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Clara H. Carlson School

Mr. Richard Mansfield, Acting Principal
Mrs. Natalie Nelson, Asst. Principal
Ms. Tara Savage, Acting 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

September/October Newsletter


Clara H. Carlson School Celebrates PARP

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To inspire students to read more often, Clara H. Carlson School hosted Pick a Reading Partner (PARP) with a theme of “Wild for Reading,” from March 14 to April 9. Along with logging their daily reading minutes and who they read with at home, students enjoyed fun at-home prompts throughout the four weeks.

Some of the activities included students acting out a scene from their favorite book for their family, going on an adventure to the Elmont Public Library, reading to a family member and reading to either a pet or a stuffed animal.

At school, guest readers virtually read books to students via Zoom. Student Council representatives also distributed prizes to students who read the most.

PARP concluded with a PTA-sponsored Scholastic Book Fair, which was held outdoors from April 11-12. Students eagerly browsed through illustrated books, graphic novels, chapter books and more. School supplies and posters were for sale as well.

Date AddedL 5/12/2022

Clara H. Carlson School Students Learn Conflict Resolution Skills

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To assist students with effectively and kindly resolving conflicts with their peers, Clara H. Carlson School introduced a new conflict resolution program in March.

School Counselor Jane Dragovich, who led the initiative, began push-in lessons into all the classrooms on March 14. During those introductory discussions, each student received a paper conflict resolution wheel. For the younger grades, the wheel has pictures and easier prompts, while the older grades have more in-depth descriptions. The wheel depicts conflict resolution scenarios, such as: apologize, walk away, count to 10 and cool off, or hold a class meeting.

The initiative is being held in conjunction with the school’s Student Council, who created videos on the qualities of being a leader and problem-solver. To ensure that each child’s voice is heard, Carlson held schoolwide votes on what would be the best incentives for solving conflict. If a class is managing conflict well, they can receive a pizza party or a movie day. Another incentive for students is the chance to receive Mustang Money (the school’s mascot) if they are displaying qualities of being an effective problem-solver.

The goal of this initiative is to provide students with lifelong skills in resolving conflict with others.

Date Added: 4/27/2022 

Clara H. Carlson Students Play Black History Month Jeopardy

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As the culmination of their month-long study of famous Black figures, Clara H. Carlson School students put their knowledge to the test in a virtual jeopardy game on Feb. 28.

Throughout the month, all grade-levels learned facts about Black Americans. Due to this year’s Black History Month national theme of health and medicine, there was a special focus on individuals in those fields.

During the game, classes were chosen at random and were able to select their jeopardy question. The categories were Arts and Writers, Famous Athletes, Historical Moments, Famous Physicians, Famous Speeches, Historically Black Colleges and Universities, and Famous Scientists. Working together as a class, teachers would then enter their classroom’s answers in a Google sheet. The class with the most correct answers would be deemed the winner of their grade-level.

Jeopardy concluded with the final question: “This African American male grew up in Selma, Alabama in the 1950s. He met with Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and Malcolm X weekly at Brown’s Chapel Church, where they planned the non-violent movement that fought against the unfair treatment of African Americans.” Following the question, students were treated to a surprise virtual visit from the figure in question, Lee Williams. He spoke about his childhood in Alabama, as well as his time with Dr. King and Malcolm X.

Date Added: 3/29/2022