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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 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

Clara H. Carlson School Celebrates Vocabulary Day

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Clara H. Carlson School celebrated Vocabulary Day on Oct. 31. Each student selected a word and dressed in a coordinating outfit that represented their chosen word.

Principal Stacia Walfall sent parents/guardians a list of Tier 1, Tier 2 and Tier 3 vocabulary words for the students to choose from. Students were encouraged to work with their families to create homemade outfits. Each class also read “Miss Alaineus: A Vocabulary Disaster” by Debra Frasier.

The students chose words like “precipitation,” “royalty,” “veterinarian,” “punctual,” “rich,” “astronaut” and more.

Throughout the day, classes also participated in word activities and games. First graders in Debbie Jaegar and Samantha Incalaterra’s class read “The Word Collector” by Peter H. Reynolds and learned about dictionaries and thesauruses. Sixth graders were challenged to create a word that had letters with numbers that added up to one dollar, create their own Wordle games and unscramble words, among other games.

Vocabulary Day aligns with the Elmont Union Free School District’s initiative to build students’ vocabulary skills. Clara H. Carlson aims to build students’ vocabulary each day by having vocabulary walls in each classroom and providing professional development to teachers.

Date Added: 11/8/2022

Carlson Partakes in Dads Take Your Child to School Day

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In recognition of Dads Take Your Child to School Day, recognized nationally on Sept. 22, Elmont schools joined the movement.

At Clara H. Carlson School, fathers and father figures lined the steps to the building and clapped excitedly to welcome students to start their day. Principal Stacia Walfall thanked the dads for attending and supporting their children.

Date Added: 10/11/2022