children recycling paper while wearing superhero masks Congressman Antonio Delgado with children holding books girls on chair reading togetheraerial parking map School leaders and community members hold a red ribbon at the opening ceremony of new primary wing woman reading with elementary girl in library Students work on individual laptops

5th grade "Reading Buddies" visit pre-kindergarten classes.

The Hudson Reads program invites community members to help students practice reading skills during lunch.

Kindergarteners turned into recycling superheros with a mission to take care of Planet Earth.

The community was invited to a ribbon-cutting ceremony to celebrate the opening of the new primary wing at M.C. Smith Elementary School.

Congressman Antonio Deglado visited MCSES to donate books and read to students.

These Chromebook laptops provide students with the means to conduct research in the classroom, remotely work together on projects, and easily connect with teachers and peers outside of the classroom.

New traffic pattern


Montgomery C. Smith Elementary School

Dismissal, Afternoon Pick Up, and Bus Procedures

Please help us ensure a safe and smooth dismissal each day by following the dismissal and bus procedures outlined below:

Making Changes to Your Child’s Afternoon Dismissal/Transportation Plans

If you need to make changes to your child’s afternoon dismissal plans, please notify the main office BEFORE 12 p.m. that day (or 10 a.m. if it is a half day). Please send a note with your child in the morning or call the main office before noon. No daily dismissal changes can be accepted after 12 p.m., otherwise we cannot guarantee that your student will receive the message about the change before dismissal.

If your child needs to take a bus that is different from his/her assigned route, please notify the main office at least 48 hours in advance (per District transportation policy). For example, if your child needs to take the bus to a grandparent’s house on Friday, you must notify the office by Wednesday. This policy ensures that we have enough time to inform the teacher, bus driver, staff on bus duty, etc. of the change.

Picking Up Your Child at the End of the Day

Regular dimissal is at 2:41 p.m. There is no student pick-up between 2:00-2:41 p.m. This time frame is too close to regular dismissal and can be difficult for school staff as they prepare for the dismissal of more than 800 students. If you need to pick up your student prior to dismissal at 2:41 p.m., please be sure to do so at or before 2 p.m. Again, please send a note or a phone call in advance to notify the main office of early pick-up plans.

Afterschool Program pick up will begin at 3 p.m. by the cafeteria entrance (in the back of the building, see map below).

Pick up for all students (K-5) will occur in the atrium that connects the new primary wing (located in the front of the building, see map below). In the atrium, aides will be present for parents/guardians to sign out their children.

We cannot disrupt dismissal to get a student off a bus if he/she is already on a bus. With more than 800 students, locating one child on a bus will take too much time and we cannot hold up all the busses. If your student gets on the bus, we will contact the bus driver and have the student brought back to the school to meet you when the bus run is finished.

To summarize, if you are picking up your student(s) at regular dismissal:

  • Enter through the front atrium (see map below)
  • Staff will be there for you to sign out your student
  • Student will be brought to the atrium to meet you

Students in Kindergarten and 1st grade will wait in the new gym for afternoon pick up. Students in Grades 2-5 will wait in the auditorium.


A map of the entrance and exit to the school is posted below to illustrate the new parking lot and traffic flow. All traffic will exit onto Harry Howard Avenue.


aerial view of school parking lot and traffic pattern


Elementary School 518-828-4360
Main Office ext. 1112
Principal Mark Brenneman ext. 1111
Nurse’s Office ext. 1118
Guidance Office ext. 1117
Attendance ext. 1117 
Dignity Act Coordinator Christine Cranna ext. 1127

Fax Number: 518-697-8434

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