Spring Concert will be held on Tuesday, May 21, at
7:30 p.m. in the High School Auditorium.
Performing will be the 4th and 5th grade chorus, band
and orchestra, under the direction of Gina Kirsty,
Brian Tetlak and Karen Russell.
Awards will be
distributed at the Charlton Heights Spring Concert.
Each year, the Friends of Music honors one fifth grade
student from each of the performing groups for their
dedication, excellence in the arts.
Career Awareness Jamboree Planned
for May 23, 2013
PTA and staff members are starting to
plan for the Career Awareness Jamboree on May 23.
The event will be held in the morning, and children will
be exposed to three different career options. We
are looking for volunteers for the day.
Please contact Heidi Todd, Audrey Lowe or Tim Sinnenberg
firstname.lastname@example.org if you are interested in being
a volunteer. Volunteers will needed throughout the
morning to help children find classroom locations.
Charlton Heights Knights! It's time to
register for Summer Forum classes
looking for some fun learning experiences this July
should check out the Summer Forum classes that are
open to BH-BL resident children currently attending
kindergarten through 6th grade. You can sign up for
Musical Theater, Arts & Crafts, Future Chefs, and/or
Youth Challenge classes from July 1 to 26.
PTA Newsletter Now On-lineThe PTA
is now using an electronic version for our
monthly newsletters. Families who have given the
school their e-mail address will be mailed an electronic
copy. Families who would like a hard copy should
contact Newsletter Chairperson Lisa Criscone. You
can also view
May Newsletter here. Past newsletters and
all things PTA can be
viewed via the
Heights PTA webpage.
Field Day to be held on May 29
Charlton Heights Field Day for students in grades 4 and
5 will be held on Wednesday, May 29.
event typically lasts a couple hours and will be held on
the back field at Charlton Heights Elementary School.
will be wearing their physical education uniform.
However, if it is cold, students may wear under armor,
sweat pants, sweat shirts, etc. Students will also be
encouraged to bring a water bottle with them out on to
The rain date for field day is Friday,
May 31. The decision to cancel or delay the event will
be made the morning of field day. Parents may obtain
more information by checking the website. Spectators are
welcome to attend field day. We ask that all spectators
stand behind the cone area, which will be used for the
student athletes and staff members.
Children who place first, second or third in an
individual event, or first place in a team event, will
qualify for the District Field Day on June 5 at Stevens
Elementary School, with a rain date of June 6.
Charlton Heights Field Day results from 2001 through
2012 can be found
by clicking here
An awards ceremony will be
held on the afternoon of May 29 at 1:30 p.m. and
several fifth graders were honored with
the male and female athlete award, and the Sportsmanship Awards.
education staff will also distribute the
Presidential Physical Fitness Awards at the ceremony.
Chris Holder Fifth
Grade Residency Performance "Going Green-Ecosystems of
the World" on June 12
Town of Ballston Community Library is proud to announce
that they are the recipients of a Saratoga County
Program for Arts grant in partnership with Charlton
Heights Elementary School. This grant is partially
funded by the Saratoga Arts Council and New York State
Council on the Arts. The grant is being used to
fund the fifth grade "Going Green-Ecosystems of the
World" arts residency with Chris Holder beginning on
June 4, 2013. Chris Holder is a story singer from
Hammondsport, NY. The culminating performance will
be on Wednesday, June 12, at 1:30 p.m. in the gymnasium.
The Saratoga Program for Arts Funding-Arts Education is
made possible by the New York State Council on the Arts
with the support of Governor Andrew Cuomo and the New
York State Legislature, and Saratoga Arts.
Annual Chuck and Duck Dodgeball Tournament The Charlton Heights Student Council, in
conjunction with the PTA and the Teacher's Association,
sponsored a Dodgeball Tournament on Friday,
April 19, in the gymnasium. Over 180 students in
grades 3-5 participated, and competition was fierce
between the teams. To highlight healthy eating,
team names were all vegetables or fruits. In the
finals, Team Fig beat Team Raspberries for the title.
