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Tracy Day

Office Manager
Patty Nordyke

815 E Thornton Lake Dr. NW
Albany, OR 97321

(541) 967-4588

(541) 924-3719

8 am - 4 pm

Student Supervision:

8:35 am-3:40 pm


AM = 8:55-11:35

PM = 12:35-3:30

Grades 1-5:
8:50 am - 3:30 pm

Breakfast served 8:35-8:55 am

North Albany Elementary School

Our Mission Statement

We believe that all children can and will learn. We will provide instruction, guidance, empathy, consistency and encouragement to empower students to be successful individuals and contributing members of society. The foundation which makes up the educational experience will promote academic, physical, emotional and social growth while preparing children for the life-long process of learning. The success of our programs requires the joint effort of students, teachers, parents, and other community members.


Opened in 1906 and rebuilt in 1949, North Albany Elementary School is proudly educating its fifth generation of Albany children. Located on a wooded 7.5-acre campus, the school serves students from the Thornton Lake area of North Albany.


April 7, 2015
Dear Albany Community,
As band directors of South Albany High School and West Albany High School we would like to thank you for the immediate response of support to South Albany High School. On the day of the fire, phone calls starting coming in from many individuals offering their personal band instrument to help rebuild the SAHS program. We want to extend our personal thanks and let you know where things stand and how your potential gift may be used.
To begin with we want to be clear that our insurance policy covers the replacement of district equipment. In regard to band instruments, we will receive funds to replace those lost in the fire (of the same quality level). The insurance coverage will not necessarily provide sufficient funding to replace instruments that match the instructional and performance goals of our program. This is where your donation may help out.
In addition, coverage for student owned equipment is only covered at current cash value. We will work with those students to ensure they get a replacement instrument that will meet their needs. This is another area where we will be using both donated funds and donated instruments.
Money donations should be made through the Albany Public School Foundation. At this time, cash donations provide the most flexibility to grow the program and meet individual student circumstances. However, donated instruments will also help. All donations will receive a letter to use with your tax records.
If you would like to donate your instrument:
* First have your instrument appraised. Gracewinds Music and Albany Music & Sound have offered to provide this service free of charge.
* Turn your instrument into the GAPS district office. You will be asked to fill out a tag with your contact information.
* Understand that your donation may be used for the South band or may be turned into a local music store as a trade-in for other band equipment needed at SAHS. If all needs at South Albany are met, your instrument may be given to a student in need throughout the area.
We have a very good relationship with our local music stores and are working closely with Gracewinds Music and Albany Music & Sound who are donating their time to assist us in this process.
Again, the outpouring of support has been amazing. We want you to know your donation is greatly appreciated and will be used to further the music lives of many students.

Isaac Andrew Stuart Welsh
SAHS Band Director WAHS Band Director

Greater Albany Public School District 8J
718 Seventh Avenue SW
Albany, Oregon 97321-2399
Phone (541) 967-4501
Business FAX (541) 967-4587
Instruction FAX (541) 967-4584
Unprecedented Achievement





Parent Instructional Resources:

Battle of the Books

Take a look at this link to find out more information about Battle of the Books going on at NAE BOTB info 2014

Outdoor School

Please take a look at this link to find out more about 5th Grade Outdoor School: OutdoorSchoolSites.

Outdoor School Information

Smarter Balanced Assessment (OAKS)

Smarter Balanced Family Night

Parent Forum Invite

Smarter Balanced Assessment (OAKS for Oregon Schools) starts this year. Students in grades three through five will take this new assessment starting in April 2015. They will have one opportunity to take the math and reading assessments which will test on the Common Core State Standards. Much preparation and planning is happening in classrooms to prepare students for this assessment. If you would like to know more and see sample items, go to smarter-balanced-assessment

Common Core State Standards

If you are interested in learning more, please use this link:

Math Instruction

Math instruction looks a bit different than when we were in school. Want to know why? See the link below.

NAE's Math Curriculum (Investigations)

If you are interested in Parent Resources for Investigations Math, please use this link:

Parent Resource Links:

At NAE this year, staff is learning about the growth mindset, a term taken from psychologist and Harvard professor Carol Dweck’s book Mindset. The following are growth-mindset related articles to peruse:

Attendance Matters -

Read the latest research on the link between school success and attendance at attendance-in-the-Early-Grades


Our school is proud to offer:

Library and Technology Program
Provides weekly instruction that focuses on reading and literature, library skills and research skills.

Technology Instructional Program
Technology topics include keyboarding, word processing, presentation, and internet use.

School-wide Recycling Program
Third and fourth graders coordinate a waste reduction effort that involves every classroom.

Accelerated Reader Program
Provides motivational reading reinforcement and ongoing comprehension assessments for students in second through fifth grade.

Accelerated Math Program
Provides individualized, targeted instruction and assessment, linked to national and state standards for students in second through fifth grades.

Music and PE Program
Provides specialized music and PE instruction for students in grades 1 - 5.

Adventures in Art Program

Thanks to our volunteers, North Albany Elementary has an amazing art program. NAE students CREATE while learning and experiencing works from the great Masters of Art. For more information and to find out how you can be a part of this outstanding program, go to adventuresinartnae.

Business Partnerships
Provides the following service opportunities: Safe Haven Humane Society for grade 2, Helping Hands Homeless Shelter for grade 3, Albany-Lebanon Sanitation for grade 4 and Linn Greeters and FISH of Albany for grade 5.

Thornton's Swamp Skills
Teaches self-empowerment and conflict-resolution skills that are useful at school and home.

Mileage Club
Each spring, students accept the challenge of fitness walking during lunch recess. Every year their combined mileage grows with over 12,000 miles walked this year. More than 30 students walked 35 miles or more.

Parents are our partners

Site Council
Parents work with staff to provide leadership support and goal-setting. The focus is on moving students toward state benchmarks.

Parent-Teacher Partnership (PTP) - look at the left sidebar on this page for meeting dates and minutes
Provides fun, culture and support for the school. The PTP sponsors our carnival, field day, Jog-A-Thon and hosts our open house to celebrate the new school year and provides maintenance for the school's fitness-learning trail. Parents also purchase needed equipment, learning materials, and technology for the school. The group meets on alternating months, September through May. The PTP sponsors many enrichment programs such as Adventures in Art (see above link).

Volunteer Program
More than 120 trained volunteers provide classroom assistance, and help with special events and long-term projects.

Our focus for improvement

  • Ensure that at least 90 percent of third and fifth graders meet or exceed the benchmark expectation on the state reading assessment.
  • Ensure that at least 90 percent of third and fifth graders meet or exceed the benchmark expectation on the state writing assessment.
  • Ensure that all students participate in character education activities. Activities will include lessons in kindness, respect, responsibility, honesty/integrity, self-discipline and problem solving.