Pieter B. Coeymans

Elementary School

66 Church Street

Coeymans, NY 12045

518.756.5200 ext.4000


Hakim Jones, Principal

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Our Mission is to be an exemplary 21st–century learning community whose graduates are well prepared to excel in a complex, interconnected and changing world.

Check out the latest PTO school newsletter (PDF)

Student photoHands On Science Night lets students and parents test the Scientific Method

More than 80 families and students worked together to create flotation devices that could hold weight during the second annual Hands On Science Night tonight.

"The designs were awesome with some more cosmetic than functional features and others built for success," said math and science coordinator Tony Lintner. "Either way, they were able to choose their own materials, build their own designs, and most importantly…work with their family members while discovering the processes of scientific discovery and engineering." [read more]

33 PBC students recognized for excellence on state Science, ELA and Mathematics tests in the spring

Student photoPBC Principal Hakim Jones and Interim Superintendent Alan McCartney presented 33 students with certificates noting their success on scoring Level 4 - the highest achievement possible - on state science, English Language Arts and math tests in the spring.

Jones noted that teachers work very hard with students every year "to prepare our students and see how much they have grown during the year" in their studies. [read more]

Grade 2 class "hates yams in all places"

Jessica Emerick's grade 2 class wrote a song with WGNA disc jockey Richie Phillips as part of his “Reading, Writing and Rhyming” program. Phillips came to Pieter B. to record the students singing "I Hate Yams in All Places" to a parody of the Garth Brook's song, “Friends In Low Places.” Phillips also plays the clip of Brooks reacting to the PBC parody during a radio interview.

Listen to the student-created song and Brooks interview by clicking on the image below.



GI Go Fund Jeans for Troops fundraiser nets $375 from RCS staff

Employees at Pieter B. Coeymans and AW Becker Elementary Schools, along with RCS District Office employees, honored Veterans Day and the men and women who have died defending our country by raising funds for military veterans and their families.

On November 12, staff took part in the 2014 “Jeans For Troops” fundraising drive benefiting the GI Go Fund, a nonprofit organization that helps veterans returning home find employment, go to college, access their health care and financial benefits, and link to housing.

During the drive, which involves schools and companies from across the country, employees were given the opportunity to wear jeans to work in exchange for a $5 donation to the GI Go Fund. RCS raised $375 for this worthy cause. READ MORE

Literacy Night a success at PBC

PBC's Halloween-themed Literacy NightPBC's most recent Literacy Night featured a special theme. It was pretty easy to guess what holiday inspired the group.

Check out some more pictures from the evening here.

Event organizers expressed the joy at having an engaging, educational and fun-filled evening for the students and families of PBC!

More events will be held like this throughout the school year, so keep checking back for fun photos of the students, teachers and families.

PBC grade 5 students attend ESYO performance at Proctor's Theater

Student photoGrade 5 students at Pieter B. Coeymans were part of a wonderful musical experience that took place at Proctors Theatre in Schenectady on Oct. 22.

Students took in the sights and sounds of the Empire State Youth Orchestra (ESYO) as they performed musical selections of American composers including Charles Ives and Aaron Copland. The program was tailored for students and was very interactive through the use of actors, artwork and of course, fabulous music! [read more]


PBC Pre-K Literacy Night

PBC Literacy NightPBC held a fun and successful pre-K Literacy Night recently.

Here are a few other photos [View pictures]






 Ravena Mayor William Misuraca meets with students in grade 2Mayor visit to PBC

Ravena Mayor William Misuraca visited PBC on Friday, Oct. 17, to teach Jessica Emerick's, Glenn Koblenzer's, Kim Kratochwill's and Nicole Stott's second graders about the importance of leadership in a community. Many thanks to Mayor Misuraca for taking the time to answer many of the students' questions. Click on the image to enlarge it.


PBC Apple RunPBC held its annual Apple Run Friday, Oct. 17 under perfect conditions!






Second annual Holiday Bazaar set for Saturday, Nov. 8 at RCS Middle School to benefit the PTO playground project and our military

More than 40 crafters will be at the 2nd Annual RCS/VFW Ladies Auxiliary Holiday Bazaar at the middle school from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Saturday, Nov. 8. There will be breakfast and lunch available, a bake sale, raffles and door prizes and more.
You should be able to begin your shopping for those holiday requests all in one place! [Check out the flyer - pdf]

Grades 2 and 3 Literacy Night set for October 30; here's the invitation

The grades 2 and 3 Literacy Night will be held from 6 to 7 p.m. on Thursday, Oct. 30. Come dressed as your favorite storybook character. There will be Halloween themed activities, a snack and a special story time. [download the invitation - pdf]

Annual cross country run brings out 48 students

PBC Annual Cross Country RunPBC Cross Country RunThere were 48 PBC fourth- and fifth- graders who enjoyed a spirited run on a perfect Friday afternoon, Oct. 3.