Members of Team Fig were: Andrew Poirier (team
captain), Josh Fugal, Aiden Giaquinto, Sophie Howard,
Kyle Rosselli, Sophie Swain, and Skyla Torres.
Students who have participated in the
event in the past and the results of the tournament are below:
The spring Box Tops Contest has now begun after a record
breaking fall. The records that were broken this fall were we collected 20,988
Box Tops, the most ever. This brings the school
$2,099! In addition, the top two earning classes
collected over 3,000 Box Tops. Miss Donofrio and
her class collected 3,399, while Mrs. Hall and her class
had 3,101. Also, nine classes were over 1,000,
which is more classes over 1,000 than ever before.
spring Box Tops program will end on Friday, June 14. The
two classes that collect the most Box Tops will receive either an ice cream or a pizza
The labels are found
on most General Mills, Betty Crocker and Ziploc items,
to name a few.
Charlton Heights was ranked fourth in the Capital Region
for the total number of Box Tops collected last year.
In addition, we were ranked 34th out of the 6,874
schools who turn in Box Tops in New York State for the
same time period.
The spring results as of May 20 are below:
1. Mr. Bold 2,341
2. Mrs. Bomm
Mr. Deso 1,238
Mrs. Long 1,136
Mrs. Ollari 1,047
Mrs. Gobel 1,018
Mrs. McNeal 932
Mrs. Berg 849
Mrs. Grasso 700
10. Mrs. Brennan pm 643
Camp Invention Comes to Burnt Hills
creativity and inventive thinking during a weeklong
summer adventure of fun and exciting real world
challenges led by qualified educators! One of the real
world challenges in the GEO-QUEST™ program is Cache
Dash™ . Join us on an international expedition,
navigating your way to treasure-filled caches containing
global challenges from youth around the world!
coming to O’Rourke Middle School from July 22 -
26, 2013 from 9:00 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. The camp is for
children entering grades one through six.
families registering one child, they can use the spring
discount code and receive $15 off until May 30.
For families registering two children from the same
family, they will receive $25 off, and for families
registering three children from the same family, they
will receive $50 off the fee for the remainder of the
information can be found on the Middle School web site,
including a registration form.
to Founder's Day Award Winners Tracy Blowers, Jill
Ollari and Beth Stephens
Congratulations to Tracy Blowers, Jill
Ollari and Beth Stephens, who were chosen as the
recipients of the Founder’s Day Award from Charlton
Heights. The District PTA sponsored the annual
Founder's Day Celebration on Thursday, February 7, at
the River Stone Manor in Glenville. All three have been
actively involved in the school community, and we are
proud of their efforts to positively influence the lives
of our children.
Tracy Blowers has three children, a
fourth grader at Charlton Heights, and two sixth graders
at O’Rourke Middle School. She has been the director for
the BH-BL Theatre for Children productions of many
shows, including Grease, Robin Hood, Charlotte’s Web,
Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, and Treasure Island.
She is the founder of Red Pants Theatre, which offers
programs and activities to stu-dents interested in the
arts. She was also a committee chairperson for the Magic
Maze Rebuild, and has been a Junior Achievement
volunteer for many classes at Charlton Heights.
Jill Ollari is a first grade teacher at
Charlton Heights. She is very active with our staff, and
has been the Staff Development Curriculum Representative
for many years. She is also on the Building Council, and
has helped put together staff routines for the Talent
Show, and helps with the choreography for the Drama Club
at Charlton Heights.
Beth Stephens is the Administrative
Assistant at Charlton Heights. Her two children are
graduates of BH-BL and Charlton Heights. She is the
organizer of many functions at the school, including the
kindergarten orientation, Talent Show, and Bicycle
Safety. She is a friendly face that the children see in
the morning as they get off the bus, and in the
cafeteria during lunch.
Founder's Day is a nationwide celebration to remember
the founders of PTA who first gathered in 1896.
Each year the Charlton Heights PTA honors an
individual who has gone above an beyond in ways that
benefit the children and our community. For past
winners from Charlton Heights, please see
Founder's Day Award Winners.
