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Welcome to the homepage for the Donald P. Sutherland School. The Donald P. Sutherland School "D.P.S." is one of five elementary schools in the East Greenbush Central School District. DPS is located in the village of Nassau. Currently, our school has an enrollment of 320 students in grades Kindergarten through Five.
I have been the principal of DPS for the last nine years and enjoy being a part of the school community. Our students continue to excel on the NYS Assessments in English Language Arts, Mathematics, Science, and Social Studies as well as strive to be "Kids with Character".
Take the opportunity to explore our school website to find out more about DPS! If you have any questions, please feel free to contact me at the school.
- Jack Alvey
April Principal's Letter - Posted April 2, 2014
I think winter is finally behind us. I am looking forward to warmth and sunshine of the spring. As we head into April, the boys and girls in grades three through five will participate in the NYS ELA and Mathematics Assessments. Read more...
Spring Fest 2014 – mark your calendars! – Posted April 2, 2014
You and your family are invited to Spring Fest 2014 on Tuesday, May 20, 3:30-6:30 p.m. at Howard L. Goff Middle School. This year’s menu includes barbecue chicken, creamy herbed cole slaw, baked potato with sour cream and chives, dinner rolls and dessert. Prepaid cost is $8 per dinner. Sponsored by the East Greeenbush Education Foundation and All Sports Club, we hope you are able to join us for this wonderful community event!
DPS Children’s Fair this Saturday! – Posted March 28, 2014
The annual Children’s Fair will be held this Saturday, March 29, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. There will be carnival type games with a real goldfish booth, cake walk, poster toss, sandy candy, plinko, spin o prize and more. Tickets are just 10 cents each! There will also be a Survivor course in the gym for grade 6 and under at a cost of $5.00. We hope to see you this weekend – click here for more information!
East Greenbush Education Foundation hosting “Dessert Night” – Posted March 25, 2014
The East Greenbush Education Foundation will be sponsoring a “Dessert Night” on Thursday, April 3, 6-8 p.m. at Howard L. Goff Middle School. This year, district-wide choral groups will be providing entertainment. Tickets are $5/adult, $3/student and $10/family.
The East Greenbush Education Foundation is an independent, all-volunteer, community-based organization that mobilizes financial resources, leadership and innovative ideas with the help of the community, local businesses, and a network of district alumni, educators and philanthropists that come together to strengthen and support the educational opportunities for the students in our district. For additional information, please visit: http://www.egedfoundation.org/.
K-5 half day / Rescheduled Parent Teacher Conferences – Posted March 17, 2014
Attention parents: Thursday, March 27, will be a half day for K-5 students due to rescheduled Parent Teacher Conferences.
Attention 5th Grade Parents, Guardians, and Students - Posted March 4, 2014
The original 5th Grade Graduation time of 10:00 a.m. as posted on the school district calendar for June 24th has been adjusted to our previous scheduled time of 2:00. We apologize for the inconvenience but wanted to provide everyone ample time for you to adjust your calendars.
March Principal's Letter - Posted March 4, 2014
When will this winter weather ever end? It is hard to believe we are in the month of March with sub-zero weather. I’ve got cabin fever and can’t wait for the warmer weather to head our way. After this winter, I don’t think I will ever complain about heat and humidity!
With Mother Nature wreaking havoc in February, we greatly appreciate everyone’s flexibility with regards to our Character Education Assembly and Valentine’s Day celebrations. Read more...
6th grade Parent Orientation this Thursday - Posted March 4, 2014
Attention 5th grade parents: the incoming 6th grade Parent Orientation will be held this Thursday, March 6, 6 - 7 p.m. in the Howard L. Goff Middle School Gymnasium.
Students honored with breakfast from Mr. Alvey - Posted February 28, 2014
Earlier today, Mr. Alvey heated up the griddle and was preparing a nutritious breakfast for students who were selected from a drawing at the recent Character Education Assembly. The students were treated to chocolate chip pancakes, sausage, fresh fruit and orange juice. Congratulations to the students!
100th day of school! – Posted February 28, 2014
Donald P. Sutherland students recently commemorated the 100th day of the school year by participating in a number of activities with the number 100. Jason Herrick created a self-portrait of himself at 100 years old, and Kaylin Jacob and Kiersten Flint made a 100 snack trail mix. Creative and great work by all of our students!
Attention parents of pre-school aged children – Posted February 26, 2014
Do you have pre-school aged children living in your household? Do you have school-aged children not enrolled through the East Greenbush Central School District?
If you answered yes to any of these questions, we are requesting your help with our student census! Please complete this questionnaire and return it as soon as conveniently possible.
The District’s pre-school and non-enrolled student census questionnaire helps us the District to accurately project future class sizes, arrange transportation routes and allocate resources to your neighborhood schools.
We thank you for your time and attention!
