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 12/13/2017

OESJ Board of Education Recognizes Student and Staff Member

Mrs. Danielle Schoff and EmmaJo Schmidtmann were recognized at the November 1st Board of Education meeting.  Mrs. Danielle Schoff was recognized for starting a recycling program in the district. To read the entire resolution click here.


EmmaJo Schmidtmann was recognized for organizing a bottle drive to raise money for

veterans receiving care at the Albany Stratton VA Center. To read the entire resolution click here.


Congratulations to Mrs. Schoff and EmmaJo!




Mr. Charles Berry and Christopher Abare were recognized at the December 6th Board of Education meeting.  Mr. Charles Berry was recognized for his strong desire to succeed in and around the workplace To read the entire resolution click here.


Christopher Abare was recognized for volunteering countless hours assisting the staff in the Technology office. To read the entire resolution click here.

Congratulations to Mr. Berry and Chris!




POSTED 12/11/2017

OESJ Elementary Wolf Awards

The October Wolf Award recipients are:

Kindergarten- Peyton Nemecek, Lilly Green, Benjamin Jones

First Grade- Ava Belcher, Abagail Leibowitz, Dylan Gray

Second Grade- Baize Wintermute, Ethan Pratt, Tyshawn Saunders

Third Grade- Chase Eakin, Aryana Bumbolo, Kayla Handy

Fourth Grade- Jim George, Landon Carpenter, Brooklynn Smith, Tyler Barnes, Lily Arduini

Fifth Grade- Justin Williams, Sara Brownell, Collin Eakin

Sixth Grade- Ryan Achzet, Mahala Pratt, Lillyanna O'Callaghan

Art- Samantha Darrow

PE- Tyler Barnes, Kendall Christman

Band- Jayson Humphrey



POSTED 12/11/2017

Spirit Week at OESJ Elementary School

The Elementary School will be having Spirit Week December 18-22. The schedule is attached. Happy Holidays!


POSTED 12/4/2017

Trout in the Classroom

Sixth graders at OESJ recently took a trip to SUNY Cobleskill for their spawning workshop.  Students are participating in the Trout in the Classroom program this year which is a year long multidisciplinary program following the year in the life of a brook trout.  Students brought back fertilized eggs, placed them in our tank, and will be observing them hatch at about Christmas time.  So far they are on the “Nice List.”  Several eggs have asked to hatch on Christmas Day.   In the spring, students will release the trout into a local stream. To see more pictures click here.





POSTED 11/30/2017

Do you know a student who is homeless?
Do you know a student in Oppenheim-Ephratah-St. Johnsville who is experiencing homelessness? Do you know a student or family who is couchsurfing? They may be homeless, but there are resources available to help. Our school can help. 
Thanks to the McKinney-Vento Homeless Assistance Act, children are entitled to continue their education in a public school setting – including in their home district – if they are temporarily or permanently displaced from their homes. Contact our district McKinney-Vento Homeless Assistance Act liaison: Ann Drummond  (518) 568-2014 ext. 103  #McKinneyVentoAct

Check out this video - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=B4dfNl1_C9g&feature=youtu.be


POSTED 11/21/2017

First Grade goes "Batty"

How do bats help us? Where do they live?  Can they hurt us?  These were some of the questions that first graders in Mrs. Heroth's, Mrs. Mang's and Mrs. VanValkenburgh's classrooms asked at the beginning of their Bat STEM unit.  The students learned the importance of bats in relation to the mosquito population through a fun game called "Bats to the rescue" where they were the bats eating mosquitoes.  Reading poems, books, measuring pictures and researching different species of bats helped answer many questions.  To read more click here.


POSTED 11/17/2017

Mrs. Smith’s Class tell how they are grateful for others.