Kind Star Award Winners
Staff members have been on the look out
for students who are exhibiting kind behavior at
Charlton Heights. We look for children who are
polite and helpful with their words and actions, and who
are thoughtful of how others feel. These traits
are seen in so many children at the school. When
some of the kind behaviors are noticed, a student or
staff member can fill out a star describing what they
witnessed. An announcement is made each morning
about who exhibited kindness towards others, and the
star is put on a bulletin board outside of the Library
Some of the Kind Star
Award Winners from the past few months are listed below:
Kindergarten: Megan Smialek, Cooper Igoe, John
Gloud, Maddie DeLuke, Louis Frattarola, Warren Williams,
Catherine Groth, Rachel Crupe, Anthony DeMarco,
Christopher Ricketts, Leah Higgins, Emily Martin, Mia
Berghela, Louis Frattarola
Grade 1: Jacob
Finkle, Shelby Cataldo, Dominick Sollecito, Emily Motel,
Kaitlyn Calabro, Reilly McCormick, Lindsy Lawyer,
Thatcher Smith, Jacob Aiken, Andrew Cheely, Ryan Agan,
Emma Page, Ashlyn Hickey, Natalie Todd, Maddie Tse, Lily
Haluska, Jordyn Hunt, Sofia Somerville
Grade 2: Asa Tompkins, Macy Kingsley, Adam
Crooker, Ana Zepf, Meghan Poirer, Dana Poremba, Naomi
Williams, Sam Hladik, Rocco DelSorbo, Samuel Booth,
Brendan Tricozzi, Jessica Zalucki, Keira Patrick, Lily
Sisler, William Antrim, Katie Ziegler, Matthew Rounds,
Brianna Venditti, Abigail Crowe
Michael Puglisi, Kyle Strait, Hayden Rusnica, Alex
Gibelius, Gabby Aiken, Matthew Hunt, Zachary Andrews,
Caitlin Strait, Anthony Wakulenko, Riley Northrup,
Shelby Carusone, Jake Gibson, Alayna Shimkus, Jacob
Caron, Matteo Rossini, Josiah Strock
Grade 4: Donovan Cataldo, Justin Sisler, Dana
Golden, Jillian Muller
TJ Thomas, Jackson Tse, Kelly Andersen, Abby Shea,
Alizabeth Zarnofsky, Adam Orlando, Tucker Bold, Adam
Kelley, Alexa Michaelson, Katie Miller, Leanne Meaney,
Charlton Heights Drama Club performs "Aladdin"
60 fourth and fifth graders from the
Drama Club presented "Aladdin" on Wednesday, March
27th, at 7:00 p.m. in the gymnasium.
The Drama Club began in 2009 with a production of "Toby
Tyler." To view the cast lists from prior shows,
please see below:
Yearbooks do more than showcase the yearly school
portraits. They document many of the events that are
held at the school throughout the year as well as
capturing fun candid moments in the classroom. They are
a great memento of the fun our children have at school
Yearbooks can be ordered early, and they make a great
gift from parents, grandparents, aunts and uncles!
Enter school code: 6039613 (or select Charlton
Heights through the drop down menus. State: NY, City:
Follow the online steps to order a yearbook for only
You can also send in an order form through backpack mail
with the envelopes that went home in November. If you
need to use another envelope, please include your
child's name, teacher, grade and choice of any
additional options (stickys $1.50, current events $1.75) on the front.
Student Council Representatives Announced
for 2012-2013 School YearStudents at
Charlton Heights have elected the classroom
representatives for the 2012-2013 school year. The
representatives can be viewed in the document below.
Congratulations to Collin Digman, the new President;
Colby Jackson, Vice President; Christian Erickson,
Secretary; and Sam Verdile, Treasurer. A
listing of the Student Council from the past few years
as well as officers from as far back as the 1990's can
be viewed below:
Student Council will be sponsoring theme days
during the school year. On these days,
children and staff can wear the special clothing related
to the theme. During on the theme days, the PTA
will be selling bags of popcorn for $.50.
