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One miraculous journey!Posted October 24, 2014
One of the other dolls in the shop told Edward Tulane, "If you have no intention of loving or being loved, then the whole journey is pointless."  But, students at the Bell Top Elementary School sure did love The Miraculous Journey of Edward Tulane!  From Kindergarteners to fifth graders, everyone read the book together in school.  They finished Friday with a special Final Touch assembly and an even more special visit. Read more...


Pumpkin race -- CHANGE OF DATE Updated October 23, 2014
Due to the weather, the annual Pumpkin Race has been MOVED from today to Thursday, October 30 at Columbia High School. We apologize for the inconvenience that this places on our families.  We understand how difficult it is to schedule these events into your hectic days.  Think sunshine! The same schedule applies for the rain date:

Pumpkin Race Times
10:05 a.m.
1st Grade
10:15 a.m.
2nd Grade
10:25 a.m.
3rd Grade
10:35 a.m.
4th Grade
10:45 a.m.
5th Grade
10:55 a.m.



Free and Reduced-Price Meal applications deadlineUpdated October 17, 2014
Students that are currently enrolled in the Free and Reduced Price Meal program, but have not completed an application for the 2014-15 school year, must complete and return that application by today, Friday, October 17.  Students will no longer receive free or reduced price meals if a new application is not completed and received by the deadline.  If you have any questions or require any help completing the application, please call the Food Service Office at (518) 207-2474, or (518) 207-2160.


A surprise for Mr. McHughPosted October 8, 2014
National Bosses' Day is taken very seriously at the Bell Top Elementary School. Here's a look at what Principal Jim McHugh walked in to this morning! His staff wanted to make sure he felt appreciated and valued, especially today!


Fire safety weekPosted October 8, 2014
The Bell Top Elementary School recognized Fire Safety Week with a visit from the Defreestville Fire Department. Students lined up in front of the school as the fire trucks arrived. Music teacher Maggie Glennie led the students in song to welcome the firemen! They then went in to their classrooms to learn about fire prevention measures including how to take care of smoke detectors, emergency plans, and stop, drop, and roll! Click here for more photos.


Searching for Odyssey of the Mind membersPosted October 6, 2014
Are you a creative, artistic, and humorous person?  Do you enjoy building anddesigning new things?  Are you quick to think of a joke or clever idea?  Are you a problem solver?  Do you enjoy a challenge?  Are you a team player?
If any of these describe you, consider joining Odyssey of the Mind.  The program is open to all EGCSD students in grades K-12 and is fully funded by the district.  Odyssey of the Mind runs from the fall until the regional competition held on March 7th.  Please join us for an informational meeting Oct 22th at 6pm in the Genet auditorium. For more information about the program visit For other questions, please contact the District coordinator for Odyssey of the Mind, Ms. Sarah Hurley, at If you participated last year, you do not need to attend the meeting.  However, please email Ms. Hurley to register you and your team.


Green eggs & ham breakfastPosted October 2, 2014
"I will eat them here and there. Say, I will eat them anywhere!" No boxes or foxes in Mrs. Adams' Bell Top Kindergarten class, but there were plenty of green eggs and ham for a yearly tradition this morning! After the students enjoyed breakfast, they read the classic Dr. Suess book together. Sam-I-Am said, "you may like them, you will see." Some students said, "they are so good, so good, you see!" To view photos from the breakfast, click here...


Biggest book club in District opens with excitement Posted October 2, 2014
Each of Bell Top Elementary School’s nearly 350 students is taking a trip to Egypt Street, and the journey began Wednesday.  Egypt Street is the home of Edward Tulane, a china rabbit belonging to a young girl named Abilene. Read more...


Taking the classroom outdoors at Bell Top Posted September 22, 2014
A study of the natural world as the leaves begin to fall! This week, environmentalist Mr. George Steele visits Bell Top Elementary School to teach students about trees, animals, and insects. The school yard becomes the classroom for what is now a tradition years in the making. Read more...


"One School, One Book" – Posted September 11, 2014
Consider it the District's biggest book club right here at Bell Top! Each student in the entire school will receive the same book, and we'll all read it! In the month of October, we'll get together to discuss the book and participate in activities relating to it. It's at no cost to parents, thanks to the Bell Top PTO and Mrs. Morgan, who contributed a donation she received from State Senator Kathleen Marchione (R-Halfmoon). Read more...


Welcome back! – Posted September 4, 2014
Another year! Students in grades 1-12 returned to the buildings of the East Greenbush Central School District Thursday! Read more...


Welcome Back LetterPosted August 5, 2014
Can you believe it? It's almost time to return to school again! Mr. McHugh welcomes you with this letter, and offers helpful reminders ahead of the first day of school. Read more...


Accepting the Ice Bucket Challenge for ALS - Updated August 13, 2014
Challenge accepted! Mrs. Allie Harling, a speech pathologist at the Donald P. Sutherland Elementary School, takes on the Ice Bucket Challenge for ALS awareness. Students in summer studies at Goff looked on! They'll all be raising money until Friday for the St. Peter's ALS Regional Center. Donations can be dropped off at the office! After Mrs. Harling went under the water, others have followed! Read more...


District looking for seniors to reach students Posted August 11, 2014
It has been said that the greatest gift one person can give another is that of himself or herself.  STARS do that every day in the East Greenbush Central School District. STARS, or Seniors Teaching and Reaching Students, is a volunteer program in which anyone 55 years or older may work in a classroom directly with students and teachers.  Read more...


We at Bell Top Elementary School are committed to promoting a peaceful, productive, and safe learning environment.  We are all unique and bring special qualities to share.  Everyone has a right to be respected and a responsibility to respect one another.

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