A Message from the William E. Cottle Elementary School- The Cottle Weekly


Dear Cottle Families,

We are launching into the beautiful month of October when we enjoy brilliant autumn foliage, cool, crisp air, and spooky Jack-o-lanterns.  This year (fingers crossed) we may also enjoy playoff baseball with both our NY teams!

There will be several special events and programs at Cottle this month. On October 13, Mr. K and I will be holding our Principals’ Coffee in two sessions, at 9:30 a.m. – 10:30 a.m., in-person at WEC and 7:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m. virtually via THIS Zoom link.  Our presentation and discussion will focus on Setting Your Child Up for Success – Executive Functioning and Organizational Skill Building, however, we will welcome any and all questions.  We hope to see you all there! 

Our marvelous PTA will be very busy this month!  The week of October 17 – 21, the PTA will be conducting our Annual Fall Book Fair.  

Of course, the highlight of October is always Halloween.  This year on October 28, the members of our PTA will be holding WEC’s Annual Halloween Party.  We are also delighted to report that the Rag-A-Muffin Parade will go on as scheduled on October 31!  Details for both events will follow – get ready for lots of fun!     

In September we initiated the PAWS Program. PAWS stands for: Positive Attitude, Act Responsibly, Work Towards Success, and Show Respect.  The program aims to foster a positive and collaborative culture at Cottle. The Cottle staff has collaborated to define student expectations that fall within each of these categories, specific to each grade level.  Our students have the opportunity to earn “Paws” from any staff member when they demonstrate expected behaviors.  Class “Paws” will then be showcased within each classroom.  Teachers collaborated to determine how many Paws their classes need to earn before receiving a no-cost incentive (e.g. pajama day, hat day, show and tell, etc.).  Thank you to Mrs. Muendel and Mrs. Valentine who are continuously working with the entire Cottle Team to customize this program for our amazing Cottle Cubs and to Dr. Newman, Ms. Peduto and Ms. Silver for helping to bridge this initiative with our social-emotional learning program.

Our Cottle Cubs have been working so hard to earn their “Paws!”  A special shout-out to our top “Paws” earners for each grade during September:

5th grade is working together and has earned a total of 53 Paws

4th grade - Ms. Crotty’s class has earned 19 Paws

3rd grade - Ms. Chianese’s class has earned 22 Paws

2nd grade - Ms. Connolly’s class has earned 52 Paws

1st grade - Ms. Naclerio’s class has earned 10 Paws

Kindergarten - Ms. Brown/Harman’s class has earned 6 Paws

This year Sunday, October 2, is National Custodial Workers’ Day, and we want to give a standing ovation and our heartfelt thanks to the custodial staff at Cottle.  They are the people who keep our school running smoothly and keep WEC clean and well maintained and safer and healthier for everyone who enters it.  We truly appreciate their hard work and dedication!  

Finally, a reminder:   next Wednesday, October 5, the school will be closed for observance of Yom Kippur. As always, please contact us if you have any questions or concerns.  


John Morash   and   Peter Kilgallen

Principal                   Assistant Principal

Please note the following important dates: 

10/3 Last day to submit Homecoming posters

10/5 Yom Kippur (school closed)

10/6 WEC Picture Day

10/10 Columbus Day  (school closed)

10/13 Principals’ Coffee 9:30 a.m. and 7:00 p.m.

10/17-10/21   PTA Book Fair

10/28 PTA’s Annual Cottle Halloween Party

10/31 Rag-a-Muffin Parade

Important Announcements

Arrival/Dismissal Procedures

Guide to Appropriate Student Engagement in E-Learning

Resources and Activities for Grade 5 - Applications of Art in the Real World

"Westchester Loves to Read" at Cottle!

Drop Off/Pick Up Map

Save or Scan Your Box Tops!  
Box Tops are going digital. For now continue to  Collect Box Tops 
 for Education the old way. Soon Box Tops will be digital only.  For details click  HERE.   All Box Tops are worth 10 cents each & provide our school with great things!  

Health and Safety Protocols


School Events

  • Yom Kippur-NO SCHOOL

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  • WEC Picture Day

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  • Columbus Day-NO SCHOOL

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  • Principal's Coffees

    In-Person @ 9:30 am

    Virtual @ 7:00 pm

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  • W.E.C. Book Fair

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  • Halloween Party

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  • Rag-a-Muffin Parade

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  • Veteran's Day-NO SCHOOL

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  • WEC Talent Show

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  • WEC Picture Retakes

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  • Early Dismissal/Emergency Drill

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  • Thanksgiving Recess-NO SCHOOL

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  • First Marking Period Ends

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  • Second Marking Period Begins

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  • Parent/Teacher Conference

    Dismissal @ 11:00 am

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  • Parent/Teacher Conference

    Dismissal @ 11:00 am

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  • Chorus Winter Concert

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  • Band Winter Concert

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  • Strings Winter Concert

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  • Report Cards Accessible on Parent Portal

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