Message from the Principal:


November 2019

Dear Valley Cottage Families,

I hope this letter finds you well. On behalf of the entire Valley Cottage staff, I would like to thank you for making the first three months of the 2019-2020 school year enjoyable. We have had many great things take place here at VCE.  Things like our “Start with Hello” week, Spirit days and our latest VCE event...Mummy Money, which I have to admit was a great joy. Now we begin to embark upon our season of thanks and the cold weather months. With that being said, I would like to mention a few things as we settle into the colder part of our school year.

Dress for Recess:

Our students, as part of recess, are able to go outside to the playground to enjoy time playing and enjoying their classmates when the weather permits. In order to enjoy that time during the cold weather months, children must be dressed appropriately. I am asking that you ensure that your children arrive to school with the proper attire to be able to go outside. Please make sure they have jackets and any other outerwear you would have them wear outside during a prolonged period of time. If a student does not have a jacket or appropriate outer garments, unfortunately they will not be able to go outside. Part of our responsibility is to keep our students safe and warm.

Inclement Weather:

As the winter months approach…..

Please keep in mind that there will be times when school is closed or delayed as a result of bad weather. There are other times when students may be dismissed from school early. On these early dismissal days, whether planned or due to a weather emergency, your child’s regular dismissal process will be followed. It is a good idea to have an alternate plan in place in the event that an unexpected change is needed. If a change is needed, please notify the main office as early in the day as possible.

Please know that in the unlikely event that your child cannot be picked up or dropped off by the bus, they will remain safe in our school building until someone is able to pick them up. The safety of our children is always our greatest concern. I hope this letter sparks a conversation and is helpful in starting an alternate plan thought process with other parents, relatives and friends. I am sure that many of you already made such arrangements before the school year even started.  I wish you all a wonderful fall/winter season. If you have any questions, comments or concerns, please feel free to contact me at any time.


Lucrisha Addison-Harris, Principal

 Si ou bezwen enfòmasyon tradui an kreyòl, rele Jocelyne Abraham nan 353-7044.

Si le hace falta información traducida en español, llama a Yesenia Polanco al 353-7042.


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