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 Musical.ly, 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!
Mrs. Gina Cappiello, Principal
Spotlight on VCE
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
Student hours: 8:50am-3:20pm
Late Pass must be obtained after 8:50am
Need to Know
VALLEY COTTAGE IMPORTANT REMINDERS
SCHOOL BEGINS: Classes begin promptly at 8:50 and dismissal begins at 3:15. Students who arrive after 8:50 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 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 3:15 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.
We're here for you!
Our PTA website is at www.facebook.com/valleycottagePTA
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: firstname.lastname@example.org
Devon Cooney - Corresponding Secretary (613) 431-2024 Email: Dcurryot@yahoo.com
Kyle Edmonds - Treasurer (908) 447-5616 Email: Kedmonds74@hotmail.com