Principal's Message

Dear Families,

According to Carol Dweck, one of the leading researchers in the area of growth mindset,  “If parents want to give their children a gift, the best thing they can do is to teach their children to love challenges, be intrigued by mistakes, enjoy effort, and keep on learning.”

How can families help to promote growth mindset? This month I will continue to share with our families some tips for promoting growth mindset at home. We know that children are more successful when families and schools work together. Here are two more tips:

1.     Do you know brains can grow? Explain to kids how the brain can grow stronger and that intelligence can improve throughout your life. Intelligence is not fixed. It’s changeable. This is called brain plasticity. (Aren’t you so glad!?) What’s more, learning CHANGES our brains. (Again, three cheers for brain growth!) Children need to know this is possible.



Peachjar is our NEW digital flyer system that posts flyers online.  Parents receive E-flyers as digital images by email and can view school eflyers online quickly; store them; or share them.
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to log in to the application to update family email addresses.


Gina Cappiello, Principal
Valley Cottage Elementary School...
Welcome to success, a place where we do our best.
To contact offices directly, please use the following phone numbers:
Main Office       (845) 353-7280  
Main Office fax          353-7287
Nurse                       353-7290
(you may dial direct to r
eport illness absence)
Voice Mail                 353-7165 (follow prompts)
Cafeteria                   353-7286
Family Resource Ctr  353-7291
Student hours:           8:50am-3:20pm
Late Pass must be obtained after 8:50am

Daily Announcements

Winter Concerts
Grade1-2: Thursday morning, January 14, 2016
9:30am VCE Gym

Grade 3-5: Thursday evening, January 21, 2016
7pm Nyack High School
360 Christian Herald Rd, U.Nyack

If your child is to be absent, it is very important to notify the school early in the morning. All students must be accounted for first thing. It is the parent responsibility to call the school. Thank you!
If sick, please direct dial the nurse, 353-7290.
If not ill but absent/late, please dial the office, 353-7280.

Please click below for information regarding the district's meal payment program: MYPAYMENTSPLUS.

Per our Transportation Department:
Bus changes are for emergencies only. Any request for a bus change for the day must be sent to the main office on paper for approval by our Transportation Dept:  353-7041.

Good News


The PTA at Valley Cottage sponsors field trips and programs for students throughout the school year. For further information for 2015-16, please call
PTA Co-President:
Kristy Christiano  (845) 323-1451

PTA Co-President:
Christine Edmonds (845) 548-7176

Please view VCE.PTA on Facebook for any PTA matters.


Upcoming Events

Monday, November 30
C day

Tuesday, December 1
D day

Wednesday, December 2
A day

Thursday, December 3
B day

Friday, December 4
C day

Gr.5 10am-12
Elementary 1st Trimester Ends