The annual cross country race was nearly a mile, along the perimeter of the school. The emphasis is on fun and fitness every year, and every participant received a post-race ribbon.

Here are the top-3 results from the four classifications:

5th Grade Boys – Jason Margiasso, William Miller, Tyler Schwarbrow

5th Grade Girls – Carys Bartlett, Chesnie Waddingham, Gabby Margiasso

4th Grade Boys – Frankie Broadhurst, Garrett Poland, Jack Barry

4th Grade Girls – Nicole Decker, Madison Filkins, Sulamita Voronko

Literacy Night a big hit (and rhyme) at PBC

The theme of a recent Pieter B. Coeymans Elementary Literacy Night was “Rhyme Time” and it was centered on nursery rhymes. 

Literacy Night at PBCIt included students and families from Universal Pre-Kindergarten through first grade.  Students participated along with their parents in literacy-based activities that were fun and engaging and crossed the curriculum to include math and music. 

The stations also integrated literacy with movement activities to build fine and gross motor skills. 

Students followed directions to make their own “Itsy Bitsy Spider” snack and made frames to attach a picture that went along with” Old McDonald’s Farm.”  They created star rubbings to accompany “Twinkle Twinkle Little Star” and even ran an obstacle course and completed a sequencing activity to go along with “Jack and Jill.” [See more photos]


Here are a couple of pictures from the start of the 2014-15 school year

PBC students start new school year!PBC students enjoy start of school year


PBC summer program took students to new heights!Student photo

During the summer program, Mrs. G. from the Ravena Library taught students about airplanes, how they fly, and even taught them how to make paper airplanes (see photo).

Some students also took a walking field trip to the library and got a tour of how the library is set up. The students learned about pirates, insects, ocean life. They made crafts, read on computers, and played reading games on iPads. It was a fun-filled four weeks of learning!

The teachers this summer were Mrs. Boehm, Mrs. Manning, Ms. Ranous and Mrs. Brown. Students also worked with Mrs. Stumbaugh and Mrs. Lukens.

Click on the image above to enlarge it.

Supply lists ready for the 2014-15 school year

As September 4 draws closer every day, families and students will begin thinking about the supplies they will need for class in the 2014-15 school year.

Here are the supply lists for the upcoming school year. [read more]

Student photoGirls spearhead fundraiser for Coxsackie student fighting cancer

Maeve Newkirk and her third-grade Pieter B. Coeymans friends - Holly Macera and Gabrielle Stacey - are just like Kamryn Slater, a 7-year-old second-grader from neighboring Coxsackie.

They like to run and play. They want to have fun. They enjoy being outside and doing what little girls do every day.

But these three students, and some other friends, have given up their time for a bigger need. They have been spending a lot of time cutting and folding paper to make bright, colorful “Kitty Bookmarks” during their lunch times and recess at PBC.

They are selling the bookmarks for 50 cents each to help Kamryn, who was diagnosed last month with Wilms' Tumor, a type of kidney cancer typically found in children. There are about 500 cases in the U.S. every year. [read more]

PBC students focus on the habitats around us during Habitat Day

For more than 10 years, PBC students have taken a moment to better understand and appreciate the habitats - whether that means ticks, birds or woodlands - around us every day during their annual Habitat Day.

The day is devoted to learning about the different habitats that exist in our community, state, country, or in some instances other parts of the world, said teacher Tony Lintner, who coordinated the event. "Our objective is to celebrate the accomplishments of the PBC community, staff, and students that have helped to create our schoolyard habitat," he said. [read more]

Studnet photoLearning Fair, Family Math Night and Art Show draws hundreds of families

Space on the walls and in the hallways was at a premium as hundreds of students and families turned out to check out student work and displays, get some exercise, challenge their minds and have a good time at the Learning Fair, Family Math Night and Art Show on April 10.

There were activities for children of all ages, including displays of amazing art work, shooting basketballs, bowling, math games and physical activities. [read more]

Fifth graders at PBC experience the outdoors on snowshoes and connect with natureStudent photo

When fifth-grade students came to physical education class, they probably didn't image they'd be strolling through the outdoors in snowshoes and see deer beds, animal tracks or a trapped rabbit.

