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.

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Moving Up Ceremony Dates

  • A.W. Becker Grade 5 Moving Up Day, 10 a.m., Monday June 20
  • Pieter B. Coeymans Grade 5 Moving Up Day, 10 a.m., Tuesday June 21
  • Middle School Grade 8 Moving Up Ceremony, 6:30 p.m., Tuesday June 21

RCS musicians bring home NYSSMA awards

Earlier this month, the Ravena-Coeymans-Selkirk Music Department continued its long tradition of participating in the New York State School Music Association Solo/Ensemble and Major Organization Evaluation Festivals.
On April 1 and 2, 106 students from grades 5-12 participated in the Solo/Ensemble Festival at Burnt Hills-Ballston Lake High School. Each student was evaluated by a trained NYSSMA adjudicator in solos that ranged in difficulty from level one through level six, with level six being the most difficult level of performance. [read more]

Hands-on math lesson speaks volumes

Pieter B. Coeymans teachers turned up the volume for their fifth-graders with hands-on lessons that brought together math, science and engineering. Students used snap cubes – colorful blocks that snap together – to create three-dimensional objects or prisms. They then had to find the volume of their structures. [read more]


Winter According to Humphrey announced for One School One Book

Kickoff assemblies revealed the new book Pieter B. Coeymans students will be reading together is Winter According to Humphrey by Betty Birney. All grades will read the same book as part of One School One Book, which encourages a community of readers in the school.

To view the reading calendar, watch videos of each chapter being read out loud by PBC faculty and staff, or to read more information about Winter According to Humphrey, visit the PBC Winter According to Humphrey website


readingChildren’s stories brought to life by high school creative writing class

High school students took four weeks in December and January to research, brainstorm, write and illustrate original children’s picture books as part of a creative writing course.
Throughout the assignment, students found themselves stretched by the process.
“Finding a concept and coming up with the general idea of the whole book was probably the hardest part to run with,” said senior Samantha Bachorik.
Classmate Samantha Mizener had a different hurdle to overcome. “I thought it was quite difficult to think of how you were going to illustrate and portray the characters in such a short book.”
[read more]


Letter from Principal Jones

As this holiday season is upon us with it usual hustle and bustle, take some time out to use the cold weather as an excuse to stay indoors and pick up a good book to read and share with a friend or family member.
Research shows that a strong home to school partnership is vital to a child’s success at school. As we begin to settle into the school year please consider some of the ways below to get involved with and support your child’s school. Read full letter

Music and MovementMovement brings music to life at PBC Elementary

Pieter B music teacher Debbie McAllister connects music with movement to help her second grade students better understand the beat and rhythm of music. Students used colored, shimmering ribbons to enhance their movements as they became the wind, while listening to "North Winds Blow." 



Swinging, climbing and sliding: PBC pre-K and kindergarten students now have their own
place to play

“Kindergarten, pre-k, go play,” principal Hakim Jones gave the go-ahead to an excited bunch of students at the new Pieter B. Coeymans playground Nov. 24.
After two years of planning and nearly a month of construction, the playground is officially open for playtime. Pre-k and kindergarten students, parents, Parent-Teacher Organization officers and school administrators were all in attendance to cut the ribbon to make it official.
[read more and watch video]

“It was exciting and fun to see all of the different designs that each student or family created,” event organizer Tony Linter said. Hands-on Science Night builds bridges to learning at Pieter B. Coeymans

More than 80 students participated in a night designed to engage young minds with science. The Hands-on Science Night at Pieter B. Coeymans on Nov. 18 challenged students and their families to build a model bridge that could hold an eight-pound load.

“It was exciting and fun to see all of the different designs that each student or family created,” event organizer Tony Linter said.  [read more]

PBC students recognized at Board of Education Meeting


Where there’s Smoke, there’s fire safety at PBC Elementary Student photo

Smoke the Dalmatian joined firefighters from the Coeymans Fire Company on Oct. 23, to help teach Pieter B. Coeymans Elementary School students a few lessons in fire safety.
Firefighters talked with students about fire prevention and fire safety practices, including “stop, drop and roll.” They demonstrated what a firefighter looks like in full turnout gear to help quell any anxiety students may have about the gear and mask and stressed the importance of having a fire escape plan at home. Read more




photo of Revolutionary War reenactment

EVENTS Calendar

Tuesday, June 14

Board of Education meeting, 6 p.m., HS

Tuesday-Thursday, June 14-23

NYS Regents exams

Monday, June 20

A.W. Becker Grade 5 Moving Up Day, 10 a.m.

Tuesday, June 21

Pieter B. Coeymans Grade 5 Moving Up Day, 10 a.m.

Tuesday, June 21

Last day of classes for students in grades UPK through 8

Tuesday, June 21

Middle School Grade 8 Moving Up Ceremony,  6:30 p.m., HS

Saturday, June 25

Class of 2016 graduation
9 a.m. Empire State Convention Center, Albany

Tuesday, June 28

Board of Education meeting, 6 p.m., HS


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Complete 2015-16 Calendar