April 23, 2014
Benjamin Roberts, Principal
489 Clifton Park Center Rd, Clifton Park, NY 12065 • 518-881-0510
The Arongen Student Council is sponsoring a benefit concert for JP Honsinger. JP is a 5th grade student at Arongen Elementary who was diagnosed with Niemann-Pick disease Type C in September, a rare neurodegenerative disorder that usually strikes children before or during adolescence. Roy Hurd (Poncho) will be performing at Shenendehowa High School East on April 26th from 7:00-8:30. Roy is a dynamic performer and world class singer songwriter. He spent several years in Nashville writing for two of the largest publishing companies in the world. Join family and friends for a fun and friendly night of great storytelling and music while supporting a worthy cause. For more information and tickets orders go to JamminforJp.com.
Congratulations to Arongen students Hannah Hwang, Michael Price, Rylee Carpenter, Lyra Clifford, Jack Griffin, Stephen Cobb and Lena Han, winners of the reflective essay contest. They read their essays at the SHENsational Global Expo 2014 on Saturday, March 22nd at High School West.
Representatives from the Clifton Park Target visited a first grade classroom (Mrs. Symonds) to read FOX IN SOCKS in celebration of Dr. Seuss' birthday. Arongen recently received a $500 grant for purchasing books! Arongen loves to read!
Mrs. Pierre’s 1st grade Shining Stars celebrated the 100th day of school.
Arongen first graders celebrate Read Across America Day with parent volunteer readers.
Arongen students in Mrs. West’s class have been learning about dogs and their roles in the community. Ms. Angela Baris and her therapy dog, Anni, came to talk to students about how therapy dogs help people. 
Arongen third grader, Carlie Herba, won first place in the third grade division of the National Girls and Women in Sports Day Essay Contest, sponsored by Sienna college. 
Christine Urena, a representative from our local Clifton Park Target store handing over a $500 dollar Literacy Grant to Arongen's Principal during a recent faculty meeting. 
Arongen students in Mrs. Renzi's fifth grade class read with their Book Buddies in Mrs. Francois' 2nd grade class. 
Mrs. Rupert’s kindergarten students love working with partners as to help them learn new skills in math. Students learned how to decompose numbers less than or equal to 10 into pairs in more than one way. 
Arongen students in Mrs. Valenti's music class use iPads to reinforce rhythm counting skills.
Mrs. Symond’s class celebrates “Read A Hat Day” for
Partners in Reading. The creative, Mrs. Martin, made
hats for each student to decorate and participate.
Arongen welcomed home Staff Sergeant Michael Olmstead
who just returned from active duty overseas. Sergeant
Olmstead has been deployed in South Korea for the last
14 months working as a military police officer in the
Army. He arrived in the morning and came to surprise his
5th grade daughter at Arongen while her class was
working in the library.
A special thanks to Sergeant Olmstead for his service to our country. We greatly appreciate all of your sacrifice to help protect and keep our country safe. Click here to view the video.
Students in Mrs. Symonds' Arongen first grade class studied the author Mo Willems. They read books with partners and completed written reflections.
Arongen students in Mrs. Schwarz’s kindergarten classes
enjoy a great book from their weekly Secret Reader.
Arongen students in Mrs. Castilla's class deliver much needed winter hats, gloves, socks and mittens to Captain as part of our annual Giving and Growing program. Thank you to all of our Arongen families for your generous contributions and support. 
A special thank you to the Dinosaur BBQ for their
generosity to the Arongen Staff. On Thursday, November
14th during the parent/teacher conference day, the world
famous Dinosaur BBQ( located in Troy ) visited Arongen
and provided the Arongen staff with a special
The entire Arongen staff is extremely thankful for your generosity and for treating our hard working staff to a wonderful and delicious BBQ lunch! 
Kindergarten students in Ms. Baker’s class use shaving cream during math instruction to work on making their numbers count! 
Arongen 5th grade students read with their Kindergarten book buddies in Ms. Baker’s AM Kindergarten class.
Mrs. Drozinski’s third grade class received dictionaries from the local Rotary Club.
Arongen students and staff helped to clean up the Karen’s Kids Memorial.
Arongen second grade student sin Mrs. Flynn’s class
participate in Shen’s bully prevention week by wearing
yellow and supporting The Golden Rule Monday!
Arongen welcomed Chris Poulos as a presenter to their Character Education Assembly to kick off Bully Prevention Month. [MORE]
Arongen’s second grade teachers wear gold on September 18th in support of finding a cure for childhood cancer
Book Buddies from Mrs. Symonds' first grade class and Mrs. West's third grade class meet once a week with their buddy to share books of all genres. 
Gr. 1 students at Arongen participated in a science and language arts activity during the "Life Cycle of an Apple" unit. 
Mrs. Rupert’s kindergarten class is shown working hard at Arongen. The students are off to a great start in getting to know their new teacher and learning how to be outstanding students at Arongen. 
Mr. Hubert's 5th graders work together exploring strategies for building spaghetti towers, while they get to know each other the first day of school. 
4/25/14 - Annual Science and Health Discovery Night, 6:30 – 9:00 P.M. Click here for more info.
4/26/14 - Community Conversations, 9:30am, Gowana Lib.
4/30/14-5/2/14 NYS Gr. 3-8 Math Exams
5/6/14 - Acadia Gr. 5 Parent Orientation, 6:30pm
5/7/14 - Gowana Gr. 5 Parent Orientation, 6:30pm
5/8/14 - Koda Gr. 5 Parent Orientation, 6:30pm
5/17/14 - Community Conversation, 9:30am, Cheryl's Lodge, Turf Park
5/20/14 - Annual District Budget Vote and Board Election, 7am-9pm, Gowana Gym
5/21/14-5/30/14 - NYS Gr. 4 and 8 Science Performance Exam
5/23/14 - No School due to unused snow emergency days
5/26/14 - Memorial Day, No School
6/2/14 - NYS Gr. 4 and 8 Science Written Exam
6/7/14 - A Green and White Night, 6:30pm, Hilton Garden Inn
6/13/14 - Gr. K-5 Half Day, PM kind. will not attend school. The AM students will be dismissed at 11:15 (12:15 for Okte/Chango) with gr. 1-5. K students will not be dropped off at the normal Kindergarten drop off spot but at the neighborhood drop off that is closest to your house. Please see your child's elementary schools main office if you have any questions.
6/20/14 - Gr. K-5 Half Day, AM kind. will not attend school. The PM students will attend in the morning and be dismissed at 11:15 (12:15 for Okte/Chango) with gr. 1-5. K students will not be dropped off at the normal Kindergarten drop off spot but at the neighborhood drop off that is closest to your house. Please see your child's elementary schools main office if you have any questions.
6/24/14 - AM Kindergarten Last Day
6/25/14 - Gr. K-5 Half Day, AM kind. will not attend school. The PM students will attend in the morning and be dismissed at 11:15 (12:15 for Okte/Chango) with gr. 1-5. K students will not be dropped off at the normal Kindergarten drop off spot but at the neighborhood drop off that is closest to your house. Please see your child's elementary schools main office if you have any questions. Last Day of School.
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