• It is with great pleasure that we announce the appointment of our NEW Director of Technology & Innovation, Darleen Nicolosi...

    Please read the letter from our Superintendent, James Montesano, regarding this new position, created as part of the District's 5-Year Technology Plan and filled by Ms. Darleen Nicolosi.

    "Globalization and technology have changed the way we live and learn, and schools need to emphasize the knowledge and skills that are necessary for success in the 21st century."

  • Back-to-School Night will be held on Thursday, September 28th, from 7:00- 8:30 p.m.

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  • Visit "Letters from the Prinicipal" for the September parent letter. Visit "Good to Know" to view Spirit Day information.

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  • Welcome Back to School!

    Join us in partnership as we kick off a new school year and prepare all students to be "Future-Ready".  With a shared vision developed with YOU - our community -  we are focused on seven core competencies representing our Profile of a Nyack Graduate: Critical Thinking, Creativity, Collaboration, Communication, Compassion, Cultural Competence, Content Mastery.

    "In our schools, we are committed to the belief that all students possess great natural abilities. At the most fundamental level, the focus on education has to be on creating conditions in which students will want and be able to learn.  When children are encouraged to be curious and explore, the learning process opens up to new possibilities."    - James Montesano, Superintendent of Schools

    Together, we are building bridges for today's students to cross into tomorrow's world with equity, innovation and optimism.

  • ATHLETIC FIELD UPDATE: Please view the attached Q&A

    To keep our community informed regarding the status of our athletic fields, the District has put together an update with Q&A.  This  will also be posted via Peachjar for District families.

  • The NEW 2017-18 District Calendar is now available on our website !

    The calendar is attached to this announcement for your convenience and can be found on the District's homepage under "About Us" in the navigation bar. 

    Please note that in the mailed version the following important documents will be included as inserts:

    -  Free & Reduced Lunch Application and packet (for eligible families)

    - Health Certificate Form and Medication Order Form (for submission to school nurses)

    - Media Release Form (for parents/guardians who DO NOT give permission for their child's photo to be posted for District use)

    - Household Contact Verification Form - NEW (for households who have not already updated their contact info for  the District database)

    A Welcome Letter from our Superintendent, "Communication Matters", and 2017-18 District Calendar Year-at-a-Glance are also included as inserts.

    All District families will be receiving a copy of this calendar in the mail in the week of August 14th.  Please call the Public Relations Office at 353-7013 if you have not received one by August 18th.

  • It's mosquito & tick season! Please see the attached public service announcements on disease prevention, provided by Rockland Health Dept.

  • Please see grade level Summer Reading Packets 2017

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Message from the Principal: Mrs. Gina Cappiello

September 2017


Welcome back to what I know will be a wonderful school year! We were greeted on Tuesday with many smiling faces and stories of summer adventures. Our custodial staff has been working hard to clean the building and each classroom. Teachers were in early setting up classrooms in anticipation of the year ahead.

This year we will continue our focus on STAR behavior and learning with a growth mindset. We will also continue to incorporate 21st century skills into teaching and learning. These include critical thinking, collaboration, communication, compassion, content mastery and cultural awareness.

As the district moves toward going paperless, please expect to find announcements and flyers on our VCE web page at Families that specifically requested paper copies will receive them via student back pack or through the mail.

If you have internet access via your computer or phone and have not yet signed up for the parent portal on Infinite Campus, we are happy to help you get that set up. Please call our main office for assistance at (845) 353-7280. As we will also be sending more emails, please remember to share any changes in email addresses or phone numbers.

Our active PTA is already planning many events for our students. All of the funds they raise through memberships and fundraisers go directly back to the students in the form of field trips and assemblies. We look forward to seeing you at our many VCE events throughout the year and hope that you will consider joining the PTA and/or volunteering some of your time to help out.

We look forward to meeting everyone on Back-to-School Night on Thursday, September 28th from 7:00- 8:30 pm.

Warm Regards,

Gina Cappiello


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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:

Debbie Coyne - Co President  (914) 522-1690       Email:

Shannon Bender - Co President  (845) 548-1673 Email:

Steve Leiser - Vice President  (267) 617-7321        Email:

Christine Edmonds - Recording Secretary (845) 548-7176    Email:

Devon Cooney - Corresponding Secretary  (613) 431-2024  Email:

Kyle Edmonds - Treasurer  (908) 447-5616             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.