Message from the Principal:

Greetings VCE Families,

I hope this email finds you well.  I can't believe we are approaching the final month of 2023. As we close out the month of November, we look full speed ahead to the wonderful month of December. December is filled with beautiful holidays that we can all enjoy.

Here are some dates and reminders for you so that you can prepare accordingly.

  • Wednesday, November 22nd – 11:45 a.m. - Early Dismissal

(Please note the JCC after school program will run from noon to 6:00 pm so please notify them or the main office if you child will be staying for their program)

  • Thursday, November 23rd and Friday, November 24th – No School – for Thanksgiving
  • Monday, November 27th – School opens
  • VCE Book Fair: Monday, November 27th – Friday, December 1st
  • Friday, December 1st - End of the Trimester
  • Wednesday, December 6th – Full Day of School – Evening Parent/Teacher Conferences
  • Friday, December 8th - 11:45 a.m. Early Dismissal - Parent /Teacher Conferences – 1:00-3:00 p.m.
  • Wednesday, December 13th – 9:30 a.m. – 1st grade concert
  • Wednesday, December 13th – 10:00 a.m. – 2nd grade concert        All concerts begin PROMPTLY
  • Wednesday, December 13th – 10:30 a.m. – 3rd grade concert
  • Friday, December 15th - 11:45 a.m. Early Dismissal - Parent/Teacher Conferences – 1:00-3:00 p.m.
  • Friday, December 22nd – Favorite Holiday Colors Day
  • Monday, December 25th – Monday, January 1st - Winter Recess – No School
  • Tuesday, January 2nd - School Reopens

Please mark your calendars for the other upcoming concerts:

Kindergarten: February 14th, 2024 at 9:30 am

4th Grade: February 8th, 2024 at 9:30 am

5th Grade: February 8th, 2024 at 9:30 am

Just a few other reminders:

  • If you are parking and walking over to the school in the Margaret Court area, please remember to follow the parking signs/rules. 
  • If you would like for your child to purchase any items from the book fair, please send in money to purchase and a note to your child's teacher.

As always, please reach out to your teachers or myself with any questions or concerns.

Have a wonderful week and an awesome December as we begin to closeout 2023.


Lucrisha Addison-Harris


Valley Cottage Elementary

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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)
Reed Silverman (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


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 3:15pm. 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 in the building by 8:45am.

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 by 2PM 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 2:00PM at 845-353-7281 or 845-353-7280 so all parties involved are aware. 

BREAKFAST/LUNCH: Breakfast is available for students each morning starting at 8am. Students wanting breakfast may enter through the designated parking lot doors 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.  

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Valley Cottage Elementary PTA members 2022-23

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

Co-President:                           Michael Rothenbucher            (917) 842-9846

Vice President:                         Michelle Recla                                (347) 210-5606

Treasurer:                                  Brendan Nolan                   (845) 629-1058

Corresponding Secretary:   Amanda Roman        (845) 494-4064

Recording Secretary:            Jenn Manca                     (212) 729-6844

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