Elementary School

 6486 State Highway 29, St. Johnsville, NY 13452
Principal: Jeanine Kawryga, jeanine.kawryga@oesj.org
(518) 568 - 2014, ext. 101
(518) 568 - 2941 (fax)

Secretary to the Elementary Principal: Julie Taylor, julie.taylor@oesj.org
(518) 568-2014 ext. 117

POSTED 4/20/2017

First Graders Study American Symbols

First grade has been studying the symbols of America.  During the week of April 10, Mrs. Mang’s class read about Mount Rushmore.  They looked at pictures of the monument and discussed the four presidents on the mountain.  They further talked about why each president was chosen and even watched videos of the workers sculpting the monument.  As a culminating activity, students were given the choice of painting or sculpting their own Mount Rushmore.  Sculptors were given a hunk of Model Magic to create their own monuments.  Painters were given oil pastels and water colors.  To see some finished projects, click here.


POSTED 4/10/2017

Born 2B Viral Event at OESJ High School

OESJ High School will be hosting the event “Born 2B Viral,”  at the High School Auditorium on  Thursday, April 27, from 6:30 - 8:00 pm. Please join St. Mary's Healthcare and the Behavioral Health Implementation Committee for a FREE community-wide event focusing on the importance of cyber safety. Hear from speakers and families who have experienced first-hand what it means to be vigilant about teen safety, whether over the internet, through a gaming system or live in-person. There will be a O&A session with our panel, and community resources will be available for more information.  Light refreshments will be served.


POSTED 4/10/2017

Grand Opening of Helping Hands Food Pantry

Thanks to the help of MANY helping hands, the food pantry at DHR school will have it's grand opening on Wednesday, April 12, at 4:00pm. All are invited to join the celebration! As pictured - Mr. Lynch's Varsity Baseball team pitched in to help the pantry become a reality by putting donated shelving units together and then stocking the shelves with all the donations brought in by the elementary school's
helping hands who collected food donations as part of the popular Parents As Reading Partners program. Following the grand opening the food pantry will be open to the public each month on the third Wednesday and the fourth Thursday from 3:30-6pm. Food pantry clients will need to complete an application and have with them 3 items: 1)  ID for each member of their household, 2) proof of address, and 3) proof of income. Applications will be good for one year. Questions can be directed to Mrs. Lape, OESJ District Health Coordinator at 568-2013
or Mrs. M-C, School Social Worker at 568-2011.


POSTED 4/6/2017

OESJ  Elementary Internet Safety Poster Contest

The students in grades 4 through 6 created posters in Technology Class to help teach others how to be safe online. Mrs. Parry had a poster contest and would like to announce the winners. In grade 6, the 1st Place winner is Jade Dygert, 2nd place winner is Abigail Miller, the 3rd Place winner is Sherri Dixon, the 4th Place winner is Carolyn Littrell, and the Honorable Mentions are Olivia Chromczak, Michael Green, and Hannah Pestillo. In grade 5, the 1st Place winner is Lillie Smith, the 2nd Place winner is Jacob Walrath, the 3rd Place winner is Autumn Souza, the 4th Place winner is Mallory Miles, the Honorable Mentions are Annette Johnson and  Aylaa Pellerito. In 4th Grade, the 1st Place winner is Kenneth Calabrese, the 2nd Place winner is Amber Hart, the 3rd Place winner is Andrea Manners, the 4th Place winner is Alyse Cannon, and the honorable mentions are Jeremy Vickery and Ruby Hand. Everyone please make sure to read their great posters to learn how to be safe online by clicking here.

POSTED 3/31/2017

OESJ Elementary Hosts March Math Madness

IMG_2253.JPGStudents in grades 1-6 competed in March Math Madness. On day 1 of the competition, all students took a 5-minute timed addition test.  In the next competition, students took a subtraction test.  In the third competition, the students in grades 1-2 took a harder addition fact test and students in grades 3-6 took a multiplication test.  In the fourth competition students in grades 1-2 took a harder subtraction fact test and students in grades 3-6 took a division test.  In the last competition students took a mixed fact test, grades 1-2 addition and subtraction, students in grades 3-6 all operations.  To read all winners during the competition, please click here.


