Message from the Principal: Mrs. Gina Cappiello
Dear VCE Families,
We begin the month of February with DARE graduation, a very special event for our fifth grade students. Thanks to the support of our lawmakers, the Clarkstown police and DARE officer Norm Peters, our fifth grade students participate each year in this wonderful program that builds students’ skills and confidence related to resisting temptation and peer pressure specifically related to alcohol, drugs and other potentially dangerous decisions. Students learn not only about the dangers of these substances, but about the importance of having strategies to make better decisions.
We will be celebrating Valentine’s Day in a big way at VCE this year. Our spirit day this month will fall on February 14th. Students are encouraged to wear their favorite Valentine’s Day colors to school. Kindergarten students will have their first official concert on Valentine’s Day at 9:30 am. All families of Kindergarten students are invited to attend. VCE siblings will remain in class. Our annual Rockland Read-in will also take place on Valentine’s Day. Teachers will be keeping track of minutes read, and our librarian, Mrs. Travers will be calculating the total minutes spent reading at VCE and that total will be entered into a contest with other schools of similar size. Our day will be filled with guest readers!
On another note, we have an increased number of car riders in colder weather. In order to keep our children and staff safe, and to prevent cars from backing up on Lake Road, the cooperation of our entire VCE family is needed. Please follow the directions of our security guard and pull up as far as you can. He is attempting to safely move a great deal of people as quickly and safely as possible. As students enter the cars, please have them buckle up quickly and move ahead as directed. We have walkers, cars and busses and we will often need to hold up the car line so a bus can leave and we can load the next bus. Your patience is greatly appreciated. Please remember that between 3:00 and 4:00 pm, no left turns are permitted out of the parking lot. This helps us to move the traffic safely and more efficiently. Finally, in the morning, please remember that students may be dropped off after 8:00 am. We are unable to supervise students before that time. When dropping off children in the morning, please pull up to the front of the school. Dropping off children in the parking lot or just outside the lot is very dangerous. With everyone’s help and patience, we can make sure that all students arrive at school and leave school safely.
Thank you for sharing your children with us each day.
Mrs. Gina Cappiello, Principal
Spotlight on VCE
Upcoming Events (scroll through)
A dayValley Cottage School
Cyber Safety presentation by Clarkstown Police Dept., 6:30-7:30pm, VCE Library (for parents/guardians only)Valley Cottage School
Schools ReopenNyack Public Schools
B dayValley Cottage School
C dayValley Cottage School
Main Office (845) 353-7280
Main Office fax 353-7287
Nurse 353-7290 (call if absent)
Voice Mail 353-7165 (follow prompt)
Cafeteria 353-7286 (8am-2pm)
Family Resource Ctr 353-7291
Late Pass must be obtained after 8:50am
26 Lake Rd, Valley Cottage, NY 10989
Need to Know
SCHOOL INFO: Classes begin promptly at 8:50am and end at 3:10pm. Students who arrive after 8:50am must stop at the office for a late pass. Please make every effort to make sure your child arrives on time.
ATTENDANCE: If your child is ill and cannot attend school, please call Nurse Patti Kozar at (845) 353-7290 and leave a message. Please leave your child’s full name, class and reason for the absence. When your child returns to school, a written note is required.
BREAKFAST/LUNCH: Breakfast is available for students each morning from 8:20 to 8:45 and costs $1.00. Those students should report to the cafeteria upon arrival. Lunch is available each day for students to purchase and the cost is $2.35. Meal accounts can be prepaid weekly or monthly for your convenience through MyPaymentPlus.com (online payment plan).
DISMISSAL: Dismissal will begin at 3:15pm each day.
WALKERS: These students will be called to be dismissed. If you are accompanying your child home, please wait by the front playground.
BUS RIDERS: Bus numbers are announced upon arrival. Students are escorted to the bus circle. An adult must be at the bus stop to meet K-1 students.
CAR RIDERS: Students whose parents will be picking them up by car meet in the Gym. Drivers should remain in their vehicles while children are escorted to the vehicle.
**** If your child has a change in dismissal plans, a note must be sent to the classroom teacher who will alert the office. It would be appreciated if phone calls were not made for this purpose unless of an emergency. If you must call, please do so before 3pm.
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Please contact the VCE PTA any time by speaking to an officer or any member, or by e-mailing your thoughts to: VCEPTAcommunications@gmail.com
Debbie Coyne - Co President (914) 522-1690 Email: Coyned73@gmail.com
Shannon Bender - Co President (845) 548-1673 Email: Slbender3@aol.com
Steve Leiser - Vice President (267) 617-7321 Email: Stevenleiser@gmail.com
Christine Edmonds - Recording Secretary (845) 548-7176 Email: email@example.com
Devon Cooney - Corresponding Secretary (613) 431-2024 Email: Dcurryot@yahoo.com
Kyle Edmonds - Treasurer (908) 447-5616 Email: Kedmonds74@hotmail.com