May 24 Mismatch Clothing Day
June 21 Tie-Dye Day
Charlton Heights PTA sponsored our annual Holiday Shop
on Thursday, December 6, during the school day.
Our students were given an opportunity to independently
select and purchase affordable items for their loved
ones. We had a great variety of crafters who came into the gymnasium to sell their
special treats for a lower cost. Special thanks to Tara and David DeLuke,
the organizers of the event, and all of our great
volunteer! This event was a great way to get into the season's
Fire Safety Poster Winners
Heights students participated in our annual fire safety
program on October 11 and competed in the poster
contest. Congratulations to first place winners
Caitlin Smith, Marshall Schmidt, Cianna Benamati, Meghan
Caitlin Strait, Peyton
Reno and Abby Shea. The first place award winners will receive a $50 savings
bond from the Charlton Fire Department. Thank you very much to the Charlton Fire Department
volunteers who came into school for our day
of fire prevention information. The following students
are the winners for their grade level from the past
https://www-k6.thinkcentral.com will allow parents and students to access the district's
Go Math program. It provides access to the Student
Workbook and several other useful tools to assist
students with their homework.
Chinese classes will offer 4 half-days of fun &
learning to elementary pupils
Deadline to register has
been extended to November 1
BH-BL students in grades 1 - 5 will
explore Chinese language and culture with BOCES
teachers at the Charlton Heights elementary school from 12:30
- 3:00 on the four November half days. (That is, on
the four afternoons that regular elementary classes are
suspended so that BH-BL teachers can hold parent
conferences.) These four half days are November 13,
14, 27 and 28.
Class size is limited, so parents
should click on the link below and submit their
student's application as soon as possible.
Stevens and Pashley students taking Project
Chinese will be transported by school bus to
Charlton Heights on the four half days. All parents should
plan to pick up their children at Charlton Heights
at 3:00 and transport them home after class on these
dates. The cost of the program is $75.
PTA will offer school banking on Thursday mornings from
8:15 until 8:45 a.m. in the cafeteria starting on
October 18. The program is sponsored by First New
York Federal Credit Union, and it is very easy to join.
If your child already has an account, there is no need
to open another account. Students receive great
prizes for every third deposit made. Students who
bank also have a chance to win a $5 gift card in our
monthly drawing! Volunteers are needed! If
you have any questions, please contact Chris Katz at
Staff Compete in Hero Rush
from BH-BL Central Schools, also known as "The
Educators," competed in the Hero Rush on Saturday,
September 8, at Ellms Farm in Charlton. The group
participated in the 3.8 mile course, complete with 16
challenges such as sliding down a fireman's pole and
navigating through a smoky building. The event was
planned to give an appreciation for the hard work and
dedication of firemen and women around the country.
Charlton Heights Knights!
The detailed district calendar
has been mailed to all BH-BL households and can also be
viewed on the district
Parents: Please remember that a Bus Stop Change Form
needs to be filled out EVERY YEAR if your child will be
bused to or from a location other than your home. See
Child Care Policies for more information, a copy of
the form, and a list of state-licensed day care
providers within our school district.
Talent Show on June 21 at Charlton Heights
Charlton Heights Talent Show was held on Thursday, June
21, 2012, in the gymnasium. Students sang, danced
played musical instruments and delighted the audience of family
members and students from the school.
Programs from the past can be found below:
Charlton Heights Float Wins
Award in the 2012 Burnt Hills Flag Day Parade
Congratulations to the Charlton Heights
Student Council for winning an award in the 2012 Burnt
Hills Community Flag Day Parade. This year, the
Flag Day Committee decided to give Charlton Heights the
"One of the Top Three Floats" Award. This
continues a tradition of excellence in the Flag Day
Parade. Below are the places from prior years:
2011- 1st Place
2010- 1st Place
2009- 3rd Place
2008- 2nd Place
The float was put together by students
and staff at the elementary school. The theme of
the float was "Go for the Gold."
