young children use magnifying glasses to examine a pumpkin A young boy sits on his grandfather's lap while holding a small chalkboard Children met Otto the Safety Auto from Triple A Children write numbers in the teens JOHN L. EDWARDS PRIMARY SCHOOL JOHN L. EDWARDS PRIMARY SCHOOL

Mrs. Rutkey's kindergarteners use paper snowballs to learn numbers in the teens.

Mr. Spicer making sand castles with Mrs. Curry’s Pre-K class.

Pre-kindergarten students use pumpkins to practice their reading, vocabulary and investigative skills.

Mrs. Ohl’s class wins the Golden Trophy for hallways compliments!

Otto the Safety Auto taught Little Hawks about car and pedestrian safety.



Parent/Teacher Conference Night (Wednesday, March 28)

The JLE Parent/Teacher Conference Night is on Wednesday, March 28, 2017 from 5:30-7:30 p.m. Parents/guardians of current JLE students will have an opportunity to speak directly with school staff about the upcoming transition of pre-kindergarten through Grade 1 to the new primary wing at the M.C. Smith School.

The merging of the John L. Edwards and the M.C. Smith Schools is scheduled to occur in September 2018, at which point the M.C. Smith School will become a unified PK-5 elementary building. Therefore we will be available in the JLE cafetorium during the upcoming Parent/Teacher Conference Night and welcome the opportunity to discuss the project and answer any questions that families have.

Kindergarten Screenings for 2018-19 School Year *

Beginning on Monday, March 5, 2018, we will be conducting screenings for students entering kindergarten in September 2018. Children must be five years of age or older on or before December 1, 2018 to be eligible to enter kindergarten this coming fall. Students must also reside within the Hudson City School District.

kindergartenScreenings will take place from Monday, March 5 through Friday, March 23, 2018. Please use this Kindergarten Screening Appointment Form (PDF) to let us know your preferences for a screening date and return to the John L. Edwards Primary School main office as soon as possible. All attempts will be made to honor your first choice, however the screening slots fill up quickly and the date/time of your choice may be full if you delay. Please contact the main office at 518-828-4360, ext. 4317 if you have any questions.

You will need the following documents to register your child: your child’s birth certificate; proof of residency (such as a utility bill); photo ID; custody documents (if applicable); and proof of up-to-date immunizations.

* Please note that children entering kindergarten in September 2018 will attend school at the Montgomery C. Smith School (102 Harry Howard Avenue, Hudson) in the newly constructed primary wing. Click here for more information about the merging of our elementary communities.

JLE Receives Grant to Support Math and Science Program

On Friday, February 16, John L. Edwards Primary School was presented a surprise $500 check from Danielle Martin, the Assistant Manager of the Bell's Pond Extra Mart.

The grant is to support a rigorous Math and Science program at the school.

On hand to receive the grant was Mr. Spicer, JLE Principal, and Mrs. Willette Jones, a Community Liaison and member of the Hudson City School Dictrict Board of Education.

JLE Newsflash - February 5, 2018

Click here to download the J.L.E. Newsflash for February 5, 2018 It contains information about kindergarten screenings and a public hearing related to the merging of J.L.E. and M.C. Smith Intermediate School.

All of the J.L.E. Newsflashes are available for download in PDF format. If you do not have Adobe Acrobat Reader, you can download it for free at Adobe's Website.

J.L.E. Gives and Receives

food pantry volunteers wearing Santa hats smile with childrenMrs. Merwin's class collected numerous food donations to give to the Zion Community Food Pantry. The donations were picked up by food pantry volunteers Jean Peterson, Brenda Blanks and Emma Gregory. While they were at J.L.E., the volunteers gave $50 gift certificates to 15 of our families for the holiday season. The generous gifts were sponsored by the Stewart Foundation.

We are proud of our students for giving to the community as well as our community for supporting our families! Thank you all!

CMH Dental Van Returns for 2017-18 School Year

Dentists from the C.M.H. Dental VanThe Dental Van from Columbia Memorial Hospital is returning to J.L.E. on Tuesday, October 17, 2017 (through November 21, 2017)! With a completed and signed consent form, sent home from the school, your child can be seen for dental services on the mobile dental van.

Services include:

  • Dental exam and digital x-rays
  • Cleaning and flouride treatments
  • Dental sealants
  • Fillings
  • Simple tooth extractions

Each visit is about 20-30 minutes and a report will be sent home with your child after each visit. Participating children will also receive a gift bag with toothpaste, toothbrush and other products.

A consent form will be sent home from school. You complete the conesnt form, CMH provides the care! If your child is covered by insurance, the insurance company will be billed (simply include information on consent form), however no insurance is required for your child to participate. If you have questions, please call Columbia Memorial Hospital Dental Program Office at 518-697-7892.

Fire Prevention Weekaerial view of teachers and kids on sidewalk next to fire trucks

J.L.E. was taken over by gigantic men in heavy raincoats and powerful equipment as the Hudson Volunteer Fire Department treated the children to their annual Fire Prevention Program.

