Principal's Message

Cottle Weekly for April 16, 2018

Greetings, everyone. I had the privilege of attending our PTA’s Spring Social last night.  The venue was beautiful, as were all in attendance. The buzz had everything to do with a Bond that passed by a large margin, the advent of Spring, and the possibilities that exist when a school community’s vision takes material shape.   To all parents and supporters who voted, thank you. We have run out of space but there is a bright light ahead, thanks to your mandate.

I had the opportunity to sit with the lead architect for Cottle’s construction team, a former National President of the American Institute of Architects.  After we had gone through the plans, we discussed school building design with respect to safety and all that he had experienced as President of his national organization.  I am paraphrasing, but he shared that along with improving physical security measures, smaller class sizes, teachers knowing their students and families, prioritizing support services, and parents being involved are equal in importance to locks, camera systems, and security guards.  He said this with the bearing of someone who feels the weight of building for safety. He felt strongly that the day in, day out safety of any school lies in the characteristics that are trademarks of Cottle School. It was a teachable moment for me. We are always thinking about the critical balance of hardened security measures, the attention we must always pay to our students’ mental health, and the care that our community aligns to every child.  

On April 20th our school security firm will conduct its first security assessment at WEC.  This information will be shared with our Superintendent and Board of Education for their review.  We anticipate the appointment of a new security person at WEC this week. We will complete our mandated safety drills this Spring.  We thank Mr. Albano and our Board of Education for moving our school and district toward greater safety measures and diligence. We have come a long way in one year.

All fifth grade parents are invited to join me on April 26th at 6:30 pm in the TMS auditorium where there will be a presentation about the transition from Cottle to the Middle School.

Parents, with the advent of Spring and warmer weather, please be sensitive to acceptable dress. 

The NYS ELA assessments took place this past week.  We were all proud of our students, as well as the planning and teamwork Mr. Kilgallen and our entire staff exhibited during the ELA’s.  We met on Friday to discuss ways to improve our process as we head into our NYS math testing window on May 2-3. We then move into NYSESLAT testing for our newly arrived students, then NYS Science testing for grade 4.   We promise to keep these tests in proper perspective. We expect our teachers to know our NYS learning standards and to do their very best in their planning and preparing our students for these assessments, which begins in Kindergarten.  NYS test scores provide us with meaningful information about our students’ achievement, but it is not the only indicator. Every source of achievement data has limitations, but in total these points of information give us an ability to do a better job of measuring a student’s yearly progress.

Although we sent out a media opt out form in our summer packet and maintain those responses in the main office, the district has recently re-launched its Facebook page and plans to feature images from school events, etc. on it. If you would like to opt-out your child, please contact the main office for a form.

Our Cottle Chorus will be singing the National Anthem at Citifield on May 31st in a game that features the (first place) New York Mets versus the Chicago Cubs.  The links for tickets and t-shirts are below. Tickets for seats are $21 and t-shirts range between $7 to $9.50.  You might have to set up an account if you want to purchase tickets or t-shirts, but after that it should be easy!  We have sold close to 500 tickets for this game! Big night for our school and community. All are welcome! T-shirt sales end on April 30th, so please order soon.

https://stores.inksoft.com/cottle_school_chorus

https://groupmatics.events/s/email/CottleElementary

Mr. Cuglietto and Mr. Kilgallen

  • WEC AM Chess Club

    William E Cottle School
  • School Safety & Security Info Session

    All TUFSD Parents/Guardians are invited to a School Safety & Security Information Session on Tuesday, April 24, 2018 at 7:00pm in the William E. Cottle Auditorium, 2 Siwanoy Blvd., Eastchester.