But that's exactly what happened when the students explored the outdoors in class with teacher Diane Conover.

"The focus is obviously on lifetime fitness and we also include a science lesson by having them look for tracks and identify them," said Conover. "We saw four deer beds (Deer beds are oval-shaped impressions left in the grass, leaves, or snow where deer have decided to lay down) and various tracks. We also saw a rabbit jump from its hole." [read more]


photo of Revolutionary War reenactment

EVENTS Calendar

Tuesday, November 25

Parent Conferences (Early dismissal UPK-8)

Wednesday, November 26


Thursday, November 27


Friday, November 28


Wednesday, December 3

AWB Grade 5 Band/Chorus Holiday Concert (7 p.m.)

Thursday, December 4

PBC Grade 5 Band/Chorus Holiday Concert (7 p.m., @ PBC)

NYSSMA Conference All-State Festival, Rochester (thru Dec. 7)

Friday, December 5

AWB Cookies with Santa

NYSSMA Conference All-State Festival, Rochester

Saturday, December 6

NYSSMA Conference All-State Festival, Rochester

Sunday, December 7

PBC Bottle and Can Drive (12-2 p.m.)

NYSSMA Conference All-State Festival, Rochester

Tuesday, December 9

HS Band and Chorus to perform at Empire State Plaza - 12 noon and 12:30 p.m.

MS Recognition Awards, 6:30 p.m.

Board of Education meeting, 7 p.m. (MS)

PBC Holiday Book Fair (thru Dec. 11)

Wednesday, December 10

AWB PTA Meeting, 6:45 p.m.

PBC PTO Meeting, 6:30 p.m.

PBC 'Cookies with Santa', 6:30-8:30 p.m.

Grades 7-8 Holiday Concert, 7 p.m.  (HS)

Thursday, December 11

PBC Grades 2 & 4 Holiday Concert, 7 p.m. (HS)

Friday, December 12

End of 5-week Interim Period (MS/HS)

Middle School Drama Production, 7 p.m.

Saturday, December 13

Middle School Drama Production, 3 p.m. and 7 p.m.

Monday, December 15

HS Holiday Concert, 7:30 p.m.

Tuesday, December 16

AWB Grades 2 & 4 Holiday Concert, 7 p.m. (HS)

HANUKKAH (Begins at sundown)

Wednesday, December 17

Grade 6 Holiday Concert, 7 p.m., HS

Thursday, December 18

Alternate Concert Date (if 1 is canceled due to weather)

Sunday, December 21

Winter begins

Monday, December 22

Alternate Concert Date (if 1 is canceled due to weather)

Wednesday December 24-January 2

Holiday Recess - NO SCHOOL

Thursday, December 25

Christmas Day

Friday, December 26

Kwanzaa begins

 Thursday, January 1

New Year's Day  - NO SCHOOL

Monday, Jan. 5

Classes resume

Tuesday, January 6

Pre-K and Kindergarten Registration, 3-6 p.m. @AWB

Board of Education Meeting, 7 p.m., HS

Wednesday, January 7

Pre-K and Kindergarten Registration, 3-6 p.m. @AWB

Cafeteria and Fun Fair

Thursday, January 8

Pre-K and Kindgergarten Registration, 3-6 p.m. @PBC

Wednesday, January 14

AWB PTA Meeting, 6:45 p.m.

PBC PTO Meeting, 6:30 p.m.

Thursday, January 15

College Financial Aid Night, 7:30 p.m. (Parents of Juniors and Seniors)

Monday, January 19

Martin Luther King Jr. Day (observed)


Thursday, January 22

MS/HS Winter Select Ensembles Concert, 7 p.m., HS

Monday, January 26

Regents Exams, 9-12; Students report for only exams (thru Jan. 29)

Friday, January 30

Second semester begins, MS/HS

Tuesday, February 3

Board of Education meeting, 7 p.m., HS

Thursday, February 5

Professional Development Day (early dismissal UPK-12)

Saturday, February 7

PBC PTO Bottle and Can Drive, 9-11 a.m.

Wednesday, February 11

AWB PTA Meeting, 6:45 p.m.

PBC PTO Meeting, 6:30 p.m.

Monday, February 16

Start of Winter Recess (thru Feb. 20)

Tuesday, February 24

Board of Education Meeting, 7 p.m., HS

Wednesday, February 25

In-person Continuing Education registration, 6:30-8 p.m., HS Aquatics Lobby

Friday, February 27

HS Drama Production, 7 p.m., HS

Saturday, February 28

HS Drama Production, 7 p.m., HS






Complete 2014-15 Calendar