Message from the Principal:

Greetings VCE Parents,

I hope this finds you well as we settle into the cold days of winter.

Here are some reminders for you so you can properly plan and prepare.

1. DARE MEETING - 5TH GRADE PARENTS ONLY- Tonight, Tuesday, November 15th in our Global Learning
2. PICTURE RETAKE DAY- Wednesday, November 16th. If you need a retake for your child, please send a note to your
child's teacher along with the package you received with the original photo.  Retakes cannot be taken without handing
in the original pictures received. Students who were absent on Picture Day last month will have their photos taken on
Retake Day.
3. DAY OF PEACE - 3rd grade students only – Friday, November 18 th - Students will participate in a grade level assembly
and then return to their classes for additional activities. (Letter e-mailed home last Thursday)
4. EARLY DISMISSAL - Wednesday, November 23rd @11:45am. Please plan accordingly for your child's early dismissal
from school. 
5. SCHOOLS CLOSED - Thursday, November 24th and Friday, November 25th. Thanksgiving Recess.
6. SCHOOL REOPENS – Monday, November 28 th
7. BOOK FAIR – Monday, November 28 th through Friday, December 2nd. Please prepare your child for their visit to our
Book Fair being held throughout the day.

Finally, as the temperature begins to drop, please make sure that your child(ren) are prepared for their time outside. We will
continue to have outdoor recess as weather permits. We want to make sure that all students are dressed appropriately for
their much anticipated recess time.

As you can see, these and many more wonderful things continue to happen here at VCE.

As always, please reach out to your child's teacher or myself should you have any questions or concerns.

Thank you in advance and happy holiday to all.

“Be the change you want to see in the world”

Lucrisha Addison-Harris
Valley Cottage Elementary

(845) 353-7280

Si ou bezwen enfòmasyon tradui an kreyòl, rele Jocelyne Abraham nan 353-7044.
Si le hace falta información traducida en español, llame a Yesenia Polanco 353-7042.















After School Programs.

AfterschoolDayCare-RecreationalProg WEBSITE info.pdf 

Afterschool Day Care Programs available for V.C.E.
JCC – BTB (Beyond the Bell) (held in V.C.E. cafeteria)
Candace Wood (Site Leader)
Stephanie Schleider (Program Coordinator, contact person)
JCC Rockland
450 West Nyack Rd
West Nyack, NY 10994
(845) 362-4400 ext. 633 (click on Youth, then Afterschool Programs)
Eliza Milman, CEO
Tel: (845) 362-4400 X136
Fax: (845) 362-5107
 Hours: 3:15 to 6:00pm
 If after school activities are cancelled, JCC is cancelled
 NO JCC/BTB here at building on half days when school has half days
 NO JCC/BTB if school closes early due to weather or emergency

58 Depew Ave, Nyack, NY 10960
Tel: 358-2600 (Kim Cross) / Fax: (845) 358-5364

58 Waldron Ave, C. Nyack, NY 10960
Tel: (845) 358-2500 (Kathy Klein) / Fax: (845) 358-2500


Upcoming Events (scroll through)

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  • Bus Drills

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Quick Contacts

Main Office           (845)353-7280  
Main Office fax               353-7287

Attendance                      353-7281 (for all absences/dismissal changes)
Nurse                                  353-7290 

Voice Mail                        353-7165 (follow prompt)

Cafeteria                          353-7286 (8am-2pm)

Family Resource Ctr  353-7291


Student hours:  8:50am-3:20pm

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. Dismissal is 3:20pm. 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/CHANGE OF DISMISSAL/EARLY DISMISSAL:  Please call the attendance secretary at 845-353-7281 for all absences, change of dismissal, and early dismissal notices.  Please leave your child’s full name, class and reason for the absence.   Should you need to speak to the the nurse regarding your child's illness, please call Nurse Patti Kozar at 845-353-7290.  

A written note must be received when your child will be picked up by someone other than those listed on the emergency contact list or if they will be dismissed in a different manner (ie: car pick up, walker, etc.).  Please send a note via your child or email the main office secretaries at or notifying us of the change in dismissal and authorized pick up person.   When there is a change in dismissal, we ask that you notify the office as there  may be occasions where your child's teacher may not be available to forward the dismissal change to the office in a timely manner.   Should you encounter a dismissal change PRIOR to the end of the day without written notice, notify the office prior to 2:30 PM at 845-353-7281 or 845-353-7280 so all parties involved are aware. 

BREAKFAST/LUNCH: Breakfast is available for students each morning.  Those students should report to their morning arrival location and breakfast will be provided.  Lunch is available each day for students to purchase.  Meal accounts can be prepaid weekly or monthly for your convenience through (online payment plan). 

DISMISSAL: Dismissal will begin promptly at the end of each school day.  Please refer to the information listed above for change of dismissal/early dismissal. 

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 at dismissal.  Students are escorted to the bus circle and brought to their bus.  An adult must be at the bus stop to meet K-1 students; if an adult is not there, the student will be sent back to school PRIOR to 4:00 PM.

CAR RIDERS: Students whose parents will be picking them up by car will meet in the Gym. Drivers should remain in their vehicles while children are escorted to them.  We ask that parents DO NOT exit their vehicle or DO NOT leave the car pick up line.  This will enable us to continuously move the car line and dismissal forward.  

The PTA is here for you!

Valley Cottage Elementary PTA members 2022-23

Co-President:                           Holly Anderson                 (845) 661-0561

Co-President:                           Shannon Bender                              (845) 548-1673

Vice President:                        Devon Cooney                               (613) 431-2024

Treasurer:                                   Tad Finnegan                                       (302) 388-8123

Recording Secretary:            Liz Lewis                                          (845) 709-1697

Corresponding Secretary:   Erica Finnegan   

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