacks, and more. The students in the Boot Camp program really enjoy it and research has shown that just ten minutes of intense physical workout helps children be more relaxed and focused in school. Learn more...


Mindfulness at MED

students doing mindfulness exercises in classMED has introduced mindfulness instruction to our school day! Mindfulness is our ability to be fully present and not distracted, overwhelmed, or overly reactive to what goes on in our daily lives. And we can improve this ability greatly through meditation. Each morning MED has been taking a few minutes to do some mindfulness-building together as a school. Over the school loudspeaker, Mrs. Rivet has been leading breathing and movement exercises to help students focus on the present and get more in touch with their inner selves. Learn more...


Fourth Graders Take Walk Through Time

student on history tour witth Gail WolczanskiDid you know that the inventor of the Coleman Lantern was born in Chatham and that’s who the village's Coleman St. is named after? Or that the village used to be called Chatham Four Corners before it stole the Chatham name away from what is now Old Chatham? Or that a resident once blew up his own building to stop a huge fire from spreading down Main Street? These are just some of the fascinating tidbits our fourth graders learned on a walking history tour with Chatham historian Gail Wolczanski. Learn more...

 

ANNOUNCEMENTS

     

    MED Seeks Donations for new MAKERSPACE

    MED is in the process of creating a do-it-yourself space where students can create, explore, invent and learn. We are looking for item donations to support this initiative. Learn more ...

     

    Kindergarten Registration

Registration packets for our 2017-18 kindergarten class were mailed home in February to all eligible children who are on the school census. If you have a child who is eligible to attend kindergarten this fall and you did not receive a packet, please call Mrs. Layton at 392-1530 or visit the elementary school office between 9am and 3pm. Learn more about registering your child for kindergarten...

 

Pre-K Screening

The screening dates for next year’s pre-kindergarten program will take place on June 7 & 8, 2017. The program is for children with deficits in school readiness and/or family barriers that limit their access to other preschool programs. Contact Kimberly Layton, MED. secretary, at 392-1530 to schedule a screening appointment. Learn more...