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Principal's News

October 1, 2017

Dear Parents/Guardians and Van Cortlandtville Students,

We are off to a great start!  Thank you for your support in kicking off the new school year.  We went right to work with our academic curriculum. 

Our Character Education programs have begun and we have honored our citizens, academic achievers, as well as our heroes and heroines.  Each month we will focus on a different topic.  Students who go above and beyond will have the opportunity to be recognized for their efforts at our bi-monthly assemblies.  Next month’s topic will be “Organization.”  The teachers will be having conversations about the topic and we encourage you to do so at home as well.

During the year, please visit our website and view school news, calendars, grade level information, monthly newsletters and much more.  In addition, you will receive a quarterly school newspaper that will accompany report cards. Daily messages, bus information and special recognition can also be seen on the entry bulletin boards. 

Our fall studies are beginning throughout the building.  We will hold a “Trunk or Treat” event on October 31st.  Please note that costumes are not allowed at school however, students are invited to take part in “Crazy Hat Day” by wearing a funny or interesting hat.  In conjunction with the PTA, we are asking for parent volunteers to bring in “goodies” for our trunks.  Students will be called by grade level to come out to receive these goodies.  We encourage you to bring any of the following items to help the students celebrate this event: books, candy, erasers, pencils, stickers and pens.  If you have another suggestion please call the school and let us know what items you would like to bring.  Please watch for news and volunteer information, which will be coming home soon.  As always, we thank you in advance. 

Please note:  Bus changes are not permitted unless approved by transportation.  These changes are only permitted on an emergency basis and if there is room on our buses. 

We realize that the most successful students are a product of the home-school connection.  We count on your partnership and support in providing the best education.


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 in the newsletter each month.  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 September-October shout-outs will be Monday, October  23, 2017.


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