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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
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).
**Attention Parents and Community Members** East Greenbush CSD launches "Call to Action" - Posted December 4, 2013
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.
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...