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Principal's News

November 1, 2018

Dear Parents, Guardians & Students,

Welcome to the beautiful fall month of November.  Thank you for your wonderful support for the Trunk or Treat event.  It was a huge success!

Our Site Based team is working on new goals this year and welcomes your ideas.  We will begin with the continuation of our school beautification project, where we will continue to brighten the hallways with student work.  We also look forward to the addition of our Sensory Walkway along the back wing of the building to promote cooperation and turn taking while developing gross motor skills and reinforcing academic themes among our grade levels.  We hope to have our first phase of this project complete by the end of the month!  We are exploring additional PBIS rewards throughout our hallways. 

The year will continue to be filled with many wonderful events.  Our Read-A-Thon is being prepared for our 14th year!  We also will continue to work on our technology challenge.  Work in the “Collaboratorium” is another Van Cort goal.  Our visiting facility dog will begin its fourth year with a culmination of getting our very own residence dog sometime in February!  Finally, we will continue celebrating our Garden Community work.

Just as a reminder, all absences should be called into the nurse the morning of the absence.  An absent note should be written by a parent and brought into school by the student the day of their return. 

We hope that you were able to complete our Data Point survey you received on October 22nd.  This information will help to guide the committee’s future work.  Please be reminded that according to Policy 5137, Use of Electronic Devices, students in grades K- 8 MAY NOT use electronic communication devices.  While students might have them for after school reasons, they may not use them during the school day.  If a student does not follow this policy the device will be taken and held for parent pick up. 

As we continue to make the safety of our students, staff and school community a priority, please be sure students are not bringing items such as nerf guns or any type of fake weapons to school.  In addition, please note during a fire drill all vehicles will be stopped on the campus until the fire drill ends. Thank you in advance for supporting the safety of Van Cort.

Our Character Education/PBIS theme for November is “Cooperation”.  The message for the month is “Two minds are better than one!”  We are practicing this theme throughout our building and throughout each day.  In our courtyard play area, we have added equipment and drawings to the blacktop, as well as a new basketball hoop to encourage cooperative play skills. 

I look forward to an excellent month of teaching and learning.  The Van Cortlandtville team wishes everyone an upcoming Happy Thanksgiving.


 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 November shout-outs will be Monday, November 26, 2018.

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