Announcements

  • The attached letter from Dr. Montesano was sent to District families and all staff on 3/24/17 RE: undocumented & immigrant students rights.

    This letter also contains a link to a statement from the New York State Attorney General Schneiderman and Education Commissioner Elia advising schools on protecting immigrant students, "In Light of Recent Federal Immigration-Related Actions, Guidance Reminds Districts of Their Duty to Uphold the Rights of Immigrant Students and Safeguard Student Data".

    Nyack Public Schools is steadfast in its commitment to protecting the rights of all students. 

    The letter is attached in English, Spanish and Haitian Creole.  Thank you for your attention to this.

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  • Thursday, March 30th is our 3rd Community Forum and "Innovation Now" Showcase, 7:00-8:30 pm at Nyack Center

    Are We Future-Ready?  Nyack Public Schools are preparing students NOW.  Come and See How on Thursday, March 30th at our Community Forum and Innovation Now Showcase featuring an EdTalk with Dr. Montesano, Superintendent of Schools.  The Innovation Now Showcase will feature a room full of demos, displays and dialogue with teachers, administrators and staff.  Join us for this exciting community event at Nyack Center. 

    Doors open at 6:30pm.  EdTalk starts at 7pm. This event is free and open to the public. We hope you join us!

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  • Please see the 2/27/17 letter from Dr. Montesano RE: Transgender Student Rights which was sent District-wide to families and staff

    The statement contains a link to the 2/23/17 Press Release from Attorney General Schneiderman and State Education Commissioner Elia issuing a reminder that New York State protects transgender students.  A second link contains a July 2015 "Guidance to School Districts for Creating a Safe and Supportive School Environment for Transgender and Nonconforming Students", issued by the NY State Education Department (NYSED).  A third link contains results  of a statewide school district survey designed to help determine whether public schools are meeting their obligations under the Dignity for All Students Act (DASA).

    Nyack Public Schools will continue to fully support the July 2015 guidance document issued by NYSED.

    A quote from Dr. Montesano's letter was featured in The Journal News 3-21-17 article, "Safe & Secure".

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

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  • 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.

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

    Register online at  www.nyackschools.com.  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 www.nyackschools.org; 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.

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  • 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.

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Message from the Principal: Mrs. Gina Cappiello

March 2017

Dear Families,

During the month of March we will be focusing on Critical Thinking; one of our 7 C’s.

In school we will focus on a number of age appropriate critical thinking skills designed to provide frameworks for processing information from various perspectives as well as teaching students a number of methods for analyzing and synthesizing information.  Critical thinking skills don’t fully develop until late adolescence, but the foundations for good thinking can be developed in younger children.

 Critical thinking comprises a number of different skills that help us learn to make decisions. It is the ability to evaluate information to determine whether it is right or wrong.  To think critically about an issue or a problem means to be open-minded and consider alternative ways of looking at solutions. As children grow into pre-adolescents and teenagers, their critical thinking skills will help them make judgments independently of parents. To be good at thinking, children must believe that thinking is fun and want to be good at it. Good thinkers practice thinking just like they practice basketball or playing an instrument. Here are five ways to foster critical thinking at home:

  •  Invite children to BE CLEAR by asking for explanations and examples when they don’t understand something.  Let children know it is okay to be confused and ask questions.
  • Urge children to BE ACCURATE, to check to see if something is true by researching the facts.
  • Encourage children to BE RELEVANT by discussing other topics that are pertinent to the discussion or problem at hand.  Help them stay on track by linking related and meaningful information to the question they are trying to answer or the topic they are learning about.
  • Support your child’s ability to BE LOGICAL.  Help your child see how things fit together.  Question how conclusions were drawn and whether assumptions were accurate.
  • Set expectations that your child BE FAIR.  Promote empathy and have your child consider others when drawing conclusions.

Thank you for sharing your children with us each day!

Sincerely,

Mrs. Gina Cappiello

Principal

 

Upcoming Events (scroll through)

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    Community Forum and Innovation Now Showcase

    Are We Future-Ready?  Nyack Public Schools are preparing our students NOW.  Come and See How.

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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 www.facebook.com/valleycottagePTA

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

Kristy Christiano  (845) 323-1451         Email: kristiano423@gmail.com

Christine Edmonds (845) 548-7176     Email: cedmonds74@gmail.com

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.