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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!


Veterans Assembly at Clara H. Carlson School

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Clara H. Carlson School commemorated Veterans Day with an assembly on Nov. 8. Students in grades 3-6, along with local veterans, were in attendance. One of the veterans in attendance was Elmont Board of Education Trustee Sharon Earley Davis.

The assembly kicked off with the school’s Color Guard students Logan Corchado and Carlton Stewart each holding an American flag, followed in by third graders to the tune of “Grand Old Flag.” Principal Stacia Walfall and Assistant Principals Melissa Polzella and Richard Mansfield welcomed the students, families and veterans. Sixth grader Danieda Paul then sang the Star Bangled Banner.

All the third grade classes performed a Military Medley and “Fifty Nifty States United States” songs. Sixth grader Haider Imran and School Counselor Jane Dragovich each read a poem aloud, as well. Imran shared “The Best on Earth” and Dragovich shared “Don’t Quit.” A video montage was then played, showing various photos of military members in the local community and family members of staff and students.

The assembly concluded with the readings and a performance of “Grand Old Flag” by the third grade classes.


Date Added: 11/15/2023

Clara H. Carlson Fifth Graders’ STEAM Lesson

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During a STEAM lesson on Oct. 13, Clara H. Carlson School fifth graders in Christopher Tricarico’s class were tasked with constructing the tallest freestanding structure out of spaghetti, tape, string, mini marshmallows and a large marshmallow.

The lesson began with the class watching a TED Talk on the experiment. Their objective was to test factors that affect the strength and stability of a structure. Grouped in teams, the students utilized the design process to identify the problem, brainstorm, design, build, test, redesign if necessary and then share their solutions. They were given 18 minutes to create their spaghetti towers.

At the conclusion, only one group’s tower remained standing. As a class, they discussed what the winning group did to create a strong structure.

Date Added: 10/23/2023

Dads Take Your Child to School Day at Carlson

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Clara H. Carlson School joined in the nationwide Dads Take Your Child to School Day on Sept. 21.

Carlson invited all fathers and father figures to participate in this celebratory annual event. The day kicked off with a welcoming ceremony in front of the school building. The honored guests waved and clapped as students entered the building to start their day. Inside the building, a discussion panel awaited the fathers/father figures. They were able to answer questions and gain insights into how they can actively participate in their child's education journey. It was an open forum where thoughts and ideas were shared and discussed, fostering a sense of community and collaboration.

Additionally, to coincide with the Dads Take Your Child to School Day, Carlson hosted a Scholastic Book Fair. The dads and father figures were encouraged to explore the world of literature with their children.

“‘Dads Take Your Child to School Day’ wasn't just a one-day event; it served as a reminder that fathers can play an active role in their child's education every day,” Principal Stacia Walfall said. “The event was a powerful reminder that a child's success in school and life is greatly enhanced when both parents are actively engaged in their educational journey.”

Date Added: 10/12/2023