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Friday, April 28, 2017

Principal's News

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May 2017

Dear Parents, Guardians & Students,

As we move into May we continue to strive for excellence! We would like to thank all of our visitors and volunteers but also would like to remind you that our office staff will only allow those people with appointments to proceed through the building during the school day. Special snacks, lunches and other items may be dropped off with our security aide, Mr. Fiorillo, and we will be glad to distribute them for you. Maintaining instruction and safety are our primary goals.

The New York State Math Assessment will begin on May 2-4 2017 for grades 3-5. We hope that you will encourage your children to do the best they can each day and on our assessments.

Once again, we will be holding the Learning Banquet to celebrate all the wonderful learners at Van Cort. This celebration will take place on May 19, 2017 for our students. There will be so many other enjoyable events in between to share as well.

As the weather gets warmer our goal is to be outside in the fresh air as often as possible. Please be sure our young ladies are monitoring the length of their shorts and skirt. Spaghetti strap shirts are not permitted. All students should be wearing appropriate shoes to use our play-ground equipment safely. Please refrain from flip flops and open back shoes as well.  As the year begins to wind down we look forward to preparing our students for their next journey.

Finally, please note that VanCortlandtville will no longer allow spinners and fidget cubes to be brought to school or on the bus. They are considered toys and are causing multiple problems with these items.  The items are very heavy and can hurt someone if they are tossed.  The fidget cube is loud and noisy and can cause distraction to others. Students who require these types of tools to support program goals will be provided with other options.


Jacqueline M. Woodruff

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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 May shout-outs will be Monday, May 22, 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.  


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last updated: 04/28/17