• The BOE approved the 2017-18 School Calendar at the Feb. 7th, 2017 meeting. The PDF is attached, below, for your convenience.

  • UPDATE TO WATER TESTING: Please see the Jan. 19, 2017 letter from Dr. Montesano with more details

    This letter was sent to all District families and staff.  We are committed to providing up-to-date information to our community on this important topic.

  • Our online School Directories provide direct links to all teachers' email addresses

    Your school's online Directory provides a listing of all staff in each building.  If you would like to send an email to your child's teacher, simply click on their email address provided in the Directory. For quick and easy access, your school's Directory is located in the Navigation Bar under "About Us" at each school site. Other helpful links are located as a series of icons under "District Links":  Our Schools; Let's Talk; Peachjar; Parent Portal; and In the News.  

    We encourage you to stay connected and use these links often.

  • Dr. Montesano and our BOE will be establishing a committee comprised of parents & staff members to review current start times of our schools

    Anyone interested in participating on this committee should send a brief letter of interest to the District's PR and Community Outreach Office at  Please see the attached posting which contains additional details and was sent via Peachjar to all families and via email to all staff. 

  • Kindergarten registration for 2017-18 has begun online. Students who will be five by December 1, 2017 are eligible for Kindergarten.

    Register online at  See Parent Resources tab then click on Registration. See Administration. 

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  • 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

February 2017

Dear VCE Families,

Each month since the start of school we have taken time to teach and focus on one of our Seven C’s. We will return to the two remaining C’s- Content Mastery and Critical Thinking in March and April.

As February is Random Act of Kindness month, we will focus on kindness—something our world can always use more of. In school, we will point out kindness in choices made by our students as well as identifying this trait in the literature being read.  We will be discussing what it means to choose kindness and to do the right thing- especially when no one is watching. We will be asking children to take the “Kindness Challenge” making kindness a habit by consciously choosing one kind thing to do every day at home and at school. Here’s a list of 50 acts of kindness to get started and promote thinking. Most cost little or no money at all. These acts will be appreciated by the recipients and will also warm the hearts of our children.  Please consider having your child keep a journal of their acts of kindness and how they felt while doing them.  I hope you will consider joining in on this activity with your children.

 Acts of Kindness for Children and Families

  1. Put change in a vending machine.
  2. Hold the door open for someone.
  3. Do a chore for someone without them knowing.
  4. Tell a joke.
  5. Return someone’s cart at the store.
  6. Feed the birds.
  7. Leave a happy note for a friend or neighbor.
  8. Put a small bin in your car to collect recycling.
  9. Call your grandparents or other relatives and ask them about their childhood.
  10. Pick up litter.
  11. Let someone go ahead of you in line.
  12. Compliment a friend.
  13. Write a thank you note.
  14. Plant something.
  15. Bake dessert for a neighbor
  16. Walk dogs at the animal shelter.
  17. Check in on an elderly neighbor.
  18. Send a cardto a service member.
  19. Set the table for dinner.
  20. Leave bubbles on someone’s doorstep.
  21. Tell someone why they are special to you.
  22. Donate outgrown clothes or toys.
  23. Pass out stickers to kids waiting in line.
  24. Talk to someone new at school.
  25. Invite someone to play with you who has no one to play with.
  26. Shovel snow for a neighbor.
  27. Donate food to the food pantry.
  28. Tape change to a parking meter.
  29. Donate socks and supplies to the homeless shelter.
  30. Call a friend you haven’t seen in a while to say hello.
  31. Take treats to the fire station.
  32. Read a book to someone.
  33. Donate a book to a doctor’s office waiting room.
  34. Tell someone how much you love them.
  35. Say hello to everyone you see.
  36. Make someone else’s bed.
  37. Hold the door open for someone.
  38. Turn off the water while brushing your teeth.
  39. Help make dinner.
  40. Make a get well card for someone.
  41. Bring your neighbors’ garbage cans up for them.
  42. Take care of someone’s pet while they’re away.
  43. Share a special toy with a friend.
  44. Clean up your room without being asked.
  45. Say thank you to your bus driver.
  46. Give spare change to the food pantry.
  47. Give someone a hug coupon.
  48. Donate coloring books and crayons to the children’s hospital.
  49. Clean up your toys without being asked.
  50. Smile at everybody.It’s contagious.

Thank you for sharing your children with us each day!

All the best,

Mrs. Gina Cappiello, Principal


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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.

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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.