Mary E. Dardess ES

Kristen Reno, Principal


Little China Celebration

Student playing gongTo wrap up their exploration of Chinese culture, third grade classes held “Little China” performances for family and friends. Guest educator Tom Lee, who has been working with students as part of MED’s artsVOYAGE partnership with Spencertown Academy, discussed 8th century Chinese poetry and each student read an original Jue Ju poem they created to express a thoughtful connection with nature. Next, Mrs. Brownell, MED music teacher, led the students through a performance of songs they composed using Chinese notation and rhythms. The China celebrations were held in the MED conference room on April 7th and 8th.

students exploring exhibitMiSci Trip

The second students enjoyed a day at the Museum of Innovation and Science (miSci) in Schenectady. Among the museums many hands-on learning activities, the classes peered inside the human body at a special MRI exhibit, met six-legged friends in the butterfly house, and took in a 45-minute planetarium show about the night sky. The April 2nd field trip was part of the second grade's study of space, cycles in nature, and the human body.

Book Fair!

Students Browse BooksBook fairs are a great way to get children excited about reading and great books could be found at the MED Book Fair. Students could purchase books and other reading items during school hours March 10-14. This popular event was held in the school library and sponsored by the PTA. In addition to the benefit of getting books into the hands of children, the book fair raised funds that the PTA will use to support other beneficial programs at our school.

Measures for Measuring

Parent volunteer helps student with scaleMulligan demonstrates volume to studentStudents learned about a variety of metric and customary (English) units of measurement when the Scotia-Glenville Traveling Museum brought its “Measures for Measuring” program to the 3rd grade on February 26 and 28. With help from Museum presenter Brian Mulligan, their teachers, and parent volunteers, students experimented with over forty different measuring devices to learn about length, mass/weight, volume, time, temperature, money, area and perimeter. MED’s 3rd grade teachers set up this in-house field trip to kick off their section on measurement.

Students Learn About Healthy Teeth and Gums

Russo demonstrates brushingDental hygienist Evelyn Russo paid a visit to 2nd and 3rd grade classrooms on February 25 to talk about how sugary foods can damage teeth, and stress the importance of brushing and flossing. “You want to take good care of your permanent teeth so when you get older you still have them,” she said, demonstrating proper techniques on a kangaroo friend. Following Russo’s visit, a licensed dentist and hygienist returned to MED in early March to provide dental exams, cleanings, and other preventative dentistry for students. The visits were made possible through Columbia Memorial Hospital’s school-based mobile dental services.

Third Grade Collects PJs for Children in Need

Mrs. Mulica's class with PJ's the third grade collectedThe third grade collected PJs for The Great Bedtime Story Pajama Drive, sponsored by Scholastic Books. Altogether, students brought in 22 pairs of new PJs that will go to children in need this December. This annual charitable drive is in partnership with The Pajama Program, a nonprofit organization that provides pajamas and books to children living in shelters, foster care, group homes and orphanages. For every pair of pajamas that MED families donated, Scholastic matched it by donating a brand new book.

Fifth Graders Raise Funds for UNICEF

students with unicef boxesFor more than a quarter of a century, Chatham fifth graders have participated in the Trick-or-Treat for UNICEF program. Students collected funds for the world children's charity from Halloween through November. Prior to this activity, students learned background information about UNICEF and the United Nations as part of a class lesson on human rights. This year, over forty students participated and $850 was raised to help children in need all over the world. 

Third Grader's Essay Featured on CBS6 Evening News

Ednel is interviewed by JerryCBS6 anchor and reporter Jerry Gretztinger visited Mrs. Mulica’s third grade class to film one of Jerry's "Take A Break" segments about student Ednel Knapp and an essay he wrote as part of a class assignment. Mrs. Mulica had asked her students to write about what they liked best about their home. When Mrs. Mulica read what Ednel, who once lived in an Haitian orphanage, had to say she knew it was something special. She shared Ednel’s essay with Jerry Gretzinger, who agreed and paid the class a visit on December 4th to interview Ednel, Mrs. Mulica, and Ednel’s adoptive parents, Daniel and Anne Knapp of Ghent. Read Ednel's essay and view video clip...

Class Project Combines Math, Nutrition, and Exercise with Holiday Giving

students walkingSome third and fourth grade classes took a hike to the grocery store to do some shopping for local families in need. Along with the holiday spirit of giving, the field trip combined healthy habits like exercise and proper nutrition with math and money skills. The students collected a total of $250, developed nutritious shopping lists, and purchased nonperishable food items while staying within budget. All the groceries were then divided up and delivered to both the Chatham Food Pantry and the Ghent Food Pantry. Miss Feller’s and Miss Gotham’s fourth grade classes (co-taught with Miss Emma), and Mrs. Rossi and Mrs. Fleck’s co-taught third grade class participated.  


Spring Recess April 14-18

No school, enjoy the spring break!

Principal's Writing Contest

Mrs. Reno is sponsoring a writing contest for all students at MED, with one winner per grade level. Submissions are due to the office by April 21st. See flyer...


Kindergarten Registration

Registration for next September’s kindergarten class starts in February. Registration packets will be mailed to the homes of children on our school census. If you have a child who is eligible to attend kindergarten this fall and you do not receive a packet by March 1st, please call the elementary office at 392-1530 and one will be sent out to you.  Beginning March 1st registration can also be done in the elementary school office between the hours of 9am and 3pm. Learn more...