    Questions must be submitted in advance, by 9am on 4/24, via https://goo.gl/forms/tHT7uGqVMuwggGvb2

    Tuckahoe Union Free School District
  • WEC PTA Teacher Appreciation Breakfast

    William E Cottle School
  • WEC AM Chess Club

    William E Cottle School
  • WEC Auditorium

    PTA - Dance Cottle Show

    William E Cottle School
  • WEC NYS Mathematics Test

    William E Cottle School
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BAND | MUSIC | ORCHESTRA NOTICES

>> COTTLE BAND & STRINGS ORCHESTRA REHEARSAL & CONCERT SCHEDULE

  • Monday, May 7 @ 1:30 PM–3 PM: Full Band rehearsal at Cottle.
  • Tuesday, May 8 @ 8:30 AM–10:30 AM:  Full Orchestra rehearsal at Cottle.
  • Tuesday, May 8 @ 10:45 AM–12:30 PM: Full Band rehearsal at Cottle.
  • Wednesday, May 9 @ 8:30 AM–10 AM:  Full Orchestra rehearsal at THS.
  • Wednesday, May 9 @ 10:30 AM: Morning concert for Cottle students at THS (Grades 2-5).
  • Wednesday, May 9 @ 7 PM: Evening concert at THS Auditorium

>> IMPORTANT COTTLE CHORUS & RECORDER CONCERT DATES

  • Thursday, May 17 @ 7 PM: 4th & 5th Grade Chorus Spring Concert • WEC Auditorium
  • Thursday, May 24 @ 7 PM:  3rd Grade Recorder Concert • WEC Auditorium.

>> COTTLE CHORUS @ CITIFIELD MAY 31st
Cottle Chorus will sing our National Anthem at Citifield on May 31st in a game that features the New York Mets versus the Chicago Cubs. Tickets and t-shirts can be purchased online: click here to purchase tickets ($21) and click here to purchase t-shirts ($7 to $9.50). This is the first time we are pursuing this ability to purchase tickets and t-shirts electronically, so please let us know if you have any trouble doing so.  The last day to order t-shirts is Monday, April 30th. You might have to set up an account if you want to purchase tickets or t-shirts, but after that it should be easy!

CALENDAR UPDATES

School will now be in session on Friday, May 25 to make-up school closures.  

Please note, the updated 2018-19 District Calendar is available on the District website under the "Our District" drop-down menu.

WEC POSTS

>> JUMP ROPE FOR HEART DONATIONS 2018 
This year the Cottle Family raised $23,000 for the American Heart Association through our Jump Rope For Heart program. Thank you for all who participated. Congratulations to Ethan Podoll for being the top fundraiser with $2,795. Once again, an outstanding job Cottle Family!!! - Mrs. Morris and Mr. Dapolito 

>> 5th GRADE PARENT MEETING for GRADE 5 to 6 TRANSITION NIGHT  •  April 26th
All fifth grade parents are invited to a presentation about transitioning from Cottle to Middle School on Thursday, April 26th at 6:30 p.m. in the TMS Auditorium. 

>> MEMORIAL DAY ESSAY CONTEST 2018 
The H.S. G.O. Essay Committee is looking to highlight the importance of Memorial Day by having students participate in an essay contest designed to honor our veterans for their service to our nation. See flyer for details: 2018-COTTLE-Memorial-Day-Contest.pdf.

>> BOX TOPS PROGRAM NEEDS TOY DONATIONS!
  The Box Top program is seeking new or gently used toys for the Box Tops Raffle.  Please send to office labeled for Box Tops program.  To-date the Box Tops program has raised $707.40 for Cottle School.

>> NOTE REQUIRED FOR EARLY PICK-UPS
Students being picked up early from school must have a written note from their parents/guardians or an email sent to their child’s homeroom teacher. If a note/email is not received, or if there is not a valid reason for the absence (example, doctor appointment, etc.), the child will be marked illegally absent.

