About Me

Mrs. Barbara Kurdziel

Phone: 845-635-4310


Degrees and Certifications:

B.S.Communications, Ithaca College, 1983 N-6 Elementary Ed Certification, 1986 SUNY New Paltz M.S. French K-9, Certification, 1992, SUNY New Paltz

Mrs. Barbara Kurdziel

Thanks for stopping by my Teacher page!

This is my 16th year at West Road. I have taught 5th grade for 7 years, 3rd  grade for 7 years and am now happily beginning my  2nd year of 4th grade.

This is the grade where I began back in 1986 (Poughkeepsie City Schools 1986-2003)

I have lived in Salt Point for 33 years minus a couple years abroad. My husband, Matt, and I

have three sons- Teddy-29, Buddy-25 & Will-23. Ted is married and lives in Poughkeepsie. Bud is getting married in September and lives in Massachusetts. Will lives and works in upstate NY. We have two dogs, Riley & Rudy. 

This year, we are building our classroom community one day at a time. We will take our time getting to know each other and our likes/dislikes. There will be lots of time to curl up with a good book or to explore some new math and science ideas. We are going to become excellent writers!

Here's to an exciting and fun-filled year together! 


  • Here is a look at our morning routine. This is what we do practically EVERY morning. We're building good habits, one step at a time. 

    1. Arrive in classroom

    2. Unpack

    3. Copy planner for the day/week

    4. Grab Morning Math Minute

    5. Grab Speed Drill

    6. Order Lunch, if applicable

    7. After announcements, we have MORNING MEETING


Nuts & Bolts


    1. If child remembers early enough, I can message you via Class Dojo to let you know and then you can...

    a. Drop off lunchbox/money, if your schedule permits

    b. Put money into lunch account online.


    c. Student can buy the menu item or A LA CARTE (if no lunchbox) and owe the lunch lady for the selected meal. 

    d. If I have the cash, I will loan it and then student can write an IOU/Mrs. K.  in his/her planner. 




    Everyone loves to celebrate a birthday! Treats may be dropped off in the office before 12:00.

    Please no large sheet cakes- too messy and necessitates napkins/plates/forks, etc. 

    Feel free to send in cookies, cupcakes, packaged treats.

    Again- NO BAKED GOODS WITH TREE NUTS/NUTS for birthday treats Even if the student with the allergy chooses not to participate, we cannot risk any type of contamination on surfaces or skin.



    Fourth graders playing instruments have an added responsibility. Students are NOT allowed to go to the office to call home if they have forgotten their instrument. First or second time, I will Class DOJO (message service) a parent if an instrument is left at home. Third time, a student is out of luck. Building that habit is important for these budding musicians.



    Homework is given Mon-Thurs. On Friday, the homework is to read for fun over the weekend along with a Spelling/Phonics packet which is not due until the following Friday. On the weeks we have a FRIDAY REVIEW/NEWSY NOTE, those will be due back withParent Signature the following Monday or next day school is in session.

    No one will be allowed to call home for forgotten assignments. Missed homework will be noted on the Friday Review.

    On the Friday afternoons when we have  "Catchup & Relish" (Free 20 minutes of extra down time for those who have completed ALL assignments for the week), those students who are missing assignments can "catch up" at that time while the rest of the class will be able to "relish" some free time. 



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