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143 Golding Drive, Cobleskill, NY 12043, V: 518.234.2585 F: 518.234.7956, Kevin Kelly, Principal

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Building times

Doors open 7:56 a.m. I Classes begin 8:15 a.m.
Parent pick up 3 p.m. I Dismissal 3:05 p.m. I Buses depart 3:21 p.m.


June 24, 2014

Field Day Fun at Ryder

Ryder kids had lots of outdoor fun on our June 20th Field Day. Check out highlights from the day below!



June 3, 2014

Ryder Morning Program gets special performance

Ryder Morning Program

Along with announcing this month's Kids with Character, today's Morning Program offered visitors a special treat from the second graders. 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 7, 2014

Screen Free Celebration Day at Ryder Elementary

Ryder students and staff had a fantastic time kicking off Screen Free Week on Monday with many fun activities, including seed planting, crafts, Zumba, sidewalk chalk art, and much more! Screen Free Week, which runs from Monday, May 5th through Sunday, May 11th, is a national program designed to encourage students and families to try out new hobbies and activities that don't include a screen (turn off the T.V. and computer!) To see more from our celebration day, check out the video below!

April 25, 2014

Ryder Students Celebrate Earth Day

Ryder Elementary students learned a great deal about Earth Day and the importance of taking care of our precious Earth.  Classes celebrated our amazing planet through a variety of discussions about the Earth and all of its resources, as well as ways to protect it and help keep the Earth clean.  Students learned about the importance of recycling, not littering, having clean rivers and water, water and animal conservation, planting, and agriculture.

Students completed activities such as reading and writing stories about the Earth and Earth Day, coloring beautiful Earth Day related pictures, decorating and painting non-woven drawstring backpacks, planting flowers, etc…

The key message presented to all of the students was that even though Earth Day is on April 22nd every year, it’s important to always appreciate and take care of our planet and remember that “Every day is Earth Day!!”


April 9, 2014

Kindergarten Registration Scheduled

Registration and screening for next year's incoming Kindergarten students will take place April 28 - May 9 at the George D. Ryder Elementary School by appointment.  Registration packets were mailed on April 8 to all families listed in the census database.  If you have a child who will be five years old on or before December 1, 2014 and did NOT receive a packet, please call Mrs. Aspinwall at 234-2585, ext. 5000.  The parent orientation meeting will be held on May 13 at 6:00 p.m. in the Ryder School cafeteria.  Parents/guardians are encouraged to attend the orientation meeting.

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 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 18, 2014

Ryder celebrates St. Patrick's Day with  Kids with Character, step dancing

Congratulations to this month's kids with character from Ryder!

March 13, 2014

Ryder celebrates PARP with Family Fun Reading Night

Thank you to all the families and students who came out for Family Fun Reading Night on March 6th in honor of Dr. Seuss's birthday and the kickoff of our Parents as Reading Partners (P.A.R.P.) program! Students enjoyed story sessions from guest readers and rounded out the night with snacks and crafts in the cafeteria. Check out the fun below and KEEP READING!!

March 6, 2014

Ryder Elementary honors C-RCS Bus drivers

Bus appreciation

Ryder Principal Kevin Kelly presents C-RCS bus drivers a certificate of appreciation on behalf of the Ryder Elementary students.


Jan. 07, 2014

Caring and Sharing at Ryder Holiday Celebration

December has been an exciting month of sharing, caring, and learning at Ryder School! As a service learning project, we participated in a school wide food drive and collected over 400 items. Thank you to all the families who donated; the kids truly feel good about helping others. Classrooms participated in many holiday activities, which included things such as: caroling for the second graders, Christmas Around the World for the first graders, and gingerbread house decorating for kindergarten, just to name a few.

The month culminated with our annual day of fun before break! Our theme this year was Charles Dickens' A Christmas Carol. The entire school caroled through the halls and attended a very enjoyable assembly, complete with a visit from both Scrooge and the Exchange Club Santa! We then enjoyed crafts, fun in the gym and, of course, milk and cookies, followed by a school-wide showing of Mickey's Christmas Carol! We wish all students and their families a safe and happy New Year! Check out the fun below!


Dec. 03, 2013

Scrooge visits Ryder morning program

Ryder students received a visit Monday from Ebenezer Scrooge of Charles Dickens' A Christmas Carol. Mr. Scrooge's visit kicks off Ryder's month of Caring and Holiday Cheer, as well as our Holiday Food Drive. See more from Scrooge's visit in the gallery. view gallery


Nov. 26, 2013

Second grade student wins tickets for a family of four to the Great Escape Water Park. 

Many schools are participating with school banking hosted by the First New York Credit Union. It is a collaboration between the schools and the Credit Union designed to teach and develop good banking and money habits at an early age. With the offering of various incentives throughout the year, this being one of them, Annaliese's name was drawn from hundreds of student bankers, not only in Schoharie County, but surrounding counties as well. Congratulations to Annaliese from Ryder Elementary as you look forward to this fun-filled day with your family!

                          Anneliese with a representative from the First Teachers Credit Union and Principal Kelly

Anneliese with Ryder Principal, Mr. Kelly, and a representative from the First New York Credit Union.


Nov. 12, 2013

Ryder Elementary Honors Veterans at Morning Program

Ryder Elementary celebrated local veterans today with a breakfast and morning program in their honor. Ryder students and staff, Boy Scout and Cub Scout troops, and members of the Radez 5th Grade Band came together to present a full program of music, poems, and other tributes to the men and women in our community who have served their country. read more

Nov. 12, 2013

Ryder Halloween Parade

Ryder students and staff celebrated Halloween with many creative and spooky costumes! Check out our Halloween parade below!

Oct. 28, 2013

Kids with Character honored at Morning Program

Morning Program

Ryder students celebrated Kids with Character and learned about Halloween safety during Morning Program. view gallery

Oct. 28, 2013

McGruff Visits Ryder School       

McGruff Visits Ryder

McGruff the Crime Dog has been teaching children about a variety of issues such as safety, crime prevention, bullying and staying in school for over 30 years.  On Thursday, October 24th, McGruff visited Ryder Elementary School during a Halloween Safety Morning Program Presentation. read more/view gallery

Oct. 15, 2013

Ryder Readers Book Club Meets in the Library

Second Grade Book Club

Second grade students play a game in response to Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballs as part of Ryder's recess-time book club. Nearly 70 second graders have signed up to be members of the club, which meets once per cycle in the Ryder Library.

Sept. 23, 2013

Ryder's first Morning Program of 2013-14

Morning Program

This morning, Ryder students had their first Morning Program, where they honored Kids With Character. view gallery

Spider-Man visits RyderSept. 23, 2013

Spider-Man visits Ryder Elementary

Spider-Man swung by Ryder Elementary during an Anti-Bullying Morning Program Presentation to support anti-bullying, talk about the importance of teamwork, and spread the word on "Being a Buddy, Not a Bully."  view gallery





Sept. 10, 2013

Students learn about school safety

This week, students learned about safety on the bus, in the cafeteria, on the playground and during recess.

This week at Ryder, students are learning about safety on the bus, in the cafeteria, on the playground and during recess. read more/view gallery


Sept. 4, 2013

Welcome Ryder Students!

Let's make this a great year!

Back to school information

A reminder to all Ryder parents dropping students off in the morning: Please remember the drop off lane is NO PARKING. If you need to leave your vehicle, please park in a designated spot. When dropping your student off, please pull as far forward as possible and drop off at the curb only. Thank you for your cooperation to provide the safest possible experience for all.

If you intend to do "parent pick up" we ask that you submit the necessary paperwork in Ryder's main office prior to the start of the school year.



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