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Monday, January 23, 2017

Principal's News


January 1, 2017


Dear Parents, Guardians and Students,

Happy New Year!  Can you believe it is 2017?  We will be continuing to learn many more interesting things, take new adventures and achieve many new goals together.  The best is yet to come!

The monthly character theme for January is “Safety:  Safety first is safety always” by Charles M. Hayes.    We will discuss this important PBIS message in classes and throughout the building all month.  We hope you will do the same at home.

As the winter brings cold weather, we ask that students be sure to come to school appropriately dressed.  We will continue to go out and enjoy the fresh air as often as we can but we will use our auditorium and classrooms as activity spaces if necessary when there is inclement weather.   Our hope is to also open our new “Collaboritorium” space for Lego structure activities.

On January 13, 2016, grade 5 will be participating once again in the maturation program.  Grade 5 Parents/Guardians will have the opportunity on January 12, 2016 to preview the video students will be seeing during this program.  More information will be forthcoming shortly. 

Please be sure to read about our new Community Shout-Out opportunity on Facebook and in this newsletter.  We are very excited about this initiative, which is inclusive of our entire adult Van Cortlandtville community.  All monthly shout-outs get posted to the Principal Board as well as to Facebook. 

Let’s bring in the New Year ROCKIN’ with excitement and enthusiasm.




Jacqueline M. Woodruff



We are very excited to continue with the “Van Cort Celebrates Community” initiative.  This enables anyone to give a shout-out for a special Van Cort adult community member who has gone above and beyond.  All requests must please come from adults.  This is similar to how we celebrate our students at our Character Education assemblies and in our quarterly newsletters.  The shout-outs will be posted on our Facebook page on a monthly basis. 

Every month, you should email your shout-out(s) to  In the subject line please write “VC Community Shout-out”.  You will need to enter the name of the person receiving the shout-out and why they deserve this honor.  All shout-outs will be reviewed for approval by Principal Woodruff.  The deadline for January shout-outs will be Monday, January 23, 2017.  Sorry, but any emails received after the deadline will not get the chance to be posted until the following month.

The success of “Van Cort Celebrates Community” on your Facebook page depends on you.  


For safety purposes and to avoid anxiety on the part of the students, please make sure that all changes in your child’s afternoon dismissal are accompanied by a morning note and should not be replaced by a phone call unless there is an emergency.  Last minute changes have resulted in a very long pickup list being called and students fretting whether or not their names have been called and whether or not they are being picked up or not. The notes should include the date, student’s full name, parent’s first and last name (if different) and teacher’s name. If a child is being picked up by another person due to childcare needs, both parties must send in a note to confirm arrangements.  At dismissal time, all students being picked up must be signed out in the large gym.  All people picking up should always have a photo id on them.

If a student is riding on their regular bus but needs to be dropped off at another student’s home due to childcare purposes, both parties must send in a note to confirm these arrangements, as well.  Please note that switching buses is not allowed as per the Transportation Department’s guidelines unless there is an emergency.  In this case parents must call the Transportation Department at 914-528-4445 for approval before a bus pass may be given to the student to ensure there is space on the bus to accommodate your child.

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