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319 Main Street, Richmondville, NY 12149, V: 518.294.6621 F: 518.294.6425, Brett Barr, Principal

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Building times

Doors open 7:48 a.m. I Classes begin 8:10 a.m. I Dismissal 2:58 p.m. I Buses depart 3 p.m.


Radez Here We Come!

Ryder Second Graders

Ryder students on their last day of second grade, ready to move on to Radez third grade!


June 6, 2014

Fun ideas for Summer Reading

Here is a list of fun books for summer reading compiled by Mrs. Gagnon, Radez Librarian. Check them out at the Community Library on Union Street in Cobleskill this summer! They also have lots of great programs and events for the summer reading program.

June 2, 2014

Third graders take trip to SUNY Cobleskill

C-RCS third grade student Claudia Walrath writes about her grade's field trip to SUNY Cobleskill. read more

May 29, 2014

Baseball Hall of Fame

5th graders had a blast during their field trip to the Baseball Hall of Fame. The Education program at the Baseball Hall of Fame was impressive. Museum educators led each class through a different subject as it related to baseball. Women's History, Fine Arts, and Civil Rights were a few of the very interesting topics. We rounded the trip out with a visit to Doubleday Field!picture of students baseballbaseball

May 20, 2014

History comes alive at Radez

Radez Elementary third graders bring history to life with the Living Wax Museum.

May 20, 2014

Scbookfairholastic Book Fair at Radez June 2nd-6th

Our Spring book fair is run by Mrs. Gagnon to benefit our school library. We have lots of great books to purchase for summer reading, and the library is able to get a lot of great books for our collection. Students can purchase books any time the library is open from 8am-3pm. We will also be open from 5 to 6pm on June 3rd.



May 19, 2014

Buzz at Radez

Bob and Alyson Montione visited our school during our 3rd grade's study of honeybees. They talked about the bee life cycle, bee keeping, showed our students a demonstration of centrifugal force, and showed us how flowers appear to bees(bees can see ultraviolet)! bees

May 15, 2014

Free Comic Book Day

Mrs. Gagnon and Mrs. O'Connor distributed comic books to all our students today. The free comic books were provided by CREST as a part of National Free Comic Book Day. Thanks to all who helped in our Comic Book Day preparations. Here is a slideshow of students wearing comic themed t-shirts to celebrate the day!


May 12, 2014

Screen Free Fun Night at Radez

C-RCS students celebrate some time away from television and computers with Screen-Free Fun Night. read more


May 9, 2014

History Fair 2014- A Success!

Over 100 people gathered for our first annual PreK-12 History Fair, presented by the CRCS Library Department. The Radez Researchers, lead by Mrs. Crewell, Mrs. Gagnon, and Mrs. O'Connor, presented a play about Catharine Merckley, a young lady who was killed during the American Revolution. 40 students gathered to present projects they had been researching all year: genealogy projects, historic events, famous people, art and music. The most amazing part was that each student's research and presentation was as unique as themselves. See our video:


May 9, 2014


Batman shirtCREST, in collaboration with our CRCS Library Department, has provided a free comic book for EVERY student in our school! Wear your comic t-shirt (favorite hero, favorite movie, etc) on May 15th to celebrate! Mrs. Gagnon will deliver the comic books to your class! 

May 7, 2014

Tedd Arnold Visits Radez: Autographs 460 books for our students!

Tedd ArnoldCREST sponsored Tedd Arnold's visit to our school and provided an autographed book for every student. Thank you, CREST! Tedd was a fantastic presenter. Students loved to hear about his career as an author and illustrator. His inspiring message encouraged students to continue to work on things they are interested in- they will get better the more they try!




May 5, 2014

3rd Graders Preparing for Their Wax Museum on May 20th

Abraham LincolnPete Lindemann portrayed Abraham Lincoln for our 3rd grade on Friday, May 2nd. Mr. Lindemann gave a presentation and answered questions in character, a task all 3rd graders will undertake during their wax museum on May 20th. Students looked up to Mr. Lindemann as a role model for their presentations. Below, our 5 students who will be portraying Abraham Lincoln themselves in a few weeks pose with Abraham Lincoln. Everyone is looking forward to May 20th, when Abe will be joined by the entire 3rd grade (in character and costume!) presenting as Amelia Earhart, Jackie Robinson, Elvis Presley, and many more!

  Abe Lincoln and Students

Apr. 30, 2014

History Fair- May 8th!

We will hold our first district-wide History Fair, presented by the CRCS Library Department, Thursday May 8th from 7-8pm in the Radez Gym. Our Radez Researchers club, led by Mrs. Crewell and Mrs. Gagnon, will start off the evening with a short play. Approximately 40 students district-wide will be displaying the research that they have worked on throughout the year. Topics include World War II bombers, first zoo in the US, family genealogy, and more! Everyone is welcome to attend and interact with our researchers, who will be presenting their research with posters, models, and other visuals in the Radez Gym.

April 29, 2014

Screen Free Week

May 5-13th is Screen-Free week here at Radez. We hope you take the pledge to go screen free with us. Screen-Free Fun Night is May 7th from 5:30-7pm here at Radez. Screen-Free Fun Night RSVPs are due by May 1st and are a MUST for students to participate in the fun night.

