shortcutMar 23, 2017
FacebookTwitterbanner topJefferson Elementary TabMiddle School tabHigh School tab
Shalmont Central School District
District HomeAbout UsContact UsDirectionsA to Z IndexDirectory

community NEWS E-backpack

News border

Communicating while saving resources!

Community News eBackpack logoSchool officials frequently receive requests from a variety of community groups, as well as organizations outside of the school district's boundaries to distribute information about events, activities and programs that may be of interest to district children and their families.

The district has a long-standing tradition of cooperating with community agencies and organizations and serves as a central hub of activity in the community, particularly as it relates to educational and recreational opportunities available to children. To that end, the district strives to assist in making students and parents aware of additional opportunities for growth and development.

In the past, requests have been fulfilled by sending flyers home via backpack mail at the elementary school and middle school levels, and occasionally by posting online. However, at that time, there was not a clear policy or guidelines in place to follow when considering approval of such requests and appropriate distribution channels based on the type of organization and content submitted.

In addition, the distribution of such information and announcements to each student takes time from the instructional day. To that end, the district is making an effort to save paper and the time of our busy teachers and office staff.

 Instead of distribution via traditionally printed backpack mail, flyers for non-profit community organizations will be posted on this "Community News eBackpack" page.

The district's communications guidelines will be followed when considering approval of such requests and any other appropriate distribution channels based on the type of organization and content submitted.

If you have any questions, please contact the district's Communications Office at 355-9200, ext. 4006, or

Thank you for your understanding and cooperation as we make this transition.


Share information about your local, non-profit community organization's event or activity!

If you have a community announcement you would like posted, please click here to access the online submission form. Be sure to also read our terms and conditions for posting. Requests from for-profit organizations will not be fulfilled.  

  • Rotterdam United Soccer Club Spring Soccer Program
    The Rotterdam United Soccer Club Spring Soccer Program is a six week mini foot skills camp for children ages 4 to 10. The goal is to teach basic soccer skills in a non-competitive, fun, and healthy atmosphere. Instructors consist primarily of players from local high schools and the Rotterdam United Soccer Club (RUSC) travel soccer teams, with guidance and oversight from experienced travel coaches and staff. The program will teach the basics of soccer and develop skills through practice, drills, and small-sided games. This is not competitive play. For more information and to register, visit
  • Kids Night Out at the Duanesburg Y
    The Duanesburg Y is holding "Kids Night Out" events on the following Saturdays: March 25, April 29 and May 27. The events are for ages 3-12 and will be from 4:15 to 8:15 p.m. Come and enjoy open swim, gym games, and a variety of other activities. Please note that swimming is for grades 3-5, or any age who can pass the deep end test. A piece of pizza, snack, and drink will be provided! Other snacks are available for sale $1 each. All participants must be signed in by a parent or guardian, and will be required to complete a short guest release form.

    Registration costs are as followed:
    $10 (preregistration)/$15 (walk-in); Family: $35 (preregistration)/$45 (walk-in)
    Non Members:
    $20 (preregistration)/$25 (walk-in); Family: $45 (preregistration)/$55 (walk-in)
  • Summer Camp
    TSL is offering summer camp June 27-Aug. 26, 7:30 a.m.-5:30 p.m. for kids ages 5-12 at TSL, 590 Giffords Church Road, Schenectady. Prices start at $165/week. For more information and to register, visit
  • CPR, First -Aid, AED and Lifeguard Certifications
    Duanesburg Area Community Center
    For dates and information, contact or (518) 895-9500


The "Community News E-Backpack" page is provided as a service to parents for informational purposes only. Programs listed are not necessarily affiliated with nor endorsed by the Schalmont Central School District. For more information about the activities and organizations listed above, please use the contact information provided with each entry.  

More Information

Document Accessibility

If you have an accessibility issue with any documents shared on this page, please contact or call 518-355-9200, ext. 4006 to receive the information in an alternative format.

Download Adobe Reader

The PDFs on this page require Adobe Reader to access. Download Adobe Reader for free from Adobe.