• Students in Grades 1&2 will perform their Winter Concert on Wednesday, December 20th at 9:30am in the Gym. Gym door opens at 9:15AM.

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  • Tuesday, December 12, 2017 is Half Day. Early Dismissal at 11:45AM

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  • 2017 PRIDE Survey Results were presented to the Board of Ed. and Community on Tuesday, Nov. 28th. The Power Point is attached, here...

    OCADA (Our Community Against Drug Abuse) Coalition will present outcomes and insights from our most recent PRIDE Survey results. 

    The PRIDE Survey was given county-wide to 8th and 11th grade students in the Spring of 2017.  Results and analysis provide important information to the school community regarding substance use, availability, perception of risk and trends among our youth.  To find out more about OCADA, please visit


  • Thank you for your participation in our Community Forum Series. We invite you to continue the dialogue via Let's Talk!

    In Nyack Schools, we are interested in continuing a community-wide, collaborative conversation of what it takes to ensure that all students succeed and how to measure that success in our ever-changing, complex world.

    With Let's Talk! , we respond promptly and directly to your concerns, questions, suggestions and comments when you provide us with your contact information and the dialogue is continued.   If you choose, submissions can also be anonymous.  Please see the attached flyer with specific instructions for how to use Let's Talk!

    Whether you are a student, parent, staff or community member, we are listening and hope to hear from you!

  • Visit "Good to Know" for "Spirit Day" information.

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  • Summer Reading Packets 2017

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Welcome to our Valley Cottage Elementary Music Program


Kindergarten through Second Grade

Music at Valley Cottage Elementary is based on a k-5 curriculum. Children in K-2 explore a variety of rhythm instruments, learn basic elements of singing, fundamental musical concepts and participate in hands on activities and musical games in a nurturing and fun way. We are a singing school and we start our day with a patriotic song and the day of the week song in our morning program. Different themes , holidays and events are often discussed in our morning program with follow through in the music classroom so that we have our entire student body and faculty involved on a daily basis. The underlying theme of it all is that music is suppose to be fun and enjoyed by all.

Third through Fifth Grade

The basic concepts taught in the primary grades are enhanced in grades 3-5. In third grade, children learn to play the recorder setting the foundation for learning to play a more sophisticated instrument if they choose in fourth grade.  We begin a music journal in third grade and continue writing in our journal through fifth grade. Brief homework assignments also begin in third grade and turning homework in on time is important due to our 4 day cycle. All students participate in our school concerts and starting in third grade those concerts are held in the evening at the High School . Please see important dates for concert times.

2017-2018 Important Dates

  • December 20th - Concert for grades 1&2, 9:30 a.m. at VCE
  • January 18th - Concert for grades 3-5, 7:00 p.m. at High School
  • February TBA - Concert for Kindergarten
  • March 2-3rd - County Music Festival
  • March 28th - Chorus Day for 4th garde
  • May 24th -  Concert for 3rd grade
  • June 1st - Bridges performance for 5th grade
  • June 7th - Concert for grades 1&2, 9:30 a.m. at VCE
  • June 11th -  Concert for grades 3-5, 7:00 p.m. at High School

Contact Information

Barbara Anderson

(845) 353-7280 Ext # 6123