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Ichabod Crane Primary School

Welcome to the Ichabod Crane Primary School for students in grades K through 3.

We are excited to announce…

Thanks to your support and daily voting, the Ichabod Crane Primary School is officially the winner of the Hannaford/Teracycle Recycled Garden Contest! COMING THIS SPRING OUR BEAUTIFUL NEW GARDEN….Thank you for all your help!

Kindergarten Registration for Fall 2017

(Jan. 3, 2017) This Spring, Ichabod Crane Primary School will be conducting registration and screening for those students entering Kindergarten in September, 2017. In order to be eligible to enter Kindergarten this coming fall, a student must be five (5) years of age on or before December 1, 2017 and be a resident within the Ichabod Crane School District. If you have a child who meets the criteria for beginning Kindergarten in September of 2017 and have not received a mailing by mid-February, please contact us immediately. Learn More

Primary School Generosity Tree

Generosity TreeWe are happy to bring to you our 5th Annual ICC Primary School Family Holiday Tradition of helping local families enjoy a happier Christmas. This year will be a bit different in that we will have both angels for gifts and gingerbread boys and girls for food items on our tree in the lobby.

This is such a wonderful way to teach our children the idea of generosity and the importance of giving during the holiday season ~~ also that it’s not really the size of the gift that matters, but that it is given in the spirit of community and caring.

There are white angels on the tree labeled with a gift for a particular child. It could be something they want, something they need, something to wear or something to read. We ask that you wrap the gift, put the angel on the outside and return it to school no later than Wednesday, December 14th. We also have gingerbread boys and girls with food items on them for each family. Please return the food item unwrapped with the gingerbread boy or girl attached no later than Wednesday, December 14th.

If your child has your permission, he or she may select one or more angel or gingerbread boy or girl from the tree in the lobby. Please be sure each item in returned to school with the angel or gingerbread boy or girl attached on or before Wednesday, December 14th.

As always, thank you so much for your kindness and generosity. We have such a giving school community! If you have any questions, please feel free to call Mrs. Nichols at 758-7575, Ext. 6002.

Primary School Book Election Results In!

Book Election(Nov. 8, 2016) The Primary School has wrapped up their "election" in the Primary School Library. All students were invited to vote for whether they thought fiction books (from the author's imagination) or nonfiction books (texts that are informational) are the best for our school. Second and third graders made campaign posters for the "candidate" of their choice and presented their posters to their classmates. These persuasive posters were also shared with the kindergartners and first graders. The ballots have been counted and the results are in: fiction books received 229 votes, nonfiction received 224 votes.

View more photos on Facebook here.

Primary School Welcomes Author Karen Kaufman Orloff

Author visits

(Oct. 26, 2016) The Primary School was excited to welcome author Karen Kaufman Orloff on October 26! Ms. Kaufman Orloff has published several children’s books, including the popular “I Wanna” series.

Ms. Kaufman Orloff is speaking with our second and third graders about how a book is created from the idea in a writer's head to a published book. She is reading a couple of her books to students and working with the third graders on writing exercises.

Thank you to the ICC PTA for supporting this visit through its Arts & Enrichment program.

Visit to Katchkie Farm Introduces First Graders to Seasonal Cooking and Gardening
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(Oct. 24, 2016) Over the course of three days In October, all of our first grade students at Ichabod Crane Primary School visited Katchkie Farm in Kinderhook. The students are taking part in the “Fresh Food Comes from the Farm” program. Learn More

Odyssey of the Mind

If you were unable to attend the informational meeting on Oct. 5 and would like more information about the Odyssey of the Mind program at Ichabod Crane, please contact coordinator Jamie Stickles by email at

Helping Hands - Donating to the Valatie Food Pantry

For several years, we at the Primary School have had a weekly collection for the Valatie Food Pantry to assist our friends in the community who may need a helping hand. It has been a huge success, and the Food Pantry counts on us to help keep their shelves full throughout the year!

Won't you please consider picking up an extra item or two each week to put in the collection box in the lobby? Pick up is every Friday! It's a great way to teach your child about generosity and helping others in our own community. View the flyer

Spirit Week

The Primary School celebrated Spirit Week the week of Sept. 26. View the Primary School Spirit Week photo album on Facebook here.

First Grade PicnicFirst Grade Family Picnic

(Sept. 16, 2016) On Thursday, September 15, first grade families enjoyed a beautiful evening picnicking on the Primary School playground. It was a great kick off to the school year. Thank you to all first grade families that brought or made desserts!

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Primary School Kicks off School Year With Unity Parade

(Sept. 12, 2016) ICPS kicked off the school year with a school-wide Unity Parade on September 9th. Each grade level had been hard at work creating a motto that represents their grade. On Friday afternoon the school community paraded around the track to show off their motto as they joined together with the whole school community. Thank you to the IC Marching Band for providing the music! Great job ICPS! Click to view the photo album on Facebook

Invitations Summer ELA Program Helps Reinforce Skills

Invitations program

(Aug. 3, 2016) Ichabod Crane students in grades K-3 participated in the Invitations summer ELA program for four weeks in July. The 20-day academic program is designed to provide Language Arts and reading support to students who may benefit from additional instruction in these areas as they enter the 2016-2017 school year. Learn More

Price Chopper's TOOLS FOR SCHOOLS: Tools for Schools graphic
Help the Primary School Earn Free Equipment

As a new school year will soon get underway, please be sure to register your Price Chopper AdvantEdge card with the Ichabod Crane Primary School Tools for Schools code 15889. Every time you use your AdvantEdge Card from July 26, 2015 through March 26, 2016 you can earn points to help ICPS get needed equipment – FREE! Visit the Price Chopper Web site to sign-up today!

Arrival & Dismissal Procedures

Please become familiar with the updated arrival and dismissal procedures. These can be viewed by clicking on the first link at left.

About the Primary School

In addition to the regular K-3 curriculum, students participate in art, music, library, and physical education. The Health Office is staffed with a full-time registered nurse.

Students with special needs have a full compendium of service providers to assist them. These include speech and language therapists, counselors, and remedial reading teachers.

The Primary School is an active and enjoyable setting for the students. Parents are frequently involved as volunteers in their child's classroom and in other programs offered through the Parent Teacher Association (PTA).

Primary School Hours

Daily Hours: 8:50 a.m. - 3 p.m.
(Students can enter the building as early as 8:30 a.m.)
Office Hours: 7:30 a.m. - 4 p.m.


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