May News Flash

Check out the May News Flash to find out about the upcoming half day, the PTA Family Night and Budget Vote, the Memorial Day holiday, the kindergarten spring concert, the JLE dress code, and the first grade spring concert. Read it here!

Technology boosts JLE learning!


Students in Ms. Brown's first-grade class are practicing math fluency using their new tablets. Students are practicing addition facts on This website tracks students' progress and sends the teacher a weekly report. Math facts increase in difficulty as students show mastery. Special thanks to Mrs. Suttmeier and the School Board for providing the JLE kids with everything they need to make it to Destination Graduation.


John Farrell comes home to JLE


John Farrell, singer-songwriter and world traveler came home to JLE to prepare the JLE kids for the Hudson Children’s Book Festival with songs and fun. He sang to and with the children and teachers and had the 2nd graders come and perform the song they performed at the book festival. Joy and fun was had by all and John Farrell is always welcome at JLE.


Students take virtual field trip

Virtual Field Trip

Mrs. Barnes and Mrs. Cordato's classes took a field trip to Kennett Square, Pennsylvania 200 miles away and never Left John L. Edwards! They took a virtual field trip to Longwood Gardens where the curator onsite gave them a tour of the arboretum and a lesson about Arbor Day. It was a fun and exciting way to learn about another beautiful part of the nation and no one had to pack a lunch!


Making Faces at JLE


Author Doug Snelson treated the JLE kids to a reading of his fun and exciting book “Who’s Got The Face.” His animated reading style gave the JLE kids a laugh a minute and a reading experience they will never forget. Thanks to the Hudson Children’s Festival for bringing him to our children for another reading.


May News Flash

Check out the latest News Flash for info about the May 19 half day, PTA Family Night, the Budget Vote, the Memorial Day holiday, and the kindergarten concert!

April News Flash

Check out the latest News Flash to learn about Picture Day (April 24), morning drop-off, and the Hudson Children's Book Festival! Read it here...

Rainforest invades JLE


This past Thursday JLE was invaded by four-inch long Madagascan Hissing Cockroaches, a ten-foot long boa constrictor, a giant tarantula, a talking parrot, and a blue tongued skink. All live exhibits presented to the cheering and shrieking JLE kids as part of the presentation Wonders of the Rainforest sponsored by the JLE PTA. The hope of the assembly presenters is to expose our young learners to the endangered wonders of the rainforest that they will grow and continue to learn and fight for these diverse life forms. In between the shrieks a lot of good learning and fun was had.

Homing pigeons at JLE

Homing Pigeons

On Monday, April 13 Mrs. Sweet’s class was treated to a visit by Mrs. Tillman, a local homing pigeon keeper. The students had a many questions and got pet real homing pigeons! The pigeons loved the attention.


Dr. Seuss Read-a-thon

Dr. Seuss PTA Read-a-thon

Congratulations to our PTA Dr. Seuss Read-a-thon winners!


Art Show for Autism Awareness

Autism Awareness

On Saturday, April 4, the Hudson Chamber of Commerce hosted the John L. Edwards’ Autism Awareness Art Show. The show, organized by Mr. Almstead and supported by Mrs. Bennett, Mrs. Cincotti, Mrs. Chalavoutis, Mrs. Hayles, Mrs. Muller and Mrs. Rolfe, gave students in JLE's special education program the chance to show off their artistic talents. Proceeds from art prints and baked goods went toward field trips for the program. The event was well-attended. Thank you to our organizers and congratulations to our young artists!

April 2 News Flash

Check out the latest News Flash to find out about Spring Break, parking issues, parent teacher report card conferences, JLE Spring Picture Day, and parent recommendations for 2015-16 teachers. Please note that school will be closed from April 3 - 9. It will resume on April 10.

Hudson CSD shares survey results

Hudson City School District is sharing the results of a recent survey that asked teachers, students and parents to give their thoughts about how well their schools are performing in important areas such as district leadership and capacity, school leader practices and decisions, and curriculum development and support, among others. According to Superintendent Maria Suttmeier, “The survey showed that our district has made a number of advancements, particularly in school safety. And looking toward a bright future, we will keep building on our accomplishments, while striving to improve areas of concern.” The district reviewed these results with site-level administrators and shared their findings with the Board of Education on Monday, March 23, 2015. See the results…

JLE hits the bright lights!

