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Clara H. Carlson School

Mrs. Stacia Walfall, Principal
Mr. Richard Mansfield, Asst. Principal
Mrs. Natalie Nelson, 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!

Letters & Notices


Clara H. Carlson School Students Create Fossils

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Clara H. Carlson School third graders in Mrs. DiRe’s class created fossils as part of their Organisms and the Environment Interdependent Relationships in Ecosystems unit for science.

Working in groups, the students created a base for their fossils by rolling Play-Doh into a smooth, thin layer. Then, they selected items from a pile of assorted objects to create their fossils. The students carefully pressed each item into the Play-Doh to create a model of a fossil mold.

After the fossils were made, the students used magnifying glasses to analyze a fossil created by another group. They recorded their observations on data sheets and made inferences about what object was used to create each fossil.

“All the students enjoyed being investigative scientists and had fun not only creating fossils, but also observing other fossils and using critical thinking skills to infer the objects used to create fossil models,” Mrs. DiRe said.

Date Added: 1/27/2023

CHC Science Research Club Experiments with Plants

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Clara H. Carlson School’s Science Research Club students planted germinated pinto beans as part of their first experiment of the school year on Dec. 13.

After germinating their pinto beans to prep them for planting, the students researched multiple additives – including coffee, cornstarch, powder gelatin, tea and yeast – to see which would have the most positive effect on their plant growth. Following their research, they had to select three additives to experiment with. The fourth cup was the control: plain indoor potting mix.

Led by sixth grade teacher Jenna Sidor, the Science Research Club meets on Tuesdays and Thursdays after school. The club members were selected after an application and interview process with the principals and Sidor. Starting in January, the students will pair up to begin research on a topic of their choice. Science Research is a districtwide initiative, and each of the six buildings has a Science Research Club. The students will present their research and experiments at the end of the school year’s culminating event.

"Fortunately for us, we get hands-on experience and can have these life lessons,” sixth grader Isabella Jules said. “We’re always willing to learn in Science Research Club.”

Date Added: 12/27/2022

Clara H. Carlson School hosts Walk-a-Thon Fundraiser

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Clara H. Carlson School students, holding handmade banners or wearing patriotic hats, participated in a Walk-a-Thon around the schoolyard to raise funds for the Tunnel to Towers Foundation. The nonprofit provides mortgage-free homes to Gold Star and fallen first responder families, builds custom-designed smart homes for injured veterans, aids victims of natural disasters and assists in eliminating veteran homelessness.

Students helped to raise funds by purchasing bracelets prior to the event, while staff bought matching T-shirts. Additional funds were raised through the Student Council-run snack tables at the Walk-a-Thon. The event, which was held in conjunction with Veterans Day, raised approximately $2,400.

Retired NYFD Deputy Chief Tom Riley, an ambassador for Tunnel to Towers, attended the Walk-a-Thon. He answered students’ questions about being a firefighter and thanked the students for their participation in the fundraiser.

Date Added: 11/29/2022