POSTED 3/30/2017

Animal, Plant, or Fungus?

None of the above!  Sixth graders just finished presenting their protist projects in science class.  Students had to make a model of a plant-like protist, an animal-like protist, and a fungus like protist.  They had to choose a protist from each category that they were interested in, research the protist, and then figure out how to model each one within the confines of a 6x8 inch piece of cardboard with their partner. To read more and see additional pictures, please click here.


POSTED 3/29/2017

National Agriculture Day at OESJ

March 21st was National Agriculture Day. Students in the FFA organization from PTECH came to OESJ elementary to read to the second grade classes. This year's theme was about grapes. The FFA students read a book titled,  
The Grapes Grow Sweet and then students were able to sample two different types of grape juice.



POSTED 3/26/2017

P.A.W.S. Animaland Fun!

OESJ’s parent/teacher organization, called P.A.W.S., recently hosted “Animaland”  - an event for students to adopt a furry stuffed pet. Children were able to choose their own pet from a large selection  such as puppies, dragons, horses, penguins, kangaroos, and the like.  Upon purchase of their animal, each child received a star and made their way to the stuffing station where they were able to help with the stuffing process and insert their star before finishing. To read more and see additional pictures, click here.


POSTED 3/21/2017

OESJ First Graders Complete STEM Activity


Mrs. Heroth's first grade STEM groups were given the challenge to build a habitat for an assigned animal.  This was a culminating activity of their study of habitats in science.  Along with learning about habitats, students also studied the plants and animals that may live there. The STEM groups were provided with various building materials to create the habitats of a given animal.  Students used the knowledge they learned to build an appropriate habitat for their animal.  The activity concluded with a presentation by each group discussing the animal, habitat, and what they were representing. To see additional pictures, click here.




POSTED 3/13/2017

OESJ-AP Scholarship Games Rescheduled

The OESJ-AP scholarship games have been rescheduled for Thursday, March 30 at the High School due to possible weather conditions.


POSTED 3/12/2017

PAWS Animaland Night

On March 16, 2017, OESJ PAWS will host an Animaland Activity from 5:30-7:30 PM at the Elementary Gymnasium. Come and enjoy the fun of choosing and stuffing your own stuffed animal. To see more about the event, please click here.


POSTED 3/5/2017

PARP Inspired Milky Way Ice Castle

During the month of February, the 6th graders created an amazing "Milky Way Ice Castle" as part of the PARP Polar theme. They built the igloo out of over 500 gallon milk jugs. Thank you to all the families that donated them. Their creativity and hard work made the igloo project a beautiful success. During the last week of PARP and during the PARP family night, the 6th graders read to students in grades K-5 in the igloo. Everyone was excited to read and enjoy the igloo. To see additional pictures, click here.


POSTED 3/5/2017

OESJ-AP Scholarship Games

The OESJ-AP scholarship games will be Tuesday, March 14th at the high school.  This event raises money for the OESJ-AP scholarship fund.  All proceeds from this event are given as scholarships to seniors. There are games for every grade level pre-K through 12, basket raffles, large item raffles, concessions, a bake sale and the evening ends with a staff vs. seniors volleyball match. Doors open at 4:15, and costs $2.00 for adults (grade 9 and up) $1.00 for children. There's a family max charge of $10.00.


POSTED 3/1/2017

Spaghetti Dinner to Support Nature’s Classroom

The OESJ 6th Grade class is hosting a spaghetti dinner on Monday, March 6, 2017 from 4-7pm at the H.C. Smith Benefit Club.  The proceeds will help fundraise a field trip to Nature’s Classroom in June.  Tickets are available at the door.  You can dine in or take outs are available.  Adult dinners are $8, children under 12 meals are $5.50.