ScreenFree Logo

April 1, 2014

Elementary Student Showcase a hit

Student showcase

Congratulations to all the performers who participated in the Elementary Student Showcase on March 28.  view gallery

March 28, 2014

Soar with Books

Congratulations to Mrs. Dewitt's class for being the class that read the most this month. Mrs. Pacatte's, Mr. Beekman's, and Mrs. Crewell's classes were close to the top too! Here is a video of some of our PARP fun.


March 24, 2014

Student Showcase on Stage March 28

Elementary students will showcase their talents this Friday, March 28th at the High School theater.  Performers should arrive by 6:10, with the show beginning at 6:30.  There is no admission and all family members and friends are invited.  A bake sale, sponsored by the 5th grade, will also be held.

March 21, 2014

Junior Historical Society to Meet on March 25th
Sean Rafferty

On Tuesday, March 25 from 6:30 - 7:30 p.m., Archaeologist Sean Rafferty will present at the Radez Elementary School library.  All students preK-12th grade and community members are welcome to attend this free event.  Mr. Rafferty, from the SUNY Albany field school, is currently working on a dig by the Carrot Barn in Schoharie.  He is one of many wonderful community members who helped Radez students on their agriculture documentary last year.  He was a fantastic resource and inspired several of our students to become archaeologists.

March 18, 2014

5th graders make over 2,000 paper cranes


PARP is successful each year because of the collaborative efforts of our teachers, support staff, and Radez families. Jen Tokash, our art teacher, designed a fantastic unit on origami for 5th graders as a part of our PARP festivities. 5th graders loved it so much that they surpassed their goal of 1,000 paper cranes, and made over 2,000! Way to go! Stay tuned for more projects. We have Mrs. Swanhall and Mrs. Gagnon's collaboration on studying Stravinsky's music for The Firebird, 3rd grade making birdfeeders, 4th engaging in a beak-adaptation experiment, and 5th grade dissecting owl pellets. Plus 3 guest speakers, wild life rehabilitators, and a representative of the New York State Bluebird Society!

March 11, 2014

Soar with Books

Parents as Reading Partners month is off to a fantastic start. Remember to turn in your participation slips each week to Mrs. Swanhall. The class that reads the most will receive a special prize! Students in Library

Here students in Mrs. Schultz and Mrs. LaBarge's class make bird decorations in the library.


March 3, 2014

PARP Begins: Soar with Books

Parents as Reading Partners is our month long celebration of reading! We are celebrating with a bird theme! Here is our Bird Jeopardy from this morning's Radez Rally.

Feb. 24, 2014

Radez Rally video

Jan. 28, 2014

It's Mad Hatter Day!

Mad Hatter

Radez Elementary students celebrated the birthday of Lewis Caroll, author of "Alice's Adventures in Wonderland" on Jan. 27 with Mad Hatter Day. view Gallery

Jan. 16, 2014

Third Grade Artists

Third grade students are creating their own works of Aboriginal inspired art! These students have studied artwork by Native Australian artists with Ms. Tokash and are now creating their own in that style. Students are using brown paper to resemble tree bark and cotton swabs to get the dot painting technique.

Jan. 16, 2014

Study Island

Study Island is a personalized tool to help increase student achievement. Students have received their login information in class and can access Study Island here:


Jan. 13, 2014

Mad Hatter Day

Mad Hatter, public domainMonday, January 27th is Lewis Carroll’s birthday. As a fun day of literary celebration we will have a Mad Hatter Day. We will celebrate by wearing different hats! Big hats, little hats, crazy hats, whatever you would like. The library will have books, displays, and other activities for students. We hope you will join the fun!



Dec. 20, 2013

Holiday Teamwork

CRCS High School students in the New Visions program partnered with 5th grade students to create over 100 holiday cards for the residents of a Schenectady nursing home. A hand-made card was personally delivered to every resident of the nursing home by a New Visions student. It was a caring and thoughtful collaboration between our schools that was much appreciated by the recipients of the cards. Here the text of one reads, "Christmas is a time for family. It is a time for getting together and being kind. It is a time for happiness. It is a time for the world to be together. Have a Merry Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!"

Holiday Card

Dec. 18, 2013

Gingerbread Math

All of our third grade classes engaged in a gingerbread math activity. They built imaginary gingerbread houses and payed for the supplies with play coins. Frosting cost 15 cents, candy canes were 10 cents... it was a lot of fun and a great exercise in budgeting, counting money and making change. Students designed their houses and will get a chance Friday to make real gingerbread houses.

Students with gingerbread math


Dec. 11, 2013

Getting performance-ready

5th grade chorusFifth grade chorus, under the direction of Rose Swanhall, rehearses for tonight's concert.

5th grade chorus

Dec. 6, 2013

Land and Water

Fourth grade students recently completed an exciting Land and Water science kit. Here Mr. Beekman's class builds stream tables to observe erosion and deposition. As a culminating activity, each team constructed a dam project to try to control the flow of water and protect the homes of "Beekmantown."

