Message from the Principal: Mrs. Gina Cappiello

Dear VCE Families,

Happy New Year! As many of us begin a New Year with resolutions and goals, our daily messages to our students remain the same. Each morning, we urge our students to “Work hard and get smarter!” We believe that true learning, as opposed to temporary memorization occurs when we interact with new ideas and people in a variety of ways. We understand that initial failures are often first attempts in learning. We encourage our students to take on challenges and persevere, especially when it is not easy.

The second message that we send our students every day is a simple but important one; “Be kind.” We try to stress that students always have the ability to choose kindness, and that making the choice to be kind can make someone’s day.

As partners in education, we hope that you will share and reinforce these messages at home. We are also asking your help in monitoring online screen time, social media apps such as Instagram, Snapchat and, as well as online conversations attached to games such as  Fortnite, or just texting in general. Unfortunately, children often believe that they have greater anonymity online, and these venues become platforms for bullying with situations that spill over into the school day.

On another note, I would like to remind you of a number of VCE events this month:

  • On January 11th, our PTA will be sponsoring Family Game Night at 7:00 pm in our cafeteria
  • Our Spirit Day for the month of January will be held on Friday January 18th. It’s “Backwards Day.” Students are encouraged to wear everything backwards!
  • Our winter concert for students in grades 3-5 will be held on Thursday, January 24th at 7:00 pm at Nyack High School

On behalf of the entire VCE staff, thank you for sharing your children with us each day!

Warmest wishes,

Mrs. Gina Cappiello, Principal


Upcoming Events (scroll through)

  • D day

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  • Grades 3-5 Winter Concert HS 7pm

    Valley Cottage School
  • Rehearsal assembly for Gr.3-5, 1:30.

    Valley Cottage School
  • A day

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  • B day

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