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Community Announcements

The district is a central hub of activity in the community, particularly as it relates to educational and recreational opportunities available to children. This page is used to share information about programs supported by the district, non-profits, government agencies and other organizations that support our students. For more information about the activities and organizations listed below, please use the contact information provided with each entry. If you have a community announcement you would like posted, please email Please allow two to three weeks lead time in sending to make sure it gets posted/distributed in a timely manner.

Holiday Party and Musical Program for Children

The Friends of Pruyn House invite you to attend a special Holiday Party and Musical Program for Children on Saturday, December 7th, at 3:00 pm.

Sinterklaas will be here to introduce himself and tell the children about old-fashioned Christmas celebrations. And we warmly welcome Norman Thibodeau from Musicians of Ma’alwyck, who will introduce the children to old-fashioned instruments!

In addition, the entire Pruyn House will be decorated for the holidays by the Blue Creek Garden Club. This year’s theme is “Festive Holiday Trees”. The Blue Creek Garden Club will have a Boutique Room in the basement with holiday items for sale.

Fort Orange Garden Club will also be having their Holiday Greens Sale in the Schoolhouse, and the American Recorder Society will be playing music from noon until 3 p.m.

This program for children is free, as is admission to the Pruyn House! Please come and spend some time at the Pruyn House on Saturday, December 7 to get into the holiday spirit.

Please call 518-783-1435 if you have any questions.

Colonie Elks Lodge – 47th Annual Elks Hoop Shoot

The Colonie Elks Lodge will sponsor competition for the 47th annual Elks Hoop Shoot for students ages 8 through 13, at the Rudy A. Ciccotti Center, 30 Aviation Road, Albany on Saturday, Nov. 9, 2019. Registration beginning 8:45-9:15 a.m. with competition beginning 9:30 a.m. sharp.

The competition is free and is open to all boys and girls in age categories 8-9, 10-11 and 12-13. Contestants age groups will be determined by their ages as of April 1, 2020. Each contestant has 25 foul shots at the hoop. Trophies will be awarded for the first, second, and third place winner in each boy-girl category. First place winners will compete against winners in the District competition. Contestants can continue all the way to the Nationals where winners will have their names inscribed on the Elks National “Hoop Shoot” plaque, on permanent display in the Basketball Hall of Fame in Springfield, Massachusetts.

Contestants should bring a copy their birth certificate, which is required for the District competition. This event is not just for experts, although Colonie had a youth go to the Nationals in 2009. It is about kids having fun, which is the Elks main objective. All youngsters should try it. For more information, contact Ron Galinski at (518) 783-1487.

Athletic Haven: Camps, Clinics, Teams

  • Happening this fall: Open gym every Thursday from 6:45-8:15 p.m. at School 12 in Troy (except for holidays and school breaks).
  • Sports clinics will be held monthly from 6:45-8:15 at School 12 on:
    • Tuesday, Sept. 17 – Basketball
    • Tuesday, Oct. 15 – Basketball
    • Tuesday, Nov. 19 – Softball
    • Tuesday, Dec. 17 – Performance Fitness
  • Travel team tryouts for 12U and 14U AAU basketball begin January 2020
  • ALL PROGRAMS ARE FREE! Registration and signed waiver required.
  • Visit for more information or follow our Facebook page for the latest news and events!

UPK at the Maplewood School

Kids Express now offers Universal Pre-K (UPK) at the Maplewood School in Watervliet! Children must be four years old by December 1, 2019 to be eligible. If your child meets this age requirement, you are invited to fill out an application on our website. For more information, call (518) 328-0430, or email