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 7/11/2017

OESJ Elementary 2017-2018 Class Supply Lists

The OESJ Elementary 2017-2018 Class Supply Lists are available.  Please note that each Kindergarten class has thier own list.  To view the supply list, please click here.

POSTED 7/6/2017

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 fourth quarter. Click here to view students of the Junior/Senior High School. To view students from the Elementary School, click here.

POSTED 7/1/2017

OESJ Kindergarten Graduates


On June 21, Fifty-eight Kindergarten Students from Mrs. Hazzard, Mrs. Gentile, Mrs. Hudyncia and Mrs. Case's rooms celebrated their Graduation Day. Thanks to Mrs. Parry for putting together some of the memorable moments of 2016/2017 in this animoto. Congratulations Kindergarten Graduates!!!

POSTED 6/22/2017

Sixth Grade Graduates!

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OESJ sixth graders graduated today!  Their ceremony included a slide show presentation of their year complete with videos and a mannequin challenge.  This was directed by Mrs. Parry and students worked under her, editing the presentation.  Mrs. Brownell directed the entire 6th grade in the choral tear-jerker by Tim McGraw—“Humble and Kind.”  Mr. Bellinger led the 6th graders in a rocking instrumental number.  Superintendent, Mr. Halloran, and Mrs. Kawryga, principal, spoke to the students.  Their inspirational words will hopefully be carried with the new graduates onto 7th grade.  Sixth graders also had the treat of guest speaker, and soon to be graduate Jeff Baker.  Good luck new 7th graders! To view more videos, click here.

POSTED 6/21/2017

Robotics Culmination Presentation


As a culmination to the Robotics Unit in Technology Class, NAO the humanoid robot came to the OESJ Elementary School. Mrs. Dee and Mr. Strange from Neric presented NAO to students in grades 3-6. NAO is a programmable robot that is personalizable and interactive. Mr. Strange discussed NAO’s capabilities and Mrs. Dee helped the students program NAO.  NAO talked to the students, sang and did a dance, and interacted with students. This program brought STEM to life.

POSTED 6/21/2017

Robotics and Coding in Elementary Technology

Students are very excited to learn Robotics and Coding in technology class. Grades 3-6 learned Blockly coding to program Dash and Dot Robots. Students measured distances and angles, used map and geography skills, and then used Blockly coding to program Dash to travel the world on a map.  Next, they programmed Dash to make his way through mazes, draw shapes and play the xylophone. Click here to check out the great Dash and Dot videos and pictures.

POSTED 6/17/2017

So Long, Finned Friends!

OESJ sixth graders released the brook trout they have been raising all year.  The trout started as fertilized eggs (which happened during our trip to SUNY Cobleskill) and developed into large fingerlings which were released into a local stream.  Mother and daughter team Mrs. Murcray, science teacher, and Mrs. Dopp, teaching assistant, led the release.  Mrs. Dopp instructed the students on how to find microinvertebrates in the stream bottom and guided the students on how to identify the trouts’ favorite snacks.  Mrs. Murcray made sure each student released a trout and then led the students in the “Bye Bye Trout” song.  This trip is symbolic; as our trout swim downstream, we wish our students the best as they go “down the hill” to 7th grade! To see additional pictures and video, click here.

POSTED 6/15/2017

5th Grade Tellagami Book Reports

The students in Mrs. Brundage’s, Mrs. Etherton’s and Mrs. Oppenheimer’s 5th grade classes created Tellagami videos in computer class. The students wrote wonderful book reviews, created characters, and made mini gami videos on iPads. The book reviews were excellent, they were written with such thought, feeling and expression. The 5th graders were so excited to create the characters and record their own voice for the Tellagami character. Their videos make you want to head to the library to read the books they reviewed. Click here to watch their Tellagami Book Reviews.

POSTED 6/14/2017

Students in OESJ Elementary Learn Robotics


At the beginning of May, students in grades 3-5 were introduced to Robotics using Cubelets. Through discovery learning, the students built cubelet robots. Cubelets are magnetic blocks that can be snapped together to make an endless variety of robots. The students built robots that drove around on a tabletop, responded to light, sound, and temperature. Every unique arrangement was a new robot. Check out their robots and watch their excitement.

Students in grades K-2 were introduced to programming using Blue-Bot Robots. The children used the directional and sequence buttons on the back of the Blue-Bots to program them to move across the mat and solve a problem. Students even programmed them to dance. The Robots excited the students to problem solve. To see additional pictures, please click here.

POSTED 6/14/2017

Let Nature be your Classroom

OESJ sixth grader’s just returned from the trip of a lifetime!  They attended a 3 night, 4 day trip to Nature’s Classroom at Silver Bay in Lake George.  Nature’s Classroom is an environmental education program offering 13 locations and the best in connecting the classroom to the outdoors for the past 40 years.

Students, parents, teachers, and administration start preparing for this trip in September.  There are fundraisers, including a spaghetti dinner and Nature’s Vision merchandise sale.  All profits from the 6th grade school store go to the trip as well. To read more and see additional pictures, please click here.


POSTED 6/13/2017

Inaugural “Walk of the Wolves”


On Monday, June 12th, the graduating Seniors of the OESJ Class of 2017 took a trip up to the Elementary School to walk the hallways for a final farewell. All of the students and teachers in the Elementary School lined the hallways to applaud the Seniors efforts and they even provided them with many “Thank You” Gifts and congratulatory send offs. The event was the first of its kind at OESJ and provided many of the Seniors a nostalgic send off with their former teachers. The younger students also got the opportunity to see how special this moment was and provided them with some motivation to strive to attain this opportunity for themselves.

POSTED 6/9/2017

Elementary End of the Year Schedule

There will be full days of school June 19th - 22nd for OESJ Elementary. There will be early dismissal at 11:30 on Friday, June 16th.  Please see the schedule below:


June 16th - early dismissal (11:30)

June 19th - full day

June 20th - full day

June 21st - full day

June 22nd - full day (last day of school)

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