**Attention Parents and Community Members** East Greenbush CSD launches "Call to Action" - Updated February 18, 2014
The East Greenbush Central School District is initiating a community wide “call to action” advocacy effort to let state leaders and elected officials know that the District and taxpayers can no longer shoulder enormous cuts in education aid through the unfair Gap Elimination Adjustment (GEA). Superintendent of Schools Dr. Angela Nagle is encouraging all community stakeholders, including parents, students, teachers, homeowners, seniors and business leaders who support the District’s efforts, to write letters, email and call Governor Cuomo and elected officials to urge them to eliminate the GEA. Read more...
Superintendent of Schools Dr. Angela Nagle recently sat down with state Senator Kathy Marchione to discuss the devastating impact the GEA is having on East Greenbush CSD students and teachers.
Update to Parents on school activities - Posted February 13, 2014
The DPS Character Ed assembly is postponed. We are currently working on rescheduling a new date. The DPS Valentine's Day event has also been cancelled, and we are currently working on rescheduling.
February Principal's Letter - Posted February 6, 2014
I am not sure what was more disappointing Punxsutawney Phil seeing his shadow or the Super Bowl! The commercials weren’t even that impressive this year. Hopefully we will start to see some weather relief and signs of springtime. Throughout the month of January, the boys and girls had limited recess periods due to the extreme cold and wind chill factor. Read more...
STILL in Fiscal Peril: January 30 Regional Forum on School Funding Crisis – Updated January 22, 2014
Stakeholders from 47 school districts will convene at Colonie Central High School on Thursday, January 30 at 6:30 p.m. to continue the unprecedented regional call to action on the fiscal crisis facing public schools, an effort that began last year.
The event, “New York schools STILL in fiscal peril: Our kids can’t wait another year” picks up where last year’s massive regional advocacy effort left off. It promises to again bring students, parents, teachers, taxpayers, legislators and school leaders together to talk about what is at stake if state leaders do not eliminate the Gap Elimination Adjustment (GEA) and provide fair and equitable funding for our schools.
Read more and find out all event details here - join us and be a part of our advocacy for a better education for New York's students!
January 7 PTO Meeting: Postponed - Posted January 7, 2014
Tonight's PTO meeting has been postponed to Monday, January 13 at 6:30 p.m.
East Greenbush CSD announced 2014 "WinterFest" - Posted January 6, 2014
The East Greenbush CSD recently announced that the 2014 “WinterFest” will be held on Saturday, January 18, 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Howard L. Goff Middle School. Now in its 24th year, WinterFest is an annual event designed to bring children and adults together in an entertainment setting and as a way to encourage all students to become more civic-minded and involved in community events. Read more...
January Principal's Letter - Posted January 6, 2014
Happy New Year! I hope you enjoyed your time with your children over our recent vacation period and the additional snow days. As we begin 2014, I want to share with you what a wonderful job our school community did in completing our “caring/compassion” service projects for the month of December. Read more...
World Cafe Community Forum, Wednesday, January 15 - Posted January 2, 2014
The East Greenbush CSD will hold a "World Cafe Community Forum" on Wednesday, January 15, from 7 - 9 p.m. at Howard L. Goff Middle School. The forum topic is the school budget and the District is encouraging all parents and community members to attend as their direct input will be utilized during the formation of this year’s school budget. Read more...
Calling all Youth Wrestlers: join the "Youth Wrestling Program" - Posted December 9, 2013
Is your child interested in learning the fundamentals of wrestling? The Youth Wrestling Program may be for them! This program will offer various levels of instruction tailored to the skill levels of the wrestlers in the program. A variety of wrestling games to improve coordination and agility will also be included. The program will be taught by the Columbia Wrestling High school and Modified Wrestling staff. Columbia High school Wrestlers will also be assisting in the program. If any parents have a background in wrestling and would like to volunteer help please inform the staff at registration.
Registration is December 16th from 5 p.m.-7p.m. at Columbia High School (Boys PE Office), $45 includes t-shirt at sign-up (additional children from the same family are $10).
December Principal's Letter - Posted December 2, 2013
The winter weather is already here living up to the Farmer’s Almanac’s expectations! The Thanksgiving holiday was very chilly and I got to see enough snow on my holiday trip to the Syracuse area. I hope all of our families had an enjoyable Thanksgiving. Read more...
Christmas Store Letter - Posted November 21, 2013
Again this year, DPS will participate in a toy drive to support a community outreach program of Catholic Charities called CoNSERNS-U (Community Network of Schodack, East Greenbush, Rensselaer, Nassau and Sand Lake). CoNSERNS-U provides assistance in a variety of ways to those with economic difficulties. One of the services they provide is the Annual Christmas Store that offers new toys, books, games, stocking stuffers and clothing to needy residents of Southern Rensselaer County at no cost. Read more...
“I’ve Got Your Back Day” – Posted November 18, 2013
Today was “I’ve got your back day” at DPS. To kick off Anti-Bullying Week 2013, DPS students and staff participated in a morning assembly that included a short video that showed how bullying is defined, what forms bullying can be felt in, and how students can show respect and send positive energy to their fellow classmates. Staff members also stood up and read anti-bullying messages to the students.
Following the assembly, each grade was called down to the cafeteria for “t-shirt signings” where students could write their name on fellow classmates’ shirts to demonstrate “I’ve got your back” when it comes to bullying. While signing shirts, the students were reminded the importance of always “having a friend’s back” not only in the classroom, but also in the cafeteria, on the playground, and on the school bus.