>> BOX TOPS SEEKING VOLUNTEERS!
The Box Top program is seeking volunteers to help Mrs. O'Mahony, who has been running the Box Tops program for the Cottle Community since 2004! If interested, please email Elena O'Mahony at epomahony@hotmail.com

COTTLE ART MESSAGE

Miss Derbin dedicated her week (April 16-20) to April is Autism Awareness Month. The jigsaw puzzle piece is a symbol of autism. Her students were shown a video or were read a book about autism. Her young artists then drew a picture (suggested that the theme be autism) on a "jigsaw puzzle" paper. The pieces could be cut out and put back together. The younger grades may need help with the cutting once the puzzle goes home; it may be an excellent opportunity to witness your child's cutting skills...and also time for you to help with the process. Thank you.

Sincerely,
Miss Derbin - CottleArt

CLUB NEWS

>> AFTER SCHOOL CHESS CLUB
The 3rd Semester of After School Club began April 10th  and runs Tuesdays from 3:15–4:15 PM until May 29th.

>> CULTURAL DIVERSITY CLUB
The Cultural Diversity Club's  second session started Thursday, January 18th and meets from 3:00–4:30 PM. The Club runs for 13 weeks. Contact Mrs. Ferguson with any questions at fergusonm@tuckahoeschools.org.

>> CURIOUS on HUDSON / PTA AFTER SCHOOL PROGRAMS

Mondays:
Grades K-1:  Curiologists - Environmental Science
Grades 1-2:   Intro to Paleontology
Grades 3-5:   Curious Engineer: Ancient Engineering and Architecture

Tuesdays:
Grades K-1:  Curiologists
Grades 1-2:   CODING:  INTRO TO TYNKER 1
Grades 3-5:   Minecraft Roman Architecture

Thursdays:
Grades 1-2:   Intro to Robotics
Grades 1-2:   CODING: TYNKER 2  (second section after INTRO)
Grades 3-5:   Robotics and Programming

>> ITALIAN LANGUAGE CLUB
The Italian Language Program meets Tuesdays and is offered to students in grades 2 to 5. The program began October 17th. Please download the flyer for more information abou the program:  ITALIAN-LANGUAGE-2017-2018.pdf 

>> GIRL SCOUTS TROOP 2642
Girl​ ​Scouts​ ​Troop​ ​2642​ ​meetings are held at Cottle. Please download the flyer for details:  Daisy-Recruitment-Letter-v2.pdf 

TASC PROGRAM & SUMMER CAMP

SUMMER CAMP 2018
Registration for the 2018 TASC Summer Camp will open online on Friday,  April 13th. TASC Camp offers a variety programs for students entering 1st - 6th grade, a “Minis” program for incoming kindergarten students and the “TASC Force” travel camp for rising 7th & 8th graders. Please check out the TASC website at TASC365.com for more details, pricing and for directions on how to register. To see pictures from previous summers request to follow us on Instagram: @TASC_365 or on Facebook: Tuckahoe After School Care. You can email any questions to TASC365@gmail.com.

TASC PROGRAM
TASC offers affordable and appropriate before and after school care for students kindergarten through 7th grade
. Since we offer flexible schedules and convenient tuition plans we have a program for everyone! 
Please  CLICK HERE  to download detailed information about the program.  Our website is: www.tasc365.com. Thank you!

This Week's Links

  • Harlem Wizards vs. Team Tuckahoe: Game Info

    PTA - Parent Teacher Association
  • Wear Blue for Autism Awareness Month on Friday, April 20

    PTA - Parent Teacher Association
  • Join the PTA Executive Board

    Please see flyer.

    PTA - Parent Teacher Association
  • Spring Boutique volunteers needed. Please see flyer.

    WEC PTA
  • Last Call to purchase yearbooks!

    WEC PTA
  • Time to submit MORE yearbook pictures from Science Fun Day, Annie, PARP, YAA and other clubs. Please see flyer .

    PTA - Parent Teacher Association
  • “Team Tuckahoe” v. Harlem Wizards has been rescheduled for Sun 4/22!