The firefighters taught the J.L.E. kids to “Stop, Drop & Roll” if they ever catch on fire, and that the kids should not be afraid of firefighters in their gear when they come to help. The firefighters also promised to give the J.L.E. families a smoke detector if they needed one. J.L.E. kids gave loud cheers of approval when the firefighters allowed them to climb into real fire engines.

On behalf of the J.L.E. Family, Mr. Spicer would like to thank Paul Beaumont and the members of the Hudson Volunteer Fire Department for their service and educating our children.

Wizards at J.L.E.!

Harlem Wizards basketball player and young student smile in gymnasiumThe Little Hawks at J.L.E. were thrilled by a visit from David Paul, a six foot four-inch giant who plays basketball for the Harlem Wizards.

Mr. Paul showed the children basketball tricks and talked about the importance of school, good friends, and having fun. One lucky boy even got his own official Harlem Wizards jersey!

Grandparents Day 2017

A young boy sits on his grandfather's lap while holding a small chalkboardOn Friday September 22, J.L.E. was overrun with Heroes and Giants as 175 grandmas and grandpas came to visit with their grandchildren and their friends.

The J.L.E. kids were overjoyed to share songs, drawings and stories with their grandparents. The grandparents were equally delighted to be in demand and shared by so many children at one time.

So much fun was had by all and we can't wait for Grandparents Day 2018!

Coming Soon to a Classroom Near You!

This year, some H.C.S.D. teachers are piloting a communication platform called LivingTree in order to share important information with the parents of their students. Parents will be able to receive messages, photos, event notifications and more directly from their child's teacher. LivingTree even has instant translation for more than 40 languages!

So if you see an email in your inbox from LivingTree it is not junk, it is from your child's teacher!

Get more information and quick start guides here >>

Big Smiles & Backpacks

Students smile after receiving balloons and free backpacks filled with school supplies

On Tuesday, August 16th, over 250 John L. Edwards children brought their smiles and parents to the annual Essendant Corporation Backpack Program.

At this event, the children were given brand new backpacks filled markers, notebooks, paper, pencils and erasers to begin the the new school year ready and equipped to go! Every child received a book bag and a balloon to start their year off with fun and supplies.

On behalf of the J.L.E. Family, Mr. Spicer would like to thank Mr. Dean Gifford, Mrs. Naheel Harrison and all the wonderful volunteers from the Essendant Corporation for their love and support of our children.

See more photos here.

Collecting items for Squeaky Clean Kids

cartoon kids getting cleanThe Hudson City School District is partnering with Columbia Opportunities, Inc. (C.O.I.), their Hudson Family Literacy Program, and the N.Y.S. Community Action Angels to collect personal hygiene supplies for area preschool and school age children so they will stay healthy, self-confident and have the best chance for personal and school success. The goal is to collect at least 2500 personal hygiene items for children enrolled in C.O.I. programs, the Hudson City School District, and the Taconic Hills Backpack Program. Read more here

If you, your family, or your business would like to participate in this effort please contact C.O.I. at (518) 828-4611 or the Hudson Family Literacy Program at (518) 828-4360, ext. 4350.

The project objective is to collect donations of shampoo, conditioner, soap, toothpaste, toothbrushes, and other personal care items to discreetly distribute to low income children. Donations can be dropped off at the following locations:

  • Columbia County Chamber of Commerce, 1 North Front Street, Hudson
  • Columbia Opportunities, Inc.  540 Columbia Street, Hudson
  • Hudson Family Literacy Program, JLE Primary School, 360 State Street, Hudson
  • Columbia Opportunities, Inc. Weatherization Program Office 2 Rock Street, Philmont

J.L.E.'s Second Grade Parents Learning How To Support Their Children

JLE's Second Grade Parents Learning How To Support Their Children

At a parent workshop this week, Mrs. Sweet and Mrs. Barnes tutored the J.L.E. 2nd Grade parents in understanding second grade reading and math curriculum and how to support their children. Our parents came with many questions and left with a much better understanding of the work and skills their second graders will need to become our next class of third graders.


Parents Get Crash Course In Being A First Grader!

Parents Get Crash Course In Being A First Grader!

Mrs. Barnes and Mrs. Sweet helped J.L.E.'s first grade parents understand the challenges of the first grade curriculum. The parents who participated did learning activities to help them support their children better.


Kindergarten Parent Education Workshop Big Hit!

Kindergarten Parent Education Workshop Big Hit!

Mrs. Rutkey and Mrs. Ohl led a group of J.L.E.'s kindergarten parents through fun activities to help them understand the educational challenges their children face and give them tools to be more active participants in their children's education.



John L. Edwards Primary School 518-828-4360
Principal Steven Spicer - ext. 4324
Attendance: Adrianne Blanks - 4300
Main Office: April Carrasco - 4317
Nurse: Sheila Lewis, RN - 4312
Psychologist Michele Crandall- 4313
Psychologist Kerri Appelbaum - 4315
Social Worker Deirdre Lupoli - 4321
Hudson Family Literacy - 4350
Cafeteria - 4320

Fax Number: 518-697-8516

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President Berry Hoffman
Vice President Victoria Groat
Recording Secretary Theresa Hayes
Corresponding Secretary Diane Duryea
Treasurer Amanda Pepper
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