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Notice Regarding Recess During the Winter Months

Students in grades kindergarten through eighth grade will continue to go outside for recess during the winter months.  Now that the snow and cold temperatures have arrived, all students need to be prepared by having the following clothing items with them during recess: winter coat, hat, scarf, gloves or mittens, snow pants, and boots.  Remember to pack your sneakers or shoes to wear in school.


2014 After School Clubs/Sports - 2nd Trimester

2nd Trimester Clubs/Sports begin on December 15th.  For a complete list of club offerings, descriptions and club permission slips, please visit the “Clubs & Activities” section on the school website.  Forms will also be available in the front lobby. 


** Student Health & Wellness/Fuel Up to Play 60 AND Recycling Club will have a new sign up for the 2nd trimester.  If you were in the club the first trimester and wish to continue, you MUST sign up for the 2nd trimester.  Space in the Health & Wellness club is limited to 20 participants per section (Gr. 2&3 and Grades 4 and up).

*Jr. Chess Club is limited to 15 participants

*Jr. Lego Robotics is limited to 12 participants


Menands Participates in Holiday Caroling

Menands School would like to thank the students, parents, and special guests who participated in the holiday carolilng at Colonie Center on Sunday, December 7, 2014.  Menands School earned ten thousand Colonie Center School Bucks Bonus Points and had a wonderful time performing at the mall. Congratulations to everyone who joined the event.  Happy Holidays! (photos)


Honor Rolls, Citizens and Scholars Named for Quarter 1

The Honor Roll and Citizens and Scholars Assembly for quarter 1 was held on December 2.   Students named to the Superintendent's List, High Honor Roll, and Honor Roll were presented with certificates  (photos).  Citizens and Scholars for the quarter were also honored. (photos)


Class Officers Elected for the Class of 2015

Our eighth grade class elected officers to represent them during the year.  They also help conduct the honor roll assemblies. (photo)


Successful Turkey Trot Run at School

Our annual Turkey Trot was held at school in November.  View the photos to see the fun we had!  (photos)



Menands School Student Health and Wellness Club News...

The Student Health and Wellness Club under the direction of our school nurse, Mrs. Kulpa, collected Halloween candy over the last week and made "thank you" cards to send to the brave service men and women for all they do to keep us safe. The club collected 15 pounds of candy that will make our troops very happy and keep our bodies and our teeth healthy.  We would like to thank Dr. Lipinski and his staff at Lipinski Dental in East Greenbush for shpping our candy for us.  (article)  (photos)  (click for card)


Red Ribbon Week Held at School

Red Ribbon Week was celebrated in our school from October 23-30, with anit-drug activivities in grades K-8.  Sponsored by the grade 8 health class, every day had a different theme. Please view our photos and see what our week was like.  (photos)


Kindergarten Field Trip to Proctor's

On Wednesday, October 22nd, kindergarten students attended the Empire State Youth Orchestra's performance of "Symphonic Landscapes."  The concert introduced students to music by American composers and featured local high school art work connected to the theme of America's landscapes.  In music class, kindergarten students prepared by learning about the instruments in the orchestra, the conductor, and how composers write music to make us feel a certain mood or picture a scene.  Students listened to the selected works in the weeks leading up to the performance and created their own art work of America's landscapes.  This field trip and the work leading up to it highlights real-world learning and supports many of the New York State Common Core Learning Standards in English Language Arts.



Walking and Biking Safety Resources

The week of October 6-10, Menands School  celebrated  Walk to School Week. All students were encouraged to find one or more days for walking to school. Walking is a great way to start the day. It also burns extra calories and increases your heart rate. It also improves circulation and that wakes you up!


Pedestrian Safety - Tips for parents and other adults

Bicycle Safety Tips for Parents, Guardians and Kids__


Menands Fire Company Visits School

Volunteers from Menands Fire Company #1 visited with students from Menands School to share information pertaining to fire awareness, fire prevention, and safety measures to follow during an emergency.  The students had the opportunity to visit with fire fighters and learned more about the special people in our community who are prepared to help during an emergency.  We would like to thank the Menands Fire Company #1 for taking the time to visit with us during Fire Prevention Week! (photos)


New Information Available on Health Office Link...


Technology Students Celebrate National Manufacturing Day

The Menands' 8th grade technology students celebrated the third annual National Manufacturing Day today.  This RPI sponsored program's goal is to inspire a new generation of manufacturers through an exciting presentation.  Students in Mr. Van Vliet's technology class were able to watch a simulcast of the presentation by Jeremy Bout who is a nationally renowned inspirational presenter.    (photos)


Eighth Graders Go To Camp

From Monday, September 8 until Wednesday, September 10, members of the Class of 2016 participated in an outdoor education program at Camp Chingachgook on Lake George.  The students took part in team building activities, archery, hiking, and leadership games. At night there were special activities, including a camp fire complete with singing and smores!  Please see our photos and  experience this very special trip.   (photos)


Our Special First Day

Wednesday, September 3, was a wonderful first day of school.  The students gathered together for the annual Welcome Back Breakfast, sponsored by the Menands Association of Teachers.  Miss Albert, chairperson of the event, Dr. Long, and Mrs. Schroeder all inspired the children with their opening remarks.  Miss Albert reminded everyone that they are special and, in a project this autumn in art class, the student body will all paint individual rocks demonstrating each child's uniqueness.  Dr. Long stressed to the children that they can make a difference in this world and challenged them to complete projects that will give to the community.  Mrs. Schroder spoke to the student body about the school's theme this year of random acts of kindness, and encouraged each child to perform one every day.  It looks like it is going to be a very special year, and one that the students will long remember.    (photos)

Register for First Call Notification System

The Village of Menands has made it possible for the Menands School District to be connected to their emergency notification system,entitled First Call. Through this system, the school will be able to send electronic messages to you about such emergencies as an early dismissal, or such notices as a reminder to vote on the annual school budget in May. Click here to register  (be sure to check the box to receive notifications from Menands School.) (First Call)

School Calendar (calendar) 
2014-2015 School Supplies Lists (list)
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Free and Reduced Lunch 2014-2015

If your family income or your family situation has changed, your child(ren) may be eligible to receive free and/or reduced priced meals in school. This includes both breakfast and lunch. (letter)  (application)
Colonie Center School Bucks
The Menands School PTA will be participating in the Colonie Center School Bucks for the 2014-15 school year. This is an easy way to help our school earn points. Please bring any original receipts (within 60 days of the purchase) to the Customer Service Desk at Colonie Center or to Menands School.  At the end of the school year, Colonie Center will award cash prizes to the top ten winning schools.  Our school placed tenth this year and was awarded $500. Thank you for your support.









Menands Board of Education Elects Officers for 2014-15

Congratulation to Mr. Jeff Masline, board president, and Mrs. Evelyn Harris,  vice-president.


Free Parent Today Subscription Available

Parent Today is a fee email service that offers parenting information and tips every two weeks and is sent right into your inbox. (how to subscribe and information )


Online Meal Prepayment System Available Now

We are pleased to offer a new option to help make your life easier. is an on-line system that allows you to make deposits into your student’s cafeteria account

Click here for more information. My School Bucks (PDF)

Town of Colonie Sex Offender Watch
Menands School District works closely with parents and guardians to ensure the safety of students at all times. Parents can become informed about convicted sex offenders living in this area by following this link to the Town of Colonie Police Department website. (more information)