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Clara H. Carlson School

Mrs. Stacia Walfall, Principal
Mr. Richard Mansfield, 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!


New Build and Bond Buddies Club at Clara H. Carlson School

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Clara H. Carlson School recently kicked off its new club, the Build and Bond Buddies Club. The club, facilitated by school counselor Jane Dragovich and kindergarten teacher Kimberly Ludwin, was created for inquisitive young learners in pre-K through first grade. During the eight-week program, the students will incorporate a social-emotional learning component with STEM activities.

Fifth graders, who were recommended by their teachers, assist the club and serve as the “older buddy” and positive role model for their younger peers. Fathers, uncles and other father figures are also invited to attend the club each week.

On March 25, the Build and Bond Buddies Club members visited the Lego Robotics Club. They received a demonstration of the team’s robot, and each had a turn to prompt the robot to complete a task on the board. The SEL theme for that session was sharing. Following a game of Kahoot!, the students practiced their sharing skills by playing with Legos, Lincoln logs, Magna-Tiles and Play-Doh together.

School Counselor Dragovich created the outline for the club. She chose the SEL concepts to focus on each week, as well as the activities. Throughout the eight weeks, the students will focus on teamwork, empathy, confidence, decision-making and more.

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Date Added: 4/10/2024

P.S. I Love You Week at Clara H. Carlson

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Clara H. Carlson School spread kindness and the message of anti-bullying during its recent P.S. I Love You Week. P.S. I Love You Day is held annually in February to spread mental health awareness. This year, the theme was “Love is meant to be given.”

The week’s activities were organized by the building’s P.S. I Love You Week Committee, which was led by sixth grade teacher Jenna Naclerio and pre-K teacher Jayme Phillips. They were assisted by school counselor Jane Dragovich, pre-K teacher Stephanie Gillam and school psychologist Johanna Lemoine.

P.S. I Love You Week kicked off with students in pre-K through second grade completing an anti-bullying contract, and the whole building collaborated on the creation of love chains, which were purple paper linked together with positive messages. Each morning, every classroom started the day by playing an arrival song, such as “All You Need is Love” by The Beatles and “Brave” by Sara Bareilles. Throughout the week, students created origami hearts, wrote letters to the Solely Sunshine Foundation, wrote kind things about their classmates, wrote a letter or note to someone special in their life and participated in a friendship web activity with a ball of yarn. In the middle of the week, students participated in a schoolwide meditation moment, as well.

P.S. I Love You Week concluded on P.S. I Love You Day. The entire building was encouraged to wear purple to commemorate the day.

Date Added: 2/28/2024
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