POSTED 2/18/2017

OESJ Honor Roll and High Honor Roll Announced

Congratulations to the many OESJ students that have made Honor Roll and High Honor Roll for the 2016-2017 second quarter. Click here to view students of the Junior/Senior High School. To view students from the Elementary School, click here.


POSTED 2/1/2017

OESJ Pre-K Visits Mysteries on Main Street

On January 13, Take Your School Child to the Bookstore continues as an annual event for the Pre-K classes at OESJ. Thanks to funding from Senator Amedore’s office in the State Senate, the Pre-K classes received a book from Mysteries on Main Street, met with Ms. Milchman, and did other activities as they experienced the wonders of a bookstore. The children finished the day with pizza at Vince’s Pizzeria, making this trip to the bookstore a truly exciting and memorable day in January! Best of all, when we put a book in the hands of our youngest students and they have an adventure in a bookstore, we set the stage for a lifetime of literacy! To watch the video, please click here.


POSTED 1/30/2017

P.A.R.P. Begins!

Polar winds have blown into the OESJ Elementary School with the arrival of P.A.R.P. (Parents as Reading Partners).  P.A.R.P. officially kicked off on Monday, January 23rd with a visit from PETER Penguin of Antarctica.  PETER is here to Prepare Everyone to Enjoy Reading!  He will accompany the children on a polar expedition to Antarctica and the Arctic Circle as they learn about the regions and wildlife through books, presentations, author visits, and assemblies.  To read more about P.A.R.P. at the OESJ Elementary and see additional pictures, click here.


POSTED 1/13/2017

OESJ Spelling Bee 2017


Twenty-eight, 4th – 6th grade students, stepped onto the stage of the Marge Curtis Auditorium to compete in the Annual OESJ District Spelling Bee.  They did an amazing job spelling in front of their peers, teachers and families. The 2017 Spelling Bee for OESJ Central School District took place on Tuesday, January 10.  To read more and see additional pictures, please click here.



POSTED 1/4/2017

OESJ Elementary Ski Club

The OESJ Elementary Ski Club will be making their first trip to Royal Mountain today. They will be returning to the High School around 7:20 PM this evening and to the Elementary School around 7:35. Please make sure all students are picked up promptly.


POSTED 12/23/2016

The Polar Express at OESJ Elementary

On Thursday, December 22, all of K-3 students were treated with hot chocolate and popcorn provided by PAWS (Parents Advocating With Support). Pictured are students of the entire kindergarten class in their pajamas enjoying their treats and watching “The Polar Express”. Students were delighted to share this experience with their friends from other classes.  Thank you to our parent volunteers; this event was a big success! ​




POSTED 12/22/2016

OESJ is Georgia Strong

On November 23, a benefit for OESJ Senior Georgia Schaffer was held at the OESJ High School.  “Georgia Strong” t-shirts were sold to support the benefit.  
 Pictured standing left to right are Melissa Eagles, Pam Tuner, Denise Sherman, Sue Pedrick, Alma Getman, and Shelli Miller.

POSTED 12/9/2016/ UPDATED 12/19/2016

OESJ 2016 Updated Christmas Concert Schedule

4-6 Elementary Christmas Concert

Wednesday, December 21st 6:00 PM Elementary School

7-12th Grade Christmas Concert

Thursday, December 22nd 6:30 PM HS Auditorium


POSTED 12/7/2016

OESJ Elementary November Wolf Awards

On December 4, 2016, OESJ Elementary students exhibiting good character were selected and celebrated during the school’s monthly Wolf Awards Ceremony.  Congratulations to the students who earned this award.  1st row: K. Herringshaw, A. Polidori, B. Wintermute, O. Achzet, B. Brown, K. VanValkenburgh, M. Young, K. Handy  2nd row: K. Swartz, S. Ryan, M. Thomas, L. Snell, L. Klock, K. Koloski, J. Polidori, H. Schoff  3rd row: J. Dygert, S. Schell, B. Case, D. Douglass, B. Smith, D. Barnes, G. Bailey, J. Walrath, B. Stowell, L. Miller, H. Steele.