Mr. Beekman's Class


Nov. 8, 2013

Radez Elementary Annual Veterans Day Celebration

It was an honor to salute our veterans this morning with our annual breakfast and celebration. Our kitchen staff worked hard to prepare breakfast and our students served the veterans. Mrs. Ginsburg and Mrs. Swanhall directed band and chorus members. Our students and staff prepared the program and decorations for this special day. We hope our community's veterans and their families will join us again next year. 


Oct. 31, 2013

Halloween Morning Parade

There were many great costumes on parade this morning at Radez. Check out our video to see the fun!


Oct. 25, 2013

CRCS History Share

The CRCS Library department is sponsoring a PreK-12 History Share on May 8th, 2014. Students are encouraged to create a project based on ANY event, place, time period in history that they would like to research. Librarians will help students form their topics and gather resources. Based on the model of a science fair, students will gather (in a central location to be announced) to present their research in May. Presentations may be (but are not limited to) posters, student created books, photos of a service project, or interpreting as a character in history.  If you are interested in local history or a history related service project- many community members, local experts, and local historical society members have expressed an interest in helping students find the resources they need. See Mrs. Gagnon and Mrs. O'Connor in the Radez Library for sign-up sheets and more information. Below, some of our students last spring (now in 6th grade) working on a local history documentary with Mrs. Gagnon and Mrs. O'Connor at the Old Stone Fort. Radez Students

Oct. 25, 2013

Turkey Talk and Trivia

TurkeyCome visit the Radez Library on Thursday, November 7th from 6:30- 7:30PM for bird expert Chris Keefer’s presentation on the history of turkeys in New York State. All students in CRCS and our family and community members are welcome to attend. This is part of our Jr. Historical Society run by the Radez Library. Conservationists, hunters, and all bird lovers will have fun with our hands on presentation of turkey feathers, turkey eggs, and other turkey related items!  



Oct. 18, 2013

Turkey Trot!

It was a beautiful afternoon for our Turkey Trot. Mrs. Lawler and Mrs. Sanford were amazing turkeys. We collected a huge amount of food for our local food back.

Sept. 24, 2013

Brett BarrBrett Barr returns to C-RCS as Radez principal

There’s a new, but familiar face at Radez this year. After serving as a C-RCS business education teacher for 10 years, as well as department chair, Brett Barr has returned to the district, this time facing a different challenge as Radez Elementary’s new  principal. read more




Thank you volunteersSept. 23, 2013

Radez "house" gets repainted

Thank you to Dick Bartholomew and Pastor Jeffery Smith of Richmondville for volunteering to repaint the crossing guard house on Main Street!




Sept. 16, 2013

Mrs. Gagnon wins $400 from the Entomological Society

Laura Gagnon

Radez Librarian Laura Gagnon has been named the 2013 winner of the Entomological Society of America’s President’s Prize for Primary Education. Gagnon submitted her lesson plans for her work with Radez third graders on honeybees for the contest. read more

Sept. 12, 2013

Radez Open House

Thank you for another successful open house. We had a great turnout. Our booster club's mum sale was a success. The Radez Library hosted a guest, weaver Sharon Kruppenbacher, who demonstrated weaving for everyone who stopped by. Pam Pratt (Radez/Ryder Library Assistant) and Laura Gagnon (Radez Librarian) shared information about our Cobleskill-Richmondville Junior Historical Society, a organization open to all students that hosts guest speakers and events related to history throughout the year.

Sharon with students


Sept. 4, 2013

Welcome back Radez Students!


Let's make this a great year!



Back to school information for parents

Below are a few reminders about procedures that will help keep our children safe.

Letter from the Principal

Read the letter to parents from Brett Barr, Radez's new principal.

Change in transportation

If your child will be dismissed from school early or will not be riding the bus at the end of the day, please send a note in the morning with this information so that bus passes can be prepared and teachers and drivers notified. When writing notes for transportation changes, please be sure to include specific name(s) and street address of where your child needs to go. Notes must include more than “to grandma’s house” or “to the babysitter’s home”. Dismissal plan changes will not be accepted by telephone. Emergency transportation changes require permission from the principal.

Visitor Passes

Whenever entering the school building report immediately to the office, sign in and receive a visitor’s pass. Never go to any classroom without first reporting to the main office to sign in and receive a visitor’s pass.


• Please be aware that when visiting the Radez School there are a number of handicapped parking spaces in front of the main entrance.
• Often when there is a performance, there are many cars in the parking area. Never park three-deep in the center of the upper parking area.
• When parking, be aware not to park in restricted zones that are emergency exits in case of fire or other evacuation needs. Do not park along the edge of the driveway.
• Feel free to park in the lower lot by the water treatment plant and use the railed sidewalk to walk up to the building.
• At dismissal, do not enter the upper parking area when buses are in the lot (approximately between 2:40 and 3:05 p.m.)

Student Absence

 The Board of Education attendance policy asks parents to notify the office every time your child is absent. The office will make an effort to contact you on a daily basis if your child is not in school and we have not heard from you. Please remember to send a written excuse within three days to school with your child when returning from an absence.


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