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Principal's News

January 1, 2019

 Dear Parents, Guardians and Students,

Happy New Year!  Can you believe it is 2019?  We hope you enjoyed the Winter Break.  We have returned ready to roll up our sleeves and work.  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!

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.  

There are many wonderful events awaiting Van Cort in January.  On January 2, 2019 we will be welcoming our facility dog, Laser.  We are so excited for this member of Van Cort to join us!

On January 16, 2019, the Grades 4-5 Leadership teams will once again be participating in Chase the Chill.  This year they are asking for scarves to be donated, which will be presented to the residents of Emerald Peak, a rehabilitation center in Peekskill, NY.  This is a wonderful cause and all your donations are greatly appreciated!  On January 18, 2019, grade 5 will be participating once again in the maturation program.  Grade 5 parents/guardians will have the opportunity on January 17, 2019 to preview the video students will be seeing during this program.  More information will be forthcoming shortly. 

Please be sure to read about our 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. 

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

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


Jacqueline M. Woodruff

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, your shout-out should be emailed  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 all shout-out emails will be posted each month either on Facebook or through email.  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.   The deadline for January shout-outs will be Monday, January 28, 2019.

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