JLE Talent Show

This past Friday the JLE kids let their singing, dancing, joke telling, acrobatic and athletic skills shine at this years PTA Talent Show! The PTA would like to thank all of our wonderful family and community members for coming out to cheer for the wonderful JLE kids on their first steps to fame and fortune.


March 13 News Flash

Check out this month's News Flash to learn about kindergarten screening, the PTA's annual book fair, Superintendent's Conference Day, and swimming lessons. Check it out here.

JLE celebrates Dr. Seuss's birthday

Cat in the Hat

This past week JLE was visited by dozens of guest readers from the Hudson City government and civic organizations who came to regale the JLE children with Dr. Seuss classics, like Hop On Pop, Green Eggs and Ham and One Fish, Two Fish, Red Fish, Blue Fish. Mrs. Curry’s Pre-K class made the effort to dress for the occasion. Thanks to all of wonderful readers and a special invitation to join us next year!

School will now be in session on April 10

The Hudson City School District will now be holding school on April 10. Previously, the district calendar only allotted for four snow days, but due to an unexpected number of hazardous weather conditions, the district has used five snow days this school year. As indicated on the district calendar, the district's "Designated Emergency Make-Up Days" are April 10, April 9, and April 8. In the case that we have another snow day, the district would then use our April 9 make-up day, and so on. Please see the attached letter for more details.

JLE Mission and Vision

Mission Statement: John L. Edwards Primary School is a diverse community of educators, parents, families and volunteers all bound together by dedication. As a whole we provide the children of John L. Edwards a safe, nurturing and positive environment that fosters a life long love of learning.
JLE Vision Statement: The dedicated John L. Edwards Primary School community will educate and inspire our students to develop their strengths and talents to reach their highest potential. Students will become cooperative and kind members of the larger community.

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News Flash

The February 27 News Flash is here! Click here to read about kindergarten enrollment and the results of the Recess Video Survey.

Reading Buddy Program

Reading Buddies Program

Mrs. Curry’s pre-kindergarten class had a real treat this week. They got to spend the afternoon with their Reading Buddies from Mrs. Monsell’s second-grade class. The Reading Buddy program pairs a second-grader with a pre-k child to share a fun and special reading experience they both enjoy.

Touring the Nile

Human Pyramid

Susan Griss of Beyond Paper & Pencil led Mrs. LaPorto’s class in creating a live replica of the Great Pyramid of Giza.

Hudson Family Literacy holds Community Dinner

Community Dinner

The Hudson Family Literacy program’s annual Community Dinner was tasty trip around the world! The dinner featured dishes from Mexico, Yemen, Haiti, Egypt, Bangladesh, and the U.S.

Making Tracks

Animal Prints

Following their successful trek through hills of snow, while snowshoeing, Mrs. Brown's class took on the challenge of printing animal tracks from rubber animal hooves onto paper and labeling them. Mr. Spicer overheard the young wildlife scientists discussing that "It's amazing that such a large animal like a deer would have smaller footprints than my dad."

Coaches vs. Cancer event

COaches vs. Cancer

The JLE faculty and staff joined the fight against cancer by donating funds and wearing their Coaches vs. Cancer shirts to show their support. The Coaches vs. Cancer program empowers coaches, their teams, and communities to join the fight against cancer by participating in awareness efforts, advocacy programs, and fundraising activities. JLE is proud that our head coach Ms. Button is our leader in this event.

Retracing the Journey of Lewis & Clark

Lewis and Clark journeySusan Griss, an instructor in the Beyond Paper & Pencil program, leads Mrs. Brown’s class down the Platte River as the class acts out the cross country expedition taken by Meriwether Lewis and William Clark in 1803. During the exercise the children cataloged the plants and animals they discovered and learned about the challenges of life and travel in American over 200 years ago.

Students go snowshoeing

Students go snowshoeing

JLE’s first-graders are taking full advantage of the recent snowfall! Dozens of JLE children like Mrs. Groat’s were bundled up and led through the fields looking for animal tracks and getting good outdoor exercise in their snowshoes.

Students paint holiday window

Winter Window 2014

Mrs. Zito’s class painted a beautiful winter wonderland scene on the Hudson Police Department window! This painting is an annual tradition to kick off the holiday season. Great job, artists!

Winter Tulips & Hudson River History at JLE

Students plant tulips with Carrie Ingleston

As winter approaches it is time for our annual visit from Carrie Ingleston of the Heritage Grow Program. Mrs. Ingleston visits our second grade classes and shares her own book with them, A Hudson River Story, all about early travelers of the Hudson River and the Hudson River treasures they discovered. She then teaches the children how to plant tulips in the winter by creating a live tulip garden in JLE. In this way the JLE kids learn the history of their Hudson River and the fun of flower cultivation.


