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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!


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

Clara H. Carlson’s “The Power of ONE Person” Assembly

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Clara H. Carlson School celebrated Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. with its first annual “The Power of ONE Person” assembly on Jan. 12.

The assembly began with Assistant Principals Richard Mansfield and Melissa Polzella reading aloud “One,” by Kathryn Otashi. The building’s Social Emotional Learning team, comprised of the school psychologists, school counselor, instructional coach and social worker, acted out the story onstage.

Following the performance of “One,” kindergarten students from Mrs. LaTorre’s class sang “This Little Light of Mine.” Then, students from grades pre-K through sixth grade came onstage to speak about the “number one” person in their lives. Some of the honored “number ones” included family members, fellow students and teachers.
Sixth grader Daniela Paul treated the audience to a rendition of “Rise Up” by Andra Day.

The assembly concluded with a schoolwide video “Many Faces=ONE Clara H. Carlson” and the “One” Award presentation.

Date Added: 1/25/2024

Spelling Bee at Clara H. Carlson School

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Clara H. Carlson School recently hosted a Scripps Spelling Bee Competition for students in grades 4-6.

Fifteen students competed in the bee after winning their individual classroom spelling bees. Sixth grader Mackenson Michel was named the first place winner by correctly spelling “laundry.” Fifth grader Andrea Persaud was named the second place winner, and sixth grader Danilo St. Cyr was named the third place winner. Michel and Persaud will be submitted to the next level by taking an online test, which would qualify them to compete at the county level.

Date Added: 1/8/2024