Please read the August 2017 Letter from Superintendent Montesano to make you aware of a shift in 2017-18 school tax rates between the two towns that comprise the Nyack School District, Orangetown and Clarkstown.  

    This letter contains direct links that provide additional information from New York State regarding equalization rates and real property tax services.

    The accompanying Q&A to Nyack School District 2017-18 Tax Rates was created to assist in understanding guidelines that the District must adhere to when setting annual tax rates.  

    Thank you for your attention to this matter.

  • 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.

  • District Summer Programs, and Camp Nyack, are located in Liberty Elementary School this summer at the following list of dates and times:

    Summer STARS Reading Program - July 5-July 27 (Monday through Thursday), 9:00 am–11:00 am

    Summer ENL Program - July 7-July 31 (Monday through Thursday), 9:00 am–2:00 pm  

    Kindergarten Readiness - July 10-August 3 (Monday through Thursday), 9:00 am-1:15 pm,

    Special Education Extended School Year - July 3-August 11 (Monday through Friday), 8:45 am-1:15 pm

    Efficacy Academy - July 5-July 27 (Monday through Thursday), 9:00 am-11:00 am

    CONTACT: District Summer Principal, John Joyce, 353-7253


    Camp Nyack (run by Nyack Center) - June 26-August 11 (Monday through Friday), 8:00 am-3:30 pm 

    CONTACT:  Camp Director, Nicole Hines, 358-2600


  • Congratulations Class of 2017! May you persevere in your life's endeavors with equity, innovation and optimism!

  • Schools Open Tuesday, September 5, 2017. Full day for all grades, K-5.

    Valley Cottage School
  • FRIENDLY REMINDER: Nyack Schools are Going Green with increased electronic mailings and communications this summer...

    If you have not already done so, please fill out the attached form and return it to your school's main office by June 20th.  Thank you for your assistance in helping our district Go Green!

    The attached form is in English and Spanish.  It was also emailed to all families via Peachjar and will be back-packed from elementary schools one last time.

  • 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

    Valley Cottage School
  • The 2017-18 School Calendar has been REVISED, as approved at the May 2, 2017 BOE Meeting

    The revisions include a one-day earlier  Start Date to school on Tuesday, September 5th, 2017; and different dates for Spring Recess beginning Friday, March 30 thru Friday, April 6, 2018.

    The revised version has been attached, below, and emailed to staff and families District-wide via Peachjar and Parent Portal accounts.  

    Thank you for your attention to this change.

  • 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.


   The Library Media Center is full of facts, fiction and fun with books and non-print materials on a variety of subjects for all students, staff, & teachers.

From the Librarian's Desk

Hello to all my Book Buddies

My name is Carolyn Travers and I am the School Library Media Specialist at Valley Cottage Elementary School. I teach children about books and reading through storytelling, booktalks, activities, and crafts. My goal is to get students to learn about the library while developing a love of reading and literature. I also want students learn how the library works using the many print and on-line resources. Prior to this position, I was Head of Children's Services at Nyack Public Library. I am a proud Nyack High School graduate. I graduated from Rockland Community College with an Associates Degree in Applied Science in Graphic Design, then with a Bachelor of Science in Art Education from Buffalo State University, and finally with a Masters in Library and Information Science from Rutgers University. I have been a youth services librarian for 35 years! You can also look the OPALS library catalog webpage to find out more of what's happening at the Library Media Center.  As you can see, I like to dress like book characters for special days.   

Here's to a wonderful library year of learning, thinking dreaming and reading!

Carolyn Travers, School Library Media Specialist


Online Resources and Data Bases

Resources include Brain Pop, Brain Pop Jr., Grolier and Worldbook Encyclopedias, Book Flix Teaching Books and more.
Brain Pop
Brain Pop contains information, activities and short video clips on many topics. UN: nyack PW: nyack
Brain Pop Junior
Brain Pop includes activities and homework assistance for students in all subjects. UN: vcnyack PW: nyack
E-Library Elementary
Funded by NOVEL this database contains E-library elementary for kids. Search articles from all types of magazines and encyclopedias.  UN and PW:  empirelink
Grolier Encyclopedia & Databases
This resource includes three encyclopedias, a magazine article database and websites for research information. Click on Jump to Grolier Online Kids for the elementary students versions. UN: nystate704 PW: novelhome
Hudson River Valley Heritage Photo Collection
A digital collection of images collected and cataloged by the Hudson River Valley Heritage group. There are several collections to view from local historical societies, libraries, colleges and museums.
Kids Info Bits
Kids Info Bits is a resource that contains magazines and other reference materials for research and information.
Kid-Rex Search Engine
Kid-Rex is a modified search engine containing collection of internet safe websites. This site is sponsored by Google.
Scholastic Book Flix
Scholastic Book Flix contains fiction and factual literature for students to read and learn along with. UN: vcottage PW: bookflix
Teaching Books's database of instructional materials will enliven your K–12 reading, be it fiction or non-fiction. Includes author videos, lesson plans, classroom and library activities
World Book Encyclopedia for Kids
Elementary online version of the World Book Encyclopedia. Remote Access ID: nyack PW: library.

Websites for Teachers and Parents

Common Core Curriculum Standards for English Language Arts
This website addresses the new Common Core Curriculum Standards for New York State for students in Kindergarten through 12th grade.
Common Core Curriculum Standards for Math
This website contains the New York State Common Core Curriculum Standards for Math for grades K -12.
Discovery Streaming
Discover the world through this resource for information, videos and more. Set up your own ID and PW.
Engage New York
This site is full of information about Common Core Standards, the State Ed department and more. A must go-to site for parents and teachers.
Information Fluency Continuum for Library Skills
This website aligns the Common Core Standards to benchmarks of information literacy for students to be taught by librarians and teachers. Projects and assessments included in this site designed by Barbara Stripling and the New York City School System.
PBS Teachers
PBS Teachers is PBS' national web destination for high-quality preK-12 educational resources. Here you'll find classroom materials suitable for a wide range of subjects and grade levels. We provide thousands of lesson plans, teaching activities, on-demand video assets, and interactive games and simulations.

Websites for Students

Cool Math 4 Kids
This colorful website includes all kinds of math puzzles and problems to solve.

Eric Carle
Eric Carle's fantastic site with all your favorite characters and books.

Family Fun
This site has wonderful activities for children and parents. Recipes, arts and crafts, book reviews and more.

Authors, illustrators, book reviews, trivia, and activities at this book site geared for children and people interested in children's literature.

Mo Willems
The Pigeon, Knufflebunny and all of children's book creator, Mo Willems characters are here in this wonderful, interactive web site.

Science Buddies
Science projects and information galore which is broken down by scientific category, difficulty and more.

The place that you can go, to find one fish, two fish, green eggs and Sam, along with your Seuss favorites. Books, brain teasers, coloring and more fun from the fantastic Dr. Seuss.

Storyline Online
This video program site provides famous actors/actresses who read notable children's books aloud. Activities and lesson plans are also included.

Library Schedule







Spec Ed-Monday (4/5), Tuesday (K/1), Thursday (2/3)

 Make sure your child has their book on library day!


Summer Reading Fun Packets

  The public library summer reading program for summer 2017  is Build a Better World, READ! and will begin at public libraries all over the county next June.  Free reading clubs and programs for all ages.  Scroll to Valley Cottage Public Library or Nyack Library  for a direct link  for more information next spring.