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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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!






Annual cross country run brings out 48 students

PBC Annual 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]

photo of Revolutionary War reenactment

EVENTS Calendar

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)

MS Recognition Awards, 6:30 p.m. Rescheduled from Dec. 9

Board of Education meeting, 7 p.m. (MS) Rescheduled from Dec. 9

Sunday, December 21

Winter begins

Monday, December 22

Grades 7-8 Holiday Concert, 7 p.m. (HS) Rescheduled from Dec. 10

Tuesday, December 23

HS Band and Chorus to perform at Empire State Plaza - 12 noon and 1 p.m. Rescheduled from Dec. 9

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

Sunday, March 1

HS Drama Production, 2 p.m., HS

Wednesday, March 4

AWB Scholastic Book Fair (until 3/9)

Kindergarten Dr. Seuss Night, 6-7:30 p.m., AWB

Thursday, March 5

AWB Science & Wellness Fair, 6:30-8 p.m.

Grades 6-12 MIOSM Vocal Concert, 7 p.m., HS

Friday, March 6

End of 5-Week Interim Period, MS/HS

NYSSMA Piano Festival, College of St. Rose

Saturday, March 7

NYSSMA Piano Festival, College of St. Rose

Sunday, March 8

Daylight Savings Time Begins

Tuesday, March 10

AWB Spring Picture Day

PBC Spring Picture Day

PBC Kindergarten Screening (by appointment only)

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

Wednesday, March 11

AWB Grade 5 MIOSM Concert, 7 p.m. at AWB

PBC Kindergarten Screening (by appointment only)

Thursday, March 12

Grades 6-12 MIOSM Instrumental Concert, 7 p.m., HS

PBC Kindergarten Screening (by appointment only)

Friday, March 13

End of 2nd Trimester Marking Period

UPK to Grade 5

PBC Kindergarten Screening (by appointment only)

Tuesday, March 17

PBC Grade 5 MIOSM Concert, 7 p.m. at PBC

St. Patrick's Day

Wednesday, March 18

AWB PTA Meeting, 6:45 p.m.

PBC PTO Meeting, 6:30 p.m.

Thursday, March 19

PARENT CONFERENCES: Early Dismissal K-8, No School Pre-K

National Honor Society Annual Trip

College Information Night, 6:30-7:30 p.m., HS

Friday, March 20

PARENT CONFERENCES: Early Dismissal K-8, No School Pre-K

College Awareness Day, HS

Spring Begins

Saturday, March 21

PBC PTO March Madness, 12-3 p.m.

Tuesday, March 24

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

Wednesday, March 25

MS Spring Picture Day

GCMEA Spring All-County Music Festival, 3-8 p.m., Cairo-Durham HS

Friday, March 27

GCMEA Spring All-County Music Festival, 3 p.m. rehearsal/7 p.m. concert, Cairo Durham HS

NYSSMA Solo/Ensemble Festival, 4-10 p.m., Voorheesville HS

Sunday, March 29

Palm Sunday

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