• The District's 2017-18 Budget was passed by the community on May 16, 2017. The verified results will be accepted at the June 6 BOE meeting.

    To view the 2017-18 budget or for additional information about the budget/vote, please visit the District's Budget/Vote page at:

    The Approved Budget will be posted on June 7.

    Congratulations to the elected Board of Education candidates:  Beth Davidson, Jen Marraccino and James Marshall.  Their three year terms commence July 1, 2017.

    Thank you to the community for strongly supporting your school district, partnering in education and for passing the budget for next school year!

  • Please join us for the Grade 5 Parent Orientation at Nyack Middle School, May 31, 2017, 7pm

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  • The 2017-18 School Calendar has been REVISED, as approved at the May 2, 2017 BOE Meeting

    The revisions include a one-day earlier  Start Date to school on Tuesday, September 5th, 2017; and different dates for Spring Recess beginning Friday, March 30 thru Friday, April 6, 2018.

    The revised version has been attached, below, and emailed to staff and families District-wide via Peachjar and Parent Portal accounts.  

    Thank you for your attention to this change.

  • An important letter to parents and guardians regarding the popular Netflix series "13 Reasons Why" has been sent by the Superintendent...

    The letter, dated April 24th, 2017, is accompanied by a document from the National Association of School Psychologists (NASP) that contains information for parents and guardians to read and take into consideration. Our District recognizes that schools have "an important role in preventing youth suicide, and being aware of potential risk factors in students' lives is vital to this responsibility."   Feel free to contact Dr. Montesano's office should you need more information or support.

    Thank you for your attention to this very important matter. The Dr. Montesano's letter and the NASP document are attached, below.

  • Kindergarten Registration is now OPEN. Children who turn 5 years of age by December 1, 2017 are eligible to register.

    To find out how to register your incoming Kindergartner, please go to our District homepage at; click on "Parent Resources" at the top of the page in the Navigation Bar; scroll down and click on "Registration".  Follow the directions for online registration.  Once you have registered online OR if you have any questions regarding the process, please contact the District's Registrar's Office at 353 - 7038 to make an appointment.  Thank you.

  • REMINDER Regarding the District's NEW Media Release Opt-Out Form and Protocol

    Parents and Guardians: the District has a NEW Media Release/Opt Out protocol that will go into effect this month, October, 2016.  All parents/guardians should have received the attached letter in their summer mailing  that  included  a September 26th deadline for any "Opt Outs".   Parents/guardians who do not wish their child's photograph to be featured on our new websites must have checked the appropriate boxes on this form and have sent it back to their child's school.  Please call the District's Office of Public Relations at (845) 353-7013 with any questions regarding this new protocol.  The Media Opt Out Form is one that can be filled out at any time but must be kept at the school building level for easy access by staff and to ensure that the protocol  is effectively followed. The District looks forward to celebrating daily accomplishments and sharing them via posts to our new District sites.


Message from the Principal: Mrs. Gina Cappiello

May 2017

Dear Families,

As we move into the final months of the school year, we will certainly be very busy at VCE! The first week in May includes NY State Math testing for grades 3-5. We will be testing students on the mornings of May 2-4. NY State Science Performance testing for grade 4 will take place May 24-26, and the written test will be administered on Monday, June 5th.

 In addition to upcoming field trips and cultural arts programs, our students are practicing for our upcoming spring concerts which will be held as follows:

  • Kindergarten students will perform at their moving up ceremony on June
  • The concert for grades 1 and 2 will be held at 9:30 am on Tuesday, May 23rd in the gym at VCE
  • The third graders will have their own recorder and vocal music concert on Wednesday, May 17th at 9:30 am in the courtyard. (Indoors in the event of inclement weather)
  • Our 4th and 5th grade students (vocal, band and orchestra) will perform at 7:00 pm at Nyack High School on Thursday, May 11.

As the weather warms up, I would like to remind families that loose fitting clothing and a bottle of water will help to keep children cool. Sneakers are still a must for physical education classes. Sandals should have ankle straps for safety.

Finally, I am asking for the help of families with what is becoming a rather large distraction and a safety issue in school in recent weeks. Increasing numbers of students are bringing “Fidget Spinners” (see photo below) to school. These are made of plastic and small metal ball bearings. They are quite popular, and are being traded, borrowed and played with during the day. They are also being thrown, both accidentally and intentionally, and we have had a number of injuries. Originally designed and marketed as a tool for those with Attention Deficit Disorder, these Fidget Spinners are now being used as toys by many students. Your help in making sure that students keep these at home is greatly appreciated so that we may continue to keep the focus on educational activities.


The staff and I are looking forward to seeing our VCE families at our many spring events. Thank you for sharing your children with us each day!


Gina Cappiello, Principal                                                                                                                                                                                                                          

Upcoming Events (scroll through)

  • D day

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  • Gr.5 Bridges Rehearsal, 9am-12pm (moved from June 1st)

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  • Gr.5 Parent Orientation 6:30PM

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  • A day

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  • Gr.5 Parent Orientation, 6:30pm

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⇒ The PTA at Valley Cottage sponsors field trips and programs for students throughout the school year. For more information, please call PTA Co-Presidents.  Visit VCE.PTA on Facebook for any PTA matters.

Our PTA website is at

Please contact the VCE PTA any time by speaking to an officer or any member, or by e-mailing your thoughts to:

Kristy Christiano  (845) 323-1451         Email:

Christine Edmonds (845) 548-7176     Email:

The PTA vows to incorporate a management team approach, where all officers are included in planning and decision-making and duties are divided evenly across the team for greatest efficiency. 

Please note the following program information: The PTA at Valley Cottage sponsors field trips and programs for students throughout the school year. Special assemblies are arranged to give our students an enriching cultural experience. Your support of the PTA and its programs is greatly needed. For further information, please view the PTA Directory for contact persons and numbers (to be updated soon).

We have a Family Resource Center in our building with Julie Kassel and Joanne Wallace as the Valley Cottage Coordinators. They can be reached at 353-7291. Please visit the center designed to meet the needs of the parents in our school.  Or click on the Family Resource Center Quick Link, located on this page.

⇒ The JCC-Beyond the Bell of Rockland conducts an after-school child care program until 6:00PM daily.  For more information, please call Monica Rosenbaum, JCC, Director of Children’s Programs, at (845) 362-4400 ext.111.