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Principal's News

April 2019

Dear Parents, Guardians & Students,

Welcome to spring!  The school year is accelerating and as we move into April we continue to strive for excellence.  Each of the grade levels maintains high expectations for each student.  Learning is blossoming all around Van Cortlandtville Elementary School.

At this time of year we like to thank all of our visitors and volunteers.  Without you, Van Cort would just not be the same.  We would also like to remind you that our security and 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 and we will be glad to distribute them for you.   Maintaining instruction and safety are our primary goals.  With that said we would like to wish Mr. Fiorillo luck as he moves on.  He has been a true asset to our building and we thank him for an awesome three and a half years.  Mr. Fiorilli, you ROCK! We are in the process of hiring a replacement at this time.

Open House will take place on April 10th for grades K-2 and April 11th for grades 3-5.  They will take place from 6 p.m. to 7 p.m.  We hope to see you there so that you can see your child’s great work.

VCES PTA Book Fair Preview night is April 24th.  Bring your family and purchase some good books to read together.  The students will have an opportunity to visit the book fair with their class either on April 24th or April 25th.

We are so excited to share the opening of our Sensory Path Hallway.  A sensory path can be part of a sensory diet, a carefully designed set of activities and accommodations to give kids the sensory input they need.  All students can benefit from the use of our path.  On your Open House visit please feel free to take a trip down our path.

At this time, I would like to wish everyone an enjoyable Spring Break, which will take place from April 12th through April 23rd.  Wherever you are and whatever you are doing, I hope you get to enjoy it with your loved ones and friends!


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 April shout-outs will be Wednesday, April 24, 2019.

                         2019-2020 Adopted Calendar with snow make up dates.

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