Mary E. Dardess ES

Kristen Reno, Principal


A Mother Goose Comedy

students rehearsing for playThe Mary E. Dardess Elementary School Drama Club presents A Mother Goose Comedy Friday, March 31 at 7:00 p.m. and Saturday, April 1 at 2:00 p.m. in the Chatham Middle School auditorium. In this musical play by Patricia Barry Rumble for Pioneer Drama Services and performed by the 4th and 5th graders in the club, our Mother Geese present their old stories with a new twist. Free and open to the public - come enjoy this great show for all ages. Learn more...

MED Caring Assembly

Mrs. Reno hands student the golden trashcan On March 10, MED held a school-wide assembly highlighting our theme of the month, which was “Caring” for March. As part of the assembly, awards were handed out by Principal Kristen Reno and Assistant Principal Mike Burns to the students who most embodied the caring spirit. Each special department (art, musical, PE, Library, and cafeteria) also handed out awards to the classes that showed the most caring, and don't forget the Golden Trash Can for the cleanest classes. See awards...

A.M. “Boot Camp”

Mr. Burns leads students through exercises during MED Boot CampFirst thing in the morning on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays, Mr. Burns leads a group of students through ten minutes of vigorous exercise, beginning with a two-minute run around the gym before they set in on calisthenics like pushups, crunches, jumping jacks, and more. The students in the Boot Camp program really enjoy it and research has shown that just ten minutes of intense physical workout helps children be more relaxed and focused in school. Learn more...

Assemblies Focus on Respect

student is handed an award by Mrs. Reno at respect assembly On January 30, MED held assemblies highlighting the school’s theme of the Month, which was “Respect.” As part of the assembly, awards were handed out by Principal Kristen Reno and Assistant Principal Mike Burns to the students who most embodied the spirit of respect. Each special department (art, musical, PE, Library, and cafeteria) also handed out an award to the classes that showed the most respect during their time at that special. See who won...

Autumn Glass with the varsity cheerleading squadMED Student Cheers for Chatham

MED second grader Autumn Glass (left) joined the CHS Varsity Basketball Cheerleading team as an honorary member this winter. She practiced with the team, learned the cheers, chants, and claps, and sported an official varsity uniform. Autumn was proud and honored to represent the Chatham spirit! Her teacher, Ms. Engel, and all of us here at MED are proud of her too. Way to go Autumn!

Hnter reading to pre-k studentsFeatured Reader

Hunter Pulcher, one of our third graders here at Mary E. Dardess Elementary School, has been working hard on his reading skills with Mrs. Chiappinelli, Mrs. Fleck, and Mrs. Maraglio. Because of his hard work he has been making tremendous progress! To celebrate his success, he was asked to come share his reading skills with Mrs. Alliger's Pre-K class on January 6. The Pre-K class was an attentive and respectful audience to the proud reader!

5th Grade Service Day

students making holiday decorationsFifth graders participated in a grade-wide service day on December 21. MED assistant principal Mike Burns orchestrated this special activity day, during which several service projects took place at school with different groups of fifth graders each responsible for completing one project. Students baked cookies or made cards for the local Meals on Wheels program, crafted holiday decorations for assisted living residents, worked with pre-k students, & performed a concert at Camphill Ghent. Learn more...

Gingerbread Houses

student and family member make gingerbread house togetherOur kindergartners have been comparing and contrasting all the different versions of the Gingerbread Man. From the traditional Gingerbread Man to The Gingerbread Girl, the students have loved hearing about them! The youngsters have also been learning about different 3-D shapes such as the cone, cube, etc. As a culminating activity, the students' families were invited to class to help the kindergartners construct their own version of a gingerbread house.

Community Church Honors MED Faculty

Teacher receives certificate from Reverend JimpsonMembers of the Payne AME Church in Chatham made a visit to MED to pay a special honor to our school. At the December 14 faculty meeting, Reverend Gloria Jimpson thanked our school for the valuable service we provide our community and handed each of our teachers a personalized certificate recognizing them for the outstanding work they do. This honor directly reflects the great work our entire faculty and support staff do when it comes to providing our students with a first-class education. Learn more...

Mindfulness at MED

students doing mindfulness exercises in classMED has introduced mindfulness instruction to our school day! Mindfulness is our ability to be fully present and not distracted, overwhelmed, or overly reactive to what goes on in our daily lives. And we can improve this ability greatly through meditation. Each morning MED has been taking a few minutes to do some mindfulness-building together as a school. Over the school loudspeaker, Mrs. Rivet has been leading breathing and movement exercises to help students focus on the present and get more in touch with their inner selves. Learn more...

5th Grade Projects Tell a Story

Student making dioramaTo wrap up their their reading of the book Hatchet, Mrs. Hogencamp’s fifth grade English classes constructed tech-based projects. Each student could choose what their project would be, and all the projects had to include key elements from the story, which tells the tale of a boy surviving in the wilderness after his plane crashes. Students came up with some great ideas, including dioramas, board games, books, 3-D computer maps, and presentation boards. After the students completed their projects, each gave a short presentation about it to the class.

The Four Seasons

students perform thir ballet Four SeasonsTo celebrate the conclusion of their study of Venice, the third grade held a special performance for parents in the MED Cafeteria on December 6th. Guest educator Tom Lee, from the Spencertown Academy, kicked off the celebration by highlighting the many different ways the students explored Venice over the past several weeks, using geography, history, architecture, art, writing, music, and of course, performance! On the stage, the students put on a ballet of their own making set to Vivaldi’s The Four Seasons. Learn more...

Fourth Graders Take Walk Through Time

student on history tour witth Gail WolczanskiDid you know that the inventor of the Coleman Lantern was born in Chatham and that’s who the village's Coleman St. is named after? Or that the village used to be called Chatham Four Corners before it stole the Chatham name away from what is now Old Chatham? Or that a resident once blew up his own building to stop a huge fire from spreading down Main Street? These are just some of the fascinating tidbits our fourth graders learned on a walking history tour with Chatham historian Gail Wolczanski. Learn more...




    Book Fair March 27-31

    The MED PTA Book Fair runs during school the week of March 27- 31.


    Book Fair Ice Cream Social March 30

    Bring the whole family to the MED PTA Book Fair Ice Cream Social Thursday from 6-7:30pm.
    Shop the sale and let the PTA treat you to an ice cream sundae!


    MED Presents
    A Mother Goose Comedy
    March 31 & April 1 @ CMS

    MED's Grade 4 & 5 musical A Mother Goose Comedy takes place Friday, March 31 at 7pm and Saturday, April 1st at 2pm in the CMS auditorium, Learn more...


    Regular School Day April 21st

    Because we have used one snow day over our allotment for this year, Friday, April 21st has been converted to a regular school day. All students and employees are expected to be in attendance that day.


    Kindergarten Registration

Registration packets for our 2017-18 kindergarten class were mailed home in February to all eligible children who are on the school census. If you have a child who is eligible to attend kindergarten this fall and you did not receive a packet, please call Mrs. Layton at 392-1530 or visit the elementary school office between 9am and 3pm. Learn more about registering your child for kindergarten...


Pre-K Screening

The screening dates for next year’s pre-kindergarten program will take place on June 7 & 8, 2017. The program is for children with deficits in school readiness and/or family barriers that limit their access to other preschool programs. Contact Kimberly Layton, MED. secretary, at 392-1530 to schedule a screening appointment. Learn more...