POSTED 12/7/2016

OESJ Elementary Music Concerts Scheduled

The Elementary Christmas Concert is just around the corner!  The Music Survey revealed that a large majority of you would like this concert to be held on two different nights.  Thank you for voicing your opinions.  On December 14th, 2016, the K-3 Music Classrooms will be featured at a Christmas concert beginning at 6:00 PM.  On December 15th, 2016, the 4-6 Music Classrooms as well as the 5-6 Concert Band and 4-6 Chorus will be featured at a Christmas concert beginning at 6:00 PM.  To read more information about the concert, please click here.


POSTED 12/6/2016

PAWS Hosts Successful Breakfast with Santa


Parents Advocating With Support (PAWS)  hosted a Breakfast with Santa and Mrs. Claus on Saturday December 3, at the H.C. Smith Benefit Club in Saint Johnsville.  The event was very well attended with over 275 people participating. To read more about this event and see additional pictures, click here.






POSTED 12/2/2016 

OESJ Honor Roll and High Honor Roll Announced

Congratulations to the many OESJ students that have made Honor Roll and High Honor Roll for the 2016-2017 first quarter. Click here to view students of the Junior/Senior High School. To view students from the Elementary School, click here.

POSTED 11/21/2016

OESJ Sixth Graders Get Fishy

IMG_1595.JPGSixth grade students at OESJ Elementary traveled to SUNY Cobleskill College on October 21, 2016 for their Trout in the Classroom field trip. Brent Lehman, the fish hatchery manager, introduced students to the college hatchery and taught students how to spawn the brook trout. To read more about this story, click here.


POSTED 11/15/2016

OESJ Pre-K Visits Wyoming!

On Tuesday, November 15th Mrs. Yoder’s and Mrs. Sprouse’s pre-k classes visited the Big Horn Basin Foundation at the Dinosaur Center in Thermopolis, Wyoming.  Such a long trip only took 20 minutes thanks to the Microsoft Educator Community and Skype.  Through Skype in the Classroom the 29 students were able to view the assembled remains of dinosaurs such as allosaurus, stegosaurus, and ichthyosaurus. Click here to read more about the virtual trip and see additional pictures.



POSTED 11/11/2016

OESJ Elementary Celebrates Local Veterans

On Thursday, November 10 the Oppenheim-Ephratah-St.Johnsville Elementary School held its annual Veterans Day Celebration. Over 70 Area veterans were in attendance. Members of the local American Legion were represented as well as other area veterans groups. Many student's family members who have served and are presently serving enjoyed being honored by the many projects, presentations, songs and letters. Principal, Mrs. Kawyrga, led the hour long celebration, with Charlie Weaver speaking on behalf of the veterans and Superintendent Halloran closing the program. The thankful voices of the children spoke for all in attendance. Veterans lined up as students dismissed, walking through the assembled veterans, shaking hands and saying "Thank you." As Mr. Weaver told the Veterans, "We'll see you same time, day before Veterans Day, next year," and until then...thank you for your service.

Click here to see additional pictures.



POSTED 11/10/2016

OESJ 4th Graders Complete STEM project

OESJ 4th Graders completed a STEM project on Weathering and Air.  Students selected a topic to research and present to their classmates.  The choices ranged from weather instruments, such as a barometer, hygrometer, or anemometer, to various types of storms, such as a tornado, hurricane, blizzard, or tropical storm.  To see additional pictures and read more, please click here.


POSTED 11/9/2016

Mrs. Case’s Kindergartners Vote!