Children dressed up as athletes from different sports,
including football, basketball, baseball, and swimming. On the float were
three athletes on podiums for winning first, second, or
third place in the Olympics, flanked by the Olympic
flame and the five rings. Special
thanks to Chris Deso, Alison Donofrio,
Traci Hall, Terry Koster, Jill Ollari, and community member Pete Ollari.
Heights Wins District Field
Day The District Field Day was held
on Tuesday, June 5, 2012, at
Stevens Elementary School. Charlton Heights, with
126.5 points, placed just ahead of Stevens Elementary
with 105 points. One all time record was broken at
the District Field Day by Caitlyn Carr, a fifth grade
girl from Pashley, who won the 50 Yard Dash in 7.1
seconds. Parents and community members enjoyed the beautiful
weather and the wonderful sportsmanship displayed by all
of the participants. Congratulations to all of the participants for great
effort and a cooperative spirit.
Dance Residency Performance on June 7
grade students participated in
a week long residency with the Ellen Sinopoli Dance
Company. The participatory aspect of the program
consisted of daily workshops taught by two dancers and
accompanied by a musician. The program
culminated on June 7 with a performance by the students
in the Charlton Heights gymnasium.
Performance on May 31 Third
grade students participated in
a week long residency with Motoko this spring.
The five day residency focused on national
holidays, festivals, and seasonal children’s activities
in Japan throughout the year. The third grade students
gained an accurate picture of contemporary Japan
while providing them with a sense of history. Sessions
included stories, songs, art, and cultural lessons, and
culminated into a students’ performance and art
exhibit on Thursday, May 31, at 1:45 p.m. in the
Cafeteria. Motoko won the 2007 National Parenting Publications
Awards for her debut CD "The Promise of Chrysanthemums."
Absentee Call-In Procedures
The Charlton Heights Main
Office asks that parents let us
know about a child who will be absent for the day due to
illness or other reasons.
Reminders from the Nurse:
Students in kindergarten, second and fourth
grades plus any students new to the district
must submit a completed school physical form.
(Click here for a pdf copy of this form.)
Parents: please send completed physical forms and
immunization records to the nurse as soon as
Also, remember that medications given
during the school day need to come in the
original bottle with a written doctor's notice.
All medications must be delivered by an adult!
Information from the New York
State Department of Health can be found by
Fourth Grader Dora Law Wins Art Contest Congratulations
to Dora Law for placing first among all Saratoga County
fourth graders in the annual "Be Smart, Don't Start"
Poster Contest. The program targets the youth of
Saratoga County, and each year there is a Growing Up
Smoke Free! poster contest. Dora drew a picture of
a ballerina dancing, and her poster was judged to be
first place by the panel of judges. She was
honored during the Saratoga County Board of Supervisors
Board Meeting on June 21, and the school received a
$1,000 gift certificate to Borders Book Store. A
listing of past award winners from Charlton Heights can
be found here:
Poster Contest Winners from Charlton Heights
10-11 Recorder Black
Belt Honoree List Updated
year, our third graders learn about instruments during
music class. As part of their studies, they start
playing the recorder to practice reading music and using
proper rhythm. The children spend a lot of time at
home in preparation for class, where they can perform a
variety of songs, from easier to harder. For each
song the children complete, they are rewarded with a
specially colored string to signify their achievement.
When completed, the final song earns the child a black
string, or their "black belt". A listing of
students who earned their black belt awards from the
can be found by clicking on the links below:
Klapper, from Troop 65, recently completed his Eagle
Scout Project at Charlton Heights. He organized a
group of parents and troop members to complete two
planters outside near the side playground.
Students in the future will use the planters to practice
their gardening skills. James is one of five Boy
Scouts who have completed projects for Charlton Heights.
A listing of the other projects can be viewed at
Eagle Scout Projects
continues at Charlton Heights!
Thanks to great support by Charlton
Heights families, community members and staff, the
"1001 Book Kid" program is continuing.
The ultimate goal of the program is
that each child will have heard 1001 stories and
have formed a bond with books and reading that will
last a lifetime.