    PTA - Parent Teacher Association
  • Building Bridges

    Calling all Volunteers!!  Please help in your child’s class and volunteer for this incredible program!

    WEC PTA
  • Cottle Yearbook Photos

    Now accepting photos of the Science Fair, Winter Concert, Math Night and in-school candid’s for grades K-5.  Please see FLYER for details.

    WEC PTA
  • 5th Grade parents

    Attention 5th Grade Parents: important NEW yearbook photo submission info! 
    WEC PTA

MARCH BOX TOPS WINNERS

Wow! We've earned $707.40 for Cottle since September. 
The check will be mailed to the school this month.

 Congratulations MARCH 2018 Raffle Winners!   

• Ruby B. =  Grade 1N
• Alex P. - Grade 3AD = Most Box Tops

  2018MarWinnersCW.pdf       |  Box-Top-Collection-Sheet.pdf 

Request: New or Gently Used Toys for Raffle Prizes
Please send to office, labeled for Box Tops Program

For every 10 Box Tops you submit, you will receive 1 entry into the monthly Box Top Raffle! Each month a small toy is raffled off.

Box Tops are worth 10-cents for our school and really add up. Box Tops money is used for many cultural, educational and fun endeavors in our school.
Please support the Box Tops Program - Thank you!  

Request: New or Gently Used Toys for Raffle Prizes
Please send to office, labeled for Box Tops Program

FIRST IN MATH

THE NEXT FIRST IN MATH UPDATE WILL BE APRIL 26, 2018

MARCH 23, 2018 • TOP PLAYERS & TEAMS
Stickers Earned: 632,925
Math Problems solved: 1,898,775

( Download  2018-March-FirstInMath.pdf )

TOP TEN PLAYERS IN THE SCHOOL

  1. Cameron (Mrs. Guiffra Gr. 5) = 20,253
  2. Audriana (Mrs. Goracy Gr. 5) = 19,413  
  3. Boris (Mrs. Bietsch Gr. 2) = 18,148
  4. Nico (Mrs. Goracy Gr. 5) = 14,520
  5. Harry (Mrs. Ferrara Gr. 2) = 13,570
  6. Kevin (Mrs. Goracy Gr. 5) = 12,426
  7. Ian (Ms. Davide Gr. 4) = 12,337
  8. Dylan (Mrs. Scrivo Gr. 3) = 12,201
  9. Kaushambi (Mrs. Scrivo Gr. 3) = 10,866
  10. Emily (Mrs. Goracy Gr. 5) = 10,823

TEAMS OF THE MONTH

  • Mrs. Goracy's 5th Graders = +6,733
  • Mrs. Ferrara's 2nd Graders = +5,436
  • Ms. Coleman’s 3rd Graders = +5,366

PLAYERS OF THE MONTH

  • Audriana (Mrs. Goracy Gr. 5) = +2,807
  • Cameron (Mrs. Guiffra Gr. 5) = +2,612
  • Harry (Mrs. Ferrara Gr. 2) = +2,500

District News

  • May 15 Budget Vote & Trustee Election

    Please visit www.tuckahoeschools.org for information on the May 15 budget vote and trustee election including voter registration, absentee ballot application and information session info.

    Board of Education
  • Upcoming Board of Education Meetings

    May 7, 2018 Workshop (& Budget Public Hearing)

    May 15, 2018 Regular Meeting (& Budget Vote)

    Agendas, policies & meeting information located in BoardDocs

    Board of Education
  • Support Our Student Athletes

    Come out and cheer on our teams! View game schedules here.

    Athletics
  • Around Town

    Community Links
    The information contained in the flyers below are solely being presented by the organizers, and are not researched by, endorsed, nor approved by the Tuckahoe Union Free School District.  The School District accepts no liability for any information contained within or obtained by parents/guardians or any damages or losses directly or indirectly as a result of the information provided by the organizers. Any issues with any of these resources should be directly reported to that organization.

    Tuckahoe Union Free School District