It may be thirteen more years before the Kindergartners in Mrs. Case's class can legally vote, but that did not stop them from practicing. After reading Duck For President by Doreen Cronin, Mrs. Case and her students discussed the voting process and its importance. After some discussion, the polls opened in the classroom.  Click here to read more and see additional pictures.


POSTED 10/31/2016

OESJ ABC Afternoon

ABC Stands for Attitude, Behavior, and Character. Our OESJ Elementary Students are working on their character development during this day 6 program. On day 6, at 2PM Kindergarten through grade 2 students get together in the gym and learn about ABC. To read more about this program and see additional photos, click here.

POSTED 10/18/2016

OESJ Elementary Upcoming Events

The OESJ Elementary is cordially inviting parents to attend two events in the month of November.  On November 1, 2016, we will be having our first Character Education meeting at 6:00 p.m.  On November 9, 2016, we will be having our Parent Connection meeting at 6:00 p.m.  A memo went home to all students and can be viewed here.

POSTED 10/13/2016

OESJ Elementary School to Honor Veterans

The OESJ Elementary School will be honoring Veterans on Thursday, November 10, 2016 at 8:30 a.m.  Veterans are encouraged to attend. To view the invite, click here.

POSTED 10/12/2016

OESJ Elementary Water Results

Mr. Halloran, Superintendent of Schools, sent a letter to all parents and guardians regarding the results of our OESJ Elementary School water testing results.  Click here to read the memo.  In addition, please click here to see the Certificate of Analysis for OESJ Elementary water lead testing conducted by Fulmont Laboratory & Consultants. The state threshold is 15 parts per billion.  All faucets that tested high are out of service until test results register within the acceptable range.

POSTED 10/4/2016

Pre-K Has a Heart… and a brain and lungs


Mrs. Yoder’s Pre-K class is working on an “All About Me” theme as part of reading, social studies, and science.  The emphasis of the unit is to “be you-nique”.  Students are learning how special the human body is as part of the science focus. To read more and see additional pictures, click here.


POSTED 9/30/2016

OESJ ABC Afternoon Highlights Respect

Our ABC Afternoon sponsored  a photo booth for our upcoming "Respect," theme. To read more and see additional pictures click here.


POSTED 9/29/2016

OESJ Elementary Holds Open House


The OESJ Elementary School Open House
was held on Tuesday, September 27th starting at 6:30. Parents and families visited classrooms, browsed the book fair and stopped off at the photo booth which was sponsored by P.A.W.S. Ice cream was served in the cafeteria with many Board of Education members there to help with the scooping. Pictured from left are BOE members: Stephanie Dye, Linda Hart, Susie Sammons and Dean Handy. Not pictured are Neil Clark and Superintendent Halloran who rounded out the group. Thank you all for your support!



POSTED 9/26/2016

OESJ Elementary Students Learn to “Make a Good Choice”

The students and teachers started the school year with a very positive message: Make a Good Choice! The message was presented in a very entertaining way by guest storyteller, actor, and singer, Lou Del Bianco. Lou shared many stories from his childhood and interacted with the children, getting them to think about what choices they would make if they were in his shoes. Students joined Lou in his lively original songs and raps. Throughout the presentation, Lou taught about tolerance, respect, responsibility, kindness, honesty, responsibility, cooperation, and more! We hope that right from the start, students at OESJ will remember Mr. Del Bianco’s stories, make good choices daily, and have a safe, successful school year!


POSTED 9/12/2016

Elementary Student Handbook Available

The 2016-2017 OESJ Elementary Student Handbook is available. The handbook can be viewed here.

POSTED 7/13/2016 - UPDATED 7/28/2016

Elementary & Junior High School Supply Lists

School Supply Lists for the 2016 - 2017 school year are available for the Elementary School and the Junior/Senior High School.  Please click here to view your child’s supply list for the Elementary School. Please click here to view your child's supply list for the Junior High School.  Check back frequently for any updates.OESJ Spelling Bee 2017


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