Pieter B. Coeymans

Elementary School

66 Church Street

Coeymans, NY 12045

518.756.5200 ext.4000


Hakim Jones, Principal

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“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 Spirit Wear fundraiser in full swing

The PTO is excited to announce the PBC/RCS Spirit Wear fundraiser. There are new designs this year as well as some family favorites from last year. Order forms with payment can be returned to your child's teacher by December 1. See order form with full color images of Spirit Wear here (PDF)

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

PBC emergency relocation drill Thursday, Oct. 29

On the afternoon of Thursday, Oct. 29, Pieter B. Coeymans Elementary School will conduct a practice emergency relocation drill where students will exit the school and walk to the nearby St. Patrick’s school located within the church. This drill will be contingent upon weather.
In accordance with regulations from the New York State Commissioner of Education that require schools districts to conduct annual drills to exercise their School Emergency Management Plans, our schools will conduct a number of drills throughout the year. The purpose of these drills are not to scare students, but rather to prepare and teach them how to proceed in such events. Please be assured that student safety is a top priority at Ravena-Coeymans-Selkirk CSD.
The quiet behavior that is expected of students during the emergency relocation drill will be practiced in homeroom in the days leading up to the drill. This will help ensure everything goes smoothly.

"When a whole school reads a book, there is a lot to talk about"

On Thursday, Oct. 15, PBC launched the all-school book club initiative, One School, One Book with their first book, Stuart Little. The program aims to encourage young readers through reading aloud at home and interactive activities at school such as trivia and Stuart Little Day.
The program will conclude on Nov. 10 with a closing assembly and movie night to celebrate the students’ accomplishments.
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Student photoFourth and fifth graders take part in annual Cross Country Run

Pieter B. Coeymans Elementary held its annual Cross Country Run on Friday. Fourth and fifth graders participated in the one-mile run around the perimeter of the school. All students were encouraged to participate and medals were given out to the top winners in each category.
See photos from the event here


Student photoWonderment and excitement take hold at the book fair

The search for the perfect book was on as PBC pre-k and fifth grade students browsed through the large selection at the book fair. Each class took a trip to the fair, which was setup in the school cafeteria.

Students had the opportunity to purchase books and other reading materials. The book fair was also open during Open House which allowed parents and their children to shop together. 

See pictures of the book fair here

PBC Principal Jones welcomes students and families to the new year

On behalf of the faculty and staff of Pieter B. Coeymans Elementary, welcome to a new school year! We are looking forward to a productive partnership with you to ensure our learners can achieve their highest potential. We recognize that in order to be successful in school, our children need support from both the home and school. We know a strong partnership with you will make a great difference in your child’s education. [read more]

Student photoPBC summer program a hit!

The 50 students who participated in the Adventures in Summer Reading program at PBC enjoyed reading, writing, crafts, and computers...and those are just a few of the fun things Pieter B. students did in the program.

Students were busy keeping their reading skills sharp through many different activities in this exciting four week program. Students were even visited by the Traveling Library each week to borrow books for reading at home with family. Our local librarian, Barbara Goetschius, made a special visit and taught us about glaciers and icebergs to keep us cool. Take a look at the fun we've had! [READ MORE]

PBC teachers release school supply lists for the 2015-16 school year

School supply lists have been released. You can get an early start on back-to-school shopping! [READ MORE]

Scotia-Glenville Museum brings the magic of honeybees to PBC

The Scotia Glenville Traveling Museum came to the grade 2 classroom of Glenn Koblenzer at Pieter B. Coeymans Elementary to talk honeybees - including honeybee dances by the students.

Koblenzer said the visit paired nicely with the class's study of butterflies.

Students participated in two fun honeybee dances to show them how honeybees communicate. Justin Castillo was also lucky enough to wear a beekeeper's uniform and demonstrate how to use a smoker to get the bees out of their hive. [READ MORE]

PBC musicians give it their all during the Grade 5 Jazz Band and Chorus Spring Concert

Student photoBefore a packed audience, grade 5 students showed off their musical abilities during the Jazz Band and Chorus concert on Tuesday night, June 2, at PBC.

The chorus was led by Deborah McAllister and the band director was William Hoeprich. [READ MORE]

Habitat Day a hit at PB Coeymans

Whether they were studying owl pellets, observing exotic animals or going on a scavenger photo hunt, the students at PB Coeymans enjoyed Habitat Day - an annual day-long celebration in honor of the accomplishments of the PBC community who helped create the schoolyard habitat and received certification from the National Wildlife Federation for those efforts.


Students visited four to five of 18 potential habitat stations including: Owl Pellets, Nature Art, Food Hunt, Predators and Prey, Sounds of Nature, Plant identifiers, Bird Activity, Ladybugs, Scavenger Photo Hunt, Energy, Sharing Legends, Animal Habitats, Bird Beaks, Bees Are Our Friends and Oceans. [READ MORE]

RCS high school students talk bullying and diversity with PBC students

Student photoOn Monday, May 18, PBC fifth graders were visited by a group of RCS high school students who came to talk to the elementary students about an important topic — bullying.