Ways to help your child attend school every day

The New York State government has launched an initiative to help parents improve their children's attendance. This website offers tips for encouraging your student to attend school every day. It can help you boost your child's confidence, keep your child on track with school work, keep your child healthy, and protect your child from bullies.

Dental Van returns to JLE

Dental Van returns to JLE

The Columbia Memorial Hospital Dental Van returns to JLE. For the next week the JLE children will have access to world class dental treatment and for FREE, as the Columbia Memorial Hospital Dental Team parks its van outside JLE and begins treating the children and their families. The entire JLE Family wishes to thank our kind dentists for volunteering their services to brighten the smiles of dozens of JLE kids.


Jerrice J. Baptiste visits JLE

Baptiste visits JLE

Wow! JLE was graced by author of “Tu es ma belle,” (You are my beautiful) Jerrice J. Baptiste was born Haiti and moved to the U.S. when she was 13. She lives in the Hudson Valley and is an author and poet. She came into read her book to delighted JLE kids.


Mrs. LaPorto's class visits the hospital

Columbia Memorial Hospital

Mrs. LaPorto’s class spent an exciting morning at the Columbia Memorial Hospital. They got to tour the Emergency Room and parts of the hospital. They were also deputized as Junior EMTs. A high and honorable title they were proud to receive.


Trip to the Firemen's Museum

Firemen's MuseumFiremen's Museum

Mrs. Duryea’s and Mrs. LaPorto’s classes took a walking trip to the Fireman’s Museum. The children were excited to see and climb into so many fire trucks and learn about fireman and fire safety.

Fall Costume Ball

Fall Costume Ball at JLE

This past Friday JLE was invaded by super heroes, princesses, pirates and all manner of scary creatures at its annual Fall Costume Ball. The children danced, colored, cheered, ate and sang at this wonderful event sponsored by the JLE PTA. A good time was had by all and we hope to do it again next year.


Mrs. Duryea’s Class to the ER!

Too Good for Violence

Mrs. Duryea’s class got the chance to sit in a real ambulance and learn about how the Columbia Memorial Hospital Emergency Room works. The children were thrilled to visit the hospital and be made Official Jr. EMTs!


Too Good For Violence returns to JLE!

Too Good for Violence

Ms. Crabb and Mrs. Minahan of Catholic Charities return to JLE again to teach the children how to communicate how they feel in non-threatening way allow them to express themselves and create a peaceful school climate.


Fire Prevention Day

Fire Prevention Day

This past Friday, JLE was invaded by every fire truck and fire fighter in Hudson at the annual JLE Fire Prevention Day! Our local Fire Fighters came to meet with the JLE children to review fire safety rules like “stop, drop and roll” and when in trouble “get out and then dial 911”. Then children were then treated to climb into real fire trucks! The JLE Family wishes to thank the Hudson City Fire Fighters for their service and yearly visit with us!


Daddys Day is a big hit

Daddys Day

This past Tuesday, the JLE Headstart Program hosted its first Bring You Daddy to School Day! The program started with our Headstart Dads getting a Welcome and Parenting session with Principal Spicer and Mrs. Tomlinson the Columbia Opportunities Family/Community Partnership Manager. They then joined their children’s classes. The Dads read to and did learning activities with their children. JLE is Proud of our Headstart Dads and they are welcome anytime!


Grandparents Day has great turnout

Grandparents Day

On Thursday, September 18, JLE was overflowing with the heroes and champions of the JLE Kids. It was Grandparent Day! Over 500 Grandparents attended the program which included a PTA Welcome Breakfast and spending the morning visiting their grandkids' classes. The grandparents were thrilled and children were overjoyed to see Grandma and Grandpa in the school. The JLE Family would like to thank the HPD for its support, the PTA, the JLE Teachers and our awesome grandparents who made our day! Click here to see more pictures...


Back to School With Backpack Day

Backpack Day at JLE

On Monday, August 25th, United Stationers of Coxsackie came to John L. Edwards to give students 250 backpacks full of school supplies to help them get their school year off to a wonderful start. On behalf of the parents and teachers of John L. Edwards, Mr. Spicer would like to offer sincerest thanks to Mrs. Naheel Harrison and the United Stationers family for their generosity and service to the children and families of John L. Edwards.View more photos...


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