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Heart sale to benefit Ronald McDonald House

Student to sell paper hearts for $1 until Feb. 12

Mrs. Mahoney's first grade class and the Elementary Student Council are holding a heart sale for the Ronald McDonald House in Albany.
Hearts can be purchased for $1 and are available until Friday, Feb. 12. All hearts will be hung in the cafeteria hallway.
Ronald McDonald House provides a home away from home for families with seriously ill children. There is a Ronald McDonald family room, an extension of the Ronald McDonald House, at the Children's Hospital at Albany Medical Center.
Thank you for your support of the BKW Elementary students' collection.


Universal Pre-K Information Night on Tuesday, Feb. 23

The Berne-Knox-Westerlo Central School District will hold a Universal Pre-K Information Night on Tuesday, Feb. 23, from 5:30 to 6 p.m. in the Elementary School cafeteria. Read More


BKW Elementary Principal Leslie SmithFrom the principal: Welcome back to the New Year!

Happy New Year! It was so great to see all of the students and staff return to school. During breakfast Monday morning, many students were very eager to share with me how they spent their break... Read More



Explorers carol at Lady of Mercy

The BKW Explorers recently sang Christmas carols to the patients at Our Lady of Mercy Nursing Home in Guilderland. Two of the members played their clarinets and two played their recorders. the 4-H group also handed out cards that the children made!




'Programmed' for success

Inspired by the national event Hour of Code,  Elementary School Library Specialist Maureen King  has been working with second graders with a program called Kodable that etaches students the basics of computer programming. Read More


Games teach diversity during International Games Day

Third graders recently go a lesson in diversity as part of the American Library Association’s 8th annual International Games Day. Read More


Photo of the Kenneth White Collection New library collection honors memory of Kenneth White

The Berne Knox Westerlo Elementary Library has a new book collection that honors the memory of Kenneth White, a BKW elementary student who passed away last year. Read More



Help brighten the holidays by donating toys

Please help the BKW Teachers Association make the holidays brighter for Hilltown families! The BKWTA will be collecting Toys for the Hilltowns until Friday, Dec. 18. Please bring new, unwrapped toys and place them in one of the collection boxes at school.  Teachers will also collect toys at the boys’ basketball game v. Mayfield on Saturday, Dec. 12. Everyone who donates a toy that night will be entered to win a prize.


Students sling stacks for PBIS 

Staff, students and families recently supported Positive Behavioral Interventions and Supports (PBIS) at a pancake breakfast. Read More




Picture of students and administrators BKW students put their best feet forward for the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation. 

BKW elementary students raised more than $3,000 this month with an assembly and walk to benefit the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation. Two BKW elementary students who have Type 1 diabetes kicked off the walk on Thursday, Nov. 19, and were joined by a staff member of the Northeastern New York Chapter of JDRF. View a photo gallery from the walk on the BKW Facebook page.


Counselors' Corner newsletter now available

How can you help your children be thankful? How can you improve the connection between home and school? Find out in the latest edition of "The Counselors' Corner."  Read More


PTA sponsoring book fair through Nov. 20

The BKW PTA is sponsoring a Scholastic Book Fair in the High School Library through Friday, Nov. 20, from 8 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. each day.
Each class in the Elementary School will have a day to go over to browse the books and make "wish lists". These will go home for parents to look over. Cash, checks (made out to BKW PTA) and credit cards (with the parent present) will be accepted. Please remember to add 8 percent tax to the whole order. This is a great educational way to support your children in their reading endeavors as well as our school! If you have any questions, they can be directed to Amy Dyer at 872-9049, 369-4502 or We hope to see you there!


Picture ofstudent with leaf collection.Good deeds equal a good time

Mrs. Mahoney's class earned enough marbles to have a Marble Party! They earn marbles for demonstrating good behavior in the class, in the hall, and at specials. Read More



Picture of three students presenting to the Board of EducationGirl Scouts plan garden patio for BKW Elementary

Three BKW students will bring a patio and garden area to the Elementary School as part of their Girls Scouts Service Project. Read More



Picture of a student in costumeHalloween hapenings at BKW Elementary

When you look this good, you have to show it off! BKW Elementary School students paraded their costumes around the school on Friday, Oct. 30. See more photos on the BKW Facebook page.



BKW to hold lockdown drill during the week of Nov. 16

All district students and staff will be participating in a formal lockdown drill during the week of November 16. Read More


Parent-teacher conferences on Nov. 20, no Universal Pre-K

On Friday, Nov. 20, there will be no Universal Pre-K program so that teachers can conduct parent-teacher conferences. Thank you.


Key Club needs your help in keeping others warm this winter

The BKW Key Club is once again sponsoring a coat drive  for Hilltown Resources during the month of November. Please donate any unwanted coats, hats, scarfs, hoodies, and other winter apparel to the main office in the Secondary School.


Fall fundraiser in full swing!

The Fall Fundraiser that was sent home with students on October 9 is in full swing. All orders can be brought to school by the students and dropped off in the main office each morning. Read More



BKW Elementary Principal Leslie SmithFrom the principal: October brings bullying prevention and Halloween happenings

Thank you to all who were able to attend our Open House. I hope that you found it informative and helpful. We are nearing the midpoint of the first marking period. Read More



Have a ghoulish good time at the PTA Halloween Party Friday, Oct. 30

BKW students in grades Pre-K through 6 are invited to the PTA Halloween Party of Friday, Oct. 30, from 6:15 to 8:15 p.m. Read More


Makeup picture day is Nov. 6

Makeup pictures  for the Elementary School will be taken on Friday, Nov. 6, from 8:30-11 a.m.


fire preventionCommunity helps students learn about fire prevention

Students at BKW Elementary recently learned about fire prevention with some help from the Berne Fire Department, the Knox Volunteer Fire Department and the Town of Westerlo Volunteer Fire Company. Read More



Listen to our third graders sing out against bullying!

WGNA’s Rhymin' Richie Phillips visited third graders in Mr. Dergositis’ class on Wednesday, Oct. 7, to record a song about bullying and how our words can hurt or heal. The song, to the tune of Luke Bryan's "My Kind of Night," was played on air on channel 107.7 FM on Thursday, Oct. 8, at 6:50 a.m. You can listen to the song on WGNA's webiste by clicking here.


the ned showThe NED Show helps BKW students build character

BKW Elementary students were treated to a special character-education assembly on Friday, Oct. 2, featuring a lovable cartoon character named NED. Read More


BKW to conduct early dismissal drill on Friday, Oct. 9

New York State requires all school districts to hold an annual early release drill to ensure that students and staff know what to do in case an emergency requires school grounds to be cleared and students to be transported home or to another location. BKW will conduct its annual early release drill on Friday, Oct. 9. Read More


Elementary students at the WORDS assemblyElementary students learn that words can heal

BKW Elementary students on Monday, Sept. 28, participated in the Albany County District Attorney’s Office WORDS Program assembly in the gym. The anti-bullying assembly was held to kick off PBIS Week. Read More


Nominations wanted for Board Recognition, ceremony to be held in April

The Berne-Knox-Westerlo Board of Education annually recognizes individuals that give service to the district, students with high cumulative averages and employees with 10, 20 and 30 years of service at a Board of Education Recognition Award Ceremony. Read More


PTA to host first 'Jean Forti Run for Education' on Oct. 24

The Berne-Knox-Westerlo Parent Teacher Association will be hosting the “Jean Forti Run for Education” to raise money for educational programs and supplies for BKW’s students. Read More




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