March 31, 2015
Benjamin Roberts, Principal
489 Clifton Park Center Rd, Clifton Park, NY 12065 • 518-881-0510 •
Arongen Student Council members are shown
gathering food donations from our recent
building wide food drive. A huge thank you to
all of our students, staff and Arongen
families for all of the generous donations.
Our Student Council was able to bring hundreds
of items in person to the Northeast Regional
Food Bank located in Latham to see first-hand
how the operation works and to donate all of
the collected goods.
Arongen students perform in the fourth grade
Orchestra Showcase Recital.
Arongen kindergarten students in Mrs. Schwarz’s class get a special visit from several Union College dental students to “brush up” on dental health and hygiene.
Arongen staff members wear red to support the
“Go Red for Woman” initiative. The month of
February is dedicated to bringing awareness to
preventing heart disease for woman across the
country. Great job Arongen!
Congratulations to Arongen 4th grader Isabella
Zarro after being selected as the 4th grade
winner of Siena College’s National Girls and
Woman in Sports Day Essay Contest. Isabella
was recognized during halftime of the Woman’s
basketball game on February 7th .
Arongen student create a reading igloo uising empty milk bottles.
Arongen Kindergarten students in Mrs. Rupert’s class have been working on 'ways to make 10' using unifix cubes and number trains. Students LOVE creating and solving math equations with the cubes and then recording their answers on the dry erase boards. Our students have become little math masters when it comes to formulating addition sentences and transposing their answers into numeric form. [ ]
Arongen students using connecting words as
they learn why birds are different from
Arongen second grade students proudly display cans of soup that they plan to donate to help support the Jonesville Food Pantry. Arongen’s second graders collected over 70 cans of food to help those less fortunate as a part of their folktale unit on Stone Soup.
Arongen students perform in the winter
Arongen students work together sorting donations that were gathered during our Giving and Growing program. All of the collected donations were then given to Captain to be dispersed to local families in need during the holiday season. 
Arongen’s annual Stuff the Turkey program raised $575.89 for the Shenendehowa Food Pantry.
Students in Ms. Baker’s class are using doubles as a strategy to solve addition facts with sums within 20. Students are working with a partner and practicing their double facts by rolling a dice and marking their answer with a counter. 
Times Union columnist and Arongen parent, Betsy Bitner, came to speak to her son Duncan's fifth grade class. Mrs. DeGennaro's class just finished reading the Landry News and Bitner shared advice about her writing process and where ideas come from.
3rd-4th graders releasing their crayfish back into the wild after studying and completing the Crayfish Unit in Science. - Mrs. Reynolds' class.
Adirondack singer, songwriter, storyteller, and naturalist, Roy Hurd (“Poncho”), shares Native American stories with Arongen 4th grade students. Roy’s weeklong visit is funded through support from the Arongen PTA and BOCES Arts in Education funds.
Mrs. Francois’ 2nd grade class learning their math facts through an online interactive program called Reflex Math. Mrs. Francois received a grant for her class to use the program.
Arongen 4th grade students Riley Simmons and
Lauren Gonzalez took it upon themselves to
fundraise in order to help our school purchase
new playground equipment. The students
organized a used book sale in their
neighborhood one weekend in October. The sale
was a huge success and the girls raised $58
dollars. Great job girls!
Arongen students in Mrs. Schwarz’s PM kindergarten class enjoy reading with a friend. 
Arongen 4th grade students in Mrs. Bleichert’
s class are shown working hard painting tints
and shades during art class.
Arongen’s second Grade Team “Goes Gold” to raise awareness in the fight against Childhood Cancer!
Fourth grade students from Mrs. Bleichert’s classroom are seen closely studying crayfish as part of the 4th grade science curriculum. 
Kindergarten students in Mrs. Rupert’s classroom get down to business working hard in their 'new' interactive calendar notebooks. The notebooks help to teach students many important daily calendar skills which include: reading and writing the date, counting and keeping a tally of the number of days we've attended school this year. We are lucky to have such hard working, cooperative and eager learners at Arongen! 
4/3/15 - Good Friday, No School
4/6/15-4/10/15 - Spring Recess, No School
4/14/15 - NYS ELA Assessment Gr. 3-8, thru 4/16
4/17/15 - Third Qtr Ends
4/22/15 - NYS Math Assessment Gr. 3-8, thru 4/24
4/24/15 - Science and Health Discovery Night, 6:30pm, HSE
4/25/15 - Community Conversation, 9:30a.m., Acadia
4/27/15 - ES Report Cards Distributed
5/5/15 - Acadia Gr. 5 Orientation, 6:30pm, Cafe
5/7/15 - Koda Gr. 5 Orientation, 6:30pm, MS Aud.
5/12/15 - Budget Hearing, 7pm, Gowana Library
5/16/15 - Community Conversation, 9:30am, Cheryl's Lodge
5/19/15 - School District Budget Vote, 7am-9pm, Gowana Gym
5/20/15 - NYS Science Performance Assessment Gr. 4/8
5/25/15 - Memorial Day, No School
6/1/15 - NYS Science Written Assessment, Gr. 4/8
6/19/14 - **In the 2014-15 calendar mailed home it says that AM kindergartners attend on this ES half day. That is incorrect. PM Kindergartners attend in the AM. Morning kindergarten students don't have school.
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Mrs. Bieniek; Gabrielle Reynolds
Art, Mrs. Hallenbeck
Physical Education, Coach Kitchell and Coach
Mrs. Valenti, music
Mrs. Taylor, Language Concepts