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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 ten 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

Children’s Book Author Visits Donald P. Sutherland Elementary School Posted March 20, 2015
Science Olympiad Team
Children’s book author Michael Arndt spent the day working with students at Donald P. Sutherland Elementary School on Friday. 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.

Principal's March NewsletterPosted March 5, 2015
March brings a number of fun-filled events such as the Talent Show, the annual Children's Fair and the 5th grade Sports Grill Breakfast! Read more.

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.

Principal's February NewsletterPosted February 6, 2015
Six more weeks of winter! That’s what our friend Punxsutawney Phil from Pennsylvania is saying. Let’s hope that the month of February starts to thaw us out in the northeast. Read more.

2015 WinterFest - Posted January 9, 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 ní Bowl on Sunday. Please see our flyer for complete details and event locations. WinterFest/Rock n' Bowl Flyer

Principal's January NewsletterPosted January 7, 2015
Happy New Year!  We are fifteen years removed from Y2K.  I can’t believe it was that long ago!  It feels like only yesterday.  I hope you enjoyed your time with your children over our recent vacation period.  Read more...

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...

Kind charactersPosted November 26, 2014
The character certificate names are now posted for the month of November on courageand anti-bullying month. Read more...

Random acts of kindnessPosted November 26, 2014
Our students are always keeping an eye on each other at DPS. This month we recognize many of our students for random acts of kindness witnessed by their teachers. Read more...

Warm hands and heartsPosted November 25, 2014
Gale Lossow and Sandy Yager from the Cause Home Bureau stopped at DPS and Red Mill today to donate hats and gloves for students. DPS School Nurse Sarah Tacy will hold on to them for students who may need those articles of clothing, or even those who may have forgotten their own at home on a chilly day. Thank you to the Cause Home Bureau for thinking of our students!

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.

Principal's November newsletter Posted November 12, 2014
What a month October was for the Donald P. Sutherland family! From our 75th Anniversary Celebration, to the Harvest Run, and the Halloween Parade, we have shared in many special memories. We're not slowing down in November! Read more...

Emergency Go-Home Drill scheduled for Friday Posted November 6, 2014
An annual early dismissal is scheduled across the East Greenbush Central School District Friday, November 7. The drill is in compliance with the regulations of the Commissioner of Education. Read more...

Seventy-five years in NassauPosted October 29, 2014
"I'd gladly go back any day, and know I'd fit right in!" The words from the Donald P. Sutherland School Song never sung so true! The Nassau elementary school was filled last night with special visitors and seventy-five years worth of stories held dear. Please visit our Facebook page to see more photos from a wonderful evening!

DPS prepares for diamond anniversaryPosted October 28, 2014
Students and their families are sharing plenty of excitement for the seventy-fifth anniversary of the Donald P. Sutherland Elementary School. A celebration is planned for tonight, Tuesday, October 28. Read more... 

DPS through the years Posted October 24, 2014
We're looking back at 75 years of the Donald P. Sutherland School over the next few days. This woman was responsible in many ways for building the legacy it holds. Ruth Kinyon was a teacher and principal at DPS for more than 30 years. Learn more about the history of the Nassau school at our celebration! 6:00 p.m. tour, 7:00 p.m. ceremony on Tuesday, October 28!

DPS through the years Posted October 22, 2014
We're now less than a week away from the 75th Anniversary Celebration at the Donald P. Sutherland School! So, we're going to spend each day until then looking back over the years. Don't forget: 6:00 p.m. next Tuesday, October 28, we'll take a look back at the last three quarters of a century! Here's a picture from those old days.

Holiday assistance programs available Posted October 21, 2014
The holidays can be an extraordinarily joyful time for families, but they can be very difficult for our friends and neighbors in need. Catholic Charities Tri-County Serivces CoNSERNS-U is offering help with Thanksgiving meals and Christmas gifts in the area. For more information, please visit the links below:

Stop, drop, and roll Posted October 20, 2014
Late last week, the Nassau Fire Department visited the Donald P. Sutherland school to talk fire safety with students! They even brought along a trusty pal to help spread the message.

DPS students perform school songPosted September 16, 2014
Need your spirits lifted? Click the video below to watch Donald P. Sutherland Elementary students perform the school song at a recent character education assembly! Character education is critical to the mission of the school, with the belief that children must understand, care about, and act upon a common set of core values of character that will assist them in becoming quality citizens.

Information regarding EnterovirusPosted September 16, 2014
EV-D68 is causing cases of severe respiratory (breathing) illness among children and other individuals. Such illness has sometimes resulting in hospitalization, especially among children with asthma. Read more...

Diamond-anniversary flag displayed - Posted September 15, 2014
There's a line in the school song which reads, "DPS stands for good character, and I'll need that every day." Now, there's a new visual reminder! Today the 75th anniversary school flag was unveiled! Current sixth-grader Stephen Fajen designed it with the school colors, mascot, and the words "We are trusting our teachers, they are caring to teach." Stephen is pictured below with his mother, father, and grandfather. Congratulations Stephen! The flag was shown to students for the first time during the school's monthly character education assembly. Today, several students explained what this month's theme, "respect," meant to them.