Students in Mrs. Smith’s 2nd grade class were challenged with the “Snail-Mail” question at ABC Afternoon.   The question asked, “Who are you grateful for, and how do you show them you’re grateful.”  The class got to work right away.  They made beautiful illustrations of whom they are most grateful for, and talked about how they show their appreciation.  The students in this class are an inspiration to others.  They leave us thinking about who we are truly grateful for and why.

Mrs. Smith's ABC Afternoon.mp4




POSTED 11/17/2017

Second Grade Learns about Communities

The second grade classes learned all about the three different kinds of communities.  They worked hard to learn what each community looks like, the different characteristics, and about their transportation.  Each of the classrooms brainstormed and designed one community scene. All of the scenes hang in the hallway outside their classrooms to help show the similarities and differences between the different communities!  Great job working together second grade! To see more pictures click here.



POSTED 11/14/2017

OESJ Elementary October Wolf Awards

The October Wolf Award recipients are-

Kindergarten- Sophia Barnes, Aleah Mastenbrook, Ella Baynad

First Grade- Gwynethth Fox, Timothy Mikalonis, Aleigha Cook

Second Grade- Jeremiah Schaffer, Logan Crannell, Lindsey Eagan

Third Grade- Makena Richards, Henry Schoff, Jordan Swick

Fourth Grade- Nehvada Mead, Myracle Hart, Dominic Douglass

Fifth Grade- Sydney Hazzard, Paige Morrone, Jeffrey Lillard

Sixth Grade- Georgia Bailey, Dylan Barnes, Jacob Walrath

Physical Education- Delton Keba

Art- Jade Bonneau

Music/Chorus- Raelyn Hershberger, EmmaJo Schmidtmann, Sydney Hazzard


POSTED 11/7/2017

First Grade is Grateful

Mrs. Heroth's first grade performed their "I am grateful" rap today!  The class had received the snail-mail challenge at the ABC Afternoon program with the statement "I am grateful."  The class started the activity by breaking into small groups and listing ways they were grateful on posters.  Then they chose one statement from each poster and worked together during Writing Workshop to write their song.  Students had the opportunity to be singers, play an instrument or hold up a poster for the performance. To see more pictures and a video click here.


POSTED 11/6/2017

Print Literacy Rules!

Students in Mrs. Murcray’s Social Studies class are learning about world and local events and asking big questions.  Deep conversations are happening freely and naturally with teachers and peers.  After perusing an article on the KKK, students were asking, “Well how could this group even be around anymore?” or “Could we watch the interview about this story?” or “Why would anyone so young be in the KKK and show their face?” As the year unfolds, students will be reporting to the class about current events and using the newspaper to help make sense of the world.  They will be tracking their “big questions” on Google Classroom and embarking on their own research.  To read more click here.


POSTED 11/6/2017

What’s Lurking in Your Water

Sixth grade biologists recently learned how to prepare a wet mount slide and observe prepared slides of their choice.  Several students brought in water samples from various ponds, creeks, mud puddles, old fish tanks, and even some green pools!  Sixth grade scientists then observed the slides as part of their first lab using the microscope independently.  They drew what they saw and were elated when something swam across their field of view!
To see more pictures click here. 






POSTED 11/6/2017

Take Your Child to the Bookstore

Another great moment when writing and teaching came together! November 3rd was Take Your School Child to the Bookstore Day. The Pre-K children from OESJ went home with a bag of books and a tummy full of pizza from Vince's Pizza and Pasta, thanks to funding acquired by Senator George Amedore.  He joined us, along with author and grant writer, Daniel Barrett . To read more click here.



POSTED 11/3/2017

4th Graders & HS Music Theory Collaborate

4th Grade Band students and High School Music Theory students, under the direction of Mr. Bellinger and Mrs. Mott, combined efforts in a unique collaboration to kickoff the 4th Grader's first band experience. The student-driven project was initiated by the ambitious and insightful high school students who are currently studying the relationship and intricate details of the various instrument families. Upon hearing about the 4th Grade kickoff, the high school class requested to put their knowledge in action by being part of this day. To read more click here.





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