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About Glenmont

Welcome to Glenmont School!

Glenmont Elementary School, located in a suburb just outside of Albany, NY, is one of five Bethlehem Central elementary schools. Thanks to the dedicated and professional faculty and staff, our 360 students in grades K-5 learn and grow in a challenging yet supportive environment. Our families are an integral part of our learning community, providing support through our active PTA.

Glenmont School has always been a place where kindness has been cultivated and treasured.  This year we will continue this tradition as we implement a Response to Intervention Behavior Program which will focus on kindness as one of our core values.  All of our students will receive instruction and support in how to Be Kind, Be Respectful, & Be Responsible throughout all areas of the school in their interactions with children and adults alike.  We’ll also continue to provide positive reinforcement through our Glenmont Gold slips which staff give to children they catch being kind. You’ll see these values promoted in school-wide displays and programs including service projects.  Our goal is to create a safe and nurturing environment that challenges our students to make a positive difference in the world both now and as they grow.

Ever since the doors of our school first opened on April 29, 1957, Glenmont School has served as a high achieving, positive learning community for our students, staff, and families. We are very proud of our school and hope you will stop by to see what makes our school such a special place.

“Care about yourself; care about the people and things around you.”

Glenmont Programs

1000 Books

Housed in the skylight area of our primary wing are 100 blue bags, each filled with 10 books. Pre-school and K-2 parents are encouraged to fill out a card and then borrow a bag of books at a time. The goal is to encourage families to read 1000 books together as a solid foundation for a life-long love of reading. Directions for how to sign up are posted in the skylight area, or feel free to ask for assistance in the main office.

Big Backyard

Beyond the sports field behind our school lies a beautiful nature area with groomed trails, a dipping dock and pond, bird-feeders, and more. Teachers and students visit the Big Backyard to study insects for a science lesson, become inspired for a poetry writing sessions, or snowshoe during PE class. Over the past few years, we have been fortunate to have an environmental educator work with each class, sometimes in the Big Backyard. Families are invited to visit our Big Backyard on their own outside of school hours.

Nature’s Classroom

During the fall of fifth grade, our students and their teachers head to Massachusetts to participate in a Nature’s Classroom program. This three day trip away from home promises a multitude of experiences for our students: doing science experiments with light, writing about a nature hike, participating in dissections, and engaging in some historical role plays. Clearly there are many academic objectives for this program in the areas of science, social studies, and language arts. Yet some of the other lessons the children learn are equally essential: respect, trust, cooperation, independence, and responsibility. The Outdoor Education program provided by Nature’s Classroom is considered by many students to be a highlight of their fifth grade year.

Music at Glenmont

Glenmont students in the upper grades are afforded a number of musical opportunities beyond the regular weekly music class offered to all students in K-5. Most fourth and fifth graders elect to join our choir which meets weekly during the school day performing a variety of musical genres. String instrumental lessons are available during the day for those fourth and fifth graders who are interested. Finally, fifth graders may begin studying a band instrument. Both band and orchestra rehearsals take place before school for those students who participate in lessons. Each of the musical ensembles performs at our two annual concerts for both the student body and for families.

Intramurals at Glenmont

Students in fourth and fifth grade are invited to participate in intramurals that occur before school. The students engage in a variety of sports such as volleyball and basketball as a way to develop their skills, learn good sportsmanship, stay in shape, and have fun.

PTA Programs

The Glenmont School PTA is a highly active group of parents and teachers who make a difference for our children in a variety of ways:

  • Educational Programs: In these times of tight school budgets, we are thankful for the financial support provided by our PTA which enables us to bring enriching educational opportunities to our students. Each classroom has been able to either go on an educational field trip or participate in a program hosted by the Scotia-Glenville Traveling Museum over the past few years. We have also had whole school assemblies featuring authors, artists, African drummers, songwriters, etc. In addition, the PTA hosts educational evening programs for families such as math and science nights.
  • Enrichment Classes: Each year, our PTA offers a variety of after-school classes to our students to complement our regular instructional program. Past offerings have included Mad Science, Spanish, Robotics, Knitting, Newspaper Writing, and more. Typically programs run for six weeks. Please contact the PTA if you are interested in helping to coordinate this program or have ideas for course offerings.
  • Social Events: Our PTA provides many opportunities for our students and families to interact and have fun. The Fall Family Picnic, Halloween Ball, Movie Nights and Book Fairs are just a few of the many highly anticipated and attended events.

Service Projects

Service to others is an important concept we want our children to experience at a very young age. Here at Glenmont School, we participate in a number of fundraisers and service learning projects both as an entire school community and also within individual classrooms. We have been a national leader from almost 20 years in supporting the American Heart Association with our Hoops for Heart program.  Second graders have written thank you notes to local veterans, third graders have dressed as historical figures from the past and given speeches upon demand in a wax museum format to raise money for the Bethlehem Community Fund, and classes have collected spare change for victims of natural disasters.

In addition to our classroom and school projects, our PTA has a Roots and Wings Committee that coordinates several service projects throughout the year.  Finally, the district sponsors a food basket drive for local families in need, especially during the holidays.