The high school group hailed from the school's Diversity Club, presented to the elementary students and stayed for lunch and recess! [READ MORE]

Student photoStudents honored with educational leadership awards

On Monday, May 4, the Sandra G. Morley Physical Education Leadership Award Program continued its tradition of honoring elementary and middle school students for their leadership abilities and positive influence on their peers.


The award ceremony was held in the McDonough Sports Complex at Hudson Valley Community College, and recognized a number of students from AWB, PBC and the middle school.



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EVENTS Calendar

Monday, November 23

Parent Conferences (Early Dismissal, UPK-8)

Tuesday, November 24

Parent Conferences (Early Dismissal, UPK-8)

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

Wednesday-Friday, November 25-27

Thanksgiving Recess - NO SCHOOL

Thursday, November 26

Thanksgiving Day

Wednesday, December 2

AW Becker Grade 5 Band/Chorus Holiday Concert, 7 p.m., at AW Becker

Thursday, December 3

PB Coeymans Grade 5 Band/Chorus Holiday Concert, 7 p.m., at PB Coeymans

NYSSMA Conference All-State Festival at Rochester

Friday, December 4

AW Becker PTA Cookies With Santa

NYSSMA Conference All-State Festival at Rochester

Saturday, December 5

NYSSMA Conference All-State Festival at Rochester

Sunday, December 6

NYSSMA Conference All-State Festival at Rochester

Hanukkah (begins at sunset)

Tuesday, December 8

Board of Education meeting, 6 p.m., MSRecognition Awards

Wednesday, December 9

AW Becker Grades 2 and 4 Holiday Concert, 7 p.m., at the High School

PB Coeymans Cookies with Santa, 6:30-8 p.m.

Thursday, December 10

PB Coeymans Grades 2 and 4 Holiday Concert, 7 p.m., at the High School

Tuesday, December 15

Grade 6 Holiday Concert, 7 p.m., at the High School

Wednesday, December 16

AW Becker PTA

Alternate Concert Snow Day

Thursday, December 17

Grades 7 and 8 Holiday Concert, 7 p.m., at the High School

Friday, December 18

End of five-week interim period, MS/HS

Monday, December 21

High School Holiday Concert, 7:30 p.m., at the High School

Tuesday, December 22

Alternate Concert Snow Day

Winter begins

Thursday-Friday, December 24-January 1

Holiday Recess - NO SCHOOL

Friday, December 25

Christmas Day

Friday, December 31

New Year's Eve

Monday, January 4, 2016

Classes resume

Tuesday, January 5, 2016

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

Saturday, January 9, 2016

Jaime Mormile Invitational Wrestling Tournament, 7 a.m., HS gym

Tuesday, January 12, 2016

PBC PreK and Kindergarten Registration and Fun Fair, 4 to 6 p.m.

Wednesday, January 13, 2016

Superintendent's Conference Day (Early Dismisal, UPK-12)

Thursday, January 14, 2016

AWB PreK and Kindergarten Registration and Fun Fair, 4 to 6 p.m.

Monday, January 18, 2016

Martin Luther King Jr. Day - NO SCHOOL

Tuesday, January 19, 2016

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

Tuesday-Friday, January 26-29, 2016

NYS Regents exams

Tuesday, February 9

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

Monday-Friday, February 15-19

Winter Recess - NO SCHOOL

Tuesday, February 23

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

Tuesday, March 8

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

Thursday, March 10

Parent Conferences (Early Dismisal, UPK-8)

Friday, March 11

Parent Conferences (Early Dismisal, UPK-8)

Tuesday, March 22

Superintendent's Conference Day (Early Dismissal, UPK-8)

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

Friday, March 25

Good Friday - NO SCHOOL

Tuesday, April 5

Board of Education meeting, 6 p.m., HS - 2016-17 budget presentation and approval

Tuesday, April 19

Board of Education meeting, 6 p.m., HS - BOCES budget vote

Monday-Friday, April 25-29

Spring Recess - NO SCHOOL

Tuesday, May 10

Board of Education meeting, 6 p.m., HS - 2016-17 budget hearing

Tuesday, May 17

2016-17 school budget vote, 6 a.m. to 9 p.m., RCS High School gym

Tuesday, May 24

Board of Education meeting, 6 p.m., HS - if needed

Friday, May 27

Contingent Snow Day* if one emergency day has not been used

Monday, May 30

Memorial Day - NO SCHOOL

Wednesday, June 1

Common Core NYS Regents exams

Tuesday, June 14

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

Tuesday-Thursday, June 14-23

NYS Regents exams

Thursday, June 23


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