Additional photos from today's morning assembly can be viewed here.
"Dignity for All Students" Resource Guide - Posted November 12, 2013
Promoting cooperation, positive relationships with others, peaceful conflict resolution, good self-esteem, self-advocacy, problem solving, acceptance and appreciation for diversity. Read more…
November Principal's Letter - Posted November 5, 2013
Once again, Mother Nature created havoc for one of our school events. She couldn’t hold her rain off for a few additional hours so we could enjoy an outdoor Halloween Parade. However, we made the best of the situation by conducting an indoor parade route and then our students had the opportunity to celebrate with their classmates. Read more...
Anti-Bullying Week 2013 - Posted November 5, 2013
During the month of November, we are recognizing Bully Prevention as part of our school character education program and code of conduct. Read more...
DPS annual "green bean" collection to benefit Equinox - Posted November 1, 2013
All students, parents, staff and members of the DPS community are encouraged to donate cans of green beans for the school’s annual food drive to benefit the Equinox Thanksgiving Day Community Dinner. So far, over 200 cans of green beans have been collected! Donations will be accepted until November 18. Thank you for your continued support!
World Cafe Community Forum, Wednesday, November 6 - Posted October 28, 2013
The East Greenbush CSD will hold a "World Cafe Community Forum" next Wednesday, November 6, from 7 - 9 p.m. at Howard L. Goff Middle School. This year's topic is Communicating Academic Needs. Click the photo below for more details and we hope you can join us!
Harvest Run at DPS - Posted October 25, 2013
The DPS school community gathered yesterday for the annual Harvest Run. Students in grades K-5 ran distances from ¼ mile to a 5k.
Halloween Parade Notice for parents - Posted October 24, 2013
In order to have a safe and happy Halloween activity at D.P.S., please click here to and note the following:
East Greenbush CSD hosts first “Parent Information Session” – Posted October 23, 2013
Superintendent of Schools Dr. Angela Nagle, administrators and teachers last evening hosted the first “Parent Information Session,” a proactive initiative by Dr. Nagle to team up parents and teachers for student success by educating parents on the new Common Core standards, APPR, the shift in state assessments and parent resources. Several media outlets were present at last evening’s forum – click each link below to see video and photos from the Parent Information Session:
2013 DPS "Emergency Going-Home Drill" on November 8 - Posted October 21, 2013
On Friday, November 8, 2013, all East Greenbush Central Schools will be conducting their mandated Emergency “Go-Home” Drills. The Donald P. Sutherland Elementary School’s dismissal will be approximately 15 minutes earlier than usual and students will dismiss at 3:15 p.m. on that day. This Emergency “Go-Home” Drill is required by NYS Law. DPS will close promptly at 3:15 p.m. on this date. Read more...
Fire Safety Day at DPS - Posted October 18, 2013
Today is Fire Safety Day at DPS. Members of the Nassau Hose Company #1 discussed the importance of fire safety in school and their homes, showed them the different features of their fire trucks and the tools they use to help those caught in danger. This is an important event for students to understand the importance of fire safety and prevention. More photos can be found on the East Greenbush CSD Facebook page.
Superintendent Dr. Angela Nagle's featured letter in The Troy Record - Posted October 17, 2013
Superintendent of Schools Dr. Angela Nagle today had her featured letter published in The Troy Record in regards to the upcoming Parent Information Sessions being hosted by the District. Click here to read Dr. Nagle's letter and find out how you can learn and help your child succeed academically. Read more...
DPS Running Club "Races for the Cure" - Posted October 15, 2013
DPS Running Club students recently participated in the Susan G. Komen "Race for the Cure" in Albany. With the coaching of Physical Education teacher Mr. Holtz, these students trained in Running Club to be able to run this - a very honorable goal and for a great cause!
October Letter from Mr. Alvey - Posted October 7, 2013
We are off and running at DPS! Our students have smoothly transitioned back into their school routines. I hope all of the new members to our school community have had a positive start to their Donald P. Sutherland School experience. It is hard to believe we have a month of school under our belts. Read more...
Open House Schedule - Posted September 18, 2013
Open House is Monday, September 23 and Tuesday, September 24 at 7 p.m. General Orientation on both evenings is in the Cafeteria. Following Orientation, parents are able to meet with teachers in the classroom. Open House Schedule
Back to School Letter from Mr. Alvey - Posted August 8, 2013
I hope you have been able to relax and enjoy spending time with your children, family and friends during the summer. The annual letter from me means that summer is coming to an end and in just a few weeks, we will begin in the 2013-2014 school year. Read more...
August Letter from Mr. Alvey - Posted August 5, 2013
I hope each of you is having a fantastic summer! The summer started off very wet! I got tired of all the heavy storms very quickly. I was very happy when Mother Nature cooperated and allowed my family to enjoy the outdoors. We spent many weekends outside of Cooperstown, NY, swimming, fishing, and tubing. I ate a few s’mores along the way as well. Read More...