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25 Union Avenue
Delmar, NY 12054
(518) 439-7681

Office Hours: 7:30a-4p

Heidi Bonacquist

Upcoming Events

April 14-18

No School, Spring Break

April 21-25

Healthy Kids Week

April 22

Used Book Sale

BOE Meeting, 7 p.m.

April 24

Slingerlands Transportation Breakfast, 9:15 a.m.

April 30-May 2

Grades 3-8 NYS Math Testing

May 6

BOE Meet the Candidates Night, 6:30 p.m.

May 7

BOE Meeting, 7 p.m.

May 7-9

Slingerlands Nature's Classroom

May 13

Slingerlands PTO Meeting, 7 p.m.

May 15

Slingerlands Art Show & Book Fair, 4:30-7:30 p.m.

May 19

Slingerlands Concert, 7 p.m.

May 20

School Budget Vote & BOE Election, 7 a.m.-9 p.m., BCHS



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Author Steve Swinburne visited Slingerlands at the end of March to talk about his life as a writer. He was awesome! Many thanks to the PTO for supporting this!


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Letter from the principal

Principal Heidi Bonacquist talks about National Library Week, budget talks, and gives a Kids for Kindness update. READ MORE

Summer Enrichment Program 2014

The Summer Enrichment Program offers students entering grades 3-8 in our district an opportunity to engage in hands on learning while still enjoying the perks of summer. A taste of the classes we offer are cooking, movie making, letterboxing, and classes in various sports, among others.

There are two one-week sessions running from July 7 to July 18 with three sessions offered per day. Find out more information by viewing our flyer and visit our website for a full list of course offerings and registration.

Healthy Kids Week (April 21-25) is almost here!

After April break, we will be celebrating Healthy Kids Week at Slingerlands, which means asking our students to give themselves credit for the healthy choices they make during the day. We will be sending home Healthy Choice Tickets for them to hand in on Tuesday, April 22 through Friday, April 25.

Each day, each grade will have one winner chosen and the prizes will be fun sports-themed items! The grand prize will be an extra recess, donated by our principal, to the class that submits the most tickets all week. We will also be having a healthy food drive during the week. We show our best side when we are giving to others. You can find more details about our special week in a note going home in the red folders. Let's enjoy the nice weather and celebrate eating healthy and moving more!

Litterless Lunch Week is April 21-25

Get ready and challenge yourself to pack a 100 percent "litterless lunch" during the week of April 21-25. Every student who brings a lunch packed in reusable containers and produces no waste at all  will receive a ticket and be entered into a drawing for special prizes. READ MORE ABOUT THE GREEN TEAM'S LITTERLESS LUNCH WEEK

Slingerlands Transportation Brunch

The annual Slingerlands Transportation Brunch is scheduled for Thursday, April 24 from 9:15-10 a.m. in the cafeteria. Please consider contributing food, beverages or paper goods. Click here to sign up to contribute items or volunteer your time.

Students may show their appreciation by creating cards, poems and / or drawiings for the Slingerlands drivers. Please drop off messages with your bus driver's name and/ or bus route in the collection box in the school lobby by Tuesday, April 22.Thank you for your participation.

Please contact Jessica Brand ( or Marla Gornstein ( with any questions.

"The Knight the Castle Rocked" – Photo Gallery

Our fifth graders recently performed the musical "The Knight the Castle Rocked." They did a great job and had a wonderful time! VIEW PHOTOS

Wax Museum brings history to life, support to those in need

More than 90 Slingerlands students portrayed historical figures from the world of politics, science, and entertainment at the Slingerlands Elementary School Wax Museum on Thursday, March 6. The event was a fundraiser for the Marillac Family Shelter, a homeless shelter in Albany.  READ MORE AND VIEW PHOTOS

A Note on Testing for Grades 3-8

Assistant Superintendent Jody Monroe offers advice on student test prepraration and talks about how standardized testing is one small measurement of achievement at BC. READ MORE

Important Date Changes

Moving On Ceremony – 5th Grade – June 23 at 7p.m.
K-5 Field Day – June 24

BC Odyssey Teams Sweep Region 7 Competition!

On Saturday, March 1, six teams from Bethlehem, including two from Slingerlands, participated in the Region 7 Odyssey of the Mind competition held at Shenendehowa High School. Congrats to the Slingerlands teams who both place second in their respective problems. READ MORE & VIEW PHOTOS

"You've Got a Friend in 2B!"

Students in Mrs. Bacher's second grade class welcomed WGNA's Richie Phillips to their classroom on February 24. Together they   composed and sang a song: "You've Got a Friend in 2B!" LISTEN HERE

Recap of Common Core In The Classroom

To help parents better understand what our curriculum looks like to students in the classroom under the state’s new Common Core Learning Standards, on Feb. 10, teachers at the elementary, middle and high school level described new aspects of the curriculum, such as writing and close reading in ELA to algorithms and fractions in Math. The February event attracted more than 150 attendees. READ MORE & SEE VIDEO, OUTLINE

Help Slingerlands Join the Crayola ColorCycle Program!

What is Crayola ColorCycle? ColorCycle is a sustainability initiative designed to turn used markers into energy!

How does it work? Used plastic markers are collected by schools and sent to an energy conversion site where the markers are collected in a large container. The plastic is melted and through a process, the hot liquid turns into a clean-burning liquid fuel. The fuel can be used to heat a home, run a car, or cook food!

Can any markers be sent in? Yes! Colorcycle accepts ALL BRANDS of markers. This INCLUDES dry erase markers and highlighters!

Our collection continues until April 30. The school that collects the most wins $500! A collection bin will be in the school lobby. If you have questions, please contact Ms. Bush at

Attention All School Bankers

Capital Communications Federal Credit Union will be our bank for school banking once again and encourage you to visit their web site,, for details on their wonderful school banking programs. Check out this flyer [PDF] for an overview. If you do not have an account and would like to sign up, please have your child stop by on any Tuesday and pick up an application or download the application here [PDF]. Deborah Chaney is our school coordinator and can be reached at if you have any questions.

Earn money for Slingerlands by recycling ink & electronics

We are again joining with CFK, to recycle the following items:

• cell phones
• laser cartridges
• ink jet cartridges
• tablets/ereaders/notebooks
• laptops
• MP3s
• PDAs

Our drop box is located in the main office! If you have questions, feel free to contact Ms. Bush at


Do you have an empty ink jet cartridge? An old cell phone? Laptop? Send them to Slingerlands Elementary and help earn cash for our school! There is a collection bin in the lobby at school so feel free to drop them off or send them to school with your child.
Thanks for your support!

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