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Clara H. Carlson School

Mrs. Stacia Walfall, Principal
Mr. Richard Mansfield, Asst. Principal
Mrs. Natalie Nelson, Asst. Principal

235 Belmont Boulevard, Elmont, NY 11003
Phone: (516) 326-5570
Fax: (516) 326-0349
Hours: 8:55 a.m.-3:15 p.m.

"Every Student Matters and Every Moment Counts."

Our Mission: Inspire creativity, cultivate academic growth, nurture our diverse community, and motivate students to be life-long learners.

Our Vision: Challenge the leaders, thinkers, and creators of tomorrow.


Welcome to the Clara H. Carlson Elementary school website! Coming from a variety of ethnicities and backgrounds, our students thrive and grow as well-rounded individuals. Priority is given to maintaining a safe environment that is conducive to learning.

Our dedicated teachers and staff empower all students to reach their full potential and become life-long learners. Students are given a quality education in a safe, nurturing environment. Our staff works diligently to ensure each student receives a quality education with priorities focused on individual growth, social-emotional development and safety.

Our families play a key role in this educational journey. When you visit our school, you will find an extended hand ready to invite you to become a member of our community. We welcome you to the Carlson family and look forward to working with you and your child to have a wonderful school year.

Clara H. Carlson is one of six schools in the Elmont School District. It first opened its doors on February 3, 1930 and was originally named the Belmont Boulevard School. Ms. Clara H. Carlson was a former educator and principal in the Elmont School District. After being the 1st Belmont Boulevard principal, the 1st principal of the Gotham Avenue School and the principal of the Elmont Road School, the building was renamed the Clara H. Carlson School in the early 1960s. A ceremony was held to honor her dedication and commitment to the Elmont community.

Our clubs and programs include Afternoon Tutoring, Bienvenidos, Broadcasting Squad, Band, Chorus, Community Read, Girl Power, Honor Roll, International Night, Kindness, Model United Nations, Monday, Clubs, Morning Enrichment & Tutoring, NYSSMA, Orchestra, PTA, Recorder Ensemble, Safety Squad, Spelling Bee, Student Council, Student of the Month, Talent Show, and Teachers of Tomorrow

Our awareness activities include Alzheimer's, Autism, Black History Month, Breast Cancer, College and Career, Fire Safety, Hoops For Hearts, Leukemia & Lymphoma, Memorial Day, Pennies For Patients, Read Across America, Red Ribbon, September 11th Memorial, Staff Appreciation, and Veterans Day.

Languages spoken by CHC families include Bengali, English, French, Haitian Creole, Malayalam, Panjabi, Spanish, Tagalog, Turkish, and Urdu.

Our grads have attended colleges including Harvard, Yale, Columbia, Cornell, University of Pennsylvania, Howard, Hampton, SUNY, CUNY, Community Colleges, Hofstra, Adelphi, University of Southern Carolina, Mercy, Temple, Fashion Institute of Technology, Florida State, St. John's, Delaware State, and more!

Letters & Notices

March Newsletter


P.S. I Love You Day at Clara H. Carlson School

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Clara H. Carlson School joined the island-wide initiative and celebrated P.S. I Love You Day on Feb. 10. Students and staff were encouraged to wear purple to commemorate the day, which is held on the second Friday of every February to foster kindness and a welcoming environment, as well as educate students about mental health.

At Carlson, P.S. I Love You Day served as the segue into their Kindness Week beginning on Feb. 13. In the main lobby, a large P.S. I Love You Day banner was displayed, created by students in the Art Club. Across the walls, purple hearts with positive messages written by sixth graders were also on display.

The building’s social-emotional learning team, comprised of school psychologists, the school counselor and social worker, collaborated with the social-emotional learning committee, which includes admin and teachers, to create the activities for the day. Students in grades K-2 made purple Friendship Chains, students in grades 3-4 wrote Kindness Grams and students in grades 5-6 participated in a Lift You Up song activity through which they selected a song that makes them happy and wrote about why.

Date Added: 3/21/2023

Clara H. Carlson School Students Create Fossils

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Clara H. Carlson School third graders in Mrs. DiRe’s class created fossils as part of their Organisms and the Environment Interdependent Relationships in Ecosystems unit for science.

Working in groups, the students created a base for their fossils by rolling Play-Doh into a smooth, thin layer. Then, they selected items from a pile of assorted objects to create their fossils. The students carefully pressed each item into the Play-Doh to create a model of a fossil mold.

After the fossils were made, the students used magnifying glasses to analyze a fossil created by another group. They recorded their observations on data sheets and made inferences about what object was used to create each fossil.

“All the students enjoyed being investigative scientists and had fun not only creating fossils, but also observing other fossils and using critical thinking skills to infer the objects used to create fossil models,” Mrs. DiRe said.

Date Added: 1/27/2023