April 25, 2015
Lisa Mickle, Principal
1581 Crescent Rd, Clifton Park, NY 12065 • 518-881-0540
Congratulations to Okte’s PTA Honorary Life recipients: Mrs. Suzanne McQuade, Mrs. Krista Knudsen and Mrs. Margo Crowther! Thank you for all of your contributions to the Okte community!
Okte students learn about Autism and how to be a good friend through a presentation by Puppets in Education!
Okte’s students traveled to 21 different countries as part of their International Celebration hosted by families from their school! 
Okte 5th graders
became experts on 5 different books to compete in the
Battle of the Books! The Book Beasts, consisting of Jake
Kochanskyj, Aliza Dil, Kelly Westervilt, Spencer Timmis,
and Lizzie Avila were Okte’s winners and will go on to
compete at the district level against other school teams
in late March! Congrats to all who participated!
Second graders at Okte immersed themselves in the life of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. The students researched his life in a variety of media. They expressed this project by giving individual presentations of the accomplishments of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.
Okte was very grateful to receive a $4000 technology grant from the Twin Bridges Rotary Club of Clifton Park! Okte will purchase twelve Dell ChromeBooks for their intermediate students!
Okte’s 5th graders created holiday gift baskets for Captain with goods donated by the Okte community!
Over 170 Okte students read for a minimum of 15 minutes every night for 3 straight weeks as part of Parents as Reading Partners (PARP). 
Okte’s second graders have been learning about being thankful and compassionate, ending the week with a Giving Project. Students and their families, made donations of personal hygiene products, as well as non perishable food items. 
Singer/songwriter Red Grammar made a visit to Okte's Morning Program. He sang many familiar songs and taught the children new songs including one about Bucket Filling. 
Congratulations to Hanna Compa, Emma Aluck, Matt Colletti, and Kevin Maney – Okte’s Fire Prevention Poster contest winners!
Okte's Annual Monster Mash was the place to be on Friday! Children were given a passport to collect stamps through fun activities such as decorating a cookie or creating a pumpkin out of a plate. After collecting all of the stamps, a walk through the "hallway of horror" to the trick or treat trail resulted in a goody bag (complete with a toothbrush) to wind down the fun evening! Great job PTA!! 
Okte was very fortunate to be part of the Ride for Missing Children event! Over 50 bicyclists rode for 100 miles throughout Albany and Saratoga counties to raise awareness and to promote personal safety tips with our students!
An Okte team of teachers, staff and families participated in the Autism Walk! It was a great event to raise awareness and to support our children with autism!
Okte students were excited to return to school! Okte welcomed 50 new families this year. 
4/22/15 - NYS Math Assessment Gr. 3-8, thru 4/24
4/24/15 - Science and Health Discovery Night, 6:30pm, HSE
4/25/15 - Community Conversation, 9:30a.m., Acadia
4/27/15 - ES Report Cards Distributed
5/5/15 - Acadia Gr. 5 Orientation, 6:30pm, Cafe
5/7/15 - Koda Gr. 5 Orientation, 6:30pm, MS Aud.
5/12/15 - Budget Hearing, 7pm, Gowana Library
5/16/15 - Community Conversation, 9:30am, Cheryl's Lodge
5/19/15 - School District Budget Vote, 7am-9pm, Gowana Gym
5/20/15 - NYS Science Performance Assessment Gr. 4/8
5/25/15 - Memorial Day, No School
6/1/15 - NYS Science Written Assessment, Gr. 4/8
6/19/14 - **In the 2014-15 calendar mailed home it says that AM kindergartners attend on this ES half day. That is incorrect. PM Kindergartners attend in the AM. Morning kindergarten students don't have school.
Okte Welcome Video
Ms Braglia, art
Mr Chaikowski, music