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Grade 4 Sno-Cone Sale
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Super Superhero Day

Calendar Changes Due to Snow Days Posted March 31 (Updated from March 13)
East Greenbush CSD will be in session on the following dates due to snow days: April 1, April 2 and May 26. Should the District have an additional snow day, May 22 will change from a recess day to an in-session day. Full story.

Bell Top Principal Featured in Education Report Posted March 17, 2015
Bell Top Elementary School Principal Jim McHugh was featured in an educational guidance report published by the New York State Head Start Collaboration and New York State Association for the Education of Young Children in February. Full story.

A Practical Approach to Eating Healthier Posted March 5, 2015
Columbia Wrestling
Check out recommendations from the USDA to encourage healthy eating - plus some fun and healthy food ideas for St. Patrick's Day. Full story.

Orientation Meeting for Incoming 6th Grade ParentsPosted March 2, 2015
Howard L. Goff Middle School is hosting its annual Sixth Grade Orientation Meeting this Thursday, March 5 at 6 p.m. in the gymnasium. If you have not already returned your parent articulation form to your child’s elementary school, please bring the form to the middle school that evening. We look forward to meeting you and sharing information about our school, schedules and opportunities for your child’s upcoming middle school experience.

Bell Top’s Sarah Lussier Named “Top Teacher” by Channel 13Posted February 11, 2015
Bell Top Elementary School first grade teacher Sarah Lussier was named "Top Teacher" in the Capital Region this week by Channel 13. Watch video.

2015 WinterFest - Posted January 8, 2015
The East Greenbush CSD recently announced that the 2015 WinterFest has been scheduled for January 16th, 17th & 18th. This year's events will include a free concert on Friday night, the annual WinterFest with fireworks on Saturday, and Rock n’ Bowl on Sunday. Please see our flyer for complete details and event locations. WinterFest/Rock n' Bowl Flyer

Concert rescheduled Posted December 4, 2014
Bell Top’s Grade 4 Winter Concert has been rescheduled for Thursday, January 8th for 7:00 PM at Columbia High School (Auditorium).

Cyber bullying focus of grades 4, 5 assembly Posted December 4, 2014
Fourth and fifth graders together from across all five schools of the District came together to hear about the risks of constant contact to the digital world.  Mr. John Kelly, a former school resource officer from the Saratoga Springs City School District who is currently working with the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children, directed an hour-long discussion with students Thursday about staying safe online.  Read more...

Santa Claus is coming to town Posted December 3,2014
Cookies and Milk with Santa Night is scheduled for Friday, December 12 from 6:30-8:00. It is a wonderful event open to all Bell Top families. Hope to see you there!

Picture re-take day Posted December 3,2014
Picture re-take day is Friday, December 5. Pictures that a student or family does not want must be returned! If this is the first time a student is getting his or her picture taken, his or her family may order on-line at using the picture identification number AD604296Q1. One may also pick up an order form in the main office.

Spirit of giving rings at Bell TopPosted November 24,2014
The sounds of the season are ringing through the halls of the Bell Top School.  Several school-wide projects to help others in need are coming together – one of which shows no sign of slowing. Read more...

Charlotte's Web on stagePosted November 19, 2014
We know Wilbur and Charlotte like they're members of the family. This week, the well-known characters were on stage at Genet as students K-2 across the District watch the classic "Charlotte's Web" performed.

A song to warm your heart Posted November 13, 2014
The Bell Top Boy Choir brought smiles and songs from Tin Pan Alley to the residents of the Rosewood Gardens rehabilitation and nursing facility. Here's a picture of the group with Ms. Maggie Glennie. Great job to the students making a difference for the residents of the home!

Honoring our veterans Posted November 12, 2014
Monday, many schools in the District held special ceremonies of recognition for our veterans. At Bell Top, Mr. Christopher Ciccone spoke about life away from home in the Army. Mr. Ciccone is a teacher of science at Columbia High School and served in Iraq. Ms. Maggie Glennie also led students in song to thank the servicemen and women for their sacrifice. View photos...

Over the net Posted November 10, 2014
Our teachers have game! Congratulations to Team Bell Top for taking home the first-place prize in a Staff volleyball tournament! It beat Red Mill, Columbia, Genet, Goff, and Green Meadow for the top spot.

K Kids set out to make a differencePosted November 5, 2014
K Kids Club starts today at Bell Top! K Kids are fourth and fifth graders who promise to serve their neighborhoods and their school, showing respect towards the environment while trying to make the world a better place in which to live!

Halloween happeningsPosted November 5, 2014
The famous Halloween Parades marched their way around our elementary buildings last Friday! Catch a glimpse of one of your children? View photos here!

Miraculous Journey continues!Posted October 31, 2014
Fifth grade students at Bell Top are talking to Beth Wurtmann from the State Department of Education Friday about The Miraculous Journey of Edward Tulane! You'll recall the whole school read the novel together this month.

Annual Pumpkin RacePosted October 30, 2014
Bell Toppers ran for the prize in the annual Pumpkin Race this morning! Many thanks to the Bell Top PTO for donating the pumpkins, and congratulations to all the runners! Click here for photos...

Running in to the school yearPosted October 30, 2014
The Bell Top Running Club meets for fun and fitness on Tuesday, Thursday and Friday mornings before school throughout the fall and spring seasons. Due to construction, we have been training by running the perimeter of the playground. An average of 90 third, fourth, and fifth grade students participate each morning. Second graders are invited to join. Our PTO sponsors a charm incentive program which motivates the children toward reaching their endurance goals while reinforcing valuable character education skills. Many of our runners participated in the recent Barrett Memorial Run; one of our second-grade boys claimed students claimed first place in the second-grade boys category. We look forward to training for the Freihofer Junior Run and the Bob Smith Memorial Run on our new field in the spring. Parent volunteers are welcome and encouraged to join us!

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...

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.

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...

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.

Written By: 2010-2011 Anti-Bullying Committee


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