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Tuesday, March 28, 2017

Principal's News


March 1, 2017


Dear Parents and Guardians,

Welcome to the month of March.  Charles Dicken wrote “It was one of those March days when the sun shines hot and the wind blows cold:  when it is summer in the light, and winter in the shade.”  March can be very unpredictable, so please remember to dress your child appropriately.  We make every attempt to have outdoor recess whenever it is feasible.

This month’s character theme is “determination”.   Colin Powell said “A dream doesn't become reality through magic; it takes sweat, determination and hard work.”  We will discuss our PBIS topic in classes and throughout the building all this month.  Character Education will culminate with classroom activities supporting this theme.

On March 9, 2017 some of you might see your child’s interim reports come home.  As a reminder, interim reports are designed to give you a preview of your child’s progress, if needed.  Please feel free to call your child’s teacher with any questions or concerns.  Our goal is to always keep the lines of communication open. 

We are looking forward once again to our Reading Week where many wonderful activities have been planned starting on February 27th when the author David A. Adler will be paying a visit to Van Cortlandtville. 

As we come to a close on our One-Book-One-School event, we look forward to gathering in our state of the art auditorium as a school community to watch the classic movie Charlotte’s Web and enjoy some popcorn.  Can’t wait to pick our book for the 2017-2018 school year.  Ideas are always welcome!



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 March shout-outs will be Friday, March 24, 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.  



All visitors to VCES are expected to sign in at the Security Office and will be asked for an up to date photo id.  In return, visitors will receive a visitor’s sticker, which should be worn at all times in the building during their visit.  The security aide will confirm that they have an appointment with a teacher or administrator, picking up a sick child, or are volunteering with the teacher’s knowledge.  If visitors do not have an appointment, a sick child, or are not volunteering, they may not enter the building and/or will be referred to an administrator.  Upon leaving the building, all visitors are required to sign-out.  

Please be reminded that due to safety reasons and for consistency purposes within the learning environment, pick-ups should be in writing to be handed into teachers in the morning.  If the pickup is before dismissal please include that in your written note.  For the same reasons, please note that siblings cannot be in attendance for celebrations or when you are volunteering.

Please observe the posted traffic signs. Parking near the curb in the front of the school is prohibited at all times when school is in session.  Parking on the grass or sidewalk is also prohibited.

Any child who is brought to school late must be signed in at the Security Office by the adult bringing them to school. The child will be given a pass and the teacher will be informed that the student is walking to class.

For pickup, whether early or at regular dismissal, parents must sign it at the Security Office.  You may not remove any student from a school bus in front of the school.  In cases of emergency, where a parent needs to have the child removed from the bus and an administrator is able to retrieve the child, the parent must still sign that student out in the office.

School begins at 8:25 a.m.  Students being driven to school should not arrive any earlier than 8:10 a.m. If a VCES staff member is not at the Drop Off area, the person driving the student to school should park their car and accompany the student into the school. At no time should a child just be dropped off.  All students may go to their homerooms starting at 8:15 a.m.   Dismissal is at 2:40 p.m.  All announcements for pickups and buses begin at 2:30 p.m.

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